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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.
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.
2018-2019 Basketball Season Information
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.
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.