2021 GymRat CHALLENGE Trophy
A few important notes and reminders in advance of this week’s BOYS GymRat CHALLENGE….one of the biggest and most competitive basketball events in the nation.
  • GAME SCHEDULES are available at http://gymratchallenge.com/boys-event/game-schedules/
  • GAME SITE ADDRESSES can be found at http://gymratchallenge.com/boys-event/game-sites-directions/
  • COVID SPECTATOR POLICY: Most COVID restrictions have been lifted in New York State, so spectators WILL be allowed to attend the GymRat CHALLENGE.
  • COVID MASK POLICY: Currently, New York State guidance allows individual businesses to determine their own mask policy. As a result, we will adhere to the mask policies that have been put in place by each of our competition sites. We understand and appreciate that MANY people are fatigued by COIVD limitations and restrictions, including mask wearing. However, we do not dictate these policies. They are dictated by the building owners and we MUST adhere to them. The stated mission of the GymRat CHALLENGE is to create a top-level competition venue for young basketball athletes to showcase their skills in front of college coaches and expert evaluators. The Admissions Gate and spectator seating will NOT become a distraction from that mission by devolving into a place for political debate over mask wearing. Spectators who want to watch the games can do so by adhering to the building policies. Spectators who do not want to adhere to building policies will simply not be allowed in the venues. The individual building mask policies are:
    • ALBANY CAPITAL CENTER: is a completely “mask optional” venue.
    • HUDSON VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE:Vaccinated visitors are not required to wear a mask or socially distance. Unvaccinated visitors must maintain six feet of social distance and wear a mask.
    • AFRIM’S SPORTS is a completely “mask optional” venue.
    • UNION COLLEGE Vaccinated visitors are not required to wear a mask or socially distance. Unvaccinated visitors must maintain six feet of social distance and wear a mask.
  • TICKETS will be on sale for spectators on site at all competition venues. Tournament passes are available for $30 and will allow access to all games across all venues during the event weekend. One day passes are also available for $25 per event day. Senior citizen pricing is $25 for a Tournament Pass and $20 for a One-Day pass. Family pricing is offered for two adults with two or more children (where facility COIVD limits allow) at $80 for a Tournament Pass and $65 for a One-Day pass. Children under six are admitted for free.
  • GAME RULES & CODE OF CONDUCT can be found at http://gymratchallenge.com/boys-event/game-rules-code-of-conduct/ Please expect ALL rules and code of conduct points to be enforced by GymRat CHALLENGE staff.
  • TEAM CHECK-IN will take place at the site of each team’s first pool play game. At the time of CHECK-IN, we will need to know your team hotel, number of rooms you’ve booked at the hotel property, and contact information (contact person/coach cell phone number, etc.). We will also issue wristbands to PLAYERS, COACHES, and SCOREKEEPERS. PLAYER and COACH wristbands are NOT for parents and spectators. TEAMS SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE VENUE AT LEAST 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED START OF THEIR GAMES.
  • GAME TRACKING & SOCIAL MEDIA Our social media staff will be active tracking games and posting throughout the weekend. For real time game updates, please
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  • CLICK HERE to follow @TheRealGymRatCHALLENGE on Instagram
  • PLAYER IDENTIFICATION & PROOF OF AGE: Coaches should be certain to have with them throughout the event, proof of AGE and IDENTIFICATION for ALL players. Proof of age can be determined by birth certificate or AAU card. All players should also have some form of photo identification (government issued ID, school ID, etc)



  • OFFICIAL GymRat CHALLENGE GEAR will be available at ALL competition venues but only while supplies last. NO POST-EVENT ORDERS can be taken and many items sell out EARLY, so there is something that you want, make that purchase as early in the event as possible.


  • PLAYERS WHO HAVE NOT VERIFIED THEIR ROSTER INFORMATION are putting themselves at a major recruiting and recognition dis-advantage. Those players who have NOT accepted their roster spots will NOT be visible to college coaches and evaluators, and therefore will be missing out on a HUGE advantage of competing at the GymRat CHALLENGE. CLICK HERE learn more about the importance of the player verification process.

GymRAT Recruiting Index

  • THE GymRat REPORT: The 2021 BOYS GymRat CHALLENGE Event Report will be released and posted to all GymRat RECRUITING INDEX accounts on Friday, July 9th. The comprehensive 60+ page report includes an event re-cap, as well as the announcement of ALL-GymRat selections and evaluations in all Age Divisions for one of the summer’s biggest, most competitive, and most respected basketball events. In addition to being available to every college coach in the United States through the GymRat RECRUITING INDEX, the GymRat Report is also available to all players and parents through the player’s GymRat RECRUITING INDEX profile. An ENHANCED Profile subscription is required in order to access the GymRat Report. CLICK HERE for more information and step by step instructions on how to view the GymRat REPORT. The GymRat Report is the most extensive report provided by any basketball event in the nation.