Welcome to a page dedicated to more information on The Holiday Classic Presented by SBLive Sports! The Holiday Classic is a nationally-sanctioned high school basketball tournament played annually in San Diego, California. The 31st annual edition of the tournament was held December 26, 27, 28 & 30, 2021. Despite nearly two dozen teams being forced to drop out due to the spread of COVID-19 around the holidays, The 2021 Holiday Classic featured 60+ teams in four divisions.
The 32nd rendition of "The Classic" will be December 27th-30th, 2022. This gives out of town teams a chance to spend Christmas with their families, then travel in on December 26th or the morning of December 27th.
As has become custom since 2015, there will also be a Tip Off Night on December 23rd. Three games will feature six of San Diego's best teams, all held at the historic Torrey Pines High School gymnasium.
Over the years, The Holiday Classic has become "the tournament of choice" for scouts, college coaches and top-tier basketball programs from around the country. The tournament games are played at four or five different high school gyms in beautiful San Diego and each team is guaranteed four games, with a total of approximately 140 games played over the four day event.
Torrey Pines High School (National Division)
Saint Augustine High School (American Division)
Carlsbad High School (Senator Division)
Rancho Buena Vista High School (Governor & Mayor Division)
The Holiday Classic continues to showcase future NCAA and NBA star players as well as elite high school coaches from across the nation.
Dates: Tuesday, December 27th through Friday, December 30th
Number of Divisions: 5 - Coaches submit division requests when registering
Location: 5 high schools throughout San Diego
States Represented: Typically 8-12 from across the country
Media: All games at all sites streamed on BallerTV as well as featured on various social media platforms
Attendance in non-COVID Years: ~20,000
Website Visitors during The 2021 Holiday Classic: 23,620
Cost: 2021's cost was $675 for four guaranteed games
Hotels: For all out-of-town teams, 4-6 local hotels offer heavily discounted rates. 2021 example - Del Mar Hilton was $119 (typically $200+).
Registration Deadline: Late August - Early September 2022
2022 registration is now closed. Please reach out in March 2023 for 2023 Holiday Classic registration.