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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 sportsmanship and YMCA core values modeled and promoted
  • Focus on fundamentals and new skill development
  • All players receive equal play time
  • Team jerseys and end of season awards

2016 Fall 2 Session Early Bird Registration: July 25 – September 26
2016 Fall 2 Session Registration: September 27 – October 10
2016 Fall 2 Session Practices Begin: Week of October 24 | Season Dates: November 5 – December 17

2017 Winter Session Early Bird Registration: October 11, 2016 – December 12, 2016
2017 Winter Session Registration: December 13, 2016 – January 12, 2017
2017 Winter Session Practices Begin: Week of January 16, 2017 | Season Dates: January 28 – March 11

NOTE: Sports offerings vary by branch. Check with your branch for details.

Basketball Uniforms and Equipment: What Players Need to Bring
Each player will receive their team jersey/shirt before the first game of the season. These will be handed out to the coaches, and it will be their responsibility to distribute these to each of their players. Athletic or sport-appropriate shoes and shorts and/or sweats should be worn in addition to the uniform shirt. Mouth guards and eye goggles may also be worn but are not mandatory.

Basketball players should bring water in spill-proof, non-breakable container to basketball practices and games. Optional equipment is their own ball. K-2 players use a 27.5-inch junior ball. Grade 3-4 boys use a 28.5-inch intermediate. Grade 3-8 girls use a 28.5-inch intermediate. Grade 5-8 Boys use a 29.5-inch official ball.

Informational Youth Sports Handbooks​
Parent Handbook
Coach Handbook

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.)