Youth Basketball

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Ages 4 to 17

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.

Season Information

Winter ’25 Season Dates:

  • Registration Opens: July 16, 2024
  • First Practice: January 22, 2025
  • First Game: January 28, 2025

Youth Basketball Rules and Guidelines

Parent’s Youth Basketball Information Packet

Practices & Games

  • 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.
  • Games are played within a 50 minute time 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 distributed before the first game. Players are responsible for shorts or pants, necessary protective gear, and athletic shoes.

How Teams are Created

  1. Coach Request: We start by reviewing coach requests, taking into account any specific coach preferences that participants may have.
  2. Friend Request: Next, we consider friend requests. If your child wants to be on the same team as a friend, we make every effort to accommodate this request.
  3. Age and Skill Level: To create balanced teams, we also factor in age and skill levels. We aim to distribute participants of varying ages and skill levels across teams, promoting fair competition and a supportive environment.
  4. Practice Day: Additionally, we consider practice days when assigning teams. Our goal is to ensure that teams can practice together conveniently.

By integrating these steps, we strive to create teams that not only honor preferences but also provide an inclusive and well-matched experience for each participant.

Health and Wellness

Our program provides a nurturing environment for children to explore new skills, foster teamwork, and build connections with positive role models, offering them a healthy and safe outlet for growth and development. In consideration of the safety of others, we kindly request that if you or anyone in your household is feeling unwell, please stay home during youth sports events.

Coaches’ Corner: Info for Coaches

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.


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

Contact Us 

For youth sports inquiries, reach out to Ricardo Torres or Alexis Williams at

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“My kids have played basketball at the Y since they were little, and not only are they confident on the court, they’re also better at meeting new people.”

– Thomas N.