The Australian Volleyball Schools Cup is the largest school-based sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting teams from across Australia, plus international teams. The event is owned and organised by Volleyball Australia.

This event has seen tremendous growth since its inception and in 2019 saw 414 teams from 124 schools from across Australia and New Zealand. This unique event has delivered almost all of the national players (beach and indoor) for the last 3 decades and will continue to see the next generation of national, international and potentially Olympic athletes.

Schools Cup is the marquee junior participation event in the national events portfolio, bringing together hundreds of secondary school teams annually in December, enjoying an introduction to volleyball, camaraderie and enthusiastic competition amongst the nation’s school community.

Frequently Asked Questions

About Schools Cup

Schools Cup is the largest school-based sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting hundreds of teams from across Australia, plus international teams.

The first Australian Volleyball Schools Cup edition was organised in 1984.

The AVSC is held at the end of the annual school year in the first or second week of December each year (depending on the school calendars around the country)

Schools Cup is held on the Gold Coast in Queensland. The event is hosted across multiple venues depending on team numbers. 

Core venues for the event are the Gold Coast Sports & Leisure Centre in Carrara, Carrara Indoor Sports Stadium and the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre.  In addition to these 3 venues, the Runaway Bay Indoor Sports Centre will also be utilised if necessary.

Any school that fits the entry criteria can enter Schools Cup, please refer to section 2 & 3 of the Schools Cup Tournament Regulations that can be found in the “Competition Info” section of this website.

Volleyball Australia

Teams from every state and territory across Australia attend as well as international teams from New Zealand. Over 5000 participants compete with our largest event including over 414 teams across 124 schools.

Entering a Team

The online nominations will open in August each year. Please make sure you follow the nomination “How To’ document trackable on the website under Nomination to ensure you haven’t missed anything.

The Nomination closing date is in late October/Early November each year. Please check the Key Dates page for specific information for the upcoming event.

Take a look at the “How-to” Guide on the nominations page. Login or create an account and then follow the steps in the guide.

Entry fees for Schools Cup can be found here

The nomination advice and tax invoice will be sent to schools after nominations have closed. We request the team entry fee payments within 2 weeks of receiving your invoice. Entry fees received after this date will incur a $100 late entry fee.

For more information on specific dates, please see our Key Dates page

Up to 16 players can be nominated on a team list but the list must be reduced to 12 or less at team registration.
A team may consist of up to twelve (12) players, and 3 Team staff members which could consist of any 3 of the following:

  • Coach
  • Assistant Coach
  • Trainer
  • Team Manager
  • Head of Delegation
  • Statistician

AVSC Tournament

The tournament shall be conducted in separate competitions for boys and girls.
Only female students may play in girls’ competitions.
Male or female players may play in boys’ competitions, subject to the Competition Rules & Regulations.
The Tournament shall be divided into Honours and Divisional sections.

Your team will be playing at least one match per day, maximum 2 per day. Teams will play at multiple venues throughout the tournament but never more than 1 venue in 1 day.

All competition draws, once published, will be available in the Competition Information section of this website under the sub menu “Draws”.

The qualified referees from each team will officiate when their team is rostered for duty at the time of player registration. Most finals matches will be first refereed by official referees provided by Volleyball Australia where possible. Duty teams will still be required to supply additional personnel to support the match officiating requirements in these cases.

All teams are responsible for supplying accredited referees for their duty commitments and appointing these officials at the time of nomination.

Contact your State Volleyball Association to become a qualified Referee. 

The following age groups shall be offered: 

Honours Competition

The honours competition is age based – the following age groups shall be offered:

Open (Under 20) Must be in year 10, 11 or 12. Cannot turn 20 or older in the year of the event.
Year 11 Must be in year 9, 10 or 11
Year 10 Must be in year 8, 9 or 10
Year 9 Must be in year 7, 8 or 9
Year 8 Must be in year 6, 7 or 8

Divisional Competition 

The divisional competition is school year level based – the following year levels and divisions will be offered: 

Year 12 Division 1, 2 or 3 – Must be in year 9, 10, 11 or 12
Year 11 Division 1, 2 or 3 – Must be in year 9, 10 or 11
Year 10 Division 1, 2 or 3 – Must be in year 8, 9 or 10
Year 9 Division 1, 2 or 3 – Must be in year 7, 8 or 9
Year 8 Division 1, 2 or 3 – Must be in year 6, 7 or 8
Year 7 Division 1 or 2 – Must be in year 5, 6 or 7

If you wish to compete in Honours Division but did not finish in the Top 3 at your State Schools Cup. If you did not, you need to submit a Wildcard Application.

If your team has an International player or a student that has changed schools during the year, you need to submit an Exemption Form.

To nominate a school or an individual for their outstanding service, a Long Service Award application is required to be submitted online.

Applications are due at the same time as team entry nominations. Late applications will not be considered.

As part of the entry fee to the tournament, each school shall be invoiced a team bond deposit of $200 per team, as indicated in the nomination process. Schools nominating more than 4 teams shall be invoiced a team bond of $800. For any fines over and above the bond deposit, schools will be invoiced to recoup the additional amount.

You will be asked to provide us with your bank details so as to process your bond refund via EFT.  Any infringements that will occur throughout the event will be subtracted from the original bond amount. Also if your school does not pick the medals at the closing ceremony $20.00 will be subtracted from your bond amount to cover the cost of freight.

The Tournament Regulations can be downloaded from the website.  In this booklet you will find information about divisions and eligibility, team eligibility, player eligibility, exemptions and appeal process, entry process, match conduct, officiating, general policies, sanctions and different attachments about Schools Cup.


The Schools Cup matches will be held across 3 venues. 
The Gold Coast offers world class facilities for major sporting events and community sports.

Coomera Indoor Sports Centre 
35 Beattie Rd, Coomera QLD 4209

Gold Coast Sport & Leisure Centre
Nerang Broadbeach Rd, Carrara QLD 4211

Runaway Bay Indoor Sports Stadium
Sports Dr, Runaway Bay QLD 4216

Every division will play across all venues; there isn’t a specific venue for a specific division.

Training courts will be available for bookings at the Gold Coast Sport & Leisure Centre 

Bookings will be taken on a first in best dressed basis. Please download the Training Courts Booking Form from the website and send it back to avsc@volleyball.org.au.
The cost of one court is PRICE TBC

First Aid services will be provided at each venue by TBC

At each venue you will be able to find an information desk situated in the foyer with volunteers ready to answer all of your questions.


To become a volunteer complete the online EOI form and once completed Verity Hanka: verity.hanka@volleyball.org.au will be in contact with you.

If you wish to become one of our great partners, please send an email to Verity Hanka: verity.hanka@volleyball.org.au 


A prize will be awarded to the school with the best banner. The winner will be announced at the closing ceremony.

For the player recording the highest jump in each age division, you’ll receive a prize which will be presented during the tournament.