Youth Sports - South Sound YMCA

Youth Sports

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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.

2021 Fall Youth Sports

The Y is offering a seven-session Youth Basketball Skills Clinic to develop individual basketball fundamentals in shooting, ball-handling, passing, and agility. This Youth Basketball Skills Clinic is designed to hone and develop individual basketball skills and to prepare participants for the next basketball season.

AGES: K-8th Grades
DATES: Sept 9 – Oct 30, 2021
COST: $49/Facility Members | $59/Program members
LOCATION: Shelton Family YMCA


Join Flag Football with the YMCA where all players are most valuable! Learn about team sports and build new skills along with friends and coaches! Saturday morning practice and gameday combo reduces time commitment throughout the week. Participants will receive a t-shirt, flag belt, and mouth guard.

AGES: K-4th Grades
DATES:  Sept 20 – Nov 20
COST: $80/Facility members | $90/Program Members
LOCATION: Oakland Bay Junior High, Jack Stark Field


Join Flag Football with the YMCA where all players are most valuable!  Learn about team sports and build new skills along with friends and coaches.  Fall Flag Football for grades 1st-6th co-ed.  Teams will practice 1 day during the week and play games on Saturday.  Participants will receive a t-shirt, flag belt, and mouth guard.

AGES: K-4th Grades
DATES: Sept 13 – Oct 30
COST: $85/Facility member | $95/Program Member
LOCATION: Jefferson Middle School


Our youth soccer program introduces kids to the world’s most popular sport while helping them build confidence in a friendly and supportive environment. Kids will not only become better soccer players but better people as well!

AGES: K-5th Grades
DATES: Sept 13 – Oct 30, 2021
COST: $60/Facility Members | $70/Program Members
LOCATION: Thurston County


Don’t miss the return of YMCA Youth Basketball leagues this fall! Focus on fair play, fun first, and developing strong character with our sports programs. Our fall program will include 1 practice day each week and a game each Saturday. All skill levels welcome.

AGES: K-5th Grades
DATES: Sept 20 – Nov 20, 2021
COST: $59/Facility Members | $69/Program Members
LOCATION: Thurston County


Youth Sports FAQs

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 or leave a comment below.

Since mid-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. The safety of all our participants is our top priority. To ensure the health and safety of all players and family members, the following Youth Sports Safety Procedures are in place until further notice. Requirements are based on local city, county, and state orders.

  • Benches, bleachers, and equipment will be disinfected between each game.
  • Events are limited to a predetermined number of spectators who will be asked to practice physical distancing.
  • Participants and spectators are required to wear face masks while indoors.

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.

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.

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 if a space opens up prior to the start of practices.

Yes! Please fill out our volunteer coaching application on our website. Please let us know if you would like to get involved.


Yes! Please follow the instructions above.

Athletic wear and water bottle, mouth guard 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

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.

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