Youth sports has changed over the years. It used to be casual and fun, but now it seems that every year, hyper-competitive leagues are starting for younger and younger athletes. While high-level competition can improve your child’s potential and skill level, it can also come with overbearing parents, overly-aggressive coaching, and unnecessary pressure.
Getting your kids back to the feel-good aspect of sports without sacrificing their progress is what inspired “NYC Pickup Sports.” The program’s founder, Upper West Sider Zach Abecassis, says “The difference between pickup sports and league sports is that the pressure is off. We pick new teams every week and there are no drills or standings. All we do is play the games. You are not committed to a single team and there is no obligation to show up every week. We encourage kids to experiment on aspects of their game that they would not normally be able to do in a league setting, and have fun with it.”
NYC Pickup Sports is a fun, safe, casual program for any kid who wants to play the sport of their choice without having to worry about the pressures and commitment of a traditional sports league.
Spring season takes place on Saturday evenings from March 12 – June 4 (excluding 4/16, 4/23 & 5/28). Games will take place on the third floor (south gym) at the JCC Manhattan (334 Amsterdam Ave at 76th Street).
Here’s the weekly schedule:
- 5:00pm – 6:00pm – Middle school basketball
- 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Middle school volleyball
- 7:00pm – 8:00pm – High school volleyball
- 8:00pm – 9:00pm – High school basketball
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Learn more at nycpickupsports.com.