Youth Basketball

Youth Basketball registration is during the month of October.

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. Please choose jersey size carefully; supply issues can delay uniform reorders. If in doubt, order the larger size.

Registration is by individual with league assignments are based upon the player’s grade. An additional $20 fee is assessed for late registration. Teams are put together by department staff for grades K-2, and via coaches’ draft for grades 3-12. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions prior to registration.

Practice and Games: Teams practice one evening during the week starting the first week of December with games on Saturdays starting in early January. 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.

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.

2021-2022 YOUTH BASKETBALL KEY DATES

Registration: Friday, Oct. 1 to Friday, Oct. 29.
Complete online anytime, or contact the Parks and Recreation Office 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling
614-277-3050 or visiting the Kingston Center, 3226 Kingston Ave. 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: TBD (mid-November)
Forms Deadline: TBD; please carefully review materials in the Youth Sports Parent Packet and return all necessary completed forms by the deadline.
Practices: Begins week of Dec. 6
Opening Day: Saturday, Jan. 8

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.

Parent/Player Information
Players and parents are responsible for reviewing all information included in the Frequently Asked Questions.
Call 614-277-3050 with any questions.

Parent information: please carefully review materials in the Youth Sports Parent Packet and return all necessary completed forms by the deadline to participate. Forms can be mailed or placed in the Kingston Center drop box at 3226 Kingston Ave., Grove City, OH 43123. They can be emailed, but as a pdf only to parks@grovecityohio.gov.

Coaches
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.

Facilities
The Grove City Parks and Recreation youth basketball league utilizes SWCSD facilities for practice and games. The league will adhere to district guidelines for COVID-19 including, but not limited to, number of spectators and mask usage. Please also respect SWCSD property. No participants or family members/fans should enter other areas of the building, cause damage or otherwise abuse the privilege of using the facilities, as this can lead to the loss of access to facilities and impact the department’s ability to offer basketball and volleyball programs.

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.