With more than 120 classes and a plethora of programs offered each week, the YMCA bolsters bodies with invigorating and enjoyable fitness regimens throughout Manhattan. Aspiring circus strongpersons have their pick from brawn-building courses such as kettlebell for a full flexibility workout, spinning for 45 minutes of fat-burning cardio, and capoeira for winning dance-fights against hard-bargaining local street vendors.
The folks at Team Footprintz believe there's a difference between those who play basketball and basketball players. Their goal is to create and nurture the latter group—players whose basketball IQ and court vision rival their jump shots, who value substance as much as style. Hoopers and ballers become players courtesy of the instructors, all of whom have played or coached at the high-school and college levels—and who share the belief that the fundamentals are the building blocks necessary to become a true basketball player.
In that vein, Team Footprintz offers intensive classes, camps, and personal- and group-training sessions that cover the fundamentals: ball handling, shooting, defense, and footwork. Still, each instructor brings his own personal energy to classes, informed by his experiences as a player or coach. Team Footprintz offers classes for kids as young as 6, including AAU training for high-school-aged players.
Deer Park Community Center runs on the belief that children should remain active and use their imaginations. So, the facility organizes a full slate of athletic and cultural programs as an alternative to other popular forms of entertainment, such as playing video games and trying to sell annoying siblings on eBay. The DPCC offers activities that satisfy a wide range of interests. Youngsters can spark up competition with games of volleyball, basketball, and dodgeball, or get their creative juices flowing during theater performances and age-appropriate dances.
The Rocky Ledge Swimming Association provides a tranquil place to swim, play outdoors, and bond with friends for member families. Set in an 8-acre wooded site, the 343,000-gallon pool ranges from 3 to 12 feet with open space, laps, and two slides. Children and teens ages 5–17 can aquatically spar by joining the association's swim team. After a frolicking in the water, families can play basketball, volleyball, or horseshoes at outdoor courts or set up lunch at the picnic tables. The club also sponsors crafts and Bingo along with parties for kids and adults with live music and swimming under the stars. On weekends, the association offers ping pong tournaments, water balloon toss, and t-shirt tie-dying, and for an additional fee pre-teen parties, scavenger hunts, lobster bake, and an adult splash party with live music.
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Pro Tip: Activewear is required to participate in all activities
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: 6-15
"We teach what we love to do," says Alex, president of CK Sports, "It doesn't get any better than that." For a lot of the staff, that means teaching basketball. Team CK's clutch of coaches run a robust, year-round basketball program. They hold training three days a week and focus on fundamental skills, sportsmanship, and teamwork. They train hard to give their athletes as much competitive edge as possible, while still teaching their students to play nice, according to the rules of the Nice League. "Out basketball program is for anyone who wishes to get great exercise while having fun and making friends," Alex reiterates.
Of course, they've got a lot of square footage between their gym and fitness center, and not all of it is court space. They also teach a variety of other sports-specific programs, including swimming and wrestling. They focus on a variety of seasonal activities in both summer and winter camps, and even offer general fitness training through one-on-one sessions in their gym.
Hooperstown is a 20,000+ sq. ft. air conditioned, state-of-the-art indoor basketball, baseball softball and volleyball training facility located in Mount Vernon, New York.
Hooperstown offers year round baseball and softball training and basketball tournaments, leagues and clinics for AAU, recreational and other players o