Between the Nets and the Knicks, there’s a chance that hoops will once again rise as “the city game,” leading to a rush on classes and leagues for kids (and hopefully playgrounds and school yards). To help, we’ve put together a list of popular programs for kids (younger and older). Now it’s up to Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams to do their part!
Special Note: The season has already started for many programs so they’ll often simply charge you a prorated price.
Hunter College, 68th Street and Lexington Ave
This facility offers a co-ed Youth Development League (YDL) and in-depth clinics to help kids ages 8-17 develop and broaden fundamental skills. Two-hour YDL sessions are held on Saturdays through mid-December. Fall II Session begins November 3.
Children’s Aid Society
Youth programs are offered year-round at multiple community centers and schools. Programs include: After School for ages 5-11, Head Start for ages 3-5, Saturday Programs for ages 5-17, Girls & Boys Basketball ages 12-18. All program registrations are first come, first served.
170 East 83rd Street
This facility develops players’ fundamental skills such as running, shooting, and dribbling, and then applies the developed skills to court games. Sessions are held on Saturdays and Sundays for grades 3-8. Winter Session 2012-2013 is November 10-March 10. Spring session 2013 is April 6-May 19. Registration for both sessions is now available on Dribbl’s website.
This wide-ranging facility offers various programs for grades K-8 including: After-School, Weekend, 1-1 training, 3 v. 3 league, NY Knicks “Hoops School” program, and a competitive travel AAU league. Registration is available online for all programs. Players must try-out for AAU teams. See website for try-out schedule.
East 71st Street
This non-competitive program concentrates on developing fundamental basketball skills in children ages 9-12. There are small 3 v. 3 or 5 v. 5 games. 75-minute classes are offered on Sundays now through June 2013. Registration forms are available online.
1395 Lexington Avenue / 200 Hudson Street
This Jewish Organization offers various programs such as beginner lessons, youth/teen leagues, camps, and clinics. Worried you missed the sign-up? They offer prorated classes based on availability! Youth leagues are held on Sundays, now through January 13.
Yorkville Youth Athletic Association
East 88th Street
This competitive basketball program has five all-girl divisions, youth leagues, teen leagues, and travel teams. They offer their members an open gym on Sundays at P.S. 198 for independent practice. Regular league is held on Saturdays for all age groups (pre-K through 12th grade). YYAA’s application for registration and waivers are available online. Winter Session runs December 8-March 9, 2013.
Pier 62, West 23rd Street & Hudson
This 2-court facility offers various programs and clinics to master skills and game concepts. Programs are grouped by age and skill level. Their “Little Athletes Program” now offers a “Little Dribblers” basketball program for ages 3-5. There are Saturday youth clinics for ages 5-13. Selected players from team rosters are also recruited to join the competitive team program for ages 8-13. Online registration is available.
Asphalt Green Basketball
555 East 90th Street
This program offers private lessons, camps, co-ed fall league, and AAU Travel Basketball for ages 3 and older. Asphalt Green members get a discounted registration fee. Program registrations and AAU try-out forms available online.
Downtown Basketball League
55 Warren Street
Located in three different places around lower Manhattan, this facility offers clinics, practices, and league play games. November-May, classes are held evenings and weekends. Programs are offered to girls in grades 2-8 and boys in grades 2-9. There is also Saturday basketball for children ages 4-5. Registration is available online. Downtown Community Members receive 10% off registration.
Greenwich Village Girls Basketball League
213-215 Eldridge Street
This community program provides a fun atmosphere, teaches teamwork, and gives everyone ages 9-15 an opportunity to play. There is no set registration fee—it’s based on donations. The registration form is available online. Season starts November 3 with a mandatory evaluation session.
The JCC (Jewish Community Center) Basketball
15 West 65th Street
This after-school program offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced basketball for ages 4-10. They introduce the fundamentals of the sport and then work to advance skills to move up program levels. Classes run now through January 23. Registration is available online.
NYC Parks and Recreation
While most parks have basketball courts for family fun or pick-up games, NYC parks are offering an instructional basketball clinic for all ages this season! Dates and times vary by borough, so check your local park. NYC parks also offers a Wheel Chair basketball program for children at Roy Wilkins Recreation Center and Al Oerter Recreation Center in Queens.
Police Athletic League
This co-ed program is offered in the winter and summer. They also offer a Citywide Basketball Invitational co-ed tournament in February for ages 10-13.
Safe Haven West Side Basketball
Upper West Side Public Schools
This program offers three divisions: boys, girls, and a co-ed special needs team. Safe Haven is a great weekend program that helps children to make new friends while developing basketball skills. Mini-camps are offered on school breaks. Regular season runs December-March. Register online or by mail. The program also offers partial/full scholarships for children with a written explanation and registration form.
Local YMCA facilities offer various basketball programs for children. Park Slope YMCA in Brooklyn offers a co-ed program for ages 4-11. The program includes 8 games, 2 weeks of practices, and a trophy for participation. Check your local branch for more information!