South Mountain YMCA
8-Week Program Sessions
Spring Registration Begins April 12th
Spring Session: May 1st- June 25th
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.
YMCA coaching staff monitors and supervises the Baird Courts for the South Orange Recreation Department during designated times to insure safe basketball play and help younger children gain access to courts. Location: Baird Community Courts, 5 Mead Street, S. Orange
Monitored court times: Thursday and Fridays 4:00pm-sunset; Saturdays and Sundays 12pm-sunset
BOYS & GIRLS FREE BASKETBALL CLINIC
Skill clinic and supervised free play. Monitored by the South Mountain YMCA coaching staff led by Coach Fred Ross.
Saturday, April 22nd, 12:00-2:00pm
Location: Baird Community Courts, 5 Mead Street, S. Orange
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. Children are mixed with players from our regular League Team practices. This helps new players transfer more easily into the league when they are ready. Only a limited number of clinic only children are allowed at each practice time.
Kinder Basketball Ages 4-5.5
Saturday L1 2:50-3:35pm
Saturday L2 3:40-4:25pm
Fee: Tuesday, Wednesday $99, Saturday $87
Grades 1 & 2:
Tuesday 5:25 - 6:10pm
Tuesday 6:10 - 6:55pm
Wednesday 4:35 - 5:20pm
Grades 3 & 4:
Tuesday 4:35 - 5:20pm
Wednesday 6:10 - 6:55pm
Location: Y Gym
Advanced Basketball Skills Grades 3 & 4
BASKETBALL LEAGUE & CLINIC (Grades 1-4)
This fun, low-intensity league is about team work and good sportsmanship, not competition. Everyone plays at least one half of a game and no standings are kept. Players will minimal skills should complete one Clinic Only Program first (see above). Children new to the wishing to start off in the league needs permission from the Program Director. Placement evaluations are held the first week of the session. Elevation schedule listed below. After team placement, players are assigned a 45 min. practice time. At evaluation, inform coach of any practice schedule conflicts. No team requests taken. Siblings are placed on the same team. Games are on weekends. Team shirt included. 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 Evaluation: Tuesday, May 2nd or Wednesday, May 3rd at one of the Practice Times listed below. Team assignments are emailed Friday, May 5th. Players report to team practice starting the following week.
Grades 1 & 2
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
Games: Sundays @ 3:00pm, 3:45pm, or 4:30pm. First game 4/30 depending on team schedule. No game 5/28
Grades 3 & 4
Celtics & Spurs Tuesday 4:35 - 5:20pm
Knicks Wednesday 6:10 - 6:55pm
Lakers Wednesday 6:55 - 7:40pm
Games: Saturdays @ 4:30pm or 5:15pm or Sunday 5:15pm. First game 4/30 depending on team schedule. No game 5/28
Location: Y Gym
ADVANCED BASKETBALL (Grades 3-4)
For players with previous class and game experience, looking for the next level and challenge. Coach Fred Ross, with over 30 years experience coaching children in basketball fundamentals, leads this class. Class is limited to 12 participants.
Location: Y Gym
Fee: $ 107
BASKETBALL CLINIC at 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.
Ages 6-7yrs: Thursday 5:00-6:00pm
Ages 7-8yrs: Monday 5:00-6:00pm
Ages 8-9yrs: Thursday 6:00-7:00pm
Ages 9-10yrs: Monday 6:00-7:00pm
Ages 10-12yrs: Thursday 7:00-8:00pm
Ages 10-12yrs: Saturday 5:30-6:30pm
Ages 13-14yrs: Monday 7:00-8:00pm
Dates: April 24-June 18th Location: Baird Community Courts, 5 Mead St. S. Orange
Fee: SMY Program Member $107; Non-member $117
SUMMER ONLY begins June 21st
BASKETBALL CLINIC at Y
Fundamentals of basketball are taught (dribbling, passing, shooting and defense) along with the team concepts of offensive and defensive play all done in a fun, values-oriented environment. YMCA Membership is not require for summer basketball programs.
June 21st-August 9th (8 classes)
Wednesday (Ages 4-6) 6:00-6:45pm
Wednesday (Ages 7-9) 6:45-7:30pm
Location: Y Gym
Fee: SMY Program Member $99; Non-member $ 109
BASKETBALL at Baird Outdoor Courts
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. The 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
BASKETBALL SHOWCASE at Baird Outdoor Courts
A fun showcase where teams practice once a week and play a game once a week for a total of 7 games. Game shirt is provided. Age groupings are determined by the grade the player is entering in September 2017.
Date: June 26 - August 15 Rain date: TBA
Grades 1-2 Saturday Practice 12:00-1:00pm (6/26 1st practice)
Games: Monday 6:00-7:00pm (7/10 1st game, No game 7/3)
Grades 3-4 Saturday Practice 1:00-2:00pm (6/26 1st practice)
Games: Monday 7:00-8:00pm (7/10 1st game, No game 7/3)
Grades 5-6 Saturday Practice 4:00-5:00pm (6/30 1st practice)
Games: Friday 7:00-8:00pm (7/7 1st game)
Location: Baird Community Courts, 5 Mead St. S. Orange
Fee: SMY Program Member $120, Non-member: $130
BASKETBALL CLINIC at Baird Outdoor 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.
Dates: June 29 - August 10 (8 classes) Rain date: TBA
Ages 6-9, coed Thursday 5:30-6:30pm
Ages 10-12, coed Thursday 6:30-7:30pm
Ages 13-14, coed Thursday 7:30-8:30pm
Fee: SMY Program Member: $107 Non-member: $117