The Gathering Place For Southern Arizona Hoops

by George Courtney | Posted on Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Southern Arizona has a lot of basketball history, since it is home to the state’s top college basketball program at the University of Arizona. Hardwood Hoops continues to offer great Fall, Spring, and Summer leagues and tournaments. Former Pima Community College men’s coach Karl Pieroway operates the biggest off-season leagues and tournaments in the Southern Arizona Region, which offers student-athletes a chance to compete and develop.

The home facility for Hardwood Hoops is the Sporting Chance Center located in Northern Tucson. The facility offers (5) Full Courts with 40,000 square feet of air-conditioned space.

According to Coach Pieroway, the Sporting Chance Center is looking to expand by building a new facility in the Eastern Tucson Area.

“This will be a great opportunity since myself and the Sporting Chance Center will be able to serve more student-athletes,” says Coach Pieroway. 

For the Fall and Spring Leagues, the high school divisions are open to Freshmen, JV, Small School Varsity and Big School Varsity Teams. They offer youth divisions from 9U - 14U. Expect to see a lot of basketball being played. Last Fall, there were nearly (100) teams participating from youth basketball clubs and high schools from the Central and Southern area.

Besides offering Fall and Spring Leagues, Hardwood Hoops and the Sporting Chance Center hosts (3) major youth tournaments (Annual Tucson Holiday Tip-Off, Summer Slam, Tucson President’s Day Youth Tip-Off) and (3) major high school tournaments (Memorial Weekend Classic, June Jamboree, Southwest Showdown). Expect to see teams from all over the state, California, New Mexico, Texas and Mexico come out to these tournaments to compete providing an excellent opportunity and experience for all teams and coaches involved.

Another resource offered at the Sporting Chance Center is the Lute Olson Basketball Academy (LOBA). Named after legendary University of Arizona head coach Lute Olson, LOBA aims to develop skills through clinics and small-group training year-round. The staff includes current and former college and high school coaches, as well as former pro and division-I players.

Hardwood Hoops and the Sporting Chance Center has developed into the gathering place for youth basketball in Southern Arizona.

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