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2018 Fall Tryouts Announced – Boy’s Tryout UPDATE

Tryouts for the Fall 2018 AAU season will be held over three days in the coming week and all tryouts will be held at the same venue.

This season we have a limited number of coaches and will be fielding boys teams for 7th through 9th grades and girls teams 7th through 10th grades only.

 

Location for ALL Tryouts: Marlborough Middle School, 41 Fitch Court, Marlborough, NH

Boys Grades 7th through 9th

  • August 30th 6:30 – 8pm
  • September 7th 6 – 7:30pm <<<< UPDATE

Girls Grades 7th through 10th

  • September 5th 6:30 – 8pm

 

Fall Season runs through November 4th and will be comprised of

  • 4 tournaments
  • Weekly practices with additional optional workouts

 

For additional information please contact Peter Switzer  or call 603-400-9474

If you are interested in coaching in the Spring 2019 season please contact us

2018 Fall Season Age Requirements

NH Gym Rats participates in Zero Gravity tournaments. The following are the rules for entry into Zero Gravity tournaments. This is how NH Gym Rats will assign players to teams and teams to divisions.

 

Divisions

  • Grade based divisions shall be used in both girls and boys divisions for the following: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th grade, 10th grade, Varsity.
  • 3rd Grade: An athlete must be enrolled in the 3rd Grade and cannot turn 10 until after June 9, 2019.
  • 4th Grade: An athlete must be enrolled in the 4th grade and cannot turn 11 until after June 9, 2019.
  • 5th Grade: An athlete must be enrolled in the 5th grade and cannot turn 12 until after June 9, 2019.
  • 6th Grade: An athlete must be enrolled in the 6th grade and cannot turn 13 until after June 9, 2019.
  • 7th Grade: An athlete must be enrolled in the 7th grade and cannot turn 14 until afterJune 9, 2019.
  • 8th Grade: An athlete must be enrolled in the 8th grade and cannot turn 15 until after June 9, 2019.
  • 9th Grade: An athlete must currently be enrolled in 9th grade at an accredited high school or preparatory school. The player must also be eligible under the National High School Federation Rules.
  • 10th Grade: An athlete must currently be enrolled in 10th grade at an accredited high school or preparatory school. The player must also be eligible under the National High School Federation Rules.
  • High School Varsity: An athlete can be no older than 19 on August 31, 2019. An athlete must also currently be enrolled at an accredited high school or preparatory school. The player must also be eligible under the National High School Federation Rules.

**Age exception: team containing a player that falls outside of the age boundary but is in the appropriate grade of competition within one year. All age exception requests must be submitted to Zero Gravity in writing at least 5 days prior to the event. Without written approval from Zero Gravity, the requested age exception will not be honored. Any team with an age exception player must play in the A division.

Boston Breakout Results

This weekends tournaments were tough for the NH Gym Rats. In the Northern New England SuperCup, all three teams: Coach Buffum, Coach Maiella, and Coach LaClair finished with 1-2 records. Coach LaClair’s and Maiella’s teams competed against the top two teams in their pool. At the Boston Breakout Team Massiah also battled the two top teams in their pool (LCRI and Mohawk Pride) leaving the tournament with a 0-3 finish.

Coach Switzer’s Wrap-up

Team gathering in Norfolk, MA after impressive 2-1 showing at Boston Breakout – Coach Switzer’s 8th Grade Girls Team

In the same tournament, the NH Gym Rats 8th Grade Girls team traveled to the South Shore for a tough Boston Breakout tournament and faced the eventual tourney finalist, Evolution, for their first game.  Four of The Evolution’s girls could hit from the deep, stretching the Gym Rats defense as well as two post-players who dominated the inside.  The girls kept the game close, down only 10 by half-time.  However the strength of the Evolution complied with the struggling Gym rats offense and defense allowing the opposing team to march away with a 24 point win.

