Program Descriptions

Mo’ Motion has many returners who know how our programs are broken down and what to pick without needing full descriptions.  We’ve created this page for the new player/parent to our program so they understand what to expect from our typical line-up of offerings each season. 

Once you know what programs work for you, then go to our FIND YOUR PROGRAM PAGE and search by season.

Here is a key breakdown of our seasons:

Fall = mid-Sept to first week of November aka PRE-SEASON (individual work, prep for season) – MAKE SURE you reach out to us by mid-October if interested in our team play because we often run out of roster spots for winter!

Winter = True basketball season starts in NOVEMBER (many parents miss this and are too late to sign up) and it ends end of February to the first week of March (finals) – TEAM PLAY.  Then we take private school break and start end of March/first Week of April.

Spring = Post-season – individual work within group, modified or shorter team play season from April-first weekend of June.

Summer = June-end of August.  We do our own camps and privates in Manhattan AND we recommend other camps for our players.

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  1. After-School Programs – Tues-Fri (FALL and SPRING) outside at W76th Riverside Park Courts.  These sessions are for younger, entry level, beginner players. We have a permit and we use two hoops.  These programs run 3:45 (but we are at the courts at 3:30pm) and end at 5pm (but we have late pickup if needed at 5:15pm).  We take Mondays off but run Tues-Fri in the fall and in the spring because winter becomes too cold and dark too early.  Age group:  These tend to age younger – Gr K-3 and a few Gr 4-5.  Our more serious players tend to join the weeknight Boosts and winter team play.  In the after-school sessions, we do a lot of ball handling, conditioning, passing and 3-on-2, 3-on-3, and 4-on-4 along with Steal the Bacon.  We add kickball or dodgeball or track work (1-2 laps) for the last 10 minutes for those kids who want to do it, and for those who want to keep playing, we let them play.  Prorated rates for missed sessions are given through the office.  Email [email protected]  BYOBall, water bottle.
  2. Weeknight Boosts – Fall, Winter, Spring – Tues-Fri evenings.  Some are outside (see listings on the FIND YOUR PROGRAM page).  Boosts are for Gr 3-5 and Gr 6-8.  We also may use one hoop for older kids or a private.  We typically have six hoops to use in our Thu, Fri gyms, but we sometimes go outside at W76th if we are shut out of a gym due to a school conflict.  Sessions for Boosts are heavier on reps, form, skill work, footwork, pivoting, finishes and attacks.  We also add spacing, conditioning and we allow for scrimmage time.  Gr 3-5 are on separate hoops than the older kids.  When times overlap, we know how to manage the players to be efficient and not get injured by an older or younger player.  Boosts are great for kids who are away on weekends, and sometimes kids from other teams join our Boosts to get more individual work.  Boosts are included in our Winter Team Play package – optional but included Boost and the same for Spring.  Many — but not all — team players hop into the Boosts.  We do allow for 1) prorated rates for classes missed and 2) makeups if space allows.  The google cal system allows us to add you to one class for makeups and the entire calendar for your regular class.  Expect about 80 minutes in total for the younger kids and 90 minutes in total for the older kids with the last 20 minutes (a half of a bball game) reserved for scrimmage time.  See a video of our Boosts here.
  3. Train and Play – Sat and/or Sun for Grades K-1, Gr 2-4 beginner — **right up through high school players preparing for winter hoops and for spring play.  In the pre-season (fall) and in the post season (spring), we have ALL grades because many of our kids use our gym space to prepare for winter high school hoops.  We do train and play in Sept-Oct to help them prepare and April-June to stay in shape.  Our younger kids Gr K-1, Gr 2-4 beginner (not team players) love our Sat and Sun 9-10:45am slots on our upper west side gyms.  We have fall, winter, spring sessions for the “littles” aka true beginners.  Expect the right formula of drills, skills and fun for the younger kid and problem-specific areas for the older kids.  We know the areas and times when kids run into problems and we adjust our curriculum for our players, the time of year, and the tasks at hand, placing individual development – shooting form, footwork, proper D etc – as the priority for players to present well during tryouts and throughout the season.
