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Goldenball Youth Basketball

Youth Sports Leagues
Registration is now closed for the 2021-2022 season.
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About GoldenBall

Goldenball Youth Basketball League Mission

The purpose of Portland Parks & Recreation’s (PP&R) Goldenball youth basketball program is to encourage our youth, regardless of ability, to learn the fundamentals of the game. Develop a sense of fair play and good sportsmanship. Experience the satisfaction of team play and individual cooperation. To have fun and enjoy playing the game of Basketball. Goldenball is a recreation program based on good sportsmanship and the development of basketball fundamentals.Not on winning championships!

COVID-19 safety information

The City of Portland is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our employees and community. As part of this commitment, all City employees and volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. As you know, our Goldenball league practices and plays games within Portland Public School gymnasiums. Portland Public Schools is requiring for all rentals, that coaches and spectators be vaccinated. Only one spectator per player will be allowed during league games. No spectators are allowed at practices. Programming has been designed to meet public health guidance and to be flexible as conditions change. 

PP&R Partner Organization, Permittee, and Volunteer Vaccine Attestation Form

Portland Public Schools has relaxed the player and official face mask rule, while still following OHA guidelines for indoor sports mask requirements.  Players and officials actively participating on the court do not have to wear a mask. Once a player or official is either on the bench or not actively officiating a game a mask must be worn. All other staff, coaches, spectators, players on the bench must be masked at all times. Players and coaches showing symptoms or testing positive for COVID must isolate from Goldenball activities for five days.  At the end of five days the infected person must be fever free for the prior 24 hours or provide a negative COVID test.  Players and coaches that may have received a casual COVID exposure are not required to isolate from Goldenball activities until COVID symptoms appear or the results of a COVID test are positive.


Scroll through the PDF of your listed age division to find your team. 


Volunteer coaching is a big task, and our program could not run smoothly without your efforts. Here are some tips for keeping your team organized. For more detailed information see the attached guidelines and league rules.

  • Have a parent meeting prior to the start of the season. Assign designated parents to help keep score during games as well as be the home book when scheduled as the home team/visiting team.
  •  We are asking ALL coaches when meeting with your parents to make sure they are aware that spectators over 16 need to be COVID vaccinated prior to entering the school gym. We are limiting the number of spectators to one per player during league games. Spectators are not allowed at practice.
  • When you obtain your score sheets from either the coaches’ packet or online, fill it out with your players’ names and make 8-10 copies, so that you have them filled out prior to the start of each game. 
  • Team roster, which is included in your coaches’ packet, must be filled out and submitted by email to the Sports Office prior to the start of the first game. 

NOTE: If you plan on coaching more than one team, you are required to have an assistant coach for each team. The assistant coach must attend one of the coaches’ meetings. We will continue to try and work with scheduling issues, however, with the rising number of teams, it has become more difficult to accommodate requests. Coaching three or more teams is not permitted.

League Play and Practice

Seven games played on Saturdays, January 15-February 26, 2022. The league is divided into two halves, the first 3 weeks, followed by a realignment if necessary, and no break between halves. Games are played at various Portland Public Schools. Sites may vary from the first half to the second half.

Jerseys: Our program does not supply jerseys as part of your team fee. We do require a minimum of matching t-shirts with 6” numbers on the back. If looking to purchase jerseys, we provide a flyer in the coach’s packet of a local company to go through. Please have your players obtain shorts without pockets to comply with the National Federation Rule and for the safety of all players.


Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required prior to obtaining a practice permit. Any Coach helping with practice must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to participating at practice.

  • Once your team is registered, you may inquire for a practice permit by contacting the PP&R Sports Office:  jennifer.rounseville@portlandor… or blaine.rethmeier@portlandoregon.gov.  
  • We guarantee one 55-minute practice time slot per week, per registered team.
  • We have limited sites at Portland Public Schools. A gym list will be included in your coach’s packet.
  • Practice times are available Monday-Friday: 6:00-6:55pm, 7:00-7:55pm, and 8:00-8:55pm. Any time prior to 6:00pm, you must inquire with the school directly or the PIL CUB office. Practice permits at most locations will begin on November 1, 2021. Contact the sports office at 503-823-5124 or 503-5126 to book a practice time.
  • Once you obtain a practice permit from the PP&R Sports Office, please contact the school office pertaining to the permit to inquire about any special gym/school entry instructions. (i.e. school events).
  • There is no practice if the school is closed for any reason.
  • No spectators are allowed at practice.
  • Practice times will not be issued to teams that are not registered in the 2021-2022 Golden Ball season.
  • Masks are required inside all Portland Public Schools. Portland Public Schools is requiring that masks be worn while using their facilities.  This requirement includes players and game officials that are actively participating in games. Please remember to social distance when possible.​

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