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Winter Games Entry Information






TITLE SPONSOR – Arizona State University



PRESENTING SPONSOR – Arizona Office Technologies



Officials Hotels

For Hotel accommodations in Phoenix, please contact the official hotel of the GCSG,
The DoubleTree Guest Suites Phoenix, phone: (602) 225-0500. For Hotel needs in
Flagstaff, please contact Hotel Aspen at 1-928-774-7356, ext. 7356.



Executive Commissioners


Diana Taurasi – The native Californian had an illustrious collegiate career as a UConn Husky. Since becoming the 1st overall pick in WNBA Draft, the perennial all-star has energized the organization with her up-tempo style of play. She supports several charities including being named the Grand Canyon State Games Co-Executive Commissioner.


Dan Majerle – Dan was originally selected with the 14th overall pick by the Suns in the 1988 NBA draft. Majerle quickly became a permanent fan favorite while playing eight seasons in Phoenix. A Phoenix Suns legend and Ring of Honor inductee, Dan is now an Assistant Coach for the Suns. He made his broadcast debut working for TNT during the 2003 NBA Playoffs and has also worked
for ESPN and ABC.


Ron Wolfley – Ron spent 10-years in the National Football League from 1985-
1995. Ron currently co-hosts a highly rated morning sports talk show on Sports 620 KTAR in Phoenix with Doug Franz entitled Doug and Wolf. Ron is also the Arizona Cardinals’ color radio analyst with Dave Pasch (ESPN).

The Power Player Award

The Power Player Award is given to select individuals who demonstrate exceptional character and sportsmanship as a participant in the 2012 Grand Canyon State Games. Select individuals who display extraordinary character as defined by the Six Pillars of Character -- Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship -- will be identified by Games officials for consideration. The Power Player Award will be presented to recipients during the awards ceremonies.


What are The Grand Canyon State Games?:

The Grand Canyon State Games is a multi-sport Olympic Festival for Arizona’s amateur athletes of all ages and abilities. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is the honorary chairperson of the Grand Canyon State Games. The Games is a project of the Arizona Sports Council and is affiliated with 47 other states throughout the United States. The Grand Canyon State Games is designed to give all Arizonans the opportunity to take part in athletic competition with an Olympic-style atmosphere. 2012 will be the 20th year for the Games, to be held in Maricopa County and Flagstaff.

Who is eligible to Compete?

A participant must be a resident of Arizona for at least 30 days immediately prior to the first day of competition. College students and military personnel who usually reside in Arizona or attend an Arizona school(s) just prior to the Games are eligible to enter. Age and skill level requirements are established by each sport’s governing body or commissioner. Unless otherwise stated under individual sport listings, the age determining date will be the day prior to competition.


The top finisher in the Winter Games in each division will be awarded free entry into that sport if offered in the International Summer Games.

How to enter the GCSG Winter Games


1. If additional information is needed, please call the Grand Canyon State Games office at (480) 517-9700 or check our web site at www.gcsg.org.

2. Read all of the general information at our website.

3. Read the specific sport information for complete event information.

4. If you prefer you may download our Entry form. Then fill out the Registration Form for the Winter Games. For team sports, the coach or team captain fills out the form (including team roster) for the entire team. For individual sports, each person competing must fill out a separate form.

5. Sign the waiver. For team sports, each participant must sign. All participants under 18 must have their parent or guardian sign for them.

6. Payment. If paying entry fees by MasterCard, Visa, or Discover only, fax your form to 480-517-9739.  You may also make payment by personal check or a cashier’s check made payable to “Grand Canyon State Games.” Please do not send cash.

7. a) The Summer Games Competition - June 15-17, 2012.
         (unless date is otherwise noted).
    b) Mail completed registration forms to: Grand Canyon State Games, 2120 E. 6th St.
         Suite #4, Tempe, AZ 85281 or
    c)  Fax to (480) 517-9739 or
    d) Through our website: www.gcsg.org

For complete information, please call the States Games Office at (480) 517-9700.
A confirmation letter with specific sport information will be sent prior to the weekend of the Games.

Entering more then one sport

Due to the competitive format and the possibility of overlapping schedules, entering more than one sport is discouraged. If you enter more than one sport, you do so at your own risk. No refunds will be given & no schedule changes made to accommodate multi-sport entrants



Grand Canyon State Summer Games/ the Lori Piestewa National Native American Games

In 2012, the Grand Canyon State Games will offer two additional sports competitions; the Grand Canyon State Summer Games, June 15-17, 2012 & the Lori Piestewa National Native American Games held in the Greater Fountain Hills, AZ area July 20-22, 2012. As always, athletes of all ages and abilities are eligible to participate. Athletes have the opportunity to participate in ONE OR BOTH of these competitions. The top finisher in the Winter Games in each division will be awarded free entry into the Summer Games Competition.


