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.
The 2023-2024 Season for 4th through 8th graders will offer competitive or recreational division options.
Click here to download our current season Y-Ball brochure with all the details.
2023 - 2024 Y-Ball Schedules / TBA
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. The season begins on December 2.
- 8 week season beginning in January
- All practices will be one hour long
- Practices/Games location TBD
- Coaches Clinic: Tuesday 11/08/2023
- YMCA Member: $60
- Community: $70
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.
- 11 week season
- December 02, 2023 - March 02, 2024
- 6 practices & 5 scrimmages – times will vary
- Practices/Games location TBD
- Coaches Clinic: Monday 11/01/2023
- A Zoom meeting invite will be emailed to coaches.
- $85 YMCA Member
- $95 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. There will be Competitive and Recreational Divisions.
Season: Practices begin the week of November 7th. Practices are determined by the coach of each team. Games will be on December 2, 09, 16, January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24
Coaches’ Clinic: Wednesday 11/01/2023
- Zoom meeting invite will be emailed to all coaches
- $110 YMCA Member
- $120 Community
2023-2024 Schedule Schedule will be available by November 25, 2023
Game schedules will be available by November 25. It will be posted on the website.
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 Seibert at 269-459-4884 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, 2023
Registration: September 13 – October 30
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.