Basketball

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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-Fall 2018 as of 10.15.18
South Hills: South Hills Gym schedule as of 9.20.18

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.

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.

Sundays
November 4-February 24, 2019
$160; $220/community
Kindergarten, 1-2 pm
Grade 1, 2:15-3:15 pm
Grade 2, 3:30-4:30 pm

Little Rookies Skills 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
September 9-October 14
$75; $95/community

Youth Skills Clinic: grades 3-8
Get back on the court and ready for the upcoming basketball season! Our JCC coaches
will get you back in game shape and ready to be your best. Skills, drills, competitions and games are included in this exciting mini-camp.
Sundays • 4-5 pm
September 9-October 14
$75; $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.
Sundays • 3-4 pm
September 9-October 14
$75; $95/community

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.
Tuesdays
Power 6:45-7:40 pm
Explosive 7:45-8:40 pm
Begins August 14; no class September 11, 18
$35/class; $175/7-week session
$50/both classes; $225/7-week session

Harry B. Davis Basketball Clinic: 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 players. Coaches and referees are in high school, college and older, and are selected by an interview process and participate in a pre-season training program as well as in-season training sessions.
Saturdays
November 3-Monday, March 4, 2019
$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 1-Monday, March 4, 2019
$160; $200/community

New! N.B.A. (No Boys Allowed) Winter Clinic and League: Girls ONLY Grades 3-8
For the first time, our N.B.A. (No Boys Allowed) program will include a winter session similar to the Harry B Davis Clinic. This 14-week program will teach girls the game of basketball by focusing on the fundamentals in a social yet competitive environment. Female coaches and role models will 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, 4:30-6 pm
November 4 –February 24, 2019
$160; $220/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.

Middle School Fall League:
Boys and Girls grades 5-8
Teams will be formed, with league games and playoffs to follow. All players receive a team shirt.
Tuesdays and Thursdays Robinson Gym
September 4-October 25
No games on September 11 and 18
Games at 6 pm and 7 pm
$75/member; $95/community

High School Fall League:
Boys and Girls grades 8-12
Teams will be formed, with league games and playoffs to follow.
Tuesdays and Thursdays Robinson Gym
September 4-October 25
No games on September 11 and 18
Games at 8 and 9 pm
$50/member; $60/community

Basketball Coaches: grades 9-12
Coaches must be 16 years old as of November 1, 2018. Coaches attend mandatory training sessions throughout the season.
Contact Jeremy Kelley at [email protected] if
you are interested

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:
Sunday, October 7 and Tuesday, October 9
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: Monday, October 8

Girls: grades 5-6,  6-7:15 pm
Team fee, $175
Girls: grades 7-8, 7:15-8:30 pm
Team fee, $225

 

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 at the 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.

Classes

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

Sundays
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
Wednesdays
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

Fall League

The JCC-South Hills Boys Fall Basketball League for Grades 5-8 will begin the 2nd week of September as follows:

Start Times – 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm and 9 pm

  • Tuesdays: grades 5-6
  • Thursdays: grades 7-8

We will be accepting no more than 8 teams per grade division.

Cost:  $595 team fee (due at the first game)

Includes:  8 game guarantee, Referee fees, 10 DriFit Team shirts, Championship Awards & Runner Up

To secure your team’s spot, please email the following information to [email protected]

*Coach’s Name and Contact Info

*Team Name

*Full Player roster

*Shirt sizes (for 10 shirts per team)

Shirt Sizes:

  • Youth Sm  –  Adult Sm
  • Youth Med –  Adult Med
  • Youth LG –  Adult LG
  • Youth XL –  Adult XL or XXL

 

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]
412-278-1781

Contact Us

Squirrel Hill

Jeremy Kelley: 412-697-3538

South Hills

Steve Manns, [email protected]
412-278-1781


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