Bloomington-Normal YMCA

Flyers Travel Basketball


MISSION STATEMENT: To promote the love of basketball, to guide players with a better appreciation for the game, and to learn life lessons through competition. 


Program overview

FLYERS is a competitive travel basketball club at the YMCA. Boys and girls (grades 3-8) will have the opportunity to play against other travel teams from Central Illinois and Suburban Chicago. FLYERS has a Spring/Summer Season in which the children practice and play in tournaments.

Flyers is for...

  • Highly competitive kids who are eager to play basketball with other committed athletes
  • Players who select basketball as their favorite sport
  • Players who are able to compete at a high level
  • Players who are willing to commit to a team-first culture

program highlights

  • Experienced coaches selected by the YMCA based on experience, knowledge of the game, and commitment to the development of kids as players and as people
  • Games played against other competitive travel teams
  • A seasonal seminar on diet and nutrition delivered by an ACE Certified Personal Trainer (parents and players welcome to attend)
  • Weekly conditioning sessions to improve physical condition as well as basketball fundamentals
  • At least two practices per week
  • 6 tournaments located in Central Illinois and Suburban Chicago
  • Teams of athletes in grades 5-8 will partake in weekly strength and conditioning sessions led by YMCA Lead Personal Trainer, Nicolette Hursey. Click here to learn about Nicolette.


Friday, March 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bloomington-Normal YMCA

 Tryout information

We ask that all players register in advance, so we may plan accordingly. Register at :

As a program of the Bloomington-Normal YMCA, the FLYERS travel basketball program welcomes parents, players, and coaches who are steadfast to improve their skills, by providing opportunities of higher level of play while maintaining the mission of the YMCA.

5th & 6th Grade Girl Tryouts

March 16: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the YMCA

7th Grade Boy Tryouts

March 16: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the YMCA

8th Grade Boy Tryouts

March 16: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the YMCA

Practices, Strength/Conditioning, Tournaments

Youth that are assigned to a FLYERS team will begin practices the week of April 1, 2019 and strength and conditioning will begin the week of April 8, 2019. To find out when each team will play in tournaments, please see the parent handbook below. 

5th & 6th Grade Girls

Coaches: Willy Anderson & David McKennies 

Practice: Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the YMCA

Strength/Conditioning: Mondays 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the YMCA 

7th Grade Boys

Coaches: Dan Riddle & Matt Gentes 

Practice: TBD

Strength/Conditioning: Mondays 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the YMCA 

8th Grade Boys

Coaches: Neal Hubbard 

Practice: Tuesdays & Thursdays 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the YMCA

Strength/Conditioning: Mondays 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the YMCA 

strength & Conditioning 

In order to compete at a high level, a player must be in good physical condition. The Flyers will incorporate overall fitness training, as well as basketball-specific speed and agility training, into practices. Weekly conditioning sessions will be held with Nicolette Hursey, a certified personal trainer and a former collegiate basketball player. 

Click here for the complete 2019 Flyers Parent Handbook.

Scholarships are available through the YMCA Strong Kids campaign.  

For more information, contact the Director of Youth Sports/Wellness, Brad Ruehrdanz, at


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