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Basketball programs for kids in Brooklyn and lower Manhattan

Our comprehensive overview of basketball programs in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan for ages 2 to 18 years includes program details, skill levels, costs, locations, and more.

Hoops Academy | Clinton Hill 

Program details: New York Hoops Academy is a premier basketball training and development organization dedicated to helping athletes of all ages and skill levels improve their basketball skills and achieve their goals on and off the court. At Hoops Academy, we are more than a basketball destination; we are a community where aspiring players thrive and reach their full potential. Located in Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Downtown Brooklyn, we have proudly impacted over 300 kids, going beyond the game to cultivate well-rounded individuals. The program extends beyond technical training. We prioritize character development, instilling discipline, resilience, sportsmanship, and teamwork. We foster a strong work ethic, goal-setting, and self-motivation, imparting qualities that transcend the basketball court into every aspect of life. Hoops Academy offers Team Practices (Seasonal), Small Group Sessions (6 players max), Private Lessons, In-House League by BBA, 3X3 Basketball League, and Girls Basketball. Pick up from local schools available for After-School Basketball Programs. For all programs, click here.

Levels: Beginner to advanced

Ages: Young aspiring athletes (age 4 and up) to adults

Seasons: All seasons, including Summer Camp

Locations: Locations vary by program for practices and games:

225 Adelphi Street (PS20) | Clinton Hill

510 Clermont Avenue (PS K753) | Downtown Brooklyn

Contact: Website | [email protected] | 786.644.2349

78 Youth Sports | Various Locations in Brooklyn

Program details: 78 Youth Sports offers opportunities for co-ed players at all skill levels and ages 5-17 to play basketball!  It’s fast-paced and tons of fun! Our Basketball Program is divided into two parts: Through research and our own experience, we know that developing young players before they play in a league helps breed success now and later. This is why we offer fundamental training for our youngest players! 78 Youth Sports offers Basketball Fundamentals for ages 5-8, in which players learn the basics of the game. “Rec” Basketball for ages 7-17 includes games.

Levels: All levels

Ages: 5-17

Seasons: Rec Basketball season is December-March. Basketball Fundamentals has three sessions: September-November, December-February, March-May. Basketball Academy clinics take place in the summer and during school holidays.

Costs: $350/season for Rec Basketball; $320-$400/week for summer clinics; Basketball Fundamentals is $25-35 per class for 4-8 classes.

Locations: Various field & gym locations throughout Brooklyn; see full list of locations here.

Contact: Website | [email protected]

Asphalt Green | Battery Park City

Program details: Asphalt Green offers a variety of youth basketball programs, including instructional group classes and recreational leagues. Programs include Developmental Basketball Academies, Recreational Basketball Leagues, Private Basketball Lessons, Basketball Camps & Clinics, and Travel Basketball for ages 8-16.

Levels: All levels, beginner to advanced

Ages: 3-16

Seasons: Year-round basketball program

Costs: Developmental Academies are $385-$456/7 classes; Recreational Basketball Leagues are $740/season; Private Lessons are $100/1 lesson, $570/6 lessons, or $1,020/12 lessons. Semi-Private Lessons are also available starting at $85/player.

Locations: Asphalt Green | 212 North End Ave | Battery Park City

Contact: Website | [email protected]

Aviator Youth Basketball Program | Marine Park

Program details: Aviator’s Youth Basketball Program molds young players into stars. Our Youth Development Basketball Program provides top-notch basketball classes designed to challenge each player’s skills and abilities. Our coaches emphasize the fundamentals and they work with every player to improve their all-around basketball skills. Through ongoing instruction, players turn their enthusiasm for basketball into a love for the game.

Levels: Recreational

Ages: 5-15

Seasons: Youth Development Basketball is offered in the fall, winter, and spring. In the summer AAU basketball partner Brooklyn Swarm runs a summer basketball camp.

Costs: $300/season

Locations: Floyd Bennett Field, 3159 Flatbush Avenue | Marine Park

Contact: Website | [email protected] | 718.758.7500

Basketball City | Lower East Side

Program details: Basketball City (at Pier 36) is a 70,000 sq. ft. “state-of-the-art” Sports & Entertainment facility, which contains seven air-conditioned basketball courts with glass backboards, electronic scoreboards, automated video system and first-class locker rooms. Basketball City runs youth leagues, youth clinics and summer camps.

Levels: All levels

Ages: 7-17

Seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer Camps

Costs: Youth Development Program is $325/6 Sessions. See website for summer camp pricing.

