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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.

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.

Douglass Basketball Clinic

3rd-8th graders
Join the Champaign Park District and FT. SOOY Foundation for this NEW basketball clinic offered at the Douglass Community Center. The clinic is designed to develop fundamental basketball skills while learning teamwork, strategy, and sportsmanship.

3rd-5th | 9/8 & 9/10 | Deadline: 9/4
6th-8th | 9/22 & 9/24 | Deadline: 9/18
3rd-5th | 10/6 & 10/8 |  Deadline: 10/2 
6th-8th | 10/20 & 10/22 | Deadline: 10/16
3rd-5th | 11/3 & 11/5 | Deadline: 10/30 
6th-8th | 11/17 & 11/19 | Deadline: 11/13 

Days: Tu/Th
Time: 6-8p
Location: Douglass Community Center
Fee (R/NR): $50/$75
Min/Max: 12/25
Questions: katherine.hicks@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573



Douglass First String Basketball

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.

K-2nd | 1/9-3/6 | Saturday | 9a 
3rd-4th | 1/9-3/6 | Saturday | 10a  
5th-6th | 1/9-3/6 | Saturday | 11a 

Tournament: 3/12-3/13, 2021
Deadline: November 23, 2020
Awards Ceremony: 3/20, 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.
Questions: katherine.hicks@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573


Leonhard Youth Hoops Basketball Leagues

Please come back for the Winter/Spring 2021 Explore! Program Guide for registration information.



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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