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

YOUTH LEAGUE

Jackie Robinson Family YMCA offers competitive 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, competitive leagues offer participants a sports program that allows YMCA youth athletes to play competitively against local teams while remaining in the encouraging YMCA environment. For more information, contact the sports department at Jackie Robinson Family YMCA

 

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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.

NEW THIS SEASON: ALL GIRLS BASKETBALL LEAGUES

❯ ❯  SPRING YOUTH LEAGUES 2024 (CLICK TO EXPAND)

Border View Family YMCA

Coed leagues for ages 6-13 | SEARCH CODE: SPYBKL44 FIND SESSIONS 
Season practices begin the last week of March. Games take place on Saturdays with practices during the week. Specific game times will be determined after team meet dates are released.

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

Jackie Robinson Family YMCA

Coed leagues for ages 6-17 | SEARCH CODE: SPYBKL39 FIND SESSIONS 
Season practices start the last week of March! Registration will remain open until teams are full. 

  • Coed leagues | Games on Saturdays with practices during the week: 
    • Ages 13-17 | Tuesdays, 5:30pm
    • Ages 11-12 | Thursdays, 6:00pm
    • Ages 9-10| Thursdays, 5:00pm
    • Ages 7-8 | Wednesdays, 6:00pm
    • Ages 5-6 | Wednesdays, 5:00pm
  • Girls leagues | April 3 - June 8 | Games on Saturdays with practices during the week:
    • Ages 7-8 | Wednesdays, 6:00pm
    • Ages 9-10 | Thursdays, 5:00pm

Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA

Coed leagues for ages 6-12 | SEARCH CODE: SPYBKL25 FIND SESSIONS 
Practices take place on Saturdays with games to follow.

  • Spring youth leagues | Season: April 13 - June 8
    • Ages 6-7 | Saturdays, 8:30am
    • Ages 8-9 | Saturdays, 10:00am
    • Ages 10-12 | Saturdays, 12:00pm

Dan McKinney Family YMCA

Coed leagues for ages 6-12 | SEARCH CODE: SPYBKL28 FIND SESSIONS 
Practices take place during the week with games on Saturdays. 

  • Spring youth leagues | Season: March 30 - June 18
    • Ages 6-7 | Tuesdays, 5:30pm
    • Ages 8-9 | Thursdays, 4:30pm
    • Ages 10-12 | Thursdays, 5:30pm

Mission Valley YMCA

Coed leagues for ages 6-12 | SEARCH CODE: SPYBKL20 FIND SESSIONS 
Practices take place during the week with games on Saturdays. 

  • Spring youth leagues | Season: April 3 - June 8
    • Ages 6-7 | Wednesdays - practice time TBD after registration
    • Ages 8-9 | Wednesdays - practice time TBD after registration
    • Ages 10-12 | Wednesdays - practice time TBD after registration

T. Claude and Gladys B. Ryan Family YMCA

Coed leagues for ages 6-16 | SEARCH CODE: SPYBKL35 FIND SESSIONS 
Spring season eason practices begin the last week in March. Practice times will begin after teams are selected. Please email Sports Director Isaiah Bacon at [email protected] for more information.

Teams divided by ages:

  • Coed leagues | Season: April 8 - June 8
    • 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
  • New! Girls leagues | Season: April 8 - June 8
    • Ages 7-8 | Mondays/Saturdays - practice time TBD after registration
    • Ages 9-10 | Saturdays - practice time TBD after registration
    • Ages 11-12 | Saturdays - practice time TBD after registration
❯ ❯ SPRING 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

  • April sessions
    • Ages 6-12 | Thursdays, 5:00pm
    • Ages 6-12 | Saturdays, 9:00am

Advanced clinics

  • April sessions
    • Ages 9-12 | Saturdays, 10:15am

Jackie Robinson Family YMCA

Coed clinics for ages 7-17 | SEARCH CODE: SPYBKL39 FIND SESSIONS 
Monthly clinics are available for beginner and advanced players. Clinics are divided based on age.