Locations: Pier 36 | 299 South Street | Lower East Side

Contact: Website | [email protected] | 212.233.5050

Big Apple Athletics | Various Locations in Brooklyn & Manhattan

Program details: Andre Howard (Coach Dre) is a former international pro athlete who offers group basketball classes, private sessions, and much more. Coach Dre’s small group clinics introduce young athletes to new skills, drills, and basketball-related games and challenges. His classes are held in various locations including Carroll Park, Van Vorhees Playground, and Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Visit Coach Dre’s website for his full schedule of offerings.

Levels: All levels

Ages: 5 and up

Seasons: Year-round programming

Costs: $400-$420/season for group clinics

Locations: Carroll Park | Carroll Gardens

Van Vorhees Playground | Cobble Hill

Pier 2 @ Brooklyn Bridge Park | Brooklyn Heights

Unity Preparatory Charter High School | 584 Driggs Avenue | Williamsburg

The Benson | 1045 Madison Avenue | Upper East Side

Contact: Website | [email protected] | 215.327.4953

Brooklyn Basketball Game Day Clinics | Barclays Center 

Program details: Brooklyn Basketball is a community-first basketball experience supported by the Brooklyn Nets, along with New York Liberty. Their goal is to grow the game for participants of all ages through professionally led clinics and camps, community-focused events, instructional videos, unique basketball content, and much more. Currently, young players can sign up for Brooklyn Nets Game Day Clinics at Barclays Center. These clinics are held on the arena floor where the Brooklyn Nets play their games!

Levels: All levels

Ages: 6-14

Seasons: Year-round programming; check website for upcoming events.

Costs: Game Day Clinics are $180/player

Locations: Game Days Clinics at Barclays Center

Contact: Website | [email protected]

Brooklyn Basketball Summer Camps | Brooklyn College

Program details: Brooklyn Basketball Camps is the official youth basketball program of the Brooklyn Nets. With professional instruction in a fun environment, we offer players of all skill levels the opportunity to learn basketball and advance their skills. Brooklyn Basketball is committed to serving our players and participants by providing memorable experiences. Each week includes a surprise guest speaker including past and present Nets players/coaches.

Levels: All levels

Ages: 6-14

Seasons: Summer

Costs: $645/week

Locations: Brooklyn College | 2900 Bedford Avenue | Midwood

Contact: Website | [email protected] | 718.304.1051

Brooklyn Basketball Academy | Gowanus & Industry City

Program details: At Brooklyn Basketball Academy (BBA), we teach students how to reach their highest potential on and off the court through intense training sessions, special programs, leagues, games, and community activations. BBA has a Travel Team and In House League for both boys and girls, as well as Intro to Basketball classes for novice students. There are also programs for Pre-K and Kindergarten aged players, as well as a range of camps and clinics for holidays and summer months. Browse all programs here.

Levels: All levels, beginner to advanced. Travel Team is by invitation only.

Ages: 1st – 12th Grade

Seasons: Year-round basketball program

Costs: $525/season for Intro to Basketball classes; $595/season for Pre-K and K classes; school holiday camps are $125-$150/day or up to $550/4 days; summer camp is $600/week; $875/season for In-House Leagues; $1,850/season for Travel Teams

Locations: 162 25th Street | Industry City

152 6th Street | Gowanus

Contact: Website | [email protected] | 347.689.9535

Brooklyn Bridge Park Summer Youth Basketball | Brooklyn Heights

Program details: Recommended for ages 7-17, join Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy for free 2-hour basketball clinics led by KING Hoops, NYC’s premier youth basketball organization. Learn basketball basics as head coaches lead participants through drills and games. Clinics will take place at Pier 2 this summer, dates TBD. Sign up for Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s emails to receive updates about Youth Basketball Clinics.

Levels: All levels

Ages: 7-17

Seasons: Summer; 2024 dates TBD.

Costs: Free!

Locations: Pier 2 @ Brooklyn Bridge Park | Brooklyn Heights

Contact: Website

Brooklyn Swarm | Marine Park

Program details: The leading club basketball program in the Tri-State, Powered by Under Armour, Brooklyn Swarm hosts teams for boys and girls grades 3rd – 12th. Brooklyn Swarm operates out of the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, NY.  Our program offers teams, camps, and clinics year-round and is operated by local college and high school coaches.

Levels: Teams for all skill levels, typically more than one team at each grade level. Tryouts required.

Ages: 3rd – 12th Grade

Seasons: Spring & Summer

Costs: Inquire directly about pricing for teams. Summer Camps are $365/week.

