Youth Sports - South Sound YMCA

Youth Sports

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HELP KIDS STAY ACTIVE AND HEALTHY

Our goal is to make our programs accessible to EVERYONE throughout our community. Financial aid is available.

Join us for fun, skill-building, and teamwork in our YMCA Youth Recreational Sports League. Our YMCA Youth Programs are values-based and nurture young athletes to grow as individuals by facing challenges, forging new friendships, and learning values that they can use both on and off the field.

With an array of sports offerings each season, there is something for everyone throughout the year. We welcome and encourage participants from any skill level and experience to participate.

Summer and Fall Youth Sports

THURSTON COUNTY YOUTH SPORTS

Be part of the Team!

Baseball at the Y offers exercise and friendly competition. Through our clinics and programs, children will work to improve their hand-eye coordination, balance, and coordination while getting a workout that builds muscle tone, strength, and flexibility.

AGES: Pre-K - 3rd Grade Co-ed
DATES: August 15 to October 8, 2022
COST: $85 - Facility Members | $95 - Program members
LOCATION: Thurston County

Additional details:

  • Practice once a week (depending on coach availability).
  • Games on Saturdays.
  • Financial aid is available.
  • Participants will receive a team t-shirt.
  • Equipment needed: water bottle, weather-appropriate clothing, batting helmet, baseball glove, and bat. Cleats recommended.
  • Volunteer Coaches and role-models wanted!

REGISTER

Join the fun of basketball with the organization that helped create the sport!

Y flag football leagues allow all kids to work on running, catching, throwing, and agility while having fun learning the game. Since our leagues focus on team building and recreational exercise, all kids are given the opportunity to equally participate, regardless of skill level. Y flag football is a non-contact sport.

AGES: K-5th Grades Co-ed
DATES: August 15 to October 8, 2022
COST: $85 - Facility Members | $95 - Program Members
LOCATION: Thurston County

Additional details:

  • Practice once a week (day TBD, based on coach availability).
  • Games on Saturdays.
  • Financial aid is available.
  • Participants will receive a team t-shirt.
  • Equipment needed: water bottle, weather-appropriate clothing, mouth guard. Cleats recommended.
  • Volunteer Coaches and role-models wanted!

REGISTER

Soccer is a team sport that’s a fantastic way for kids to have fun while learning sportsmanship and teamwork.

Soccer helps kids build endurance, increase muscle tone and bone strength, and promote heart health. Kids will learn the basics of soccer in a safe and fun environment. They’ll be taught how to properly kick, run, and attack the goal. Traditional soccer is played outdoors, and factors like field size and the number of players on the field vary based on age groups.

AGES: Pre-K, K-8th Grade Co-ed Teams
DATES: August 15 to October 8, 2022
COST:

  • Pre-K to 3rd: $65 - Facility Members | $75 - Program Members
  • 4th-8th: $70 - Facility Members | $80 - Program Members

LOCATION: Thurston County

Additional details:

  • Practice once a week (depending on coach availability).
  • Games on Saturdays.
  • Financial aid is available.
  • Participants will receive a team t-shirt.
  • Equipment needed: shin guards, water bottle, weather-appropriate clothing. Cleats and size 4 soccer ball recommended.
  • Volunteer Coaches and role-models wanted!

REGISTER

The race is on!

YMCA Track and Field is a great place to achieve new skills, build great relationships, and enjoy the beautiful summer outdoors. Focus is on core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility as players learn how to become better community members, as well as learning new sport specific skills. Activities may include relay races, athletics, ball throw, disc toss, and long jump. No experience or gear needed.

AGES: K-8th Grade Co-ed Teams
DATES: August 15 to October 8, 2022
COST: $60 - Facility Members | $65 - Program Members
LOCATION: Thurston County

Additional details:

  • Two practices per week.
  • Up to three track meets throughout the season.
  • Financial aid is available.
  • Volunteer Coaches and role-models wanted!

REGISTER

MASON COUNTY YOUTH SPORTS

Learn the fundamentals of disc golf!

During this six-week program, athletes will work with the Mason County Disc Golf Association to build their skills throwing, driving, and putting in disc golf. Participants will practice once per week from 5-6 pm. Athletes will practice at Oakland Bay Junior High and will have the opportunity to play locally at Mason County’s disc golf courses at PUD3, the Lake Cushman Course, and the Shelton Springs Course.

AGES: K-8th Grades Co-ed
DATES:

  • Session 1: June 20 to July 29 (registration closed for session 1)
  • Session 2: August 1 to September 8

COST:

  • $50 Facility members | $60 Program Members

LOCATION: Mason County
REGISTRATION: Session 2 open now through July 25.

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OUR VOLUNTEERS

Serving thousands of youth every year, The South Sound Y’s sports program is made possible by our dedicated volunteer coaches comprised of community members and parents like yourself. Our volunteers are passionate about empowering youth in the community and creating an environment that is inclusive, educational, and fun for children.

