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From James Naismith’s invention of basketball at the Y in 1891 to today, the Y has a rich tradition in sports played around the globe. We nurture the potential of youth through sports programming by strengthening character, engaging families and building lasting relationships. We are pleased to partner with the Oklahoma City Thunder to further our mission within our youth basketball league, now called the YMCA Thunder Basketball League.

Our Developmental League for youth basketball will have an emphasis on the development and understanding of the game of basketball. Youth basketball officials will be more lenient and assist in helping the child learn the rules as they play basketball games. The season consists of 8 games. The Developmental League is open for children ages 4-12.




YMCA Thunder Basketball 21-22 Winter Academy League FAQ


When will my child practice?

Coaches will get their roster 2 weeks before the first practice and parents should hear from their coach no later than 1 week from their first practice. Practice will be held at the Noble County Family YMCA, Monday – Friday, with games being on Saturdays.

When does the season start and end?

The season starts December 6th, with the first games being on that Saturday the 11th.

There will be a two week break from practices and games for Christmas and New Year’s. Season will pick back up with practices starting on January 3rd and games starting back up the 8th.

The last week of the season will be February 7th with the last games being on February 12th

Will this year be an academy style league?

We do not plan or running an academy style league this year, however if an age group has low registration, we will run an academy style league.

What ages can enroll in basketball? Can my child move up a level?

Ages are 4 & Under6 & Under8 & Under10 & Under, and 12 & Under. Participants are allowed to move up but may not move down unless it has been approved by a director.

What is the cost for the season?

Registration is $45 for members and $65 for non-members per child. Players are required to have a YMCA Thunder jersey, available for purchase at the front desk. Jerseys are $20. If a child already has a YMCA Thunder jersey, they are not required to purchase a new jersey.

What are the dates for the season?

The first practices will be on the week of December 6th. Please see the season schedule below:

Week 1

Dec 6th – 10th 

Game on Dec 11th

Week 2

Dec 13th – 17th 

Game on Dec 18th


Dec 20th – 24th 



Dec 27th – 31st 


Week 3

Jan 3rd – 7th 

Game on Jan 8th

Week 4

Jan 10th – 14th 

Game on Jan 15th

Week 5

Jan 17th – 21st 

Game on Jan 22nd

Week 6

Jan 24th – 28th 

Game on Jan 29th

Week 7

Jan 31st – Feb 4th 

Game on Feb 5th

Week 8

Feb 7th – 11th 

Game on Feb 12th