For the second game at the Sports U in Hanover, MA the girls faced what appeared to be the “LA Lakers” (Boston Showstoppers) who out-sized the NH Gym Rats and built an early five point lead.  However that quick lead soon vanished and the NH Gym Rat’s intense full-court press and sound zone offense proved to be too much for the Showstoppers.  By the 10 minute mark NHGR came through with a 12-point lead and then carried a 21-point lead by the half.  The team’s intensity did not stop in the second half, however, as the Gym Rat’s demonstrated some incredible team passing and racked up a team high in assists. They were not going to be intimidated by anyone.  The girls went on for a 45-12 win holding the opposition scoreless in the second half.  It was the BEST start to finish game the girls have played.

On Sunday the same intensity continued against the Metrowest Pride.  The girls jumped out to a 9 point lead in the first 6 minutes and then the play of Abbie Switzer, Emma Tenters, Teagan Kirby, Mylie Aho, Regan Despres and Tess Chamberlin sparked the team to a commanding 20 point lead before the half. The second half the NHGR proved to be way too much for the Pride to be able to adjust to and even with their full court press the offense of the NHGR made the opposition fall back into their 3-2 zone defense the rest of the game.  Chalk up a 31-9 win as the girls had a very successful 2-1 weekend in MA.

Northern New England Super Cup and Boston Breakout Results

April 28-29, 2018
 

 Boston Break Out

 Team Score  Team
 NH Gym Rats – Massiah 21 43  East Providence Mohawks Elite
 NH Gym Rats – Massiah 27 70  Mohawk Pride Donovan
 NH Gym Rats – Massiah 28 57  LCRI – Matt
 NH Gym Rats – Switzer 16 40  EVO 2022 DH/KQ
 NH Gym Rats – Switzer 45 12  Boston Showstoppers
 NH Gym Rats – Switzer 31 09  Metrowest Pride
 

 Northern NE Super Cup

 Team Score  Team
 NH Gym Rats – LaClair 16 48  Marauders
 NH Gym Rats – LaClair 45 58  TSC AAU
 NH Gym Rats – LaClair 31 51  Cap City White – Wood
 NH Gym Rats – Maiella 35 58  Cap City Red – Joey
 NH Gym Rats – Maiella 41 61  Green Mountain Raptors
 NH Gym Rats – Maiella 56 48  Haverhill Hoops
 NH Gym Rats – Buffum 56 62  Haverhill Hoops
 NH Gym Rats – Buffum 21 46  Green Mountain Raptors
 NH Gym Rats – Buffum 59 24  Hanover Heat

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NEXT UP: ZG’s NH State Championships – Teams from all over the state of New Hampshire will be together in the gym this weekend, vying for the chance to raise up the state championship trophy! Schedules are typically released the Wednesday before the tournament begins. Here is the Schedule.

DATES: May 5-6, 2018

TEAMS COMPETING: Two of our 8th Grade Boys teams: Coach LaClair and Coach Massiah. Coach Switzer’s 8th Grade Girls will also compete

LOCATION: Derry, Hampton and Nashua, NH

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PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS

Kendall Chamberlain spots up for a 3 – Coach Switzer’s 8th Grade Girls Team

 

Gracey Wilkes eyes the jump ball at the start of the Boston Showstoppers game – Coach Switzer’s 8th Grade Girls Team

All teams competing this weekend at Boston Breakout and Northern New England Challenge

NEXT UP: Boston Breakout Challenge – More than 350 teams from the Northeast competed. Schedules are typically released the Wednesday before the tournament begins.

DATES: April 28-29, 2018

TEAMS COMPETING: Coach Switzer’s 8th Grade Girls Team & Coach Massiah’s 8th Grade Boys Team

LOCATION: MetroWest/South Shore Massachusetts


NEXT UP: Northern New England Supercup -The Zero Gravity SuperCup series makes its second stop of the spring in New London, Concord and Manchester, New Hampshire for the Northern New England SuperCup. Schedules are typically released the Wednesday before the tournament begins.

