Youth Basketball

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The Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department offers two seasons of Youth Basketball, a program that is designed to encourage youth of all ages (3-17), gender, and ability. The purpose of the league is to develop the fundamentals of the game and promote team play through teaching, training, and sportsmanship. By not overly emphasizing winning every game as a primary goal, we are able to encourage skill development, a positive attitude, and build self-esteem.

Once a player has registered, they will take part in a 3-week camp (included in registration) where all players will be able to "shake the dust off" and staff will be able to  evaluate each player. Staff and coaches then creates teams of equality taking into account each child's age, height and ability. In addition, the Athletic Staff will review the coach requirements which will enable them to assign coaches so the teams may begin to practice. Teams will be scheduled eight regular season games and all teams compete in a season ending single elimination tournament (Divisions 5 and up).

Beginner or Experienced player, this league has a little something for everyone.

Parents, we even have something for you...Air Conditioned Gymnasium!

For more information please check out the FAQ’s or contact staff at 941-742-5923.

Interested in volunteering?


If interested, please fill out the attached forms and return to the Athletics office at the G.T. Bray Recreation Center.


Coaches Application Volunteer Form Background Form




Youth Basketball Registration Information

 General Information:

 Ages: 3 - 17 years old (boys and girls)
 Team Fee: $65/per player (includes team jersey and preseason camp)
 League Information 8 games plus playoffs
 Practices: Various school gymnasiums throughout the County
 Games: Played at G.T. Bray Park (indoor hardwood court)
  On-Site: G.T. Bray Recreation Center
    5502 33rd Avenue Drive West
    Bradenton, FL  34209
  Online: Click on "Register Now" link in right column
    (parent will be required to sign a waiver
    prior to participation)



Spring Season 2017


  Registration  Month of January
  Preseason Camp       Starts week of February 6  
  Season Begins  Week of February 27


For additional information, contact the G.T. Bray Recreation Center at (941)742-5923 or email



NEW! Team Competitive Program

Bring an entire team!  Contact us for up-to-date age restrictions.



  • Head and Assistant Coaches
  • Team Moms
  • Team Sponsors: $125/team