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Boys & Girls Youth Basketball

Rec League for Boys and Girls ages 5-18

WBBL Rec League

Known by most as the WBBL, our league is over 50 years old and is considered one of the top youth sports organizations in the Southeast. All players make a team and all players play in each game. Teams are divisionalized by age group and strengths making for fair, competitive, and fun games! 

The WBBL regular rec season is a well-developed and top-grade basketball opportunity. We have an exceptional staff and are well-known for the great sportsmanship our league fosters. Several of our coaches are former collegiate basketball players and athletes, allowing players to be mentored and motivated by someone who knows the game well!

Our regular season runs during the normal basketball season: teams are put together in October, while games (and practices) take place in November, December, and January. 15-18 year olds finish their regular season in early February. Games are typically played on Saturdays, with teams practicing once or twice per week.


Boys & Girls League: 5/6

Boys League: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, & 15-18

Girls Only League: 7/8, 9/10, 11-13 and 14-17

5-6 year olds (PNT) 3-on-3  8ft Goal 6 min qtrs 
7-8 year olds (INST) full court 8ft Goal 8 min qtrs Clock stops for free throws
9-10 year olds (TR) full court 9 or 10ft goals 8 min qtrs Clock stops for free throws
11-12 year olds (JV) full court 10ft goals 8 min qtrs Clock stops for free throws
13-14 year olds (VAR) full court 10ft goals 8 min qtrs Clock stops for free throws
14/15-18 year olds  full court 10ft goals 16 min halves Clock stops for free throws

Click here for a complete list of WBBL rules and FAQs. 

Each WBBL age group averages 30 teams (5-6 year olds and girls league will have fewer teams). In the 2019-2020 regular season had roughly 200 total teams and 2000 athletes in the league. Having such large groups of teams for all age groups is very rare in the Knoxville area, and we are proud to be able to offer excellent team sports for our athletes. Teams rarely repeat opponents during the season.

Additionally, the WBBL league accepts fully established teams into the 
league. Click here for instructions on how to register as a full team.

All WBBL games are played in big gyms (high schools or middle school gyms in/around West Knoxville) with plenty of seating. Admission for fans is freeClick here for a complete list of gym directions. 

The WBBL regular rec season is followed by the WBBL Tournament in mid to late January. Teams face-off in brackets determined by their regular season game results for the chance to win the first place trophy! 

City Tournament

February is the City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation City Championship Tournaments for each age group. Some players may choose for their season to be over after the late January WBBL Championship Tournaments, but many players want their season to go another couple of weeks, so they try out for a WBBL City Tournament team. In most age groups, the WBBL sends 2-5 teams to the City Championships. We work to find a team for every player that wants the City Tournament experience.