**Important Venues Update for 7th and 8th boys**
We’ve been notified of a new NCAA rule that prohibits 7th and 8th grade boys from performing on the campus of a D-1 university such as the UM's "Mizzou Student Rec", one of our tournament locations. The NCAA considers these students as PSA, or "Prospective Student Athletes". The entire NCAA code is below.
What does this mean? To avoid NCAA violations, it may mean driving a few more minutes to reach a tournament host location. We have secured several off-campus venues for 7/8th boys: Columbia Sports Fieldhouse (home to all Sunday Championship games), Columbia College and Rock Bridge High School's varsity gym. The 7th and 8th grade boys divisions are loaded with fresh competition and teams will enjoy a four-game guarantee. Thank you for your understanding and we’ll do all we can to make your 2022 Championship weekend the best of the season.
Here is the NCAA section code:
NCAA Bylaw 220.127.116.11 Non-scholastic Practice or Competition -- Men's Basketball. An institution [including any institutional department (e.g., athletics, recreational/intramural)] shall not host, sponsor or conduct a non-scholastic basketball practice or competition in which men's basketball prospective student-athletes (see Bylaw 18.104.22.168) participate on its campus or at an off-campus facility regularly used by the institution for practice and/or competition by any of the institution's sport programs.
NCAA Bylaw 22.214.171.124 Definition of "Prospective Student-Athlete" for Tryout-Rule Purposes -- Men's Basketball and Softball. In men's basketball and softball, for purposes of the tryout rule, the phrase "prospective student-athlete" shall include any individual who has started classes for the seventh grade and is not enrolled in the member institution at the time of the practice or test therein described.
All tournament games in the 2022 Missouri Middle School Basketball Championship will be played in Columbia, Missouri on the weekend of Mar 18-20th.
Columbia Sports Fieldhouse
4251 Philips Farm Road, Columbia 65201
**Brand new** - More info here: Link
Rock Bridge High School
4303 S. Providence Road #7198, Columbia 65203
"Home of the Bruins" - 2 courts