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


Youth Basketball
We are excited to announce registration is now open for our 2021-2022 season! Our mission is to dedicate this ministry to reinforcing our faith, emboldening the character and spirit within our youth, and demonstrating 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. Along with teaching teens the Bible, the importance of serving, and how to live a life of faith, we also should create a culture of play in our youth.
"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


(May be subject to changes)
  • October 1, 2021 Registration Opens
  • November 1-5 Coaches Meeting (exact date/time TBD)
  • November 14 Registrations Close
  • November 15 On-campus practice opportunities begin
  • December 4 Games Begin
  • December 20 – January 3 Christmas Holiday Break
  • February 26, 2022 Season Ends
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to the blessing of overwhelming interest, registration for new teams has closed. If you are interested in registering as an individual player, please contact your coach (if already a member of a roster) or contact Rob Hunter.

Game Schedule
Games are scheduled in one-hour blocks, Friday evenings beginning at 7:00PM and throughout the days & evenings on Saturdays. Once posted, game schedules cannot be changed. Coaches will be allowed to communicate conflict dates prior to the start of the game season. The season will conclude with an all-inclusive, single elimination tournament.

Click Here for: GAME SCHEDULE 2021-2022 (as of 12/9/21)
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-hour periods. Teams may only sign up for one (1) practice time.

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.

Players on an MUMC Team may rent league jerseys ($15, 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 pre-organized or individuals may register and will be assigned to an appropriate team. Coaches will be allowed to identify conflict dates in advance of season game schedule being published. 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)

To Register

In an effort to streamline the registration process, and make this a simple process for families, we require all players to register and pay on-line. The registration link below will take you to the Realm platform, where you simply complete the registration information, respond to all questions, and make your payment. (Note: If on-line payment is not possible, please contact League Commissioner Rob Hunter)

IMPORTANT: 2021-2022 Youth League Registration for new teams has closed. If you are interested in registering as an individual, please contact Rob Hunter; individual registrations will be accepted and players assigned to existing teams as long as space allows.

Also, to participate, parents/guardians will need to complete & return our three United Youth Release Forms. As original signatures are required, please complete the fillable pdf form, print, sign & return by mail or by dropping off at our church office (Matthews United Methodist Church attention: Amy Benjamin / 801 S. Trade St. / Matthews, N.C. 28105.)

Other Opportunities Available

2021-2022 ScoreKeeper
If you are interested in applying to be a Scorekeeper (limited to 10th graders > college students), click here to apply. This is a paid / part-time position for the season. If you have questions about this opportunity, contact Rob Hunter at 704.815.1916.

2021-2022 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.

Please contact Rob Hunter with more questions about the 2021-2022 season.
United Youth | Youth Basketball Ministry