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One of the biggest sporting events in Pensacola annually, takes place the weekend of March 16 - 17.  The West Florida WAVEFEST is a two-day youth indoor volleyball tournament held at several locations in the Pensacola area.  

WAVEFEST 2018 had 153 teams participating with130 traveling from out of town. The tournament was one of the largest in it's 21 year history.

Founded in 1997, known as Lizardfest, the tournament has grown to be one of the premier youth girls travel volleyball tournaments in the South.  Hosted and managed by the West Florida Waves, formerly the Volleyball Pensacola Leaping Lizards, the tournament is an opportunity for teams to experience competition from far and wide. 

 “We are thrilled to have this event in Pensacola,” said Ray Palmer, Pensacola Sports Association’s Executive Director.  “From our surveys and research, we know a lot of people travel to this tournament; a lot of hotel rooms are reserved.  The feedback from parents and coaches is always very positive of the area, facilities, and tournament organizers.”

In total, more than 3,000 people will be in Pensacola for the tournament, staying in hotels, eating in area restaurants, and shopping at local stores resulting in over $1,000,000 in direct spending in the Pensacola area. Many teams plan their Spring Break around WAVEFEST, leading to an increased love and appreciation for our Gulf Coast.


An update for those bringing 15s and 16s teams:
We will combine play for the 15s Club/Power divisions and the 16s Club/Power divisions as there were only 3 power teams registered so far in both. Please look for further information in the upcoming weeks as we look forward to having you all at Wavefest.

2019 Wavefest Information

Wavefest is March 16-17

  1. The schedule is now live on AES .
  2. The site locations  are included in the schedule. We are using both Pensacola State College (PSC) campuses. One is in PSC - Milton is in Milton, FL and PSC Ross Center is on the Pensacola, FL campus parents should check this carefully.  
  3. We are not using paper "day of rosters". Rosters MUST be updated online in AES and current by Friday 3/15. Players not listed on AES rosters may be deemed ineligible for the tournament. 
  4. Coaches meetings will take place at each location 30 minutes prior to each wave start time. 
  5. Food tables are NOT provided nor allowed inside either Pensacola State College site, but are allowed at all other sites. Tables are provided at some sites on a first come first serve basis.
  6. Coaches are responsible for confirming any tournament seeding/officiating responsibilities with their site director before taking the team out of the gym for the day. It is important to confirm what you believe to be correct.
  7. There is a $5 per day admission charge for person's 13 and older at all Gulf Coast region events. This is a Gulf Coast Region policy, harassing the gate staff is inappropriate and embarrassing. Coaches and athletes are admitted free of charge.
  8. WATER ONLY is permitted in the gym spaces. This includes your morning coffee.
  9. Please park in a marked parking spot. 

Thanks for coming and we are looking forward to some great competition. 

Registration Instructions

Entry Fee: $425
Register and Pay Online  or               
Make Checks Payable to:
West Florida Waves Volleyball Club

Mail Check to:
Karen Emmons 

1306 Mazurek Blvd
Pensacola, FL 32514

GCR Admissions Charge Policy

Please note there is a Gulf Coast Region policy to charge admission at all Gulf Coast Region events for 2019. Admission is $5 per adult for this two day event.


Wavefest is proud to be supported by Pensacola Sports: 
Pensacola Sports advocates for growing the health and vitality of Pensacola’s citizens and economy through education, inspiration, and participation in a diverse range of amateur, professional, individual, and team sports-related activities and events. These efforts contribute to the quality of life in our community.

Want to enhance your stay check out VISIT PENSACOLA

West Florida Waves Volleyball Club is a proud member of the 
Gulf Coast Region Volleyball Association,
a Member of 
USA Volleyball