Monsanto Family YMCA Youth Sports

Kids who play sports at the Y discover so much more than their athletic abilities. They build character, develop self-confidence and create healthy relationships. Our approach allows players to learn and have fun! YMCA Youth Sports are open to Y members and non-members. Members receive the lowest program fees.

 

Registration for Our Spring 2019 Sports Session
Early Bird Registration:
 December 17 - February 18 (fees increase $15 on February 19)
Registration: February 19 - March 4
Practices Begin for League Play: Week of March 18 | Season Dates: March 30 - May 18

Youth Soccer Preschool – Click here to register!
(Coed ages 3-5)
Instructional skills clinic/game to learn the fundamentals of soccer.

Youth Soccer League – Click here to register!
(Grades K-6)
Instructional league for kids in grade K and up to learn the basics of soccer in 
gameplay. League features one practice during the week and games on Saturdays. Participants should register for the grade they are currently in or if summer leagues, the grade they are entering in the fall. K-grade 2 are coed. Depending on the number of registrations in grade 3-8 leagues, boys and girls may be combined. Weekly practices and games will be at the Y or another location. Practice days and times will be determined by availability. Families will receive practice and game schedules in advance by email. Teams (grades K and up only) may have away games at other YMCA locations. We limit travel as much as possible. Coaches are volunteers. Please let us know if you are interested in coaching.

Youth Volleyball League – Click here to register!
(Grades 3-8)
Instructional league for kids in grade K and up to learn the basics of volleyball in gameplay. League features one practice during the week and games on Saturdays. Participants should register for the grade they are currently in or if summer leagues, the grade they are entering in the fall. K-grade 2 are coed. Depending on the number of registrations in grade 3-8 leagues, boys and girls may be combined. Weekly practices and games will be at the Y or another location. Practice days and times will be determined by availability. Families will receive practice and game schedules in advance by email. Teams (grades K and up only) may have away games at other YMCA locations. We limit travel as much as possible. Coaches are volunteers. Please let us know if you are interested in coaching.

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About YMCA Youth Sports 

YMCA coaches participate on a volunteer basis and receive training and support from sports staff. Attendance at one coach’s meeting is required. Please let us know if you’re interested.       

Weekly practices will be at the Y or a predetermined location chosen by the Y. Practice days and times are determined by availability.

Teams (Grades K and up only) may have away games at other YMCA locations. We limit travel as much as possible.

Basketball Uniforms and Equipment: What Players Need to Bring
Each player will receive their team jersey/shirt before the first game of the season. These will be handed out to the coaches, and it will be their responsibility to distribute these to each of their players. Athletic or sport-appropriate shoes and shorts and/or sweats should be worn in addition to the uniform shirt. Mouth guards and eye goggles may also be worn but are not mandatory.

Basketball players should bring water in spill-proof, non-breakable container to basketball practices and games. Optional equipment is their own ball. Preschool players use a mini basketball. K-2 players use a 27.5-inch junior ball. Grade 3-4 boys use a 28.5-inch intermediate. Grade 3-8 girls use a 28.5-inch intermediate. Grade 9-12 girls use a intermediate size ball 28.5. Grade 5-12 boys use a 29.5-inch official ball.

Volleyball Uniforms and Equipment: What Players Need to Bring
Each player will receive their team jersey/shirt before the first game of the season. These will be handed out to the coaches, and it will be their responsibility to distribute these to each of their players. Athletic or sport-appropriate shoes and shorts and/or sweats should be worn in addition to the uniform shirt. Mouth guards and eye goggles may also be worn but are not mandatory.

Volleyball players should bring water in spill-proof, non-breakable container. We recommend that they wear knee pads. Optional equipment is their own ball. Grades 3-6 use a Volley Lite. Grade 7-8 use a regulation ball.

Informational Youth Sports Handbooks
Parent Handbook
Coach Handbook

Sports Safety

The Gateway Region YMCA partners with Cardinal Glennon SportsCare to give kids a healthy advantage through educational programs and support for parents, coaches and athletes. Cardinal Glennon representatives visit sports programs at our YMCA branches to share information on injury prevention, proper technique and overall athletic health. Here are tips for:

Baseball Safety
Basketball Safety
Flag Football Safety
Gymnastics Safety
Soccer Safety
Softball Safety
Volleyball Safety

Sports Contact:
Erik Jefferson
erik.jefferson@gwrymca.org
(314) 3677-4646 ext. 227