Basketball is a fast-paced, team-based game that is played on an outdoor court or indoors on a glistening wooden court. There are numerous indoor basketball courts in and around Boston. You do not have to be a professional player to secure court time; many courts are open to the public. There are organized teams and groups of friends that play four-on-four or five-on-five games all around the city. There are men’s leagues, women’s leagues, co-ed leagues or pick-up games with a group of friends. Some of the indoor basketball courts around Boston require a membership at the particular health or sports club to book court time. There are some reasonable membership rates available around the city.
Cambridge Athletic Club
215 First St.
Cambridge, MA 02142
The newly renovated Cambridge Athletic Club offers a full-size basketball court for both exciting league play and for pick-up games. The open basketball court is available for pick-up games during the week and on weekends. There are year-round men’s, women’s, co-ed and corporate leagues based at the Cambridge Athletic Club. All levels of play are welcome to join in the pick-up games at this facility. Pick-up games are free for club members and $10 for non-members.
Huntington Avenue YMCA
316 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
The YMCA of Greater Boston has a variety of locations around the city, but the Huntington Avenue facility is a prime venue for playing indoor basketball. The basketball courts are free for use by YMCA members, as are all of the gym facilities and other fitness equipment. The Huntington Avenue YMCA offers basketball league play, pick-up basketball games, half-court open shoot around and youth basketball skills and drills clinics. There are all levels of play afforded at the Huntington Avenue YMCA.
Boston Ski & Sports Club
51 Water St., 2nd Floor
Watertown, MA 02471
The Boston Ski & Sports Club is Boston’s largest social sports organization. Eager and skilled basketball players are placed on an existing competitive team, on a random team with other players who have signed up individually, or on a new team for those who bring an entire team to the club. The unique feature of the Boston Ski & Sports Club is that they offer courts and playing times at a variety of venues in and around the city. There are venues in Cambridge, Waltham, Watertown and South Boston with basketball courts at a variety of places including Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Boston Athletic Club, Brandeis University, Shady Hill School in Cambridge and elementary and middle schools in Waltham and Watertown. The Boston Ski & Sports Club hosts eight to 12 leagues with four to 34 teams per league who each play six to ten games per season.
Reggie Lewis Track And Athletic Center
1350 Tremont St.
Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
The Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center is home to the Roxbury Community College’s intercollegiate and intramural soccer, basketball and track and field teams. The facility is partially funded by the state of Massachusetts. The Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center is available for rent to the public, including basketball court time. Memberships are available for $80 for three months, $150 for six months or $250 for 12 months, which allows access to all gyms, fitness equipment, basketball courts, tracks and fitness classes.
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