YMCA Sports programs promote healthy kids, families and communities by placing a priority on family involvement, healthy competition, the value of participation over winning and team building. Parents are encouraged to be more than mere spectators by contributing their time as volunteer coaches and team parents as well as being their kid’s number one fan.
Greenwood Family YMCA Youth Sports Information
The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active, and developing healthy habits they’ll carry with them throughout their lives. The benefits are far greater than just physical health. Whether it’s gaining the confidence that comes from learning to play a sport or building the 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.
When kids play sports, they develop skills beyond the field. Through healthy competition, kids can discover their personal best, have fun and be a part of a team. Modeling fairness, cooperation and hard work, our volunteer coaches recognize achievements, large and small, and understand that winning isn’t just about the score. By playing sports, kids and their families feel a sense of belonging that comes from a community gathering together to cheer on their team.
Like many youth sports programs, volunteer coaches lead players through drills and games that build skills, develop coordination and enhance a love of the game. But what makes us special is our philosophy. We make sure everyone participates. The YMCA Youth Sports philosophy is based on equal participation, fun, skill development, physical fitness, teamwork, sportsmanship, family involvement and volunteer leadership.
Sports seasons, camps and clinics are offered for ages 4 through 13. Practices usually are one night per week and on Saturday; games are held on weeknight (unless otherwise noted). Age is as of August 1 and grouped as follows:
U6 = ages 4 & 5
U8 = ages 6 & 7
U10 = ages 8 & 9
U12 = ages 10 & 11
U14 = ages 12 & 13
2014 Youth Coaches Meeting Schedule
(All meeting are in the community room at the YMCA)
Youth Basketball – Tuesday, January 2 at 6:30pm
Youth Spring Soccer – Thursday, February 27 at 6:30pm
Youth Baseball – Tuesday, May 27 at 6:30pm
Youth Summer Basketball – Tuesday, May 27 at 7:30pm
Youth Fall Soccer – Thursday, July 31 at 6:30pm
Youth Flag Football – Tuesday, October 7 at 6:30pm
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS PROVIDED IN MY REGISTRATION FEE?
The YMCA is committed to providing the highest quality program for you and your family. Staff is provided to oversee all operations of the practices and games. Referees are trained in rules and regulations of the game. Fields/Courts are maintained and kept in safe and presentable conditions. All players receive jersey, trophy or medal. In soccer they also receive shorts and socks.
DOES THE YMCA GUARANTEE MY REQUESTS?
The YMCA cannot guarantee any requests that are made.
WILL THE YMCA COMMUNICATE INFORMATION WITH ME?
Yes, but the primary form of communication is through email. If you do not receive email correspondence by the week before practice start, please contact Clint or Sondi with your child’s name, age group, along with your email to make sure we have it correct.
WHEN SHOULD I HEAR FROM THE COACH?
Coaches are expected to review their rosters and contact their players the week before the first practice. Please contact Clint or Sondi if you have not heard from your coach by Monday of the first week of practice.
WHAT ABOUT INCLEMENT WEATHER AND CANCELLATIONS?
Games will be called at the earliest time possible. We will call or email all coaches. Each coach is then asked to contact their players. Always check with your coach to see if there are cancellations. If a decision can not be made by 4:30pm, decisions will be made on the field and information given to Member Services. The quickest way to find out about cancellations is to become a member of the Greenwood YMCA Facebook page or by registering with Rainedout.com.
RAINEDOUT.COM REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
Please register at www.rainedout.com to receive immediate game cancellations and changes due to inclement weather. This is a free service where you can sign up to receive a text message or email. Type in organization name of GREENWOOD FAMILY YMCA to register. This is a 3 step process that will help you receive up to date information.
In an effort to provide healthy after game snacks, please review these suggestions.
HEALTHY Snacks for Sports
Youth Sports REFUND POLICY
Youth Sports Guidelines, Code of Conduct & Liability
Player-Parent Code of Conduct
2013 Industrial Basketball Schedule