Take Your Best Shot
Hit the hardwoods with the folks who invented the game - the Y! Basketball was invented in 1891. While teaching at the International YMCA Training School, James Naismith was given the challenge of creating a game that could be played indoors during the cold winter months. Hanging simple peach baskets and using a soccer ball, Naismith created the game of basketball and wrote the first 13 rules of the game. Y youth sports encourage and promote healthy kids, families and communities by placing a priority on family involvement, healthy competition rather than rivalry, the value of participation over winning, team-building as well as individual development, a positive self-image and a sense of fair play and mutual respect for others. Parents are encouraged to be more than mere spectators, by contributing their time as volunteer coaches - as well as being their kid's greatest fan.
NEW THIS SEASON! For the ROOKIES, PASSERS and DRIBBLERS divisions, we will offer competitive or recreational division options.
LEAGUE | Itty Bitty Basketball
Pre-K thru Kindergarten
Itty Bitty Basketball is a co-ed league that will help young players learn the basic fundamentals of basketball. Players will develop social skills, character, and self-esteem while developing and learning the game of basketball. Each child will learn and improve in dribbling, shooting, passing, teamwork, sportsmanship, and skill-related games - but most of all, have FUN playing basketball. Coaches will teach the YMCA Core Values of Honesty, Caring, Respect, and Responsibility.
8 week season - January 12 - March 2. Teams practice on Saturday for one hour, and coaches have fun drills and activities to help young players learn and enjoy basketball. We cannot guarantee special requests during late registration.
Schedules will be available by 12/20.
Coaches Clinic: Monday 12/10 7:30pm - 8:30pm at the Maple Branch
LEAGUE | Rookie Basketball
Co-Ed League Grades 1-2
Rookie Basketball is a co-ed league that will help young children continue to enhance their basic basketball skills. Players continue to learn social skills, character, and self-esteem while developing their game. Each child will learn and improve in dribbling, shooting, passing, defensive skills, teamwork, sportsmanship through drills, activities, and scrimmages, and have FUN playing basketball. Coaches teach the Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.
12-week season - December 7, 14, January 11 - February 29. Teams practice for 1 hour on Saturdays and players will have 7 practices and 5 scrimmages. Times will vary.
Schedules will be available by November 21, 2018
Coaches Clinic: Monday, October 19, 7:30pm - 8:30pm at the Maple Branch
LEAGUE | Y-Ball
Grades 3-4 and 5-6
Our Youth Basketball League provides a fun and supportive environment to learn to play and improve basketball skills. This is a 13 week season with 13 practices and 10 games. Practices and games are held at school gymnasiums in the area.
- Practices will begin the week of November 11.
- One hour / one day per week practices determined by coach on 10/29.
- Games will be on December 7, 14, 15 January 11 - February 29.
- Game times will vary.
- Schedules will be available by November 21.
The Y-Ball Program emphasizes equal participation, along with fun and fair play. Coaches teach the rules, YMCA Core Values and the proper techniques of dribbling, passing, shooting, and teamwork.
Coaches Clinic: Monday, October 29 7:30p -8:30p at Maple Branch
- Girls 3-4 Grade Competitive (updated 12/30)
- Girls 3-4 Grade Recreational (updated 12/30)
- Girls 5-6 Grade Schedule (updated 12/30)
- Boys 3-4 Grade Competitive (updated 12/30)
- Boys 3-4 Grade Recreational (updated 12/30)
- Boys 5-6 Grade Competitive (updated 12/30)
- Boys 5-6 Grade Recreational (updated 12/30)
LEAGUE | Y-Hoops Teams
Join us and build your basketball skills, dribbling, passing, and shooting. The program runs on Saturdays.
Y-Hoops Teams are for individuals and/or teams to play against other teams.
7 games - League for games only.
The season is 8 weeks. Register as a team or as an individual for placement on a team.
January 11- February 29.
Tryouts on January 11, 2019 - time and location TBD
Teams will practice an hour one day each week beginning November 6th. Practices are normally held at local schools or area churches. They take place Monday - Thursday and will start no earlier than 5pm. Practices are selected by the head coach. We cannot guarantee special requests during late registration.
