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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Player-2-Player Program – Where Everyone Can Play

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Player-2-Player Program

On an increasingly unequal playing field, the YMCA believes every child should have access to sports, regardless of financial constraints, to level the ground for all. In our area’s underserved neighborhoods the need for programs like Player-2-Player is great. This program supports children who need it by providing access to sports opportunities like basketball, indoor soccer, and flag football. Whether they join the team or attend specialized sports clinics, they gain invaluable lessons in teamwork and character development. Our commitment covers essentials like registration and attire, from shoes and socks to jerseys and shorts, all tailored to individual needs. *Program availability varies by school.

We believe in the transformative potential of every child, family, and neighborhood. Together, we can amplify our collective impact for good. Currently we serve elementary schools at Lidgerwood, Logan, Longfellow, Scott, and South Pines, but we could expand our reach with your support. Will you stand with us in championing these deserving kids? By aligning with the YMCA, you can become a catalyst for positive change for kids in our community.

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For more information contact Michael Williams, Sports Executive, or call 509 720 5614.

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Basketball 

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Basketball’s roots are deeply intertwined with the YMCA, dating back to its inception in Springfield, MA, in 1891. Since then, the YMCA has been pivotal in cultivating a love for the game among the youth, emphasizing character building, teamwork, and a lifelong passion for basketball. Our programs are designed to highlight the fun of the sport while fostering skill development, cooperation, and sportsmanship. By focusing on these core values, we aim not just to create skilled athletes but to develop future leaders for our communities. Click to discover more about our program and how your child can join our legacy.

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NFL 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.


Rookies

Learn rules and practice flag football fundamentals, sportsmanship, teamwork, and healthy habits while sharpening skills, practicing drills, and having fun. Flag football means there is no contact or tackling.

  • Ages 5 – 8, co-ed
  • Locations: Central Y and North Y
  • Schedules: varies, offered throughout the year
  • Scholarships Available

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Grades 1 – 2  |  Apr 27 – May 18

  • New 7-on-7 format
  • Where: Spokane Valley
  • Game Days: Saturdays

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Player 2 Player – every child gets a chance to play

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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.

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Volleyball

At YMCA Youth Volleyball, we prioritize not only the development of athletic abilities but also the cultivation of important life skillssuch as leadership, communication, and sportsmanship. Through engaging practices, friendly competitions, and supportive coaching, players learn the fundamentals of the game while fostering friendships and a sense of belonging within our community.

Join us as we serve up excitement, growth, and fun in YMCA Youth Volleyball. Together, let’s set, spike, and soar towards success!

 

 

 

 

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Learning and Fun are an easy goal with Indoor Soccer at the Y.

With an emphasis on fair play and fun, soccer at the Y is progressive with age-appropriate rules to help teach the game and keep it fun. Our soccer program focuses on sportsmanship and teaching the basic skills including kicking, passing, dribbling, shooting, defense and working as a team.


Minis Program

Preschoolers learn rules and practice soccer fundamentals like dribbling, shooting, passing, and in most cases, going the right way down the court through fun drills and games.

  • Ages 3 – 5, co-ed
  • Schedule: Practices with scrimmages are held once per week for 4 weeks. The days and times of the program vary by location.
  • Program Dates: Jan, Jun, Aug, Sep and Oct.
  • Locations: Central Y, North Y and Valley Y
  • Led by: Y Staff.
  • Scholarships Available

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Kinders Program

Kindergartners learn rules and practice soccer fundamentals like dribbling, scoring, passing, and in most cases, going the right way down the court through fun drills and games.
*This is not a league.

  • Ages: 5 to 6, co-ed
  • Schedule: Practices with scrimmages are held once per week on Saturdays for 6 weeks.
  • Program Month: April – May
  • Locations: Central Y, North Y & Valley Y
  • Led by: Y Staff
  • Score: Not Tracked
  • Scholarships Available

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Player 2 Player – every child gets the chance to play

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The involvement of the community, parents and family volunteers is greatly appreciated and is an integral part in the success of our youth sports programs.

T-Ball

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Y T-Ball is a home run! Kids learn the basics of the game plus teamwork, leadership, and making new friends.

