Quabbin Basketball League Grades 3-8

Youth Boys Basketball Team Huddle, black and white

For those in grades 3-8, this program is part of the Quabbin Valley Youth Basketball League. We offer boy's and girl's divisions for Grades 3&4, Grades 5&6 and Grades 7&8. This is a competitive recreational league with games in Northampton and surrounding communities. This is a great option for experienced players looking to advance their basketball skills and IQ and compete in games against teams outside of Northampton. Teams will practice twice a week and have one - two games per week (typically weekends) during the season. Teams will play approximately 12 games during the season. Practices will start after Thanksgiving and games will be held January through early March. Teams in the Grades 3&4 divisions take part in a postseason jamboree and teams in the Grades 5&6 and 7&8 divisions take part in playoffs. 

There are no cuts in this league, however registered players will take part in Player Evaluations so teams can be created as equal as possible based on skill level, grade and positions. If your child is trying out for suburban but want to make sure they have a place to play in the case they are cut, you can register for our Quabbin League. If this is the case, please let us know ASAP if they make the Suburban team so we can remove your child and open up spaces for others who are interested in playing. 


Click here to view the program brochure.


Youth in Grades 3-8
Players are divided into teams based on grade (Grades 3&4, Grades 5&6, Grades 7&8) and gender (boys and girls). 


November 28, 2023 - March 17, 2024. Each team will participate in weeknight practices and games throughout the season.
Practices begin the week of 11/28; games begin in January. 


Weeknight practices will be 1.5 hours in length and held between 4:45 & 8:30 PM.
Please note that final schedules are TBD based on number of teams, gym availability and additional factors. Parents will hear from their child’s coach by Wednesday, November 29, 2023.


Practices will be held at an NPS Elementary School and/or JFK Middle School.
Click here to view locations and details of these sites.
Home games will be held at JFK Middle School (100 Bridge Road, Florence, MA 01062) and/or Smith Vocational High School (80 Locust Street, Northampton, MA 01060 - Building B, across from the athletic field)
Away games will be held at gyms in the surrounding communities.


$170.00 residents / $180.00 non-residents
Financial assistance is available to residents who qualify. Contact the Parks & Rec Department for more information.


Residents of Northampton, Florence and Leeds have priority registration through October 16. 
If space is available after this date, non-residents who attend school in Northampton or do NOT have a Quabbin League team in their town of residence can register starting at 10:00 AM on October 17.

Click here to register online starting Tuesday, October 10 at 10:00 AMRegistrations are also accepted in person and via mail. Registrations will not be accepted over the phone.
The Parks and Recreation Department is located on the JFK Middle School campus at 100A Bridge Road, Florence, MA 01062. Office hours are 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. We have a locked drop box located outside our front door that registrations and payment can be placed in if after hours.


Our youth basketball programs are dependent on volunteer coaches! If you or someone you know is interested in coaching a team this season, please indicate so when registering your child or reach out to Brooke at bfairman@northamptonma.gov.

Player Evaluations

Pre-season clinics and evaluations will be held for all Quabbin divisions. Drills, skills and scrimmages will take place to evaluate players and create as equal of teams as possible. Staff reserve the right to make the final decision on team placement. Players must be registered for the program by the deadline to take part in the evaluations and players must attend evaluations to participate in this program. View our Quabbin Preseason Practices & Evaluation flyer for further details.