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Youth Basketball

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2020-2021 City of Kannapolis
Youth Basketball Leagues


The child's age on October 15, 2020 determines the division of play.

• Instructional 3-4    • Coed 5-6
• Boys 7-8   • Girls 7-8
• Boys 9-10   • Girls 9-10
• Boys 11-12   • Girls 11-12
• Boys 13-15   • Girls 13-15   

3-4 Instructional Division: This division is designed to introduce players to organized sports. Rules are simplified, team rosters are reduced and playing season is compacted to allow maximum exposure in a limited time frame.

5-6 & 7-8 Divisions: These divisions are designed to introduce players to organized sports and begin developing fundamentals for each specific sport. Rules are modified to provide the optimum playing experience for novice participants.

9-10 Divisions: This division builds on basic fundamentals of a given sport. Rules are slightly modified to provide optimum playing experience for participants with limited exposure.

11-12 & 13-15 Divisions: These divisions are designed to promote teamwork, sportsmanship and advance fundamental development. No rule modifications or slight rule modifications to provide optimum playing experience.


Resident of Kannapolis: $40
Non-Resident: $60
Financial Assistance is Available. Click here to learn more about scholarships.
Registration fees include cost for uniforms, practices and games.

Registration wil begin October 1 and end November 30.
Register online (RECOMMENDED) or in person at:
City of Kannapolis Parks and Recreation Office
401 Laureate Way
Kannapolis, NC 28081
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
***In person registration begins October 12 but could change pending Kannapolis City Hall opening/closing changes***


Proper athletic shoes are required on all gym surfaces.

 League  Ball size
 Instructional 3-4  27.5 basketball
 Coed 5-6, Boys 7-8, Boys 9-10  28.5 basketball
 All Girl's Leagues  28.5 basketball
 Boys 11-12 and Boys 13-15  29.5 basketball


 League  Goal Height
 Instructional 3-4  6 foot
 Coed 5-6, Boys 7-8, Girls 7-8  8 foot
 All leagues 9 & up  10 foot



There will be no in-person parent meeting, but parents are required to watch the parent's video for additional program information and what to expect from this program. The parent's video will be posted here by November 30.


We need your help!! Potential coaches must be 18 years or older, complete a coach’s application, pass a criminal background check and sign the Coach's Code of Conduct. Approved coaches must attend a mandatory coaches meeting (may be virtual or required to watch coach video) and will be given a photo ID Coach badge. Coaches are required to wear their ID badges at all practices and games. Completion of paperwork does not guarantee a coaching position.

coach smith


It is our current plan to have skills assessments sometime between December 7-19. These TBD dayes/times will be communicated via email and posted here once a final decision has been made. If no skills days can take place then all players will be randomly assigned to teams.

All basketball participants playing in the 7-8 year old age group or older are required to attend skills assessments. If a child does not attend a skills assessment, then that child will be randomly assigned to a team at the player draft. 

There are no skills assessments for the 3-4 or 5-6 year old age groups. All players in these age groups will be randomly assigned to teams.


Coaches will contact players after team assignments sometime between December 28-January 3. Please allow volunteer coaches time to contact each participant before contacting our office on January 4 for team information.

Practices for the 5-6 age group and above will begin the week of January 4. Teams will have one practice per week (lasting one hour).
Games will be played on Saturdays beginning January 16 and conclude on March 6.

Depending on schedules and gym availability, some weeknight games may be necessary. Practices and games will be played primarily at Kannapolis City Schools. Nearby Cabarrus County schools or additional facilities may be utilized if registration numbers dictate that a particular division play countywide.

The instructional 3-4 program will begin Saturday January 16.

instructional basketball player


Team Pictures - Team and individual pictures opportunities will be available. Days, times and locations will be announced once scheduled.

Sponsorship - If you would like to sponsor a team, opportunities are available. Please see the attached Sponsor letter and sponsor document or contact our office.

Special Request - Requesting a particular coach, teammate or practice night does not guarantee that request, but staff will do all they can to help grant a request.

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COVID-19 precautions will be observed. The City of Kannapolis reserves the right to cancel, delay or otherwise alter the season if safety guidlines make it necessary to do so. Please click the below link for additional information.

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