Play Basketball at the YMCA of San Diego County

It All Started at the Y!

From the US to Cameroon to Croatia, everyone is playing basketball. It is truly a global sport—and it all began at the YMCA. When Dr. James Naismith was a young faculty member at the YMCA International Training School in Massachusetts, he was charged with instructing a group of young men who had little to no interest in the common calisthenics exercises of the day, so he set about developing a new game that would draw their attention and provide the physical activity needed to keep them healthy.

Taking inspiration from other team games, Dr. Naismith created a team sport with a peach basket and a soccer ball played indoors on hardwood. The group loved it, and the game was born. On December 21, 1891, the first-ever game of basketball was played.

The YMCA continues this tradition more than a century later, with a variety of youth and adult basketball programs for all ages and all skill levels.

YMCA basketball promotes life skills through the value of teamwork, sportsmanship, communication and exercise.


BASKETBALL PROGRAMS AT THE Y

The YMCA of San Diego County offers a multitude of basketball programs for youth and adults, ranging from introductory classes for our youngest players to recreational and competitive leagues for youth and adults.

With the YMCA's mission in mind, our experienced coaches and trainers encourage a healthy competitive spirit that's driven by supportive teamwork and good sportsmanship. Each player is also encouraged to achieve their own personal fitness goals while developing their basketball skills and knowledge of the game.

The YMCA of San Diego County is currently offering basketball activities for:


FREE PLAY

OPEN GYM TIMES

The Y also offers opportunity for pick-up basketball at several locations association-wide. View the gymnasium schedule on the home page of your local YMCA for free play time.

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BASKETBALL CAMPS

DAY CAMP OPTIONS

The Y also offers several sport-based day camps (particularly during the summer) that focus on basketball! Find the basketball camp that is right for you on our day camp page.

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COMPETITIVE BASKETBALL

AAU YOUTH LEAGUE

Jackie Robinson Family YMCA offers Amateur Athletic Union ("AAU") youth basketball leagues to provide young athletes with the opportunity to advance their understanding of the game and take their skills to the next level in a competitive setting. Different from recreational basketball, AAU offers participants sports programming that allows YMCA youth athletes to play for championships against other athletes similar in age and athletic development. Season begins in July and continues through December. For more information, contact the sports department at Jackie Robinson Family YMCA


HOLIDAY HOOPS AND SEASONAL SCORES

Play in a 4v4 soccer or basketball league this holiday season at Jackie Robinson Family YMCA. This is a unique, fun opportunity for youth to select their own teammates and enjoy friendly competition with fellow YMCA athletes. Season will last from November 27-December 21. The deadline to register and submit your team roster is Friday, November 17. Get in the game with this fun, engaging tournament! Register today, select your teammates and submit your team roster to the sports office by November 17. (Team rosters are available for pick up at the sports office).

  • SOCCER
    • Ages 7-8 | Mondays, 5:30pm
    • Ages 9-10 and 11-12 | Tuesdays, 5:30pm
    • Ages 13-17 | Wednesdays, 5:30pm
  • BASKETBALL
    • Ages 7-8 | Wednesdays, 5:30pm
    • Ages 9-10 and 11-12 | Thursdays, 5:30pm
    • Ages 13-17 | Tuesdays, 5:30pm

Find the program under "December youth leagues"
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BASKETBALL SESSIONS THIS SEASON

YOUTH BASKETBALL

The Y offers many youth basketball classes, clinics and leagues for kids who are 3 to 17 years old. Classes and clinics focus on teaching participants about sportsmanship, skill development and strength training. Leagues offer recreational and competitive programs where participants will be included on teams and play games against one another. Our leagues provide the chance for every player to develop their discipline, sportsmanship, strength and endurance. While practices are geared toward strengthening your child’s individual skills, game time emphasizes each player’s understanding of the sport, game rules and team competition. Y volunteer coaches will focus on developing a sense of teamwork in a setting that encourages fun, healthy, age-appropriate competition. By the end of the season, your child will have gained a better understanding of the sport, its rules and the basic skills. 

YMCA youth recreational basketball leagues play with modified rules for each age division. Youth basketball leagues take place at various Ys throughout San Diego County. Select your branch below or visit the Community Portal and type in the respective keyword into the search bar (e.g., SPABK20 for Mission Valley YMCA adult basketball leagues) or use the top left location filter to view your local YMCA options. When you're ready to register, here's a shortcut to all basketball options across San Diego County.

❯ ❯  YOUTH WINTER LEAGUES 2024 (CLICK TO EXPAND)

Border View Family YMCA

Coed leagues for ages 6-13 | SEARCH CODE: SPYBK44 FIND SESSIONS 
Season practices begin in January. Games take place on Saturdays with practices during the week. Specific game times will be determined after team meet dates are released.

