Youth Sports

Welcome to YMCA Youth Sports. Y sports nurture the potential of our kids by emphasizing fun, skill development, sportsmanship, and teamwork in a positive environment. Children learn skills and build character while staying active, having fun, and making friends! Our programs progress with your child’s needs and abilities, from introductory to competitive.

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Y Basketball 

When you think about basketball you can’t help but think of the YMCA. Why? Because we invented the sport back in 1891 in Springfield, MA – so it makes sense we know a thing or two about it. For over a century we have engaged youth creating a strong foundation of character and teamwork for a lifelong love of the game – while building skills for future community leaders. YMCA youth basketball emphasizes fun while encouraging fundamental skill development, teamwork, and sportsmanship.

Volunteer Coaches

We’re seeking volunteers interested in coaching youth sports. Our coaches make YMCA youth sports possible and create a lifelong impact on children by encouraging participation and emphasizing sportsmanship and strong character. When you become a volunteer, the Y will introduce you to coaching and provide resources specific to the sport you coach. If you have questions about being a volunteer coach, please contact our Sports Executive, Mike Williams, 509 777 9622 x 4140.

Volunteer Coach Application

 


Recreation Leagues

Grades K – 2 (Nov 12 – Dec 10, 2022)

  • Games played at local middle schools on Saturdays
  • Optional tournament at the end of the season
  • Tournament games can be played on Mon/Wed/Fri
  • Guaranteed Registration ENDS October 8
  • Non-Guaranteed Registration ENDS October 15

Register

Grades 3 – 4 (Nov 5 – Jan 14, 2023)

  • Games played at local middle schools on Friday/Saturday
  • Guaranteed Registration ENDS October 8
  • Non-Guaranteed Registration ENDS October 15

Register

Grades 5 – 8 (Nov 4 – Jan 30, 2023)

  • Games played at HUB/Warehouse or local middle schools on Friday/Saturday
  • Optional tournament at the end of the season
  • Tournament games can be played on Mon/Wed/Fri
  • Guaranteed Registration ENDS October 8
  • Non-Guaranteed Registration ENDS October 15

Register


Competitive Leagues

This league is more competitive than the YMCA recreational league, yet still provides a positive experience. Coaches register their team, schedule practices, and team uniforms.

Team Registration Only. This league is designed to be more competitive than the YMCA recreational league, yet still provides a positive experience for all. Coaches register their team, schedule their own practices and teams provide their own uniforms. Teams will play 8 games during the season (unless forces out of our control occur) and end in a seeded, single elimination tournament. Regular season games are played on Mondays and/or Wednesdays at the Warehouse and/or HUB beginning tbd. Tournament games can be played on Monday & Wednesday.

Grades 3 – 8 (Nov 2 – Jan 30, 2023)

  • Games played the HUB or Warehouse on Monday & Wednesday
  • Optional tournament at the end of the season
  • Tournament games can be played on Mon/Wed/Fri
  • The Y will try to create a team and find a coach but it is possible teams will not be formed or found. Optional placement into recreation program

Team Registration

  • Team registration ends Oct 15

Individual Registration

  • Individual registration ends Sept 30*

*Registering does not guarantee placement on a team. The Y will try to create a team and find a coach for those wanting to play competitive basketball. In addition, single registration players can be placed on current teams. It is possible teams will not be formed or found. 

 

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Flag Football

Our focus is on participation and fun! While basic skills of the game are developed through practices and games, every child learns sportsmanship and values necessary to be successful in life. Every game begins with a Youth Sports Pledge. We encourage fair play, positive competition, and family involvement.

