If you’re looking for a way to keep your kids active during the fall and winter, yet keep them dry, city basketball programs are a great option.
Basketball is a highly cardiovascular activity, getting the heart rate up and, depending on the level of play, it can really keep you moving around the court.
Many children just don’t get enough exercise anymore, and instead of sitting at home on the computer during the rainy months, it is much better to have them do something active and make new friends in the process.
These programs are great in that they make sure that everyone gets playing time, and the youth teams even get a reversible jersey. The programs promote fair play, teamwork, learning of the game and sharpening of their skills.
Milpitas, Fremont and Newark all have basketball programs during the fall and winter.
YBA - Youth Basketball
This is an eight-week program for boys and girls, and fills up quickly due to its popularity. Focus is on learning the basics in a fun environment. Practices will be from 5-6 p.m. and games are on the weekends. This program runs from January to March, and Organizational Day is on Jan. 7 at the in the large gym. Participants will get a reversible jersey.
They are still looking for volunteer coaches! For more information, call Volunteer Services at 408-586-3207.
Instructor: South Bay Scholars.
Location: All practices and games are held at , 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd.
Activity Guide: http://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/_pdfs/rec_activity_guide.pdf
The City of Fremont offers a youth basketball league for boys and girls for preschool eighth grade. The league is sponsored by the American Swim Academy and runs December through February. Sign-up begins in July. If low enrollment occurs, some leagues may be combined.
Games are played on Saturdays at the Irvington Community Center, with some groups playing at other locations throughout Fremont. Due to a growing number of participants, games may be played on Sunday. Practices are held weekday evenings for only 1 hour per team per week, and are only for the third- to eighth-grade groups. Practice times vary each week.
For pre-K through second grades it is more instructional and game scores are not kept. The City staff simulates game situations and helps the children understand the game of basketball for the first 15 minutes of the allotted hour, with the remaining time spent in a game. City staff will coach all games.
Instructors: City of Fremont staff, in partnership with American Swim Academy
Newark’s Jr. Warriors Basketball league is for kindergarten through second grades in partnership with the Golden State Warriors and the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA. Recreation-level instruction and league play is on Saturdays at the .
The program includes a Junior Warriors Reversible Jersey; a Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA school folder; a family calendar, player and parent guide; and a membership card.
Instructors: Newark Recreation and Community Services Youth Sports Staff
Location: , 6800 Mowry Ave., Newark
For more information or to register, click here
Newark’s Little Shooters camps are also for kindergarten through second Grades. The programs consists of four-day mini-camps in which first-time players learn the fundamentals of ball handling, passing, defense and shooting in a “fun-petitive," not competitive, environment. Players with experience can sharpen their skills for the upcoming season.
Instructors: Newark Recreation & Community Services Department Youth Sports Staff
Location: , 6800 Mowry Ave., Newark
For more information or to register, click here.