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Basketball at the YMCA

Whether you're looking to get back in the game or learning the fundamentals, our kids basketball and adult basketball programs will keep you engaged and active.

Basketball was invented in 1891. While teaching at the International YMCA Training School, James Naismith was given the challenge of creating a game that could be played indoors during the cold winter months. Hanging simple peach baskets and using a soccer ball, Naismith created the game of basketball and wrote the first 13 rules of the game.

Why Y Basketball?

YMCA sports encourage and promote healthy kids, families and communities by placing a priority on:

  • family involvement
  • healthy competition rather than rivalry
  • the value of participation over winning
  • team-building as well as individual development
  • a positive self-image
  • a sense of fair play and mutual respect for others.

Parents are encouraged to be more than mere spectators, by contributing their time as volunteer basketball coaches - as well as being their kid's greatest fan.

Become a Basketball Coach

Volunteering your time and talent is proven to help people live happier, healthier lives. Volunteer your time today by visiting our new volunteer platform and selecting your interest in sports and basketball.

Please include Coach in the 'Skills/Interests' and include Youth Sports in the 'Assignment Preference' section. Share any relevant coaching or leading experience an what sport you are interested in coaching.

Find out more about volunteering

Find Basketball at your YMCA

Find basketball classes, leagues and clinics for kids and adults at your YMCA using the links to the right or below.

Hillsborough YMCA

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Basketball (Ages 4 years to 12 years)
  • Basketball 1 (Ages 4 years to 5 years)

    Start the little ones early. Smaller basketballs and hoops, but the same skills, make this class perfect for younger children. Shooting, passing and dribbling are the focus in many fun and run games to keep them engaged in learning the sports invented by the YMCA!

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Basketball 2 (Ages 6 years to 7 years)

    Introduces children to the basketball fundamentals including shooting, passing and dribbling, while building positive development and confidence.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Basketball 3 (Ages 8 years to 9 years)

    Continues the development of basketball skills by teaching new abilities through drills. Game play will be introduced.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Basketball 4 (Ages 10 years to 12 years)

    A program focused on game play, kids will develop skills and knowledge of the game through modified and full court action.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

Adult Basketball League (Ages 18 years and above)
  • Men's Basketball League (Ages 25 years and above)
    Seven regular season games, followed by double elimination playoffs. All games are officiated by certified referees with stats and standings kept weekly. Teams will have scheduled times between 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Fall Season will begin Sept. 20.

Open Gym (All ages)

In addition to physical benefits, exercise helps kids to be more alert by improving cognitive abilities. Our Open Gym time allows kids to stay active, improve focus, and have fun with family.

To view the open gym schedule click here.

Somerset Hills YMCA

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Basketball (Ages 3 years to 10 years)

Playing basketball helps kids to build muscle and endurance while improving balance, coordination and self-discipline. It’s also a great way to learn about teamwork and sportsmanship...plus, have fun with friends.

  • Basketball Dunkers (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Start the little ones early. Smaller basketballs and hoops, but the same skill, make this class perfect for younger children. Shooting, passing and dribbling are the focus in many fun and run games to keep them engaged in learning the sport invented by the YMCA!

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Basketball 1 (Ages 5 years to 7 years)

    Introduces children to the basketball fundamentals including shooting, passing and dribbling, while building positive development and confidence. 

    Classes are 45 minutes hour long.

  • Basketball 2 (Ages 8 years to 10 years)

    Continues the development of new basketball skills by teaching new abilities through drills. Game play will be introduced during the session. 

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Youth Basketball League 1 (Ages 5 years to 7 years)

    This 10-week league will include skill development and game play. The first four weeks will introduce the children to league play followed by a 6-game season and a mini post season. Team shirts will be provided before the first game.

    Classes are 1 hour long.

  • Youth Basketball League 2 (Ages 8 years to 10 years)

    This 10-week league will include skill development and game play. The first four weeks will introduce the children to league play followed by a 6-game season and a mini post season. Team shirts will be provided before the first game.

    Classes are 1 hour long.

  • SHY Storm Travel Basketball League
    YMCA Somerset Hills YMCA will take part in their 3rd season in the NJ YMCA Travel Basketball League. Along with dozens of other YMCA’s in the state, we will hold multiple weekly practices in preparation for our 12 regular season games and postseason play against our most local YMCA’s. Don’t miss out on the competitive fun!

    Orientation/Evaluations will be held in September and players will receive schedules.

    *Subject to change, depending on games.

Mixed Sports (Ages 3 years to 6 years)
  • Game Zone (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Improves coordination and balance through engaging games that foster development while the children have fun. 

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Sportpourri (Ages 3 years to 4 years)

    Introduces children to a variety of sports and games while they improve motor skills, stay active and have fun. 

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Sportpourri (Ages 4 years to 6 years)

    Introduces children to a variety of sports and games while they improve motor skills, stay active and have fun. 

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

Open Gym (All ages)

In addition to physical benefits, exercise helps kids to be more alert by improving cognitive abilities. Our Open Gym time allows kids to stay active, improve focus, and have fun with family.

To view the open gym schedule click here.

Somerville YMCA

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Basketball (Ages 4 years to 16 years)

Come join one of our basketball skills programs. Have fun as we focus on improving basketball skills and building self esteem.

  • Basketball 1 (Ages 4 years to 5 years)
    Introduces children to the fundamentals of basketball including shooting, passing and dribbling.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Basketball 2 (Ages 6 years to 10 years)
    Continues the development of new basketball skills and introduces game play.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • All Star Basketball 1 (Ages 5 years to 8 years)
    The coach will guide kids in learning basketball fundamentals to build a strong foundation for the sport while building confidence and self-esteem.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • All Star Basketball 2 (Ages 9 years to 14 years)
    The coach will continue to build kids' skills on the court through dribbling, passing, shooting and defensive drills. Team concepts of offensive play and zone defense will be taught in a values-oriented session.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Drop in Youth Basketball Clinics (Ages 9 years to 16 years)

    Participants can expect to run drills that will improve their speed and agility.

    Players will be split into two groups for intermediate, recreation, school level players and travel, AAU, high school level players.

Mixed Sports (Ages 3 years to 11 years)
  • Y Sports (Ages 3 years to 5 years)

    Introduces children to a variety of sports while they improve motor skills, stay active and have fun.

    Classes are 30 minutes long.

  • Recess Games (Ages 6 years to 11 years)

    Join us weekly for games of Capture the Flag, Dodgeball, and other recess style games. Kids will have fun while being active.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

Open Gym (All ages)

In addition to physical benefits, exercise helps kids to be more alert by improving cognitive abilities. Our Open Gym time allows kids to stay active, improve focus, and have fun with family.

To view the open gym schedule click here.