In youth sports at the Y, kids ages 3 to 17 learn new skills, make new friends and set individual and team goals—improving self-confidence, promoting diversity and increasing self-esteem.
Honoring the Y's core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith, the YMCA of South Hampton Roads provides a quality experience for players, coaches and families that promotes the development of each athlete to reach their highest potential through skill refinement, teamwork and sportsmanship.
Youth sports programs at the Y include:
- Combination Sports
- Flag Football
- Floor Hockey
- Martial Arts
YMCA Youth Sports Philosophy
The YMCA stresses child-oriented attitudes by keeping winning in perspective, having fun, improving physical fitness, and working with the whole child. The YMCA wants the quality of play to improve in order to meet the needs of all participants whatever their ability and skills.
The YMCA accomplishes this by training adult volunteers that the child comes first and winning comes second. The key for coaches and parents is to keep winning in perspective. Competition will happen in youth sports without any external pressures. It is important to keep competition at a level appropriate for the athlete. The goal of the Youth Sports program is to help the child grow to his/her fullest potential in mind, body, and spirit. Activity helps the body grow; thinking advances the mind; and belief makes our spirit grow.
Volunteer with the YMCA
Use your talents to encourage, guide and train young athletes at the Y. We rely on volunteers to coach sports leagues throughout the year. Contact your family center for details on how you can get involved or click here to learn more.