ages 3–17 years
Join the fun of basketball with the organization that helped create the sport!
In addition to being fun, playing has many physical and mental benefits. Basketball provides a good cardiovascular workout by building endurance and increasing both speed and agility. This team sport also improves concentration and self-discipline while enhancing self-confidence.
The YMCA will continue to monitor and follow guidelines from the CDC and local city, county, and state orders, related to COVID-19. Dependent on current conditions and registration numbers at the start of the Fall 2 season, please be advised Youth Basketball may be transitioned to our Sports Academy model (at no additional cost) to allow for extra precautions and to ensure a safe environment for indoor participants.
If the program is transitioned from league play to academy programming, then families may elect to transition their registration to an outdoor sport for no additional cost.
About YMCA Youth Sports Academy
Academy is a group training program designed with an emphasis on building character as well as improving overall athletic performance. Practices and gameplay will be run by certified, paid trainers from our Y team. Children will participate in more drills and activities that focus on individual skill-building. While the structure of traditional league gameplay will not be followed, gameplay opportunities will still take place during scrimmages or tournament-style games.
Our Sports Academy program will give our team the opportunity to help keep your family safe by:
- Limiting physical closeness of players, and length of time that players are close to each other or to staff.
- Limiting the amount of necessary touching of shared equipment and gear.
- Providing the ability to engage in social distancing while not actively engaged in play.
- Ensuring proper use of a mask (when appropriate), hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette.
- Maintaining cleanliness and properly disinfecting shared equipment/space regularly.
Practice sessions begin the week of January 11, 2021. There will be one practice session per week.
All practices are held on a weekday, and take place at the family center. Exact session days and start times will depend on the team. Pre-K practice sessions are 45 minutes long, and all other grades will have 60-minute sessions. Each YMCA works directly with volunteer coaches to schedule practices based on optimum availability during a given season. Practice options are determined by the space available within our YMCAs and community sites like local parks.
Games will take place on Fridays and/or Saturdays, and start times will vary. Your team may travel to play against another YMCA of Central Florida team. The game schedule is subject to change. The last weekend of games will be March 6, 2021.
Playerspace gives you convenient, 24/7 online access to schedules, practice times, team information, standings, and event specifics! Coaches will use Playerspace for important updates like schedule changes and new league registration announcements, as well. To communicate with your child’s coach, please utilize your private Playerspace email.
Getting Started with Playerspace
After you have registered for a sports program, be sure to log into your new Playerspace account and make any necessary edits to your information. Make sure you’re not on your child’s dashboard and you are logged in as yourself as the master account. (Note: Verify this by checking the name on the dashboard.)
Filling Out Waivers
Click on the dropdown on the top right corner by your name and choose “Participation Requirements” to view and complete all necessary waivers.
Receiving Playerspace Emails
Be sure to check your junk/spam folders for Playerspace contact upon registration. You’ll need to add [email protected] to your safe sender list. If you’re still not receiving emails, please contact the Sports Director at your local YMCA.
Generally, players are encouraged to wear non-marking athletic shoes and athletic shorts for practice. Participants will receive a jersey for league and gameplay. For outdoor sports, cleats are encouraged. Specific equipment needs vary by sport and season. Please refer to the program description, welcome emails, and other information sent through PlayerSpace ahead of a program.
Our coaches make YMCA Youth Sports possible, and create a lifelong impact on children by encouraging sportsmanship and emphasizing good character. When you become a volunteer, the Y will provide you with resources specific to your sport.
What’s the difference between early, open, and late registration?
Current Y members are eligible to register during the early registration period are teamed first, and members receive a 15% discount. During open registration, players are teamed in the order they register according to requests noted in their registration. In the event a player has not made any requests at the time of their registration, teams will randomly be assigned. Registrations received during the late period will be processed in the order they are received, and players will be placed on teams as space allows. Please keep in mind that the participant will not receive their jersey prior to the first game day.
Can my child play on the same team as their friend?
You are able to request a coach, teammate(s), and practice days that work best for you at the time of registration. All requests are taken into consideration when creating team rosters but we cannot guarantee your requests can be accommodated.
I’ve registered my child. What’s next?
You can expect to receive your child’s team placement for the season approximately four (4) days prior to the season start date. You’ll also receive details like coach information, team roster, and practice time if applicable. You can expect to receive the game schedule for the season approximately one week prior to games beginning. Team and game information is communicated via email through PlayerSpace.
I personally didn’t register my child for sports, but someone else did. How can I begin receiving information instead?
This is an easy fix! Provide your child’s coach with your contact information and let them know that you need to be invited as a “fan” of the league on Playerspace. You’ll receive an email with a link get added, and from there you’ll see all of the necessary league information.
What is the weather policy and how do we deal with cancellations?
In the event weather forces a program cancellation, you will receive an email from Playerspace. Decisions on weather cancellations can be made with 15–30 minutes prior to your practice. On game days, updates will be posted and an email will be sent out via Playerspace as well. The decision on game cancellations can also be made with 15–30 minutes prior to scheduled game times.
We can’t play anymore. How do I get a refund?
If the YMCA cancels a program, all enrollees will receive a full refund of program fees only. Practice and/or games cancelled due to inclement weather will not result in any refund of participation fees. The YMCA will attempt to reschedule these sessions but doesn’t guarantee all sessions will be made up. If a make-up session gets rained out we will not reschedule a second make-up and no refund will be given for that class.
If a participant withdraws from a program prior to the first paid session, a full refund will be issued less a $10 processing fee. If a participant withdraws before the second game, a 75% refund will be issued less a $10 processing fee. If a participant withdraws after the second game, no refund will be issued.
Youth Sports Safety Procedures
More than ever, our kids need to get out and experience the joy of being a kid again. And for many, that means teamwork, friends, and sports! Our Youth Sports programs are ready to provide a safe, clean, and fun environment so your family can get back to learning and doing the activities you love at the YMCA.Learn More