Basketball, Co-ed Grades K-6

It's hoops time!  Join us for Youth Sports' exciting youth basketball programs this winter.

 

Clinic Information (Kindergarten only)


Participants will get a chance to learn the rules and develop the fundamentals through skill work and drills as well as play as a team during scrimmages each week. This clinic is the perfect place for kids to start learning the sport while having fun! All skill levels and abilities are welcome and encouraged!  Closed toe athletic shoes are required.

Saturdays, February 7 - March 14

8am - 9am

Webster Recreation Center
202 North Sycamore
Mesa, AZ 85201

 

League Information (Grades 1-6)

Participants will both practice and play a game each week where they can learn the rules, develop their skills and play as a team. There are three grade divisions: 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th, and 5th-6th. All levels focus on player development, having fun, and sportsmanship. This is an equal play league. All skill levels and abilities welcome and encouraged!  Participants will receive a team t-shirt. Closed toe athletic shoes are required.

Volunteer coaches are needed! Ask us about our coaching discount incentive! Please indicate upon registration or contact Lacy if you are interested in coaching. Please see below for more details.

Game Date, Time, Location:

Saturdays, February 7 - March 28
(no games March 21)

Game times are between 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (game times are subject to change)

Webster Recreation Center
202 North Sycamore
Mesa, AZ 85201

 

Game Schedule:
  • 6 weeks of games followed by a single elimination tournament on March 28.
  • Participants will be notified of their team, coach, practice time and location, and game schedule via email on Monday, January 19 at 5 PM. Participants will also be contacted by their coach by this time as well.
  • Game schedules will be posted online below on Monday, January 19 at 5 PM.

 

LEAGUE SCHEDULE

1st - 2nd Grade

3rd - 4th Grade

5th - 6th Grade

Registration Information

Please indicate current grade, current school, school zone (based on your nearest middle school 1-Carson, 2-Rhodes, 3-Kino, 4-Stapley, 5-Poston, 6-Taylor, 7-Franklin @ Brimhall, 8-Sheperd, 9-Fremont, 10-Smith), t-shirt size (youth-small, medium, large, x-large OR adult- small, medium, large, x-large) and one friend request upon registration.

Please note: Some league divisions fill faster than others. Regardless of the registration deadline, once a league has reached registration capacity all additional children in that league division will be placed on a waitlist. Waitlisted kids will only be placed on a team if space opens up.

 

Registration Codes

12518 for grades 1-2

12520 for grades 3-4

12522 for grades 5-6

12523 for kindergarten

*Participants should register for the class code corresponding with their current grade.

 
Fee:

$40 for residents, $48 for non-residents (Kindergarten)

$55 for residents, $66 for non-residents (Grades 1-6)

Fee assistance is available for eligible Mesa residents

 

Important Dates:

Registration begins Monday, November 3 at 8 AM

League Registration deadline is Monday, January 5 at 5 PM

Clinic Registration deadline is Monday, February 2 at 5 PM

No refunds after Registration Deadline, $5 non-refundable fee for cancellations


How to Register:

Participants may register:Register Here

  • Online
  • Mail in a registration form           
  • Fax in a registration form
  • Visit our office in person            
  • Put a registration form in the 24 hour drop box at our office
Uniform:
  • Participants will receive a team shirt at their first game. This shirt must be worn to each game. 
  • Participants are required to wear closed-toe athletic shoes.
  • Participants should wear athletic shorts or pants which allow for more comfort while playing.
  • No jewelry.

 

Team Formation:

Mesa Parks and Recreation is committed to providing a fair and equally balanced recreational league for all participants. In order to achieve this balance, Youth Sports has implemented the following policies:

  • Kids will be placed on a team with other participants near their Mesa middle school zone and elementary school.
  • We no longer allow full teams to register.
  • One friend request per participant may be submitted upon registration.  Absolutely no guarantee of request or placement.  no exceptions due to the high volume of requests.
  • No coach requests will be honored.  no exceptions due to the high volume of requests.
  • Volunteer coaches will have their kid(s) on their team.
  • Participants must play in the league division corresponding with their current grade in school and may not participate in a grade lower or higher.
  • Some league divisions fill faster than others. Regardless of the registration deadline, once a league has reached registration capacity all additional children in that league division will be placed on a waitlist. Waitlisted kids will only be placed on a team if space opens up. Please note that Youth Sports administration has the right to make any changes to the league they feel are necessary to better benefit the program and its participants.
Practices:
  • Practice time and location will be determined by the volunteer coach.
  • Practices will begin as soon as the week of January 19 for finalized rosters with approved coaches.
  • Teams practice 1-2 times a week. Participants are only required to attend one, though.
  • Practice is held on a different day than game day. 

