PACA Youth Sports (4/5/6)

4th-5th-6th Grade Options

PACA Youth Sports

4th-5th-6th Grade Options

Next up: Basketball

Grades 4-6 Girls and Boys Basketball at CA sponsored by PACA Youth Sports 

The Parents and Guardian’s Association of Columbus Academy (PACA) is pleased to present CA Youth Basketball as a sporting option for 4-6th grade students (girls and boys).

If your CA student is in 4-6th grade and is interested in playing basketball, they may try-out to play in one of the two leagues in which we participate: Central Ohio Basketball Association (COBA) or JCC / Bexley Recreation League (JCC). All students try-out in mid to late October. Placement in each league is then determined by independent evaluators and coaches.

Please note that 4th and 5th graders still have the opportunity to participate in CAJB.This is an intramural developmental program on Sundays in November and December through ASA (After School Activities).

The COBA league is a local travel league from late November through mid-February. Our home games are played at the JCC in New Albany.Schedules are determined at a coaches meeting in late October.The fee is $350/player.This covers facility fees, equipment and uniforms.

The JCC/ Bexley Rec league plays all games on Sunday afternoons at the JCC College Avenue (Bexley) or Bexley HS/MS on Cassingham from late November / early Dec through mid-February. The fee is $175/player. This covers facility fees, equipment and uniforms.

Caveat to the JCC/Bexley rec teams:Parent volunteer coaches will be assigned once all teams are finalized.Should we not have a parent volunteer coach for any particular team, that team would not be able to participate. Please consider being a coach if your child is in this league.

Practices for COBA and JCC start the first week of November.The COBA teams will practice one weeknight from 7:15-8:30p and Saturdays & Sundays until games start in early December.Once the season begins, the weeknight practices will continue and the weekend practices will be dependent on the game schedule.The JCC teams will practice throughout the season one weeknight from 7:15-8:30p.Games will be played on Sundays starting in mid-December.Both leagues will not have activity during winter break.

All students must attend tryouts; click here to follow steps to register. Registration deadline is September 26th. 

Note for tryouts:

If you have not notified your coach that your child will be trying out please let them know prior to the tryouts (see below for coach info and try-out dates/times).

Group Coach Email
4th grade girls – Bridget Thorne –
4th grade boys – James Merkel –
5th grade girls – Aaron Gilbert –
5th grade boys – Tony Landis –
6th grade girls – Chuck Simpson –
6th grade boys – Amy Seymore –

4th and 5th Grade Girl’s – 1-2:30pm Saturday and Sunday 10/20,21

6th Grade Girl’s – 2:30-4pm Saturday and Sunday 10/20,21

4th Grade Boys – 4-5:30 pm Saturday 10/20 and 2:30-4 Sunday 10/21

5th Grade Boys – 5:30-7pm Friday 10/19 and 2:30-4 Saturday 10/20

6th Grade Boys – 4-5:30pm Saturday 10/20 and 4:30-6 pm Sunday 10/21

The Youth Sports Program at the Columbus Academy encourages 4th through 6th grade boys and girls to participate in developmental sports alongside their Columbus Academy classmates and peers. It is designed for currently enrolled students at Columbus Academy. The Parents’ Association of Columbus Academy (PACA) sponsors the Youth Sports Program and all guidelines, regulations and finances will be administered and managed by the elected PACA Sports Chair Position(s).

The PACA Sports Chair Position(s) will work to ensure the philosophy of the Youth Sports Program mirrors that of Columbus Academy. While the Youth Sports Programs are not school-affiliated Columbus Academy teams, they will be held to the same standards of the school while being managed by PACA.


The Columbus Academy Youth Program currently consists of the following teams:

5th/6th Grade Boy’s Tackle Football (Fall)

4th, 5th and 6th Grade Boy’s Basketball (Winter)

4th, 5th and 6th Grade Girl’s Basketball (Winter)

5th/6th Grade Boy’s Lacrosse (Spring)

5th/6th Grade Girl’s Lacrosse (Spring)

If you have have any questions please contact Jane Yakam at