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.

The registration form for the 2021 Riley Memorial Kickoff will be posted in Fall of 2021.


The 2021 Kickoff tournament was held online on the mornings of November 14 and 21, 2020.

To prepare for this year’s online tournaments, download our guide to using Discord, online tournament policies, online tournament rules, and our statements on cheating and latency issues in online tournaments


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.