The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active, and developing healthy habits they'll carry with them throughout their lives. And the benefits are far greater than just physical health. Whether it's gaining the confidence that comes from learning to swim or building the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, participating in sports at the Y is about building the whole child, from the inside and out.
Our mentality is “everybody plays, everybody wins” and all participants are given equal time to play, learn and grow at every practice and game. These programs also provide an arena for family involvement by encouraging parents to become volunteer coaches. In addition, each game begins with a unity circle while the participants, staff and coaches recite the Sportsman’s Creed.
Basketball and volleyball, both YMCA inventions, are popular youth programs, as are baseball, softball, T-ball, and soccer.
▼ Flag football
▼ Tackle football
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Teen centers, group exercise, triathlon training, dance clubs, skateboarding, arts - there's a lot more than sports at the Y, giving kids the chance to exert energy, try new things, make new friends...and be kids!
Swimming, diving and gymnastics are the most popular national competitive sports leagues at the Y. The Y hosts state, regional and national championships annually, helping kids value hard work, reach for excellence and enjoy spirited competition.