Unsportsmanlike conduct on the part of competitors or fans will not be condoned by the Grand Canyon State Games officials.  Conduct of this nature may result in immediate removal and disqualification from competition.

Inclement Weather

Sports using outdoor facilities are weather dependent. Competitions will be conducted unless the commissioners, facilities managers or Grand Canyon State Games staff determine the weather conditions to be potentially dangerous, life threatening or if playing fields would incur significant damage. There will be no cash refunds for cancelled events due to weather.

Refund Policy

No refund will be permitted in the event an entrant fails to compete. There will be no refunds of entry fees except for the following:

  1. Entries received after the maximum number of individuals or teams are bracketed or   if not enough teams or individuals enter a division.

     2.   Entries of non-qualified participants.



In 2012, the Grand Canyon State Winter Games is planning for dramatic growth. As awareness and interest in the Games grow rapidly in its 20th year, volunteers are a critical part of the success of the State Games. If you are interested in participating as a volunteer, please call the Games office at (480) 517-9700‚ or check our website at http://www.gcsg.org. The Grand Canyon State Winter Games is a grassroots, family-oriented movement and we encourage participation by the whole family. To share in an Olympic-style sports festival, please become a volunteer for the Grand Canyon State Games.


The Grand Canyon State Games thrives on achieving success through teamwork. Among the most valuable players on the Grand Canyon State Games team are its Gold Medal sponsors:




KOOL 94.5 FM ~ Valle Luna ~ Prisma Graphic  ~ AZ TV
DoubleTree Guest Suites Phoenix ~ Integrated Real Estate Services
Phoenix Suns ~ Phoenix Mercury ~ AZ Diamondbacks



Honey Bears  ~  Sleep America  ~  SWEAT Magazine
The Corner Office  ~  CS & S Computer Systems



Keller Williams Realty ~ Arizona Snowbowl ~ R2 Sports ~ Bear Essential News For Kids ~ Radisson Fort McDowell Resort ~ Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation ~ American Heart Association ~ Phoenix Regional Sports Commission X – Treme Apparel  



McMurry ~ Mountainside Fitness  ~  Starworld Travel  ~  Centurion Security Magic Maids  ~  Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll  ~  Mogollon  ~  Navajo Times  ~ National Native American Times ~  Malibu Communications


The Grand Canyon State Games extends its heartfelt gratitude to each of these community-minded organizations for their outstanding support!


Phoenix Suns/Mecury

Founded in 1968, the Phoenix Suns are entering their 45th season competing in the
National Basketball Association. During that time, they have earned 26 playoff berths
while making two trips to the NBA Finals. In addition to being Phoenix’s original sports
team and bringing years of entertainment into the lives of Valley residents, the Suns are
largely credited with igniting the economic redevelopment of downtown Phoenix. The franchise has always been active in the community, contributing more then $2 million and thousands of hours of service each year to those in need. Finally, the Suns are an inaugural patron member of the Grand Canyon State Games.


AZ Diamondbacks

In 1997, before the D-backs ever played a game, the team made a commitment to its fans that it would make a difference in the community. Through the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and Community Affairs, the D-backs are dedicated to the enrichment of our fans’ lives by focusing our efforts on the greatest areas of need: homelessness, indigent healthcare and children’s programs of all types. The team’s commitment reaches beyond the walls of Chase Field, and we are proud to be a part of the neighborhoods, homes and lives of our fans.


KOOL 94.5

94.5 KOOL-FM, the Valley’s Greatest Hits is one of the nation’s premier Classic Hits radio stations. Playing everything from the Beatles to the Beach Boys, Elton John to Billy Joel and so much more. A leader in the radio industry, KOOL-FM
was one of the first radio stations to broadcast “rock and roll” music on the FM dial. Wake up every morning with Tom and Maria where you will cruise to work with the greatest music ever recorded. Each afternoon it’s Steve Goddard bringing you his musical genius with the Fab 4 at 4 and the Top 5 at 5 where you get to play along and learn a little about the music you love. For everything KOOL - visit KOOLradio.com. And for even more KOOL fun sign up for KOOL At Work Rewards, a rewards program where the more you listen the more you get rewarded. Consider it a frequent listener club.


