Youth Challenge Basketball

Let your kids take their basketball play to the next level with the Y Challenge Program. This is challenge-level club developed and operated by the YMCA of the Triangle to offer youth the opportunity to continue their basketball skills at the next level while embodying the coaching style, character building and youth development YMCA youth sports are known for.

Challenge is a competitive level of basketball where player expectations and development are raised beyond recreational basketball. Challenge is not “win at all cost.” Challenge is a player development level.


Challenge teams practice twice per week, play regular season games on Saturday mornings/afternoons, and attend an end of season tournament. A player selected for a Challenge team remains registered to that team for one season (Late April through July 1st)

Age Range

Players must currently be in the 4th or 5th grade to participate in this Challenge League. Birth Certificates must be provided if selected for a team.

Playing time

Players are expected to attend both practices each week and be focused on the training session. Playing time depends primarily on attendance, attitude, and work ethic. However, since the game is the best teacher, players generally play about half the game and earn more playing time based on the above criteria.

Other Teams

Y Challenge teams play against other YMCA of the Triangle Branches. Teams play each other based on a schedule created by the Y Challenge League Director. Each season, Challenge teams play approximately seven games and attend a local tournament to play against competition from around the state.


All regular season opponents are within the Triangle region (Cary, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh). Typical travel time for away games is 15-30 mins.

Program Pricing

Challenge teams incur more costs than recreation teams. Items like uniforms, gym usage, referees, and tournament entry fees are included in the costs. Season costs are $275 for YMCA Members and $300 for YMCA Participants. NO FEE IS DUE UNLESS SELECTED FOR A TEAM.