DATES: April 28-29, 2018

TEAMS COMPETING: Coach Buffum’s, LaClair’s and Maiella’s 8th Grade Boys

LOCATION: New London/Concord/Manchester, NH

 

 

Northern New England Showdown

NH Gym Rats 8th Grade Girls entered the Northern Showdown with just eight players as one of the team, Regan Despres, was on a family vacation.  In the first game on Saturday the Gym Rats played against Maine’s substantially taller YES team. Despite a height mismatch, the girls kept it a close game managing to score 6 points in the second half and ending this one with a loss 22-29.

 

In the second game against the Northeast Thunder, our girls, utilizing a full-court press right out of the gate, stifled the opposition. Kendall Chamberlain hit 2 three-pointers while Teagan Kirby, Mylie Aho and Gracey Wilkes had big contributions.  Tess Chamberlin’s defensive play had a big impact on the game helping the girls win 42-22.

 

On Sunday the team played against the Spartans House of Hoops at their home court in Hampton, NH.  It was a fantastic see-saw game with several lead changes.  Bella Hayes directed the offense in the first half giving the Gym Rats a comfortable 6 point lead by half time.  The second half proved to be the most exciting half the girls have played this season.  The team, lead by Mylie Aho was not only a force on offense but defense as well, playing the entire court. In the last 5 minutes of the game, “squirrel”  (Abbie Switzer) shut the Spartan guards down. With less than two minutes in the game, newcomer Emma Tenters hit a huge layup to put the team up by 5 points.  The Spartans followed up with a quick basket of their own cutting the lead to 3. The Gym Rats were able to take 50 seconds off the clock before Teagan Kirby was fouled and made two clutch free throws returning the lead again to 5 with only 20 seconds left.  A missed jump shot by the Spartans and another rebound by the Gym Rats sealed the exciting game for the win 38-33.

 

Buzzer Beater Classic – Gym Rat’s teams Maiella and LaClair

Coach LaClair and Coach Maiella competed in the April 14-15th Zero Gravity Buzzer Beater Classic playing in Nashua and Massachusettes venues.

Coach Maiella’s 14u Boys finished the Buzzer Beater Classic tournament winning their pool 3-0. They finished Game One with Gym Rats 40 vs NH fire ending at 19.  Though the NH Gym Rats had a slow start in the first half – up by 5 only – the second half showed this team’s muscle finishing strong and playing like a family. In the other two games, NH Gym Rats beat Cap City 54-13 and defeated TSC AAU 51 to 18.

Coach LaClairs 14u Boys fought hard against B2L-Morris but finished with a loss 38-58. Hunter Larocque had 26 points in the first game and kept the team close with five 3’s in five consecutive possessions — super impressive at any level. Game Two ended with a narrower spread but the team couldn’t pull it out against #2 MV Eagles 34-41.

NEXT UP: ZG’s Northern Showdown – Some of the top teams in the northeast battle for the win. Schedules are typically released the Wednesday before the tournament begins. SEE SCHEDULE

DATES: April 21-22, 2018

TEAMS COMPETING: Coach Switzer’s 8th Grade Girls team

LOCATION: The Rim and Sports Barn in Hampton, NH


PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS

 

8th Grade Coach LaClair’s Team

 

Rebounding (Game 1 – 8th Grade Coach Maiella’s team)

 

Shooting a three! (Game 1 – 8th Grade Coach Maiella’s team)

 

(Game 2 – 8th Grade Coach Maiella’s team)

 

With a big block. (Game 2 – 8th Grade Coach Maiella’s team)

 

(Game 2 – 8th Grade Coach Maiella’s team)

 

Setting the defense. (Game 2 – 8th Grade Coach Maiella’s team)

 

NH Gym Rats announce additional 8th Grade Boys Team

Coach Stacey Massiah and 8 young men join the NH Gym Rats spring season. Players from Coach Massiah’s team come from Keene, Spofford and Fitzwilliam and will compete in 5 tournaments:

