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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.


Middle Schoolers to 18+
Test your skills and have fun in our 2-Ball Competition this Fall. 2-Ball is a basketball game that tests your accuracy and precision in shooting. This weekend tournament will have 3 different age divisions from middle schoolers to adults. Get your partner and come show off your skills and teamwork to become our 2-Ball Champion!

2-Ball Rules >>

  • Middle School Boys | 8/27 | F | 5-8p
  • Middle School Girls | 8/27 | F | 5-8p
  • Middle School Co-Ed | 8/27 | F | 5-8p
  • High School Boys | 8/28 | Sa | 9a-12p
  • High School Girls | 8/28 | Sa | 9a-12p
  • High School Co-Ed | 8/28 | Sa | 9a-12p
  • Adult Men | 8/29 | Su | 1-4p
  • Adult Women | 8/29 | Su | 1-4p
  • Adult Co-Ed | 8/29 | Su | 1-4p

Fee (R/NR): $20/$30
Location: Leonhard Recreation Center
Min/Max: 6/20 teams
Deadline: 8/16
Questions: cody.flowers@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3983



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

Dates: Saturdays, October 2-October 23
Deadline: September 24
Location: Leonhard Recreation Center
Fee (R/NR): $49/$73.50, includes t-shirt
Min/Max: 10/24
Questions: cody.flowers@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3983



Grades K-6
This cross-court, officiated league, is 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! Additional times may be added as needed.


  • Grades K-2nd | Saturdays at 9a
  • Grades 3rd-4th | Saturdays at 10a
  • Grades 5th-6th | Saturdays at 11a

Game Dates: January 8-March 5
Deadline: November 24
Tournament: 3/11-3/12
Awards Ceremony: 3/19, 10a
Practices: Practices will start in December. Day/Time varies based on coach.
Location: Douglass Community Center
Fee (R/NR): $60/$90; Additional $10 after deadline if space available.
Min/Max: 20/40
Questions: katherine.hicks@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573


Ages 8-14
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. Camp t-shirt included.

Date: Tuesday, July 13-Thursday, July 15
Time: 9a-12p
Location: Parkland College Gymnasium
Fee (R/NR): $90/$135
Min/Max: 8/30
Deadline: 7/6
Instructor: Anthony Figueroa, Parkland College Basketball Coach and Coaching Staff
Questions: cody.flowers@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3983


Grades K-1st, 2nd-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th (Fall 2021)

We are excited to welcome former Illini and Professional basketball player, Trent Meacham, as he hosts his basketball camp August 10-13! A local native, Trent developed his game into an all-area player during his time at Centennial High School. He continued his basketball playing career at the University of Illinois. With 9 years of professional playing experience in Europe, Trent has been giving back and sharing his knowledge of the game through his basketball camps. Come join the fun as Trent and his team focus on enhancing your child’s fundamentals and character-building skills through the game of basketball. All participants will get a free t-shirt and basketball.

Grades | Date | Day | Time | Min/Max 

  • K-1st | 8/10-8/13 | Tu-F | 8:45-9:45a | 5/250
  • 2nd-5th | 8/10-8/13 | Tu-F | 10-11:15a | 5/250
  • 6th-8th | 8/10-8/13 | Tu-F | 11:30a-12:45p | 5/250
  • 9th-12th | 8/10-8/13 | Tu-F | 1-2:15p | 5/250

Location: Leonard Recreation Center
Fee (R/NR): $65/$97.50
Deadline: July 28
Instructor: Trent Meacham and his instructor team
Questions: brandon.martin@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3986


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-Currently Unavailable

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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