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PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING REMINDERS:

TEAMS ARE EXPECTED T0 ARRIVE ON SITE A MINIMUM OF THIRTY (30) MINUTES BEFORE THEIR SCHEDULED GAME TIMES.

The stated mission of the GymRat CHALLENGE is to allow young basketball athletes the opportunity to compete at the highest level and to showcase their skills in pursuit of the opportunity to play collegiately and beyond. The overwhelming success rate of the GymRat CHALLENGE in this mission is well documented. ANYONE CAUSING A DISRUPTION TO THE KIDS’ OPPORTUNITY TO SHOWCASE THEIR SKILLS AND/OR BEHAVING IN A MANNER THAT IS INAPPROPRIATE WILL BE REMOVED FOR ALL EVENT VENUES.

ANY PLAYER, FAN, SPECTATOR, PARENT, AND/OR FAMILY MEMBER EXHIBITING BEHAVIOR THAT IS DEEMED TO BE DISRUPTIVE TO THE EVENT AND/OR THE COMPETITION WILL BE IMMEDIATELY REMOVED FOR THE EVENT AND BANNED FROM ALL COMPETITION VENUES. AT THE SOLE DISCRETION OF EVENT ORGANIZERS, DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR FROM ANY PLAYER, FAN, SPECTATOR, PARENT, AND/OR FAMILY MEMBER MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION OF THE TEAM OR TEAMS ASSOCIATED WITH SAID PLAYER, FAN, SPECTATOR, PARENT, AND/OR FAMILY MEMBER. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH TEAM TO ENSURE THAT THOSE IN THEIR TRAVEL PARTY ARE AWARE OF THE STANDARDS, RULES, AND CODE OF CONDUCT AT THE GymRat CHALLENGE. NO REFUNDS WILL BE PROVIDED TO ANY PLAYER, TEAM, FAN, SPECTATOR, PARENT, AND/OR FAMILY MEMBER THAT IS EJECTED FROM THE EVENT.

