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When is OOzeball?
This year’s OOzeball was Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. The theme was GAME OF OOZE: MUD IS COMING.
We’ll be back on Saturday, April 21, 2018 for our 35th annual tournament, so stay tuned.
What is OOzeball?
OOzeball is a single-elimination volleyball tournament played in several inches of glorious mud! It is one of the most popular events held on campus, hosting up to 400 teams and drawing over 3,000 students and spectators.
The UConn Student Alumni Association started OOzeball in 1984, 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.”
Important OOzeball Dates
- Tuesday, March 21, 2017: Registration opens at 9 a.m.
- Wednesday, April 12, 2017: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. (if still available; registration can close sooner)
- Sunday, April 16, 2017: Your team must have at least 6 players (that meet the gender requirement) registered in IM Leagues by 11:59 p.m.
- Monday, April 17, 2017: A representative from your team must attend the Captain’s Meeting at 8 p.m. in ITE C80
- Friday, April 21, 2017: Team player substitutions close at 11:59 p.m. (You may swap players up until this point, but make sure to maintain the minimum eligibility rules.)
- Saturday, April 22, 2017: OOZEBALL starts at 9 a.m.!
Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve played OOzeball before. What’s new for 2017?
We’ve been working on making OOzeball more inclusive and we’ve also been improving the registration experience. We recommend you read through the FAQ below, but here are a few highlights of the changes for 2017:
- Fee: There is now one, flat team rate of $120 for 6 – 8 players. The team captain will pay this fee when registering. This allows your team flexibility with adding or dropping players, and we ask that you work the payment out within your teams. We recommend teams of 8; that way, it’s only $15 per player and you have alternates in case you need them.
- Waiver: Our Acknowledgment of Risk and Release of Liability form is now electronic! When you join an OOzeball team in IM Leagues, you must electronically sign this form to participate in OOzeball.
- Gender Requirements: Previously, we required that teams have 3 female and 3 male players. Please note that the IM Leagues registration system will pull the gender associated with your UConn NetID. Your team’s gender breakdown will be available within the system to anyone with a UConn NetID that logs into the event (e.g. 3M/4F or 2F/6M). Our goal is to maintain a safe, equitable, and inclusive environment for all participants, and we encourage you to contact Jessica Sokol at email@example.com or anonymously at 860.486.2607.
- Add/Drop: No player substitutions can be made on site at OOzeball. All substitutions must be made in IM Leagues prior to Friday, April 21, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. You can do everything right online; there is no need to contact us or UConn Recreation to add or drop a player.
- December Graduates: You can play! Students who graduated from UConn in December 2016 are eligible to participate as long as they meet the other eligibility rules. They will need to provide a UConn ID at the event. Participation in the OOzeball Tournament does not provide December graduates with access to other UConn Spring Weekend events.
Where and how do I register?
Registration opens Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 9 a.m. and will close on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (or sooner if it fills up!). You will need a team captain, team name, and credit card to register online. We recommend registering early, as spots are limited and will fill up. Follow the Student Alumni Association on Facebook and Twitter (@UConnSAA) for updates. The registration link is posted on the main saa.rso.uconn.edu homepage.
OOzeball registration consists of three steps:
1.) First, you must register and pay for your team with the UConn Student Alumni Association (us!). Once you have done so, you will receive an email directing you to the second step of your team registration.
2.) Second, have every player on your team also register through IM Leagues. The team captain must register the team in IM Leagues within 48 hours of submitting the registration form, or your team may lose its spot in the tournament. Your team must have at least 6 players (that meet the gender requirement) registered in IM Leagues by Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Game times, results, and waivers will only be available through IM Leagues.
3.) Third, make sure to send a team rep to the Captain’s Meeting on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 8 p.m. in ITE C80.
Who can play?
Any current UConn student with a valid UConn NetID and UConn Student ID is encouraged to play OOzeball. UConn staff and faculty are also welcome to play. Each team must have 6-8 players, with at least 2 players who identify as male and at least 2 players who identify as female on the court at all times. Students who graduated from UConn in December 2016 are also eligible to participate as long as they meet the other eligibility rules. They will need to provide a UConn ID at the event. Participation in the OOzeball Tournament does not provide December graduates with access to other UConn Spring Weekend events.
How can I pay for OOzeball?
You must have a credit card/debit card to register online. If you are unable to pay by credit card, please contact Tom Baccaro at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jessica Sokol at 860.486.2607. Note that if you choose to pay by cash or check, your spot will not be reserved until your full payment and registration form is received at the Alumni Center (open weekdays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.). 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 Foundation.
Why is OOzeball $120 per team?
In order to cover all of our expenses for OOzeball, we have to charge a fee. You may have 6, 7, or 8 players for that price, which works out to $15 – $20 per player depending on how many teammates you have. In addition to admittance to the tournament, your fee gets you an official OOzeball T-shirt, free giveaways, and a chance at a tournament Grand Prize, Second Prize, and Third Prize. If the event produces a profit, we’ll donate a portion back to help our campus community.
