Youth Basketball

Hit the hardwood with the folks who invented the game - the Y! The Youth Basketball program is open to kids starting at age 4, with programs and leagues running year-round. Every child will participate in every game and receive equal playing time, regardless of skill level.

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.

FOCUS: Participation and fun! Basic skills of the game are developed through games and activities. Every child is required to play at least one half of every game. Sportsmanship and values are key components of this league. Every game starts with a Youth Sports Pledge and ends with a handshake. Every child receives an award at the end of the season!

PROGRAM OFFERINGS: Summer & Winter

  • Ages 4-11
  • Co-Ed
  • Financial assistance available

Find coach contact info, game times and practice schedules here.

SEASON DATES:

  • June 11 - July 25 (not games 7/2 - 7/4)
    • Most games played on Saturdays; Games for 10 & 11 year old division will be played on Friday evenings 
    • Games played at various YMCAs. Northwest, East Communities & TownLake will be grouped together this summer. Southwest, Hays Communities, and Springs will be grouped together this summer. 

REGISTRATION DATES:

  • Now closed
  • Hays Communities Y, Springs Y, and Southwest Y for registrations under those three branches
    • Kinder Hoops (4/5) - Games played at Southwest Y and Hays Communities Y. 9am, 10:15am, or 11:30am
    • 6/7 Ages - Games played at Southwest Y, Hays Communities Y, Springs Y. 9am, 11:30am, or 12:45pm
    • 8/9 Ages - Games played at Hays Communities Y and Springs Y. 10:15am, 11:30am, or 2pm
    • 10/11 Ages - Games played at Hays Communities Y on Friday evenings. 5:30pm, 6:30pm, or 7:30pm  
  • Northwest Y, TownLake Y, and East Communities Y for registrations under those three branches
    • Kinder Hoops (4/5) - Games played at TownLake Y and Northwest Y. 9am or 10:15am
    • 6/7 Ages - Games played at East Communities Y and Northwest Y. 9am, 10:15am, or 11:30am
    • 8/9 Ages - Games played at TownLake Y and East Communities Y. 9am or 10:15am
    • 10/11 Ages - Games played at East Communities Y. 11:30am or 12:45pm

The YMCA of Austin has a responsibility to our community to serve youth and their families through positive experiences that teach them the value of community togetherness. 

YMCA of Austin youth sports will focus on the development of the whole child through age-appropriate & character-based curriculum, delivered in a judgement-free environment that allows participants to learn, develop, and be filled with joy. 

These recreational youth development programs will produce memorable game-day experiences.

Through purposeful training of staff and volunteers, targeted marketing, and clear communication, the YMCA of Austin can fill the gap in our community and provide non-competitive youth sports leagues, so that young people may:

  • Develop youth sports skills & grow into well-rounded athletes and people;
  • Realize their potential as active, engaged, and thriving global thinkers; 
  • Participate in YMCA youth sports for three or more seasons and who will enroll in other Y youth programs.
  • Kinder Hoops (4 & 5 yr olds) does not practice during the week. 
  • Basketball (ages 6+) will practice for one-hour each week. 
  • Games are played within a one-hour period. 
  • Teams are coached by volunteers - who must pass background check, complete child sexual abuse prevention training, and attend pre-season coaches training. 
  • Jerseys are provided for each participant prior. Players may wear shorts or pants of any color and close-toed shoes.
  • Basketball sizes: Ages 4-7 27.5 inches;  Ages 8-11 28.5 inches
  • Rim Heights: Ages 4&5 6 ft; Ages 6&7 8 ft; Ages 8&9 9ft; Ages 10+ 10 ft
  • Coaches and spectators, who are not vaccinated, are encouraged to wear masks at all times. 
  • Spectators must maintain social distancing at all times
  • Coaches, players and spectators must bring their own water. 
  • Touchless “good-game” or postgame acknowledgements will replace handshakes/hi-fives

Volunteers are crucial to the success of our program. Thank you very much for volunteering your time and talent to serve as Y youth sports volunteer coach.

Resources:

Visit our volunteer training page for details and requirements to become a coach for YMCA of Austin sports leagues. 

Megan Gonzalez

Senior Director of Sports

512-236-9622 ext. 246

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