More than 250 children enroll in sports programs — basketball and baseball — at the Benjamin Barnes YMCA. The gymnasium for basketball and the baseball field with covered bleachers make the Barnes Y a great place for children to learn valuable lessons in a Christian environment. The children’s participation in sports not only provides social and recreational opportunities, it also promotes good character, sportsmanship, and teamwork. The programs work in partnership with local and neighboring leagues throughout Alabama and the region. Call (205) 759-4284 for details.

Youth Basketball is held November – February for children ages 6 – 14 and includes a skills clinic, six weeks of games with a double-elimination tournament at the season’s end, and trophy awards for individual participation for all players.

Youth Baseball runs from March – May for children ages 5 – 14 and includes a skills camp, six weeks of games with a double-elimination tournament at the season’s end, the selection of All-Star teams for post-season district and state competition and trophy awards for individual participation for all players. For the last five years, baseball teams have competed at the state level, representing Tuscaloosa as the only area team. In 2013, the 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars won the Best Sportsmanship Award. In 2015, the Barnes Y youth baseball program joined Little League International.

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**Registration has been extended!**

Registration for the 2018-2019 Benjamin Barnes YMCA Youth Basketball League has started and will run through Friday, November 9th at the Barnes Branch on 2939 18th St.

The 2018 season will start in December for players in age brackets of 4-6 years, 7-8 years, 9-10 years, 11-12 years, and 13-14 years. The bracket is determined by the age the player was on Aug. 31.

Fees are $65/child, with a $10 late fee, or $400/team fee for 10 players. Each participant will be required to present a birth certificate when registering.

The season consists of weekly practices leading to 6 Saturday games and 2-3 playoff games. Game times will vary depending on age group.

Volunteers and coaches are needed! If you’d like to get involved this season, or have any questions about registration, contact our Program Director Nick Baldelli-Boggs at nbboggs@ymcatusc.org.