would like to thank everyone for the compliments and praise
we have received for how well this program is run. We
are looking forward to another exciting season.
Garden City Basketball was created
to provide the youth of Garden City with an organization
that is solely dedicated to the sport of basketball.
Garden City Basketball
is a New York State non-profit tax-exempt organization.
We are proud members of the AAU, the Jr. NBA,
and the Jr. WNBA.
membership and acceptance of these world-class basketball
organizations demonstrates our commitment to following their
philosophy, principles, values, and our mission of promoting
basketball for the children of Garden City.
Garden City Basketball was founded
in 2006 by its president John Skramko.
John and his family have been residents of Garden
City since 1991. He
has a long track record of volunteering in the village of
Garden City and has been involved with basketball most of
his life. John
has been coaching basketball in Garden City since 2000, has
been a Garden City Centennials Girls soccer coordinator and
a coach, a GC Girls Lacrosse coach, a director and Treasurer
for the Estates Property Owners Association, an assistant
coach for an elite AAU basketball team, and has been a
member of the Island Garden Basketball’s Advisory Board.
A special hurray and
congratulations to our volunteers that have received
recognition from the Jr.NBA/Jr.WNBA
program for “Coach of the Year” honors. Our Garden
City Basketball coaches are focused on instruction,
development, fun, and teamwork.
The Jr.NBA/Jr.WNBA receives thousands of submissions
from across the country and our coaches have received regional
recognition for their efforts.
Each year almost 100 kids take part in a JrNBA/JrWNBA
Skills Challenge and the NBA FIT Challenge.
Garden City Basketball
was proud to be one of the select few organizations to host
these events. There are almost 200 JrNBA member leagues in
New York State alone. A
number of our participants have advanced onto the NYC
regional and national competitions.
Local youngsters between the ages of 7 and 14 have the
opportunity to participate in the JrNBA/JrWNBA Skills
Challenge sponsored by SINGULAR. This grassroots program
provides boys and girls, competing separately, a free
opportunity to showcase their excellence in the core
basketball skills of dribbling, passing and shooting. The
Skills Challenge is also intended to encourage youth
participation in sport while promoting sportsmanship.
A big thank you to the dozens
of children that submitted Jr.NBA/Jr.WNBA S.T.A.R. Essays
(Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a Positive Attitude, and Respect).
This has been and continues to be a great opportunity
to use a "non-sports" activity to help teach
life's lessons. As
a proud member of the Jr.NBA/Jr.WNBA, Garden
City Basketball is greatly encouraged to see that our
participants are demonstrating the values and character of
what it means to be a part of NBA
participants are focused on fun and development with no
tension and no pressure.
This is making Garden City
Basketball a great program.
Our focus is intramurals.
The goal is fun and development.
Equal teams and equal playing time.
The intramural program begins early December and runs through early
The Garden City Basketball Clinic
is held in the St. Paul 's Field House and is open to Boys
and Girls in Kindergarten, First, and Second Grades.
The registration fee is $125. We
do not charge a late fee.
However, late signups can’t be guaranteed a spot in
our program. Please
register online on this website using the link on the main
applications may be obtained from this website (application
link), St. Paul’s-Cluett Hall, and/or the Garden City
Each season, there are open
forums where we are available to the general public to
answer questions regarding our programs and Garden
City Basketball in general.
Our door is always open and the opportunity to
discuss and improve our program further will always be there
you can see from this website, we have created online
functions to make things easy for participants and
can be done easily, safely and securely online
have provided links to a variety of top basketball sites to
help promote training, development, and general knowledge of
offer coach, player, and game official clinics with the help
of local professionals, the Island
Garden , the Garden
City High School men's and
women's varsity teams, Chaminade,
Adelphi, and Hofstra
Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade clinic
participants play games starting in January.
As recommended by the Jr.NBA/Jr.WNBA, we utilize 8
foot baskets and rookie sized basketballs.
have partnered with the Professional
Athletic Performance Center.
One of the programs offered is Speed and Agility
recommend personal instruction from Fundamental
Sports Training, the Island Garden, and George
that went to school here and now attend elsewhere (i.e.
Kellenberg) may play in our program
are used to supplement instruction at our clinics.
Students receive instruction from our professional
instructors and students can earn valuable community service
credits. We are
proud of the children that give back and volunteer their
time to our program.
of the best adult game officials from the Island Garden are
used for all levels of play in our program.
Our game officials are part teacher, coach, and an
active part of each game played.
utilize sponsors to financially support the organization and
keep costs low
Garden City Basketball has the
necessary insurance for our league and is allocated space by
the Garden City Recreation Department.
The Recreation Department’s allocation of space in
St. Paul’s is based upon enrollment.
The target game day for the K-1-2 Clinc is Sundays
12:30pm – 2:30pm at St. Paul ’s.
The target game day for 7th thru 12th
grade boys is Friday nights.
Some of our dedicated coaches have attended the premiere coaches
clinic that is held on Long Island.
Some of the top college coaches in the country who
hail from Long Island returned to the area to conduct an
intensive six hour coaches clinic.
The Mercury Sports “
Hoop School ”
clinic was held at the Island Garden . The world
class professionals that presented were:
- Jim Ferry of LIU,
- Becky Hammon All Star
Guard of the New York Liberty ,
- Paul Hewitt of
- Bill McKillop of
- Tom Pecora of Hofstra,
- and NBA Hall of Fame
member Jeff Ruland of Iona .
Clinic topics included: “point zone”, shooting skills, man-to-man
offensive sets, attacking a half court zone defense,
development of post players, out-of-bounds plays, special
situation plays, break the press and more.
If you are a coach in our program and would like to
attend this first class instruction, please let us know.
Our “Hoops that Help” event was a big success.
We had Tom Pecora Hofsta's Head Coach, James Cosgrove
Adelphi's Men's Coach, Kelley Watts Adelphi Women's Coach,
Larry Steimer Garden City Men's Varsity Coach, Howie
Frajberg Valley Stream North's Varsity Men's Coach, and
dozens of local college/high school players providing expert
instruction at our sessions.
“Hoops that Help” is a charity basketball clinic
that Garden City Basketball
has partnered with TWIGs of
Winthrop University Hospital to benefit Winthrop ’s
Child Life Program.
The Child Life Program focuses on helping children
cope with the fear and anxiety of hospitalization.
This special event was hosted by Adelphi University
’s Athletic Department.
Refreshments were served throughout the day and
everyone had the opportunity to win an exciting raffle prize
and receive a "Hoopster" t-shirt!
We believe that Garden
City Basketball has the vision, dedication, and sets
the standard for youth basketball in the village.
We look forward to you and your child being a part of Garden
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