June 17-18, 2017
WHO: Girl’s teams in the 13:U thru 16:U Age Groups from across the United States and Canada.
AAU Grade and Age Eligibility Requirements apply. To view complete AAU Girl’s Basketball Age and Grade Eligibility Rules please visit http://image.aausports.org/dnn/girlsbasketball/EligiblityRules.pdf
NOW OPEN TO AGES 12U-17U
WITH A STORIED TRADITION AS A RIGHT OF PASSAGE FOR FUTURE NCAA & NBA STARS, THE GymRat CHALLENGE NOW ALSO ALLOWS THE LITTLE GUYS TO PLAY WHERE THE BIG FELLAS HAVE EARNED THEIR REPUTATIONS FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS. LIMITED SPOTS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR TEAMS IN THE 12U-14U AGE DIVISIONS TO HAVE THE UNIQUE GymRat CHALLENGE EXPERIENCE THAT TODAY’S NCAA & NBA STARS HAVE ENJOYED SINCE 1998. THE OPPORTUNITY NOW EXISTS FOR PLAYERS AT ALL AGE LEVELS TO RECEIVE A SPRINGBOARD TO NATIONAL PROMINENCE THROUGH THEIR PLAY AT THE GymRat CHALLENGE AND RECOGNITION IN THE COVETED GymRat CHALLENGE POST-EVENT REPORTS.
WHAT: The 2017 GIRL’s GymRat CHALLENGE. One of the most visible and competitive events in the nation. WITH UNPARALELLED COVERAGE FROM COLLEGE COACHES, SCOUTING SERVICES, AND BASKETBALL PUBLICATIONS, MORE PLAYERS ARE RECRUITED OUT OF THE GymRat CHALLENGE THAN ANY OTHER EVENT IN THE NATION.
- THREE game guarantee with additional games for Championship Round qualifiers
- Potential for MAXIMUM of 6 games over the event weekend
- POOL PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT
- POOL PLAY concludes at 11:15 AM on Sunday
- Pool Champions & potential Wildcard teams advance to the Championship Round beginning at 1:35 PM on Sunday
- NEW Championship Round format includes
- Bracket play based on Championship Round seed
- Single elimination with MAXIMUM of three games in Championship Round play
- Champions awarded in each Championship Round bracket
- Introduced in 2016, this NEW format reduces fatigue and results in higher quality performance in all brackets of the Championship Round
- NEW format allows all Championship Round qualifiers to play a minimum of one and a maximum of three games in this highly competitive round.
- This new format preserves the legendary trademark Championship –style of the GymRat CHALLENGE, allows for national recognition for winners in all brackets, and allows for earlier conclusion times for all teams.
- Certified referees and for all games
- GymRat CHALLENGE team of scouts and evaluators on hand throughout the weekend for talent evaluation & selection of
- All-GymRat CHALLENGE team and MVPs in each age division.
- Athletic Trainers on site
- Participating Hotels
WHERE: SKIDMORE College, UNION College’s Vanair Athletic Complex, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University at Albany, Siena College Saratoga High School, and the Saratoga Recreation Center have been traditional host facilities. Located within minutes of each other, these tremendous facilities are easily accessible from the North, South, East, or West. With twenty-one full courts, these complexes are ideal sites for an AAU event from participants’, fans’, and recruiters’ perspectives. A FULL 2017 GIRLS GymRat CHALLENGE FACILITIES LIST WITH A BREAKDOWN OF COMPETITION VENUES BY AGE DIVISION WILL BE POSTED BY DECEMBER 31, 2016. That list will be posted to the GAME SITES & DIRECTIONS PAGE OF THIS SITE.
*FACILITES SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON NCAA RULES & AVAILABILITY
WHEN: June 17-18, 2017
WHY: The GymRat CHALLENGE is a true test of both basketball skill and will where today’s NCAA and WNBA stars have come to earn their reputations over the past two decades. Since 1998, players from reigning 4-time NCAA Women’s Final Four MVP, 4-time U. CONN National Champion, 2016 WNBA Rookie of the Year and Olympic Gold Medalist Brenna Stewart to Stewart’s National Championship teammate and current Washington Mystic Bria Hartley to former WNBA scoring champion Epiphany Prince as well as many, many more have arrived at the GymRat CHALLENGE to compete and be seen, and exited the GymRat CHALLENGE having catapulted themselves to the top of recruiting boards everywhere.
WITH UNPARALLELED COVERAGE FROM COLLEGE COACHES, SCOUTING SERVICES, AND BASKETBALL PUBLICATIONS, MORE PLAYERS ARE RECRUITED OUT OF THE GymRat CHALLENGE THAN ANY OTHER EVENT IN THE NATION. With team and individual NATIONAL NOTORIETY on the line, those that perform well in this high visibility event receive an unparalleled boost in recruiting exposure. Each year several All-GymRat CHALLENGE selections are tabbed by the GymRat CHALLENGE Evaluation Team as rising members of their classes both nationally as well as regionally in their home areas of the country. All of this, combined with a reputation as the best organized event in the nation, makes the GymRat CHALLENGE one of the most complete and competitive stops on the summer basketball schedule.
With a huge field comprised of some of the top club basketball programs in North America, the GymRat CHALLENGE boasts an indisputable prominence and acclaim from teams, coaches, and scouting services across the continent. The GymRat CHALLENGE annually hosts in excess of 520 teams representing over twenty-four U.S. states and Canadian provinces covering a geographic reach from Texas to Toronto, Montreal to Maryland, and beyond. That field and an unwavering commitment to quality made the GymRat CHALLENGE THE LARGEST EVENT OF ITS KIND IN THE EASTERN UNITED STATES AND THE THIRD LARGEST EVENT OF ITS KIND ON THE NORTH AMERICAN CONTINENT.
With teams throughout the country building their national schedules to include this event, the GIRL’s GymRat CHALLENGE is guaranteed to be SOLD-OUT WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE OPENING TIP-OFF. TEAMS THAT WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GIRL’S GymRat CHALLENGE, ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO REGISTER AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE IN ORDER TO GUARANTEE THEIR PROGRAM’S SPOT IN THE TOURNAMENT FIELD, AVOID THE WAITING LIST, & GAIN ACCESS TO ANNUAL EARLY REGISTRATION NOTIFICATION. CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL REGISTRATION MATERIALS.
HOW: To Register, visit https://gymratchallenge.com/gymrat/
Tournament Executive Director: John Kmack