Hitting the hoops may not immediately come to mind when you think of winter sports that the whole family can enjoy. But basketball, usually a summer and fall favorite, can be an ideal way to stay active during the winter when you play the game on an indoor court. Shooting hoops, dribbling, and passing – the fundamentals of basketball – are great activities to help kids learn hand-eye coordination and teamwork. Adults may be drawn to basketball as an effective and endlessly fun way of getting in an arm and leg workout along with their cardio. Best of all, basketball is convenient to play because, in Boston, courts are all around us. Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) tend to offer exciting skills workshops and recreational leagues in addition to free play on their basketball courts. We’ve collected a few highlights of the winter basketball season going on at BCYF community centers now:
- BCYF Madison Park Community Center is offering a free Jr. Celtics Basketball Program for third through fifth graders running until April. Call 617-635-5206 x103 for information.
- An adult basketball league at BCYF Jackson-Mann Community Center is running through June. Call 617-635-5153 for information.
- Play against other Community Centers with the competitive Teen 16 and Under Basketball League hosted through June at BCYF Holland Community Center. Call 617-635-5144 for information.
- For only $20, you can learn the fundamentals of basketball with instruction from coaches at the BCYF Paris Street Community Center between now and the middle of February. Call 617-635-5125 to sign up.
- BCYF Hennigan Community Center is running Roberto Clemente organized basketball drills and games on Wednesdays at 5:30pm until the beginning of April. Call 617-635-5198 for information.
Check out the BCYF resource guides for even more basketball and other activities going on at community centers across the city.