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Youth Basketball

BGCSC Youth Basketball ProgramAbout the Basketball League

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County has an amazing Basketball League! Our league is run in partnership with the Golden State Warriors Jr. Warriors program.  We have highly dedicated, skilled volunteer coaches from the Santa Cruz parent and athletics community and Club members enjoy a very high level of instruction in Basketball skills, teamwork, and play.  Limited to 300 players per November – March season, our September registration day has become a Big Deal!  If you are new to the program, read below to optimize your chances of getting your child enrolled.

Winter League

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County youth basketball league is a co-ed league open to all members in the 3rd through 8th grades age range. Practices are once per week Monday through Friday, with one weekend game either Saturday or Sunday.  Practices begin in late November and games in early January.

In addition, we offer a training program for students in the 1st or 2nd grade (Biddy Ball). Biddy Ball is an eight week program on Saturday mornings from January through March.

Our coaches are dedicated to teaching and developing youth in the game of basketball.  With a one hour practice and a one hour game each week, our players learn the fundamentals of basketball.  The goal of our league is to see youth fall in love with the game of basketball, in the hope that they will continue to grow and be excited about the sport.  We carry a player-to-coach ratio of 10:1.

We have high quality instruction geared toward skill development and a positive teamwork atmosphere.  Players can expect to learn:

  • Individual Defense
  • Footwork
  • Moving without the ball
  • Shooting
  • Positions
  • Ball-Handling
  • Team Play
  • Offensive Moves
  • Team Defense

All players will receive a reversible jersey and shorts to wear during league play.  Additionally they will receive a certificate, trophy and team photo.

Registration for the Winter League will open in September at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County, Downtown Branch, located at 543 Center Street, Santa Cruz. All registrations must be submitted to the Club in person on or after that date.

Registration slots are filled on a first-come first-serve basis. Many divisions are filled the day registration opens. If you wish to guarantee a spot, it is highly recommended that you apply in person on that day. No mailed or emailed registration forms will be accepted.

The 2018 – 2019 season will consist of four separate divisions, as follows:

  • Division 3 – Students enrolled in 3rd or 4th grade
  • Division 2 – Students enrolled in 5th or 6th grade
  • Division 1 – Students enrolled in 7th or 8th grade
  • *Biddy Ball – Students enrolled in 1st or 2nd grade

*Biddy Ball runs for 8 weeks. They do not participate in league play. Their program is structured to teach young players the fundamentals of basketball. We focus on basic ball handling skills as well as positioning.

  • Biddy Ball: 1st and 2nd graders, Saturday Mornings, January – March, price TBD (includes membership fee)
  • Division 1 – 3: 3rd – 8th graders, November – March, price TBD w/ sibling discount (includes membership fee)

Cash, check and credit card all accepted.

Basketball and Biddyball registration only on this day! (no registration for other classes)

2019 Membership due at time of registration, fee is included in the prices above. Membership applications not accepted prior to this date. Your child’s membership becomes effective immediately – that is, if your kid is not already a member, he or she can start coming to the Club for the next 3 months for Afterschool programming, swimming, karate, dance classes and more (additional fees apply), and Winter Day Camp (day use fee applies).

Due to the limited nature of our program, students registering in September must be represented by an adult family member at sign up.  If you wish to have a non-family member register your child, please notify Athletic Director, Bryon Windsor, before registration day, via phone (831-423-3138 ext 24) or email (  You must provide the name of your child(ren) and the name of the person submitting their registration.  No person may register children from more than two families.

Player Evaluations are mandatory!

Player evaluations will be in November.  Evaluation times are assigned by last name.  If you are unable to attend your assigned time, your child may attend any of the other time slots for their division.  Failure to attend evaluations may result in your child being removed from the league.  If you are unable to attend evaluations please contact Bryon prior to November 11th to make arrangements.

Dates and Times TBD
All players who are registered in the league and attend evaluations are guaranteed a spot on the team.  Player evaluations are to help us gauge players and help create balanced teams.  Players will be notified of their team placement by November 16th.  Practices begin the week of November 19th.

Biddy Ball players are not required to attend evaluations.

I missed registration. Can I still sign my child up?

At this time all of our divisions are full.  Please check back on our website in May for information regarding our summer league.

My child is on the waitlist. When will I know if they are in?

At this point all divisions are full.  We will contact people from the waitlist as spaces become available.  We do not anticipate any changes or available spaces until late October.

Does my child need to attend tryouts if he/she is on the waitlist

No.  Only players who are currently registered need to attend tryouts.

When are tryouts?

Click on the Tryouts tab for more information regarding tryouts.  Biddy Ball players are not required to attend tryouts.

My child is unable to attend tryouts. What are our options?

Tryouts are mandatory!  All players who attend tryouts are guaranteed a space on a team.  If your child is unable to attend tryouts you must contact prior to November 9th to arrange an alternate time.  Failure to attend tryouts without prior arrangements will result in your child forfeiting their spot in the league.

If your child wishes to play up or down a division, you MUST complete pre-registration by September 1st and specify that you are requesting a division transfer.

A limited number of division transfer petitions will be granted. Petitions will be reviewed by committee. We may request that your child attend an evaluation prior to registration to help us gauge their success in the requested division.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance or denial prior to registration on September 9th. You will still need to attend registration in person on September 9th to secure a space in the league.

2018/19 Winter League

Registration for the Winter League will be in September and will be announced mid August. Registration packets and online pre-registration will be available starting mid-August.

Support Our Basketball Program

Love the Basketball program and want to make sure other families have scholarship opportunities? Donations welcome!

Volunteers Needed

We are always in need of coaches, referees and score/clock keepers.

Email the Downtown Clubhouse’s Athletic Director, Bryon Windsor, about what you’d like to volunteer to the Basketball program!