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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! Players learn skills or improve skills including dribbling, shooting, passing and rebounding, and learn the positions of the game. Our approach to coaching allows players to learn and have fun! Our Youth Sports are open to both Y members and non-members, with members receiving lowest program fees.

Youth Basketball Preschool

(Ages 2-5) - Instructional skills clinic/game for boys and girls (coed) to learn the fundamentals of basketball.

Youth Basketball League 

(Grades K-8) - Our leagues feature:

  • One practice during the week and games on Saturdays
  • Six games per session (some sessions offer a bonus game for a total of 7 games)
  • Trained volunteer coaches
  • Trained officials 
  • Good sportsmanship and YMCA core values modeled and promoted
  • Fundamentals and a focus on new skill development
  • Equal play time for players
  • Team jerseys and end of season awards

Programs, program ages and sessions may vary by branch. Branches may offer this program during additional sports sessions, may offer skills clinics and may offer leagues for other age groups. Please check with your branch for offerings. View branch locations.


Fall II 2017
September 26 – October 9 (regular fees)
Practices Begin for League Play: Week of October 23 | Season Dates: November 4 – December 16
Note: No games Thanksgiving weekend (November 24 weekend) 

Winter 2018
Early Bird Registration:
October 10 – December 11, 2017 (fees $15 less than regular fees)
Registration: December 12, 2017 – January 2, 2018 (regular fees)
Practices Begin for League Play: Week of January 15 | Season Dates: January 27 – March 10

Fall II 2018
Early Bird Registration:
July 23 – September 25 (fees $15 less than regular fees)
Registration: September 26 – October 8 (regular fees)
Practices Begin for League Play: Week of October 22 | Season Dates: November 3 – December 15

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. Preschool players use a mini basketball. 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 5-12 boys use a 29.5-inch official ball. Grade 9-12 girls use a intermediate size ball 28.5.

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 SafetyClick 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.)