January 8-18 , 2016

This year’s January Tour will start in Maribor, Slovenia in a gorgeous hotel on the bottom of a World Cup ski mountain, and make its way through Italy to end in Milan 11 days later…
This tour has proved year after year to be the best way to find a team in Europe for the 2nd half of the season: January to March/April/May. We typically find teams for most players on the tour that come to stay, and also help players learn about Europe and European volleyball so that they’re ready to come back and have a team in August/September of the following season if that is their intent.
We will place players all over Europe; not just in the cities and countries that we visit! Please keep in mind that we also have coaches and managers coming from various countries to watch and hire players starting on the first day, so its important to show up in good shape and ready to go. Last year we sent players to France, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Denmark, Germany, and Finland, as well as placing players in countries that we did visit.
It is important to note that we also send players directly from this tour to the shorter duration Pro Leagues in places like Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines (Dates TBA; they change annually), Argentina & Chile (~January to ~March), Puerto Rico (~January to April/May), and sometimes the “Arab Countries” like UAE (Dubai & Abu Dhabi) as well.

Itinerary 2016

  • January 7: Leave the USA for Europe (LJU, GRZ, ZAG, etc; See info on arrival to Maribor, Slovenia below)
  • January 8: Arrive and get to the DRAS Center in Maribor on your own
  • January 8-11: Maribor, Slovenia
  • January 11-16: Various Towns in Northern Italy (Verona, Venice, Pordenone, Bergamo, etc)
  • January 16-18: Milan, Italy (We will see an A1 Match on January 17)
  • January 18: Depart from Milan, Italy (MXP or LIN), Return Home to USA the Same Day

Cost and payments

Cost of the tour is USD$1750 + airfare and includes breakfast and dinner daily, and all hotels, ground transportation costs, and volleyball activities. Players really only need spending money for daily lunches, phone calls, souvenirs, and “going out” if they so choose. A $350 non-refundable deposit is due to reserve a spot for this tour.
Interested players should contact Tim Kelly at: bringitusa@aol.com …and send the following information:
  • Name
  • Birth Year
  • School (and last year of eligibility)
  • Positions Played
  • Height
  • Phone Number
  • Any Direct Links to Online Player Bio and/or Video
Payments can be made by check or money order to “Bring It Promotions” and mailed by regular mail (please, no FedEx, UPS, or DHL) to:
Bring It Promotions
Attn: Kelly, JEET ’16
7055 Scripps Crescent
Goleta, CA 93117
Please be SURE that your name and “JEET ’16” appear on the check.
Please do NOT send money in CAN$. We only accept USD$.

Interested players should read the journals of past years tours.

 Flight Info for JEET ‘16

You are buying your own tickets to Europe, and as long as you’re at the DRAS Center in Maribor, Slovenia on January 8th, and ready for practice that night at 5:00pm, it doesn’t matter what time you arrive or depart. As stated above, you want to arrive to LJU (Ljubljana, Slovenia; a ~2 hour train ride from Maribor), GRZ (Graz, Austria; a < 1 hour train ride but with less connections), ZAG (Zagreb, Croatia; ~2 hours by bus or train), or VIE (Vienna, Austria; a 3+ hour train ride). Venice (and Italy in general) is a nightmare to connect on public transportation, so while you may want to visit Italy pre or post-tour, be very careful if you choose to do this. There just aren’t that many connecting trains to get into Slovenia from Italy. Check out Go Opti online (http://www.goopti.com/) for new shuttle options from most airports (including Venice) to Maribor. As for airfare, usually a round trip ticket to Europe is the same price (or cheaper) than a one-way, and due to visa restrictions and immigration issues in Europe, it often causes problems to try and come with a one-way ticket (or a ticket that has a return for more than 90 after arrival). Suggestion: Either come on a mileage ticket (if you have a parent or friend with tons of airline miles) because its free to change and usable for a full year, or come on the cheapest possible round trip with your return January 18 (or later) as planned, knowing that you might “eat” the return if you’re coming to “stay and play” and find a team. Of course in this case the team will have to fly you home on a new ticket at the end of the season, but having a “mileage ticket” (if possible) makes everything easiest.