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


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BASKETBALL SESSIONS THIS FALL

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.

❯ ❯  FALL 2023 LEAGUES (CLICK TO EXPAND)

Border View Family YMCA

Coed leagues for ages 6-13 | SEARCH CODE: SPYBK44 FIND SESSIONS 
Season practices begin September 18. Games take place on Saturdays with practices during the week. Specific game times will be determined after team meet dates are released Saturday, September 16.

Practice schedule:

  • Ages 6-7 | Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30pm
  • Ages 8-9 | Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30pm
  • Ages 10-13 | Mondays & Wednesdays, 7:30pm

Jackie Robinson Family YMCA

Coed leagues for ages 6-17 | SEARCH CODE: SPYBK39 FIND SESSIONS 
Season practices begin September 11. Games take place on Saturdays with practices during the week. Specific game times will be determined after teams are formed. Season will take place September 11 - November 18. 

Practice schedule:

  • 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 
Season practices begin September 23. Practices take place on Saturdays with games to follow.

Practice schedule:

  • Ages 6-7 | Saturdays, 8:00am
  • Ages 8-9 | Saturdays, 9:30am
  • Ages 10-12 | Saturdays, 11:30am

McGrath Family YMCA

Coed leagues for ages 6-13 | SEARCH CODE: SPYBK33 FIND SESSIONS 
Season practices begin September 23. Practices and games take place on Saturdays.

Schedule:

  • Ages 6-7 | Saturdays, 10:00am
  • Ages 8-9 | Saturdays, 11:00am
  • Ages 10-13 | Saturdays, 12:00pm

Mission Valley YMCA

Coed leagues for ages 6-12 | SEARCH CODE: SPYBK20 FIND SESSIONS 
Season practices begin September 6. Season dates are from September 6 to November 18. Practices take place during the week with games o Saturdays. Assessments take place the week of Wednesday, September 6. The first game will take place Saturday, September 23 and the last game will take place on Saturday, November 18. The first official team practice will take place the week of Wednesday, September 20. 

Assessments begin the week of September 6 following this schedule:

  • Ages 6-7| Assessments: September 6 & 13, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Ages 8-9 | Assessments: September 6 & 13, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Ages 10-12 | Assessments: September 6 & 13, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Practice begins the week of September 20 following this practice schedule:

  • Ages 6-7| First Practice: September 20, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Ages 8-9 | First Practice: September 20, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Ages 10-12 | First Practice: September 20, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

T. Claude and Gladys B. Ryan Family YMCA

Coed leagues for ages 6-14 | SEARCH CODE: SPYBK35 FIND SESSIONS 
Season practices begin September 18. Practice times will begin after teams are selected. Please email Sports Director Isaiah Bacon at [email protected] for more information.

Age divisions:

  • Ages 5-7 | Saturdays - practice time TBD
  • Ages 8-9 | Saturdays - practice time TBD
  • Ages 10-12 | Saturdays - practice time TBD
  • Ages 13-14 | Saturdays - practice time TBD
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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:

  • Ages 6-10 | Thursdays, 5:30pm - starting August 3
  • Ages 6-10 | Saturdays, 9:00am - starting August 5
  • Ages 6-10 | Thursdays, 5:30pm - starting September 7
  • Ages 6-10 | Saturdays, 9:00am - starting September 9

Advanced clinics:

  • Ages 8-12 | Saturdays, 10:15am - starting August 5
  • Ages 8-12 | Saturdays, 10:15am - starting September 9

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:

  • Ages 7-17 | Coed | Mondays, 5:00pm - starting August 7
  • Ages 7-17 | Coed | Mondays, 6:00pm - starting August 7
  • Ages 7-17 | Boys' Clinics
    • Starting September 11 | Mondays, 5:00pm or Mondays, 6:00pm 
    • Starting October 2 | Mondays, 5:00pm or Mondays, 6:00pm
    • Starting October 30 | Mondays, 5:00pm or Mondays, 6:00pm
    • Starting November 27 | Mondays, 5:00pm or Mondays, 6:00pm
  • Ages 7-17 | Girls' Clinics
    • Starting September 11| Mondays, 5:00pm or Mondays, 6:00pm
    • Starting October 2 | Mondays, 5:00pm or Mondays, 6:00pm
    • Starting October 30 | Mondays, 5:00pm or Mondays, 6:00pm
    • Starting November 27 | Mondays, 5:00pm or Mondays, 6:00pm

Advanced clinics:

  • Ages 7-17 | Mondays, 7:00pm - starting August 7
  • Ages 7-17 | Mondays, 7:00pm - starting September 11

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.

Beginner clinics:

  • Ages 6-8 | Wednesdays, 4:00pm - starting August 2
  • Ages 9-12 | Wednesdays, 5:15pm - starting August 2
  • Ages 6-8 | Wednesdays, 4:00pm - starting September 6
  • Ages 9-12 | Wednesdays, 5:15pm - starting September 6

Advanced clinics:

  • Ages 7-17 | Mondays, 7:00pm - starting August 7

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.

Beginner clinics:

  • Ages 8-12 | Tuesdays, 5:00pm - starting August 1
  • Ages 8-12 | Tuesdays, 5:00pm - starting September 5

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.

Clinics:

  • Ages 6-9 | Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00pm - starting September 23
  • Ages 10-13 | Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00pm - starting September 23

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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.

❯ ❯  FALL 2023 LEAGUES (CLICK TO EXPAND)

Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA

Coed leagues for ages 6-13 | SEARCH CODE: SPYBK25 Registration coming soon! 
Check back soon! Fall leagues will be open for registration soon. 

League schedule:

  • Ages 18+ | TBD

T. Claude and Gladys B. Ryan Family YMCA

Coed leagues for ages 18+ | SEARCH CODE: SPYBK35 FIND SESSIONS 
Season dates: July 26 - October 4. Registration will remain open until teams are full. 

League information:

  • Ages 18+ | Practice will take place on Thursdays.
    • Times will be determined by teams.

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.

❯ ❯  FALL 2023 PEEWEE LESSONS (CLICK TO EXPAND)

MISSION VALLEY YMCA

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

  • Starting August 1
    • Ages 3-5 | Tuesdays, 4:00pm
  • Starting September 5
    • Ages 3-5 | Tuesdays, 4:00pm

RANCHO FAMILY YMCA

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

  • Starting August 7
    • Ages 3-5 | Mondays, 3:00pm
    • Ages 3-5 | Sundays, 9:00am
  • Starting September 10
    • Ages 3-5 | Mondays, 3:00pm
    • Ages 3-5 | Sundays, 9:00am
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MCGRATH FAMILY YMCA

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

  • Starting September 9
    • Ages 4-5 | Saturdays, 9:00am

 

View available peewee basketball lessons


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