THERE'S ONLY ONE GymRat CHALLENGE, and for over 20 years, its been widely regarded as one the biggest, most complete, and competitive basketball events in America. Teams from MARYLAND to MONTREAL are locked in to compete in the GIRLS GymRat CHALLENGE....one of only 16 events nationally selected by USA Basketball as an Official Qualifier for the USA Basketball U.S. Open Championships
REPUTATIONS ARE EARNED AT THE GymRat CHALLENGE
. Each year, players from throughout the United States
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 & 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, a
s epitomized by the well-documented and legendary GymRat CHALLENGE paths of NCAA Players of the Year
(City Rocks/ BYU) and
(Houston Lynx/U. CONN) who's GymRat CHALLENGE performances put them on the national recruiting map,
the 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 or exposing
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
Fredette and Okafor,
(NY Gauchos/U. CONN),
(PG Jaguars/Kansas State),
(Minnesota Magic/Kansas), and
Chicago Bulls teammates
(Jersey Cyclones/Duke) and
, as well as former WNBA Scoring Champion EPIPHANY PRINCE, 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year candidate
(Riverside Church/Louisville) and projected 2018 NBA First Round Draft Pics
(PSA Cardinals/Texas) and KEVIN HUERTER (City Rocks/Maryland).
Each year, the GymRat CHALLENGE team of scouts select and document A
-GymRat CHALLENGE selections as well as tournament Most Valuable Players in each
ivision. That information is compiled
in the annual GymRat Report and released through the GymRat RECRUITING INDEX.
The 50+ 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.
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.
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 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- MESSAGING: At 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 $4.99/month or $50/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.
Why do we charge for the ENHANCED profile?
Quite honestly, because it's an outstanding service that has tremendous value as well as costs to operate. Building the system itself, was nearly a $1.1 million investment, and we are constantly making updates and changes to make the GymRat RECRUITING INDEX experience more effective and efficient.
The GymRat RECRUITING INDEX is simply the most targeted and effective basketball recruiting profile service in the nation. The service is provided as an alternative to the non-productive, non-sport specific online "services" that are on the market today that simply take your money and provide no value-add. At $4.99/moth or $50/year a GymRat RECRUITING INDEX Enhanced Profile is a no-brainer for an player that wants to enhance their visibility to college coaches across the country.
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.
TO VIEW POST EVENT REPORTS & ALL-GymRat SELECTIONS (PLAYERS, PARENTS, COLLEGE COACHES)
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 40+ 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:
- Log into your GymRat account at https://gymratchallenge.com/gymrat/login/login.html
- Once you've logged in,:
- FOR PLAYERS & PARENTS click on the MY PROFILES link in the blue navigation bar on the left-hand side of the screen. Only ENHANCED PROFILE users have access to EVENT REPORTS. To upgrade to an ENHANCED PROFILE
- Once you've logged in, click on the MY PROFILES link in the navigation bar
- Once there, click on the dashboard icon for the profile that you want to view and upgrade
- Once on the RECRUITING PROFILE, simply click on any of the red UPGRADE ME TO AN ENHANCED PROFILE icons that appear throughout the profile.
- You can also click on the black & green UPGRADE ME TO AN ENHANCED PROFILE icon that appears just under the player's name at the top of the page.
- After clicking on any of those icons, simply follow the prompts on the screen to upgrade, view all GymRat post event reports, and make your profile more visible to college coaches and evaluators across the nation.
- FOR COLLEGE COACHES click on the MY PROGRAMS link in the blue navigation bar on the left-hand side of the screen.
- Once there, click on the dashboard icon for the profile/program that you want to view.
- Once on the RECRUITING PROFILE/PROGRAM, simply scroll to the EVENT REPORTS section and click on the report that you would like to view.