Elite Skills

P.S. 162 John Golden

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In a Nutshell

Experienced coaches help youngsters sharpen basic basketball skills such as passing and dribbling in an indoor gym

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The Deal

  • $275 for a one-week summer basketball camp ($550 value)

Camp hours: 7am-5pm


The Zone Defense: A Disputed Strategy

Lessons on strategy may include discussion of the zone defense. Get a head start with Groupon’s introduction.

In theory, a basketball player can be more effective on defense by guarding a region of the court—his “zone”—rather than matching up one-on-one with a particular offensive player. This is the central tenet of the zone defense, which seeks to negate the advantages of an offensively dominant opponent by forcing outside shots and disrupting offensive rhythm, ideally causing players to make unwise decisions with the ball. While the zone has plenty of potential variations, the setup witnessed most often is the two–three formation, in which three players—usually the forwards and the center—stand in a row along the baseline while the two guards patrol the backcourt.

Though the zone defense was disallowed in the NBA until as recently as 2001, zones have long been a staple of college hoops. The two–three has famously helped Syracuse men’s coach Jim Boeheim amass 29 NCAA tournament appearances, including a national championship in 2003. Even so, the defense is not without its detractors, many of whom cite its vulnerability to strong outside shooters and its general perception as a passive method of play. “It looks like a stickup at 7-Eleven,” former North Carolina State coach Norm Sloan was famously quoted as saying, explaining his disdain for the zone. “Five guys standing there with their hands in the air.”

Elite Skills

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Established: 2014

Staff Size: 2–10 people

Parking: Free street parking

Recommended Age Group: Adults

Customer Reviews

Great program. Staff teaches basketball specific skills. Kids do various activities both with and without a basketball.
Johnny C. · June 26, 2016
Very nice coaches and excellent atmosphere, my kids had allot of fun
Husam S. · December 13, 2015
First time. I brought my nephew who is 10 and I was very impressed!
Carin W. · February 17, 2015
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    P.S. 162 John Golden

    201-02 53rd Ave.

    Bayside, NY 11364

    +13476961989

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