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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:

  • 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


2017 Winter Session Early Bird Registration: October 11, 2016 – December 12, 2016
2017 Winter Session Registration: December 13, 2016 – January 2, 2017
2017 Winter Session Practices Begin: Week of January 16, 2017 | Season Dates: January 28 – March 11

2017 Winter Session Youth Basketball Leagues Offered at: Carondelet Park, Collinsville Maryville Troy, Downtown Belleville, East Belleville, Edward Jones, Emerson, Four Rivers, Jefferson County, Kirkwood, Mid-County, Monroe County, Monsanto, O’Fallon Family – MO, O’Fallon – IL, Randolph County, South City, South County, St. Charles, West County, Wildwood

2017 Spring Session Early Bird Registration: December 17, 2016 – February 20, 2017
2017 Spring Session Registration: February 21 – March 6
2017 Spring Session Practices Begin for League Play: Week of March 20 | Season Dates: April 1 – May 20
Note: No games Easter weekend (April 14 weekend)

2017 Spring Session Youth Basketball Leagues Offered at: Emerson

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

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, Edward Jones, Emerson, Four Rivers, Jefferson County, Kirkwood, Mid-County, Monsanto, O’Fallon Family – MO, South City, South County, St. Charles, West County, Wildwood


Gateway Region YMCA Youth Basketball Tournament ​Friday, Mar. 17– Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017
For Grades 3-8 • Boys and Girls Divisions
Three-day double elimination tournament with awards for 1st and 2nd place. Games will be played at Gateway Region YMCA locations. Teams may play at different sites on different days. Registration for teams will be open Jan. 28–Mar. 8, 2017 at all area YMCAs. Fee $150 per team; must be paid in full to secure spot. For more information, contact your Sports Director or


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.

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.)