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:
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.
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.
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.