Hundreds of Catholic young people will gather in Aiken on February 26-28, 2016 for the annual Diocese of Charleston Youth Basketball Tournament. The host church is St. Mary Help of Christians in Aiken.
This middle school tournament for boys and girls rotates between Greenville, Myrtle Beach, Charleston and Aiken. The tournament is broken into two age groups:
• 5th & 6th graders (Juniors)
• 7th & 8th graders (Seniors)
All participating teams will be guaranteed 3 games in this tournament, and each team should plan on playing a game on Friday night, February 19.
Unlike the rules in the GDUMRA, boys and girls who play school basketball can play in this tournament. In fact, many of the teams are Catholic schools – complete with cheerleaders and cheering sections. Win or lose, our kids have a ton of fun and there are many things to do in the host city.
Fees & Logistics
There is an additional cost to play in this tournament. The cost per player depends on how well we do with our fundraising activities. The estimated cost is $90-$110, which includes a two-night hotel stay. The players room and stay together throughout the entire trip under the supervision of coaches and parents.
Additional guest (parents and family members) will be able to stay at a host hotel at a discounted rate. Other miscellaneous costs include money for some meals, souvenirs, etc.
St. Mary Magdalene typically carpools Friday afternoon (yes, before school lets out) to the host city. All St. Mary Magdalene teams will attend mass on Saturday night (traditionally performed by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone), followed by dinner and entertainment that is part of the tournament festivities.
Games continue on Sunday for teams that advance. St. Mary Magdalene teams will return home late Sunday afternoon.
• September 2015 - Tournament Letter
• December 1, 2015 - Tournament Letter of Intent
• December 15, 2015 - Letter of Intent Response Due
• January 2016 - Tournament Packets Sent
• January 28, 2016 - Tournament Registration Deadline
• February 26-28, 2016 - Tournament
• Family Pass for Weekend – $20.00
• Individual Pass for Weekend – $8.00
• Senior/Student Pass for Weekend – $5.00
• 1 Day Pass – $5.00
Free Admission for people wearing an official tournament t-shirt.