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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.

Youth Hoops Basketball Clinics

1st-8th graders
Join the Champaign Park District for our NEW basketball clinic offered at the Leonhard Recreation Center. This clinic is designed to develop and enhance fundamentals, game strategy, and sportsmanship. Improve your dribbling, passing, shooting, and defensive skills this January. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Champaign Park District cancelled the traditional Youth Hoops season to ensure the safety of our participants.

Location: Leonhard Recreation Center
Deadline: January 30 | $10 late fee if registering after the deadline.
Questions: justice.miller@champaignparks.org or 401-835-4732



Douglass Basketball Clinic

3rd-8th Graders

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

Days: W/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




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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