Youth Basketball
Youth Basketball

Des Moines Parks and Recreation and Des Moines Public Schools are partnering to offer YOUTH BASKETBALL.

Participants register from mid-August through mid-October each year. Separate leagues are available for boys and girls with each offering divisions for 1st / 2nd grade, 3rd / 4th grade, 5th / 6th grade and 7th grade. Leagues play begins in mid-November and ends with tournament play in February. Practices and games are played at area schools and community centers.  Participants have the option of selecting day of play.

Registration can be made by team or as an individual player; draft teams are formed from individual registrations. Team rosters allow for approximately ten players. Entry fee provides a reversible jersey for each player, ten-game schedule, end-of-season tournament, registered referees and game scorekeepers.


  • Registration Period: August 12 - October 16, 2015 
  • Cost: $450 per team – 10 player roster or $50 individual registration
  • 10-game schedule played from November 7 - February 14, 2016, Saturdays 8am - 4 pm & Sundays 11am - 4pm

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*Non Des Moines teams, or teams with less than 75% of their roster from the city of Des Moines, will be required to pay $18.00 per hour rate to use Des Moines Public School Gymnasiums for practice if they choose to use them. This fee is payable to Des Moines Public Schools.


Inclement Weather Information

A final decision on snow cancellations for youth basketball is typically made by 6:30am on Saturdays and by 9:30am on Sundays. Weeknight cancellations will be made by 4pm. When community center practices are cancelled, we will contact the coach. When school practices are cancelled, the coach will be contacted by a school official. 
Those that have signed up for our text alert will receive a text if games are cancelled. Those who have not signed up for the text alert may do so by texting DSMSPORTS to 84483 to receive league weather information. You may also call our weather hotline at (515) 256-2434 to hear a recorded message.

Team Roster-Waiver Form

Youth Basketball League Rules

Youth Basketball Practice Drills


2015/2016 Youth Basketball Schedules

Boys Schedules

1st & 2nd Grade Boys American East

1st & 2nd Grade Boys National East

1st & 2nd Grade Boys South

1st & 2nd Grade Boys West

3rd & 4th Grade Boys American East

3rd & 4th Grade Boys National East

3rd & 4th Grade Boys South

3rd & 4th Grade Boys West

5th & 6th Grade Boys East

5th & 6th Grade Boys South

5th & 6th Grade Boys West

7th Grade Boys

Girls Schedules

1st & 2nd Grade Girls East

1st & 2nd Grade Girls South

3rd & 4th Grade Girls (Updated 11/16)

5th, 6th and 7th Grade Girls

* "Professional organization, jerseys, paid score keepers, and referees.  All around a nice program."  2014/2015 Parent