Winter Super League



Dedicated to the Memory of John Ruggiero & Matt Nies

Now in our twenty seventh season, the Island Garden Super League has evolved into one of the most successful youth basketball leagues in the country.  We are the TOP basketball league in the New York Metropolitan area.  We work with all other leagues to ensure our young athletes can participate as much as possible in the great game of basketball.

Super League is designed for everyone!  There are divisions for boys and girls ranging from the third to the twelfth grade.  Wherever possible, each grade is broken down into three ability levels to foster equal competition.

It is our goal to provide an excellent experience for every team regardless of its final winning percentage.  We make every effort to meet your scheduling requests so that your participation does not conflict with other leagues and that whenever possible, we will match teams against others with equal ability.  Providing friendly and excellent service to you is our primary goal.  Service is the true value of our league.

The Island Garden is proud of its affiliation with great venues for the 2021-2022 Super League.

Here are a few with others still finalizing contracts.


The Pratt Fitness and Recreation Center is  an $18.5 million Jeanette and Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. center—boasts a 77,000-square-foot facility containing a modern 3,000-seat gymnasium with three full-size basketball, volleyball and badminton courts; an elevated Mondo-X indoor jogging track; an eight-lane competitive-size swimming pool; a weight and fitness room; racquetball courts and locker rooms. It also features a state-of-the-art Human Performance Lab and “smart classrooms” equipped with fiber-optic Internet access for use by the LIU Post Health and Physical Education the home of multiple sports.


The NorthSport Athletic Facility in Northport is the premier sports facility on the North Shore of Long Island, featuring two top-of-the-line court spaces, turf field in the winter and an array of programs for all ages. The special relationship between the administrators of the league and NorthSport will ensure that participant enjoy their experience when in that facility.


We are very happy to announce that we have secured The MAC and will host our basketball leagues, tournaments, practices and so much more on a year-round basis. This will be a great opportunity for us to provide an outstanding venue for our events.  Currently this facility is 1-court. However, early in 2022 (January is the target) it will a beautiful and new 4-court facility.


  • Most games are played at the Island Garden which is one of the premier basketball facilities in the New York Metropolitan area.  We also play games at other convenient locations in Nassau and Suffolk.  This provides a great setting for Suffolk county teams so that they do not always have to travel long distances to play games.
  • You choose the number of games which you will play. Your team can play 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 18, 20 or 24 games.  (10 games is the minimum to be eligible for the playoffs)
  • We respect your schedules from other leagues so that you do not have to choose one over another. You submit your CYO, PAL, etc. schedule in a timely manner and we will make every effort to ensure that there will be no direct conflict.
  • A Super League representative is almost always present at games if an issue must be addressed.
  • Referees are observed by senior officials and rated by league administrators with input from coaches. Assignments are distributed based on those ratings and observations.
  • Games played at Island Garden are both live streamed and recorded to provide access to viewing for those who cannot make it to Island Garden. That means family members who may not live in the area can watch the games. Games can also be recorded to keep for as long as one wants to keep as a memory or for coaching purposes. Every coach is relying more and more on video reviews as part of their efforts to become more effective.
  • Our staff is comprised of top professionals in the field who are constantly recognized for their customer service, innovation, experience and expertise. This staff is hired by outside organizations to run their events and manage their membership and activities. Our staff has been retained in the past to schedule the AAU Boys National Championships!
  • Our Island Garden website ( is used to publicize schedules, game results, standings, highlights, changes and open games. The website is totally compatible with smart phones. Game results and urgent news releases are posted immediately.
  • We also rely heavily on text messages to communicate with our coaches and administrators. This removes the need for back and forth calling.
  • Finally, social media (Twitter, Facebook & Instagram) will publicize game highlights and action pictures.

All schedules are published on the Internet as well as game and opponent changes.  In addition, we utilize a system that automatically and immediately updates scores and standings.  Coaches and/or team administrators are responsible for being aware of all updates posted @

Sponsor and advertising space are available at Island Garden and the new MAC Center. Great opportunity to have a presence at tremendous venues that support and provide a safe and fun filled environment for young athletes and their families. Contact for further information.

We are able to provide uniforms and all basketball equipment at reduced prices that is based on our large volume of business on a year-round basis.


  1. The registration deadline is November 1 , 2021. Each coach MUST submit the required registration form (which includes team availability) and a $750.00 deposit. No team will be scheduled unless their $750 deposit and registration has been received.  ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
  2. League play begins on November 18, 2021.
  3. There are various options relating to registration; number of games, preferential game days and times, insurance and referee fees.
  4. All league fees must be paid in full by December 15, 2021 or the team will be dropped, and no refund will be made.
  5. All teams must provide proof of $1,000,000 liability insurance with the Island Garden named as an additional insured. This proof of insurance must be submitted prior to the first game.  If a team does not have their own insurance, we will assist teams in registering with AAU for insurance.  AAU insurance can be purchased for $17.00 per player and $19.00 per coach.  All coaches are subject to background screening (No exceptions).
  6. All teams must submit a team roster prior to their first season game. Additions are permitted until December 31, 2021. After that date for special circumstances, additions must be approved by the Jim Fox.
  7. All players must have matching numbered shirts and shorts in order to participate in a Super League game.



