MLGBA is a recreational youth league for girls of ALL abilities in grades K-12 and will be embarking on our 27th season!
Registration will be open September 10th at:
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Sept 7th: Registration opens
Nov 15th: Registration closes
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 7th/8th: Last games (K-4th grade), Playoffs start (5th-12th grades)
March 11th/12th: Championship Games (subject to change)
The Kindergarten division is $100 and includes one clinic-style session on Saturday mornings at Cynwyd Elementary School. There will be 10 weeks of play starting Jan 5. All girls will receive an MLGBA reversible pinnie. We will focus on introductory rules and skills development, with some game play as well.
The fee for all other grade levels is $125 and includes one game on either Saturday or Sunday, one practice during the week, game jersey and shorts and an end of the season gift. Grades 1-4 will play 9 games. Grades 5-12 will play 8 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 through 3rd grade 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 once a week from 9-10am on Saturday mornings. Rims will be at 8 feet.
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 - Cynwyd Elementary on Saturday mornings
1st/2nd Grade – Merion Elementary on Saturday mornings/early afternoons
3rd Grade – Cynwyd Elementary on Saturday mornings/early afternoons
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.
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
MLGBA relies heavily on the generosity of our community sponsors to help keep costs in line, ensure no player is turned away due to financial hardships 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) 8 Available Includes sponsor name on the back of TWO team’s jerseys, sponsor logo on ALL shorts in one grade division, rotating logo and sponsor description on mlgba.com, and ONE email blast promoting sponsor message.
League ($3000) ONE Available Includes sponsor name on the back of THREE team’s jerseys, sponsor logo on ALL shorts for ALL players in ALL grade divisions 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.
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.