Grades 1 – 2 (Sep 10 – Oct 15, 2022)

  • Games played on Saturdays
  • Game Sites: City of Spokane & Spokane Valley
  • Guaranteed Registration ENDS Aug 22
  • Non-Guaranteed Registration ENDS Aug 29

Registration Closed


Grades 3 – 6 (Sep 10 – Oct 22, 2022)

  • Games played on Saturdays
  • Game Sites: City of Spokane & Spokane Valley
  • Guaranteed Registration ENDS Aug 22
  • Non-Guaranteed Registration ENDS Aug 29

Registration Closed


Volunteer Coaches

We’re seeking volunteers interested in coaching youth sports. Our coaches make YMCA youth sports possible and create a lifelong impact on children by encouraging participation and emphasizing sportsmanship and strong character. When you become a volunteer, the Y will introduce you to coaching and provide resources specific to the sport you coach. If you have questions about being a volunteer coach, please contact our Sports Executive, Mike Williams, 509 777 9622 x 4140.

Volunteer Coach Application

Volleyball

Co-ed 6 on 6 volleyball league. This is a learning league, where participants can build on the foundations of the game. Practice times can be one or two times a week depending on the coach’s availability.

Grades 4 – 6 (Sep 10 – Oct 29)

  • Saturday Games are played at The Warehouse
  • Guaranteed Registration ENDS Aug 22
  • NON-GUARANTEED Registration ENDS Aug 29

Registration Closed

Sports Clinics 

We offer Clinics for a variety of Sports which are an ideal way to introduce youth to a particular sport before they participate in a recreational or competitive league setting. These recreational clinics focus on character development, sports skills, and more importantly FUN. Each clinic will have a character development engagement piece, fun games, and skills ending with a little gameplay for all participants.

Basketball 

Grades K – 1 (Oct 1 – 29, 2022) 

  • Clinics at North Y on Saturdays
  • Registration ENDS Sep 30

Register 12 – 12:50pm
Register 1 – 1:50pm
Register 2 – 2:50pm

YMCA youth sports encourage and promote healthy kids, families and communities by placing a priority on family involvement, healthy competition rather than rivalry, the value of participation over winning, team-building as well as individual development, a positive self-image, a sense of fair play and mutual respect for others. As parents, we encourage you to become more than just spectators but to consider being a volunteer coach – as well as being your child’s greatest fan!

There’s a lot to know as a youth sports participant parent and we want you to have all the information you need. This information is just for YOU so please spend some time reviewing this material.

Positive Parenting
Parent & Player Code of Ethics
Top 10 Tips for Sports Parents

Parent General Information
Registration, Refund & Cancellation Policy

BE A YOUTH SPORTS COACH TODAY.

Volunteer Coaches Information 

We’re seeking volunteers interested in coaching youth sports. Our coaches make YMCA youth sports possible and create a lifelong impact on children by encouraging participation and emphasizing sportsmanship and strong character. When you become a volunteer, the Y will introduce you to coaching and provide resources specific to the sport you coach. If you have questions about being a volunteer coach, please contact our Sports Executive, Mike Williams509 777 9622 x 4140.

Volunteer Coach Application

Currently accepting Volunteer Coach Applications for Basketball and Flag Football

Required training for Volunteer Coaches
Concussion in Sports Training
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Training
Code of Conduct
Child Abuse Prevention Training – link for training will be sent via email once you have submitted your application.


Team Forms
Roster Wavier

Basketball – Blank Practice Plans:

Practice Plan Worksheet
Fitness Activities Ages 3-5            Practice Skill Ages 3-5          Warm-Up Ages 3-5          Team Circle Ages 3-5
Fitness Activities Ages 6-7            Practice Skill Ages 6-7          Warm-Up Ages 6-7          Team Circle Ages 6-7
Fitness Activities Ages 8-9            Practice Skill Ages 8-9          Warm-Up Ages 8-9          Team Circle Ages 8-9
Fitness Activities Ages 10-11        Practice Skill Ages 10-11      Warm-Up Ages 10-11      Team Circle Ages 10-11
Fitness Activities Ages 12 & Up     Practice Skill Ages 12 & Up   Warm-Up Ages 12 & Up   Team Circle Ages 12 & Up

 

Rugby – Practice Plan Videos:
Drills:
Support – passing drill          Kicking – 3 types of kicking the ball           Basic Pass

Fun Games:
Tiger’s Tail            Rounders          Passing Lines          Pairs Tag         Mountie in the Middle

Educational  Material
7 Pillars of YMCA Youth Sports
Teaching Character Development
Concussion Information
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Information
Coaching & Core Values – Coming Soon
General Information – Coming Soon

FAQ

Refund Policy:

Refunds will be granted less a $10 administrative fee for requests made before teams begin practicing or football equipment issue takes place. A 50 percent refund will be granted prior to the first game. Once games begin, no refunds will be granted. Games cancelled to weather will not receive a refund or a portion of the program fee.

