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.
NOW AVAILABLE: For the ROOKIES, PASSERS and DRIBBLERS divisions, we will offer competitive or recreational division options.
2021 Y-Ball Schedules
If you have any questions regarding the Youth Basketball Program, please contact Don Seibert via email or by calling (269) 324-9622 x423.
COVID 19 Guidelines? FAQ's
Will my player have to wear a mask while playing?
Based on current Health Department guidelines, all players will wear a mask while playing, as well as when they are not social distancing.
Will fans have to wear a mask?
All fans will wear a mask due to the Health Department guidelines, even if they are social distancing.
How many fans can attend a game?
As of today, only 2 fans per player, and 2 fans per coach.
Will temperatures be taken?
Every fan and player will have their temperature taken when they enter the facility.
Can we bring water bottles to games?
Yes. Coach Don asks that all water bottles are with the parents during game/practices.
Will there be sanitizing throughout the day?
Each team will have 2 balls to practice with before their game. Those balls will be sanitized after each practice, and basketballs will be sanitized after the first and second half of each game.
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.
- January 10 – February 28
- 6 practices & 4 scrimmages – times will vary
- 1 hour on Sundays, between 11am-3pm
- Practices will be at the Portage Y
- Coaches Zoom Meeting: Wednesday 12/16/2020
- YMCA Member: $50
- Community: $60
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.
10-week season - January 9 - March 13. Teams practice for 1 hour on Saturdays and players will have 6 practices and 4 scrimmages. Times will vary.
Schedules will be available by December 21
Coaches Clinic: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 8:00pm Via Zoom
- Portage YMCA
- $60 YMCA Member
- $75 Community
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 8 week season 8 practices and 8 games.
- Basketball will begin on January 9, 2021
- Practices will be on a half court 30 minutes before each game.
- Games consisting of 4 -8 minute quarters will follow each practice.
- Game times will vary.
- Schedules will be available by December 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, December 14, 2020 at 8:00pm via zoom meeting.
- Douglass Community Association - 1000 W. Patterson St. Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007
- Portage YMCA - 2900 W. Centre Ave. Portage, Michigan 49024
- Kalamazoo Christian Elementary School - 3800 12th St. Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009
- $75 YMCA Member
- $85 Community
- Girls 3-4 Grade Competitive (available by December 21)
- Girls 3-4 Grade Recreational (available by December 21)
- Girls 5-6 Grade Schedule (available by December 21)
- Boys 3-4 Grade Competitive (available by December 21)
- Boys 3-4 Grade Recreational (available by December 21)
- Boys 5-6 Grade Competitive (available by December 21)
- Boys 5-6 Grade Recreational (Available by December 21)
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.
Registration: October 5 – November 21
Late Registration: November 22 until the program is full. There is a $12 late fee. During late registration, players will be assigned to teams if 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.
Notices & Policies
The emergency form must be completed and returned to your coach by the first practice.
Please review this important information about concussions.