  • DIRECTIONS TO ALL GYMRAT CHALLENGE COMPETITION VENUES CAN BE FOUND ON WWW.GYMRATCHALLENGE.COM. COURT NUMBERS ASSOCIATED WITH EACH VENUE ARE ALSO INDICATED. WHERE APPLICABLE, WE HAVE PROVIDED GPS ADDRESSES FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE. GPS IS ONLY ADVISABLE FOR USE WHEN TRAVELING TO OUR NON-COLLEGIATE FACILITIES. GENERALLY SPEAKING, COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITIES ONLY PROVIDE STREET ADDRESSES FOR CENTRALLY LOCATED POINTS ON THEIR CAMPUSES. LOCATING THOSE ADDRESSES VIA GPS SYSTEMS MAY GET YOU TO THE COLLEGE CAMPUS, BUT WILL LIKELY NOT PLACE YOU NEAR THE COMPETITION VENUE. THE DIRECTIONS THAT ARE PROVIDED ON GYMRATCHALLENGE.COM ARE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO GET YOU TO THE ENTRANCE OF THE COMPETITION VENUE. WHERE GPS IS NOT AVAILABLE OR APPLICABLE, PLEASE REFER TO THOSE DIRECTIONS THAT WE HAVE TAKEN THE TIME TO PROVIDE AND TEST. FOR YOUR ADDITIONAL REFERENCE AND CONVENIENCE, WE HAVE ALSO PROVIDED LINKS TO OUR HOST FACILITY WEBSITES.
  • PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT COACHES MAKE THEMSELVES AVAILABLE TO OUR EVALUATION STAFF TO ANSWER QUESTIONS OR IDENTIFY PLAYERS DURING THE EVENT. THOSE EVALUATORS ARE CHARGED WITH CREATING THE POST-EVENT PRESS RELEASE THAT DETAILS TOP TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL PERFORMERS AND RECEIVES EXTREMELY WIDE READERSHIP. IN THE TWO WEEKS FOLLOWING THE GIRL’S GymRat CHALLENGE, THIS POST-EVENT REPORT ANNUALLY RECEIVES OVER 1,100,000 HITS FROM INTERESTED FANS, COACHES, AND PUBLICATIONS. PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT INCOMPLETE OR INCORRECT ROSTERS (i.e., missing or incorrect jersey numbers) MAKE IT EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO IDENTIFY PLAYERS AND PROVIDE THEM WITH THE NOTORIETY THAT THEY DESERVE. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF YOUR PLAYERS ARE LISTED CORRECTLY (BOTH FIRST & LAST NAMES) WITH THE CORRECT JERSEY NUMBERS IN THE SCOREBOOK BEFORE EACH GAME.
  • PLEASE BE AWARE AND RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL GAMES RULES AND RULES OF CONDUCT. GymRat CHALLENGE RULES AND POLICIES WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED. GAME RULES AND RULES OF CONDUCT CAN BE FOUND IN THE GAME RULES SECTION OF GymRatCHALLENGE.com. The GymRat CHALLENGE IS AN AAU SANCTIONED EVENT AND, AS SUCH, FOLLOWS THE PRESCRIBED CODE OF CONDUCT AND DRESS CODE GUIDELINES FOR THOSE ORGANIZATIONS. AS SUCH, COACHES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO WEAR SLIPPERS OR SANDALS ON THE SIDELINE DURING THE COURSE OF THE GAME, COACHES MUST WEAR A COLLARED SHIRT (MOCK NECK IS ALSO ACCEPTABLE) ON THE SIDELINE DURING THE COURSE OF THE GAME, AND COACHES WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO WEAR BASEBALL HATS, DOO RAGS (WAVE CAPS) OR BEANIES WHILE COACHING DURING THE EVENT.
  • THE GymRat CHALLENGE HAS A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY IN REFERENCE TO FIGHTING AND ACTS OF VIOLENCE. ANY PLAYER OR TEAM PERSONNEL COMMITTING AN ACT OF VIOLENCE OR RECEIVING A TECHNICAL FOUL FOR FIGHTING WILL BE EJECTED FROM THE GAME, REQUIRED TO SIT OUT THEIR TEAM’S NEXT GAME, AND MAY BE DISQUALIFIED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE TOURNAMENT AT THE SOLE DISCRETION OF THE EVENT ORGANIZERS. EJECTED PLAYERS/TEAM PERSONNEL WILL BE REQUIRED TO IMMEDIATELY LEAVE THE TOURNAMENT VENUE AND, IF CIRCUMSTANCES WARRANT, WILL BE REMANDED TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES. ANY PLAYER/TEAM PERSONNEL EJECTED UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES WILL BE PERMANENTLY BANNED FROM ALL TOURNAMENT VENUES AND FROM PARTICIPATION IN ANY FUTURE GymRat CHALLENGE EVENTS. FURTHER, AT THE DISCRETION OF THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS, A SINGLE ACT OF VIOLENCE COMMITTED BY AN INDIVIDUAL PLAYER OR TEAM PERSONNEL MEMBER MAY RESULT IN IMMEDIATE DISQUALIFICATION AND DISMISSAL OF THE ENTIRE TEAM FROM ANY FURTHER COMPETITION IN THE CURRENT GymRat CHALLENGE AND/OR ANY FUTURE GymRat CHALLENGE EVENTS.
