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Basketball Sports Leagues 

Youth basketball is an exciting sport combining team play and individual skills. YMCA youth basketball promises no try outs, no getting cut and no bench warmers! Your child will learn how to dribble, shoot, pass and rebound, and the positions of the game. We use the YMCA Games Approach in our coaching methods where your child will learn the sport and have fun! Every child plays at least half of every game while making friends and learning new techniques.

Ages: 3 to 12 (Ages for leagues vary by YMCA branches)

Leagues feature:

  • Fall league: Six games
  • Winter league: Seven games 
  • Trained volunteer coaches
  • YMCA trained and screened officials 
  • Good portsmanship and YMCA core values modeled and promoted
  • Focus on fundamentals and new skill development
  • All players receive equal play time
  • Uniforms and end of season awards

Winter 2016 Early Bird Registration: October 13, 2015 – December 14, 2015
Winter 2016 Registration: December 15, 2015 – January 4, 2016
Season Dates: January 30 – March 12
View our Sports Website for teams and schedules of current sports in which you are enrolled.

Fall 2016 Early Bird Registration: July 25 – September 26
Fall 2016 Registration: September 27 – October 10
Season Dates: September 10 – October 22


Sports Safety
The Gateway Region YMCA partners with Cardinal Glennon SportsCare to give kids a healthy advantage through educational programs and support for parents, coaches and athletes. Cardinal Glennon representatives visit sports programs at our YMCA branches to share information on injury prevention, proper technique and overall athletic health. Here are tips for:

•  Basketball Safety

Click here to view more Sports Safety and Injury Prevention sheets from Cardinal Glennon SportsCare. If you need help finding an expert physician for your young athlete, contact a local SportsCare representative at 314-577-5640 (this is a Cardinal Glennon phone number, for YMCA phone numbers, please view locations where this program is offered at left or click here for all YMCA locations.)