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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. View our most recent newsletter.

Summer League: Grades K-6

We offer six summer basketball clinics for elementary level boys and girls in grades K-6. This 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.

The cost is $50 for K-1 grade and $75 for 2-6 grade if you register by Friday, May 29. After May 29, the fees increase to $60 and $85, respectively. Download the registration form.

Spring League: Grades 3-6

We offer a 3-on-3 spring basketball league for elementary level boys and girls in grades 3-6. This six-week league focuses on improving a youth player’s long-term development and skills. Both recreational and competitive level leagues are available. Games are on weeknights, with a tournament the last week. The next available session is the 2016 season. Registration begins in the winter.

Winter League: Grades 1-4

We offer a 5-on-5 winter basketball league for elementary level boys and girls in grades 1-4. This league focuses on learning the fundamentals of basketball along with character qualities. The next available session is the 2015-16 season. Registration begins in the fall.

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: Parent Testimonial & Season Highlights

Parent Testimonial

Season Highlights

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 support the program and the Dunkin’ in Duluth tournament (view tournament sponsors). Program sponsors include:

$10,000 Level

$1,000 – $5,000 Level

$300+ Level

Other sponsors