Shoot Hoops with the Inventors of Basketball!
A boy learning to dribble a basketball
Basketball Level 1This class is designed to work on the basic fundamentals of basketball, such as passing, dribbling, and movement. These classes will focus on hand-eye coordination and introduce the ideas of sportsmanship and team play, setting your little ones up to shoot for the moon!View Programs
A girl dribbling a basketball
Basketball Level 2Players will focus on improving passing, dribbling, and shooting skills. This program focuses on teaching players new offensive moves by developing the footwork and ball skills necessary for success. This class is ideal for players in any of our leagues, or for anyone who wants to improve their basketball skills.View Programs
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YBL Basketball (Grades K-12)Ready to shoot some hoops? The Y Youth Basketball League focuses on developing players’ skills and overall enjoyment of the sport of basketball. All teams have trained coaches for all age levels.View Programs
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High School Basketball LeagueGrab your friends and join our High School Basketball League! High Schoolers at the Y are always encouraged to build friendships, play fair, and be themselves. Players will need to sign up as a team. Games for this league are played on Sundays. Ready? Let’s play!View Programs
A Whole New Ball Game
Did you know that basketball was invented at the Y?
IN 1891, the Y asked faculty member James Naismith to invent a new game that would be interesting, easy to learn, and easy to play indoors in the winter. However, Naismith had been assigned a group of young men who were completely uninterested in exercise! After his attempts to modify soccer and football failed miserably, Naismith came up with the rules for a completely new game: a ball, two goals, and a framework that encouraged teamwork instead of violence.
On December 21st, 1981, the first basketball points were ever scored - right into a repurposed peach basket! Today, we can thank Naismith every time we turn on a basketball game or score a basket ourselves.