South Mountain YMCA

Youth Basketball

8-Week Program Sessions

Fall II Session: October 30th-December 24th
Online Registration or Call (973) 762-4145  
TRAVEL BASKETBALL TRYOUTS! October 15-24
Teams: Grade 3-4, Gr. 5-6, and Gr. 7-8.
Our Y travel teams participate in either the NJ YMCA Basketball League or the Hoop Heaven Winter Youth League.

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 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. The players in this class are mixed in with our regular league team practices in order to help new players transfer more easily into the league when they are ready. 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 No class Halloween 10/31    
Tuesday     6:10 - 6:55pm No class Halloween 10/31    
Wednesday 4:35 - 5:20pm                                       
Wednesday 5:20 - 6:05pm                                       

Grades 3 & 4:
Tuesday 
    4:35 - 5:20pm No class Halloween 10/31    
Wednesday 6:10 - 6:55pm                                         
Wednesday 6:55 - 7:40pm                                        
Location: Y Gym
Fee:   Tuesday $87 Wednesday $99

BASKETBALL LEAGUE & CLINIC (Grades 1-4)
This fun, low-intensity basketball league emphasized teamwork and good sportsmanship, not competition. 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 are held the first week of the session on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Evaluation schedule listed below. Attend any grade appropriate evaluation. After team placement, players are assigned a 45 minute practice time on Tuesday or Wednesday. Please inform the coach of 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. Weekend games listed below. A game shirt is distributed at the first game.

Grades 1 & 2
Placement Evaluation: Wednesday, November 1. Choose from the Wednesday practice times below. No Evaluations on 10/31
Clinics: Children are assigned to a team and practice starts the following week.

Heat and Spurs: Tuesday 5:25 - 6:10pm No class Halloween 10/31    
Knicks:               Tuesday 6:10 - 6:55pm No class Halloween 10/31    
Celtics:               Wednesday 4:35 - 5:20pm                                      
Bulls and Lakers: Wednesday 5:20 - 6:05pm                                    
Games:               Sundays at 3:00pm, 3:45pm, or 4:30pm (depending on the team schedule, last game is 12/17; last practice is 12/19 or 12/20). There is a game on 11/26.
Location for Evaluations, Clinics, and Games: Y Gym
Fee: $150

Grades 3 & 4
Placement Evaluation: Wednesday, November 1. Choose from the Wednesday practice times below. No Evaluations on 10/31
Clinics
: Children are assigned to a team and practice times below:

Celtics and Suns:    Tuesday 4:35 - 5:20pm No class Halloween 10/31
Knicks & Bulls:        Wednesday 6:10 - 6:55pm
Lakers & Cavaliers: Wednesday 6:55 - 7:40pm
Games:                    Saturdays 4:30pm or 5:15pm(depending on the team schedule, last game is 12/16; last practice is 12/19 or 12/20) There is a game on 11/25.
Location for Evaluation, 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. (Class on 11-25; No class on 12/23)
Tuesday
     3:45- 4:25pm No class Halloween 10/31    
Wednesday 3:45- 4:30pm                                          
Saturday Level 1 2:50 -3:35pm No class on 12/23      
Saturday Level 2 3:40 – 4:25pm No class on 12/23   
Location: Y Gym
Fee:  Tuesday/Saturday $87   Wednesday $99