ALL VOLUNTEERS

  • Each of our coaches goes through a YMCA Coach’s Orientation where they commit to modeling the Y’s core values, and complete concussion and child abuse prevention training.
  • Background and reference checks are in place for all volunteers/staff to ensure safety for all kids.

BALANCING THE FAMILY SPORTS BUDGET

Often, parents find themselves dipping deeper into the family savings or reaching for the credit card to pay for their kids’ sporting experiences. Before you fork over big bucks for coaches, travel expenses, league fees, uniforms, and equipment, consider these tips to help you lower your costs—and still have fun!

 

Youth Sports FAQs

When is registration?

Registration is open now through August 6.

When does the season run?

Practice starts the week of August 15, and the season ends on October 8.

Where and when do you practice?

One practice per week. Weekday evenings, various schools, and parks in Thurston County.

When are games?

Games are on Saturdays at various parks and schools in Thurston County.

What about Labor Day?

Practices on Monday, September 5, will be rescheduled.

Nope! Families only need to be registered as Program Members to use any of our programs. Program Memberships have zero cost and must be renewed every 12 months.  

Yes! Our goal is to make our programs accessible to everyone throughout our community. If you need financial assistance, please contact youthsports@ssymca.net or leave a comment below.

Full payment is due at time of registration.

Check the seasonal flyer or the online registration page for the registration deadline. Participants may register after the deadline; however, a $10 late fee will be applied and there is no guarantee of team placement. If space is available, participants will be added to a team; if all teams are full, participants will be put on a waitlist.

Yes! Please fill out our volunteer coaching application on our website. All of our teams are coached by parent, family, and/or community volunteers. If a parent or community member wants to coach, encourage them to fill out the Volunteer Youth Sports application on our website and contact youthsports@ssymca.net. Please let us know if you would like to get involved.

VOLUNTEER

Since March 2020, the South Sound YMCA has led our region in safely implementing youth programs that enable children to thrive, parents to work, and our community to stay safe. We continue to be committed to creating a safe environment for everyone.

  • Face masks are not required for participants and spectators, though we recommend it.
  • Please respect others who wish to take precautions.
  • YMCA staff and volunteers are required to be vaccinated.

The South Sound YMCA works collaboratively with various parks & recreation departments and school districts across Thurston County to procure practice and game facilities each season. With limited gym space throughout the county we do our best to schedule your children under your preferences; however please understand that there are some constraints to what times and days are available to teams for practice. Your official practice schedule will be sent to you at least two weeks prior to the first week of practice.

You will be contacted with your child’s practice information no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of the season. Our goal is to get this information out to families as soon as possible. If you are still unsure of your practice schedule after this time frame, please contact the YMCA at 360-753-6576.

We will do our best to accommodate special requests. Due to coaching schedules and facility availability given to us from local school districts, we cannot always honor all preferences.

Unfortunately, no it does not. We can only have a team if there is a coach for that team and enough players to field a team. If you are concerned about your child not having a coach, volunteer! We would love to have you and your neighborhood friends come on board with us.

Game schedules will be distributed to coaches a week prior to the 1st game of the season. Games are typically held at local public schools or at your local YMCA Gymnasium.

We will contact you as soon as possible if a space opens up, prior to the start of practices.

Yes! Please fill out our volunteer coaching application on our website. All of our teams are coached by parent, family, and/or community volunteers. If a parent or community member wants to coach, encourage them to fill out the Volunteer Youth Sports application on our website and contact youthsports@ssymca.net. Please let us know if you would like to get involved.

VOLUNTEER

Athletic wear and a water bottle. Mouth guards are recommended for contact sports.

  • Basketball:
    • Basketball and athletic shoes
    • (Ball size: Pre K– 1st 27.5 in, 2nd-5th 28.5, 6th-12th boys 29.5, girls 28.5)
  • Outdoor Soccer:
    • Soccer ball, shin guards and cleats
      (Ball sizes: Pre-1st size 3, 2-3rd size 4, 4-5th size 5)
  • Volleyball:
    • Volleyball, athletic shoes, and knee pads
  • Lacrosse:
    • Lacrosse stick and cleats
  • Baseball:
    • Glove and cleats
  • Flag Football:
    • Cleats
  • Cross Country:
    • Running shoes
  • Tennis:
    • Racket-2nd-3rd grade 23 inches; 4th-8th grade 25-26 inches

YMCA Staff at Games

We will have trained staff on hand at all games to manage and officiate. Please understand we recruit Y staff and in some leagues, professional referees. In many cases, this is their first job. We ask that you keep the YMCA core values in mind, and treat all staff, volunteers, participants, and spectators with respect at all times.

Player Comment and Requests