Greenwich Village Girls’ Basketball League

Register for the 2011-2012 season

GBL Registration form 2011-2012 Please print form, fill out, and mail by October 20, 2011 (with check) to Harry Malakoff, 340 West 28th Street #21B, New York, NY 10001.

There is a mandatory Evaluation Session for ALL Players on Saturday, November 5, 2011.

About the Girls’ Basketball League

Eighteen years ago, when local parent Harry Malakoff couldn’t find a basketball league for his then ten-year-old daughter, he and GVYC Executive Director John Pettinato founded the Girls’ Basketball League. Today, they still run this unique league which combines volunteer coaching, mentorship opportunities, and strong community and parental support with a well-run basketball league for 9-15 year old girls. The League emphasizes fun, teamwork, and a chance for everyone to play. Winning is NOT the most important goal.

If you’d like to watch a game, come down to our gym at P.S. 41 at 116 West 11th Street any Saturday morning between November and March.

To download a brochure, click here: Girls’ Basketball League 2011-2012 brochure


“Chelsea had never played basketball and knew next to nothing…Not only does she love basketball now and has plans to pursue it, I believe this experience will forever change how she will view life on a team sport. Knowing early on that a competitive team sport can be successful with supportive and compassionate coaching, supportive and hard-working teammates, focused skill building, continuous teamwork and a whole lot of fun is an invaluable lesson a parent can only hope for.” — Catherine Ryan, parent of League member Chelsea

“In the beginning of the season Talia didn’t want to keep playing because she didn’t feel like she was any good and now she’s asking for a basketball and high tops for next season!! I’m proud of her for finishing the season despite trepidation in the beginning and so thankful that the gentle, non-competitive but extremely competent coaching made her love the game!! Thank you!” — Karen Wolff, parent of League member Talia

“As I think about our final Saturday together, I have so many fun memories…the basket from the PERFECT inbound play you ran when we were down by three points in the fourth quarter, the tremendous number of shots you created, the stifling defense you played…and then those groucho marx plastic glasses! You demonstrated how much fun it is to be a TEAM! Thank you all, players and parents, for a tremendous season…The joy that you practiced and played with, the smiles on your faces, and the tears that you shed represent your enthusiasm for each other and for the game of basketball.” — Shannon Carr, coach of the Cowgirls, to her team.


Harry Malakoff
Girls’ Basketball League Commissioner

Tel. (212) 255-6948
Fax: same number, but must call first.

340 West 28th Street #21B
New York, NY 10001

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Samantha Fried has been playing, and then assistant coaching, with the Girls’ Basketball League since she was in fifth grade. Now a recent graduate of the Churchill School and Center on East 29th Street, Samantha just co-coached her first team with a teammate she’s known since the beginning.

“I enjoy just coming to practice, getting to know the kids, watching them grow from day one to the last day of the playoff round,” Samantha says. But the League is not just about basketball for her. Samantha credits the league and the opportunities it has given her with increasing her confidence and pride in herself — and has seen similar effects on many other girls.

“It’s a very dedicated bunch of coaches who want to be good role models,” she says. “By the end of the season, the girls improve and gain confidence. It’s about teambuilding. It shows girls you can play basketball as much as the boys can.”