Top 6 Youth Basketball Programs in Charlotte NC

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Youth Basketball in Charlotte NC

Written By: Lamar Hull @ Inspirational Basketball AND Google+


Are you searching for a youth basketball program in Charlotte NC? Does your son or daughter need a basketball program to help them develop their scoring and ball-handling? Are you seeking a reliable youth basketball program to build you son’s or daughter’s basketball skills and confidence?

Want a basketball program for the winter? The summer? The school year? Want to have your child join a reliable AAU basketball team here in Charlotte? Or attend a basketball camp?

Luckily, Charlotte, NC is home to an array of wonderful youth basketball programs, such as; AAU basketball leagues, basketball camps, skills training, basketball clinics and more.

While you may first assume that finding the right basketball program is difficult, I have narrowed down the top 6 options so you do not have to do as much work or search all over the web.

All you have to do is decide which program fits your child’s needs based on what you are looking to get out of the youth basketball program. Here they are! Feel free to go to each basketball program a review and see what they offer.

 

#1 Pro Skills Basketball

pro skills basketballThe mission of Pro Skills Basketball is to teach young players important life skills that lead to success, whether on the court or not.

The program allows players to have fun and learn the fundamentals of basketball, regardless of their skill level. Plus, when your child excels and grows by gaining more experience, Pro Skills Basketball has a great AAU teams for advanced boys and girls.

Pro Skills Basketball was started by two of my former college teammates at Davidson College, Brendan Winters and Logan Kosmalski. I’m not being bias here, these guys really understand what it takes to develop young basketball players through skill development.

All of their coaches are well educated in the game through their basketball experiences, you do not see that a lot of the time with youth basketball programs!

Pro Skills Basketball Video
 

#2 Carolina Courts

carolina courts youth basketball

Carolina Courts is home to a variety of different basketball programs, including AAU leagues and basketball camps. Programs are offered for those of five years of age and up, even including young adult basketball programs.

Do you have a daughter you’d like to have join a girls league?

Carolina Courts has a girls basketball program specifically designed for your daughter. Plus, the coaches are well trained and experienced in their fields so you can rest knowing your child is in good hands.

I recently coached a 6th grade team at Carolina Courts and one thing that I love about their program is that your child will play a lot. Each week, my team had 2 games on Sunday.

At a young age, that is one of the most important thing for your child is getting as much basketball game experience as they can. Not to mention, they have very nice facilities. In addition, the Carolina Courts youth basketball program offers personal training.

Carolina Courts Basketball Video

 

#3 Yes I Can Basketball

yes i can youth basketballThe #3 Yes I Can Basketball program aims at strengthen the game of any boy or girl enrolled. Kids have a chance to join a number of different leagues and even attend camp.

Do your kids wants to spend their winter break learning offensive or guard skills, or even just want to play in a league with kids their age?

Yes I Can Basketball can do just that for you and your child. The difference between Yes I Can and Carolina Courts is you will find more talented players and teams in the Carolina Court’s program.

I had the experience of coaching a team in the Yes I Can Basketball program as well. Yes I Can has a young coach by the name of Stephen who does a great job at teaching young kids the proper way to play basketball.

Yes I Can Basketball Video

 

 

#4 Accelerate Basketball

accelerate basketballThe Accelerate Basketball training program is particularly unique because not only does it advance your youth’s basketball skills, but it also uses their training techniques from the NBA players they train across all ages. Not many programs have the luxury of saying that.

Accelerate Basketball will accelerate anyone’s game and works with its members to reach their individual goals. Plus, it teaches members injury prevention techniques, basketball I.Q., and implements ‘unique and innovative training methodology.’

Accelerate Basketball does a lot of plyometric training to develop your child’s quickness, footwork and speed. Accelerate Basketball currently doesn’t have any basketball leagues. Accelerate Basketball has a great connection with NBA players such as Stephen Curry, so they partner with Stephen Curry and run his basketball camps in Charlotte over the summer.

