FAQs about ECC  

Here you will find quick answers to questions about admission and parking, food, what’s happening at ECC, and where to get help. Can’t find what you need on the ECC site, and don’t see your question below? Email us at ecc@wvba.org and we’ll reply to you as soon as possible.

General Info

Do I need to pay to get in?

All spectators* (ages 10+) must purchase a wristband for entry to either venue. To avoid the lines, pre-order online until May 24th and get a discounted three-day pass for $20.  

You can also purchase your wristbands during the tournament at the UW Plaza Information Desk or the Academy Sports Center for $10 per day or $20 for a three-day pass.

ASC players and spectators: Want to check out the food and fun at the UW venue? Your wristband is good for admission at either venue.

*Coaches and players do not need to purchase; they will receive their wristbands in the Coaches Welcome packets.

How do I find out which venue location and wave I play in?

If you know which division your team plays in, you can find your playing location and wave in the purple and red chart on the ECC website homepage.  

How do I find my team schedule and results?

To find your team’s daily play schedule and results, go to the upper right corner of any ECC website page, then click the AES schedule icon to see the schedule details and results for each division.

Where can I park during ECC?

UW Venue

  • The UW will charge $10/day (cash only) for parking until 3PM Saturday and Sunday; no charge on Monday.

  • See our ECC Parking Map for instructions for where to enter and park.  

  • Tip: Don’t want your players to haul their gear all the way from the far parking lot? Use the speedy Player & Gear Drop-Off Drive-Thru, shown in the parking map. The drive-thru is just off Montlake Blvd, between the Alaska Airlines Arena and the IMA.

  • RV parking is allowed only during the day; no overnight parking is allowed

ASC Venue

  • You may park for free in either the Academy Sports Center lot, or the overflow parking across the street that we have rented for you.

  • Please follow the onsite signs and instructions for dropping off players and parking.

  • No RV parking is allowed at any time.

Can I park my RV or car overnight?

Unfortunately, overnight parking is not available at either location. RV parking is not available at ASC. 

Where can I hang out with my team?

Teams playing at the UW may “camp” during their wave at the Team Areas in the Alaska Airlines Arena Concourse (areas are taped) and outdoors under the IMA overhangs. All spots are first-come, first serve. Please leave your team area as clean as it was when you arrived, so teams in the next wave can use that spot again. Teams may also store their bags at the bag check stations outside the Dempsey Indoor and the IMA facilities. 

Teams playing at the Academy Sports Center may eat and relax at tables and chairs upstairs near the Academy Grill. These tables must be shared with other teams, so all bags and gear must be stored in the designated shelves nearby.

For a complete list of Facility Rules, see the Playing at UW or Playing at ASC pages on the ECC website.

Will college coaches attend ECC?

Yes. College coaches, mostly from around the Northwest, will be scouting players at ECC. Coaches who register will be listed with University Athlete. Check the University Athlete site often, as the list will update in the days prior to the tournament.

Can my grandmother in Wisconsin watch me play?

Granny is in luck, if you have matches scheduled on Courts #1, #2, or #3 in the Alaska Airlines Arena. Matches on these courts will be live-streamed and archived on YouTube. Go to our ECC Media page, where you can see photos and videos from previous festivals, and then check out the available Live Stream video feeds. Links will be enabled at the start of the festival.

Why does play start so late on Memorial Day?

All teams, parents and fans are invited to our short Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday morning at 7:45 AM in the Dempsey Indoor facility. We will honor those who died while serving in the US military, and present the Candis Carter Inspirational Award to the top defensive player in each age division.

All teams will have plenty of warm-up time before their first match, so please join us for this brief recognition of the purpose behind Memorial Day. 

Food and Fun

Where can I get good eats?

UW Venue*

  • This year we have a great variety of food trucks. Now there is something for everyone, including those who need vegetarian or gluten-free options. Choose from tacos and burritos, sweet and savory crepes, gourmet grilled cheese, organic burgers and cheesesteak sandwiches, Asian fusion and street food, gourmet caramel apples and fudge, and more. 

  • Three vendors will serve breakfast, starting at 7AM each day: Crepe Café and The Cheese Pit.

  • Check out UW Food Menus for each vendor. 

*Please note that food is not allowed inside the IMA or Dempsey Indoor facilities, or on the gym floors in the Alaska Airlines Arena.


