Welcome to the official page of the 2012 GymRat CHALLENGE.
Boy's teams in the 12:U through 17:U Age Groups from across the North American continent. AAU Grade and Age Eligibility Requirements apply. SPACE LIMITED TO 240 TEAMS.
To view complete AAU Boy's Basketball Age and Grade Eligibility Rules please CLICK HERE.
NOW OPEN TO AGES 12U-17UTHE GymRat CHALLENGE WILL ALLOW THE LITTLE GUYS TO PLAY WHERE THE BIG FELLAS HAVE EARNED THEIR REPUTATIONS FOR THE PAST 15 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. TEAMS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A 'FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED' BASIS INTO THE LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE AT THE 12U-14U LEVELSSPACE LIMITED TO 240 TEAMS
The 2012 GymRat CHALLENGE. As the SINGLE LARGEST EVENT OF ITS KIND IN THE EASTERN UNITED STATES, AND THE THIRD LARGEST EVENT OF ITS KIND ON THE ENTIRE NORTH AMERICAN CONTINENT, reputations are EARNED at the GymRat CHALLENGE.
- THREE game guarantee with additional games for Championship Round qualifiers
- Potential for as many as SEVEN games over the event weekend
- POOL PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT with the winning teams from each pool & potential WILDCARD teams advancing to the Championship Round.
- Certified referees and for all games
- GymRat CHALLENGE team of scouts on hand throughout the weekend for talent evaluation & selection of All-GymRat CHALLENGE team and MVPs in each age division.
- Athletic Trainers on site at all venues
The 2012 GymRat CHALLENGE will be held at the following first-class venues in the Albany, NY region:
- Skidmore College
- Union College’s Vanair Athletic Complex
- Schenectady High School’s historic Pat Riley Sports Center
- Saratoga Recreation Center
- Saratoga High School
- Saratoga Maple Avenue Middle School
- Niskayuna High School
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.
*FACILITES SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON NCAA RULES
May 26-27, 2012
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 North America. In 2011, the Memorial Day Weekend event hosted a RECORD-SETTING 240 teams representing twenty U.S. states and two Canadian provinces covering a geographic reach from deep-south to north of the border, 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 ENTIRE NORTH AMERICAN CONTINENT. Even with this tremendous field, a waiting list of an additional 89 teams was also maintained.
However, as usual, the focus continued to be on quality as well as quantity, as the GymRat CHALLENGE continued to live up to its reputation as a springboard to national prominence. Reputations are EARNED at the GymRat CHALLENGE, and with team and individual NATIONAL NOTORIETY on the line, those that perform well in this high visibility event receive an unparalleled boost in visibility and exposure heading into the restricted July LIVE period. Following the now legendary path of former GymRat CHALLENGE stand-outs, several All-GymRat CHALLENGE selections were tabbed 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 prize package that is unparalleled, makes the GymRat CHALLENGE one of the most complete and competitive stops on the summer basketball schedule.
In addition, www.GymRatCHALLENGE.com is now one of the most visited basketball sites on the web making the geographic reach of this event limitless. In the four weeks surrounding the 2011 GymRat CHALLENGE, GymRatCHALLENGE.com received over 1.2 MILLION hits as the basketball community visited the site to get pre- and post-tournament news.
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