The MIVA Tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA National Collegiate Men's Volleyball Championship which consists of six teams who play single elimination to determine the National Champion. The two other major volleyball conferences, the EIVA (Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) and the MPSF (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) also send their league tournament champions to the tournament. Through the 2013 tournament, each of the three champions received an automatic place in the national semifinals. Starting in 2014, the tournament expanded from four to six teams, with the champion of Conference Carolinas also receiving an automatic bid; the top two seeds receive a bye into the semifinals and the remaining four teams play for places in the semifinals.
On February 4, 1961 the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Conference, the nation's first men's college volleyball league, was started in Lansing, Michigan by representatives of Ball State University, Detroit Institute of Technology, Earlham College, George Williams College, Lansing College, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, and Wittenberg College. The league came about largely through the efforts of Jim Coleman of Wittenberg College and Don Shondell of Ball State University. The league name was later changed to the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA). Over the years, more than forty schools from Divisions I, II, and III, as well as a couple pf junior colleges, have participated as members of the MIVA. The current membership is made up of five D-I (including two charter members) and four D-II institutions.