In a ground-breaking event, GymRat LIVE will feature seven NIKE EYBL powerhouses and one of the nation’s most storied grassroots basketball programs competing head-to-head on May 29-30 in Albany, NY. BABC, the City Rocks, Expressions Elite, the NY Gauchos, NJ Legacy, the PSA Cardinals, NY RENS, and Team Final will compete ALPHA v. ALPHA in this GymRat RECRUITING Index event that will shine the brightest spotlight of the season on the grassroots basketball landscape. Included in the event field will be the consensus #1 and #2 players in the nation and projected 2022 NBA Lottery Picks, Emoni Bates and Jalen Duren, of Team Final as well as a host of other future NCAA and NBA stars. In the 30 years that national player rankings have been published, Team Final represents the first time that the consensus #1 and #2 players in that United States have been paired on the same grassroots basketball roster. THERE WILL BE TWO WAYS TO WATCH THIS HISTORIC EVENT....IN PERSON OR BY TUNING INTO TO THE PROFESSIONAL LIVE BROADCAST.
WashingtonAvenueArmoryLogoThe Governor's Office has approved GymRat LIVE to be the first full capacity sporting event since the beginning of the pandemic. As a part of the Governor's Re-Open & Re-Imagine New York initiative, two premium games at GymRat LIVE will be played in front of 2,500 fans at Albany's historic Washington Avenue Armory. Tickets will be available at the door only. ALL SPECTATORS MUST SHOW PROOF OF VACCINATION (Excelsior Pass or paper vaccination card) and photo ID in order to purchase a ticket. No spectators without proof of vaccination will be allowed in the door. The $35 ticket is good for BOTH high-powered games at the Armory on Saturday. Children 16 years of age and younger are exempt from the vaccination requirement and WILL be allowed to attend the games provided that they are with a fully vaccinated adult.
At 2:25 PM the hometown City Rocks will battle projected NBA Lottery Pics Emoni Bates & Jalen Duren and Team Final....the #1 ranked team in America and the first team in the history of grassroots basketball to have the consensus #1 and #2 players in America on their roster. Team Final has been dubbed by National Media as "The Beatles of Grassroots Basketball"
CITY ROCKS v TEAM FINALThat game will be preceded at 12:40 PM on Saturday the #16 ranked team in the country (and the ONLY team to have beaten #1 Team FInal) will match-up against grassroots basketball royalty BABC out of Boston. BABC is led by the legendary Leo Papile, a longtime executive and scout with the Boston Celtics.
GymRat LIVE will be a full-broadcast production with multiple professionally operated cameras on each court, including a replay camera, as well as a technical director, graphics director, and broadcast team (play-by-play and color commentator) on every broadcasted game. GymRat LIVE will NOT be a live "stream" with a teenager holding an iPAD at half-court while every viewer squints to see jersey numbers and hopes that the iPAD operator remembers to move their lens. GymRat LIVE will provide the best digital viewing experience of any grassroots basketball event anywhere on the planet. This will be the best game film available to any fan, media member, player, coach, or college coach in the nation. Click the link below to see the quality of the GymRat LIVE broadcast from last weekend's GIRLS GymRat LIVE event.
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The original intent was to allow only college coaches to access the broadcast. However, with limited capacity allowed in the Capital Center combined with a huge demand from players, parents, and media to have access to the broadcast, we have decided to add a GENERAL ADMISSIONS digital viewing package in order to make the GymRat LIVE broadcast available to the general public, media publications, and to players that are in need of quality game film as a part of the recruiting process. This will allow players, parents, media, and the general public to view the live broadcast AND have on-demand access to every GymRat LIVE broadcasted game. The GymRat LIVE General Admission Broadcast package is available for $99....BUT ONLY DURING THE EVENT. Once the event ends, on-demand only access will be available for $199. CLICK HERE to access the General Admission Broadcast package.
ACCESS THE BROADCASTThe $99 General Admission broadcast package allows the purchaser to view all games of the GymRat LIVE broadcast and have archived access to all broadcasted games. The General Admissions package does not include the digital roster information and full RECRUITING Index features available in the $395 College Coaches broadcast package.


JANUARY 14, 2021-With vaccines rolling out across the nation, and after weeks of consultation with public health officials and our government relations team, the informed decision has been made that the 2021 GIRLS GymRat CHALLENGE will be held on June 12-13, and the 2021 BOYS GymRat CHALLENGE will be moved from its traditional Memorial Day Weekend slot to July 2-3 (Fri-Sat) in order to enhance the safety of all participants and ensure that we are meeting all public health and governmental re-opening standards. Our outstanding competition venues will once again include Albany's beautiful Times Union Center (pictured right) and the state-of-the-art Albany Capital Center (pictured below)


National Registration is officially underway. Teams from throughout the United States can now register without restriction for the 2021 GymRat CHALLENGE and give their teams and players access to TOP LEVEL competition venues and the GymRat RECRUITING INDEX....the most CREDIBLE and EFFECTIVE basketball recruiting service on the market, as well as the annual GymRat REPORT that's available to every college coach in the nation.

  In lieu of our annual Early Registration period that is generally open for all returning teams from November 1st through December 31st, the 141 teams that were previously registered for the COVD-cancelled 2020 GymRat CHALLENGE have automatically been registered for the 2021 event. With 141 BOYS teams and 183 GIRLS teams already registered in the carry-over from 2020, we will reach max capacity for 2021 WELL AHEAD of the event tip-off, so if you are planning to compete in the 2021 GymRat CHALLENGE, you are strongly advised to register as soon as possible.

  We look forward to a great 2021 and to seeing you this summer for what will certainly be among the biggest, most visible and most competitive events on the national grassroots basketball calendar.