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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.


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



1st-8th Graders

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.

  • Deadline to Register – Tu, January 3
  • Coaches Meeting – January 10
  • Coaches Contact – Week of January 9
  • Practices Begin – Week of January 16
  • Games Begin – January 28

Fee (R/NR): and Deadline: $75/$112.50 by January 3

Late registration: If there are openings, a $10 late fee will be added. No late registration will be accepted after January 6.

Uniform Fee: Jersey $20. Purchase of uniform needs to be done at Leonhard Recreation Center. Email will go out when uniform is available for purchase.

Practices: Practices are once or twice a week depending upon league. Practices generally begin third week in January. Practices will be held at Barkstall or Stratton.

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. Rosters will be reset each year.

Game Day & Location: Games begin the last Saturday in January and will be played on Saturdays. Locations are TBD.

Volunteer Coaches Needed: Check the Champaign Park District volunteer page for more 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 on January 10.

Questions: cody.flowers@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3983




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