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MLGBA is a recreational youth league for girls of ALL abilities in grades K-12 and will be embarking on our 26th season!


Registration will be open September 10th at:


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Important Dates

Sept 10th: Registration opens

Nov 1st: Registration closes

Nov 11th-15th: Player Evaluations. Details TBA

Dec 1st: Sponsor registration deadline

Jan 2nd: Coaches meeting, 7:30-9:00 BC Middle School Cafeteria

Jan 4th/5th: First weekend of games

Feb 15th/16th: President’s Day weekend – NO GAMES

March 14th/15th: Last games (K-4th grade), Playoffs start (5th-12th grades)

March 18th/19th: Championship Games (tentative)



The Kindergarten division is $100 and includes one clinic-style session, likley on Saturday mornings for 90 minutes. There will be 10 weeks of play. All girls will receive an MLGBA T-shirt or pinnie. There are no formal games, as we will focus on introductory rules and skills development.

The fee for all other grade levels is $125 and includes one game on either Saturday or Sunday (depending on grade), one practice during the week, game jersey and shorts and an end of the season gift. Grades 1-4 will play 10 games. Grades 5-12 will play 9 games followed by playoffs and championships.

We do offer financial assistance for anyone in need. Please email   for a confidential request.


Ball Size/Rim Height/Gameplay

Kindergartners will use a size 27.5 ball, sometimes noted as size 5.

All other ages will use a size 28.5 ball, sometimes noted as size 6.

Kindergartners will have clinic style sessions on Saturday mornings from 9-10am.

1-3rd grades will play 3v3, full court using the side baskets which will be at 8 feet.

4th-12th grades will play 5v5 full court “regular” games.



K-3rd Grade will have coaches “referee”.

4th grade will use exclusively teenage referees going through our Youth Referee Development program.

5th-12th grades will have paid referees which can include our more experienced youth refs as well as Adult PIAA certified refs.


Practice/Game Locations & Times

All games and practices will be held at gyms within the Lower Merion School District. While not yet confirmed, if we are able to duplicate last season’s game schedule it should look like:

Kindergarten - Merion and/or Cynwyd (dependingon final number of players) Elementary on Saturday Mornings

1st/2nd Grade – Merion Elementary on Saturday mornings/early afternoons

3rd Grade – Cynwyd Elementary on Saturday mornings

4th Grade – BC Middle School – Saturday Afternoons

5th Grade – Harriton HS – Sunday Afternoons

6th Grade – BC Middle School – Saturday Mornings

7th Grade – Harriton HS – Sunday Afternoons

8th/HS – Harriton HS – Sunday Afternoons/Early Evenings

Practices will be one hour in duration starting at either 6,7 or 8pm. The younger grades will get the earlier time slots. Your practice location will be determined by the team you are on.



We are always in need of volunteer coaches, especially moms and other female role models. Please consider registering as a Head or Assistant coach. No experience necessary – we will match you up with an experienced coach if necessary.

ALL coaches, new and returning, must register, and are required to complete a background check. If you have clearance from another organization, current documents must be uploaded during the registration process.

Coaches can request when registering to be paired together. A maximum of 2 coaches are permitted on the bench during games. Additional coaches/parents can help out at practice but must be formally registered.


Scorekeepers/Game Timers

MLGBA employs boys and girls in 8th grade or older to keep the scorebook and run the clock for our upper division games. The pay is $7.50 per game.  If interested you must register online. There will be a mandatory training for all scorekeepers. Details TBA



The league relies heavily on the generosity of our community sponsors to help keep costs in line and to help fund the annual MLGBA Scholarship. There are Team, Division & League sponsorships available.

Team ($350) Includes sponsor name on the back of ONE team’s jerseys, rotating logo and sponsor description on mlgba.com

Division ($1200) Includes sponsor name on the back of TWO team’s jerseys, rotating logo and sponsor description on mlgba.com, and ONE email blast promoting sponsor message.

League ($3000) Includes sponsor name on the back of THREE team’s jerseys, rotating logo and sponsor description on mlgba.com, and TWO email blasts promoting sponsor message.

Custom sponsor packages are available. Email   with your ideas on how we can help you help support the league.


Teammate Requests

We do not accept teammate requests. It is part of our philosophy that girls make new friends and play with different girls each year. We find this especially helpful when transitioning from elementary to middle school. While we do understand there are unique circumstances, and we will do our best to be accommodating, simply requesting to play with friends is not something we will accept.

by Mike g posted 07/10/2018

MLGBA Codes of Conduct 

Parent's Code of Conduct 

  • Provide positive support for all children and coaches (including those of an opposing team).
  • Provide positive support for all referees, scorekeepers, timekeepers and parents at every game.
  • Provide positive support whether my child is successful or struggling.
  • Provide positive support whether the team wins or loses. 
  • Remember that MLGBA is for children and not for adults.  

Coach's Code of Conduct 

  • Create a safe and caring practice and game atmosphere.
  • Make it fun for every player.
  • Be fair to all players.
  • Communicate with your team’s parents.
  • Learn new drills.
  • Teach the children good sportsmanship; be a good winner and a good loser.
  • Part of your job is to control the parents in a professional manner.  Help your parents set a good example.
  • Remember that MLGBA is for children and not for adults.

Coach’s Responsibility Toward Referees and Scorekeepers

  • Introduce yourself to the referees and scorekeepers prior to the game starting and give them some encouragement.
  • Remember they will not always make the right call.  No shouting, verbal or physical abuse to anyone at any time. 
  • There is no room for arguments.  Coaches must at all times comply and stand up for our referees and scorekeepers.  The referees are in charge of the game.  

Player's Code of Conduct 

  • Listen to your coaches.
  • Show good sportsmanship to all players, coaches and referees.
  • Be a good teammate.
  • Do your best.
  • Have fun.

by posted 12/05/2009
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