Hit the hardwood with the experts in youth basketball. Kids learn the basics of the game plus teamwork, leadership and make new friends!

YMCA 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. 
 
Youth basketball leagues are typically offered during the winter, spring and fall seasons. Skills and Drills clinics are offered year-round at YMCA locations throughout King and south Snohomish counties.

 

Minis

Minis basketball is the perfect introduction to the sport for ages 3 to 5! It is an instructional and recreational 8-session youth basketball program designed for preschoolers to have fun while learning rules and skills of the game. Kids practice the fundamentals of basketball like dribbling, shooting, passing and in most cases, going the right way down the court through fun drills and games. The focus in this program is on inclusion, teamwork, and sportsmanship and building confidence. 
 
Minis don’t play official games or keep score, it’s all about fun and learning! All teams are co-ed and led by YMCA staff. This league requires parental involvement to help encourage the most fun and participation. Practices with scrimmages are held once per week. Each player gets a YMCA uniform top to wear on and off the court. 

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Rookies

Calling all Kindergarteners to 2nd graders who are ready to hit the court! In this recreational youth basketball league, players learn the fundamentals of basketball, sportsmanship, teamwork and healthy habits while sharpening skills, practicing drills and having fun. 
 
Teams are formed by YMCA staff after a skills showcase. We practice once per week and play at least eight games per season against other teams, but we don’t keep score, it’s all about fun and learning! Teams may be coed or single-gender and are led by volunteer coaches.  Parental involvement, whether as a team volunteer, cheerleader or a coach, is a key to success. Each player gets a YMCA uniform top to wear on and off the court.  

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Juniors

Our Juniors League lets youth in 3rd to 6th grades take their skills to the next level and experience constructive competition. Players in this youth basketball league continue to build skills like dribbling, shooting, passing and begin learning basketball plays through fun drills. 
 
Teams are formed by YMCA coaches and staff after a skills showcase. We practice once per week and play six games per season, including home games and games against other YMCAs in the region. Teams are single-gender and led by volunteer coaches. Parental involvement, whether as a team volunteer, cheerleader or coach, is a key to success. Each player gets a YMCA jersey top to wear on and off the court.

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Legends

Players in 7th to 9th grade celebrate the love of the game in this youth basketball league. Legends focus on learning plays, practicing teamwork and building fundamental skills. Teams participate at a higher level of competition that helps prepare them for playing in school leagues and throughout their entire life. 
 
Teams are formed by YMCA coaches and staff after a skills showcase. We practice once per week and play six games per season, including home games and games against other YMCAs in the region. All teams are single-gender and are led by volunteer coaches. Parental involvement, whether as a team volunteer, cheerleader or coach, is a key to success. Each player gets a YMCA jersey top to wear on and off the court.  

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Skills & Drills

The YMCA Skills & Drills program focuses on developing the fundamentals of basketball. Under the guidance of veteran coaches, players will sharpen their dribbling, passing and shooting skills through a series of drills, exercises and tutorials. An emphasis is placed on the importance of teamwork, learning the rules of the game, as well as developing hand-eye and foot coordination.

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