Youth Basketball League

Posted on 08/08/2018
Youth basketball program kids at playMill Creek’s Youth Basketball League has been a wildly successful program that gets children of all ages out and active with their peers. The 2018-2019 season is bound to be another great success for the some 800 kids that participate on 80 teams.

Chris Beatty has been coaching in the program for the past eight years and has watched kids get better with every passing year.

Beatty started working with the league as an assistant basketball coach eight years ago when his son was enrolled on a co-ed kindergarten team. He later became the head coach for his daughter’s kindergarten team. Beatty noted he comes back year after year to coach because the experience is more than just watching kids play ball.

“It’s so fun to see the same kids every season, not just on our teams but on the other teams as well. Watching the kids grow to become close friends is something I’ll always cherish,” Beatty said. “Plus, it’s very satisfying to see a kid develop their skills from kindergarten up until they start competing at the next level.”

Beatty wants other kids to join in on the fun of Youth Basketball League, with benefits like making friends, problem solving, working toward a goal and just having a lot of fun in the process.

“My favorite part of this league getting a kid on my team that is kind of shy and reserved and watching them transform,” he said. “By the end of the season, they’re having fun with their friends and being engaged in the activity.”

Kids that participate in Youth Basketball League learn the basics of basketball, but according to Beatty there is more than just learning how to properly shoot a layup.

“Kids also have the opportunity to learn how to cope with disappointment when they miss a shot, as well as how to win with grace,” he said. “They learn to understand that their opponent put forth as much effort as them and put their feelings on the line when they stepped out onto the court.”

The Youth Basketball League is for boys and girls in kindergarten through eighth grades. It is open to everyone, novice and skilled players alike. It also helps connect kids with peers from other schools, broadening their friends group.

The program has another benefit: parental engagement.

“This is a great opportunity for parents to get involved as coaches,” said Kristen Rasmussen, Mill Creek Recreation and Tourism coordinator. “It’s an incredible thing for a child is to have an adult invest time in them while they are growing in character, skill and confidence. This is a great program for adults to be involved with our community’s youth.”

Registration for the 2018-2019 Youth Basketball League opens Monday, Aug. 13, and closes Sept. 30. Fees are $140 for kindergarten, and $160 for first through eighth grades. A $10 late fee will be charged for registrations received after Sept. 30. Additional league information is online at cityofmillcreek.com/basketball.