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Welcome to Garden City Basketball !!!

We 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.  Our 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 Cares.  Our 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 March. 

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 page.  Paper applications may be obtained from this website (application link), St. Paul’s-Cluett Hall, and/or the Garden City Recreation Office.

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 for you.

As you can see from this website, we have created online functions to make things easy for participants and volunteers:

ü   Registration can be done easily, safely and securely online

ü    We have provided links to a variety of top basketball sites to help promote training, development, and general knowledge of the sport.

ü      We 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

ü      Our 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.  

ü      We have partnered with the Professional Athletic Performance Center.  One of the programs offered is Speed and Agility training.

ü      We recommend personal instruction from Fundamental Sports Training, the Island Garden, and George Bruns.

ü      Children that went to school here and now attend elsewhere (i.e. Kellenberg) may play in our program

ü      Students 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.    

ü      Some 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.

ü      We 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 Georgia Tech,
  • Bill McKillop of Davidson,
  • 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 City Basketball.

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