Basketball Leagues

Build Social & Sport Skills

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.

​​Youth learn new skills, make new friends, develop essential character traits, and set individual and team goals. This improves self-confidence, promotes diversity, increases self-esteem, and improves physical condition. The positive time with family and friends in this environment strengthens our communities. Our youth sports leagues put emphasis on healthy relationships between adults and youth as well as family, with a goal to build social skills and sport skills with all participants for the future.

Become a Team Player

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Sponsor the Youth Basketball Program

All kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve, under the guidance of adults who care about them and believe in their potential. Proceeds from your sponsorship will help the YMCA provide financial assistance opportunities so all members of our community have access to high-quality, character building programs like basketball, regardless of their ability to pay.


Change Lives By Becoming a Coach

Did you play sports as a youngster? Do you remember the first experience you had of being part of a team? Would you like to pass on the same positive experience to today's youth? Then VOLUNTEER to be a YMCA of Dane County Youth Sports Coach!

We are always in need of great coaches who are willing to make a difference in the lives of today's youth. Your time is our most valuable asset.

Contact the Sports Director at your branch for more information!

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West Sports Director

608 906 8818


East Sports Director

608 906 8636


Northeast Sports Director

608 478 4313