Youth Sports

Youth Sports

All YMCA Youth Sports programs are based on the YMCA’s “Everybody Plays, Everybody Wins!” philosophy. No matter what your child’s age or ability, he or she will learn character values, sportsmanship, and valuable new skills as a member of YMCA Youth Sports. We use a child-appropriate curriculum, sensitive to the needs and abilities of each individual participant.

A mainstay of YMCA offerings for young people, YMCA youth sports programs fill kids’ discretionary hours with positive activities and caring adult attention. Coaches—often volunteers, including many parents—emphasize teamwork and cooperation over winning at any cost, developing good values over developing the next superstar.

Basketball and volleyball, both YMCA inventions, are popular youth programs, as are progressive gymnastics. Like many youth sports programs, YMCA coaches lead players through drills and games that build skills, develop coordination and enhance a love of the game. But what makes us special is our philosophy. We make sure everyone participates. And we emphasize the development of character—caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. At the YMCA, what happens off the field is just as important as what happens on the field. Fill your child’s free hours with safe, fun activities around caring adults at the YMCA.

Don Edwards Park Schedule : Upcoming Spring Leagues 13-15 register now! 

Bally Sports Programs at the Y

Little Ballers Basketball (Ages 4-6)
A fun and educational first basketball experience! Players are taught the fundamentals in a fun and encouraging way. Classes will also include recreational games.
Dates/Times : Monday Evenings, 2/25-3/25 Location : Licking County Family Y Gym

Mini Soccer Stars (Ages 3-6)
Bally Sports leads an age appropriate program that utilizes fun games and activities to teach the fundamentals to beginning soccer players. Each week will include both developmentally
appropriate instruction and recreational, non-competitive game play.
Dates/Times : Saturday Afternoons, April 6 - May 11 Location : LCFY Fields

Little Sluggers T-Ball (Ages 3-4)
Bally Sports Group’s Little Sluggers is a great introduction to the game of baseball for young children. Each week, the program will include an instructional portion that will introduce players
to batting, base running, fielding, throwing, catching and a modified game.
Dates/Times : Wednesday Evenings, June 5 - July 10 Location : LCFY Fields

Learn to Lax (Grades 1-2)
A fun and instructional non-contact introduction to the game of lacrosse! Players will learn how to properly scoop, cradle, shoot, defend, pass and catch! Sticks will be provided for players who
do not have their own.
Dates/Times : Thursday Evenings, April 11 - May 16 Location : Bryn Du and Don Edwards Fields
Register at

Questions? Contact Bally Sports @
or 614- 505-6532



Boys' and Girls' Girls Basketball

This basketball program designed for youngsters to have fun while learning sportsmanship, basketball rules and skills. We use age-appropriate equipment. The league is supported by parent volunteers and YMCA staff. Players learn the fundamental skills of basketball in a safe and fun environment. Our coaches emphasize on drills in passing, shooting, dribbling, and game fundamentals. The YMCA also focuses on character development, teamwork, sportsmanship, participation and basic skills development. Parent volunteers and coaches needed. The program is opened to first through sixth graders. Registration is October 1 through October 31. Practice begins the first part of November with games played on Saturdays beginning in December. Teams practice once a week. Players receive a t-shirt.

Leagues are separated into grade levels: 1st & 2nd grade, 3rd & 4th grade. The 5th & 6th grade register as a school team.
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Boys' Basketball 7-9th & 9-12th

The YMCA Youth Basketball program provides participants guidance in fair play, sportsmanship, self-confidence, team play and respect. All individual participants receive a Y team jersey. This program will be split into two programs: 7-9th graders and 9-12th graders. Evaluations will be done to place teams and determine which league 9th graders will participate in.  Registration is October 1 through October 31. Practice begins the first part of November with games played on Saturdays beginning in December. Teams practice once a week. 

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2018-2019 Basketball Season Information

Welcome Letter

Pass the Whistle

Background Check Form

Rules: Rules K-3 Boys & Girls, Rules 3-4 Boys & Girls, Rules 5th-6th Grade Girls

Practice Schedule

Schedules: K-2 Boys Schedule, K-2 Girls Schedule, 3-4th Grade Boys Schedule, 3-4th Grade Girls Schedule, 5th-6th Grade Girls Schedule7-10th Grade Boys Schedule

Tournament Bracket: 3-4th Grade Boys Tournament Bracket, 3-4th Grade Girls Tournament Bracket, 5th-6th Grade Girls Tournament Bracket

NFL Flag

5NFL Flag football is a minimum contact alternative to tackle football. YMCA coaches teach the fundamentals of football: passing, catching and hitting. It is a great way to learn the basics of the game and to get ready for tackle leagues. Open to boys and girls in first through 4th grades. Registration is June 1 through August 15. Practice begins in August, two to three times per week, with games being played on Saturdays beginning in September. Fees include a team t-shirt. Parent volunteers and coaches needed.

Flag Football Rule Book


Girls Fall Volleyball

This is a great program for players to learn and improve upon their skills, and have fun in a positive environment with teammates and coaches at the same time! YMCA volleyball is for those girls who are just coming into the sport for the first time, and also for those who have been coming up through our program and are looking to develop their skills. This program is for girls in first through seventh grades. Registration is June 1 through August 15. Teams practice once a week. Practices begin during the end of August with games played on Saturdays beginning in September. Each participant receives a team t-shirt. Parent volunteers and coaches needed.


The Y is offering adult volleyball leagues for individuals 18 and older. This league will be divided into two divisions. The Tuesday night league will be for intermediate players that have some previous experience, looking for a more competitive style of play. The Thursday night league will be for advanced individuals and teams looking to play in a highly competitive league with other skilled individuals. All Thursday night games will be played in the Mitchell Center on the full size volleyball courts, with the occasional Tuesday leagues on the full courts. Teams will consist of 6-7 players. Each team must have a minimum of two(2) females per team. Each team will be guaranteed 8 games plus a single elimination tournament. This league will serve as a shorter, warm up session before sand volleyball begins!

WHO: Co-ed league open to adults 18 yrs and older

WHEN: Games begin the week of March 18th and will the tournament will conclude the week of May 20th

WHERE: YMCA Newark Mitchell Center

HOW TO REGISTER: Registration is open at the Y Front Desk or online at

      $25 individual registration

      $150 Team registration

      Registration Deadline March 11

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Adam Jenkins at 740-349-9678 or