Youth Basketball

It’s no surprise our Youth Basketball program is offered in partnership with the Los Angeles Clippers®. After all, did you know that basketball was founded at the Y? James Naismith, a teacher at the international YMCA training school, invented the sport in 1891!

Through positive coaching, our Jr. Clippers Youth Basketball program teaches young athletes the fundamentals of the game while building their confidence, getting them active, and helping them learn valuable lessons in teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership.

Our Jr. Clippers Basketball program and basketball leagues run year-round and are open to both boys and girls. We make sure each child participates in every game and receives equal playing time, regardless of skill level.

In addition to practices and league play, Jr. Clippers participants receive many unique opportunities, including FREE basketball clinics hosted by the LA Clippers.

Play together. Grow together.

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When is the basketball season?
We have full Winter, Spring, and Fall seasons in addition to our Summer and Holiday clinics.

Where and when are practices and games?
Each team will practice one hour per week with games on Saturdays, with the exception of Division 5 (ages 14-17). All practices will be held at the Collins & Katz Family YMCA. Games in Divisions 1-4 will be held at the Y on Saturdays. Games in Division 5 will be held at the Y on Friday evenings. 

Who can play?
Open to boys and girls ages 6-18 (Age 18 permitted if currently enrolled in High School) 

What is required?

  • Current LA Association YMCA Family or Teen Membership (For those ages 12-17). 
  • UNIFORMS: Purchase of Clippers current uniform with registration required for games. Returning players may continue to use the same uniform if purchased new in Spring 2016. Cost is $30, and the uniform may be used for subsequent seasons. 
  • Appropriate practice attire (gym shorts/shirt and court shoes) 
  • Current Code of Conduct on File (signed by parent & player) 
  • Attendance at scheduled skills assessment 

What can I expect from the league?
The YMCA strives to provide the best basketball experience possible for its participants. Focus is on teamwork, fair play and skill development. We have excellent volunteer coaches and quality referees. Age groups and genders may be combined to accommodate league participants. We work hard to balance teams and provide divisions with safe and fair competition. 

For more information, contact Mitch Lichterman, Sports Coordinator [email protected].