  • Winter season: January 8 - March 16
    • Games on Saturdays with practices during the week
      • Ages 6-7 | Practices on Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30pm
      • Ages 8-9 | Practices on Mondays, 6:30pm
      • Ages 10-13 | Practices on Tuesdays, 5:30pm
      • Ages 14-17| Practices on Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:30pm

Jackie Robinson Family YMCA

Coed leagues for ages 6-17 | SEARCH CODE: SPYBK39 FIND SESSIONS 
Season practices coming soon. Games take place on Saturdays with practices during the week. Specific game times will be determined after teams are formed.

  • Winter leagues season: January 20 - March 16
    • Games on Saturdays with practices during the week. 
      • Ages 5-6 | Wednesdays, 5:00pm
      • Ages 7-8 | Wednesdays, 6:00pm
      • Ages 9-10| Thursdays, 5:00pm
      • Ages 11-12 | Thursdays, 6:00pm
      • Ages 13-17 | Tuesdays, 5:30pm

Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA

Coed leagues for ages 6-12 | SEARCH CODE: SPYBK25 FIND SESSIONS 
Practices take place on Saturdays with games to follow.

  • Winter youth leagues | Season: January 20-March 16
    • Ages 6-7 | Saturdays, 8:00am
    • Ages 8-9 | Saturdays, 9:30am
    • Ages 10-12 | Saturdays, 11:15am

Mission Valley YMCA

Coed leagues for ages 6-12 | SEARCH CODE: SPYBK20 FIND SESSIONS 
Practices take place during the week with games on Saturdays. 

  • Winter youth leagues | Season: January 10 - March 16
    • Ages 6-7 | Wednesdays, 4:00pm
    • Ages 8-9 | Wednesdays, 4:00pm
    • Ages 10-12 | Wednesdays, 4:00pm
    • Ages 13-15 | Wednesdays, 4:00pm

T. Claude and Gladys B. Ryan Family YMCA

Coed leagues for ages 6-16 | SEARCH CODE: SPYBK35 FIND SESSIONS 
Winter season eason practices begin January 20. Practice times will begin after teams are selected. Please email
Sports Director Isaiah Bacon at [email protected] for more information.

Winter 2023 registration now open! Teams divided by ages:

  • Coed leagues | Season: January 20 - March 16
    • Ages 5-7 | Saturdays - practice time TBD after registration
    • Ages 8-9 | Saturdays - practice time TBD after registration
    • Ages 10-12 | Saturdays - practice time TBD after registration
    • Ages 13-16 | Saturdays - practice time TBD after registration
❯ ❯ WINTER YOUTH CLINICS 2024 (CLICK TO EXPAND)

Copley-Price Family YMCA

Coed clinics for ages 6-12 | SEARCH CODE: SPYBK16 FIND SESSIONS 
Monthly are available for beginner and advanced players. Clinics are divided based on age. 

Beginner clinics

  • February sessions | February 3-24
    • Ages 6-12 | Saturdays, 9:00am

Advanced clinics

  • February sessions | February 3-24
    • Ages 9-12 | Saturdays, 10:15am

Jackie Robinson Family YMCA

Coed clinics for ages 7-17 | SEARCH CODE: SPYBK39 FIND SESSIONS 
Monthly clinics are available for beginner and advanced players. Clinics are divided based on age.

Beginner clinics | Monthly Sessions

  • January sessions | January 8-24
    • Ages 6-8 | Mondays, 3:30pm
    • Ages 9-12 | Mondays, 4:40pm
    • Boys ages 7-17 | Mondays, 5:00pm or 6:00pm
    • Girls ages 7-17 | Mondays, 5:00pm or 6:00pm
  • February sessions | February 5-26
    • Ages 6-8 | Mondays, 3:30pm
    • Ages 9-12 | Mondays, 4:40pm
    • Boys ages 7-17 | Mondays, 5:00pm or 6:00pm
    • Girls ages 7-17pm | Mondays, 5:00pm or 6:00pm
  • March sessions | March 4-25
    • Boys ages 7-17 | Mondays, 5:00pm or 6:00pm
    • Girls ages 7-17 | Mondays, 5:00pm or 6:00pm

Advanced clinic options

  • January sessions | January 8-29
    • Ages 7-17 | Mondays, 7:00pm
  • February sessions | February 5-26
    • Ages 7-17 | Mondays, 7:00pm

McGrath Family YMCA

Coed clinics for ages 6-12 | SEARCH CODE: SPYBK33 FIND SESSIONS 
Monthly clinics are available for beginner and advanced players. Clinics are divided based on age.

Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA

Coed clinics for ages 6-12 | SEARCH CODE: SPYBK25 FIND SESSIONS 
Monthly clinics are available for beginner and advanced players. Clinics are divided based on age.