Accelerate Basketball Training Video with Stephen Curry

 

#5 South Charlotte Recreation Association

south charlotte recreation association
The #5 South Charlotte Recreation Association offers young players ‘a solid foundation for growth’ by teaching them the game of basketball, regardless of skill level.

Are you looking to place your child in a co-ed program? Or perhaps a gender exclusive program?

This recreation center offers a program for your child starting from 4 to 17 years of age. Whether your son or daughter has been playing basketball all of their life or just starting out, the coaches at South Charlotte Recreation Association can help your child become the best they can be.

You can enjoy watching your child put their new skills to the test while having fun and growing as a basketball player.

 

#6 Dream Big Basketball

Dream Big Basketball Lake Norman NC

Big Dream Basketball specializes in player skill development in the Lake Norman area through private training, small group workouts, basketball camps, and more.

The Dream Big Basketball organization supplements your player’s time spent playing recreational, school or AAU basketball with specialized skill training.

The great thing about Big Dream is that they offer skill training to boys and girls of all ages and skill levels all year around. The company’s motto is “Dream Big. Work Hard. Stay Humble.”.

Big Dream Basketball Academy was founded by Keri Holm who is a former college and WNBA player and professional basketball coach George Holm. Big Dream’s goal is to help players realize and reach their potential in the game of basketball.

 

Big Dream Basketball Academy Introductory Video

 



 

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76 Responses to “Top 6 Youth Basketball Programs in Charlotte NC”

  1. Ronna Reed

    Hello, I am desperately trying to find a basketball program for my five year old son. I am new to this state and having a hard time finding a camp for him. All the ones I’ve found only accept seven and up. Please help me.

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  2. David Jacobs

    I have a 14 year old daughter who is interested in playing basketball. is there a league I can put her in?

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  3. Jonecca

    Hi! I have been looking for my twelve year old son a basketball training program for him to get experienced with. And he is new to the experience so is a beginner and he wants to take a shot at it! Is there any room for him and if how much money is the program…. and all that other important info thx have a nice night!

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    • Lamar Hull

      Hey,

      Thanks for the comment! I would say check with these programs to see what basketball opportunities that he will have. Yes I Can and South Charlotte Recreation Association is known for having less skilled players so that he is not overwhelmed. I would say start there, I know they both are currently in season, so you may have to wait until the next session. Accelerate is a basketball training program that will train your son regularly to give him the repetition and basketball fundamentals. Pro Skills has it all, but is very competitive, due to the AAU aspect, but is still a good starting point as they have different levels. Hope that helps! If you click on the following link, you can see some of the best Charlotte basketball programs with contact information – https://inspirationalbasketball.com/basketball-camps-in-north-carolina/

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  4. Melissa flowers

    My 14 yr old son has played organized ball. At this point he just wants to play he loves the game,and we’re trying to get him where that is possible. Thanks in advance!

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    • Lamar Hull

      Hi Melissa,

      Sorry that I didn’t get to your comment sooner! I think Carolina Courts would be a good option for him. It is competitive but not too bad where he can’t get better since he has a passion for the game. Visit this website for more information http://www.carolinacourts.com.

      Thanks for visiting my site!

      Lamar

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  5. Tim Hopkins

    Good Morning. My son will be 12 in May and we are in the process of relocating to Charlotte this summer. He is presently playing in the Hoover(Alabama) 6th grade rec league. He has also played Upward and YMCA ball for several years. He needs reps with a concentration on ball-handling, being able to create his own shot and footwork(offense and defense). Which camps(s) would you recommend for him. Thanks in advance.

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    • Lamar Hull

      Tim – looking forward to having you and your family a part of the Charlotte community. Pro Skills Basketball would be great for him as they really focus on the fundamentals which you mention. Pro Skills offer an array of opportunities for your son, such as; individual training, leagues, AAU, etc. Accelerate is also great but more specifically for skill development and training. Hope that helps! When you move here, reach out to me and we can connect further and I can get you in contact with my connections with these two programs if you are interested.

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  6. Dawn Elrod

    Do you know of any basketball leagues or trend that my 16 year old son can join?

