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Youth Basketball

Youth Basketball

Our Youth Basketball program is designed to teach student athletes the different elements of the game of basketball at each step of the way with the objective of teaching them life skills while learning the game of basketball.

We introduce different elements at each age group as to not overwhelm our student athlete’s with too much knowledge about the game of basketball at any one level.

We offer recreational co-ed youth basketball leagues.

Recreational Leagues

  • The goal of our recreational basketball leagues is to provide a safe and fun environment for the student athletes at all ages.  The right touch of skill development, teamwork and competition makes the recreational leagues the perfect choice no matter the situation.
  • Athletes range from 5 to 14 years of age with varying degrees of skills and experience.
  • The coaches volunteer their time to teach the student athlete the game of basketball.  The typical recreational coach has their child on the team, so we know they have the best interest of the team.
  • The referees are paid for their services and are instructed to offer “teachable” moments during games.
  • Weekly 1 hour practice.
  • Weekly game.
  • Players are guaranteed to play a minimum 50 percent of the game.
  • Players receive team uniform which includes a reversible Class Athlete basketball jersey and Class Athlete game shorts.
  • 8 guaranteed games (7 regular season, at least 1 playoff game) but can play more depending on playoff success.
  • Seasons include summer and the winter holidays.
  • Player statistics are not recorded, but team results are recorded (season record and points scored)

Below is a breakdown of our basketball age groups and what you can expect your child to learn in each age group as well as a practice and game schedule.

As you read the details of each age group, a progressive individual and team skills are developed with age.  Class Athletes who begin their youth basketball careers early and consistently will have a definite advantage over players who get a late start or inconsistent participation.  Players also will develop a sense of how important, powerful, and fun the team concept can be.  Parents and coaches will have fun watching their child grow and develop into a skilled and confident person while doing what kids do best, have fun!

More information about youth basketball age group determination can be found by clicking here

U7 age group

  • Players between the ages 5 and 6.
  • Designed to introduce little basketball stars to the game.
  • We want to introduce dribbling, passing, shooting, proper form and technique for each.
  • We also will teach these athletes the proper defensive stance.
  • How to slide or shuffle their feet and keeping their hands up and active at all times.
  • Practice on Saturday morning for 30 minutes, immediately followed by a game against another team.
  • Games consist of four 8-minute quarters with running clock.
  • 5 vs 5 with an 8-foot drop hoop and cross court.
  • No referee for this age group; coaches from both teams supervise the play on the court.
  • We do not keep score at this age group.
  • Safety is very important to us, so coaches will blow the whistle if a child is in danger of getting hurt.
  • Basketball size is 27.5

U9 age group

  • Players between the ages of 7 and 8.
  • We will continue to teach fundamentals that are introduced in the U7 age group.
  • We will start to begin teaching boxing out and the difference between zone and man-to-man defenses.
  • Practice is one night of the week for 1 hour led by a head coach at Red Bug Lake Park.
  • Games consist of four 8 minute quarters with running clock.
  • 5 vs 5 with 8-foot drop-hoop and cross court.
  • One paid official who referees fair play and offer teachable moments to players during the game.
  • At this age group we become a little more organized and competitive by keeping score.
  • We also introduce standings and a playoff system which identifies a first-place winner.
  • All scores and standings are recorded which determine playoff matches.
  • Basketball size is 28.5

U12 Age Group

  • Players between the ages of 9 and 11.
  • We will continue to teach fundamentals that are introduced in the U9 age group.
  • We will start introducing set plays and tactics.
  • Practice is one night of the week for 1 hour led by the head coach at Red Bug Lake Park.
  • Games consist of four 8-minute quarters with running clock.
  • 5 vs 5 on regulation 10-foot hoop and cross court.
  • One paid official who referees fair play.
  • We record standings and a playoff system which identifies a first-place winner.
  • All scores and standings are recorded which determine playoff matches.
  • Basketball size is 28.5

U15 age group

  • Players between the ages of 12 and 14.
  • We will continue to teach fundamentals that are introduced in the U12 age group.
  • Athletes will be introduced to complex set plays and tactics.
  • Practice is one night of the week for 1 hour led by the head coach at Red Bug Lake Park.
  • Games consist of four 8 minute quarters with running clock.
  • 5 vs 5 on regulation 10-foot hoop and cross court.
  • Two paid officials who referee fair play.
  • All scores and standings are recorded which determine playoff matches.
  • Basketball size is 29.5