Youth Basketball Leagues & Programs For Kids Ages 5 - 14

i9 Sports® youth basketball leagues for kids in grades K - 8 are fun and near you!

In i9 Sports youth basketball leagues, young players are introduced to the sport of basketball while more experienced players learn to improve their skills. Through age-appropriate, fun practice plans, kids learn the fundamentals of basketball including shooting, dribbling and passingAs a player progresses through our youth basketball program, they learn progressively more complex defensive and offensive plays. One aspect of our kids basketball programs that sets us apart is that we like to go beyond the sport by teaching sportsmanship values each week. 

Learn more about i9 Sports youth basketball leagues for kids for different age groups below. When you’re ready to sign up, just enter your zip code in our program search feature to find a youth basketball league near youWe can’t wait to see your young athlete in the paint! 

i9 Sports is committed to making sure each child is placed in a league where they can be successful, so children are put into teams generally based on age, though there can be changes based on development, skills, or preferences.

How i9 Sports Builds Basketball Teams for Kids

At i9 Sports, our core goals for kids on our basketball teams involve them having fun, loving the sport, and learning great sportsmanship.

In order to achieve those goals, we build basketball teams for our youth basketball leagues in a few ways. When there’s a group of kids who have meshed well, we encourage them to come back for following seasons with team registrations. After all, there’s no reason to break up a good thing! For kids who have friends they’d like to play with, we also have the option to request friends to be placed on the same team. And for kids who are looking to make new friends, we can match them to a basketball team.

So whichever way it works, kids are able to have a great basketball team where they can have fun and learn more about the sport!

The Structure of i9 Sports Youth Basketball Programs

Our youth basketball programs are structured to benefit kids and their families. i9 Sports basketball leagues are one-day-a-week commitments, so there aren’t tons of practices and games and out of town tournaments to attend. Practices are held right before the games, so kids can learn new skills and then immediately apply them in a game situation.

Each age group has different, age-appropriate skills and goals that they’re learning through practice and games. And, with all things at i9 Sports – sportsmanship is key! We make sure to celebrate great sportsmanship every week and every game.

Basketball Summer Camps for Kids

Does your child love playing basketball and other sports? Consider checking out Nike Kids Camps powered by i9 Sports! These fun summer camps are available in many locations, and focus on introducing kids to a variety of sports including basketball, soccer, flag football, and more. 

When the kids need to run around all day, learn to love sports, and build their sportsmanship skills, Nike Kids Camps powered by i9 Sports are the place to go.

Basketball Leagues for Ages 5 - 7

Calling all little dribblers and shooters! We have the perfect youth basketball program for you! Throughout our youth basketball leagues, instructional activities are presented in a fun way to engage younger kids. At this age, it’s all about building your child’s confidence in basketball so rules are loosely enforced with an emphasis on teachable moments. At this stage, the most important outcomes are to develop a love of the game, increased self-confidence, and to have fun!

Basketball Skills for 1st – 3rd Graders

Kids in our basketball programs for Pee Wees, our youngest age group, learn the basic skills needed to play basketball including how to properly dribble, shoot, pass and move with the ball. Drills aim to improve the large and fine motor skills, as well as cognitive development. For many kids at this age, the concept of being on a team is new, so special emphasis is placed on working with others.

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Basketball Leagues for Ages 8 - 11

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Whether your child is shooting free throws every day or is brand new to the sport, you’ll find what you need in our youth basketball leagues.  Our youth basketball players are taught to think beyond themselves and to start operating as a team unit. Scores are kept during games and rules are enforced through teachable moments in a fun environment. The most important thing to us is that when the buzzer sounds, the kids say, “Wow! That was fun! Can we keep playing?!”

Basketball Skills for 4th – 6th Graders

Coaches and instructors in the Junior age group reinforce the basics of the sport so young athletes grow in their mastery of dribbling, passing and shooting. At the same time, more advanced basketball skills are introduced with an emphasis on offensive plays and defensive principles.  Your child will learn to drive down the court with the ball, how to box out for the rebound, and how to move the ball effectively on a fast break.  Basketball practice drills aim to improve large motor skills as well as spatial awareness.

Basketball Leagues for Ages 12+

Once players reach our Senior youth basketball leagues, they have a deep love for the sport and a desire to work together as a team. Coaches and instructors in the Senior age group start by revisiting the fundamentals of the game and quickly move to finessing those skills. Scores are kept and rules are enforced. As our youth basketball players gain confidence in the sport, the game naturally becomes more competitive in a fun, age-appropriate setting. As kids grow in their basketball mastery, their leadership abilities and understanding of good sportsmanship also matures. Check out our youth basketball leagues for kids near you!

Basketball Skills for Middle Schoolers

Players are taught to improve large motor skills, spatial awareness and teamwork. As our youth basketball leagues progress, drills become more advanced. We start teaching our senior athletes how to perform under the pressure of the clock and their opponents. Drills are focused on more complex activities that include fast breaks, coordinated offensive plays, and multiple defensive structures. Your child will improve their footwork and develop their range and accuracy of shooting.

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