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Youth Basketball

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The philosophy behind the youth sports program is to provide an atmosphere that focuses on fun, opportunity, sportsmanship, and instruction. Sports can play a positive role in our children’s development, fostering physical skills, and emotional maturity. Children should have a place where they can have fun participating in organized activities in a healthy, safe environment. We strive to provide quality instruction in the fundamentals of the sport while emphasizing fun and sportsmanship over winning. By creating a positive experience for the children we hope to encourage a lifetime of involvement. You can help. We need the cooperation and assistance of parents and coaches to promote and demonstrate these values.


MINI BALLERS CLINIC

Ages 3-6

This program is designed to help children learn basic dribbling, passing, and shooting skills using our mini basketball hoops and lowered rims.

  • Ages 3-4: 8:30-9:15a
  • Ages 5-6: 9:30-10:15a

Date: Saturdays, September 3-24, 2022
Location: Martens Center
Fee (R/NR): $46/$69 (includes t-shirt)
Min/Max: 5/10
Deadline: August 26, 2022
Questions: katherine.hicks@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3843


LEONHARD MINI DRIBBLERS BASKETBALL CLINIC

Ages 3-6 (Pre-K & Kindergarten)

Calling all pre-schoolers and kindergarteners! Mini Dribblers is designed to practice basic dribbling, passing, and shooting skills with our mini basketball hoops. Players are divided up by age (see below).

  • Ages 3-4: 9-9:45a 
  • Ages 5-6:10-10:45a 

Date: Saturdays, October 1-22, 2022
Deadline: September 23, 2022
Location: Leonhard Recreation Center
Fee (R/NR): $54/$81, includes t-shirt
Min/Max: 8/20
Questions: cody.flowers@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3983


FIRST STRING BASKETBALL CLINIC PRESENTED BY KENNY BATTLE

Grades K-8

This one-day clinic is designed to teach basketball fundamentals with an emphasis on fun, teamwork, sportsmanship, and growth. Players of all skill levels are encouraged to participate.

  • K-2nd: Friday, October 28 | 5-7p
  • 3rd-4th: Saturday, October 29 | 10a-12p
  • 5th-6th: Saturday, October 29 | 1-3p
  • 7th-8th: Friday, October 28 | 7:30-9:30p

Location: Douglass Community Center
Fee (R/NR): $10/15; Additional $5 after deadline if space available.
Deadline: October 17, 2022
Questions: katherine.hicks@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573

 


YOUTH HOOPS BASKETBALL CLINIC

Grades 1-8
Join us for our Champaign Park District Youth Hoops Basketball Clinic. This program will focus on the development of players’ fundamental skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, and defense. Staff will be hands on, encouraging a friendly yet competitive environment. This clinic will be filled with drills and games, and will conclude with a competition day. This is a great introduction to our Youth Hoops Basketball Leagues.

  • Grade 1-2: 8:30-9:30a
  • Grade 3-4: 9:45-10:45a
  • Grade 5-6: 11a-12p 
  • Grade 7-8: 12:15-1:15p

Date: Saturday, November 12-December 17, 2022
Deadline: October 31, 2022
No Clinic: 11/26, 12/10*
Location: Leonhard Recreation Center
Fee (R/NR): $70/$105
Min/Max: 6/50
Questions: cody.flowers@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3983

 


DOUGLASS FIRST STRING BASKETBALL

Grades K-6
This cross-court, officiated league, is designed to teach basketball fundamentals with an emphasis on fun, teamwork, sportsmanship, and growth. Players of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. Volunteer coaches and officials are needed! Additional times may be added as needed.

  • K-2nd Grade: 9a
  • 3rd-4th Grade: 10a  
  • 5th-6th Grade: 11a 

Game Dates: January 7-March 4, 2023
Tournament: 3/3-3/4
Deadline: December 1, 2022
Awards Ceremony: 3/11, 10a
Practices: Practices will start in December. Day/Time varies based on coach.
Location: Douglass Community Center
Fee (R/NR): $70/$105; Additional $15 after deadline if space available.
Min/Max: 20/40
Questions: katherine.hicks@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573

 

 

 


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