Youth Basketball

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

Participants register from August 1 through October 1 each year. Separate leagues are available for boys and girls with boys offering divisions for 1st / 2nd grade, 3rd / 4th grade, 5th / 6th grade and 7th grade; girls leagues will be 1st grade / 2nd grade, 3rd grade / 4th grade, and 5th-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 1 - October 1
  • Cost: $550 per team – 10 player roster or $60 individual registration
  • 10-game schedule played from late October - Mid-February  
  • Final Four played at the Knapp Center
  • Call IMPACT Community Action Partnership at 515-518-4770 for GRASP scholarship eligibility
For additional information, email
Volunteer Information
All volunteer coaches will need to fill out background check information and send it into Please understand that if we do not receive these forms from the volunteer coach of a team within a week after the registration deadline, that we may have to issue refunds. Below are the forms that need to be completed and a list of offenses that will disqualify you:
Register HERE

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.

Youth Basketball Practice Drills


Knapp Center Final 4

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Boys Tournament Brackets

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Girls Tournament Brackets

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Tournament Seeding Information

Click HERE for Seeding Information

Youth Basketball Picture Schedules

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Youth Basketball Schedules

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