What is the Pittsburgh Basketball Club?

The Pittsburgh Basketball Club is a non-profit organization which organizes and operates summer and fall basketball leagues throughout Western PA. The Club also organizes Grade School and Junior High tournaments through out the regular season as well as the Western PA Coaches vs. Cancer games held in early December every year.

Now approaching its 13th year, virtually every basketball prospect in Western PA has participated in the league. With 8 sites for its Varsity league alone, The Pittsburgh Basketball Club is the home to the premier leagues and tourneys in Western PA.

Who participates in the leagues?

For the most part, the Pittsburgh Basketball Club hosts school based teams for there programs. These teams are normally made up of players from the same school district and coached by there respective school coach. Unless specified otherwise, no AAU or All-star teams are allowed to participate in the school based leagues.

Are the leagues compliant with PIAA Regulations for off season workouts?

YES! The PIAA rules are followed to the letter so that no off season violations occur. Though there are some programs out there that do in fact skirt the rules, this league insures to the letter that we are PIAA compliant.

How do we sign up?

High School Coaches are sent all pertinet information for participation in the league. They may also download an application on line. Like wise, any program for individuals can be both mailed and downloaded.

I want to go to a summer league game, How do I get there?

Our site provides a link to download directions to any gym we use from your door to the gyms door!

Will the Pittsburgh Basketball Club hold a camp?

Our camp links outline several camps to consider which I feel are worth your consideration.

Are there any programs for individuals?

YES. The All America Showcase is held annually to host the top individual players throughout the tri-state area. The Next Factors Spotlight Training Camps are also held every spring affording area players the opportunity to compete for the much sought elite invitations to the ABCD and Camp Next camps in Teaneck, New jersey organized and directed by the godfather of grass roots basketball, Sonny Vaccaro.
Several other programs and camps for younger individual players are in the planning stages and will be announced on this site in the near future. In our camps section, we provide links to several camps in our area should you be interested.

If an individual program is by invitation only, how do I get invited?

If you are not invited, your coach may recommend you for an invitation to the event. This does not guarantee an invitation to an invite only program, but will merit you strong consideration.

Is the Pittsburgh Basketball Club affiliated with AAU?

NO. The Pittsburgh Basketball Club, in conjunction with several of our corporate partners, assist in sponsoring travel basketball teams that participate in AAU programming, but per say, we have no direct affiliation with the AAU. The AAU is an all-star team based structure, where as the Pittsburgh Basketball Club is a school based structure.

Will an AAU tournament be hosted by the Pittsburgh Basketball Club?

The merits of holding a tourney in conjunction with several sponsors in town has been discussed. Expect an announcement concerning this soon. The Pitt Jam Fest held by the Hoop Group is one of the top tourneys in the country As stated above, we anticipate hosting a major Reebok AAU event in the spring as well as several other shoe company sponsored events in 2005.Please keep in mind that events staged by shoe companies are regional to national in scope, rather than just local events. We hope to announce the particulars soon!

What AAU/ Travel team tourney do you recommend?

Depends on the age. For varsity basketball aged teams on a national level, The Reebok Big Time in Las Vegas truly separates the men from the boys, as does the Bob Gibbons Tourney of Champions. There are several good local tourneys held every year for all ages and genders. Should the Pittsburgh Baksetball Club host an event in the future, you can be assured the tourney will be top flight.

Will there be tryouts for the travel teams?

Yes. These will be announced later in the year.

Will you be adding girls programs in the near future?

YES.Discussions are ongoing to bring a Girls event into the fold in the very near future.

I would love to obtain some shorts and shirts with the many Pittsburgh Basketball Club Logos. How may I obtain them?

Our site will have a merchandise section where several of these items can be purchased utilizing a PayPal account. We hope to have this running sooner than later!

How may my corporation become involved with sponsoring a Pittsburgh Basketball Club event?

There are many ways a company or an individual may contribute or sponsor the Pittsburgh Basketball Club and its many events. Feel free to contact me through this site for more information.