From James Naismith’s invention of basketball at the Y in 1891 to today, the Y has a rich tradition in sports played around the globe. We nurture the potential of youth through sports programming by strengthening character, engaging families and building lasting relationships. We are pleased to partner with the Oklahoma City Thunder to further our mission within our youth basketball league, now called the YMCA Thunder Basketball League.
All players will be required to have the official YMCA Thunder Basketball League jersey. The jersey is available for purchase ($20) at the front desk of your local YMCA or the online store http://www.quickscores.com/ymcaokc. Fan gear and player equipment are also available online.
- City wide YMCA Coaches Meeting & Oklahoma City Thunder Coaches Clinic Meeting November 10, 2 – 5 p.m. (Location is TBD).
- If you have not heard from a coach by November 14, please contact your local YMCA Sports Department.
- PRACTICES: Begin November 21 (one practice per week determined by practice lottery).
- GAMES: Begin December 7 (games played on Friday & Saturday). Game schedules will be released by 10 p.m. on November 26.
- Season will end by February 22, 2020.
The Developmental League is the standard YMCA League with an emphasis on the development and understanding of the game of basketball. Officials will be more lenient and assist in helping the child learn. The season consists of eight games. The Developmental League is open to children ages 4-16. For ages 5 & up, the league is gender specific. Age groups may be combined, depending on registration. Practices will take place at multiple locations throughout the local YMCA area. Practices will be one night during the week and determined by the coaches practice lottery. Games will be played on Friday & Saturday.
The Spirit League has been developed to provide a place for players and teams with advanced skills to play at the YMCA against competition of the same development. This league will be closely officiated by certified referees. We will continue to hold everyone whom participates to the highest character standards as outlined in the Players Pledge, Coaches Creed and Parents Code of Conduct. The season consists of eight games, an end of season tournament and the chance to represent your local YMCA in the Oklahoma YMCA State Basketball Tournament. The Spirit League is open for children ages 7-12. This league is gender specific. Age groups may be combined, depending on registration. If unable to place a child on a Spirit League Team, they will be added to a Developmental League Team. Practices will take place at multiple locations throughout the local YMCA area. Practices will be one night during the week and determined by the coaches practice lottery. Games will be played on Friday & Saturday.
Age Cut Off, Gender Specific Leagues and Divisions
YMCA sports leagues are divided by the age of the participants. A valid birth certificate may be required for tournament play. The age cut off is how old the child was on August 31, 2019. For ages 5 & above, divisions will be gender specific if numbers allow. Below is a list of available divisions for the Winter League.
|4 & Under Co-Ed
||8 & Under
|5 & Under
||9 & Under
|6 & Under
||10 & Under
|7 & Under
||11 & Under
|8 & Under
||12 & Under
|9 & Under
|10 & Under
|11 & Under
|12 & Under
|14 & Under
|16 & Under
The YMCA uses volunteer coaches to provide leadership to the community through structured athletic activities. If you are interested in coaching, please contact the Sports Department for more information.
Y NIGHT WITH THE OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
The YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City loves for youth to experience basketball at its highest level. We are excited to offer two Y nights to see the Oklahoma City Thunder play during the regular season. Participants can buy group tickets and have the opportunity to play on the Oklahoma City Thunder’s home court, high five players and experience other game day activities. Information on how to purchase tickets will be available on QuickScores beginning November 1.
To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
It is the policy of the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City that no person be denied membership or program participation due to the inability to pay. Funds for financial assistance are provided through the United Way and the YMCA’s Annual Support Campaign.