Not Just a Tournament

THERE’S ONLY ONE GymRat CHALLENGE, and for over 20 years, it’s been widely regarded as one the biggest, most complete, and competitive basketball events in America. With over 520 teams and over 6,000 athletes representing in excess of twenty U.S. states and Canadian provinces from Texas to Toronto and Miami to Montreal competing in the GymRat CHALLENGE each year, REPUTATIONS ARE EARNED at the GymRat CHALLENGE….one of only two events nationally selected as both a USA Basketball Alliance Tournament AND an Official Qualifier for the Jr. NBA Global Championships.  

It's Not an Event

The GymRat CHALLENGE is much more than a tournament….IT’S AN EVENT. One of the most unique and storied features of the GymRat CHALLENGE is the comprehensive player evaluation services that are provided at all Age Divisions. While there are many tournaments that advertise as “exposure” events or “circuits”, ask them to explain how they provide “exposure” and see what kind of answer you getNO EVENT IN THE NATION PROVIDES THE KIND OF PLAYER EVALUATION SERVICES AVAILABLE AT THE GymRat CHALLENGE…. and we can give you the details about the process in place to ensure that players are properly evaluated at the GymRat CHALLENGE.

REPUTATIONS ARE EARNED AT THE GymRat CHALLENGE. Each year, players from throughout the United States & Canada gain national and regional notoriety based on their GymRat CHALLENGE performances. NBA MVP and World Champion STEPH CURRY and four-time Final Four Most Outstanding Player BREANNA STEWART lead the long honor roll list of GymRat CHALLENGE alums that are flexing their muscles around the basketball world, but he is far from alone.  The list of GymRat CHALLENGE alums who have gone on to NCAA, WNBA, and NBA stardom is long and growing each year.  The top of that list includes NBA MVPs & World Champions, NBA and WNBA Lottery picks & All-Stars, and NCAA Players of the Year, National Champions and All-Americans. From the very beginning, as epitomized by the well-documented and legendary GymRat CHALLENGE paths of NCAA Players of the Year Jimmer Fredette (City Rocks/ BYU) and Emeka Okafor (Houston Lynx/U. CONN) who’s GymRat CHALLENGE performances put them on the national recruiting mapthe GymRat CHALLENGE Talent Evaluation Staff has a well-earned reputation WITH OVER TWO DECADES OF HIGHLY CREDIBLE EXPERIENCE taking previously unheralded players and LAUNCHING them into the national spotlight in addition to validating those who arrive at the event with well-known pedigrees. More players are recruited out of the GymRat CHALLENGE than any other event in the nation. The countless number of GymRat CHALLENGE alums that can be found wearing NBA and WNBA uniforms or leading their teams in major college conferences from the Big Ten to the Big XII, SEC, ACC, Big East, and beyond is headlined by an ever-growing number of NBA Draft Lottery Picks including Curry, Fredette and Okafor, Kemba Walker (NY Gauchos/U. CONN), Michael Beasley (PG Jaguars/Kansas State), Cole Aldrich (Minnesota Magic/Kansas), and former Chicago Bulls teammates Luol Deng (Jersey Cyclones/Duke) and Joakim Noah (NYC Jaguars/Florida), as well as former WNBA Scoring Champion EPIPHANY PRINCE, 2018 NBA ALL-Rookie Team selection DONOVAN MITCHELL (Riverside Church/Louisville), 2018 NBA First Round Draft Pics MO BAMBA (PSA Cardinals/Texas) and KEVIN HUERTER (City Rocks/Maryland), and 2019 Naismith National High School Player of the Year ISAIAH STEWART of LaLumiere High School in LaPorte, IN. Each year, the GymRat CHALLENGE team of scouts selects and documents ALL-GymRat CHALLENGE selections as well as tournament Most Valuable Players in each Age Division. That information is compiled in the annual GymRat REPORT and released through the GymRat RECRUITING INDEX. The 60+ page comprehensive report is accessible to the national media, scouting services, and college coaches across the country as basketball experts look to find out who will be NEXT.

Go Beyond The Event

Player Evaluation

The 70+ person GymRat Evaluation Staff that is on-site throughout all GymRat events. The Evaluation Staff is comprised of expert current and former professional, college, and high school coaches, professional players, and media members. To properly evaluate during the event the GymRat Evaluation Staff is assigned in a matrix to cover all teams in all division.  ALL teams at ALL Age Divisions of the GymRat CHALLENGE are viewed at least twice by at least two different GymRat evaluators.  That way, no player is judged on a single performance or on the opinion of a single GymRat evaluator.

All evaluator notes and communication are compiled into the annual GymRat REPORT that’s released one week after of the conclusion of the event.  This comprehensive 60+ page report details ALL-GymRat performers and event highlights for all Age Divisions of the GymRat CHALLENGE. The GymRat Report is available to college coaches throughout the nation, as well as all GymRat participants (players and coaches) through their GymRat RECRUITING INDEX accounts.

