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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.

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Pre-School Basketball

Douglass Mini Ballers Clinic

Ages 3-5; boys and girls
This program is offered in June, July, October, and November.

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

Saturdays, June 3- June 24
Saturdays, July 8-July 29
10:00 -10:45a
Douglass Community Center
Fee (R|NR): $25|$37.50 Includes T-shirt
Questions: Tiffany.White@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2573.

 
 

Mini Dribblers Basketball Clinic

Ages 3-6; boys and girls
This program is offered in June and July.

Calling all pre-schoolers – this is your chance to be a big star! Mini Dribblers is designed to practice basic dribbling, passing and shooting skills. We’ll use 8’ hoops, just the right size when starting out. Players will be grouped with those of similar ability.

Thursdays, June 8- June 29
Wednesdays, July 12- August 2
5:30 -6:30p
Leonhard Recreation Center
Fee (R|NR): $49|$73.50 Includes T-shirt
Questions: Cody.Evans@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3983

 
 

Coach Figueroa Parkland Basketball Academy

Ages 8-14; boys and girls
Parkland Head Coach Anthony Figueroa and the Champaign Park District will be offering individualized instruction in basketball fundamentals for all levels of talent. Campers will work on shooting, ball-handling, passing, dribbling, defensive positioning, footwork, using screens, and guarding on and off the ball. Campers participate in several individual and team competitions.
Instructor: Anthony Figueroa, Parkland College Basketball Coach and Coaching Staff

Monday-Friday, 9:00a-Noon
June 6-June 10
Fee (R|NR): $128|$192 Includes t-shirt
Questions: Cody.Evans@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3983

 
 

School Age Recreational Basketball

Leonhard Youth Hoops Basketball Leagues

1st – 8th grade; boys and girls
This program is offered in the Fall & Spring.  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.  After 2nd grade, boys and girls play in separate leagues.  Games and practices may be held at the Leonhard Recreation Center, Barkstall Elementary School, or Stratton Elementary School.  Older leagues may occasionally play in Urbana.  Please plan to attend a Skills Assessment prior to team assignments. See the Winter/Spring Program Guide for more information or to register. Questions: 217-398-2550.

Spring Youth Hoops Skills Assessment schedule for January 9th at Leonhard Recreation Center:
9:00am- 1st and 2nd Graders
10:15am- 3rd and 4th Graders
11:30am- 5th and 6th Graders
12:45pm- 7th and 8th Graders

Schedules

Douglass First String Basketball

Ages 5-11; boys and girls
This program is offered in the Fall at the Douglass Community Center.  Participants will learn the basics of the game in this officiated co-ed league. Please see the Fall Program Guide for more information or to register. Questions: Tiffany White or 217-398-2573.

Competition/Travel Basketball

Douglass Competitive Basketball League

5th & 6th grade; boys only
This program is offered in the Fall at the Douglass Community Center and is designed for 5th and 6th grade boys who are looking for more competitive play in a family atmosphere.  You will play against teams from the surrounding area which may include Champaign, Mahomet, St. Joseph and others.  Online registration is not available for this program. Please see the Fall Program Guide for more information or contact Tiffany White or 217-398-2573.

Champaign HEAT Basketball Team

5th & 6th grade; boys only (must be on a team to register. Local individuals may try out for Champaign HEAT)
This program is offered in the Fall at the Douglass Community Center and is designed as a bridge opportunity for those players looking for a challenge or who want to get ready for summer travel basketball.  HEAT players train with experienced coaches twice a week, compete in a local competitive league, and may have a travel tournament opportunity.  All interested players must attend try-outs (which are free).  After try-outs, 13 players will be selected to participate.  Online registration is not available for this program. Please see the Fall Program Guide for more information or contact Jameel Jones or 217-398-2573.

Coach Figueroa Parkland Basketball Academy

Ages 8-14; boys and girls
Parkland Head Coach Anthony Figueroa and the Champaign Park District will be offering individualized instruction in basketball fundamentals for all levels of talent. Campers will work on shooting, ball-handling, passing, dribbling, defensive positioning, footwork, using screens, and guarding on and off the ball. Campers participate in several individual and team competitions.
Instructor: Anthony Figueroa, Parkland College Basketball Coach and Coaching Staff

Monday-Friday, 9:00a-Noon
June 6-June 10
Fee (R|NR): $128|$192 Includes t-shirt
Questions: Cody.Evans@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3983

 
 

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