Team Experience

The Governor’s Challenge provides a premiere event experience for high school basketball players. Our mission is to provide a platform for players to gain exposure, play in top-notch facilities and have the experience of professionals.

Don’t just take our word for it:

BJ Johnson, Head Coach Boys Varsity, Stephen Decatur High School (Berlin, MD) – “This is a great event. The Governor’s Challenge allows you to play competitive teams that you don’t normally see in the regular season. It is a great test for us as we look to make another run at the state championship.”

Will Bartz, Head Coach Boys Varsity, Gilman (Baltimore, MD) - “I think it would be challenging for a coach to find a tournament that is more comprehensive than the Governor’s Challenge in Salisbury, MD. James Simmons and his team provide an incredible atmosphere with first-class accommodations. From playing a championship game on the main floor of the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, the awesome free event t-shirts for every coach and player, to an NBA All-Star weekend model of a skills challenge, three point and dunk contests, the tournament offers players a once-in-a-lifetime all-encompassing experience. Wicomico County and Salisbury, MD provide incredible accommodations and plenty of options that make it a wonderful team bonding activity. It is a privilege to be invited to the Governor’s Challenge, which I believe to be the best holiday tournament in the Mid-Atlantic region!”

Phil Colicchio, Head Coach Boys Varsity, Linden High School (Linden, NJ) - "The Governor's Challenge is as good as any Christmas tournament we have played in across the country. The hospitality for teams is second to none."

Recruiting & Exposure

DMVelite – As partners/promoters of the Governor’s Challenge, DMVelite provides full media coverage of the event each year through photo and video content, social media content and excellent representation in college recruiting through its DMV Recruiting Guide. College coaches of all levels across the country subscribe to this guide each year. DMVelite provides game and bracket recaps, top performers, recruiting updates, all-tournament teams and more content geared specifically for team and player exposure.

College Coaches – A wide variety of college coaches attend each year from Division I to the JUCO division. College coaches receive access to the player book with high school coach contact information, an event program and access to the coaches’ hospitality room free of charge.

Media – A wide variety of media outlets attend each year. There is tremendous local and regional coverage of the event through traditional TV, radio and newspaper media, including a dedicated selection show for the event. During the selection show on 47 ABC, the field of teams and schedule are released. The event has developed a national following as well, garnering coverage from MaxPreps, NBC Sports, Fox Sports and others, including making MaxPreps’ High School Basketball Tournaments and Events to Watch list and Sports Planning Guide’s 20 Events Worth Watching list.

Legit Stats – Legit Stats is the official statistics provider for the Governor’s Challenge. Legit Stats produces box scores and tracks event statistics for every varsity game. Box Scores are printed and available at halftime and the conclusion of each game.


The Governor’s Challenge is played at top-notch facilities for high school basketball. The newly renovated Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, a 5,000-seat arena with all new seats and upgraded flooring and walls, serves as the hub of the event. Other aesthetic upgrades have also been made in the last year. With two full-size, 94-foot courts, this arena hosts most of the showcase games, bracket championships and the ever-popular Governor’s Challenge All-Star Experience. Other facilities include Wicomico High School, James M. Bennett High School and Parkside High School, which are all within two miles of the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.

Media Day

The Governor’s Challenge and Shore Hoops Media Day, hosted in late November, invites any participating Governor’s Challenge teams as well as others from the Delmarva Peninsula to come together at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. At the Civic Center, players can participate in interviews about the upcoming season with local and regional media. Players and coaches get free head shots and have the opportunity to be involved in the filming of the Governor’s Challenge commercial for that year. For more information, contact Tournament Director James Simmons.

All-Star Experience

Similar to NBA All-Star Saturday Night, the Governor’s Challenge offers the All-Star Experience to players participating in the tournament. Space is limited in these competitions. For more information, see the All-Star Experience page.

Practice Time

Limited practice availability is available in the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center on a first-come, first-served basis by contacting Tournament Operations Director Chris Jenkins. The Salisbury School is available for practice time at a minimal fee by contacting Head Coach Keith Brown.

Things to Do

Located just 30 minutes from the well-known resort town of Ocean City, MD, Wicomico County and Salisbury, Maryland, have plenty of things for your team to do off the court. For more information, visit Wicomico County Tourism.