 

Divisions:

Co-ed, Grades 1st - 2nd

  • Four 8 minute quarters with a five minute halftime
  • 27.5 inch, size 5 ball
  • 8 foot hoop height
  • Plays 5 on 5
  • Will not keep score

 

Co-ed, Grades 3rd - 4th 

  • Four 8 minute quarters with a five minute halftime
  • 28.5 inch, size 6 ball
  • 10 foot hoop height
  • Plays 5 on 5
  • Will keep score

 

Co-ed, Grades 5th - 6th

  • Four 8 minute quarters with a five minute halftime
  • 28.5 inch, size 6 ball
  • 10 foot hoop height
  • Plays 5 on 5
  • Will keep score

 

*Please review the YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE RULE BOOK

 

Score Keeping and Standings:
  • It is important to know that this league is about having fun and developing in the sport, not what the score is or wins vs. loses. With that being said, we do feel there is an age when it is appropriate to begin keeping score.
    • 1st - 2nd grade division will not keep score
    • 3rd - 4th and 5th - 6th grade divisions will keep score
  • We will not be tracking standings.
  • We ask that all participants, coaches, parents/guardians and spectators concentrate on the fundamentals and love of the game rather than the score.

 

Picture Day:

Saturday, February 21
Webster Recreation Center
202 North Sycamore
Mesa, AZ 85201

  • All teams must have their team photo taken.
  • All participants should plan on being at this game in order to be part of the picture.
  • Purchasing pictures is optional. It is purely a benefit of our league.
  • Coaches will pass out picture packet information at the first game.
  • Picture day schedule will be posted online below on February 9.

 

PICTURE DAY SCHEDULE

 

Tournament:

Saturday, March 28
Webster Recreation Center
202 North Sycamore
Mesa, AZ 85201

  • Game times will be between 8 AM and 6 PM
  • Single elimination tournament
  • Medals for 1st and 2nd place, participation ribbons for all other teams

 

Tournament bracket will be posted online below on Monday, March 16 at 5 PM. The bracket will be emailed out at this time to coaches and participants. Coaches will also contact players by Wednesday, March 18 at 5 PM with this information.
              

TOURNAMENT BRACKET

Bracket 1st - 2nd Grade

Bracket 3rd - 4th Grade

Bracket 5th - 6th Grade

 

Parent/Guardian Information:
  •  Parent Meeting
    •  Wednesday February 4 from 6:30p-7:45p, Convention Center Building A, Apache Room.
    • Staff will discuss game logistics, rules, expectations, and answer any questions. We will also have an expert guest speaker from Positive Coaching Alliance to provide information on positive parenting from the sidelines and an expert guest speaker from AT Still University to provide information on athletic injuries and concussions with youth. We encourage everyone to attend in order to help prepare for the league in advance and better equip yourselves to ensure a safe season.
    • All teams will have a Culture Keeper. This is someone who helps support the coach and league in ensuring other team parents/guardians and players follow the mission and goals of Youth Sports and the Positive Play Project. The Culture Keeper is another parent/guardian, family member, etc of a team member who remains a spectator on the sidelines at team practices and games whose responsibility is to support the league and coach. Here are some examples of things the Culture Keeper can help with: encouraging spectators to cheer on the kids, demonstrating great sportsmanship, helping answer parents’ questions about the game rules, and helping with water and snacks. Please note:  the culture keeper is not a coach and may not coach or take on any coach responsibilities. The Culture Keeper must be able to attend all (or most) games and is required to attend the parent meeting on Wednesday, February 4 from 6:30-7:45 pm.
    • Parents/guardians will receive a handbook via email on Monday, January 19. The handbook can also be viewed on this webpage anytime. Please familiarize yourself with the league in advance and discuss the information with your child to help them prepare as well.
    • Parents/guardians are asked to read and abide by the Spectator Code of Conduct. You will receive a copy of this via email on Monday, January 19. It can also be viewed on this webpage anytime.
    • Parents/guardians are asked to review the Participant Code of Conduct and Guidelines with their child before the first game. You will receive a copy of this via email on Monday, January 19. It can also be viewed on this webpage anytime.
    • Participants should bring a bottle of water with their name on it to keep hydrated at practices and games. Water fountains and/or jugs will be available as well at games.

 

         HANDBOOK

 
Volunteer Coaches Needed!

Our basketball league depends on the kindness of volunteers to coach our teams. Youth Sports believes getting parents/guardians and community members involved with our league really adds to the quality of our program and its overall success. Without you, we are unable to provide our league. Ask us about our coaching discount incentive!  If you are interested in coaching, please contact Lacy by Monday, December 29 at 12pm.

Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years old and older
  • Volunteer application, Background check, fingerprinting, and ID badge completed by Monday, January 5 @ 12pm.
  • Mandatory Coaches’ Meeting: Saturday, January 17 from 8a-11a  (Webster Recreation Center 202 N. Sycamore, Mesa, AZ 85201)
  • Abide by the Coaches Code of Ethics, Coach Handbook & League Rulebook

 

Resources Available to Coaches:
  • Training with guest speakers from Positive Coaching Alliance and A.T. Still University
  • Access to practice drills and coaching tools
  • Online concussion training through the CDC
  • Equipment for use during the season including age appropriate basketballs, jersey pennies, and cones
  • First Aid kit
  • Adding an assistant coach to help with the team (must be cleared by Lacy)

 



 

Youth Sports Home

Lacy Bienkowski
Recreation Programmer
480-644-3040
480-644-2698 (Fax)

Weather Hot Line
480-644-2765
 
Sports Office
200 S. Center St. Building #1
Mesa, AZ 85210
480-644-2698 (Fax)

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211


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Resources:

Participant Code of Conduct and Guidelines

Spectator Code of Conduct

Coaches Code of Ethics

Volunteer Coach Application

Registration Form
 
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