What are the rules and regulations?
You can read the full list of the 2017 OOzeball Rules and Regulations.
Why is there a gender requirement for teams?
We require that teams have at least 2 players who identify as male and at least 2 players who identify as female. Please note that the IM Leagues registration system will pull the gender associated with your UConn NetID. Your team’s gender breakdown will be available within the system to anyone with a UConn NetID that logs into the event (e.g. 3M/4F or 2F/6M). Our goal is to maintain a safe, equitable, and inclusive environment for all participants, and we encourage you to contact Jessica Sokol at email@example.com or anonymously at 860.486.2607.
Once I register, can I make changes to my team?
Yes! Once your team is listed in IM Leagues, you may add and drop players until Friday, April 21, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. After that time, team rosters will be locked. Rosters cannot be changed on-site at the event. If you are adding and/or dropping players, please make sure to maintain a minimum of 6 players (including at least 2 who identify as male and at least 2 who identify as female).
Why do we also have to register with IM Leagues?
The Student Alumni Association is partnering with UConn Recreation and several other organizations to host this event. UConn Rec has implemented an electronic bracketing system that is able to track each team, notify players of their playing times and court number, and structure the tournament as a whole. If each team member does not register on IM Leagues, they will not be able to receive these notifications and UConn Rec will not be able to include your team in the bracket. All waiver forms are also electronically signed in IM Leagues; if a player does not complete this step, they cannot play OOzeball. To easily access your team’s information, please download the REC*IT app. For specific directions on creating or joining a team in IM Leagues, please refer to the users’ guides.
How are starting times and court placements determined?
Once team registration is complete, teams are randomly assigned start times. Games begin at 9 a.m. and end at 6 p.m. and are assigned at 15 minute intervals. Court placements are determined in the same manner as starting times. We do not accept requests for teams to play each other; teams are assigned randomly.
Will I have to be there all day?
Plan to win! If your team plays well, most of your games will be within the hour of your starting time. If your team plays really well, you’ll be asked to come back in the afternoon for final rounds. If someone on your team can’t commit to the full day, make sure you have 1-2 alternates that fit with any necessary gender requirements.
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 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 informed after registration if your team name needs adjustment, and we apologize in advance for any inconvenience. Also, you will not be allowed to register a team name that has already been chosen. The system will prompt you to choose a new name until one is available.
What is the Captain’s Meeting and why is it mandatory?
The Captain’s Meeting is a mandatory meeting held the week of the tournament. This year’s meeting will be held on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 8 p.m. in ITE C80. The captain of each team (or a replacement member) is required to attend this meeting. Please do not send more than one representative or we’ll run out of space. At this meeting we’ll discuss official rules for the day of the event and answer any questions. Also, OOzeball is limited to the first 400 teams; if a representative from your team is not at the Captain’s 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 Tom Baccaro.
Is lunch offered during the tournament?
Lunch is not offered, but we are inviting outside vendors to provide light refreshments on-site. We encourage you to bring snacks and a water bottle, and we’ll have a hydration station set up to refill water bottles.
What should I bring/wear to OOzeball?
You will need your current UConn student ID, Spring Weekend 2017 wristband, and sneakers. (If you’re a December 2016 graduate, you will need a photo ID.) You may want to consider bringing a change of clothes, a small towel (for drying off after the mandatory hosing station), and a water bottle. We offer a bag check station and changing areas, and we encourage you to utilize them. We also recommend leaving valuables at home and only bringing what is necessary for admittance into the tournament.
What is the prize for winning OOzeball?
The top three teams will receive the Grand Prize ($50 per player), Second Prize ($30 per player), and Third Prize ($20 per player). We will also be randomly handing out spirit prizes to teams and individual players.
Who are this year’s official sponsors?
This year’s official sponsors are the UConn Student Alumni Association, UConn Office of Alumni Relations, UConn Recreation, and Spring Weekend Committee. Please check back for additional sponsors.
Who is responsible for injuries and lost/stolen items?
Upon signing your official OOzeball Acknowledgement & Release within IM Leagues, you agree to the fact that the Student Alumni Association, the UConn Foundation, UConn Recreation, 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 Foundation, UConn Recreation, and the University of Connecticut are not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
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 planning committee behind OOzeball. In addition to this, we are looking for volunteers for mud-making on April 21 and the tournament on April 22. If you need community service hours for an organization, mud-making is an excellent way to earn them while having fun. Please contact Tom Baccaro if you are interested.
Tom Baccaro, Student Alumni Association Vice President of Traditions
UConnSAA@gmail.com or 860.486.4232
Jessica Sokol, Student Alumni Association Advisor
firstname.lastname@example.org or 860.486.2607