Summer Blacktop Programs

Our off-season blacktop series is back with a 2022 Summer Hoops edition. Join us for a casual six week program with Friday night open gyms (indoors) and Sunday afternoon 3-on-3 games (outdoors). 

* Returning 4City families can register on Wednesday, May 11th at 9:00 am. Registration opens Friday, May 13th for the general public. Space is limited!

ANNOUNCING our '22 Summer Blacktop program!

We are excited to announce that we are back this summer with another 4City Blacktop program.  The program will run from June 10th - July 17th, with Friday night open gyms (indoors) and Sunday afternoon 3-on-3 games (outdoors).

The Blacktop program is intended to provide kids with "maintenance" skills training and lightly supervised basketball games/scrimmages.  It is designed with one primary objective: FUN! After such a long pandemic pause, we want players to get as much basketball in as possible.

Additionally, we hope this program will prevent kids from starting the fall season behind where they left off last spring—something we struggle with every year.

Don't worry about missing sessions if you are traveling. In this casual format, teams will be re-formed each week based on who attends.

We've set the price as low as possible ($125, plus scholarships if needed) so missing a week or two hopefully doesn't prevent families from participating.

The program will run for six weeks, from Friday, June 10th to Sunday, July 17th. 

We will have six open gyms on Fridays:

  • June 10th
  • June 17th
  • June 24th
  • July 1st
  • July 8th
  • July 15th

We will have six blacktop 3 on 3 mini-tournaments on the following Sundays:

  • June 12th
  • June 19th
  • June 26th
  • July 3rd
  • July 10th
  • July 17th

Friday night open gyms will be held at the main JLS Middle School indoor court. Sunday afternoon games will be held at the JLS outdoor courts. 

We will have the following divisions:

  • Boys rising 3rd/4th graders
  • Boys rising 5th/6th graders
  • Boys rising 7th/8th graders
  • Girls Lower (roughly rising 3rd - 5th graders)
  • Girls Upper (roughly rising 6th - 8th graders)

The likely times of Friday open-gyms by division (times subject to change based on demand):

  • 5:00 - 6:00 pm: Girls Upper and Lower divisions
  • 6:00 - 7:00 pm: Boys 3rd/4th
  • 7:00 - 8:00 pm: Boys 5th/6th
  • 8:00 - 9:00 pm: Boys 7th/8th

Players will be assigned a 90 minute time slot on Sunday afternoons. Coaches will form players into balanced teams and then play a mini 3 on 3 tournament. 

Time slots will be 90 minutes long, starting no earlier than 3:30 pm and ending no later than 7:30 pm.  Check back here for permanent times once they are announced (based on sign up demand).

  • Return Family Registration (PANJB families only): Wed, May 11th @ 9 am
  • Friends Registration (with referral only): Thur, May 12th @ 9 am
  • Public Registration: Fri, May 13th @ 9 am

FEES: $125*
*Fees include Nike 4CITY jersey with optional name on the back

4CITY is now outfitted by Nike. Players will be sent a coupon when they sign up that is good for a Summer jersey (with optional name on the back) and a discount to purchase other swag from our 4CITY Swag Store. 
  • Point limit. Games played to point limit (either 12, 15 or 21 based on division) by two and threes (only if 3-point line on the court).
  • One pass rule. Teams must complete at least one pass per possession before shooting, after the ball is checked or has been cleared. Note: the player who clears the ball still must pass it one more time. Failure to shoot the ball without completing this pass results in a turnover.
  • Clear. Ball must be cleared after every change of possession to the top of the court (not the sides) past the top of the circle or another line declared by the referee before the game. Failure to shoot the ball without clearing it first results in a turnover.
  • Out of bounds. All out of bounds are checked out top. Offensive player may dribble after the check. 
  • Fouls. All fouls result in a check ball. Players cannot foul out but coaches may remove a player temporarily or permanently for overly rough play or excessive fouling.
  • 20 minute time limit. At 18 minutes scorekeeper will call "last basket" and teams may keep playing until next point is scored.
  • Quarter substitution/break. At five, ten and fifteen minutes the scorekeeper will call for subs which takes effect at the next dead ball. Coaches or players can request a one minute water break at each of these breaks, but the 20 minute clock keeps running.
  • Free throw tie breaker. If games is tied after 20 minutes, players will shoot free throws in a shoot-out format until winner is determined.

Open gyms will consist of a short skills refresher lesson (first 15 minutes) followed by 5 on 5 scrimmages conducted by volunteer and/or professional coaches. 

Players will be expected to follow "4C" principles during play, and will be asked to leave if they are out of control, fouling excessively, or not listening to the coaches.