31 Years of Playing DIRTY!
What Is OOzeball?OOzeball is a single-elimination volleyball tournament played in 8 inches of glorious mud! It is one of the most popular events held on campus, hosting up to 384 teams and drawing over 2,500 students, alumni, and spectators.
The UConn Student Alumni Association started OOzeball in 1983, and it is an annual tradition that has since been adapted at many colleges and universities across the country! In 2004, OOzeball celebrated its 21st year at UConn and was chosen by Sports Illustrated as the "Best Mud Volleyball" in the country in the "Best of College Sports" issue. In addition to this, Sports Illustrated: On Campus voted OOzeball number 33 on its list of the "Top 100 Things To Do Before You Graduate: No Matter The Cost."
This year's tournament will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where and how do I register?Your team captain must register your team between 9 a.m. on Monday, March 31 and 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 4. Please note that OOzeball registration is limited, and spots may fill up before April 4. Register early! The online registration form will be available through UConnAlumni.com/OOzeballRegistration on the first day of registration. Rules and regulations will be posted on the registration form as well as the liability waiver. The captain must print the liability waiver and have it signed by all team players; this must be submitted to the Alumni Center by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 11 (open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). A non-electronic registration form is available by request.
How can I pay for OOzeball?You must have a credit card/debit card to register online. Paper submissions can only be paid for with cash or check. If you are paying by check, it is asked that only ONE check be submitted for the entire team. Please make checks payable to: UConn Alumni Association. Make sure that if you have a Senior Year Access Pass (SYAP), you let your team captain know immediately, as your SYAP includes free OOzeball for you.
Who can play?Any current UConn student with a valid student ID is welcome and encouraged to play OOzeball. UConn staff and faculty are also welcome to play. Each team must have 6-8 players, with three males and three females on the court at all times.
Why is OOzeball $16 a person?In order to cover all of our expenses for OOzeball (350 tons of dirt alone is $5,400!!), we have to charge you $16 per person. However, in addition to admittance to the tournament, your $16 gets you a free official OOzeball t-shirt, free giveaways, and a chance at a tournament Grand Prize of $300, Second Prize of $200, and Third Prize $100.
Why do I need 3 guys and 3 girls?In response to a suggestion given to us many years ago, in order to keep the teams as fair as possible, we ask that all teams have a minimum of three guys and three girls on their team (and on the court) at all times. By enforcing this rule, we can try and make the tournament "match-ups" as fair as possible to all players and to be in compliance with Title IX. Keep in mind that you may sign up extra players as substitutes, but each person may only sub in for someone of the same gender.
What is the Captain's Meeting and why is it mandatory?The Captain's Meeting is an official meeting held the week of the tournament. This year's meeting will be held on Monday, April 21 at 8 p.m. in ITE C80. The captain of each team (or a replacement member) is required to attend this meeting. At this meeting we will announce start times, court placements, necessary name changes, unveil the official OOzeball t-shirt, address any registration and money issues, discuss official rules for the day of the event, and answer any questions. Attendance is mandatory as start times and court placements are assigned at this meeting. Also, OOzeball is limited to the first 384 teams and therefore should you miss the meeting your team automatically forfeits and will be replaced by a team on the waiting list. It may seem like a lot of slots, but consider the thousands of undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty that may also want to play. If you have additional questions regarding the Captain's Meeting please contact us.
How are starting times determined?Once team registration is complete all teams are placed in a "hat" and pulled out at random to determine start times. Games begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. and are assigned at 15 minute intervals.
How are court placements determined?Court placements are determined in the same manner as starting times. As starting times are assigned, that team will be placed on an OOzeball Court (1-12) and placed in the official bracket. Once Court 1 is full we move on to Court 2 and so on until all 384 spots on the brackets are full. We do not accept requests for teams to play each other; this is done completely at random and is designed after a March Madness Tournament Bracket.
Why are there restrictions on team names?While all of us do enjoy your creativity and would love to be able to accept everything you come up with, this one goes beyond us. The winner of OOzeball is published not only in the Daily Campus, but also on UConn Alumni Association's website, and in many other university publications. In order to keep politically correct, we must screen and approve all names before they are placed on the official bracket. You will be told either at registration or at the Captain's Meeting if your team name needs adjustment. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.
How do I get involved with the planning of OOzeball?There are several ways to get involved with the planning of OOzeball! The best way to make sure you're involved in every aspect of the tournament is to become a member of the Student Alumni Association, as we are the sole planning committee behind OOzeball. In addition to this, we are always looking for volunteers for the day of the event. If you'd like to get a few hours of volunteering in by helping out on the day of OOzeball, we're always looking for some extra hands. Please e-mail us if you are interested.
Who are this year’s official sponsors?Please check back for more information on these sponsors.
Is lunch offered?This is dependent upon this year's location. Check back for more information. We encourage you to bring snacks and a water bottle, as you may be at the tournament for several hours if your team does well.
What is the prize for winning OOzeball?The top three teams will receive monetary prizes. The Grand Prize for OOzeball is $300, Second Place is $200, and Third Place is $100. Official prizes will be announced the day of the event.
Who is responsible for injuries and lost/stolen items?Upon signing your official OOzeball Waiver, you agree to the fact that the Student Alumni Association, the UConn Alumni Association, and the University of Connecticut are not responsible for any injuries sustained during the OOzeball Tournament. You also agree to the fact that the Student Alumni Association, the UConn Alumni Association, and the University of Connecticut are not responsible for any lost or stolen items. Therefore, we encourage you to leave valuables at home and only bring what is necessary for admittance into the tournament. Also, make sure to wear sneakers and to bring your student I.D. as it will be collected.
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