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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

2016 Summer Early Bird Registration: March 8 - May 9 
2016 Summer Registration: May 10 - May 23
2016 Summer Practices Begin: Week of June 6 | Season Dates: June 25 – August 13

2016 Fall Early Bird Registration: May 24-July 25
2016 Fall Registration: July 26-August 8
2016 Fall Practices Begin: Week of August 22 | Season Dates: September 10 – October 22


  • Only some branches offer Basketball in Summer.
  • Sports offerings vary by branch. Check with your branch for details.


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.)