Youth Basketball

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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 touchless handshake. Every child receives an award at the end of the season!

PROGRAM OFFERINGS: Summer & Winter

  • Ages 4-14
  • Co-Ed
  • Financial assistance available

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

Parents are encouraged to be more than mere spectators. In fact, parents are crucial to a successful sports season by contributing their time as volunteer coaches - as well as being their kid’s greatest fan. Learn more about volunteering as a youth sports coach here.

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REGISTRATION DATES:.

  • Discount Registration: February 27-April 9th
  • Regular Registration: April 9th-May 25th
  • Late Registration: May 26th-June 1st

SUMMER ‘22 SEASON DATES:

  • 6 Week Summer Season
  • Basketball (Ages 4-14): June 18-July 30th (No Games  Weekend of July 2nd)
    • Games played on Saturdays 
    • *10+ divisions may play on Fridays (5pm-8pm)*
    • **Make-up games may be played on week day evenings and Sundays**

PRACTICES:

  • 4-5 divisions will practice for 20 minutes and play for 30 minutes on Saturdays.
  • 6+ divisions will practice once per week for 1 hour. 
    • Practices days are generally M-F 4:30pm-8pm, Sunday 1pm-4pm
    • Upon registration you can select what day you are unavailable for practice. This information is used when assigning players to team.

Practices are guaranteed to occur at or near your home location, but games are played at YMCAs throughout the YMCA of Austin Association based on registration numbers. YMCA leagues and divisions may be combined with those from other Ys to ensure participation for all.

  • Small Middle School and other schools near YMCA facilities
  • Hays Communities Y
  • Springs Y
  • Southwest Y 
  • Northwest Y
  • TownLake Y
  • East Communities Y 

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; Ages 12+ 29.5 inches
  • Rim Heights: Ages 4&5 6 ft; Ages 6&7 8 ft; Ages 8&9 9ft; Ages 10+ 10 ft
  • Coaches are encouraged to wear masks when not able to social distance (at least 6 ft apart)
  • Coaches, players and spectators must bring their own water. 
  • Good game handshake lines are permitted 

YMCA of Austin Concussion Guide

Volunteers are crucial to the success of our program. Visit the youth sports volunteer page to indicate your interest in serving 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. 

 

Please contact your local YMCA for Youth Sports Inquiries

Northwest Family YMCA - 512.335.9622

East Communities YMCA - 512.933.9622

TownLake YMCA - 512.542.9622

Southwest Family YMCA - 512.891.9622

Hays Communities YMCA - 512.523.0099

Springs Family YMCA - 512.894.3309

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