The 2022 GymRat Event schedule has been announced....and it's HISTORIC! To celebrate it's 25th anniversary, GymRat Basketball is adding some new events in some very big places, but all with the same unmatched quality standards that have made GymRat the operator of some of the largest, most respected, and most competitive grassroots basketball events in the nation since 1998.
In addition to the cornerstone GymRat CHALLENGE event in Albany, NY that has been a rite of passage for today and tomorrow's NCAA, NBA, and WNBA stars for over two decades, GymRat is adding the GymRat CHALLENGE at Nook Sports CHAMPION MILL in Hamilton, Ohio during the May 20-22 NCAA Live Period.
Also returning for 2022 will be the unquestionable highlight of the 2021 grassroots basketball season....GymRat LIVE. Presented by the GymRat RECRUITING Index, this invitation-only event will feature the top players and programs on the continent going head-to-head in Alpha v. Alpha competition that is professionally broadcast to the nation.
In addition to the traditional cornerstone GymRat CHALLENGE events in Albany, NY, this new event is being added to the calendar in 2022....and it's gonna be BIG....taking place at the newest and largest indoor athletic facility in America during the NCAA's LIVE recruiting period in May.
One of the most respected developers of grassroots basketball events in America is partnering with the developer of the largest indoor athletic facilities in the nation to create the GymRat CHALLENGE at CHAMPION MILL on May 20-22. The developers of Nook Sports are building a 1.2 million square foot behemoth just outside of Cincinnati, OH that will open its doors in the Spring of 2022 as the largest indoor athletic facility on the North American continent. The GymRat CHALLENGE at CHAMPION MILL will help open that facility by showcasing the best boys and girls teams in the Midwest against the best in the East in front of hundreds of college coaches.
Both events are Pool Play into a Championship Round. The three day GIRLS NCAA LIVE period event will be a 4+ game guarantee open to teams in the 12U through 11th Grade Age Divisions with a registration fee of $695 at the 8th Grade through 11th Grade levels and $495 at the 12U & 13U levels. The two day BOYS event will be a 3+ game guarantee with a registration fee of $495 at the 8th Grade through 11th Grade levels and $395 at the 12U & 13U levels..
Registration for the HIGH DEMAND event will open on October 1, 2021 at https://gymratchallenge.com/gymrat/ . Space will be limited to the first 328 teams to complete the registration process.
The cornerstone GymRat CHALLENGE event in Albany, NY returns to its traditional non-COVID dates of Memorial Day Weekend (May 28-29) for the BOYS event and mid-June (June 11-12) for the GIRLS event in 2022. 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. The GymRat CHALLENGE has become a rite of passage for today and tomorrow’s NCAA and NBA stars. From two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry to 2018 NBA First Round Draft Picks Mo Bamba and Kevin Huerter to 2019 Naismith National High School Player of the Year and 2020 Lottery Pick of the Detroit Pistons, Isaiah Stewart, and WNBA All-Star and scoring champ Epiphany Prince to WNBA MVP and four-time U.CONN National Champion Breanna Stewart, for over two decades, the greatest players on the planet have come to the GymRat CHALLENGE to prove themselves against top competition. 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.
Both Albany, NY events are Pool Play into a Championship Round with a 3+ game guarantee. These events are open to teams in the 12U through 11th Grade Age Divisions. Registration fee in the 8th through 11th Grade Age Division is $495 and $395 for teams in the 12U & 13U Age Divisions.
EARLY REGISTRATION for the GymRat CHALLENGE in Albany, NY will open on November 1, 2021. EARLY REGISTRATION is open to returning teams and teams from the 2021 Waiting List ONLY. Unlimited NATIONAL REGISTRATION begins on January 1, 2022 at https://gymratchallenge.com/gymrat/ . For each event, space will be limited to the first 248 teams to complete the registration process.
Also returning for 2022 is the unquestioned highlight of the 2021 grassroots basketball season....GymRat LIVE. This invitation-only event will feature the top players and programs on the continent going head-to-head in Alpha v. Alpha competition that is professionally broadcast to the nation. This full broadcast production includes multiple cameras, technical directors, graphics directors, replay cameras, as well as color commentators and play-by-teams on every court (see what it looks like at https://youtu.be/zbgw-8zJ6G0. NOTHING LIKE GymRat LIVE HAS EVER BEEN DONE IN THE HISTORY OF GRASSROOTS BASKETBALL. In 2021, the inaugural GymRat LIVE event included eight of NIKE's top EYBL programs going head to head with coverage from every major sports media outlet in the country from ESPN to Sports Illustrated to Bleacher Report. The NBA's top draft experts were in attendance to watch and evaluate a field that included the nation's top ranked players and likely future NBA first-rounders including Emoni Bates (Team Final/Memphis), Jalen Duren (Team Final/Memphis), Dereck Lively (Team Final/Duke), Kyle Filipowski (NY RENS/Duke), JJ Starling (City Rocks/TBD-Duke,Syracuse,Notre Dame,Stanford,Northwestern), among many, many other Power Five Conference recruiting targets.
Participation in GymRat LIVE is by invitation only from the event selection committee comprised of top basketball experts and media members. In order to receive consideration to compete in GymRat LIVE, teams must also be registered to compete in a GymRat CHALLENGE event in either Albany, NY or Hamilton, OH.
Each GymRat LIVE event is limited to 24 teams. GymRat LIVE is a true INVITATIONAL event....Teams receiving an invitation to participate in GymRat LIVE will compete for FREE with games broadcast live to the nation.