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Youth Sports

The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active, and developing healthy habits they will carry with them throughout their lives. And the benefits are far greater than just physical health. Whether it’s gaining the confidence that comes with learning a new skill or building positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, participating in sports at the Y is about building the whole child, from the inside out.

Our programs place priority on family involvement, healthy competition, character building, teamwork and value of participation over winning. Schedules are designed for family convenience.

Y sports promise no try outs, no getting cut and no bench warmers! Every child plays at least half of every game while making friends and learning new techniques.

Different sports are offered at different times of the year. In addition to youth leagues, we also offer adult leagues, sports clinics and other types of sports offered on a branch-by-branch basis. View details of our youth sports leagues at left. To register online, click HERE.

Youth Outcomes

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. In Gateway Region YMCA Sports programs, our programs are intentionally designed for children to:

  • Improve skills
  • Feel they belong with the members of the team
  • Gain confidence in their basketball skills
  • Learn something new about the rules of the sport
  • Learn about trying their best and not giving up
  • Learn about being respectful and showing good sportsmanship to all players
  • Learn to get along better with kids of the same age
  • Learn something new about making good choices
  • Learn something new about safe ways to exercise and be healthy

Several times a year, we survey thousands of parents and ask them to indicate the extent to which they observed improvements in their children’s skills and behavior as a result of participating in the Y’s Youth Sports League. In our 2017 Winter Basketball League, nearly all parents (90% or more), “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that their children made improvements in six of the nine outcome areas listed above.

Volunteer to be a Youth Sports Coach

Here's a great way to give back! Be a champion for children! Be a YMCA Volunteer Youth Sports Coach! Make a difference in players lives at the Y, where our Youth Sports focus on learning, character development and teamwork. Our coach’s meetings and materials will provide you with instruction. Meet some of our youth sports coaches in this brief video and see why they do what they do! Click HERE to create your VolunteerMatters account and fill out your application.

Sports Contacts

For more information or if you have questions about sports or volunteering for sports, please contact the YMCA Sports Director at your YMCA branch.

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

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, Y numbers are above.)

Youth Sports Cancellation Policy/Refunds

Any cancellation made prior to the registration deadline will receive 100% refund
Cancellations received after the registration deadline will be subject to a $15 fee
No refunds issued for cancellations after the 2nd scheduled game