GRBA National Championships July 24-27

MML U15 parents/players/family,

It has been quite a long time since we have done this, but we are playing in Fort Wayne, IN this weekend (beginning Thursday- I am being told that every team will play on Thursday) at the Gym Rats Basketball Association National Championship tournament.  This is a NCAA-certified event and as such comes with different rules.  For example, there can be no one in the bench area that is not NCAA-certified (even the coaches must pay to be certified) or a player on a NCAA-certified roster.  There is a 30-45 minute video regarding NCAA rules and regulations that the team will be scheduled to watch and MUST do so or be disqualified.  We MUST show proof of age with birth certificates.  If I do not have yours, I better have it by Tuesday’s practice or Wednesday at the latest.  Believe me, they will check.  Admission cost to games for spectators will be higher (you can bank on it).  There will be college coaches at the tournament as well.  Players/parents CANNOT interact with the coaches!  It could constitute an NCAA violation.  If a coach is interested, they will let me know.  There are sections for seating for college coaches only and separate entrances to try to assist with that.  Parking at Spiece Fieldhouse is limited.  Arriving early is advised if our games are there.  I will post the schedule as soon as it becomes available (supposedly today).  In terms of lodging, see below from their website:

“Gym Rats Basketball has a “Stay to Play” policy for all tournaments in Fort Wayne.  This requires all participants (teams and guests) in need of hotel accommodations must make their reservations through Go and See Team Travel.  This is a complimentary service and makes securing your rooms quick and easy.  It is required that teams book their housing through this service to ensure placement in this tournament.”

Team and individual reservations can be made online or by phone, as follows:

Go and See Team Travel


Toll Free – 855-TEAMTVL


Now we did not know about this before the tournament or that likely would have impacted our decision to play here and will do so moving forward.  We have had one parent (Maurice’s mom- -thanks) hold a block of rooms through this travel company, but I didn’t read her text properly and see that the hold was only until Saturday night (my fault).  I know that the rooms were in the Hotel Fort Wayne though for reference.  If there are any additional questions, let me know please.  I will update as time progresses and things change.

Important: If you have not met your financial obligation to MML yet, this must take place by the tournament date….PRACTICE WILL BE TUESDAY 4-6PM AT MOTT CC!


Tournament Schedule:


POOL 20                                Date        Time       Gym          Court    Home/Away

20A MID MICHIGAN LAKERS                 THURSDAY     7:00 PM     NORTHROP               17                20A-20B

20B DB HOOPS – BLAIR                         THURSDAY     8:15 PM     NORTHROP                17                20C-20D

20C INDIANA WARRIORS                      FRIDAY        1:00 PM        NORTHSIDE                14                20A-20C

20D ILLINOIS OLD SCHOOL                  FRIDAY        2:15 PM        NORTHSIDE                14                20B-20D

                                                                 FRIDAY        8:30 PM        NORTHSIDE                12                20A-20D

                                                                 FRIDAY        8:30 PM        NORTHSIDE                13                20B-20C

If we finish in 1st, we play at 9:15 am on Saturday.  2nd-4th and we play at 8:00 am on Saturday.

Gym Locations:

Northrop High School

7001 Coldwater Road

Fort Wayne, IN 46825


Northside High School

475 East State Blvd.

Fort Wayne, IN 46805


Spiece Fieldhouse

5310 Merchandise Drive

Fort Wayne, IN 46825


Tournament Rules:



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One response to “GRBA National Championships July 24-27

  1. Bill Buschman

    Marcellus, a few of us have been able to obtain reservations at the
    Hampton Inn & Suites Ft. Wayne-North
    5702 Challenger Parkway | Fort Wayne | IN | United States 46818
    T: 1-260-489-0908 | F: 1-260-489-9295
    (This was directly through Hampton, and not through the travel company.)

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