Please check our main Recreation & Parks webpage for all updates. 
Please call our inclement weather lines about the status of camps, programs, events, facilities, and parks: www.howardcountymd.gov/inclementweatherlines.

  • In-person camps have begun. Due to safety requirements, many camps have been cancelled.
  • This spreadsheet is a list of camps that are ready to run. This list will grow weekly, so please check back often.
  • HCRP Summer Camp COVID Safety Policies (updated June 2020)
  • Click here for a list of our online/virtual camps.
  • Click here for a list of our adult in-person programs.
  • Click here for a list of our youth in-person programs.
  • Click here for a list of our Family in-person programs.
  • If you are uncertain as to the status of an upcoming camp or program, please contact our registration staff at 410-313-7275 or registration@howardcountymd.gov

 

About

Howard County Recreation & Parks offers basketball programs, camps, and leagues for all ages and skill levels, from beginners to adults. The HCRP Basketball Program is designed to help kids develop fundamental skills in a safe, organized environment. The goal is to provide a fun, positive experience so that kids are encouraged to continue with the sport. Programs focus on skill development through instruction, drills, and games with an emphasis on sportsmanship.
 

Core Values and Benefits

  • Different programs designed to fit your child’s age, skill, and experience level.
  • Certified coaches that have completed an ASEP (American Sport Education Program) coaching course, concussion training, and a background check.
  • Get an introduction to the game in a positive, GoodSports learning environment.
  • Equal Opportunity – All kids guaranteed to play ½ the game in the Youth Basketball League.
  • Competitive Balance – Teams formed based on scores from preseason skills assessment (9+ age groups).
  • HCRP facilities and HCPSS schools that are safe, clean, and easy to access.
  • Develop friendships through positive social interaction.
  • Self-esteem and character building.
  • Most importantly, have FUN!!
     

Read concussion and sudden cardiac arrest information. Review of this information is required by law before you are allowed to register for youth sports programs. 

Concussion Information | Sudden Cardiac Information | League Refund Policy | Program Status / Inclement Weather Info

Volunteer Coach Opportunities

The Youth Basketball League (YBL) is looking for Volunteer Coaches to lead our young players through the next exciting season.

Parents, please take advantage of the Head Coach’s Child discount option and register in the appropriate section.

No player in the league, but want to give back to the sports? Please contact Carson Nickell at cjnickell@howardcountymd.gov for the 5-8 year old age groups or Matt Knoerlein at mknoerlein@howardcountymd.gov to learn more.

To become an official Howard County Recreation and Parks Coach, coaches are REQUIRED to become a member of our Coaches Registry.  Please CLICK HERE for more information about our Coaches Registry. Follow the instructions on this page in order to complete all of the necessary requirements. Please email all Coaches registry questions and/or concerns to coaches@howardcountymd.gov.

 

Click below to received updated emails about the youth basketball opportunities with Howard County Recreation and Parks!

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Pre-K

Little Tykes Hoops Basketball (3-4 yrs)

In this class, having fun is sure to be a slam dunk! Children are introduced to beginner basketball concepts such as dribbling, passing and shooting through a curriculum of exciting and fun-filled games and activities. Parents are encouraged to follow the coach’s instructions to assist in the games and activities. Info: Amanda Bartell, 410-313-1694 or abartell@howardcountymd.gov.

CLICK HERE to view all of the preschool sports programs. 

After-School

After-School Basketball (8-10 yrs) 

School’s over and it’s time to play some basketball. In this once-a-week clinic, boys and girls learn and develop fundamental skills including dribbling, passing, shooting, defense and overall team play through activities and games. It is the perfect place to start or to complement one of our basketball leagues. Info: Curtis Gore, 410-313-4705 or cgore@howardcountymd.gov.

Youth Program

Kiddie Basketball (5-7 yrs)

Learn basketball in this introductory clinic. Work on the fundamental skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, and overall team play in a fun and encouraging environment. This is the best place to start for beginners. Info: Curtis Gore, 410-313-4705 or cgore@howardcountymd.gov.

 

 

Super Hoops Basketball Clinic (8-13 yrs) 

Girls and boys, enjoy advancing your basic skills and fundamentals through various drills and exercises. Emphasis is on dribbling, passing, shooting, offensive and defensive positioning and teamwork. Basic basketball knowledge and some playing experience preferred. Bring a water bottle. Info: Curtis Gore, 410-313-4705 or cgore@howardcountymd.gov.

 

YBL Summer Skills Clinic  (5-14 yrs)

Boys and girls, come have fun playing basketball while learning the fundamentals of the game! While in a GoodSports learning environment, HCRP certified coaches will lead you twice a week through drills and activities to build key basketball skills. Coaches will emphasis ball handling, passing, shooting, footwork, and court awareness. Each week you will work on different techniques to increase your basketball knowledge and abilities through skill competition and scrimmages. Info: Kelly Jones, 410-313-1162 or kejones@howardcountymd.gov.


 

 

The Instructional Basketball League is for boys and girls, age 6-10. It is perfect for participants of any skill level, and is designed to provide maximum instruction with an introduction to competition during game play. Players practices during the first 4 sessions and play games against other schools during the last 4 sessions. All activities take place on Saturday mornings. There are no weeknight practices with this league, and the coaches are trained, Howard County Coaches' Registry Certified, Recreation & Parks staff. Info: Curtis Gore, 410-313-4705 or cgore@howardcountymd.gov.

 

Youth League


Youth Basketball League
Come have fun playing basketball while learning the fundamentals of the game! Focus on skill development, sportsmanship, basketball knowledge, and fun! Enjoy a "GoodSports" atmosphere through certified volunteer coaches, league staff and facilities.


League features:

  • One weeknight practice
  • One game per week
  • Players guaranteed to play
  • All Skill Levels Welcome
  • Volunteer coaches needed

 

Games and practices are played at the Meadowbrook Athletic Complex, North Laurel Community Center, and Roger Carter Community Center, or Howard County Public Schools.

Seasons of Play:

  • Fall (5-14 yrs)
  • Winter (5-14 yrs)
  • Spring (9-14 yrs)

To Register:

No special requests accepted.

For more information:
Carson Nickell (5-8 year old divisions), 410-313-4720 or cjnickell@howardcountymd.gov
Matt Knoerlein (9-14 year old divisions), 410-313-1163 or knoerlein@howardcountymd.gov

Youth Basketball League FAQs
Youth Basketball League Playing Rules 
Youth Basketball League Code of Ethics

Practice Schedule 
December 14 & 21 
December 16 - 20

 

Schedules:

Playoff Brackets:

  • 9/10 Co-Ed Division
  • 9/11 Girls Division
  • 11/12 Co-Ed Division
  • 12/14 Girls Division
  • 13/14 Co-Ed Division

Flickr for YBL - https://www.flickr.com/photos/hocorec/albums/72157649059725284

 

 

Youth Basketball League (YBL) - Alliance Division
Howard County Recreation & Parks accepts team applications for the Alliance Division of the Youth Basketball League (YBL) between September 1 - November 1. The Alliance Division attracts both girls' and boys' teams from the greater Howard County Area for winter league play. Teams play eight regular season games, starting in December, followed by a single-elimination tournament.

Team Divisions: 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Girls & Boys

League Features:

  • Howard County's premier facilities are conveniently located off either Rt. 29, I-95, or I-70
  • Certified officials
  • Trained Staff Scorekeepers
  • Facility staff
  • League administration
  • Website updates

Games are Friday nights at one of our facilities:
Meadowbrook Athletic Complex - 5001 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicot City, MD 21043 (4 courts under one roof)