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Youth Basketball

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The child's age on September 1, 2023 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 will begin September 11 and end November 6.
City of Kannapolis Parks and Recreation Office
401 Laureate Way
Kannapolis, NC 28081
Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm

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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



Additional parent information will be released online or via email after registration has closed. There will be no in person parent meeting.


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.

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Skills assessments and draft days are to be determined but will poissibly take place between November 13-21. These TBD dates/times will be communicated via email and posted here once a final decision has been made. If no skills assessments are conducted, all players will be randomly assigned to teams.

If skills assessments are scheduled, all basketball participants playing in the 9-10 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, 5-6 or 7-8 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 1-3. Please allow volunteer coaches time to contact each participant before contacting our office on December 4 for team information.

Practices for the 5-6 age group and above will begin the week of December 4. Teams will have one practice per week (lasting one hour). There will be NO practices December 18-29 due to the holiday break. Practices will start back on January 1.
Games will be played on Saturdays beginning January 6 and conclude on February 24.

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 6.

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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.

Inclement Weather Hotline 704-920-4344

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.

Click here for our Youth Basketball Information Sheet 

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