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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.

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 below.

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.

Pre-School Basketball

Douglass Mini Ballers Clinic

Ages 3-6; boys and girls
Calling all preschoolers and kindergartners! Want to feel like the next basketball star? Mini Ballers is right for you! This program is designed to help children learn basic dribbling, passing, and shooting skills using our mini basketball hoops and lowered rims.

Questions: Katherine.Hicks@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3919

Ages 3-4: 10:00 – 10:45 am
Ages 5-6:
11:00 – 11:45 am
Douglass Community Center
Fee (R|NR): $30|$45 Includes T-shirt


Leonhard Mini Dribblers Basketball Clinic

Ages 3-6; boys and girls
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.

Questions: Cody.Evans@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3983

Ages 3-4: 9:00 – 9:45 am
Ages 5-6:
10:00 – 10:45 am
Leonhard Recreation Center
Fee (R|NR): $49|$73.50 Includes T-shirt

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.com or 217-819-3919


Leonhard Youth Hoops Basketball Leagues

1st – 8th grade; boys and girls
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.
Questions: 217-398-2550.

Competition/Travel Basketball

Douglass Lions Basketball Team (formerly the Champaign Heat)

5th & 6th grade; boys only (must be on a team to register. Local individuals may try out for Champaign HEAT)

This competitive program is for players looking for a greater challenge than regular recreational leagues and for an opportunity to participate in a summer travel basketball program. Players will train with experienced coaches to play in a local competitive league and may have travel tournament opportunities.
All interested players are required to attend tryouts.

There are no fees to tryout. If selected, registration fees will be collected at the informational meeting.

Requirements: All players must provide birth certificates and maintain good academic standing and attendance. Parents must allow the Park District permission to contact school administration concerning grades and attendance.

Douglass Lions Basketball Team will now be held in Winter/Spring season.

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

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