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Raptors Basketball



Welcome to Raptors Basketball

Raptors Athletics is the youth sports league servicing Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Sedalia, and Larkspur areas.  Raptors Athletics operates under our area's existing Arapahoe Youth League (AYL) membership, the premier youth competitive sports league in the South metro Denver area.

AYL Basketball Teams:

  • Cherry Creek Bruins

  • Eagles (Denver Area)       

  • Hawks (Parker Area)

  • Raptors (Castle Rock Area)            

  • Spartans (Aurora Area)

  • Littleton Thunder              

  • Warriors (Highlands Ranch Area)


Uniforms: Uniforms include reversible Jersey/Short. Uniforms are ordered at the time of registration.

Size Chart: https://www.leagueathletics.com/Page.asp?n=154192&org=RAPTORATHLETICSBOYSBASKETBALL

Practices: Practices are typically held 2 times a week for 1.5 hrs.  Either a Mon/Weds or Tues/Thurs. Locations are at local schools in Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Franktown or Sedalia.

Games: Games can be played on Friday evenings from 6pm - 9pm or Saturdays/Sundays from 8am - 9pm (regardless of grade/level).  Home games are played in Castle Pines or Castle Rock. Away games are determined by AYL (visit www.AYLsports.org for a list of teams in our league)

Levels of Play:

Division 1: This level of competition is intended for kids who have been playing basketball consistently and understand fundamentals of ball handling and basic game rules.  Teams that have played together in other leagues for at least 1 year should consider playing at this level.   Returning AYL teams that have a greater than 50% winning record AND 65% or more of their players returning are encouraged to play at this level.

Division 2: This level of competition is intended for kids who desire a competitive basketball experience but may not have been playing on a consistent team in previous years or are just moving up from a recreational league.    

All teams will be reviewed by the Basketball Board to determine if further division of age groups is necessary, based on teams registered.  Divisions within age groups will be split into further groups: West, East, South and Midwest.  The Board will work together to create groups based on standings history and coach information to provide for better competitive matchups.  Based on number of teams registered, separate playoff and championship games may be provided for groups as appropriate.

It is the AYL Basketball Board's goal to manage a program that is fun and promotes sportsmanship and a lifelong love of the game of basketball.  Throughout the season we will post updates and other additional information so please check back periodically. 



20/21 Season Update

Updated 1/11/2020

Raptors Families,

Please read the message below from the AYL regarding the current basketball season.  Raptors will continue to keep you updated as things progress.  As indicated in the email below, the 20/21 Winter season has been cancelled.  However, we will have a 2021 Summer League.  We will keep registrations open and determine the final payment date once the Summer season is confirmed.  

I am available to discuss with you directly any questions or concerns you may have.  Feel free to reach out to me directly at Justin@RaptorsAthletics.org.


The AYL hopes this email finds you safe and in good health. The AYL board has been meeting regularly since last July in trying to develop and manage the 2020-2021 basketball season. Due to the known state, county and local school district restrictions we have postponed the season several times since our annual start time in November. Given the current state of all school districts affiliated within the AYL being in the Orange Covid status and the denial of many permits by several schools, we have decided to cancel the 2020-2021 winter basketball season. 

Basketball is one of two sports that is played indoors which holds us to more restricted parameters. We understand many other leagues are starting up soon with strict limitations in place however more than 98% of our league games are played at schools versus recreation centers and private facilities. 

However, the Raptors and the AYL board is excited to announce that we will be implementing a new league for summer 2021. We are looking to begin the season in May with first games being played on June 5th through the end of July. We are anticipating games being played in High School and Middle School gyms for grade levels 2nd through 8th. Players who complete 8th grade this school year will be eligible to participate on an 8th grade team for the Summer League only. We also plan to have our 2021-2022 season begin in November 2021. 

The AYL would like to thank you all for your interest and patience as we all try to get through these trying times. Our goal is to create a fun, healthy and safe environment for all of our kids and coaches. 


Register today so we can start forming our rosters. All that is required to register is a $25 non-refundable deposit which includes a FREE Raptors T-shirt. Full registration balances won't be due until we secure the season dates.


  • 2nd - 8th grade boys/girls

  • Season Dates: We are looking to begin the season in May with first games being played on June 5th through the end of July.

  • $25 Non Refundable deposit to secure a spot on your team's roster

  • Includes a FREE long sleeve Raptors Basketball Tshirt

  • If we are unable to have a season this year, Tshirts will be shipped to the registrants address (PLEASE MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE APPROPRIATE ADDRESS ON FILE) otherwise we will distribute at the start of the season.

  • Full Registration Fee will be $375 ($25 deposit to be applied)

  • Uniforms: $90 (Reversible shirt/short) *We will be using the same uniforms that were used in the 2019 season, we will address number duplication as needed.


by posted 01/11/2021
Championship Saturday

The 2019-2020 AYL Basketball Season came to an end this weekend with 4 of our teams making it to the Championship.  It was a great season all around, all Raptors teams competed throughout the year and represented positively both on and off the court.  Thank you and congrats to all that participated this year.


5th Grade Girls - League Runner Up

Coaches, John Drury, Justin Wesbrook, Stephanie Sawin

5th Grade Boys/Division One - League Champs

Coaches Justin Kliewer, Ray Cross

6th Grade Boys/Division Two - League Runner Up

Coaches Ben Schifferer, Jason Clarkson

7/8th Grade Girls - League Champs

Coaches Kyle Hunter, Janna Pedersen


by posted 02/25/2020
Local Vendor Spotlight: Raptors Apparel

Raptors is a proud supporter of local businesses! If you are looking for some fun Raptors apparel visit our store offered by Schmancy Tees! Click here to see everything available! You have the option to have the items shipped to you or picked up in Parker, Colorado. Turn around time is 2 weeks! 

by posted 07/21/2018
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