“Although we call it a league it is more accurate to describe us as a group of highly competitive guys playing together for many many years.”
“We are able to play for long stretches at a time with players of equal ability, minus the macho and combative atmosphere that exists in schoolyard ball.”
“The true glue to this group is the camaraderie and friendships that have developed and endured”
“The caliber of play and the competitiveness of the games is what keeps everyone coming back for more. It is basketball heaven for guys over 30.”
Began as the Brooklyn Athletic League in Brooklyn, New York and changed for the past 36 years to the Staten Island Basketball League we have played twice weekly full court basketball in a 60-year-old wooden floor and wooden backboard Hoosiers style gym. It has been a magnet for older players who got very tired of playing with the run, gun and selfish ways of younger players outdoors and needed a more comfortable game. It became a haven for older seasoned players who could not take the pounding of concrete in schoolyards anymore.
Managed and nurtured all of these years by Craig Raucher it is called a league. Really it is a large group of men coming together Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings like religious zealots seeking the high of a basketball win in controlled pick up games. Living on the winning shot until the next get together or the great pass or the monster rebound ecstasy and agony play out.
Over the years there have been 250 plus players who have come through the gym doors to play regularly. Son Daniel started coming down when he was 13 to shoot around evolved into a player by 16 and dominated by 23.