NEW! McConnell Basketball Academy at the South Hills, see below for details!

For many of us, the JCC IS basketball. Our reputation, facilities and staff have the JCC quickly becoming one of the Pittsburgh area’s premiere basketball destinations and offers members year round basketball competition, recreation and education for players of all ages and levels of ability.

Our gymnasiums–-two in Squirrel Hill and one in the South Hills–-are well-maintained full-court gyms open year-round.

The JCC offers a wide variety of basketball programs and clinics. We take great pride in our staff, who instruct and mentor the players, and encourage them to work on their strengths as well as their weaknesses in a well-disciplined and competitive environment. It is extremely important to us that each and every one of our participants becomes a better basketball player after they have gone through our various programs.

Our Basketball program consists of instructional clinics, teams and leagues for children and youth from Tiny Tots to Little Champ Super Hoopers; nurturing future leaders at each step. Within this program, teenagers serve as volunteer mentors and paid instructors for the youngest age groups. There are also leagues for High School students to compete against teams from all across the area as well as opportunities for adults to get together and compete on the court.

Squirrel Hill: Gym Schedule -Winter (2.5.19)
South Hills: Gym Schedule – April-May 2019

Fall Youth Basketball

Please note: The following programs will be held at the JCC in Squirrel Hill.

Private Basketball Lessons: ages 10 +
Work closely with a qualified JCC instructor to improve your game.
Contact Jeremy Kelley at 412-697-3538 to schedule your session.

Explosive and Power Training with the Scoring Factory: ages 10-18
The well-respected local Scoring Factory brings their training program to the JCC. The Explosive program helps players develop their ability to rapidly change direction, improve short-burst explosiveness and increase jumping ability. The Power program increases upper-body strength with intense exercises.
Mondays, Robinson Gym
Power, 6:45-7:40 pm
Explosive, 7:45-8:40 pm
April 22-June 10
$35/class; $175/7-week session
$50/both classes; $225/7-week session

Little Rookies Spring Clinic: grades K-2
This 6-week program places an emphasis on fun and teaches fundamental skills necessary for younger players to learn to play the game the right way. All players receive a T-shirt.
Sundays • 2-2:45 pm
March 10-April 14
$75; $95/community

Spring Skills Clinic: grades 3-8
This clinic is designed to get young players excited about basketball with age-specific drills focusing on the fundamentals in a fun and positive learning environment.
Sundays, Robinson Gym
March 10-April 14, 3-4 pm
$75/member; $95/community

N.B.A. (No Boys Allowed) Skills Clinic: grades 3-8
High energy, enthusiasm and tons of fun create a clinic experience that girls of all ages and skill levels will love. Female coaches are role models in a competitive environment designed to instill self confidence.
Mondays • 3-4 pm, Robinson Gym
March 11-April 15
$75; $95/community

NEW! Junior N.B.A. (No Boys Allowed): grades K-3
This 6-week program places an emphasis on fun and teaches fundamental skills necessary to play the game the right way. Female coaches are role models in an environment designed to instill self-confidence.
Mondays, Kaufmann Gym
January 14-February 18, 6-6:45 pm
$75; $95/community

JCC Travel Teams: Grades 5-12

Selected players represent the JCC in competition against other organizations throughout the city. Teams play 1-2 games and have 1-2 practices per week throughout the season, October through March. All players MUST attend one tryout session to be considered for selection. There is no fee to try out; team fee is for those who are selected. Team members must purchase uniforms for an additional fee. All teams compete in a postseason tournament in early March at the JCC.



Basketball programs are supported in part by the Allen “Ace” Aizenberg Basketball Fund, the Jock Rosenberg Fund, the Larry Ruttenberg Fund and the Shapera Endowment Fund.

Basketball programs are supported in part by the Allen “Ace” Aizenberg Basketball Fund, the Jock Rosenberg Fund, the Larry Ruttenberg Fund and the Shapera Endowment Fund.

Jewish Teen Basketball League
Spend Sunday nights competing against teams from local synagogues. Check with your synagogue to see if they participate or call Jeremy at 412-697-3538 for more details. There are divisions for both Middle School and High School teams.
Sunday evenings
February 17-April 21

Boys and Girls Middle School Spring League: grades 4-8
Teams will be formed, with league games and playoffs to follow. All players receive a team shirt.
Tuesdays, Robinson Gym
March 12-May 21
Games at 6 pm and 7 pm
$75/member; $95/community

Boys High School Spring League: grades 8-12
Teams will be formed, with league games and playoffs to follow

Tuesdays and Thursdays, Robinson Gym
March 12-May 23
Games at 8 and 9 pm

Squirrel Hill:

Over 21 Recreational Basketball
Drop in for organized pick-up games.
Tuesdays: 5-7 pm
Sundays: 8-10 am
No fee for members

Over 45 Recreational Basketball
Drop in for organized pick-up games.
Saturdays 8-10 am
No fee for members

Larry Ruttenberg Adult Basketball League
Wednesday nights
Begins October 18
$600/ Team

South Hills:

Pick-Up Basketball
Tuesdays and Thursdays
7- 9:15 pm
Sundays 8-10:30 am
No fee for members $5/community

Basketball - South Hills

The JCC South Hills is partnering with the McConnell Basketball Academy to provide elite basketball training in form shooting, ball handling, passing, first step moves, finishing moves, footwork and timing, as well as conditioning. Kids will have the opportunity to work directly with legendary Coach Tim McConnell and Coach Rico to enhance their overall skills in all elements of the game.


Register at the Front Desk. Classes are on-going: you can join at any time.

Boys and girls: K-grade 3, 10:30-11:30 am
Girls: grades 4-9, 11:30 am-1 pm
Boys: grades 4-9,1-2:30 pm
Girls: grades 4-9, 6-7:30 pm
Boys: grades 4-9, 7:30-9 pm
4 sessions: $120; $140/non-JCC members
8 sessions: $200; $220/non-JCC members
Walk-in: $35

Coach McConnell is a highly acclaimed Western Pennsylvania basketball coach who has made McConnell the trademark name in basketball throughout Pittsburgh, as well as nationally. In addition to being one of the “winning-est” coaches in Western PA, Coach McConnell has helped develop his own children into highly successful players. Currently, son TJ is a starting point guard in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Coach Unrico Abbondanza was a 4-year starter for Lock Haven University. During his time there, he amassed 1,400 points and was able to establish school records in points, rebounds, assists and steals. Rico was a 3 time All-PSAC player and was most commonly known for his ability to get to the hoop with high flying finishes.

For more info: Steve Manns, [email protected]

Contact Us

Squirrel Hill

Jeremy Kelley: 412-697-3538

South Hills

Steve Manns, [email protected]

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