Financial Assistance is available.

Financial Assistance takes 5-7 business days to process. Participants will not be placed, able to participate or register for the league until the financial assistance has been processed. To apply, please contact our business office or stop by our Corporate Offices at 1126 N Monroe.

Insurance:

Program participants must have their own insurance.

Registration:

Registrations are accepted on an individual basis. The YMCA builds teams by grade and school.

Guaranteed Registration:

You will be placed according to your grade, school, friend request or coach request. If there’s not enough participants on the team you will be contacted to discuss other options.

Non-Guaranteed Registration:

Registration will still be available in person, by phone or online during this time. However, there is no guarantee that you will be placed on the team for which you have requested. If there are questions about availability, please contact the Program Director or Sports Admin.

When does practice start?

Practice usually begins 2 weeks before the season begins. Please check parent letter for start date. However, if you don’t have a coach yet there will be no practice.

When will I be contacted by the coach?

Sometimes issues arise. So, please make sure your email is accurate and your voicemail is active. Please make sure to check your junk mail.

Parent Letter:

Please look for this letter. The parent letter contains league specific information.

Playerspace:

This is a program we use to send out email to a team, division, or league. Please look for an email via Playerspace. Note you may not receive an email from Playerspace until a month before the season begins.

Weather Conditions:

The YMCA is not responsible for weather related game delays or weather-related game cancellations. The YMCA will make every effort to reschedule delayed or cancelled games, but it is not guaranteed.

Schedules:

If you have not received a schedule, they can be found on the website here Sports Schedules

What should I do at games?

As a parent you are there to support your child, other players, coaches, and officials. Please go over our Parent & Player Code of Ethics.

When is picture day?

Please check your parent letter for the date and possible location of picture day.  The date is also listed on the website.  The actual time will be communicated by your coach and the Sports Admin.

What do the program fees pay for?

The program fees pay for uniforms/t-shirts, sports equipment, officials, administration, and any necessary facility/site rental fees.

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Accessibility for all

Thanks to the generous donors of our Philanthropy in Action, and our commitment to strengthen our community, financial assistance is available to those who need it.

As a mission-driven, nonprofit organization we strive to ensure everyone can learn, grow, and thrive through YMCA programs. Everyone belongs at the Y, regardless of ability to pay.

YMCA Programs Financial Assistance

Please complete the Programs Financial Assistance Application. The application is also available at any YMCA branch or by calling 509 777 9622. Applications and supporting documents can be delivered to the YMCA corporate office at 1126 N. Monroe St. Spokane, WA 99201 or to any YMCA branch. Or it may be emailed, Attention Business Office.

Financial Assistance Applications can take up to 10 days to process once received, longer if the application is incomplete.  Participants will be able to participate or register for the league AFTER the financial assistance application has been processed.

Adult Sports

Pickleball 
Pickleball was created with one thing in mind: fun, and it is now the official sport of Washington! It was designed to be easy to learn and play whether you’re five, eighty-five or somewhere in between. It is traditionally played on a badminton-sized court with special paddles. The ball used is similar to a wiffle ball, but slightly smaller. The lower net and wiffle ball allow the game to be accessible to people of all ages and abilities, while still allowing more competitive players to test their mettle. Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Played with two, three, or four players, the ball must bounce once on each side before volleys are allowed. This opens the game to more players and extends play for added fun. We invite you to drop in and join a game.

Currently offered at the Central, North and Valley YMCAs. Check Schedules for days and times.

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