The Santa Monica YMCA is again offering a summer youth basketball experience with their summer kids pickup league.

Each Monday and Wednesday afternoon and evening from June 16 through early August, kids can play on teams that get picked that day. Ages 5-9 play from 5 – 6:15 p.m., and then ages 10 – 14 play from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

There will be no instruction, no coaching, no adults allowed, just kids and the program supervisor. Players will learn how to select teams, call their own fouls and violations, settle their own disputes in full court, half court, league and tournament games. No uniforms, no trophies, just fun. The program has a one-time cost of $25 for Santa Monica YMCA members or $160 for non-members. Participants can sign up on their first visit and play as often as they’d like. Contact youth basketball coordinator Peter Arbogast at (310) 393-2721 ext. 137 for more information.

In addition, sign-ups continue for their day camp (two-week sessions throughout the summer) and residence camp on the shores of Big Bear Lake July 12-19 and July 19-26. There is a need for male volunteer counselors (age 18 and over) for the mountain camp experience for one or both weeks. Contact camp director Valerie Page at (310) 393-2721 ext. 123 to signup to attend camp or to volunteer.

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