David L. Riley Kickoff

Kickoff tournaments use IHSSBCA rules. Please read our IHSSBCA Tournament Policies and our guidelines for coaches, players, game officials, and tournament hosts.

Beginning in 2016, the IHSSBCA Kickoff Tournaments have been renamed in honor of Coach David Riley of Loyola (Wilmette), who passed away in 2015. David was a Chair of the IHSSBCA and a longtime supporter of the community.

Download a form here to register for 2021 Kickoff.


The annual Kickoff tournaments will be held statewide on November 20, 2021.

Auburn (Rockford) site: contact Nevagay Abel
Centennial (Champaign) site: contact Andrew Cheun
Fairfield site: contact Tammy Austin
Granite City site: contact Jaime Pamatot
Homewood-Flossmoor site: contact Michael Sacks
Lincoln site: contact Josh Bartels
Virtual site: contact Brad Fischer

Contact Erin Limestall with questions, or if you’re interested in hosting a Kickoff tournament.


Registration is $55 for the first team from each school and $50 for each subsequent team. Every school must have a current IHSSBCA member to register for a Kickoff; if you are not a member, you must join to enter a team or teams.

Questions and Qualification

All Kickoff sites will use an NAQT Invitational Series set. The top 15% of teams at each site, rounded up, will qualify for the 2019 High School National Championship Tournament. Teams from schools that meet NAQT’s definition of a small school and finish sufficiently well will qualify for the 2019 Small School National Championship.