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Youth softball is an exciting sport combining team play and individual skills. YMCA Youth Softball promises no try outs, no getting cut and no bench warmers! Your child will learn how to throw, catch, field and hit correctly, and the positions of the game. Every child plays at least half of every game while making friends and learning new techniques. We use the YMCA Games Approach in our coaching methods where your child will learn the sport and have fun!
Ages: 8 to 12 (Ages for leagues vary by YMCA branches)
- One game per week
- Seven games per summer season
- Trained volunteer coaches
- YMCA trained and screened umpires
- Good portsmanship and core values modeled and promoted
- Focus on fundamentals and new skill development
- All players receive equal play time
- Uniforms and end of season awards
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.
Softball players should bring a glove and water in spill-proof, non-breakable container. Optional equipment is their own bat, helmet, ball and cleats (no metal cleats.) K-2 players use a Level 1 RIF baseball. Grade 3-6 boys use a regulation baseball. Grade 3-6 girls use an 11-inch regulation softball.
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 Softball Safety. Click here to view more Sports Safety and Injury Prevention sheets from Cardinal Glennon SportsCare. If you need help finding an expert physician for your young athlete, contact a local SportsCare representative at 314-577-5640 (this is a Cardinal Glennon phone number.)
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