Sussex County YMCA

Youth Travel Basketball League

Children listening to a basketball coach - Youth Travel Basketball at the YMCA.

Join in the sport that was invented at the YMCA! Learn and practice basketball techniques, conditioning skills, and strategies to play competitive games against other YMCA teams. Students in grades 5-6 and 7-8 are divided into teams of up to 12 players. The goal of this league is to have fun, promote teamwork, develop basketball skills, and improve individual physical fitness.

This league exists for the youth of our community, providing them with the opportunity to experience and develop basketball skills. The primary objective of the YMCA is to develop people, not professional athletes. All coaches are volunteers who are dedicated to developing youth and will emphasize the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Did we mention that we invented it


The Youth Basketball League is open to boys and girls in 5th through 8th grade and consists of one-two practices per week and one game each week from mid-December through mid-March.

Leagues are separated by 5/6 grades and 7/8 grades.

Most games are held on Saturdays and teams will also hold one evening practice each week. In addition, participants will be trained by a YMCA speed and agility instructor.

For additional information or questions, contact Sam Walter at 973-209-9622.


The YMCA is responsible for forming all teams, but the designated coach is required to call all players on his/her team to relay practice time and confirm participation. Contact must be made prior to first practice. In general, the YMCA assigns one coach per team.

Playing Time
Please note: this is a competitive league. There are no guarantees on playing time. Coaches have full discretion as to when and how long a player will play in a game. Many factors go into how a coach determines who will play and for how long. Players not getting the amount of playing time they think they deserve should speak to their coach at practice (not during or after a game) to find out what they need to work on and improve at to earn more playing time. Parents with this concern should do the same. Speak to the coach at practice not during or after the game. All coaches want to help their players improve to the best of their ability and will be glad to teach them what and how to do it, but it takes commitment, effort and focus on the player’s part.

Teams will practice 2x a week for an hour.
Team members will be trained by a YMCA speed and agility instructor.
Practices begin two weeks prior to the first game. No practices during holidays and school out days.

Practice schedule is TBD. All schedules are developed and communicated by our volunteer coaches closer to the start of the season.

All teams play one game per week with a tournament at the end of season.
Games each week will play from mid-December through mid-March.

All referees for games are provided by the YMCA.

$250 per team member and includes a jersey and shorts.

Coaching & Volunteering

Attention Parents
Each team will have a head coach that the YMCA provides, however all assistant coaches are parent volunteer.

Each and every YMCA Youth Sports team is coached by great volunteers. When you volunteer to coach your child’s sports team, the YMCA will provide you the support, tools, and training to be successful. You have the opportunity to ensure that each child has a positive experience! As always, the YMCA asks all participants and families to be supportive and respectful of volunteer coaches and kids on the team.

A YMCA coach’s role is to provide a positive practice and game environment, communicate effectively with others and role model our character values of CARING, HONESTY, RESPECT and RESPONSIBILITY.

  • Volunteer Coaches must pass background check and be approved by YMCA
  • YMCA welcomes coaches with or without previous experience
  • Volunteer Coaches can sign up when registering
  • Coach’s Meetings will be held prior to the season beginning
  • We provide a coach’s training as well as supporting documents to make your coaching experience a positive one

The Y believes that every child is of promise. Therefore, no one is denied Y services due to the inability to pay. For more information please visit our Financial Assistance page.

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