Got game? Hit the hardwood with the folks who invented basketball in the first place: The Y!
James Naismith, a teacher at the international YMCA training school, invented basketball in 1891. He was challenged to create a game that could be played indoors during the cold winter months. By hanging simple peach baskets and using a soccer ball, Naismith created the game of basketball and wrote the first 13 rules of the game.
“I’m 15 and involved in a basketball league at my local Y. I’ve been doing this for three years now and the friends I’ve made playing the game are the ones I love to hang out with the most.”
Our Youth Basketball program and basketball leagues run year-round and are open to both boys and girls. We make sure every child participates in every game, and receives equal playing time, regardless of skill level.
Youth Basketball encourages and promotes healthy kids, families and communities by prioritizing family involvement, wholesome competition and the value of participation - not just winning. Kids and teens learn team-building skills, a sense of fair play and mutual respect for others, while also growing as individuals and developing a positive self-image.
We encourage parents to get involved by contributing time as volunteer coaches - as well as being their kid's greatest fan.
Play together. Grow together.