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  7. Arnold Taylor

    Hello. I’m looking for a 9/10 year old AAU team for my son Myles to join. Also a good skills camp to help develop his skill level. Any Suggestions? Thx

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    • Lamar Hull

      Hey Arnold,

      I would say the best AAU program to register him with is ProSkills Basketball. There are all types of AAU programs in Charlotte, but ProSkills is super organized and focuses on player’s character as well as the basketball experience. You can find their website here: http://psbselect.com/tryouts/

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  8. George Holm

    Summer camps, skills academy group sessions and private training. We offer programs for grades K-12. We currently have a lot of players in all skill levels, including very talented HS players, attending. We use game like drills in an inspiring environment for maximum improvement. Contact us today! //George

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    • Lamar Hull

      George – thanks for pointing your program out to me. It is always good to hear about other basketball organizations helping our young players. I will definitely add you to the list. Thanks!

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  9. Corey

    Hi i’m 12 soon to be 13, and i’m looking for a competitive AAU team. Do you have any suggestions for the Charlotte area.

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  10. Brett Smith

    Hello Lamar, thank you for your write up of some of the top youth programs in Charlotte. I would like to take time to mention another program that is quietly becoming one of Charlotte’s best kept secret. The name of the organization is called Brown Athletic Division. They’re mossion is to empower youth to be tomorrow’s leaders thru sports. My kids have been attending their camps and clinics the past two years and have loved it. Coach Shaun Brown runs the program and he is excellent with the youth. If you have the time check them out. Their website is http://Www.brownathleticdivision.org.
    My kids have learned not only basketball but so much more.

    I recommend this camp to anyone seeking a camp/clinic for their aspiring athlete.

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  11. Lamar Hull

    Thanks for the recommendation! I will definitely look to add Brown Athletic’s Division to the list.

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  12. Wanda lowder

    Also looking for my 5 year a basketball game for the supper.

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  13. Kirstie

    Do you know of any basketball leagues or trend that my 17 year old son can join?

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    • Lamar Hull

      Hi Kirstie – does your son play competitively? Is he current playing high school basketball? What are your goals with your search for a basketball league? Where are you located?

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  14. Karen

    My grandson participates in basketball at Carolina Courts. He is an 18 year old avid player and recent h.s. graduate. I am looking for a league that he can join and don’t see anything for him here on this page. Can you make a suggestion? Thank you.

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    • Lamar Hull

      Hi Karen – thanks for reaching out! So, your grandson is looking for a friendly league to play in? What part of Charlotte does he live in?

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  15. Nichole Sinclair

    I am interested in enrolling my 15 and 8 yr old boys in a basketball program. My 15 yr old plays at home but had played on a team when he attended Reid Park Elem. He hasn’t played in school since because he has dealt with some medical issues and was unable to. My 8 yr old has only played at home. We are on the East side of Charlotte. Unfortunately, there’s an issue with transportation and medical issues with myself that has made it difficult to enroll them in any extracurricular nativities. Also there is no Male role model or support in their lives. So I wondered what program would fit either of them.

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  16. Mia

    Thanks for your write up on area teams. Do you have suggestions for competitive leagues in or close to the University area. My son is 13,and has played BBall somce age 4.

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    • Lamar Hull

      Hey Mia – are you looking for an AAU team in that area?

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      • Mia

        Potentially, I am looking for any organzied team or league for him to contininue playing. We moved from Concord where the teams were more accessible. What info do you have?

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        • Lamar Hull

          I don’t know of any organizations in that area for your sons age. Hopefully, I can build some relationships with organizations there. Just haven’t heard of any popular ones in that area. Sorry!

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          • Mia

            Thanks for checking.

          • Mia

            I reread your response, just to make it clear, you said that you don’t know of anything in the University area right?

            I hope you did not think that I was asking about Concord. Thanks again!

          • Dan Carter

            Hi Mr. Hull: I think I can help. Feel free to check out our web site for The Charlotte NETS http://www.charlottenets.net
            Please let me know if you have any questions (call or text). Coach Dan / cell phone (704) 299-0398.

