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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 teaches youth team play and equal participation, while developing their on-court skills.

The league offers summer, fall and winter sessions each year, plus 3-on-3 player opportunities and clinics. See the 2014 Summer Calendar to learn about upcoming sessions (view newsletter).

Leagues and Clinics

We offer summer basketball clinics for kids in grades K-6 through July. These clinics focus on learning the fundamentals of basketball along with character qualities. Players will participate in drills that focus on fundamental skills, complete in contests, and play 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 games. Clinic run from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Grades K-1 completed: July 7-8 or July 9-10
  • Grades 2-3 completed: July 14-16 or July 29-31
  • Grades 4-6 completed: June 18-20 or July 22-24

A registration fee of $50 for grades K-1 and $75 for grades 2-6 includes hot lunch each day of the clinic and a t-shirt. Complete a registration form and submit with payment by May 30 to: The Salvation Army, Rookie Basketball, 215 S. 27th Ave. W., Duluth, MN 55806. For more information, call 218-576-6174.

Dunkin’ in Duluth 3-on-3 Tournament – Sept. 13

The Rookie Basketball program is hosting a 3-on-3 tournament Saturday, Sept. 13 for all ages of youth. The tournament will be at Hillside Sport Courts, East 8th St. between 4th and 5th Ave. N. Play begins at 8:30 a.m., with brackets divided by grade. Grades 5-12 will be divided by gender, while 1-4 grades will be coed. Minimum 3 players (and maximum 4 players) per team. Download a registration form. Registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 5.

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 at either The Salvation Army, 215 S. 27th Ave. W., or Lowell Magnet School, 200 Rice Lake Rd., and games are on Saturdays. All games are 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.

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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 and Anders Broman, who recently broke the Minnesota high school career scoring record with more than 4,000 points and counting.

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

$1,000+ Level

$300+ Level