Practice: One or two evenings per week depending on grade level.
Game Dates: Jan 29, Feb 5, 12, 26, Mar 5, 12
Y-Ball is an opportunity for boys and girls of all abilities and backgrounds to play recreational basketball in a safe, fun, and nurturing environment. Every player plays equally in Y-Basketball regardless of their position or individual ability. Teammate and coach requests now accepted!
Girls play in the Winter League: January–March
Older players need greater challenges. The 5th–7th-grade leagues play with modified high school rules. This is competitive basketball with heart, where what kind of teammate you are is as important as what kind of player you are.
*Fee does not include jersey or shorts. Youth who participated last year may choose to reuse last year’s uniform this year. Participants needing a new uniform must purchase one at a $20 fee during the registration process. Due to a discontinued style, we will be offering a new style of Y-ball jerseys for this upcoming Girls Y-ball season. Jerseys will be sky blue with a white reversible side. We will still be allowing players to use their jersey from previous seasons but if you decide to order a jersey this year it will be different than in years past. If you would like the new jersey please purchase one when registering.
Keep up-to-date with our current mask policies.
Rules & Policies
Team Formation: For all players who register before early registration ends, teams are made based on the criteria listed in priority order:
- Coach/Teammate Request
- Coach Availability (If the guardian volunteers to coach)
- Date of Registration
Players who register before the end of early registration will be placed on their current school team unless there are too few registered players. In this case, players from other under-enrolled schools will be combined in a geographically sensitive way. Students who register AFTER the early registration date will be placed based on available space. Each team will have 7-10 players on their roster.
The YMCA is responsible for forming all teams, but the designated coach is required to call all players on his/her team to relay practice time and confirm participation. Contact must be made prior to the first practice. In general, the YMCA assigns one coach per team. In some extreme circumstances, the YMCA has allowed a head coach to oversee a larger team of up to 16 players and allowed the large team to play as two teams.
Playing Time: All players are guaranteed equal playing time.
If a player should miss consecutive practices or demonstrate poor behavior outside the YMCA values and shows no evident “commitment” to the team, the coach must contact the YMCA to discuss reduced playing time. Any reduced playing time must be approved by the YMCA and reasoning discussed with the parent/guardian.
Kindergarten-3rd grade teams practice once a week for an hour.
4th-7th grade teams practice twice a week for an hour.
Practices begin the week of Jan 10. No practices during holidays and school out days.
The practice schedule is TBD. All schedules are developed and communicated by our volunteer coaches at the start of the season.
Games: All teams play one game per week, on Saturday, for six weeks.
Kindergarten–2nd Grade: The score is not kept.
3rd–7th Grade: Score is kept.
Kindergarten–7th grade: All referees for games are provided by the YMCA.
Coaching & Volunteering
Volunteer today! Each and every YMCA Youth Sports team is coached by great volunteers. When you volunteer to coach a children’s sports team, the YMCA will provide you the support, tools, and training to be successful. You have the opportunity to ensure that each child has a positive experience! As always, the YMCA asks all participants and families to be supportive and respectful of volunteer coaches and kids on the team.
A YMCA coach’s role is to provide a positive practice and game environment, communicate effectively with others, and role model our character values of CARING, HONESTY, RESPECT, and RESPONSIBILITY.
Volunteer Coaches must pass a background check and be approved by YMCA
YMCA welcomes coaches with or without previous experience
Volunteer Coaches can sign up when registering or contact email@example.com for more information
Coach’s Meetings will be held prior to the season beginning
We provide a coach’s training as well as supporting documents to make your coaching experience a positive one
Download Volunteer Application Form here »
All volunteers are required to complete a volunteer application form
For more information, please contact:
Downtown Boise YMCA Youth Sports Coordinator – 208 344 5502 ext 292
Tomlinson South Meridian YMCA Youth Sports Director – 208 331 9622 ext 515
West Boise YMCA Youth Sports Coordinator – 208 377 4886 ext 801
Youth Sports Safety GuidelinesThe following guidelines have been developed to align with the mandates of Central District Health and recommendations of the CDC and are subject to change*.
- All staff will perform a health screening at the beginning of each day and are required to wear masks*.
- We are strongly recommending that members and guests members wear masks in YMCA facilities and programs regardless of vaccination status.
- All staff will perform a health screening at the beginning of each day.
- Health screenings will be performed with all players at check-in for practice and games.
- All equipment will be washed or sanitized at halftime or between sets and after each game.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided for players to sanitize before, during, and after practice or gameplay.
- Program space will be cleaned and disinfected before and after each day.
- We are strongly recommending that staff and members wear masks in YMCA facilities and programs regardless of vaccination status.
- Masks are required for participants of all youth programs
- Masks are required for parents/caretakers while picking up or dropping off a child for an indoor program while in the program area
- Masks are required for all individuals in the THRIVE Center and Family Adventure Zone (FAZ) at the Tomlinson South Meridian YMCA
- Masks are required for all individuals in the Youth Activity Centers (YAC) and Kid Zones
- Masks will not be required for spectators of Y youth sporting events while watching a game if they can physically distance (required in school buildings while walking to the gym, per school district requirement)
- Masks are highly recommended for youth and adults when in Y membership facilities and are required in the programs
- Physical Distancing of 6 ft or more and all other COVID-19 safety protocols should still be maintained at all possible times
- Outdoor activities
- Children under 3 in any program
- Climbing wall (while climbing)
- Any water-based aquatic program
- Basketball and volleyball while actively playing (mask required when youth sitting on the sideline)
- Open gym while actively playing
- Resident Camp while eating or in sleeping quarters