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: Squirrel Hill Gym Schedule – Summer 2019 (6.1.19)
South Hills: Gym Schedule – April-May 2019

Camps & Clinics in Squirrel Hill

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

Hoop It Up Camp: grades 1-3
This camp is perfect for those FUTURE stars as our JCC coaches will focus on developing fundamental skills and our goal is to help build confidence in a fun and encouraging environment at a pace more suitable for the younger athlete. Through individual drills and team competitions, this camp will provide each camper with an opportunity to enhance their overall basketball skills. Our camps provide experienced coaches in a high energy, enthusiastic program that players of all skill levels will both enjoy and benefit from!
Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19
$350 per player

Hoop It Up Camp: grades 4-6
Our Hoop It Up Basketball Camp includes outstanding instructors, a variety of activities and more personalized attention than you’ll find at most camps. A typical day includes offensive, defensive and group skills stations, full court games, shooting competitions and 1 on 1, 2 on 2 and 3 on 3 play. In addition, all teaching is performed in a positive way which attempts to increase each player’s self-confidence both on and off the court. Our JCC coaches provide expert skill instruction and players will walk away with a better understanding of the rules and terminology of the sport.
Monday, July 29 – Friday, August 2
$350 per player

Private Basketball Lessons: ages 10 +
Work closely with a qualified JCC instructor to improve your game. $46 for 60-minute sessions, $28 for 30-minute sessions. Contact Jeremy Kelley at 412-697-3538 for more details or to schedule your sessions today!

Explosive & 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, Kaufmann Gym
Power…..6:45-7:40 pm
Explosive…..7:45-8:40 pm

June 17-August 5
* No class on July 8th *
$35/class; $175/7-week session
$50/both classes; $225/7-week session

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.
Wednesdays • 6-6:45 pm
June 12 – July 24
* No class the week of July 4th *
$75; $95/community

Drill 4 Skill Basketball Academy: grades 4-9

Legendary local high school Coach John Miller brings his well-known Drill 4 Skill program to the JCC this Summer for 8 weeks ONLY! This program will help players:

  • Learn the foundations of shooting and scoring
  • Develop a dynamic set of explosive first moves and finishing moves
  • Understand the importance of high repetitions
  • Replicate and repeat consistency in proper form

Girls: Tuesdays      June 4-July 23                     Boys: Thursdays    June 6-July 25

Grades 4-6….……….6:00-7:15pm                     Grades 4-6….……….6:00-7:15pm

Grades 7-9…………..7:15-8:30pm                     Grades 7-9…………..7:15-8:30pm

$200; $220/community

Drop-Ins $35/class



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.

Larry Ruttenberg Adult Basketball League
8 game season + single elimination playoffs                                                                 Wednesday nights – Kaufmann Gym
Summer Session: June 5th – August 14th
$625 Per Team (includes team shirts)

Squirrel Hill:

Over 21 Recreational Basketball
Drop in for organized pick-up games.
Tuesdays: 5-7 pm

Saturdays: 10 am-12 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

South Hills:

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

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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