Dear GymRatz Fam
We want to first thank you for your commitment and trust in GymRatz developing your student-athlete's game and work-ethic both on and off the court.
As the School Basketball Season is coming to an end and the Spring AAU Season nears, we want to provide you all with an important update as we continue moving forward! It was brought to our attention that throughout the season, Kyle Humphrey showed favoritism and bias towards specific athletes and teams; specifically those athletes that he personally trained. This behavior was immediately addressed as it was brought to our attention and appropriate code of conduct was discussed and agreed upon as we moved forward. Unfortunately, this behavior occurred again during Sectionals and, once again, was immediately addressed as it was brought to our attention for a second time.
This lead to an ultimatum; either adhere to the code of conduct we agreed upon which included remaining impartial and neutral in your support at future events or no longer remain associated with GymRatz. After deciding that there was a difference in opinion, Kyle stated, "People are what build family...not a brand name. If I can't be supported in supporting others then I will need to find an organization that does...I may end up in your vicinity, not out of bitterness at all but out of pure dedication to my athletes."
We agree with Kyle that people are what develop a family environment. We also agree that support should be shown to the athletes we train. Unfortunately, the way in which Kyle showed support came across to many families, coaches, parents and athletes as unprofessional and insensitive, which is something GymRatz as an organization takes very seriously.
The reason for this message is two-fold. First, we want EVERYONE that trains and/or plays with GymRatz to know that we hold our team members to the highest standard. We expect everyone associated with our organization to hold themselves to the highest degree of professionalism both on and off the court, and we will not tolerate anything less.
Second, we want everyone to understand, contrary to what may be said by Kyle or anyone else, that one incident did not lead to us going separate ways. In fact, Kyle was given one last opportunity to make an adjustment, moving forward as a coach and trainer for GymRatz this Spring, but instead, expressed a difference in opinion along with intentions that would result in conflict-of-interest for our organization immediately following the Spring Season. As a result, we will no longer be utilizing Kyle's services moving forward.
For all athletes who currently train with Coach Kyle and are still interested in doing so, please understand that this, in no way, is us saying that he is a bad person or a bad trainer/coach. We are simply looking out for what is in the best interest of our organization and our organization's reputation.
Please do not hesitate in reaching out to Kyle if you are interested in continuing your training with him. We wish him the best of luck.
For any families looking to continue training with GymRatz and participating with the Lady Ratz teams that he was originally set to coach, please visit www.LadyRatz.com for Spring AAU Tryout details. Any potential coaches interested in opportunities should contact co-owner Dustin VanLieu directly via text or email:
Again, we want to clearly state that we have no intentions of "slandering" Kyle's name or reputation. We want to state the facts as they happened and avoid any false information from being spread.
Again, thank you and we look forward to seeing you on the court soon.
Dustin & Ryan VanLieu
Co-Owners of GymRatz Basketball Performance
“Where the Court is Home and Ball is Lifestyle”