Youth Basketball

Youth Basketball

Up & Coming Stars Basketball League

Registration Form

For competitive boys and girls.

Registration: Now through Janurary 13, 2017. Practice begins week of Janurary 23, 2017. Tryouts TBA
Cost: Y Member $25 | Non-Y Member $40
Ages: Must be age 7 before August 31, 2016 | Cannot be age 13 before August 31, 2016

Players will be placed on teams by age and skill level. Everyone that signs up with be placed on a team. Volunteer Coaches needed. To Register, or for more information, contact DuRon Jackson 304.697.7113 |

Buddy Basketball League

Registration Form

For competitive boys and girls. Sponsored by Pepsi.

Players who are drafted will be placed in divisions according to age and ability. (All players currently on a YMCA Buddy Basketball team must register.) Coaches draft players to fill their rosters. Participants that tryout and do not make the Buddy League will be placed in the Champion League. Practice is once a week, games played on Saturdays and some Sundays. Skills and fundamentals will be taught.

To register, or for more information, contact: DuRon Jackson | 304.697.7113 |

Champion Basketball League

Registration Form

A FUN LEAGUE for less competitive boys and girls.

Cost: Y Member $45 | Non-Y Member $60 (each child)

Everyone plays two complete quarters of every game. Fundamentals stressed. Games will be played some weekday evenings and Saturday afternoon. Parent volunteers needed to help coach and organize.

To register, or for more information, contact: DuRon Jackson | 304.697.7113 |

Itty Bitty & Instructional Basketball

Registration Form

Cost: Y Member $40 | Non-Y Member $55 (each child)
Ages: Two divisions - Itty Bitty, ages 3-4 & Instructional, ages 5-6.

Everyone plays at least 2 complete quarters of every game. This is a “FUN” learning league. Practice once a week. Games played on Saturdays.

To register, or for more information, contact: DuRon Jackson | 304.697.7113 |

Nothing But Nets

Registration Form

For boys and girls teaching the fundamentals of basketball.

Program Dates:

April 17th - May 11th | May 22nd - July 1st (Summer League) | July 10th - August 3rd | August 14th - September 7th

Cost: Y Member $40 | Non-Y Member $60
Sessions: Two sessions a week. (Monday/Thursday)
Time: 5:15-6:15 (3-6 yrs old) | 6:30-8:00 (7-12 yrs old)

To register for more information, contact: DuRon Jackson | 304.697.7113 |

The fundamentals of basketball are the foundation for every individual play, offensive or defensive strategy, and move that your players make. The best players have perfected the basics of the game. Learning and mastering these basics make the rest of the game much easier!

Most coaches use dribbling and ball handling interchangeably. Though they are linked, the skills are definitely separate.

  • Dribbling and controlling the ball is a skill that can be practiced alone and is separate from the other ball skills on the court.
  • Ball handling involves knowledge of the game and integrates dribbling, passing and decision-making.

Basketball is a team game. By definition, that means all players are involved with the process of playing the game and should function as one. One of the primary skills created to accomplish this is passing. Yet, passing remains one of the most under-taught, under emphasized, and under drilled skills in the game.

The objective of the offense in basketball is accuracy of each attempted shot. Most players recognize this; but, only the better shooters learn how to practice correctly and work at improvement year-round.

Are generally individual actions used by players in basketball to pass by defenders to gain access to the basket or to get a clean pass to a teammate.

In order to stop the ball and deny dribble penetration, you must begin with a good stance. If you don’t have a good stance, you won’t have a good defensive slide, and you’ll constantly be out of position and off-balance. This will enable the offense to score on you at will. EVERYTHING begins with a good defensive stance!

More rebounds mean more opportunities for your team to score and less opportunities for your opponents.

PLAYERS only get better when they play year-round. Not every kid plays travel ball, here is the alternative. Focus is on Skill Development and Basic Fundamentals.