    • A coach can choose the division in which his team participates. The guidelines are:

Division I – AAU teams & highly competitive community teams

Division II – experienced and competitive community teams

Division III – newly formed or developing community teams

League administrators reserve the right to place a team in the proper division.

  1. Division I players cannot play at the Division III level at the same grade.
  1. Players are permitted to be on the roster of more than one team, even if they are in same division.
  1. GRADE/AGE REQUIREMENTS – Eligibility is primarily governed by the grade in which the player is enrolled as of October 25, 2021. There is also a maximum age, which basically allows for a player to continue participating with his classmates as long as he/she was retained (left back) only once.  The cut-off dates for this exception rule are as follows:

3rd Grade                                                              9/1/11            7th Grade      9/1/07

4th Grade                                                             9/1/10             8th Grade      9/1/06

5th Grade                                                             9/1/09             9th Grade      9/1/05

6th Grade                                                                              9/1/08            10th Grade    9/1/04

11th/12th        Must be attending HS

Grade takes precedence over age.   SUPER LEAGUE IS A GRADE BASED LEAGUE, but a player cannot exceed the age listed above.

-Teams playing in Division I of each age group are governed by AAU grade/age eligibility, which is somewhat different from the above guidelines.  See Jim Fox for details.

  1. To be eligible for the playoffs the team must play a minimum of 10 games and have a winning percentage of 50% of your games.  There will be separate playoffs for AAU and community-based teams in Divisions II and III,          if enough teams qualify for the playoffs.
    • Team availability sheets are due by October 27. For us to avoid conflicts with other leagues (CYO, PAL, etc.) schedules must be submitted to us as soon as they are received and no later than Nov. 15th.
    • Teams can eliminate two days in each week from their availability. All teams must be able to play Saturday and Sunday.  Teams cannot close out an entire Saturday or Sunday.   You are permitted to close out part of a weekend day (e.g., no games prior to 3:00 pm or after 3:00 pm).
    • The schedule will be distributed in two parts; from the start of the season to Jan 15 and Jan 16 to March 15.
  3. FORFEITS – A forfeit will be declared if a team cancels a game within 72 hours of its scheduled start.  NO     If a team forfeits twice, they will be dropped from the league and No refund will be made.  A team which forfeits a game must pay both referee fees to league officials before they will be permitted to play their next regularly scheduled game. Forfeit time is fifteen minutes after the scheduled starting time of the game.
  4. To be eligible for playoffs, a player must have participated in 50% of regularly scheduled games. Exceptions for injury must be approved by the Super League.    Coaches are always required to maintain a scorebook.  That book must be presented at any time to prove a player’s participation in previous games.
  5. PROTESTS—a coach submitting a protest must do so in writing within 24 hours after the game. He/she must advise the ref doing the game that a protest is being filed.  There is a $100.00 fee, payable in cash, that must accompany the protest. If the protest is upheld, the fee will be returned.
  6. ROSTERS– We require all rosters to be submitted prior to your first game. The coach must submit proof of birth and grade to our eligibility staff who will certify the documentation.  Also, each player must have a picture ID.


  • All games will utilize stop time.
  • 14-minute halves will be used for the 3rd through 6th grades; 16-minute halves will be used for 6th grade DI, 7th grade and higher. National Federation (boys) and NCAA (girls) rules will govern the playing of the games.
  • No full court press may be employed in the 3rd & 4th grade divisions. During the last one minute of the game at those grade levels, the game clock will not start until the ball crosses over to the front court.   Once the team on defense secures possession, the other team must drop back.
  • Teams ahead in the score by 25 or more points must play defense inside the three-point line.
  • A 14’ foul line will be utilized at the 3rd grade level.
  • For all divisions, each team is permitted 2 full and 2 thirty second time outs.
  • Basketball sizes: Boys 3rd – 6th grade 28.5 cm

                                     Boys 7th – 12th grade Regulation Adult

                                     Girls-   28.5 cm

When there is a crossover 6th & 7th Grade game, the smaller ball will be used.

  • Bench personnel will be limited to players and a maximum of three coaches.
  • If there is a 20-point difference in the score with 3 minutes remaining in the game, both coaches can agree to permit running time.
  • A player ejected for fighting will be banned from at least the next game and possibly more games.
  • A coach ejected from a game for unsportsmanlike conduct will be suspended for at least one game. A coach ejected for fighting will be suspended indefinitely.

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