ASC Venue**

  • The Academy Grill serves a variety of breakfast, lunch and snack items starting at 7AM.

  • Lunch items include Quiznos Subs, Angus or Chicken Burgers, Soup, Salad, PB&J, Mac & Cheese, and Hotdogs.

  • The Academy Grill also serves espresso drinks and coffee, smoothies, sports drinks, soda, juice, milk and tea.

  • See the complete menu at Food Options at ASC.  

**Please note that no outside food is allowed inside the ASC.

What can I do when our team isn’t playing?

UW Venue*

  • Browse through our great food vendors in the Main Plaza.

  • Head to the Alaska Airlines Arena Concourse. There you can hang out with your friends and:

    • Pose for a snapshot in the *FREE* photo booth or schedule your photo session/video shoot at Match Point Photography.

    • Share some nachos at Taco Del Mar, or caramel apples and fudge at Big Bear Chocolates.

    • Check out the low-priced gear at the Pro Shop, custom tees and sweats at Fine Designs, comfort clothing at LuLaRoe, beach performance clothing at Five12 Apparel, or skincare and makeup at Beautycounter.

    • Try a cushiony pair of liquid gel insoles at Body Shocks.

    • Re-charge your phone and check out the fidget spinners and other gadgets at GAE Products.

    • See what’s available in the AVF auction, and make a donation to support players in need.

  • Don’t forget to enter to win some fun prizes at participating vendor booths in the Arena and the Plaza, such as sweet crepes for your team and coaches (up to 14) from Crepe Café Sisters, or meal vouchers from Taco Del Mar, Yummy Box Asian Street Food, and many more.

  • Have a favorite vendor? Go to the Info Desk, vote for your favorite, and enter to win a prize from ECC!

*Please note that some vendors may leave early if they sell out, and when play winds down toward the end of each day.


ASC Venue

  • Head upstairs to the Academy Grill and grab a quick snack, lunch or a drink.

  • Check out the low-priced gear, Molten novelty volleyballs, and clothing at the ASC Pro Shop. While you’re there, donate to the Academy Volleyball Foundation, and enter to win some cool prizes.

  • Take a group photo in front of the ECC backdrop.

What is the Academy Volleyball Foundation Auction?

The Academy Volleyball Foundation (AVF) is a community-based non-profit organization committed to providing athletic scholarships for low-income student athletes. We are hosting an online auction May 19-29, 2017 to raise funds to ensure that every student athlete, regardless of their ability to pay, has access to our high-quality instruction and training.  

You can view items and register to bid here. Stay up-to-date on items and bids by accessing www.bforg.com/academy2017 on your mobile device. Please bid frequently and generously, as we rely on you to help keep these worthwhile programs available for ALL student athletes!  

Want to support AVF another way? You can also choose to donate cash through the online auction, or drop your donation into the AVF boxes located at the UW Info Desk and the UW Alaska Airlines Arena Auction Table, or the Pro Shop at the Academy Sports Center. 

If you need help

How do I get help for an injury or medical emergency?

UW Venue

  • If you have a minor injury, go to the First Aid station located inside Dempsey Indoor Facility. The First Aid station, staffed by physicians and students from Bastyr Sports Medicine Club, can provide you with ice and taping. With parental approval, BSMC can also provide therapies such as massage, acupuncture, and Naturopathic manipulation. 

  • Ice bags are available in two additional locations: at the IMA in the hallway between gyms, and at the Arena at the top of the stairs by the east end of the main floor seating area.

  • For a medical emergency, flag down any volunteer with a red Academy t-shirt. We’ll call for an onsite EMT or other emergency personnel.

ASC Venue

  • If you have a minor injury or need ice, go to the Trainer Room under the stairs.

  • For a medical emergency, flag down any volunteer with a red Academy t-shirt. We’ll call for emergency personnel.

Help, where can I find my lost water bottle / blanket / backpack!

Lost and Found for all playing sites at the UW venue is located on the far side of the Tournament Desk in the Dempsey Indoor facility. Items with high value will be kept at the Tournament Desk. 

At the Academy Sports Center, Lost and Found is located under the stairs.

What if you realize you’ve lost something after you get home? Check back on the ECC website. We’ll post photos of everything we find two days after the tournament. Email Kelsey at the Academy Sports Center (operationswvba@gmail.com), and we’ll coordinate with you so you can get your item back as soon as possible.