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2021 MARKS OUR 41stYEAR
The players are from all walks of life, different religions and nationalities, all with the same desire to win and stay on the court. They are rocket scientists, detectives, grad students, businessmen, fire department lieutenants, teachers, physician’s assistants, construction workers, politicians, lawyers and others all glued together for the love of the game.
“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.”
We play every Monday (7-10:30 p.m.), Wednesday (7-10:30 p.m.) and
Saturday (8-11:30 a.m.)
Public School 8 – 112 Lindenwood Road Great Kills, Staten Island NY 10308
Commissioner Craig Raucher (718) 605-2189
Began as the Brooklyn Athletic League in Brooklyn, New york and changed to the Staten island basketball league as we migrated across the Verrazano bridge to Staten Island we have played full court basketball three times per week in this 80 plus year old 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.
Founded, nurtured and managed all of these years by Craig Raucher it is called a league but it is much more then that. 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.
Throughout these past 40 years over 400 players have come through the old gym doors to play regularly. We have had a long and rich history and a bright future.
I am a 62-year-old man with a long and rich basketball history. I am the founder and Commissioner of the Staten Island Basketball League and have played organized and college basketball for 52 years. I’ve had many knee surgeries over the years due to basketball injuries. Eventually had to have both knees replaced as the pain was unbearable and the quality of my life was not good. As an aging athlete, basketball and working out […]
Here it is look at it. You have seen it years before in a thousand different cities. When you walk through the doors of the venerable school on to the time worn basketball court you are transported back decades. It is an old gym in an old school in an old working class neighborhood. The gym is defiant about giving in and at 80 years old looking forward to its 100 th birthday. The gym […]
What draws people to this game and this group? Why do players come twice a week for weeks and months and years in a row? Why do old timers turn up to play? What is the hook? The hook in the consistency of the game: played at a high level, played aggressively, played by players who can play and have edge, played by those that don’t want to lose. The hook are the younger players […]
Located right outside of Public School 8 where the League plays. We started as unlimited numbers of urban kids have always begun by playing in the park. Some call it the court or the yard or the school. Outdoors. New York, Chicago, Miami, Houston, LA, Madrid, Seoul, Cape Town all cities across the USA and the world have thousands of them. They are all the same: old, backboards metal and rusting, rims tight and unforgiving. […]
Recently a call came into the league office from the Staten Island District Attorney’s office. The assistant DA asked for Craig Raucher and not knowing what to think I of course answered the call. The ADA wanted to play ball with us and was told in his office that the Staten Island Basketball League had the best “run“ on the Island. Of course we invited him down. Now for those of you who play b-ball […]
If you play the game you know what the zone is. It is a physical and emotional place you strive of to be in. It validates you as a player. It is the result of thousands of games played over dozens of years with hundreds of players. The zone is when you cannot miss. You shoot you score. Long distance short distance it goes up it goes in. Three, four five times in a row. […]