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Youth Basketball

Goals and Objectives

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.

Volunteer Coaches Needed!

We need you, Coach! The foundation of our Youth Sports Programs rests on our wonderful volunteer coaches who give their time, talent, and heart every day. For more information on volunteering, please see our Volunteer page.

School Age Recreational Basketball

Douglass First String Basketball

K-6 graders; boys and girls
Douglass First String Basketball league is a cross-court, officiated league, designed to teach basketball fundamentals with an emphasis on fun, teamwork, sportsmanship and growth. Girls and boys of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. Volunteer coaches and officials are needed!
Questions: Katherine.Hicks@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3919


Leonhard Youth Hoops Basketball Leagues


1st – 8th grade; boys and girls
• Deadline to Register – December 30
• Coaches Meeting – January 14
• Coaches Contact – Week of January 13
• Practices Begin – Week of January 20
• Games Begin – February 1
Get ready to fast break your way to fun! The Youth Hoops Basketball Leagues emphasize the fundamentals of basketball while having fun and learning sportsmanship. All players will receive approximately equal playing time. Each league uses different rules, basketballs, and basket heights chosen specifically to encourage skill development and success.

Fee (R/NR) and Deadline:

$58/$87 by 12/30
$68/$97 after 12/30 if space is available

Uniform Fee: Jersey $15; Shorts $10. Purchase of uniform items needs to be done at Leonhard Recreation Center. Email will go out when uniforms are available for purchase.
Practices: Practices are once or twice a week depending upon league. Practice days are listed above. Practices generally begin third week in January. Practices will be held at Barkstall or Stratton.
Game Day & Location: Games begin the first Saturday in February and will be played on Saturdays. Mini Hoopers, Girls 34, and Boys 34 League games are at Leonhard. Other leagues’ game locations at Leonhard and Brookens Gymnasium. Season is six games long.
Team Placement: Team placement will be done by the CPD Sports Staff. Requests for specific teams, coaches or practice times/gyms WILL NOT be accepted. However, correctly completed Buddy Forms will be honored. See the Buddy Form below for instructions. Rosters will be reset each year.
Volunteer Coaches Needed: Check the Champaign Park District volunteer page for information about becoming a volunteer coach. Then, please fill out a Volunteer Application and turn it in as quickly as possible. We would not be able to run this program without volunteer coaches! There will be a Coaches Meeting (TBD) before the season begins.
Questions: cody.evans@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3983



Competition/Travel Basketball

Douglass Lions Basketball Team (formerly the Champaign Heat)

This program has been cancelled.  We will not have a team this spring.

Questions: katherine.hicks@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573.

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Places to Play Outdoors

The Champaign Park District maintains basketball courts year-round in many area parks. Please visit our Parks page and search the park features for “basketball courts” to find a court near you!

Drop-In Open Gym Basketball

Both the Leonhard Recreation Center as well as the Douglass Community Center offer drop-in open gym basketball year-round at various times during the week and on weekends.  Nominal fees do apply.  Please visit the Leonhard and Douglass webpages for schedules and other details or call 217-398-2550.

Additional basketball leagues, tournaments, and programs may be started at any time.  Be sure you check out the current Program Guide to find any programs not listed.

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