  • ALL TEAMS ARE REQUIRED TO MEET THEIR THREE GAME GUARANTEE AND COMPETE IN ALL SCHEDULED GAMES. ANY TEAM FORFEITING FOR FAILING TO APPEAR IN ANY GAME WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY CHARGED FOR AN ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION FEE ($600) AND BANNED FROM COMPETING IN ANY FUTURE GymRat CHALLENGE EVENTS.
  • PLEASE BE SURE TO HAVE AGE ELIGIBILITY DOCUMENTATION (BIRTH CERTIFICATES, AAU CARDS, ETC.) FOR ALL PLAYERS AT THE EVENT IN CASE OF A PROTEST OR AGE ELIGIBIILITY VERIFICATION SITUATION. PLEASE BE REMINDED THAT, AS AN AAU SANCTIONED EVENT, THE GymRat CHALLENGE STRICTLY ADHERES TO AAU GRADE AND AGE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS. THOSE REQUIREMENTS CAN BE FOUND IN THE “WHO, WHAT, WHERE” SECTION OF GymRatCHALLENGE.com. AT THE DISCRETION OF THE EVENT DIRECTORS, TEAMS USING INELIGIBLE PLAYERS MAY BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE EVENT, FUTURE GymRat CHALLENGE EVENTS, AND/OR FUTURE AAU SANCTIONED EVENTS. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH TEAM TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THESE REQUIREMENTS AND TO ENSURE THAT ALL PLAYERS ARE WITHIN THE ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES.
  • IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE SO ALREADY, PLEASE MAKE HOTEL RESERVATIONS IMMEDIATELY. WITH THE SIZE AND SCOPE OF THIS EVENT, HOTEL SPACE HAS BECOME VERY LIMITED. YOU MAY VIEW THE EVENT PREFERRED HOTEL LIST ONLINE, OR SIMPLY CALL 1-866-507-7015, AND A HOTEL RESERVATIONS EXPERT FROM OUR LODGING LOGISTICS PARTNER, ALLIANCE RESERVATIONS NETWORK (ARN), WILL ASSIST WITH ALL OF YOUR HOTEL ACCOMMODATION NEEDS. PER THE INFORMATION IN YOUR e-CONFIRMATION, ALL TEAMS IN NEED OF HOTEL SPACE ARE REQUIRED TO BOOK THROUGH ARN IN ORDER TO ALLOW ARN MAXIMUM NEGOTIATING LEVERAGE AND ENSURE THAT HOTEL PRICES REMAIN REASONABLE FOR TEAMS COMPETING IN THE GymRat CHALLENGE.
  • TEAM CHECK-IN WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE SITE OF YOUR FIRST GAME
  • WE WILL NEED TO KNOW YOUR TEAM HOTEL, # OF ROOMS BOOKED, AND TEAM CONTACT ROOM # WHEN YOU CHECK IN AT THE SITE OF YOUR FIRST GAME. YOU WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO VERIFY YOUR ROSTER IN THE GameChanger SYSTEM BEFORE YOUR FIRST GAME, SO PLEASE BE SURE TO ARRIVE AT LEAST 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO YOUR FIRST GAME. NO PLAYER WRISTBANDS WILL BE ISSUED UNTIL YOUR ROSTER HAS BEEN VERIFIED AT CHECK-IN. TEAMS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TAKE THE COURT FOR THEIR FIRST GAME UNTIL YOUR ROSTER HAS BEEN VERIFIED AND PLAYER WRISTBANDS HAVE BEEN ISSUED.
  • ALL REASONABLE, FEASIBLE, AND POSSIBLE SPECIAL REQUESTS ARE CONSIDERED ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. ALTHOUGH WE ATTEMPT TO MEET EVERY REASONABLE SPECIAL REQUEST, SOME ARE SIMPLY NOT POSSIBLE, BECAUSE OF THE SIZE AND SCOPE OF THE EVENT. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR FLEXIBILITY.
  • FOLLOWING THE CONCLUSION OF POOL PLAY, BRACKET MEETINGS IN EACH AGE DIVISION WILL BE HELD TO ANNOUNCE THE SEEDINGS FOR CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND PLAY. TIMES AND SITES FOR BRACKET MEETINGS CAN BE FOUND ON ALL GAME SCHEDULES AND WILL BE POSTED AT ALL TOURNAMENT VENUES. ALL TEAMS IN CONTENTION TO ADVANCE TO CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND PLAY MUST HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE AT THESE MEETINGS.