Arizona State University
Arizona State University’s goal is to become a world-class university in a multi-campus setting. Its mission is to provide outstanding programs in instruction, research, and creative activity, to promote and support economic development, and to provide service appropriate for the nation, the state of Arizona, and the state’s major metropolitan area. To fulfill its mission, ASU places special emphasis on the core disciplines and offers a full range of degree programs—baccalaureate through doctorate, recognizing that it must offer quality programs at all degree levels in a broad range of fundamental fields of inquiry. ASU will continue to dedicate itself to superior instruction; to excellent student performance; to original research, creative endeavor, and scholarly achievement; and to outstanding public service and economic development activities. As a result of this dedication, ASU was named to Research Extensive (formerly Research I) status in 1994, recognizing ASU as a premier research institution.  Arizona State University has a complex structure with four campuses: the main campus in Tempe, the Downtown Campus in Phoenix, the West Campus in Phoenix, and the Polytechnic Campus in Mesa. With over 51,000 students, the Tempe campus is one of the largest in the country.



AZ TV 7/Cable 13 (KAZT) is Arizona’s only locally-owned television station, part of the Londen Media Group. Launched in 2002, AZTV delivers unique local programming (The Pat McMahon Show, AM Arizona, The Chat Room), regional sports (Arizona Wildcats Football, Phoenix Coyotes NHL Hockey), first run programming (Maury), and the best of classic and contemporary entertainment / comedy (Frasier, M*A*S*H, Reba, George Lopez, According To Jim, Everybody Hates Chris, Star Trek: The Next Generation). The station reaches more than 1.8 million households over the air, on cable and satellite (Channel 7 on DIRECTV and Dish Network), as well as a global audience online at www.aztv.com. KAZT-DT 7.2 launched in 2008 with programming from The Retro Television Network (RTV) and can also be found on Cox Digital Cable Channel 93. KAZT-HD premiered in spring 2009 over-the-air and on COX HD 713.


Doubletree Guest Suites Phoenix

The Doubletree Guest Suites Phoenix is an all suite hotel located 1.5 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor. Guests can enjoy a complimentary daily breakfast buffet, free airport transfers and all of the amenities you come to expect from Doubletree. The Doubletree Guest Suites Phoenix is a member of the Hilton Family and has won Hilton’s Pride award for six of the last eight years, presented to the top ten
Doubletree resorts in the World.

Prisma Graphic Corp.
Headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., is a commercial printer and marketing solutions provider with unparalleled boutique style customer service. Since inception in 1981, the heart of Prisma Graphic has been in its customers. Offering a wide variety of customized in-house services, from offset and digital printing, prepress, design support, production, bindery, fulfillment and mailing service, Prisma Graphic truly works hand-in-glove with their customers as an extension of their individual marketing teams. DokShop, their self-created online ordering program with open architecture and fully customizable options, allows customers to manage and print company collateral with ease. Their state of the art warehouse facilities, cutting-edge technology and dedication to environmental sustainability allows Prisma Graphic to Print Smart.

Arizona Office Technologies

AOT has always prided itself on delivering the highest quality and best value to our customers. This philosophy of connecting people, ideas and technology has helped us become the premier provider of business solutions in the Southwest. As part of the Global Imaging System’s network of nationwide companies, we have become a nationwide industry leader providing our clients with national strength and local accountability and control.


Integrated Real Estate Services, LLC

IRES are a local, family owned, commercial real estate company. We own, develop, and manage a diverse real estate portfolio that includes shopping centers, office buildings, industrial complexes, residential, agriculture land and raw land. We manage and invest with a conservative outlook and appreciate that life is a journey, not a destination. We recognize that we have a responsibility to the community in which we live. Our actions and relationships with the people we work with are based on the long-term mutual benefits of honestly and straightforwardness. Visit us at www.eIRES.com.


Valle Luna Mexican Restaurants
Valle Luna, which means moon valley, is an old fashioned family owned-and-operated business that proudly observes the Sonoran Mexican food traditions. Founded in 1983 Valle Luna celebrates a reputation for excellence in food and drink, while adhering to the ideals of highest quality at affordable prices. The restaurants were named 2009  “Best of Phoenix – Mexican Food” by New Times Magazine. Renowned as a perennial sponsor of youth sports and a generous supporter of its communities, Valle Luna is honored to join the elite family-of-sponsors of the GCSG. The Games’ commitment to showcasing and celebrating the talents of Arizona’s amateur athletes is a perfect fit!