The Westfield Area YMCA offers basketball leagues for boys and girls in Kindergarten through age 14.  Registration is open now and will close when maximum capacity is reached for each league or on the dates below.

PRE-SEASON CLINICS: Three-week clinics begin Oct. 17 to prepare young athletes age 4-grade 8 for the Winter Basketball League season. Athletes will learn fundamental skills through guided game-play situations. Clinic times and skill development vary by age group. Clinic participants will receive 10% off winter basketball leagues.

KINDERGARTEN LEAGUE: Boys and girls learn basketball skills, team play and sportsmanship. There is a 25 minute practice followed by a 35 minute game between 12:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. The season is 12/16-2/3 (no league 12/24-1/1). Register by 12/3.

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1ST GRADE LEAGUE: This instructional league has a 40 minute practice between 1:15 - 7:15 p.m. on Saturday or 9:30 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. There are 1 hour games at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. The season is 12/17-2/21 (no league 12/24-1/1).  Register by 12/3.

2ND GRADE LEAGUE: Structured team play with man-to-man defense means athletes better learn the flow of the game. Teams will be formed after evaluations 6 -8 p.m on 12/10. There is a 40 minute practice on Saturday between 2 - 4 p.m and a 1 hour game at 7 p.m on Tuesday or Thursday. The season is 12/19-2/20 (no league 12/24-1/1). Register by 12/1.

NEW! WARRIORS BASKETBALL PROGRAM 3RD & 4TH GRADE MINI-TRAVEL LEAGUE

Two seasons are offered!  The Fall season is 9/13-10/27 (register by 9/3), and the Winter season is 11/4-3/8 (register by 11/1). Teams practice at the Main Y Facility for one hour Monday between 5:30-7:30PM and/or Friday between 6 - 7:30 p.m. with weekend games. Home and away games are full court play with a certified official in a league that includes other YMCAs and youth centers. Game length is four 8-minute quarters with substitutions every four minutes.

WARRIORS TRAVEL BASKETBALL (age: 10-14): NJ Travel Basketball League is a competitive full-court play league with certified referees. Games are primarily on the weekends with Friday night home games. Practice schedules are available after tryouts. Season is November-March and ends with a double elimination tournament. Each team will have no more than a 12 person roster. 12 & Under team players must be born on or after 9/1/07. 14 & Under team players must be born on or after 9/1/05. Y membership required prior to tryout. Team jersey is included. Tryouts are scheduled for 2 - 4 p.m. on Saturday, 10/26. Bring a copy of the player’s birth certificate for the Y to keep.

Register online at www.westfieldynj.org or at the Main Y Facility Welcome Center, 220 Clark St., Westfield. For more information and team sponsorship opportunities, contact Amanda Aguirre at 908-301-YMCA (9622) x258 or aaguirre@westfieldynj.org.