  • 4/28-29 Boston Breakout- MA Metro West/ Southshore
  • 5/5-6 NH States- Hampton, NH
  • 5/12- Mother’s Day-Nashua/ Westford, MA
  • 5/19-20- Kollision in Keene
  • 6/2-3- Blast at the Beach- Hampton, NH/ Danvers, MA

NH Gym Rats Coach Buffum’s 8th-Grade Team Battles at The Rim

In single-day competition NH Gym Rats 8th Grade Boys and Coach Buffum played in 3 games starting at 8am at The Rim Sports Complex in Hampton, NH. The Rats battled three teams: North Shore Sports Academy – Lou; Northeast Elite – Freeman and Next Level Athletics – Murphy. NH Gym Rats finished in third place in their pool with a 1-2 record beating Next Level Athletics – Murphy by 12 points with a final score of 57-45.

 

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NEXT UP: ZG’s Buzzer Beater Challenge – this is an all-boys competition with teams coming from all over New England. Schedules are typically released the Wednesday before the tournament begins.

DATES: April 14-15, 2018

TEAMS COMPETING: Two of our 8th Grade Boys teams: Coach LaClair and Coach Maiella

LOCATION: The Millworks in Westford, MA and Nashua Sports Academy in Nashua, NH

First Tournament Results – Zero Gravity’s Easter One Day Clash at the Border

ZG’s Easter 1-Day Clash

Two NH Gym Rat teams were out competing yesterday (Saturday 3/31/18) in Nashua, Hampton and Westford, Mass. Both teams finished with one win apiece in this one-day, two-game tournament.

Coach Buffum and his 14u Boys played against C4-Denton and Derry Spartans-Gold for a 1-1 tournament finish.  C4-Denton was a tough competitor as they where the team that went on to take the top spot in this division. Final Score 33-68. For the win, Rats handily defeated Derry Spartans-Gold with an ending score of 57-37.

NH Gym Rats 8th Grade Girls and Coach Switzer played in their first tourney of the season facing two Northeast Elite teams – Smith and Szczepanik.  In their  first game of the season the Gym Rats – being a little nervous – struggled in the first half scoring 6 with a half-time deficit of 12 points.  The second half showed more action but the Northeast Elite proved to be too much.  In the evening game against Northeast Elite-Smith, the Gym Rats scored the first 8 points of the game along with a tenacious full-court press that allowed them to build an early 15 point lead by the halfway mark.  The second half, however, proved to be too much for the Northeast Elite as the Gym Rat’s crisp passing and man-to-man defense was too tough for the opposition as the Gym Rats went on to win 48-24.  Every player on the roster scored in the final game including newcomer Emma Tenters.

NH Gym Rats 8th Grade Girls first tournament at ZG’s Easter 1 Day Clash at the Border.

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NEXT UP: ZG’s Battle for the Border pins Massachusetts and New Hampshire teams locking horns in this Spring 2018 Battle for the Border! Schedules are typically released the Wednesday before the tournament begins.

DATES: April 7-8, 2018

TEAMS COMPETING: Coach Buffum 14u Boys

LOCATION: Hampton/Nashua, NH; Westford/Danvers, MA

 

Spring Tournament List

We currently have four teams registering for tournaments in this Spring’s 2018 AAU season.

There are three 14u Boys teams (two in the Keene/Claremont area and one in Peterborough/Jaffrey) as well as one 8th Grade Girls team in the Marlborough area.

Here are the list of tournaments that these teams will be attending during this season (they each will attend 4-6 of these tournaments):

3/31 Easter Clash 1-day Hampton, Nashua
4/7-8 Battle of Border – Nashua/Hampton, Danvers/Westford
4/14-15 Buzzer Beater- Nashua & Westford MA
4/21-22 Northern Showdown – Hampton, Danvers
4/28-29 Northern NE Super Cup – New London, NH; Colby Sawyer
4/28-29 Boston Breakout – South Shore
5/5-6 NH States- Hampton, NH
5/12 Mothers Day – 1 day Nashua
5/19-20 Keene Kollision
5/19-20 A Shot For Life – Westford, Boston, Milton
6/2-3 Keene Throwdown