The GymRat CHALLENGE is the only event in the nation that creates RECRUITING PROFILES for ALL players competing in the event. Those profiles are contained in a system known as the GymRat RECRUITING INDEX where they can be searched by college coaches and evaluators across the country year-round.  Each player also has the ability to update all of the information that we have on file in their GymRat account, as well the ability to update and add to their profile.  Players with ENHANCED and ADVISORY BOARD level profiles also have the ability to see exactly what college coaches are accessing their profiles as well as the use of the powerful communication tools built into the GymRat system. The GymRat RECRUITING INDEX is the most targeted and effective basketball recruiting profile service in the nation. Here are some reasons why:

  1. When a college coach accesses your profile in the GymRat RECRUITING INDEX, the system automatically sends you an ALERT.  Receiving these alerts and this kind of exposure to college coaches is one of the biggest benefits of competing in the GymRat CHALLENGE. From Steph Curry to Mo Bamba, and from Ephiphany Prince to Breanna Stewart thousands of players across the country begin and enhance their recruiting process as a result of participating in the GymRat CHALLENGE.
  2. UNLIKE the random messages that you might receive from other generic online recruiting services like CaptainU or BeRecruited, the alerts that you receive from the basketball-specific GymRat RECRUITING INDEX are NOT “sales” type messages or randomly sent e-mails. GymRat RECRUITING INDEX alerts are ONLY generated when a college coach or evaluator (publication, scouting service, media member, etc) actually accesses your  profile.  There are several ways that college coaches can access GymRat RECRUITING INDEX player profiles
    • PROFILE SEARCHES: College coaches perform a search of the GymRat Player database on any number of different criteria,  Based on the search criteria, player profiles appear in those searches.
    • PROFILE VIEWS: A college coach has clicked on and VIEWED a specific GymRat player profile.  This is more specific than a profile search and shows a higher level of interest.  Players are strongly encouraged to use the SEND MESSAGE TO COACH/EVALUATOR function to reach out to these coaches with a quick message in order to start a dialogue.  There’is a SEND MESSAGE TO COACH/EVALUATOR link below each coach’s’ name.  Simply click on that link to send the coach a message.  That message will automatically appear in the coach’s GymRat RECRUITING INDEX account AND the coach receives notification of the new message.
    • PROFILE TRACKING: This shows a very high level of interest.  In this case, college coaches have chosen to receive automated messages whenever a player posts an update to their GymRat RECRUITING INDEX profile, These are definitely coaches that players should respond to using the powerful recruiting tools built into the GymRat RECRUITING INDEX.
    • MESSAGINGAt the very highest level, college coaches can send you direct messages.  Those messages appear in the MESSAGING section of your GymRat RECRUITING PROFILE. It’s critically important that you respond to these messages with a quick message to thank them for their interest, and to respond to their request, or to let them that you are really looking elsewhere if the message is from a school that does not interest you.  The coaching community is relatively small and coaches talk to each other everyday.  You never know how coaches are connected to each other, and/or what coaches may be moving to schools that are of interest to you.  You want to have a good reputation throughout the coaching community, and responding to coaches who reach out to you is a critical part of that process.

Soon to come enhancements to the GymRat RECRUITING INDEX include real-time access to the GymRat Advisory Board of former college coaches and players for purposes of evaluation and high-credibility feedback from those who have spent careers in the recruiting process.  In addition, a Measurables section is being developed for player profiles.  This section will provide college coaches, players, and parents with comparative, measurable athletic data on all players similar to the data compiled at a combine event.

What does a GymRat RECRUITING INDEX profile cost?

A BASIC GymRat RECRUITING INDEX is free.  The BASIC profile is pretty much what the name indicates….a compilation of a player’s basic vital information. The interactive ENHANCED profile costs $9.99/month or $99/year.  With the ENHANCED profile, players can see exactly which college coaches have viewed their profile and at what level.  ENHANCED profile users can also interact with college coaches by utilizing the in-system communication tools.

No event in the nation does more to highlight outstanding performances and rising players and programs than the GymRat CHALLENGE.  This is among the reasons why more players are recruited out of the GymRat CHALLENGE than any event in the nation.

Gymrat Report

View Report

After each GymRat event, a post-event report is prepare by the GymRat CHALLENGE Evaluation Staff that is comprised of expert current and former professional, college, and high school coaches, professional players, and media members. That comprehensive 60+ page report contains event highlights as well ALL-GymRat selections and player evaluations in all Age Divisions for one of the nation’s biggest and most competitive basketball events. The GymRat Report is distributed to every college program in the United States (Division I, II, III).  The report is also available to players and parents through each player’s GymRat RECRUITING PROFILE (ENHANCED PROFILES only). To view the GymRat Report:

  1. Log into your GymRat account at https://gymratchallenge.com/gymrat/login/login.html
  2. Once you’ve logged in, click on the MY PROFILES link in the blue navigation bar on the left-hand side of the screen.
  3. Once there, click on the dashboard icon for the profile that you want to view.
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  4. Once on the RECRUITING PROFILE, click on the blue MENU button in the upper left hand corner of the screen (shown below). Clicking there will open a list of menu items.
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  5. Simply click on the EVENT REPORTS button. That will provide a list of all GymRat Reports available for this specific player. Click on the report that you would like to view….and enjoy the read.
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  1. From two time NBA MVP Steph Curry and current WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart to 2019 Naismith National High School Player of the Year Isaiah Stewart of LaLumiere High School in LaPorte, IN, thousands of players across the country have utilized the GymRat CHALLENGE and the GymRat RECRUITING INDEX to enhance their profiles to college coaches throughout the nation.
  2. Log into your GymRat account at https://gymratchallenge.com/gymrat/login/login.html
  3. Once you’ve logged in, click on the MY PROFILES link in the blue navigation bar on the left side of the screen.
  4. Once there, click on the dashboard icon for the profile that you want to upgrade dash
  5.  Once on the RECRUITING PROFILE, click on the blue MENU button in the upper left hand corner of the screen (shown below). Clicking there will open a list of menu items. menup
  6. Simply click on the EVENT REPORTS button. If you have a BASIC profile, an UPGRADE TO ENHANCED PROFILE button (also shown below) will appear.grupgrade
  7. Simply click that button and follow the prompts on the screen to upgrade to an ENHANCED PROFILE