Matthews United Methodist Church: United Kids | Youth Basketball Ministry
a ministry of Matthews United Methodist Church


Youth Basketball
We are excited to announce that registration is now open for our 2022-2023 season! The mission of this ministry is to reinforce our faith, embolden the character and spirit within our youth, and demonstrate the wonders of living God's way of life. We believe being a Christian is the greatest life there is and this ministry strives to invest this life into teens through a fun basketball season.
God is Lord over all of our actions, including our play. He created the world and called it "good." While we often think of God's creation as the natural world, God also created fun! When we accept God as the creator of recreation, we can enjoy fun for what it is - a way to honor God with our time.
"For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come."
1 Timothy 4:8

Season Schedule

(May be subject to changes)
  • October 2  On-line registration opens (required of all players)
  • October 25  Coaches' training (initial team rosters due at/before the training)
  • November 6  Practices begin on campus
  • November 16  Scorekeeper Training
  • November 20  Player Registration Closes
  • December 3  Games begin
  • December 17  Games / practices cease for holiday break
  • January 2  Practices resume
  • January 6  Games resume
  • February 25  Final tournament game weekend

Game Schedule
Games are scheduled in one-hour blocks, Friday evenings beginning at 6:00PM and throughout the days & evenings on Saturdays. Once posted, game schedules cannot be changed. While coaches will be allowed to communicate conflict dates prior to the start of the game season, not all may be accommodated. The season will conclude with single elimination tournament.

Click Here for: GAME SCHEDULE Coming Soon!
Click Here for: TEAM STANDINGS Coming Soon!

Practice Schedule
Practice space will be made available at the MUMC gym on a first-come basis. Signups for practice times will be made available at the coach's meeting. Practice space will be limited to half-court and for one 1-hour period per week.

As part of this basketball ministry, each team will be asked to participate in weekly devotion times together; these can happen before/after practices or at another time. Brief devotions will be led by ministry staff prior to the start of each game; all players and coaches are expected to be present. 2022-2023 TEAM DEVOTIONS Coming Soon

Players/teams may rent league jerseys ($15 per player - refundable at end of season when jersey returned) or teams may provide their own. However, team names and the design of team jerseys must be approved in advance by the League Commissioner (Rob Hunter.)


Teams are limited to ten (10) players, though teams may register and/or play with less than ten. Team may be preorganized or individuals may register and will be assigned to an appropriate team. Players may 'play up' in an older bracket, but not in a younger bracket. Teams will be assigned within the following brackets:

Boys: 7th & 8th Grade | 9th & 10th Grade | 11th & 12th Grade
Girls: 7th > 12th Grade (may be broken into smaller brackets if enough teams register)

Required Forms

Click here to complete the required 'United Youth Release Forms' - for youth to participate, parents must complete & return these forms. Certified electronic signatures are acceptable or printed/signed forms may be mailed or dropped off at our church office (Matthews United Methodist Church: Attention Rob Hunter / 801 S. Trade St. / Matthews, N.C. 28105.)

Other Opportunities Available

2022-2023 Coaches & Other Volunteers
If you are interested in serving as a coach / assistant coach, or if you would like to volunteer to assist with the operation of the season, we welcome your assistance! Please contact Rob Hunter by email or at 704.815.1916.

2022-2023 Scorekeepers
Click here to apply if you are interested in applying to be a paid/part-time Scorekeeper. You must be at least 15 years old, accessible by email and cell phone, and must be available for most of the game weekends. If you have questions about this opportunity, contact Rob Hunter by email or at 704.815.1916.

Please contact Rob Hunter with more questions about the 2022-2023 season.
United Youth | Youth Basketball Ministry