Frequently Asked Questions
The YMCA believes that character development, focusing on the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility, is an essential element of its sports program.
Caring: To love others and be sensitive to the well-being of others involved in the sports program
Honesty: To have integrity, making sure that one’s actions match one’s values through participation in sports
Respect: To value the worth of every person, including oneself, one’s teammates, opponents, and officials
To ensure every participant has the opportunity to gain technical skills along with a sense of achievement, relationships, and belonging, YMCAs tailor their sports programs to their community’s needs. Though sessions and approaches may vary by location, sports programs at the Y typically follow the general guidelines below:
Leagues are formed by either by grade or by age.
Leagues are either coed or single gender.
The age and grade of the participants dictate the practice schedule. For example, kindergarten through 1st grade may practice one day a week, 3rd through 7th grade may practice two days a week, and 8th through 12th grade may practice 3–4 days a week.
Games are played on weeknights or on Saturdays. Leagues vary in how many games they play per week, but YMCA of the USA recommends that leagues schedule no more than four games per week,including tournaments.
Rosters vary based on community needs, type of sport, size of league,and the age and grade of participants, but the goal remains the same: to ensure all participants have an equal opportunity to play in both practices and games.
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Kids achieve more when they get the right amount of personal attention. In youth sports programs, youth teams are typically composed of one or two coaches per team, which creates an average coach-to-player ratio of 1:10.
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YMCA Youth Sports programs promote healthy kids, families and communities by placing a priority on family involvement, healthy competition, the value of participation over winning and team building. Parents are encouraged to be more than mere spectators by contributing their time as volunteer coaches and team parents as well as being their kid’s number one fan. For more information about coaching or registration, contact your local YMCA branch.