Whether winter, spring, summer or fall, they know that Old Style Leagues, Inc., is a quality hoops program waiting for them.
“The games are definitely competitive, but our league is recreational. It’s for guys who want to have a nice evening out playing basketball,” said O’Brien, who formed the league in 2003.
“It’s not cut-throat basketball. The schedule is based on parity with more games against teams with similar skill levels, and we schedule teams on the nights of the week that they want to play.”
The league, which features 22 teams and is designed for men 18 years of age and older, is nearing the end of its spring season. The four 10-week seasons begin in mid-June, mid-September, early December and early March. “
We used to take in as many teams as wanted to play, but now, except for summer, we put a cap at 16 teams,” O’Brien said. “But we also have six teams in an auxiliary division. They’re on a waiting list, but they also play in their own division and the champion is allowed into the playoff bracket.”
Players come from Queens and the other four boroughs, as well as Nassau and Suffolk counties. Games are played at gymnasiums in Maspeth, Bayside and Floral Park. Fees are $525 per season for new teams, $495 for returning teams and $485 for teams in their third season or more.
“At least one board member is present at every game, paying strict attention to player safety and behavior,” O’Brien said. “Three referees work every game, which the players appreciate, and we have special prizes from our sponsors for most three-pointers and other specialties. “There is no trash talking allowed, and any cursing immediately warrants a two-shot technical foul. We want our games to be a place where people can watch in a family atmosphere.”
Following regular-season play, an “NCAA-style” tournament is established, with cash prizes awarded. League champions over the past year have been the Crusaders in winter 2010, Lights Out in fall 2009, Flushing X Factor in summer 2009 and the Valiants in spring 2009.
Old Style Leagues, Inc. also has a business relationship with the American Basketball Association men’s professional league. “We use their ball and their four-point (half-court) shot rule,” O’Brien said. “The rules are actually a combination of NCAA and ABA and my rules.”
Those interested in learning more about Old Style Leagues, Inc., may visit www.oldstyleleagues.com or call O’Brien at 516-994-3232 or Vice President Robert Black at 917-415-9091.