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Final preparations under way for STARS volleyball tournament

Preparations are in the final stages this week for the 16th annual STARS Charity Volleyball Tournament at Fort Macleod.
Forty-four teams are registered in three divisions for the three-day tournament at Fort Macleod and District Sports Centre and W.A. Day school.
The tournament’s goal, as it is every year, is to raise at least $5,400 to fund one mission by the STARS air ambulance.
Last year the tournament raised $12,372 to pay for two missions.
The competitive division attracts teams of college and university calibre, but there are also divisions for intermediate and recreational teams.
The competitive division is for players aged 18 years and over, or at least turning 18 in 2018.
The intermediate division is for players aged 20 years and over, who are not playing college or university volleyball.
The recreational division is reserved for players 25 years and over who are not playing college or university volleyball.
Teams are made up of up to eight players, including a minimum of three women.
Registration is $350 a team, with a $100 deposit that will be refunded if the team shows up for all its games.
The top payout is $500, with teams sometimes donating the money back to STARS.
A volunteer crew will spend Thursday afternoon installing four portable volleyball courts to transform the arena.
The tournament gets under way at 5 p.m. Friday, April 6 at the arena, with new games scheduled to start every 45 minutes. The final games start at 10:15 p.m.
Games will also be played Friday at W.A. Day school beginning at 6:30 p.m., with the final ones starting at 8:45 p.m.
Also on Friday from 6-10 p.m. is an opening barbecue at the Queen’s Hotel for all team members. All proceeds go to STARS.
Action resumes at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 7, with all games that day at the arena. New games start every 45 minutes with the final ones of the day getting under way at 4:15 p.m.
Once the games are completed that day, the scene shifts to the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall for the dinner and dance.
Sunday, April 8 is reserved for playoffs, with intermediate and competitive division crossover games starting at 8 a.m. at the arena.
Recreation division crossover games start at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. at W.A. Day, followed by the consolation semifinals at 10 a.m.
Quarterfinal action in each of the three divisions gets under way at 10 a.m. at the arena, with games also starting at 11 a.m., 12 noon and 1 p.m.
The semifinals in each division are at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., with the games to decide third place starting at 4 p.m. and the championship games getting under way at 5 p.m.
The consolation finals are at 2 p.m. (recreation), 3 p.m. (intermediate) and 4 p.m. (competitive).
Admission to the games is free, but donation boxes are placed at the entrance for those people interested in supporting the tournament financially.
Local businesses have also supported the tournament at five levels: platinum, $250 and over; gold, $100-$249; silver, $50-$99; bronze, up to $49; and door prize.
To donate to the STARS tournament or volunteer, contact Mike Bourassa at 403-553-2025, 403-330-3546 or

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