March Madness


“March Madness is a phenomenon that grips the national sports psyche from the first week of March through the first week of April. March Madness is the moniker that is given to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments. These tournaments determine the national champions of college basketball.” – Kevin Bosner

Lower East Side Sports Academy organizes its sports programs to coincide date wise with each respective sport’s major events at the pro or collegiate level to both enhance participant excitement and educate participants on collegiate and pro sport structure.

Our tournament, the “Lower Manhattan March Madness”, invites teams from all over Lower Manhattan to compete and coincides with the NCAA’s popular March Madness. Inviting teams from different programs and different neighborhoods allows kids an opportunity to open their cultural horizon as well as promote good will and cooperation between local programs. By having the tournament coincide with the collegiate tournament, March Madness, it will not only enhance the excitement for our local tournament, but it will enhance the enjoyment of the college tournament as well.

Want to be known as the best basketball team in Lower Manhattan? Here’s your chance to prove it! Lower East Side Sports Academy is hosting its first annual Lower Manhattan March Madness tournament. Beginning February 20th, teams will begin playing once a week, leading up to the Lower Manhattan March Madness tournament, with their records determining their seeding. The tournament champions of each age bracket will receive trophies and the recognition as the best in Lower East Side. All tournament participants will receive a team shirt. The first 8 teams per age bracket to sign up will get the chance to compete.

Players will participate on teams of 8-12, broken up by age brackets, and play in local gyms. In order to participate, players must provide birth certificate (age based on Jan. 1st), registration and $10 shirt fee.

Click here for registration form.


For a complete overview of how the NCAA March Madness tournament works, click here.

Division Age Brackets

Boys 10-12, 13-15 and 16-18

Gym Locations

Rutgers, Compos, Roberto Clemente, Castle, PS 2


Birth Certificate


$10 Fee

(Ages Based on January 1st)