At the Y, we teach kids how to play sports—and more importantly, we teach lessons for life. In Y Sports, kids learn how to be strong, skilled athletes and how to be cooperative and respectful teammates.  We believe sports should be fun, and that every kid deserves to play in a safe, supportive environment. 

Our program offers a range of formats to let kids choose their level of involvement in a particular sport. Each format is designed to deliver a valuable set of core skills and experiences.

Classes (Age 3 through Grade 8)

Kids will meet weekly to develop their skills through a variety of age appropriate skill drills and team-building exercises. The nine-week session kicks off with a focus on skill development and advances to teamwork concepts which may include light scrimmaging and positive competition. Trained YMCA staff leads each class with help from qualified volunteers. At the end of the nine-week session, each age level will have acquired specific skill outcomes needed to advance to the next level of skill development.

Leagues (Grades 2-8)

Leagues let kids take their skills to the next level and experience positive competition. Age-based offerings vary by session and by sport. Leagues consist of organized practices and team contests with coaches and officials. The first two weeks focus on skill development practice and teamwork, while the remaining weeks introduce scored games and meets along with continued practice. At the end of each session a tournament or all city Track & Field meet will be held.

Note: a structured game or meet schedule will be developed and issued the first week of each session.

Clinics (Grades K-8)

Our free, drop-in sports clinics let kids try out a sport they’re curious to explore in a no-pressure environment.

Upcoming clinic(s):

  • October 15—Basketball

Contact your local Y for clinic activity schedules.

Sports vary by location and time of year

Discover available sports at your preferred YMCA location:

Emma B. Howe—Coon Rapids
Forest Lake
Hudson, WI
Lino Lakes
Mounds View
New Hope

North Community
River Valley—Prior Lake
St. Paul Eastside
St. Paul Midway
West St. Paul
White Bear Area