Play Days Preview Season

The McGill-Toolen Summer Play Days are returning to the Foley Event Center July 16 – 17, offering high school volleyball teams a chance to practice and gel before the 2021 season starts.

Tournament Director Kate Wood said they are expecting close to 50 teams with year including junior varsity and varsity teams from Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. After being forced to cancel last year’s event due to the COVID pandemic, Wood said not only have registration numbers returned to where they were in 2019, they’ve actually grown.

Wood said part of the success is the more laid-back approach to the event. The goal is for teams to come together and see what works.

“All schedules will come from the head coaches of each team, there is not tournament website. And because it is a scrimmage, we are not officially keeping score- just a flip score,” Wood explained.

Foley Sports Tourism Event Operations Manager Angie Sullivan said Play Days are an opportunity to share the city and the facility with even more people.

“We are blessed to host a number of club volleyball events throughout the year, but this brings in high school teams- some different coaches and some different players,” Sullivan said. “We want to reach those people who have maybe never been to Foley before. Our goal is for them to be looking at the calendar to see when they can return for club or high school play before they even leave the building.”

The McGill-Toolen Summer Play Days run all day July 16 – 17. There is a $5 charge for spectator admission. For more information about this competition or any Foley Sports Tourism event visit our events page.