  4. ***WINTER TEAM PLAY and/or Spring Team Play — Grade 3-4, Grades 5-6, Grades 7-8 and our new boys’ and girls’ (separate) Grades 9-11 SPRING BOOT CAMP & GAMES Program.  We also include a developmental Gr 2-3 team our of our Sat-Sun programming as a bonus to it because our strongest players, including Mo, did not join their first team until Grades 5 and 6–this includes our most prolific players who are playing in college.)  We spend fall pre-season to working 1:1 with kids to assess and improve where they are developmentally as an individual player, and then we transition to a serious and consistent practice routine in early November with a team emphasis — offensive spacing, fast break, press break, playing vs. player D or zone, shell drill and full court passing/team drills that are critical for success.  **IT IS IDEAL for our players to see us during fall Boosts or weekend pre-season to work on individual skills that they then bring to team play — and it can be done around fall and spring sports — although we do spend 45 min of each two hour practice on 1:1 work.  The focus Nov-March is on building out teams for our gothambasketball.com league in our own gyms mostly (upper west side) for “WINTER” hoops, which is the true hoops season.  Then we have SPRING TEAM PLAY – about 9 weeks instead of winter’s 13 weeks.  We go back to three weeks of boot camp in April to prepare our kids individually and as a team in April, then we play our games in mostly our gyms on the upper west side for May through early June.  We love for our players to be able to play baseball or soccer around out events in spring.  For winter team play, optional Boost is included 1x per week.  In the spring team play, optional Boost is also included.  This way players are able to have more flexibility around another sport in fall and spring.  **WINTER IS BASKETBALL SEASON.  Do not let soccer coaches pressure you into putting soccer (or baseball) over basketball.  They are doing a major disservice to kids and increasing chances of injury.
  5. HOLIDAYS or DAYS OFF FROM SCHOOL – Clinics and Events.  We sometimes get requests to do privates, semi-privates or clinics on days off from school.  We usually have half or full days at Riverside Park – W76th Street.  We include these listings under the dates that fall within Fall, Winter, Spring on our Find our Programs Page.
  6. SUMMER CAMPS.  Camp Motion is going to be back — half day and full day camps all summer!  Morning is for ballers and athletes (multi-sport conditioning included) and the afternoon is filled with storytelling, music playing, dancing, singing, talent shows and local field trips to museums — kids get to pick!  
  7. PRIVATE or SMALL GROUP WORKOUTS.  We do these mostly in the fall, spring and summer because our staff is fully vested in our program and league during winter.  If we have extra gym space during the cold months of winter, yes, we will do privates, but we prefer to think in terms of team development as the priority at that time.  The best players make themselves better in the off-season so fall, spring and summer is when we work 1:1 with kids in a comprehensive or simple format.  Some players want a full plan that is robust – nutrition, weekly mapping, strength program, etc – and others see us just to work on one aspect of their game (shooting, scoring, post moves, finishes).  We also have some parents who want beginner lessons, but we really believe that 1:1 sessions are best for kids grade 5 and up and LESS IS MORE meaning yes, we can help get a player on track, but basketball is not played in a silo.  Small group work is so much more effective after a set or two of privates or else the privates become more of a crutch to a player and the coach feels more like a friend.  Beneficial, yes, to a point, but the chaos, pressure and read and react tests with other players can only be done with other players.  Mo is THE BEST at teaching shooting mechanics and improving shooting, finishes and footwork, but she usually sets her prescription for the player and gets her work done in the least amount of time and then wants to see players in group sessions so she can then help them even more.  Email [email protected] for your private request, and note we very much want to see kids in any group or team training as a priority unless we say, yes, your child needs 1:1 to work on X,Y,Z.  We like privates, but we love our group sessions and so do our players.
  8.  JUMP SHOT TRAINING – Is your child’s shot a mess?  Is a more serious player struggling with shooting and doesn’t know where to start, how to fix?  Email [email protected]  She vets the players she takes on — and she teaches shooting along with rote finishes, post moves, guard moves — to make players better shooters AND scorers.   But she does not take on all players.  Email her and explain your child’s situation — grade, school, experience, problem areas, current team situation, goals.READ ABOUT OUR ALUM HERE!

Once you know what programs work for you, then go to our FIND YOUR PROGRAM PAGE and search by season.