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.

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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.

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Youth Basketball

Youth Basketball Classes, Clinics and Leagues

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 skills, discipline, sportsmanship, strength and endurance.

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Basketball Camps

The Y also offers several sport-based day camps (particularly during the summer) that focus on basketball!

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Adult Basketball Leagues

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.

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