  • THE GYMRAT CHALLENGE IS A CHAMPIONSHIP STYLE EVENT, AND YOUR FINAL TOURNAMENT GAME WILL BE DETERMINED BY YOUR TEAM’S PERFORMANCE IN POOL PLAY AND, POTENTIALLY, THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND. THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDBEGINS ON SUNDAY AT 1:35 PM.  STARTING IN 2016, A NEW CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND FORMAT WAS INTRODUCED IN ORDER TO LIMIT THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF GAMES PLAYED BY ANY TEAM TO THREE DURING CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND COMPETITION. THE NEW FORMAT REDUCES PLAYER FATIGUE AND RESULTS IN HIGHER QUALITY PERFORMANCE IN ALL BRACKETS OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND. THIS NEW CONFIGURATION ALSO PRESERVES THE LEGENDARY TRADEMARK CHAMPIONSHIP-STYLE FORMAT OF THE GYMRAT CHALLENGE, ALLOWS FOR NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR WINNERS IN ALL BRACKETS, AND ALLOWS FOR EARLIER CONCLUSION TIMES FOR ALL TEAMS.  CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND PLAY IS HIGHLY COMPETITIVE AND INTENSE. IN ORDER TO CLAIM A GYMRAT CHALLENGE CHAMPIONSHIP, TEAMS MUST DEMONSTRATE A HIGH LEVEL OF BOTH SKILL AND WILL.
  • ANY TEAM WISHING TO FILE A PROTEST, MUST PROVIDE A SIGNED PROTEST IN WRITING TO AN AGE DIVISION DIRECTOR. A PROTEST FEE OF $100 MUST ALSO BE PROVIDED AT THE TIME THAT THE PROTEST IS SUBMITTED. IF THE PROTEST IS UPHELD, THE FEE WILL BE RETURNED TO THE PROTESTOR. IF THE PROTEST IS NOT UPHELD, THE FEE WILL NOT BE RETURNED. ANY PROTEST INVOLVING AGE/GRADE ELIGIBILITY MUST IDENTIFY THE NAME OF THE PLAYER IN QUESTION AS WELL AS THE “REASONABLE CAUSE” FOR THE PROTEST (I.E., A PROTEST MAY NOT BE SUBMITTED BASED ON A PLAYER’S SIZE).
  • PLEASE REMEMBER ALL TEAMS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN SCOREKEEPERS TO KEEP THE BOOK.  TOURNAMENT PERSONNEL WILL OPERATE THE SCORECLOCKS.
  • ON-SITE ATHLETIC TRAINERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EMERGENCY SITUATION AND INJURY CARE ONLY.  TEAMS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN PREVENTATIVE CARE AND EQUIPMENT (i.e., ANKLE TAPING AND TAPE).
  • GymRat CHALLENGE GEAR WILL BE ON SALE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST ONLY.  WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SHIP MERCHANDISE AFTER THE EVENT. TEAMS THAT HAVE ORDERED T-SHIRTS IN ADVANCE WILL HAVE THEIR ORDER WAITING FOR THEM AT CHECK-IN.
  • FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, ALL EVENT PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ISSUED WRIST BANDS THAT MUST BE WORN THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND. THESE WRIST BANDS WILL ALLOW PLAYERS AND COACHES ENTRY INTO ALL TOURNAMENT VENUES.  THESE WRISTBANDS WILL BE ISSUED TO ALL ROSTERED PLAYERS AND TO A MAXIMUM OF TWO (2) COACHES AND ONE BENCH (1) SUPPORT PERSONNEL (SCOREKEEPER) PER TEAM. WRISTBANDS WILL NOT BE ISSUED TO ANY NON-BENCH PERSONNEL. PLAYERS AND COACHES MUST WEAR THEIR WRISTBAND ON THEIR PERSON (WRIST/ANKLE). BANDS CANNOT BE WORN ON SNEAKERS OR BAGS.
  • ENTRY TO TOURNAMENT SITES WILL BE DENIED WITHOUT WRISTBAND AND/OR TICKETS.  TOURNAMENT PASSES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ALL SITES FOR $15, AND ONE-DAY PASSES ARE AVAILABLE FOR $10.
  • ANY PERSON FOUND ENTERING THE EVENT WITHOUT A TICKET OR WITH UNAUTHORIZED USE OF A COMPETITION WRISTBAND WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE VENUE AND IMMEDIATELY REMANDED TO THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
  • EACH TEAM WILL RECEIVE ONE EVENT PROGRAM. A LIMITED NUMBER OF EVENT PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN PRINTED AND WILL BE ON SALE AT ALL VENUES FOR $5 ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. PARENTS AND FANS THAT WISH TO PURCHASE EVENT PROGRAMS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO DO SO WHEN THEY BUY THEIR TICKET FOR ENTRY INTO THE EVENT.

TEAMS ARE EXPECTED T0 ARRIVE ON SITE A MINIMUM OF THIRTY (30) MINUTES BEFORE THEIR SCHEDULED GAME TIMES.

KATE CAIN

KAELYNN SATTERFIELD

JANETTE WADOLOWSKI

GABBY DOUGLAS