    • Dan Carter

      Hi Mia: I think I can help. Feel free to check out our web site for The Charlotte NETS http://www.charlottenets.net
      Please let me know if you have any questions. Coach Dan / cell phone (704) 299-0398.

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  17. María

    My son is turning 18 years old in 2 weeks and is a Senior in High School. Is there a league for him to play basketball during the Sprint-Summer? He has played for Pro-Skills the last few years and also played for the school team. Thank you.

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  18. Michele Hernandez

    Looking for a county program for my 2 boys, 12 and 8. Live in clover sc. I’m a stay at home mom, 4 boys to look after. Our income doesn’t allow for any activities that cost money. I would like for them to just get the basic principles of basketball, we can practice at a near court once they’ve grasped the concept.

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    • Lamar Hull

      Michele – sorry for the late response! I’m not as familiar with the Clover SC area. The Charlotte area is my main focus in terms of youth basketball. I would suggest visiting the clover town website as they have a youth basketball program, see here: http://www.cloversc.org/pview.aspx?id=17118&catID=292. Sorry that I’m not much help for that area! Thanks for commenting!

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  19. SHAYNE MILLER

    CHARLOTTE RESIDENCE LOOKING FOR A AAU TEAM FOR MY SON WHO IS 7 YEARS OLD WITH A HIGH SKILL SET

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  20. Ed Sasportas

    I have recently retired and I am considering relocating south sometime in 2017. I’ve narrowed my choices to Savannah, Charleston or Charlotte. One major consideration is to continue my active involvement in coaching and directing youth basketball programs. I have over 30 years experience in working with youth basketball from AAU, YMCA – to recreation and PAL levels – in the New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia communities. I am interested in learning what programs are the most open to accepting interested volunteers and participants and what contacts would you suggest? Thanks,

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    • Lamar Hull

      Wow Ed! That’s a lot of valuable experience. I would suggest coaching for Pro Skills Basketball. If you are interested I can connect you with the Founders of the organization. Thanks for the comment!

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      • Ed Sasportas

        Thanks for the response. Yes, I would be interested in connecting with the basketball community there. If needed, I can send you my resume of experience – to pass along. In general, how would you describe the basketball climate in Carolina? Coming from the Northeast, it was always assumed that the south was mostly football country.

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        • Lamar Hull

          Ed – I will be connecting you this week with Pro Skills Basketball. Yes, they would definitely like to see your resume as they focus on hiring the right coaches to train, teach, coach and develop our youth. Basketball is Amazing in North Carolina. There are tons of AAU teams, leagues, and programs in Charlotte. There are tons of AAU tournaments here as well. You can’t go to a gym with a basketball court without seeing kids and adults playing the game. There are tons of good high school basketball programs here as well! Also, think about all of the great collegiate basketball programs in North Carolina in general. The Charlotte Hornets is bringing a lot of buzz to the city as they consistently make the playoffs and having Michael Jordan as the majority owner. NBA is thinking about brining the All-Star game to Charlotte in the coming years, but not sure if that is going to be finalized or not. There are also a ton of rec leagues in charlotte, YMCA leagues, basketball training programs and more. I have a friend who is from Indiana which is known for a lot of basketball. He moved to Charlotte and said he thought he would never have found another home that loved basketball as much as his home state, so there you go…hope that helps!

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          • Ed Sasportas

            Lamar, Thanks again for your response. I knew North Carolina had a storied history in college basketball and I know the pro Hornets have a strong fan base. I didn’t know the area has such a strong basketball connection on the AAU/Youth/Recreational level!
            Ed

          • Lamar Hull

            No problem Ed! Basketball is pretty BIG in the Carolinas!

  21. Khristina Ennels

    Hi mr. Hull! I have two sons ages 10 yr and 11 yrs old and they both love the gam. They have never been to a camp or part of a league, however they play the game everyday. I wanted to find something near me. We currently live near the stateville ave area and are looking for maybe something more than just a 4 day camp. Can u please help 🙂

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  22. Sandra

    My son interest in playing basketball.He 16 year old.
    Please email me if you can find him something more than a 4 day camp.
    My email:sandrarodriguez7079@yahoo.com

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  23. sharon rickard

    My son is 13. And already 6″2. He likes basketball but lacks the conditioning aspect. I need a camp to guide and get him where he can be at his fullest potential. Please help. Whats my first step. He is going to highschool next year.

