South Mountain YMCA

Youth Basketball

8-Week Program Sessions

Winter 1 Registration Begins December 14
Winter 1 Session: January 2 - February 26
Easy Online Registration or Call (973) 762-4145   

Through our Y youth sports programs, kids cultivate values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement. Youth sports programs help children to grow personally, clarify values, appreciate diversity, develop leadership skills and have fun.

The YMCA is the birthplace of basketball and South Mountain YMCA continues to have the finest youth basketball instruction in the area. Coaches Dave Berry and Fred Ross provide leadership to all of our basketball programs. Parents Note: Children attending the Y's After School Program at the Program Center can be picked up and returned to their classroom by Y staff for any class held at the Y Gym or Y field.


Fundamentals of basketball are taught (dribbling, passing, shooting and defense) along with the team concepts of offensive play and zone defense all done in a fun, values-oriented environment. Children new to basketball game play must take this class before enrolling in our League/Clinic program.  Note that the children in this one day a week class are mixed in with the children in our regular league team practices in order to help the new children transfer more easily into the league when they are ready.  Only a limited number of clinic only children are allowed at each practice time.  Please observe age restrictions.

Grades 1 & 2:

Tuesday      5:25 - 6:10pm (82954)
Tuesday      6:10 - 6:55pm (82955)
Wednesday 4:35 - 5:20pm (82956)
Wednesday 5:20 - 6:05pm (82957)

Grades 3 & 4:

Tuesday      4:35 - 5:20pm (82958)
Wednesday 6:10 - 6:55pm (82959)
Wednesday 6:55 - 7:40pm (82960)

Y Gym
Fee:   $98


Children can participate in a fun, low-intensity basketball league where competition is not emphasized and team work and good sportsmanship are.  No standings are kept and everyone plays at least one half of a game.  Participants are divided into teams at an evaluation class and games start the following weekend.  Children new to basketball or with minimal basketball skills should do one of our Clinic Only programs first (see above).

Placement evaluations for the children in this league will be held the first week of the session on a Tuesday or Wednesday.  See below for the evaluation schedule.  Choose any grade appropriate evaluation to attend.  For the rest of the session, after placement on a team, players will have an assigned 45 minute practice time on a Tuesday or Wednesday.  Please inform the coach of any clinic practice scheduling requirements before the end of the evaluation.  Do not ask for your child to be placed on a particular team unless there is a scheduling conflict (siblings will be placed on the same team).  Depending on your team schedule, games will be at one of the times on the weekend day listed below.  A game shirt is included to be distributed at first game.

Grades 1 & 2 (82961)

Placement Evaluation: Tuesday, November 1st or Wednesday, November 2nd at one of the Practice Times listed below
Games: Sundays @ 3:00pm, 3:45pm, or 4:30pm 
Practice/Clinics: Children will be assigned to a team and will practice at their respective times, the week following evaluations:
Heat & Spurs    Tuesday 5:25 - 6:10pm
Knicks              Tuesday 6:10 - 6:55pm
Celtics              Wednesday 4:35 - 5:20pm
Bulls & Lakers  Wednesday 5:20 - 6:05pm

Grades 3 & 4 (82962)

Placement Evaluation: Tuesday, November 1st or Wednesday, November 2nd at one of the Practice Times listed below
Games:  Saturdays @ 4:30pm, 5:15pm, or Sunday 5:15pm 
Practice/Clinics: Children will be assigned to a team and will practice at their respective times, the week following evaluations:
Celtics & Suns       Tuesday 4:35 - 5:20pm
Knicks & Bulls       Wednesday 6:10 - 6:55pm
Lakers & Cavaliers Wednesday 6:55 - 7:40pm

Location for Evaluations, Clinics, and Games: Y Gym
Fee: $150 

KINDER BASKETBALL (4-5 1/2 yrs) 

Learn introductory basketball skills, the importance of fair play, teamwork and good sportsmanship all while having lots of fun!  Please observe age restrictions.
Tuesday      10:50-11:35am      (82965)
3:40- 4:25pm         (82966)
3:45- 4:30pm         (82967)
2:50 -3:35pm LEVEL 1 – players new to basketball (82968)
3:40 -4:25pm LEVEL 2 – players who have taken Kinder Basketball before (82969)
Y Gym
$ 99 


13 Jefferson Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Welcome Center

P  973.762.4145
F  973.762.2064

Mon: 8:30am-7:00pm
Tues-Fri: 8:30am-5:00pm

Early Childhood

Learning Center


10 W. Parker Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Mon-Fri: 7:00am-7:00pm


Membership Application


Calendar of Events

Winter 1 Session

Jan. 2 - Feb. 26
Register NOW!

Winter 1 Class Grid


The Family Room 
Saturdays 9am-11:30am


Kids Night Out

January 21st 6-10pm


Specialty Camps Reunion

Winter Carnival Saturday Jan.28th 2-3:30pm


Early Bird Camp Registration

Limited time!


Red Cross Babysitting Course

Sunday, Feb. 5th Ages 11-15


College Prep for High Schoolers FREE

February 8th 6:30pm 


Snow Camp


Hamilton Workshop


Adult Ballet

Fridays 6am-7am


Learn to Ski sold out


Teen Leaders Interact

Grades 6-12th


Teen Night

Every Friday 7:30pm-9:30pm


Adult Fitness Classes




School Age Child Care Information


Birthday Party Information



Community Service Opportunity