The Stonestown Family YMCA provides kids the opportunity to participate in programs to keep them active and healthy, learn good sportsmanship and teamwork while having fun all year round. Join in on the fun by registering for youth basketball, swimming, and more!
Youth Basketball League
For the first time since the pandemic, our youth basketball league is returning this winter '23! The Stonestown Family YMCA's youth basketball leagues are for youth in kindergarten to 5th grade. Our league is recreational and beginner friendly for the youth of our community. We focus on fundamental skills development, sportsmanship, and the YMCA’s core values of honesty, respect, caring, and responsibility. Our goal for YMCA basketball players is to help them develop healthy and active lives. See below for current or upcoming season information, including league rules, volunteer coach information, and frequently asked questions.
The 9-week season will run from Monday, January 9th to Saturday, March 11th. Practices will be held at the Stonestown Family YMCA gym on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays between 4:15 PM – 7:15 PM. Each team will have one hour-long practice each week. Games will be played on Saturdays at the Serramonte Del Rey gym located in Daly City between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Gamedays: 1/21, 1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 3/4, and 3/11 (end-of-season jamboree).
*Price includes a $50 non-refundable deposit. No refunds after 12/16/2022.
Regular registration: 11/01/2022-12/16/2022
- Facility Members: $320
- Community Participants: $380
Questions? Check out our FAQs. For any additional questions not listed below or if you need more program information, please contact Nick Newman at NNewman@ymcasf.org or Donelle Bryant at DBryant@ymcasf.org.
Frequently Asked Questions - Youth Basketball League
What is the Stonestown Family YMCA Youth Basketball League?
Our league is recreational and beginner friendly for the youth of our community. We focus on fundamental skill development, sportsmanship, and YMCA’s core values of honesty, respect, caring, and responsibility. Our goal for YMCA basketball players is to help them develop healthy and active lives.
Do I need to be a YMCA member to join the league?
No, but you'll need to create an account to register online. You can check the status of your account/membership or create one here.
TEAMS & PLAYERS
How many players can be on a team?
The ideal team size is 10-12 players, but a minimum of 8 players is required. Since 5 players from a team are on the court at any given time, when it comes to substitutions and distribution of playing time, 10-player teams are just the simplest way to rotate players in and out evenly and fairly.
Can a team have more than 10 players?
Ultimately, it is up to the coach to determine how many players they feel comfortable having on the team. We remind and encourage our coaches to have an “everyone plays” mentality with the youth of our league, so it is the responsibility of the coach to distribute playing time fairly. Most coaches who allowed more than 10 players found player rotations challenging when all players were present.
How many teams are there in the winter 2023 league?
We are planning for 30 teams across five different divisions. The divisions will be kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and a 4/5th combo. We plan to have 6 teams in each division and for each team to play each other once. All divisions are co-ed.
Who can coach my team?
The Y believes in providing accessible physical activity for youth in our community. Volunteer coaches are an essential part of making our program affordable and inclusive. Each team should provide its own volunteer coach. Most coaches are a player’s parent, relative, or family friend. Teams can have as many volunteer coaches as they see fit. Volunteer coaches must complete a background check and YMCA mandatory volunteer training, in addition to attending a coach’s clinic.
Our volunteer coach was amazing this season and the team is so grateful. Can we give them a gift as a token of our gratitude?
You are welcome to give your volunteer coach a non-monetary gift for their effort and hard work during the season. Coaches charging a fee for coaching or receiving monetary gifts is a violation of YMCA policies.
PRACTICES & GAMES
When and where do the teams practice?
Before the start of the season, teams will be given slotted practice times. The practice location is our Stonestown Family YMCA facility (333 Eucalyptus Drive). Practices will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays between 4:15 PM and 7:15 PM. Each team will practice once a week. Top choices for practice schedules will be accommodated as much as possible but may be subject to change based on space availability and schedule flexibility.
What does my team get for practices?
