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Basketball

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:

  • Winter league: Seven games 
  • Fall league: Six 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

Summer Session

2017 Summer Session Early Bird Registration: March 7 – May 8
2017 Summer Session Registration: May 9 – May 22
2017 Summer Session Practices Begin for League Play: Week of June 5 | Season Dates: June 24 – August 12

2017 Summer Session Youth Basketball Leagues Offered at: Carondelet Park, Emerson, Mid-County, South City

Fall II Session

2017 Fall II Session Early Bird Registration: July 24 – September 25
2017 Fall II Session Registration: September 26 – October 9
2017 Fall II Session Practices Begin for League Play: Week of October 23 | Season Dates: November 4 – December 16
Note: No games Thanksgiving weekend (November 24 weekend) 

2017 Fall II Session Youth Basketball Leagues Offered at: Carondelet Park, Chesterfield, Edward Jones, Emerson, Four Rivers, Jefferson County, Kirkwood, Mid-County, Monsanto, O’Fallon Family – MO, South City, South County, St. Charles, Wildwood

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.)

Branch Locations

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