Our goal is to provide every athlete with quality coaching and mentorship from our coaches, through developmentally appropriate drills and customized instruction for each age level. We strive toward a focus on defined fundamentals, instilling the importance of teamwork, creating a positive learning environment, amounting to building athletes’ confidence, encouraging hard work, focus, and persistence. 

This League is for youth ages 5 - 12, and athletes will be divided by age groups. Practices will begin at the Y during the week of December 12th.  Games will begin on January 8th. The cost is $45 for members & $65 for nonmembers. 

Please contact Jennifer Kime at for more info!


Register Online Here!




History of Basketball at the YMCA

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 Character Development League for youth basketball will have an emphasis on developing fundamentals and understanding of the game of basketball, while developing social skills and self-esteem. 



An official Thunder YMCA Jersey must be worn for league play.  Jerseys are $25 and can be purchased here:

When will my child practice?

Practices will occur once per week for all divisions, Monday – Thursday nights, and games will happen on Saturday mornings. Practice night requests are offered at sign-up. We do our best to accommodate all requests, but they are not guaranteed. We will notify parents of their team assignments the week ahead of first practices for your division. Please ensure your email and phone number are current on your registration paperwork – this is how we will notify you of your team assignment.

What can I expect from this season?

YMCA Youth Sports are all about building strong character, community, and fundamental skills. Team sizes will be limited to 12 players so that each athlete has the greatest opportunity for skill development and play time while creating a safe and healthy environment for players, parents, volunteers, coaches, and referees. While families may request practice nights, teams, or coaches, we must make sure our teams are split up evenly to optimize each player’s experience.

Skill development will be the focus of this league. YMCA staff will provide coaches and parents with training, drills, and information to help their athletes improve. Volunteers must pass a background check and participate in a few trainings prior to the season. If you are interested in volunteering as a coach, assistant coach, or scoreboard operator for YMCA Thunder Basketball, please email our sports team at

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

This league works with youth ages 3-12 and will assign your athlete to the appropriate division based on their age on 8/31/2023. Participants may move to another division that best aligns with their skills, but it must be approved by a director.

  • Young Athlete’s Division (4U) – Co-Ed Fundamental Season for 3 & 4 Year-Olds
  • 5 & 6 Year-Olds Co-Ed Division (6U)
  • Girls Divisions for 8U (7-8 year-olds), 10U (9-10 year-olds), and 12U (11-12 year-olds)
  • Boys Divisions for 8U (7-8 year-olds), 10U (9-10 year-olds), and 12U (11-12 year-olds)
What health precautions are in place?

Our goal is to provide as safe and healthy a sports experience as possible for our community. If you or your athlete is running a fever or has been ill in the past 24 hours, we ask that you stay home for your health and the health of your team. If you, your player, or anyone in your family is feeling ill or displaying symptoms of illness, we ask that you stay home.

How will the Sports Department communicate with me?

For initial communication, we will call and email the primary and secondary families listed on the registration form. Once teams have been assigned, each contact will be added to a group chat on the GroupMe App where you can communicate directly with fellow families and staff.