Locations: Aviator Sports and Events Center | Floyd Bennett Field, 3159 Flatbush Avenue | Marine Park

Contact: Website | [email protected]


C.A.L.F. Industries | Williamsburg & Greenpoint

Program details: C.A.L.F. (Courageous Athletic Lifestyle Forever) Industries was first established in 2012, focusing on elevating confidence, ability and life skillsets of young talented individuals in sports. C.A.L.F. serves as a mentorship program designed to increase in-person engagement through mind-obstacle games, physical activity, fitness, agility and dance. Founder Michael Barnes (Coach Mike) has been serving the Williamsburg & Greenpoint community for over 5 years, providing after-school programs, summer camps at McCarren Park and a Saturday Sports Clinics (Basketball & Soccer) called CALF SUNRISE. The CALF SUNRISE program at MS 50 Middle School was designed to increase fitness, agility and basketball skillsets. Players engage in workout style drills, stations, and mini-league games allowing opportunity to apply learning, fine-tune skills, and compete with or against their friends. With over 15 years of coaching & playing experience, Coach Mike has designed unique sport curriculums combined with team building activities and workouts for children ages 6 – 16. Follow Coach Mike’s Instagram to stay up to date on C.A.L.F.’s programming and new initiatives.

Levels: All levels

Ages: 6-16

Seasons: Year-round programming (8 weeks)

Costs: $325/season

Locations: MS50 Middle Schoo| 183 S 3rd Street | Williamsburg

Contact: Website | [email protected] | Instagram | 646.716.1473

Chelsea Piers Brooklyn | Prospect Heights

Program details: The Chelsea Piers Brooklyn youth basketball classes offer a fun and educational space for children to develop their motor skills and build a strong foundation for basketball. Chelsea Piers Brooklyn offers programs throughout the year for kids aged 2 and up to learn, play, and grow together through age-appropriate drills and activities.

Levels: Beginner to intermediate for toddlers, preschoolers, and kids 4-9

Ages: 2-9

Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter

Costs: $530-$566/season

Location: 601 Dean Street | Prospect Heights

Contact: Website | 718.957.2120

Dribbl | Various Locations in Brooklyn & Manhattan

Program details: Since 1995, Dribbl has stood out as a fun recreational program for young athletes who want to learn fundamental basketball skills in a positive and supportive environment. With a loyal following of New York City- and Hamptons-based families who return year after year for its experienced staff and high coach-to-player ratio, Dribbl now enrolls more than 1,000 families each year. The program was proudly named Best Basketball Clinic in New York magazine’s annual “Best of New York” issue. Dribbl offers classes, summer camps and school break camps, and Boys Travel Basketball for 7th & 8th grade boys who are looking for a more competitive basketball experience.

Levels: All levels

Ages: 3-14

Seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer Camps

Costs: $675/semester for classes; $400-$900/week or $120-$200/day for summer camps; $400-$900/week or $100-$180/day for school break camps; $1,995/season for Dribbl Travel Team

Locations: Dribbl meets in Downtown Manhattan, Upper West Side, Upper East Side, and Brooklyn locations including:

Brooklyn Friends School | 375 Pearl Street | Downtown Brooklyn

Berkeley Carroll School | 181 Lincoln Place | Park Slope

Contact: Website | [email protected] | 212.717.7651

Eagle E Fitness | Park Slope

Program details: Eagle E Fitness is a program that focuses on improving children’s confidence through sports and leadership. Eagle E Fitness helps youth grow in athletics, social skills, as well as self-love and team work. Eagle E Fitness was founded in 2018 by Erin Jones, a young female coach whose dream is to change the world for the better, one step at a time. Eagle E Fitness provides programs such as basketball classes and clinics, where our student athletes can develop their fundamental skills. In these programs they will partake in specific training, competitive drills and scrimmages. Eagle E Fitness also offers private lessons, camps & clinics, family sport programs, and private group lessons. The program will soon be expanding to incorporate additional sports such as soccer, speed and strength training, track and field, as well as tennis. Eagle E Fitness also offers programs in which families can bond through sports. Learning and developing in a sport with your loved ones bring insight from the parents perspective as well as shows the youth that they are not alone.

Levels: All levels

Ages: 3-17

Seasons: Year-round basketball program

Costs: Prices range from $25-$450 for various programs; refer to website.

Locations: Various locations, including Park Slope Community Church | 251 12th Street | Park Slope

Contact: Website | [email protected]

LIU Youth Basketball Summer Camp | Fort Greene

Program details: A co-ed camp for all ages and abilities. Partnering with local sports organizations to create a universal basketball camp for all! Work on your skills through close training sessions and have some fun with team based drills! Participants will be split into age groups and work closely with our players and coaches.