Beginner clinics | Monthly Sessions

  • April sessions | April 8-29
    • Boys ages 7-17 | Mondays, 5:00pm or 6:00pm
    • Girls ages 7-17 | Mondays, 5:00pm or 6:00pm
  • May sessions | May 6-20
    • Boys ages 7-17 | Mondays, 5:00pm or 6:00pm
    • Girls ages 7-17 | Mondays, 5:00pm or 6:00pm
  • June sessions | June 3-24
    • Boys ages 7-17 | Mondays, 5:00pm or 6:00pm
    • Girls ages 7-17 | Mondays, 5:00pm or 6:00pm

Advanced clinics | Monthly sessions

  • April sessions | April 8-29
    • Ages 10-17 | Mondays, 7:00pm
  • May sessions | May 6-20
    • Ages 10-17 | Mondays, 7:00pm
  • June sessions | June 3-24
    • Ages 10-17 | Mondays, 7:00pm

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 

  • 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: SPYBKCL20 FIND SESSIONS 
Monthly clinics are available for beginner and advanced players. Clinics are divided based on age.

Beginner clinics 

  • Ages 6-9 | Tuesdays, 5:15pm
  • Ages 8-13 | Mondays, 4:15pm

Intermediate clinics

  • Ages 9-13 | Thursdays, 5:15pm

Intramural teen clinics

  • Girls | Ages 13-17 | Mondays, 5:15pm
  • Boys | Ages 13-17 | Mondays, 5:15pm

T. Claude and Gladys B. Ryan Family YMCA

Coed clinics for ages 6-14 | SEARCH CODE: SPYBKCL35 FIND SESSIONS 
Monthly clinics are available for beginner and advanced players. Clinics and leagues are divided based on age.

Beginner clinics 

  • Ages 6-9 | Tuesdays, 4:00pm
  • Ages 10-13 | Tuesdays, 5:00pm

Intramural Teen

  • Ages 10-13 | Wednesdays, 3:00pm

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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.

    ❯ ❯  SPRING LEAGUES 2024 (CLICK TO EXPAND)

    Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA

    Leagues for ages 18 and up | SEARCH CODE: SPABKL25 FIND SESSIONS! 

    League information:

    • Men Ages 18+ | Mondays, 6:00pm
      • League starts March 25
      • Season: March 25 - May 27
    • Help out the team! Be a substitute player.

    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!
      • Team is currently full.
    • Men's basketball | Ages 35+ | Practice will take place on Mondays, 6:00pm. - Register today!
      • Team is currently full.

    T. Claude and Gladys B. Ryan Family YMCA

    Coed leagues for ages 18+ | SEARCH CODE: SPABKL35 FIND SESSIONS 
    Registration will remain open until teams are full. 

    League information:

    • Men ages 18+ | Wednesdays, 7:00pm

    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.

    ❯ ❯  SPRING 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

    April sessions | April 1-29

    • Ages 3-5 | Mondays, 5:30pm
    • Ages 3-5 | Thursdays, 5:30pm

    May sessions | May 6-20

    • Ages 3-5 | Mondays, 5:30pm
    • Ages 3-5 | Thursdays, 5:30pm

    June sessions | June 3-24

    • Ages 3-5 | Mondays, 5:30pm
    • Ages 3-5 | Thursdays, 5:30pm

    MISSION VALLEY YMCA

    Coed lessons for ages 3-5 | SEARCH CODE: SPPW20 FIND SESSIONS 
    Monthly peewee lessons are available for ages 3-5

    April sessions | April 9-30

    • Ages 3-5 | Tuesdays, 4:15pm

    RANCHO FAMILY YMCA

    Coed lessons for ages 3-5 | SEARCH CODE: SPPW29 FIND SESSIONS
    Monthly peewee lessons are available for ages 3-5

    April sessions | April 1-29

    • Ages 3-5 | Mondays, 3:00pm
    • Ages 3-5 | Sundays, 9:00am

    RYAN FAMILY YMCA

    Coed lessons for ages 3-5 | SEARCH CODE: SPPWBK35 FIND SESSIONS
    Monthly peewee lessons are available for ages 3-5

    April sessions | April 13-May 4

    • Ages 3-5 | Saturdays, 8:00am
    ❯ ❯  SPRING LEAGUES 2024 (CLICK TO EXPAND)

    MAGDALENA ECKE FAMILY YMCA

    Coed leagues for ages 4-5 | SEARCH CODE: SPPW25 FIND SESSIONS
    Monthly peewee lessons are available for ages 3-5

    • Spring season: April 13 - June 8 | Saturdays, 10:00am

     

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