Teams will be assigned a section of our gym for practice. Depending on the grade of the team, up to two mini-hoops with adjustable heights will be provided. Appropriately sized basketballs will be provided.
When and where are the games?
Games will be played on Saturdays at the Serramonte Del Rey gym in Daly City (699 Serramonte Blvd.) Gamedays will be on 1/21, 1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 3/4, and 3/11. All games will take place between 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.
*Important notes: Final game schedules will be published on the Stonestown Family YMCA Youth Sports webpage.
Will there be any YMCA staff available during practices and games?
Yes, during basketball season, the Stonestown Family YMCA employs gym monitors during practices and referees during games.
- Gym Monitors’ responsibilities are setting up the courts for practices, providing equipment to teams, and most importantly ensuring a safe environment for teams. Our friendly Gym Monitors can be approached for assistance during practices.
- Referees’ duties are to facilitate smooth game flow and help teach the players the basics of competitive basketball. Age-appropriate YMCA basketball rules will be enforced. Open and respectful dialogue with the referees and scorekeepers is welcome.
Will there be any scorekeeping during games?
There will not be any scorekeeping for Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd-grade games. The goal of K-2nd games is purely recreational and to be introduced to the basics of competitive basketball.
At the 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade divisions, the scoreboards will be used during games. Remember, the competition is always meant to be fun and friendly!
What kind of defense can my team play?
Player to Player Defense is enforced. For Kindergarten and 1st-grade games, players will wear color-coded wristbands to signify which opposing player to defend.
2nd and 3rd graders will not wear wristbands, but player-to-player defense is still enforced. Full-court press defenses are never allowed during K-3rd games.
In 4th and 5th grade games, teams may deploy Zone Defenses only in the 2nd half of games if the score differential is 15 points or more. We expect coaches to abide by these rules and teach defense accordingly during practices.
What if my team has to forfeit or miss a game?
Please inform the Youth Sports Coordinator Donelle Bryant (firstname.lastname@example.org) as early as possible to notify of any game(s) your team has to miss. During the season, the deadline to notify of forfeits shall be the Wednesday prior to weekend games. We may be able to reschedule games or offer double headers on another weekend, but there is no guarantee that space and time will be available. We will, however, do our diligence and exhaust all opportunities to reschedule games. Teams forfeiting a game will be assessed a $150 fee.
What if my team has less than 5 players show up for a game? Is that a forfeit?
It’s only a forfeit if the entire team is absent. In the case of a shortage of players, the two teams may coordinate a 4-on-4 game, or the team with more players may elect to “lend” players to the other team.
What should my child wear to play basketball?
Comfortable, flexible clothing and athletic footwear. Clothing such as jeans, skirts, dresses, and sandals are not advised. The Stonestown YMCA will provide jerseys for players to keep and wear in practices and games for the season.
Our kids will get jerseys? Please tell me more!
Our reversible jerseys come in youth sizes: extra small, small, medium, and large; and adult sizes: small and medium. You will be able to select your child’s preferred jersey size at registration. Sizes can be exchanged during the season based on availability.
Lost your jersey?
Replacement jerseys can be purchased for $30, based on available stock.
Can I bring snacks to my players’ practices and games?
We certainly encourage healthy eating along with physical activity. However, we ask that all food and beverages be kept off our basketball courts during practices and games. Please make sure that any trash is put in the proper receptacles and not left in our basketball gyms. Only water in resealable containers should be brought into our basketball gyms. Please do your part to avoid spills, as the risk of injury increases with puddles on the courts!
Do you offer financial assistance?
We offer financial assistance for all YMCA programs. If you have financial assistance for a current program, that same assistance will be applied at registration. If you are in need of financial assistance, please fill out our financial assistance form and send with proper documentation to email@example.com. Please allow 10-14 days for financial assistance to be applied.
Who can I contact with any additional questions?
You can contact Youth Sports Director, Nick Newman (NNewman@ymcasf.org), or Youth Sports Coordinator, Donelle Bryant (DBryant@ymcasf.org) with any questions or concerns.