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Rookie Basketball

Does your child want to learn to play basketball in a fun environment? The Salvation Army Rookie Basketball Association is a youth basketball league for boys and girls that teaches team play and equal participation, while developing on-court skills.

The league offers seasonal sessions, plus 3-on-3 player opportunities and clinics. For information on current league events view our most recent newsletter: Summer Newsletter 2016.

Winter League: Grades K-4

We offer a 5-on-5 winter basketball league for elementary level boys and girls in grades K-4. This league starts in November and focuses on learning the fundamentals of basketball along with character qualities. View the current schedule.

Spring League: Grades 3-6

We offer a 3-on-3 spring basketball league for boys and girls in grades 3-6. This six-week league focuses on improving a youth player’s fundamental. Both recreational and competitive levels are available. Games are on weeknights, with a tournament the last week. Registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 26. Download the 2016 Spring 3-on-3 League registration form.

Summer Clinics: Grades K-6

We offer six summer basketball clinics for boys and girls in grades K-6. These clinics focus on developing basketball fundamentals, as well as character qualities of integrity, teamwork and excellence. Players will develop their individual and team skills through training drills, participating in individual contests and playing in games.

Registration is now open.  Download the 2016 Summer Clinic registration form.

Fall 3-on-3 Tournament: Grades K-12

Every September we host Dunkin’ in  Duluth. All basketball players grades 12 and under are invited to Hillside Sports Courts with up to three of their basketball-playing friends. Each team is guaranteed two games in double elimination tournament play. UMD players will referee the games. One hoop will be dedicated for the 3-point and free-throw contests.

Registration is now open for the 2016 event (download registration form). Games will begin at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers are needed to set up, keep score, and fill many other roles. For more information, to participate in planning, or to volunteer email or call 218-576-6174.

Discounts & Scholarships

Families with more than one child participating will receive a discount for each additional child. Scholarships are available for qualifying families (download a scholarship application). For any questions, call 218-722-7934.

Practice and Games

Practices for league sessions are held the following locations:

  • The Salvation Army, 215 S. 27th Ave. W.
  • Homecroft Elementary, 4784 Howard Gnesen Road
  • Piedmont Elementary, 2827 Chambersburg Ave.
  • Congdon Elementary, 3116 E. Superior St.
  • Lowell School, 200 Rice Lake Rd.

All games are on Saturdays at either The Salvation Army, 215 S. 27th Ave. W., or The Encounter, 201 E. 1st St.

If Duluth Public Schools are closed due to a holiday or inclement weather, practices or games will be cancelled.

Coaches send players home each with with drills and skill work to practice at home. View player skill guide.

Coaches and Volunteers Needed

The Rookie Basketball program relies on volunteers to coach teams for each session. The time commitment is two hours each week. Each volunteer will need to complete a volunteer application and background check, and take the Safe From Harm training course.

View the coaching guide and official basketball signal chart. This list of Rookie Basketball coaching resources may also be helpful.

Parent and Player Resources

Rookie Basketball lessons take place both on and off the court, with each parent’s involvement being key to the development of their child. The Rookie Basketball program has developed a Parent Guide, as well as a Code of Conduct Guide (Grades 1-4) to help ensure the league is a positive learning and growing experience. Parents can also use the Discussion Guide & Skills for Home to encourage their athletes.

Videos: Game Footage

Miss seeing your Rookie in action? Watch team matchups from the previous season on our Game Footage page.

Videos: Testimonials & Season Highlights

Season Highlights

These are the highlights for the 2015 Winter Season. Watch to learn what our league is about and what a typical season is like.

From the Mayor

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson congratulates players on a season well done and talks about her own children’s experience in the league.

Parent Testimonial

Sponsors and Support

A number of basketball standouts partner with the program and practice with the kids, including the Bulldog men’s basketball team from UMD.

We also have a number of local businesses who support the program:

“Pro Team” Sponsors ($1,500+)

“Varsity Team” Sponsors ($300-$1,499)

For more information about the Rookie Basketball Association, please contact Coordinator Kris Mallett at 218-576-6174.