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This winter recreation basketball league is anchored on its partnerships with the Sacramento Kings, Jesuit, and amazing small businesses in the greater Sacramento area.. This season there is a record 1171 boys and girls participating in Buzzardball. Games are played on Sundays from January-March. 3rd-8th Grade teams play their championship games at the Golden 1 Center. The league's foundation is teaching life skills through basketball.

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A word from Director Steve Buzzard:

17 years ago, I was approached by a friend named Greg Nathanson. He wanted me to look at and eventually take over a youth basketball league he was running. At the time, there were a little over 100 kids involved on the K-8 level. Admittedly, I was good with just coaching my boys Toph and Max at the time. After watching the league for a few years, a vision started coming together. I wanted to create a recreation basketball league with an NBA/WNBA feel. And now as we enters our 15th year,  Buzzardball is not just a league ... it's an EXPERIENCE available to all boys and girls who want to play the game of basketball.

The strength of this experience starts with the amazing families that are involved with the league. Buzzardball has created a safe and fun environment for the kids playing and the players participating. Next are the coaches, who are your community fathers and mothers who volunteer their time to guide our children using basketball as a vehicle for life skills vital to your child's success. Then there are the amazing partnerships we have with the Sacramento Kings, Jesuit High School, and St. Francis High School. Through these partnerships, the participants in Buzzardball get unique opportunities to be a part of these amazing programs through getting discounts or free admission to games to getting t-shirts. And of course, the icing on the cake is the opportunity we have to play our games at the Golden One Center … home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. Priceless.

Lastly, the one rule that separates Buzzardball from other youth basketball leagues is the ALL-PLAY rule. Whether you are a beginner or advanced player, the ALL-PLAY rule forces the concept of team play. Everyone is a piece of the puzzle. A huge life skill for the advanced player who will have to enhance his/her leadership skills. And for the beginner, who will have equal time on the court to learn and improve their game. This rule evens the playing field.

I invite you to be a part of this unique basketball experience. I love being the director. I put my heart and soul to everything you see from this website, to the NBA-replica uniforms, to the write-ups, and most importantly ... providing a positive experience for your child! Please scroll through the website to see the inside workings of how Buzzardball operates. And feel free to contact me with any questions you have about the league.

Format and Features

  • Youth basketball league for boys + girls Grades K-8 of all levels

  • Broken up by grade level:

    • 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, 7th/8th Boys & Girls Teams​

    • Within the grades, Buzzardball offers a SILVER DIVISION (younger + less experienced) and a GOLD DIVISION (older + more experienced)

  • K-2 Leagues are co-ed | No score is kept

  • All-Play League | Everyone plays an important role on the team

  • Volunteer Coaches committed to teaching and supporting our kids

  • Fun + Safe Environment for Kids + Their Families

  • Easy registration with early bird pricing!

  • You can register with a whole team (up to 10 players), with a few friends (less than 10), or solo (placed on a team)

  • High quality double-sided uniforms featuring NBA + WNBA teams

  • Photo Day on Super Bowl Sunday morning (before the game)

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Practices and Games​

  • Games are played on Sundays from January-March (7-8 games)

  • One practice for one hour weekly

    • Practices run M-F in the evenings from 4:30-8:30 p.m., Saturdays from 9 am-1 pm. I will try to place your child accordingly.

  • 3rd-8th Grade Playoffs occur on the final day of the season

    • Silver Playoffs including Championship are played on this day​

    • Gold Playoffs finalists punch their ticket for G1C

  • 3rd-8th Grade Championships played at Golden One Center

  • Weekly Updates with Headlines + High Scorers

  • K-2 ends 1st Sunday in March (this season is March 5th)


  • Sacramento Kings - families will have opportunities to purchase discounted tickets to Kings games at Golden One Center. Every purchase goes toward league total that allows our championship games to be hosted at G1C

  • Rio Americano High School, Jesuit, - opportunities for players to attend games FREE during the basketball season.

  • Sponsorship opportunities | A great place to highlight your business in front of hundreds of families.

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