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Syracuse loves its Hoops!  And the Parks Department is pleased to offer a number of instructional and competitive basketball programs for youth of all ages and abilities!  Camps, clinics and leagues are offered year-round, so be sure to check back often! 

Fall / Winter

Jr. NBA Youth Basketball
Syracuse Parks and Recreation links up with the Syracuse Northeast Community Center and the national Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA Program for our annual winter league.  Several weeks of instruction are followed by league play. Games are played at either the McChesney Recreation Center or the Northeast Community Center. Volunteers are always needed!(coaches,refs,etc)! Registration begins in November and continues until the league is filled.  Registration forms may be downloaded HERE, or you can pick one up at the main Parks Office. 
Location: McChesney Center and Northeast Center
Dates: Thursdays (6- 8yrolds), Fridays (13-15), Saturdays (9-12 yr olds) League typically operates from December – March.                                                                  
Fee: $10 per player, $20 max per family.

Syracuse Recreation Center League
The Parks Department coordinates two winter basketball leagues specifically designed to offer friendly competition among city recreation centers.  Teams are formed by recreation center staff and games are played at the McChesney Center.  To join a team, contact a staff member at one of the city’s 10 youth recreation centers.  Other youth-serving agencies within the city of Syracuse are welcome to participate as well!  Contact our Recreation Supervisor(473-4330 ext. 3035) for more information. 
10-12 yr old division: Format for this division includes 4 weeks of instructional clinics followed by a 4-week round-robin tournament.  Clinics are led by Parks staff, with the help of team coaches and special guest clinicians!  Learn the fundamentals of the game…dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding…before competing against other centers.                                                                                       
Location: McChesney Center
Dates: December - January                                                                               
13-15 yr old division: Format for this division includes several week of league play, followed by playoffs, for players not on a high school roster.  Games are referred by high school officials.  Teams are formed and coached by recreation center staff.  To participate, contact a staff member at your neighborhood recreation center.  Players may not participate in this league if on a high school Varsity or JV roster.
Location: McChesney Center
Dates: February-April                                                                                             
Ages: 13-15 (may not turn 16 before April 1st)


Summer A.C.T.I.O.N. Basketball Leagues - 2008 champions
Basketball action heats up every summer at the McChesney Recreation Center.  Three divisions of league play give youth from all over Central New York an opportunity to compete in some of the most exciting summer hoops in the area.
Boys Open League. All registered players will be placed on a team, coached by program staff. Teams are drafted based on size, experience, position, etc.
Game Night: Thursdays beginning in June                                  
Age: 13-15                                                                                                                 
Registration: 2009 registration info TBA
Fee: $20-city resident / $40 non-city), includes shirt, referees, awards
Boys VARSITY League / Girls VARSITY League.  Don’t miss any of the Varsity action each summer.  Teams play once per week at McChesney. Coaches from area schools may register their team by contacting Chris Abbott at 473-4330 ext 3019, and submitting a valid roster with league fees.  All games are officiated by IABBO referees.  Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning in June.
FREE Girls Clinics.
Join local high school coaches for weekly clinics every Tuesday from 5pm-6pm, before the varsity league. FREE. For girls, age 12-15.

Donnie Fielder Basketball Tournament – Annual summer basketball showcase, running out of the Southwest Community Center and other venues each July.  Contact Ed Mitchell or James Jackson at SWCC for more information (474-6823). 

Basketball Camp - Camp Registration Form
Open to boys and girls...This week-long day camp, held each summer at McChensey Recreation Center, includes daily drills designed to improve a player's skills in the critical aspects of the game: passing, dribbling, shooting, rebounding, and defending.  Campers also participate in full-court games and other contests on a daily basis. The camp may also feature local basketball greats as guest speakers.  Lunch is included each day, and transportation is available from 12 pickup sites citywide.  For more information on this, or any Parks and Recreation Summer Camps, click HERE. 
Date: 2009 dates TBA. Camp runs Mon-Fri from 10am-3pm.
Director: Dennis Bardenett
Ages: 8 - 13 years
Site: McChesney Recreation Center
Limit: 85
Fee: City $40/Non-City $90

SALT CITY GAMES Basketball Tournament. Held each August as part of the week-long, Olympic-style Salt City Games for Youth, the basketball competition is a free tournament open to all city youth agencies.  Preliminary rounds take place early in the week at McChesney, with the championship game played on the outdoor courts at Sunnycrest Park.  Tournament rosters include youth ages 11-13, from city youth agencies.  To participate, call or e-mail Chris Abbott at 473-4330, ext 3019.  Click HERE for more information on the Salt City Games for Youth.  FREE.
Date: 2009 Dates TBA                                                                                           
: 11-13                                                                                                           
Site: McChesney, Sunnycrest, other

summer basketball