 

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YMCA Youth Sports Newsletter- Summer Edition

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Are you ready to dive into the world of YMCA Youth Sports? Our newsletter is your ultimate source for all the exciting programs, news, and information. Discover the depth and breadth of our impactful work and see firsthand why we’re passionate about what we do. Don’t miss out on the thrilling updates and opportunities we have lined up in Youth Sports. Thank you for being a part of our community and exploring what’s next!

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FAQ

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.

Refund Policy:
Refunds can be granted minus a $10 administrative fee for requests made before teams begin practicing. A 50% percent refund can be granted prior to the first game. Once games begin, no refunds will be granted. Games cancelled due to weather will not receive a refund or a portion of the program fee. The Y will try to reschedule cancelled games if possible.

Financial Assistance:
There are 2 options available.
1. Complete an application with our Financial Assistance Department. The application takes 5 – 7 days to process and team placement cannot begin until the application is cleared. To apply please complete the Programs Financial Assistance Application.
2. Player-2-Player program. Please contact Sports Director Matt Clark or Ethan LaValley for additional information.

Health Insurance:
Program participants must have their own insurance.

Registration:
Registrations are accepted on an individual basis. The YMCA recreation teams are built by grade and school.

Early Bird Registration:
This allows the Y to place kids based on grade, school, friend or coaches request. Reduced cost.

Registration:
During this period, we will try to place participants as best as possible. There is no guarantee for team placement of your choice. Please contact Sports Directors with a specific request. Sports Director Matt Clark or Ethan LaValley
*Registration closes 2 weeks before games begin. Contact Sports Directors for any open space.

When does practice start?
Practice usually begins 2 weeks before the season begins. Please check parent notification email for start date. However, if you don’t have a coach yet there may be no practice.

When will I be contacted by the coach?
Once your coach has cleared the background check and completed the training the coach will receive the team roster and will contact you within 48 hours. Sometimes issues arise. So, please make sure your email is accurate and your voicemail is active. Please make sure to check your junk mail. There is also a chance we don’t have a volunteer coach for your team yet. We do send emails updating teams.

Parent Notification
Please look for notices, from Playerspace, for specific league information.

Playerspace:
Playerspace is our tool to email team, division and league communication.

Jewelry:
Jewelry will not be allowed of any kind. Officials will enforce no jewelry prior to each game.
Officials are defined as the following: gym supervisor, referees, scorekeepers, and YMCA staff.

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 with your child.

When is picture day?
Please check your schedule for days, time and location of picture day. Dorian will contact coaches for team picture time.

Who will my coach be?
Coaches are volunteers, they are not YMCA staff. Coaches are typically parents of players. All coaches must complete detailed background check and trainings prior to practices beginning. Volunteer Coach Information

Basketball Jersey Order Window:
Parents order, and pay for, jerseys separately from program registration. Parents will receive a link via email. The jersey window opens 4 weeks before the games begin and closes 2 weeks after the games begin. The jersey style will remains the same for 3 – 4 years, no need to order a jersey every season.

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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 Background Check

Currently accepting Volunteer Coach Applications for Basketball, Flag Football, Volleyball and Indoor Soccer.

Required training for Volunteer Coaches*
Concussion in Sports Training
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Training
Code of Conduct
Protecting Students From Abuse

*Volunteer coaches will need to complete a background check and all required trainings on an annual basis.


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

Indoor Soccer: 

Practice Plan Worksheet          Warm-Up Ages 3-5
Fitness Activities Ages 3-5      Little Games Ages 3-5            Team Circle Ages 3-5

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

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.


Adult Volleyball Camp

Prepare for the next volleyball league by fine-tuning skills in our adult volleyball camp. Players focus on sharpening proper techniques for passing, spiking, setting, and serving, competitive practice drills, building physical endurance and having fun.

  • Ages: 17 and up
  • Schedule: Apr 14 – May 19 | Sundays 5:30 – 7:30pm
  • Locations: North and Valley YMCA
  • Led by: Y Staff
  • Scholarships Available: Yes
  • Items Needed: Knee pads, water bottle and favorite tunes

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