Youth Programs


Des Moines Parks and Recreation is the place to go if you want to develop as a basketball player. All levels are welcome, we will cover shooting, ball handling, passing, and how to play without the ball in hands. Sign up now and you will become a better player and learn what it takes to get as good as you want. 

Grade K-2 $60R/$72NR Field House
Tue Sep 4-25 5:30-6:15pm
Tue Oct 2-23 5:30-6:15pm
Tue Nov 6-27 5:30-6:15pm

Grade 3-8 $137R/$152NR Field House
Thu Sep 6-27  5:30-6:45pm
Thu Oct 4-25  5:30-6:45pm
Thu Nov 1-29* 5:30-6:45pm
*No class Nov 22

Check out our Early Bird Rates!
The earlier you register the more affordable…best deal begins in September.

Registration Dates Player Fee R/NR
Sep 1 - Sep 30 $74/$89  
Oct 1 - Oct 31 $84/$100 
Nov 1 - Nov 11 $105/$125 
Nov 11 Registration Closed
Nov 12 - Dec 16* Late Registration  $155/$185
*Placement on a team is not guaranteed

Coaches Meeting
Tue November 6 6pm Field House

Youth & Teen Basketball Leagues

Hoop season is here – and the focus shifts to developing basketball techniques, effective team building while providing players with a competitive experience – all for an affordable cost!
League Sponsor: Land O’Frost Lunchmeat Meats
Season: Late-November – early March
Games: Played on Saturday at local schools and the Field House
Practices: Scheduled one weekday night a week starting late November

Coed Youth Division Features 8-foot baskets!
Grade K
Grades 1-2

Youth Recreation Divisions Teams play in a local league
Boys Division Girls Division
Grades 3-4 Grades 3-4
Grades 5-6 Grades 5-6
Grades 7-8 Grades 7-8

Preseason Hoop Camp     

Basketball season is approaching fast - time to challenge yourself and improve your game! This developmental skills camp is designed to help players of all levels improve while having fun. Offensive focus: dribbling, passing and shooting. Defensive drills: foot positioning and handwork. 
Sat Field House
Nov 17 Age 7–15 $31R/$37NR 9am-12pm
Nov 17 Age 3–6 $25R/$30NR 1-3pm

Rams Hardwood Winter Basketball Camp

Players receive instruction from Mt. Rainier High School Basketball players and coaches, focused on individual development and team work. Players improve dribbling, shooting, rebounding and other essential basketball skills and use them in games and competition. 

Wed-Thu Mt Rainier Gym
Dec 26-27 Age 7-15 $56R/$66NR 9am-12pm

South Elite Rec Cheer Program

Be a part of South Elite’s beginning-to-intermediate level cheer squad! You’ll learn dances, cheers, and beginning tumbling. There will be opportunities to perform too. This team will perform at community events like Football Games, Basket Ball Half Time, Showcases, local parades and festivals. Previous experience is not required—contact South Elite with questions. Cheer classes are run by South Elite All Stars at 
Co-ed  Ages 7-18 $159 South Elite All Stars Kent, WA
Sep 4–Nov 27 6-7pm
Dec 4–Feb 26 6-7pm

Tiger Kids Martial Arts Course Overview

Instructor: Mitch Mayberry, International Champion, 9th degree Master
Fee: all participants must pay the $14 AAU Membership in addition to the individual course fees. Uniforms optional and available from the instructor.

Tiny Tigers Kung Fu & Taekwondo

A fun and less intense Martial Arts program focusing on fun and fitness while developing motor skills, coordination and improved listening skills through the use of games and training aids including bag kicking and sword play for fun.

Wed Ages 3-6 Field House R/NR
Sep 12-Oct 31 4:20-4:50pm $92/$110
Nov 7-Dec 19* 4:20-4:50pm $81 $97
*No class 11/21 makeup class 11/29

Tiger Kids/Family Martial Arts & Fitness

Kid’s & their Parents or just the kids can have fun while developing coordination, focus and fitness. Students can progress in Belts & learn the simple moves of Taekwondo/Karate to the cool moves of the Ninja Turtles (Kobudo Weaponry) and Kung Fu step by step promoting confidence, achievement & safety skills. Bag Kicking & Jedi Warrior sparring also for fun.
Robyn’s Nest Pre-School
Mom and Dad – take a break while your children have a great time learning, playing and meeting new friends under our watchful eye. Activities include arts and crafts, games, songs, puppetry and outdoor fun. Facilitators: Trained Staff with CPR/First Aid certification.
Mon–Thu Ages 4-5 R/NR Field House
Sep 9:30am-12pm $168/$201
Oct 9:30am-12pm $266/$319
Nov * 9:30am-12pm $210/$252
Dec * 9:30am-12pm $168/$201
*No school Nov 12 or 22 and Dec 24-31

Indoor Tot Time

Keep your little ones active indoors as the weather turns with age appropriate exercise and play!  We will have fun tumbling mats, ride-on toys, and age-appropriate sports equipment available on hand, join in the fun and watch them make new friends along the way.  $20 10-visit punch card or $3/drop-in per child
Mon/Wed Ages 1-5 Field House 
Sep 10th and ongoing 10am-12pm

Des Moines Youth Council

Make new friends and gain leadership and organization skills participating in Des Moines Youth Council. The Council plans civic activities during the school year and participants earn credits towards reward activities offered at the end of the year – such as trips to Wild Waves or Seattle Mariners games. Open enrollment year round – request an application. Parents are invited to attend the first meeting. Call in advance to confirm meetings dates @ 206-870-6582 Facilitator, Recreation Staff. Open enrollment year round - request an application. Parents are invited to attend the first meeting. Call in advance to confirm meeting dates. 206-870-6582.  
Thu 3-4:30pm Grades 6-9 Free Field House

Teen Dances

Kick it at themed dance parties hosted by Des Moines Youth Council! Themed dance parties feature contests, concessions and dancing. Des Moines schools: Grades 6-8; waiver and student ID required for admission or Des Moines residents with parent verification. Call 206-870-6582 for policy information. Facilitator: Recreation Staff.
Fri $8 7:30-10pm Field House
Sep 28 Back to School
Oct 26 Monster Mash
Dec 7 Frozen In Time 

Better Babysitters Class 

Participants receive the knowledge and confidence to care for infants to school-age children through videos, activities, hands-on training and discussion for a complete learning experience. Babysitter Training teaches how to: respond to emergencies, make decisions, communicate with parents, manage children, feed, diaper, care for infants and start a babysitting business. Bring a sack lunch and a snack.  Bring $16.50 materials fee to instructor, first day of class. Instructor: Gaylynn Smith, Pro Cert
Sat Ages 11-15 R/NR Police Station 
Sep 15  8:30-2:30pm $56/$68
Nov 10 8:30-2:30pm $56/$68

Open Gym Basketball 

Every early release Friday open gym is available for all Des Moines middle/high school students. This will include full or half court pick-up games pending the amount of participants. No school = No open gym. Must have student ID. 
Fri Field House R/NR
Jan 5-June 15 1-4pm $3.00