Game schedules will be available at the beginning of the season on this web page.
Team rosters are limited to no more than 10 players unless a team's coach requests more for his or her team. Players will be notified of their team placement from the head coach, as well as your practice time, day and location. Players are assigned to teams based on the school you attend or the area which you live. We cannot guarantee special requests during late registration.
When registering, families can request one player, or coach, to be assigned to the same team. We cannot guarantee special requests during late registration.
The YMCA Youth Basketball Program relies on volunteer coaches to make the program successful. If you would like to volunteer, please indicate it on the registration form or contact the Youth Sports Director, Don Siebert at 269-324-9622 x423 or email.
Click HERE to print a Volunteer Form.
Click HERE to print a Coaches Contract.
Participants will receive a team t-shirt that will be worn at all games. During games and practices, watches and jewelry must be removed. Players who fail to remove jewelry and watches may not participate until it is removed.
Team pictures days are TBD. Information will be provided to your coach by mid-January.
Participants can register for the program during the registration window - September 4 - October 30, 2019.
Late registration will be from October 30 - November 15, 2019, depending on team openings. There will be a $12 increase in the fee for players registering during this time. During late registration, players will be assigned to teams where roster spots are available. Payments may be made online at www.kzooymca.org, in-house at the Portage or Maple Members Service Desk, or by phone (269) 324-9622 ext 0.
RATES APPLY TO BOTH MEMBER and COMMUNITY
Financial assistance is available based on family size and income. Applications are available at Member Services at each branch location. Proof of income is required. Once submitted, you will be contacted within 5 business days with information about your eligibility and the amount of any scholarship support you are qualified to receive.
If you have any questions regarding the Youth Basketball Program, please contact Don Seibert via email or by calling (269) 324-9622 x423.
|Question||Itty Bitty Basketball Division||Rookie Basketball Division||Passers/Dribblers|
|What size ball will my child use?||This division will play with a junior ball, 27.5 inch ball||This division will play with a junior size ball, 27.5 inch ball||Girls will play with a women’s ball, 28.5 inch ball. 5-6 grade boys will use a 29.5 inch ball.|
|When will my practices be?||All practices are on Saturdays, January 11 – February 20.||All practices are on Saturdays, December 7 – March 16.||All practices will be during the week at a local school.|
|What time will practices be?||Practices are as early as 8:00am and as late as 3:00pm.||Practices will be at the Portage YMCA at 2900 W. Centre St. or Maple St. Magnet Middle School at 922 W. Maple St. in Kalamazoo.||All practices will be during the week at a local school.|
|When will the schedule be available?||Schedules for this division will be available November 22. All schedules will be on line, kzooymca.org.||Schedules for this division will be available before November 22.||Schedules for this division will be available November 22. All schedules will be on line, kzooymca.org.|
|What time will practices be?||Practices are as early as 8:00am and as late as 3:00pm.||Practices will be as early at 8:00am and as late as 5:00pm.||Practices will begin as early as 6:00pm, and end on later than 8:45pm.|
|What do we need to bring to practice?||Running shoes and comfortable clothes to play in. All participants will receive a t-shirt.||Running shoes and comfortable clothes to play in. All participants will receive a t-shirt.||Running shoes, and comfortable clothes to play in. All participants will receive a reversible jersey.|
|What size hoop will we be playing on?||The basket will be lowered to about 6-8 feet||The basket will be lowered to about 8 – 9 feet.||Teams will play on a regulation rim, 10 feet.|
|What is the recreational division?||n/a||n/a||This division is for players who are still learning the fundamentals of basketball. Winning is secondary to enjoying the game of basketball.|
|What is the competitive division?||n/a||n/a||This division is for player who are more advanced in the sport, or want to play basketball at a higher level.|
|How are teams formed?||n/a||n/a||Teams are put together based on school players attend or the neighborhood they live in.|
Notices & Policies
The emergency form must be completed and returned to your coach by the first practice.
Please review this important information about concussions.