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    • Lamar Hull

      Hi Sharon – thanks for the comment! A few questions that I have, does your son look for opportunities to run in the neighborhood or condition himself while in the gym, which could be suicides sprints, defensive slide drills, working on his game every day to condition his body and mind? Is he a gym rat? You have to be conditioned in basketball, so that you can keep up. I understand he is a kid, but what are his eating habits? Doing that would be the advice that I would give you. I would focus on the answers that come out of those questions, then once reality is faced on what he is or is doing well, then next steps would be finding support to assist him in his basketball development specifically conditioning.

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  24. Na'tonya

    I have a 14 year old daughter. Who has only played ball 1 time and she was 4. What should I do? Is she to old to start learning and maybe play in High School this Spring?

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  25. Natonya

    I have a 14 year old girl that wants to learn how to play. What should I do? Is she too old?

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    • Lamar Hull

      She is not too old to play in high school, but realistically she will struggle because she hasn’t played since she was 4. Does she have a passion to play? I’m assuming not if she hasn’t played in 10 years. High School girls basketball is competitive these days, she is probably better off playing at the YMCA or local youth leagues to build her confidence. I wanted to be as honest as I can with my response!

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  26. Ashley

    I am new to Charlotte and Stay On the West. My son is 6 and want to play basketball. What is the best program to start him in or around December? He is brand new to playing Basketball.

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  27. Greg O'Brien

    Hard to believe you did not mention the largest club in Charlotte. Carolina Basketball Club (CBC). They have more teams than any other club and have been providing kids with a year round opportunity to develop advanced fundamental basketball skills and to grow into accomplished, self confident basketball players and responsible young adults. Vince Jacobs and crew do a fantastic job! They host the most competitive tournaments in Charlotte. Some of the organizations you listed do a fantastic job with training. CBC provides kids plenty of game time and host tournaments and leagues across Charlotte most weekends.

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    • Lamar Hull

      Greg – thanks for the comment. Yea I agree I definitely think CBC deserves to be in this list. Definitely will add them. Thanks!

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  28. Andrea Butler

    Hello. My son is 10 and really enjoys playing basketball. He plays street but I recently got him in I9 Sports. I was Looking for something year round, preferably with a league. I live near Mint Hill/Matthews area but will commute for a league.
    Andrea

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  29. Toni Sanders

    Hi,

    I’m also interested in finding a basketball program for my 5 year old son. I live in the up town area.

    Please contact me with ideas. Thank you

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    • Lamar Hull

      Toni – I would say focus on low level basketball at that age. Utilize your local YMCA, etc. Just let your kid have fun at that age.

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  30. Chris Lawrence

    Hello, I have a 10 year old and his mother moved him to Charlotte last year, He has the skills to be a real good player but since he’s moved with his mother his confidence has dropped he need to be in a program that help brig out his full potential.

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    • Lamar Hull

      Chris – A lot of the programs on this list, would be good for your son! Give them each a call, collect the information and then you can make a viable decision for what your son needs. Thanks!

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  31. Eleanor Ceasar

    Hello I am interested in finding a Basketball Day camp for the summer month of July for my 12 year old granddaughter in the Concord NC or Charlotte NC area. She will be with me for two weeks at the end of June and the entire month of July. She has been to Day camp in New York at the YMCA to stay on top of her skills. Any recommendations. I live in Concord NC. Looking for something affordable.

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    • Lamar Hull

      Eleanor – Pro Skills Basketball & Yes I Can Basketball typically will have camps in the day. You can check out their websites. Pro Skills has camps in the Huntersville area which isn’t too far from Concord. Hope that helps!

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      • George Holm

        Dream Big Basketball are running high quality basketballl camps during the summer too. Very popular. Please see our website for all details and sign ups. DreamBigBasketball.com

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