Levels: All levels

Ages: 3rd – 8th Grade

Seasons: Summer

Costs: $500/week

Locations: Long Island University | 1 University Plaza | Fort Greene

Contact: Website | [email protected] | 516.606.6547

Nike Basketball Summer Camp | St. Joseph’s University, Fort Greene

Program details: Challenge yourself and reach your basketball goals in summer 2024 with Ultimate Champions Basketball Academy Coach Michael Kerr and staff. Located in the heart of Brooklyn, NY, you’ll work on your shooting technique, footwork, team play skills, basketball IQ, and so much more. This summer camp will run from July 15 – August 16, from 9am – 4pm.

Levels: All levels; on the first day of camp, players are evaluated and then grouped to ensure proper instruction.

Ages: 5-16

Seasons: Summer

Costs: $335/week for Half Days; $615/week for Full Days; Competition Fridays are $145/day. Group discounts available!

Locations: St. Joseph’s University | 212 Vanderbilt Avenue | Fort Greene

Contact: Website | 1-800-645-3226

Parkway Hoops | Park Slope

Program details: Founded by Peter Panousopoulos, Parkway is a basketball organization and community based in Brooklyn, NY. We provide a basketball program and experience that aims to be second-to-none—with a trusted reputation of growth and success. The origins of Parkway began at Washington Park during the summer of 2020, playing full-court 1v1 with masks on and no rims. Parkway is now a full-fledged basketball program from pre-school to pro, with a full coaching staff.

Levels: All levels

Ages: Open to all ages

Seasons: Fall & Spring

Costs: Contact directly for pricing.

Locations: J.J. Byrne Playground, Washington Park | Park Slope

Contact: Website | [email protected] | 718.219.8791

SFX Youth Sports | Park Slope & Boerum Hill

Program details: SFX Youth Sports is a volunteer-led organization in Brooklyn providing sports programs focusing on skills and teamwork. Our programs teach fundamental skills while promoting teamwork, good sportsmanship and respect for all. Our coaches and leadership follow a set of basic principles, and expect parents and guardians to reinforce these principles on the field. The CoEd Basketball League is a recreational league, for children ages 7-17, and we welcome players of all skill levels and experience. The basketball program needs coaches and volunteers, and parents are encouraged to sign up to coach, set up and clean up the gym, or handle league administration.

Levels: All levels

Ages: 6-17

Seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring

Costs: $360-$400/player

Locations: SFX Lyceum | 752 President Street | Park Slope

PS282 | 180 6th Avenue | Park Slope

PS321 | 180 7th Avenue | Park Slope

MS51 | 350 5th Avenue | Park Slope

PS261 | 314 Pacific Street | Boerum Hill

Contact: Website | [email protected]

South Brooklyn Basketball | Park Slope  

Program details: South Brooklyn Basketball Academy is one of Brooklyn finest youth basketball organizations. Our goal as a company is to provide the best basketball programing for boys and girls in the Brooklyn community. We pride ourselves on providing professional, knowledgeable and experienced coaches who create a safe, positive and development focus environment to foster growth. South Brooklyn Basketball offers a travel basketball program boys age 8 through 14 who are looking for a competitive and fun basketball experience.

Levels: Intermediate to advanced

Ages: 8-14

Seasons: Fall, Winter & Spring

Costs: Affordable pricing is on a sliding scale; contact directly for more details.

Locations: Various locations in Park Slope

Contact: Website | [email protected] | 908.418.5157

Steady Buckets | Various Locations in Lower Manhattan

Program details: Steady Buckets is an inclusive and innovative basketball and leadership development program, FREE for ALL kids aged 4-18. The program’s objective is to develop hard working, resilient, empathetic, and confident individuals who will make a positive contribution to their communities. Workouts are held 7 days per week and open for all players with special workouts offered for players younger than 4th grade, girls only and players on the autism spectrum.  Since 2010, over 20,000 players have participated in our fun and challenging workouts. Along the way we discovered a better approach to playing youth sports which minimizes adult involvement while empowering children to be leaders and take ownership of the game. Steady Buckets offers daily classes, an All-Youth Basketball League, and a program for players with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Levels: All levels

Ages: 4-18

Seasons: Year-round basketball program

Costs: Free!

Locations: Various Locations in Lower Manhattan; gym locations can be found on their schedule.

Contact: Website | [email protected] | 646.734.4395

Updated: February 2024. Main Image: Brooklyn Basketball Academy.

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