Metro Detroit’s Best Youth Basketball Leagues

If your son or daughter is interested in playing basketball, check out these youth sports programs.

As a parent with a child who loves playing basketball, I am always looking for new basketball leagues and training for him to try. This is how I know how overwhelming it can be as a parent.

These places in metro Detroit all have one thing in common, they all want to teach and train youth players in basketball and offer a fun experience.

Make sure to register as soon as possible, because these basketball leagues do fill up fast.

This article was published on June 28, 2024 by Metro Parent’s Audience Development Coordinator, Kari Zaffarano. The update included her compiling the best youth basketball leagues in metro Detroit. Please reach out to kari@metroparent.com.

All Star Sports Center

This center offers basketball camps and leagues for ages 4 and up. Every player will receive a participation medal and first place champions will receive a trophy.

Detroit PAL

The basketball camps that they offer are boys rec basketball (includes 8u, 10u, 12u and 14u divisions), girls rec basketball (includes 12u, 14u and 18u divisions), boys school basketball (grades 4-8), girls school basketball (grades 4-8), Little Hoopers and camps/clinics.

Greg Grant Sportsplex

The Sportsplex offers basketball AAU club teams, camps, clinics, training and tournaments. For grades K-12.

HYPE Athletics

The HYPE Premier Basketball Leagues will consist of 10 regular season games, team practices, All-Star games and skills event, playoffs, game uniform and medals.

i9 Sports 

Choose from a summer or fall basketball league for your child. i9 offers basketball programs broken up by grades PreK4-K, 1-2, 3-4 and 5-6. Coaches are volunteer parents that have been run through a background check and received resources and training.

Jr. Pistons 

Junior Pistons at The Compound
Photo credit: Compound Athletics

The Detroit Pistons have partnered with already existing youth basketball programs around metro Detroit. It brings the Pistons franchise to young basketball players. All players receive a reversible Junior Pistons jersey to keep.

LK St. Clair

Bitty Basketball - LK St. Clair
Photo credit: LK St. Clair

LK offers a bitty basketball program for kids ages 4-5. It is for players getting introduced to the game and wanting to learn some skills. They also offer a Train and Play Sports for ages 6-12. The train and play programs for basketball are divided into three age groups – ages 6-7, ages 8-9 and ages 10-12. All participants will receive a shirt or jersey.

Macomb Township Youth Athletics

July 29-Aug. 2, 2024

Sign your child up for basketball camp for all skills and abilities that are provided by one-on-one Basketball Academy and Macomb Township Parks and Recreation. They’ll learn the fundamentals of basketball and play the game in a fun way. For ages 8-13.

Macomb Wildcats

Macomb Wildcats was created in 2023 and offers youth basketball for grades 1-8. All coaches, volunteers and affiliates involved with the program go through an ICHAT background screening.

Michigan Youth Basketball

This eight-week youth basketball program has partnered with local school districts. Players will receive an NBA reversible team jersey. All officials are quality trained and volunteer coaches are trained and run through a background check. There are playoffs for grades 3 and up. You do not have to be from the area or in the school district to play.

OFH Youth Basketball League

The girls basketball league is for ages 8-11 and the boys basketball league is for ages 8-15. There will be awards for the first and second place teams. Also, offers co-ed basketball camps.

Sterling Basketball League (SBL)

  • Address: Located in Sterling Heights

This youth basketball league is for boys and girls ages 6-17. It is a nonprofit organization and in partnership with the Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department. Coaches and staff members are volunteers. The registration fee includes jersey and shorts, gym time, 8-10 games, referees, game score keepers and trophies.

The Compound Athletics

The Compound
Photo credit: Compound Athletics

This sports training facility trains young athletes all the way to top-tier high school athletes in basketball. They offer training seven days a week along with camps, small group sessions, one-on-one training and the Jr. Pistons League. It is also home to the AAU team, Michigan Goonies.


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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Metro Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring metro Detroit with her son.

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