South Mountain YMCA

Youth Basketball

8-Week Program Sessions

Spring:  April 28-June 22
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

BASKETBALL CLINIC ONLY (Grades 1-4)
Fundamentals of basketball are taught (dribbling, passing, shooting and defense) along with team concepts of offensive play and zone defense in a fun, values-oriented environment. Children new game play must take this class before enrolling in our League/Clinic program. Players in this class are mixed in with players from our regular League Team practices. This helps new players transfer more easily into the league when ready. A limited number of Clinic Players are allowed at each practice time. Please observe age restrictions.
Grades 1 & 2: 
   Tuesday 5:25-6:10pm         
   Tuesday 6:10-6:55pm                   
   Wednesday 4:35-5:20pm    
   Wednesday 5:20-6:05pm    
Grades 3 & 4:
    Tuesday 4:35-5:20pm        
    Wednesday 6:10-6:55pm   
    Wednesday 6:55-7:40pm   
Location: Y Gym
Fee:   $103

BASKETBALL CLINIC AND LEAGUES (Grades 1-4)
This fun, low-intensity basketball league is about teamwork and good sportsmanship, not competition. Everyone plays at least one half of a game and no standings are kept. Players with minimal basketball skills should complete one Clinic Only programs first (see above).  Children new to the Y wishing to start off in the league must get permission from the Program Director, Dave Berry.

Placement evaluations are held the first week of the session. The evaluation schedule is listed below. After team placement, players are assigned a 45-minute practice time for the session on either Tuesday or Wednesday.  At evaluation, please inform the coach of any Clinic/Practice scheduling conflicts. There are no team requests taken. Siblings are placed on the same team. Games are on weekends. Team shirt is included.

Grades 1 & 2    
Location for Evaluations, Clinics and Games: Y Gym
Evaluation  Choose one time:

Sunday, April 29 at 3:00-4:00pm or 4:00-5:00

Team assignments are emailed on the Monday after evaluationsOnce assigned, players report to team practice time starting the same week on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Team Practice/Clinic Times
     Heat/Spurs:  Tues 5:25-6:10pm
     Knicks: Tues 6:10-6:55pm
     Celtics: Wed 4:35-5:20pm
     Lakers/Bulls :   Wed 5:20-6:05pm
Games: Sundays, 3:00pm or 3:45pm or 4:30pm 
Depending on team schedule, first game: Depending on team schedule, first game May 6
Location: Y Gym
Fee:  $156

GRADES 3 & 4  
Evaluation Choose one time:
Saturday, April 28 at 4:40-5:15 or 5:15-6:00pm

Team Practice/Clinic Times
     Celtics & Spurs:   Tues 4:35-5:20pm
     Knicks :                Wed 6:10-6:55pm
     Lakers :                Wed 6:55-7:40pm
Games: Saturdays, 4:30pm or 5:15pm or Sunday 5:15pm
Team assignments are emailed on the Monday after evaluations. Once assigned, players report to team practice time starting the same week on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Location: Y Gym
Fee:  $156

ADVANCED BASKETBALL SKILLS (Grades 3 & 4)
For players with higher basketball skills that have been in previous basketball classes and game play. This is the next level to be challenged with a increased level of training.
Friday  6:30 -7:30pm 
Location: Y Gym
Fee: $ 111

Basketball at the Baird Community Center Outdoor Courts

The South Mountain YMCA and the South Orange Recreation Department collaborate to offer boys and girls clinics and game play. Our YMCA coaching staff monitors and supervises at the Baird Courts for the South Orange Rec. Dept. during designated times to insure safe play and help younger children gain access to courts when they are otherwise busy with adult open play.

Monitored court times:
Thursdays and Fridays 4:00pm-Sunset
Saturdays and Sundays 12:00pm-Sunset
Location: Baird Community Courts, 5 Mead Street, S. Orange

Boys & Girls FREE Basketball Skill Clinic and supervised free play. Monitored by the South Mountain YMCA coaching staff led by Coach Fred Ross. Sunday, April 22nd, 2:00-4:00pm Location: Baird Community Courts, 5 Mead Street, S. Orange

Spring Basketball Clinic on the Baird Courts

Focus is on skill development of fundamentals (dribbling, passing, shooting and defense) during the first 4 weeks. Last 4 weeks groups are divided into teams and games are played. YMCA membership is not required for summer basketball programs. No class held on Memorial Day.

Date: April 26-June 16 rain date: TBA

Ages 6-7yrs: Thursday 5:00-6:00pm

Ages 8-9yrs: Thursday 6:00-7:00pm

Ages 10-12yrs: Thursday 7:00-8:00pm

Ages 10-12yrs: Saturday 5:00-6:00p. No class Memorial Day weekend

Ages 13-14yrs: Saturday 6:00-7:00p. No class Memorial Day weekend

Location: Baird Community Courts, 5 Mead St. S. Orange
Y Member Fee: Thursdays (8 classes) $111 Saturdays (7 classes) $97
Community Member: Thursdays (8 classes) $121 Saturdays (7 classes) $107

Summer Basketball Showcase on the Baird Courts

A fun basketball showcase where the teams practice once a week and play a game weekly for a total of 7 games. Game shirt is provided. Age groupings are determined by the grade the player is entering in September 2018.

Dates: June 25 - August 15- Rain date: TBA

Grades 1-2 Saturday Practice 12:00-1:00pm (1st Mon 6/25 is practice)
Games: Monday 6:00-7:00pm (1st game 7/2)

Grades 3-4 Saturday Practice 1:00-2:00pm (1st Mon 6/25 is practice)
Games: Monday 7:00-8:00pm (1st game 7/2)

Grades 5-6 Saturday Practice 4:00-5:00pm (1st Fri 6/29 is practice)
Games: Friday 7:00-8:00pm (1st game 7/6)

Location: Baird Community Courts, 5 Mead St. S. Orange
Y Member Fee: $124
Community Member: $134

Basketball Clinic on the Baird Courts

Clinics focus on skill development of basketball fundamentals (dribbling, passing, shooting and defense) along with team concepts of offensive and defensive play in a fun supportive environment. YMCA membership is not required for summer basketball programs. All are co-ed.

Date: June 28 - August 16 (8 classes) Rain date: TBA

Ages 6-9 Thursday  5:30-6:30pm

Ages 10-12 Thursday  6:30-7:30pm

Ages 13-14 Thursday  7:30-8:30pm 

Y Member Fee:  $111 

Community Member: $121