YMCA Basketball Academy (YBA)

Get in the game! The YMCA Basketball Academy (YBA) is back and better than ever! YBA is an instructional program designed for youngsters new to the sport of basketball as well as those who want to brush up on the rules, tactics, and skills, improve their game and most importantly, HAVE FUN!


Returning participants can use their orange/white jersey that was used in prior seasons.  If a new jersey is needed, they can be purchased for an additional $10.

Volunteer Coaches Wanted

Interested in making a positive impact on the youth of the community? Coaching is a great way to have some fun and teach the kids about basketball.  If interested, contact Nate Goddard at ngoddard@ymcabaycity.org

Officials Wanted

The YMCA is seeking individuals that are interested in officiating YBA games.  Must be motivated, dependable, mature, responsible and knowledgeable about basketball.  High school and college students welcome.  For additional information contact Nate Goddard.

Financial Assistance Available

Financial assistance is available through the Jeff Buczek Memorial Scholarship Fund.  If you would like more information on this, please contact Joslyn Jamrog at 989-895-8596 or jjamrog@ymcabaycity.org.

For more information regarding the YBA season contact Nate Goddard at ngoddard@ymcabaycity.org or 989-895-8596

Hoopsters (Ages 3-5yrs)

Hoopsters is a co-ed program that introduces the youngsters to the game of basketball. The hoops are lowered and hoop attachments are used to lower the basket to six feet. Offensive skills are the primary focus in this ‘first time’ basketball exposure for participants. Shooting, dribbling and passing are the main areas of focus. Participants will attend one session each week. November 7 – December 20. Each day is limited to 35 participants.

Registration (Aug 14-Sept 25) : $40
Late Registration (Sept 26 – Oct. 9): $50

Tues/Wed 5:30-6:15pm


Kindergarten-6th Grade

Teams are formed based on the school/ location of the player. Each team is guaranteed at least one, one hour practice per week. Games will be played on Saturdays beginning November 5th at either the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA or Handy Middle School. Practices will begin the week of October 23rd.

BCPS $45
Community Members $60
Late Registration (Sept 26-Oct 9)

BCPS $55
Community Members $70

Games will be played on 11/4, 11/11,
11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 1/6, 1/13
(last games for K-3rd grade, tournament
begins for 4th-6th grades), and 1/20
(tournament finishes for 4th-6th grades)


Competitve Divisions for 5th/6th Grades

Competitive division games will be played more like a middle school regulation game. Players in competitive divisions should have 2-3 years experience and an expanding knowledge of basketball. Boys and girls will be separated and each grade will have their own division. Team rosters will need to be turned in with coach/player captain registration. Teams for competitive divisions must have a coach before registering.

Registration (Aug 14-Sept 25) $65

Late Registration (Sept 26-Oct 9) $75


Jersey Order

YBA jerseys will need to be ordered separately from the program registration for new participants or for returning participants who need a new jersey.