Sports and Leadership Programs

The Greater Waterbury YMCA Youth & Teen program is based on the foundation of teaching children the importance of YMCA core values: honesty, caring, respect and responsibility. Each program provides learning, leadership and friendship opportunities for the youth and teens in our community.

Basketball Programs

Buddies, Pee Wee, & Rookies Basketball

These are 7-week instructional programs for boys and girls ages 3, 4-5, & 6-7 years old respectively. They are designed to teach the basic rules and fundamentals of the game. Players will practice dribbling, passing, shooting, learn the rules of the game, and most of all…have FUN! Sessions are held at the YMCA on Saturday mornings.

WBA Basketball Program

WBA Basketball is a subsidized program that allows young men in Waterbury to try out for a spot on one of the Y’s teams. The team practices in Waterbury and plays in tournaments along the Northeast, with the opportunity to play other talent and be seen by college scouts. Team members are given time for college preparation and tutoring to maintain good grades in school. Minimum GPA required for participation.

Skills and Drills

Didn’t make your school's basketball team or just want to improve your skill set? Well, you now have the opportunity to do so with the Y. Skills and Drills is a program designed to help you improve your game. With this program, you will work on advanced skill sets with some physical training. There will be one on one instruction in a group setting. Remember, there is always room for improvement.

YMCA Summer League

This summer basketball league for high schoolers in the Greater Waterbury and surrounding areas begins in July and ends before the school basketball season begins. Rosters are set by the high school coaches for each team.

Game Time Hoops (8-9, 10-11 & 12-15 yrs)

Game Time Hoops is a 3-month long program. There is practice on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for 1 hour. This program is appropriate for kids who have some basketball experience and would benefit from a league that plays games and holds instructional practices. This league runs on Saturdays for 3 months, and everyone makes a team. At the conclusion of the league, all participants receive a medal.

Leadership & Growth Programs

Leaders Club

The Leaders Club at the Greater Waterbury YMCA teaches local youth about the importance of growing their skills in choice-making, public speaking, financial responsibility, community partnerships, college preparation, and appropriate media communications.

Youth and Government in Waterbury

Local high school students participate in a mock legislative session, writing & debating bills and traveling to the State Youth and Government conference in Hartford in March each year. The Y hosts delegations in Waterbury.

Download the CDC Youth Sports Concussion Fact Sheet

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For additional information on programs, contact Edna Walton, Director of Youth Development 


203.754.YMCA X162