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Natalie Jones Tournament, February 2022


Ozark Juniors is excited to announce that we have once again partnered with CSTT for the 2021-2022 season.  Team hotels for the Ozark Challenge can be booked through CSTT (see below). This event is NOT a stay and play.   Utilizing their online system makes booking your rooms easier than ever before, while guaranteeing the lowest possible rates for your team. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2022 Natalie Jones Memorial Tournament!

Date: February 19-20 and February 26, 2022
One Day Event
10U-13U: Saturday, February 19
14U-15U: Sunday, February 20
16U-18U: Saturday, February 26
Cost: $275 per team
Locations: See Below
Registration on AES opens: October 1, 2021
Refund Policy: No refunds after January 31, 2022

Registration Deadline: February 7, 2022
Roster Deadline:  February14, 2022
Registration Deadline: February 14, 2022
Roster Deadline: February 21, 2022

Admissions: $10 admission per day 
Students ages 7-16 and senior citizens 65 and older: $5 per day
Kids 6 and Under: FREE



Natalie was the youngest of  three children and was first diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) at age 8. She got into remission quickly and progressed through the maintenance therapy without incident. At this point, her mom thought it was all in the past. After 16 months of being off chemo, she relapsed (age 12) with the same leukemia. Harder therapy followed and she resumed a long 2-1/2 years of continuing chemo. Only 6 months shy of finishing that protocol, she relapsed AGAIN (age 14) and then the only direction we could go was a bone marrow transplant. Olivia, her oldest sister, was a perfect match for her. It takes about three months to treat and prepare a patient for a transplant, so that summer was brutal with chemo. The transplant took place in October 2005. She engrafted quickly and all looked fantastic. But at day 100, tests showed that the leukemia was back. That was a very low day in our home...she opted for no more chemo and we prayed for a miracle. What happened was she got her miracle by being with her Savior - Natalie died June 14, 2006 at age 15.
Natalie loved volleyball and played for Ozark for several seasons.  She wore #2, loved butterflies and tulips, the color purple and God.  You will see many of those things incorporated into our tournament t-shirts and awards.  Possibly the best way to remember and honor Natalie is to play the game she loved, so we play for her.


Coaches Meeting: There will be no coaches meeting. Coaches are responsible for reading and understanding the rules and regulations. Please be aware that changes to the schedule might occur a day prior to the event. It is the coach's responsibility to check and make sure that they know the most updated schedule.

Facility Rules:
 - Admission Fees: $10 per day 
                             Students ages 7-16 and senior citizens 65 and older: $5 per day
                             Kids 6 and Under: Free
- No outside food or drinks allowed at any of the facilities. Concessions available.
- No coolers allowed
- All Facilities have seating provided. There will be limited space for personal chairs. 
- Spectators must remain in seating area only

Arkansas Athletes Outreach South (AAOS)
  1515 Burr Oak Street
  Fayetteville, AR 72703
Arkansas Athletes Outreach North (AAON) 
  4667 S. Dixieland Road
  Rogers, AR 72758
Springdale Rec Center 
1906 Cambridge Street 
    Springdale, AR 72762 

In case of additional parking needed at the AAO South facility, you may park at the Washington County Fairgrounds additional parking space located on the south side of AAO. There is a walkway connecting the Parking space with the AAO facility. Please NO PARKING at the Apartment Building Complex. You will be towed if you do park there.
To get to the Fairgrounds Parking space you will have to pass the AAO entrance and take a right hand turn after the facility. You will see an open field to your left.

The event will take place regardless of the weather.  NO cancellations will take place.  Please plan accordingly.

Team check-in will be completed online.   

Format: (Depending upon number of entries/age divisions). 4 Matches total guaranteed for the tournament
- Pool play in the morning
- Playoffs in the afternoon
- 4 Team Pools Best 2 out of 3 sets to 25 - NO CAP start at 0-0, 3rd set to 15 start at 0-0
 - NO CAP, unless started differently on the schedule
- 5 Team Pools 2 sets to 25 starting at 4-4
- Pools play begins at 8:00 am
- Warm-up: 2 (shared) - 4 - 4 minutes each team including serving.

- 1st Officials provided
- Teams are required to have an officiating crew consisting of 2 line judges, 1 scorekeeper, 1 libero tracker, 1 down official
- Be aware that during playoffs WINNERS MAY HAVE TO OFFICIATE
Officiating Penalties: Failure to provide officiating crew for your assignment could results in the forfeit of the 1st set of your next match. A coach must be present at the court site during officiating assignments. For every minute the officiating crew is late or incomplete, one point will be given to their opponent (up to 25-0 forfeit). The clock starts at match time.

 For more information you can contact Jenny Lingenfelter at / (479) 200-4422