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Youth Basketball in Kansas City

Ages 3+

The J’s unique approach to youth basketball in Kansas City features quality, consistent guidance by knowledgeable coaches who help players of all ages advance their skills. As young players learn the game and grow their skills in a positive environment, they can continue to be challenged by participating in our leagues, camps, clinics, and more advanced development program. All skill levels are welcome to tryout or sign-up for these youth basketball programs.


Winter Basketball Programs


Tryout Prep Skills Clinic

October 26 – November 11

Great for 8th - 10th Grade These clinics are designed to help prepare current 8th - 10th graders, for their upcoming school tryouts. These clinics will focus on conditioning, skill work, and competition.

8th Grade

Mondays + Wednesdays | 5:45 - 7:00 pm

9th - 10th Grade

Mondays + Wednesdays | 7:15 - 8:30 pm


J Members: $70 | Guest: $90

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Skill Builders Basketball

Winter: November 16 – February 14

Great for Kindergarten - 4th Grade. Skill Builders is The J’s unique approach to youth basketball featuring quality, consistent coaching by knowledgeable coaches; and practices that are run like skill clinics. While individual skill development is stressed in all divisions; there is a greater emphasis on team and game skills in the 2nd/3rd grade and 3rd/4th grade divisions than in the younger age groups. While participants are encouraged to come to as many practices as possible to gain the maximum skill development, attendance at all practices is NOT required.

J Members: $125 | Guest: $175

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Program Features:

  • J Staff Coaches
  • Coed program in Kindergarten
  • Separate Boys' and Girls' divisions beginning in 1st Grade
  • Age appropriate equipment
  • Sign up individually, but teammate requests accepted
  • Games played on weekends
  • All practices and games take place at The J
  • Character development


Winter Skills Clinics

November 6 - December 18

The Basketball Clinics are designed to help young players improve their fundamental basketball skills using age appropriate equipment. Each session will focus on the core skills of dribbling, passing, and shooting, but other skills will also be included during the program. The curriculum becomes increasingly more challenging as players progress to higher levels. Basketballs are provided during the clinic.

Level 3: 4th - 7th Grade

Boys & Girls - Fridays 4:30 - 5:45 pm

J Members: $65 | Guest: $90

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Jump Start Basketball

Winter: December 6 – February 14

Great for Pre-K/4-5 year olds. This popular program for children entering kindergarten in the Fall is led by J staff.  Children are introduced to the basic skills of basketball using age appropriate learning progressions and equipment. While individual skills are the focus; game playing is introduced as the program progresses. Parents are asked to help with some of the drills especially during the first few weeks of the program. Jersey & award included.

J Members: $95 | Guest: $125

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Program Features:

  • J Staff Coaches
  • Introduction to the basic skills of basketball
  • Age appropriate equipment
  • Scrimmage games included as season progresses
  • Sign up individually, but teammate requests accepted


Questions about Basketball? Contact Daniel Marklewitz at (913) 327-8009 or by email.



Great for kids ages 3-PreK. Learn the basics of basketball such as dribbling, passing, and shooting (on age-appropriate goals.)

Participants in CDC, After-School Program, and HBHA are picked up and brought to the class and then returned to CDC, After-School Program, and HBHA as needed, eliminating the need for you to run them to activities in the evening!

J Members: $60-$95 | Guest: $90-$140 (some sessions have fewer classes due to holidays)

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Questions about FUN-atics? Contact Will Grefrath by email.

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