Welcome to the 2022-2023 New Canaan YMCA Youth Basketball League (Y-Ball)!
The goal of the Y-Ball program is to develop the whole basketball player; providing each participant with an opportunity to improve basketball skills, develop gameplay, and build friendships, all while having fun and fostering a love for the game.
2022-2023 Y-Ball Program Overview
K-8th Grade League:
The New Canaan YMCA’s Youth Y-Ball league provides participants with the fun and enriching opportunity to develop skills and knowledge of the game in both a practice and game environment. Teams play games on Saturdays and are led by volunteer coaches. Practices are held during the week and are also led by volunteer coaches under the guidance of the Y’s Sports Director.
The league is open to boys and girls in grades K-8 and is separated by grade into the following structure:
Boys’ League: K & 1st grades, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, and 7th & 8th grades.
Girls’ League: K & 1st grades, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, and 7th & 8th grades.
*Some grade levels may be combined based on registration numbers.
There is a mandatory evaluation for all participants in order to be placed on a team in this league. Evaluations are mandatory for all Y-Ball participants in order to create a league where all teams and players have a chance to thrive.
**Please understand that due to the magnitude of this program, we cannot honor any special requests for team placement with individual coaches or other players.**
High School Basketball League (Grades 9-12)
The High School Y-Ball league is a fun league designed for high school students to enjoy playing the game with friends in a non-competitive environment. Teams are led by volunteer high school captains. The registration deadline and season start date for this league are extended to accommodate the high school team try-outs. Please note according to CIAC rules, participants are not eligible to play in the league if they play for the high school team. Following the registration deadline, team captains will host a draft to select teams. Teams in this league do not have formal practices, and just enjoy games on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays throughout the season. If you would like to be a captain, please contact Lenwood Latta, Sports Director, by email.
Registration & Required Forms: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Registration is required for all players and may be completed through the Y’s membership portal online. Required forms must also be completed and submitted by Friday, November 7 in order to participate in the Youth Y-Ball league (grades K-8) and by Thursday, December 8 to participate in the High School Y-Ball League (grades 9-12).
- Code of Conduct for Players
- Code of Conduct for Parents/Spectators
- Program Registration Form
- Emergency Contact and Permission Authorization Form
- Acknowledgement of Risk and Waiver of Liability Form
- New Canaan YMCA Member:* $325
- Non-Member: $525
*New Canaan YMCA membership must be valid throughout the duration of Y-Ball season, which ends on Saturday, March 25, 2022. Please note: If membership expires during basketball season, it must be renewed, or the non-member fee will be charged.
The New Canaan YMCA strives to serve everyone in our community, regardless of individual or economic circumstances. Applications for financial assistance can be found online or at the Front Desk.
- New applicants should apply in a timely manner to ensure approval by the registration deadline.
- Current Financial Assistance recipients should contact below directly:
Diana Riolo, Assistant Director of Development & Community Impact: 203-920-1653 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents must complete a Refund Request Form. Full refunds will be given before the basketball season begins. After the season starts, a prorated refund will be provided, less a $15 per child service charge if the vacated space can be filled. If the space cannot be filled, then no refund will be issued. There will be no refund of league registration fees for non-members who become Y members after registration ends.
Registration & League Dates
K-8th Grade League:
Registration Begins: Monday, October 3
Registration Ends: Monday, November 7*
K-8 Practice Begins: Monday, November 28
K-8 Season: Saturday, December 3-March 25
*Any participant in grades K-8 not registered by Monday, November 7, will be placed on a waiting list and will
not be guaranteed a spot in the program
High School League:
Registration Begins: Monday, October 3
Registration Ends: Thursday, December 8
Season Duration: Thursday, January 12-Saturday, March 25
*Please Note: League schedule follows the NCPS school calendar. Games and practices will not be held on the following dates: 12/24/22-12/31/22, 2/20/23-2/25/23
Mandatory Evaluation Dates
Weekly Practice Schedule
Weekly practice schedules will be determined based on enrollment, league structure, and volunteer coach availability Monday-Thursday throughout the duration of the league.
Interested in becoming a volunteer coach? Please complete the fillable volunteer coaches form online and submit to Lenwood Latta, Sports Director, by email. Coaches’ responsibilities include attending practice during the week and coaching a team during games on Saturdays throughout the season.
New Canaan YMCA volunteer registration is required for all coaches. The process is brief, can be completed online, and includes authorization for a background check and a brief online “safe sport” training. This process is designed to foster a safe environment for all. Volunteers will not be able to coach until this process is completed. For additional information and to submit your volunteer form, contact Lenwood Latta, Sports Director, by email.