Beginner clinics | Monthly sessions 

  • January sessions | January 10-31
    • Ages 6-8 | Wednesdays, 3:30pm
    • Ages 9-12 | Wednesdays, 4:40pm
  • February sessions | February 7-28
    • Ages 6-8 | Wednesdays, 3:30pm
    • Ages 9-12 | Wedsnesdays, 4:30pm
  • March sessions | March 4-25
    • Ages 6-8 | Mondays, 3:30pm or Wednesdays, 3:30pm
    • Ages 9-12 | Mondays, 4:40pm or Wednesdays, 4:40pm
  • April sessions | April 1-22
    • Ages 6-8 | Mondays or Wednesdays, 3:30pm
    • Ages 9-12 | Mondays or Wednesdays, 3:30pm
  • May sessions | April 29-May 20
    • Ages 6-8 | Mondays or Wednesdays, 3:30pm
    • Ages 9-12 | Mondays or Wednesdays, 3:30pm

Mission Valley YMCA

Coed clinics for ages 6-12 | SEARCH CODE: SPYBK20 FIND SESSIONS 
Monthly clinics are available for beginner and advanced players. Clinics are divided based on age.

T. Claude and Gladys B. Ryan Family YMCA

Coed leagues for ages 6-14 | SEARCH CODE: SPYBK35 FIND SESSIONS 
Monthly clinics are available for beginner and advanced players. Clinics are divided based on age.


View available youth basketball leagues


ADULT BASKETBALL

LEAGUES NOW AVAILABLE

This season, we are offering both competitive and recreational leagues for male, female and coed teams throughout several branches in San Diego County. Our adult basketball leagues are a great way to improve your skills and stay in shape while playing with friends! We offer both competitive and recreational leagues for male, female, and coed teams throughout several branches in San Diego. We offer both competitive and recreational leagues for male, female and coed teams throughout several branches in San Diego. Select your branch below or visit the Community Portal and type in the respective keyword into the search bar (e.g., SPABK16 for Copley-Price Family YMCA adult basketball leagues) or use the top left location filter to view your local YMCA options.

❯ ❯  WINTER LEAGUES 2024 (CLICK TO EXPAND)

Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA

Coed leagues for ages 6-13 | SEARCH CODE: SPABK25 Registration coming soon! 

League schedule:

  • Ages 18+ | TBD

MISSION VALLEY YMCA

Womens and Mens Leagues | SEARCH CODE: SPABKL20 FIND SESSIONS 
Registration will remain open until teams are full. 

League information:

  • Womens Senior Basketball | Ages 50+ | Practice will take place on Thursdays and Sundays. - Register today!
    • Times will be determined by team.
  • Men's basketball | Ages 35+ | Practice will take place on Mondays, 6:00pm. - Register today!
    • Times will be determined by team.

T. Claude and Gladys B. Ryan Family YMCA

Coed leagues for ages 18+ | SEARCH CODE: SPYBK35 FIND SESSIONS 
Registration will remain open until teams are full. 

League information:

  • Men ages 18+ | Wednesdays, 6:00pm

PEEWEE BASKETBALL

LESSONS AND LEAGUES

Peewee basketball leagues and lessons are a great way to improve your motor skills and stay active while playing with friends!  We offer both lessons and leagues for all ages to help our youngest athletes find a sport they love at the YMCA. Select your branch below or visit the Community Portal and type in the respective keyword into the search bar (e.g., SPPWBK16 for Copley-Price Family YMCA peewee basketball activities) or use the top left location filter to view your local YMCA options.

❯ ❯  WINTER LESSONS 2024 (CLICK TO EXPAND)

BORDER VIEW FAMILY YMCA

Coed lessons for ages 3-5 | SEARCH CODE: SPPWBK44 FIND SESSIONS 
Monthly peewee lessons are available for ages 3-5

  • Winter lessons | Monthly sessions
    • January 8-29
      • Ages 3-5 | Mondays, 5:30pm
      • Ages 3-5 | Thursdays, 5:30pm
    • February 5-29 
      • Ages 3-5 | Mondays, 5:30pm 
      • Ages 3-5 | Thursdays, 5:30pm
    • March 4-25
      • Ages 3-5 | Mondays, 5:30pm
      • Ages 3-5 | Thursdays, 5:30pm

MISSION VALLEY YMCA

Coed lessons for ages 3-5 | SEARCH CODE: SPPWBK20 FIND SESSIONS 
Monthly peewee lessons are available for ages 3-5

RANCHO FAMILY YMCA

Coed lessons for ages 3-5 | SEARCH CODE: SPPWBK20 FIND SESSIONS
Monthly peewee lessons are available for ages 3-5

❯ ❯  WINTER LEAGUES 2024 (CLICK TO EXPAND)

MCGRATH FAMILY YMCA

Coed lessons for ages 3-5 | SEARCH CODE: SPPWBK20 FIND SESSIONS
Monthly peewee lessons are available for ages 3-5

 

View available peewee basketball lessons


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