Bump, Set, Spike: AAU Volleyball Returns to the OCCC | Sports Destination Management

Bump, Set, Spike: AAU Volleyball Returns to the OCCC

Jun 14, 2022

The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is set to host the world’s largest volleyball tournament from June 15 – July 1. More than 70,000 athletes and coaches, representing 48 states, two U.S. territories, and four international countries (Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, and Peru), will converge at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) for the 49th AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships and AAU Boys’ Junior National Volleyball Championships.

The 15-day event is expected to bring approximately $200 million in economic impact to Central Florida, with an estimated 178,000 total attendees. There will be 4,450 teams, including nearly 300 Central Florida teams, participating in 56 divisions. It’s set to be the largest sporting event ever held at the OCCC —breaking last year’s record.

“We’re looking forward to having a bigger and better year than ever before at the AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships,” said Jennings “Rusty” Buchanan, AAU President & CEO. “We’re always looking for ways to grow and enhance the event in order to provide the best experience possible for our athletes, while also contributing to the local community.”

The Girls’ tournament, with divisions from 10U through 18U, will be up first from June 14-26.  The Boys’ tournament, with divisions from 12U to 18U, will take the court from June 28-July 1.

This premier AAU event has been recognized over the years as a three-time winner of Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism Award, Best Single Amateur Sporting Event by Sports Travel Awards, as well as the Best Sporting Event by Connect Sports. The AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships (Girls’ 16U division) still holds the Guinness World Record for the largest volleyball event in the world, which was first set in 2012.

AAU is proud to have the Greater Orlando Sports Commission as a sponsor of the event, as they recognize the impact it has on the region.

“We have enjoyed a tremendous relationship with the AAU and are thankful for our continued partnership with Rusty Buchanan and his entire team as they continue to host record-setting, impactful events in our community,” said Jason Siegel, President and CEO of the Greater Orlando Sports Commission. “I’m confident that the AAU, Orange County Convention Center, our hotel and lodging partners, and all of our local stakeholders will provide a tremendous experience for the student-athletes, coaches, and families who travel to Orlando, and we look forward to welcoming them back for many years to come.”

All OCCC games will be streamed live on AAU Volleyball’s livestream partner, BallerTV, one of the world's premier live and on-demand streaming services dedicated to youth athletes. Select girls’ finals played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will be broadcast on Watch ESPN June 18, 22, and 26.

As part of the AAU Cares initiative, AAU is partnering again with the Side-Out Foundation as an official Dig Pink Campaign location to raise money for breast cancer research. All participants are encouraged to wear pink for AAU’s Dig Pink Days, June 16, 20 and 24. For more information on the 2022 Dig Pink Campaign, click here.

Guests wanting to purchase event and AAU merchandise can visit the Fine Designs booth in the Vendor Village, while also perusing the other various vendor booths.

To stay up to date on all of the results, click here.

Can't make it to a game? You don't have to miss any of the action. All games will be streaming live on BallerTVClick here for the 49th AAU Girls' Junior National Volleyball Championships. Click here for the AAU Boys' Junior National Volleyball Championships. 

Visit www.aauvolleyball.org for more information on the event schedule. You can also follow the event on Twitter at @AAUVolleyball, Instagram at @AAUVolleyball and on www.facebook.com/realaauvolleyball. Share your photos with us by using the hashtag #AAUVBNatls.

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