The Maui Youth Basketball League was started in 1989. The leagues is for boys and girls ages 6 through 15 and its primary emphasis is to teach the basic skill necessary to acquire competency in the sport of basketball with competition being a secondary goal. The league is conducted solely through volunteer assistance with no employees. All of the coaches, referees, scorekeepers, time keepers are generally comprised of parents whose children participate in the league activities.
The league operates two seasons each year. The summer season runs from late May to mid July and the fall season runs from September to November. The teams and divisions are not segregated by sex. The fee charged for registrations supplies uniforms and purchases the basic equipment necessary for play such as nets, rims and scoreboards.
In addition to its regular basketball league the Maui Youth Basketball League runs the Maui Basketball Camp which runs in June of each year. The fee for the camp brings in Jimmy Yagi and Bill O'rear from Hilo and several other coaches from Hilo who volunteer their time to teach the fundamentals of basketball. The camp runs for four days ending in a tournament for all participates to showcase what they have learned in the camp.
The success of the league is because of its primary goal of being an instructional league rather than a competitive league. All players play the same amount each game. League rules call for ball movement rather then individual play. Although scores are kept for the upper division games there are no standings. Player improvement rather than wins and loses measure success in this league.
The County of Maui Parks and Recreation and the State of Hawaii Department of Education has played a big role in the success of the league. They have provided the league with the facilities for the games to be played at no cost to the league. Approximately 450 games are played in the summer league and 220 games are played in the fall league. The Maui Basketball Camp uses the County of Maui War Memorial Gym and State of Hawaii Baldwin gym for its camp where 150 participates are registered each year.