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 Winter 2019 Sports Session
Early Bird Registration: October 15 – December 10 (fees increase $15 on December 11)
Registration: December 11 – January 2
Practices Begin for League Play: Week of January 14 | Season Dates: January 26 – March 9
Youth Preschool Basketball
(Coed, Ages 3-5) - Click here to register!
Instructional skills clinic/game to learn the fundamentals of basketball.
Youth Basketball League
(Grades K-8) – Click here to register!
Instructional league for kids in grade K and up to learn the basics of basketball in game play. 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 Clinic
(Coed, Ages 6-14) - Click here to register!
Enhance your skills in passing, setting, hitting, defense, serving, blocking and game strategy. Beginner and intermediate levels offered.
About YMCA Youth Sports Leagues (Grades K and Up)
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. YMCA coaches participate on a volunteer basis and receive training and support from sports staff. Attendance at one coach’s meeting is required. Please contact us if you’re interested. Teams (grades K and up) may have away games at other YMCA locations. We limit travel as much as possible.
Sports Director Kevin Schwartz
Uniforms/Equipment and What 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.
All players should bring water in a spill-proof, non-breakable container to practices and games.
Baseball – Players should bring a glove. Optional equipment is their own bat, helmet, ball and cleats (no metal cleats.) K-2 players (and younger) use a Level 1 RIF baseball. Grade 3-6 boys use a regulation baseball. Grade 3-6 girls use an 11-inch regulation softball.
Soccer - We recommend that players wear shin guards. Optional equipment is their own ball and cleats (no metal cleats.) K-2 players use a size 3 ball. Grades 3-6 use a size 4 ball.
Flag Football - We recommend that players wear mouth guards. Optional equipment is their own ball and cleats (no metal cleats.) Grades 3 and under use a pee wee ball. Grades 4-6 use a junior ball.
Volleyball - We recommend that players wear knee pads. Optional equipment is their own ball. Grade 2-6 use a Volley Lite. Grade 7-8 use a regulation ball.
Basketball - Optional equipment is their own ball. Preschool players use a 22-inch mini or 27.5-inch junior ball. K-2 players use a 27.5-inch junior ball. Grade 3-4 boys and grade 3-8 girls use a 28.5-inch intermediate. Grade 5-8 boys use a 29.5-inch official ball.
Informational Youth Sports Handbooks
For More Information on Sports You are Currently Enrolled In
If you are already enrolled in a sports session that is current, you can view our Sports Website for teams and schedules.
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:
Flag Football Safety
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.
For more information, contact Sports Director Kevin Schwartz, 314-849-9622 x232 or firstname.lastname@example.org