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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.

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Squirrel Hill: Squirrel Hill Gym Schedule – January 2020
South Hills:
South Hills Gym Schedule January 2020

Clinics in Squirrel Hill

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


Little Champ Super Hoopers: grades K-2
Participants learn the fundamentals of
basketball including dribbling, passing and
shooting throughout this 14-week program.
Teams are formed with an emphasis on learning and having fun. T-shirts for all players.
November 10-February 23, 2020
$170; $220/community
Kindergarten: 1-2 pm
Grade 1: 2:15-3:15 pm
Grade 2: 3:30-4:30 pm

Harry B. Davis Basketball Clinic and League with Coach John Miller: grades 3-8
This 16-week program teaches the game using
a combination of skills, drills and instruction
and includes exhibition games and league play.
Players are evaluated by trained coaches and
administrators and then placed onto teams
based on grade and skill level. Regular season
games are followed by playoffs, championships
and an end-of-season awards ceremony for all
Coaches and referees are in high school, college and older, and selected by an interview process.
They take part in a pre-season training program
as well as in-season training sessions.
November 9-Monday, March 2, 2020
$200; $250/community
Grades 3-4: 1-2 pm
Grades 5-6: 2:15-3:15 pm
Grades 7-8: 3:30-4:30 pm
League Only
December 7-Monday, March 2, 2020
$170; $220/community

N.B.A. (No Boys Allowed) Winter Clinic and
League: Girls ONLY Grades 3-8
Back by popular demand, this 10-week program
teaches girls the fundamentals of basketball in
a social yet competitive environment. Female
coaches and role models facilitate drills, games
and activities designed to build self-confidence
on and off the court. This league combines
great teaching, high energy, enthusiasm and
tons of fun into a clinic experience girls of all
ages and skill levels will love.
Sundays, 5-6 pm
December 8 –February 16, 2020
$150; $200/community

Travel Teams: grades 5-12
Selected players represent the JCC in
competition against other organizations
throughout the greater Pittsburgh area. Teams
play 1-2 games and have 1-2 practices per
week throughout the season, October through
March. In addition to practices and games,
7th-graders and up will take part in an in-season weight training program in JCC Centerfit to supplement their on-court training throughout the season.
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.
Tryouts for Boys: Tuesday, October 15 and
Thursday, October 17
Boys: grades 5-6: 6-7:15 pm
Team fee – $175
Boys: grades 7-8: 7:15-8:30 pm
Team fee – $225
Ace Aizenberg Boys Varsity and JV
Grades 9-12: 8:30-10 pm
Team fee – $300
Tryout for Girls: Tuesday, October 22
Girls: grades 5-6: 6-7:15 pm
Team fee – $175
Girls: grades 7-8: 7:15-8:30 pm
Team fee – $225

Private Basketball Lessons: ages 10 +
Work closely with a qualified JCC instructor to
improve your game. Contact Jesse Goleman at
412-697-3538 to schedule your session.
Ages 13+: $46 for a one-hour lesson
Ages 12 and under: $28 for a half-hour lesson

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.

Drill For Skill Basketball Academy

Little Dribblers • Grades K-3
Sundays • 10:30- 11:30 am

Girls Academy • Grades 4-9
Sundays • 11:30 am-12:45 pm
Wednesdays • 6-7:15 pm

Boys Academy • Grades 4-9
Sundays • 12:45-2 pm
Wednesdays • 7:15-8:30 pm

4 sessions: $120; $140/non-JCC members
8 sessions: $200; $220/non-JCC members
Walk-in: $35

Please contact Steve Manns
for additional information
[email protected]

Larry Ruttenberg Adult Basketball League
Wednesdays, begins October 16
$625/team; open to the community

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
Sundays: 8-10:30 am
No fee for members; $5/community

Contact Us

Squirrel Hill

Jesse Goleman, [email protected] 


South Hills

Steve Manns, [email protected]

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