Got game? Hit the hardwood 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.
Youth basketball at the Y is open to boys and girls (age ranges vary by branch), with basketball programs & basketball leagues running year-round. Every child should participate in every game and should receive equal playing time, regardless of skill level.
Youth basketball programs at the Y encourage and promote healthy kids, families and communities by placing a priority on family involvement, healthy competition, 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.