Grove City’s youth basketball leagues serve participants in kindergarten through grade 12 with boys and girls competing in separate leagues. Players learn basic technical skills and sportsmanship in a fun, upbeat environment.
Fees, which include a reversible mesh team jersey, are $83 per player for residents and $88 for non-residents. Registration is by individual with teams assigned randomly through a blind draft. League assignments are based upon the player’s grade. An additional $20 fee is assessed for late registration.
Teams practice one evening during the week starting the first week of December with games on Saturdays starting in early January. Season-ending tournaments for grades three through 12 are held in early March. There are no games or practices when the South-Western City School District (SWCSD) is closed for scheduled breaks, holidays or inclement weather or when SWCSD activities are scheduled for the space. Please be aware that due to limited space availability, practice times for all age groups may extend to a completion time as late as 9:30 p.m. Canceled practices are generally not rescheduled.
Participants, coaches, officials and spectators are required to follow special requirements related to COVID-19 including wearing a mask when not actively participating in the game/practice and limits on number of spectators set by SWCSD. For games, only one spectator per player is permitted. For practice, only one spectator per player is allowed for children in kindergarten through grade 2; no spectators are permitted at practice for players in grades 3-12.
Game and practice dates, times and locations and registration periods are subject to change due to inclement weather and other issues. In case of severe weather, call the Weather Update/Information Line at 614-277-3060 (press 6 then 3) to check the status of games and practices. Notices also are posted to the Grove City website, Facebook and Twitter. On Saturdays, the decision on whether to conduct the games is made by 7 a.m.
For more information, download the Frequently Asked Questions, the COVID-19 safety protocol plan and the parent and player codes of conduct.
Volunteer coaches are needed. Those interested should complete the Youth Coach Application, available online and in the Parks and Recreation Department office. Background checks are performed on all applicants. Visit the Youth Coaching Information page for details on coaching responsibilities, expectations and disqualifiers.
Players must complete and submit forms in the parent packet by Friday, Nov. 20 to participate. Forms can be mailed or placed in the Kingston Center drop box at 3226 Kingston Ave., Grove City, OH 43123.
2020-2021 IMPORTANT DATES
Registration: 8 a.m., Monday, Oct. 19 to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6. Registration for specific leagues may close early if all available spots are filled. Complete online or call the Parks and Recreation Office at 614-277-3050, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Be prepared to provide a shirt size, full payment fee, emergency contact information and proof of residency (to show eligibility for the lower fee).
Coaches Meeting: There will be no coaches meeting this season. Coaches will pick up packets from the Kingston Center individually.
Forms Deadline: Friday, Nov. 20
Practices: Begin the week of Jan. 4
Opening Day: Saturday, Jan. 16
Cancellations: check the Weather Update Hotline at 614-277-3060; press 6-3 for the status of games/practices.
There are no youth basketball activities when SWCSD is closed.
Contact the Grove City Parks and Recreation at 614-277-3050 for additional information.
Ohio’s Youth Sports Laws
For athletes participating in youth sports organizations (non-school sports), parents and athletes are required to review the concussion information information annually as well as information related to sudden cardiac arrest.