Kids who participate in Y Sports get to learn, progress and play in a program that promotes teamwork, safety and positive competition.

At the Y everybody gets an opportunity to play. As kids learn how to work together and support teammates from all backgrounds and beliefs, they also build character and develop healthy self-confidence.

Family involvement plays an important role in Y Sports as well. We ask parents or guardians to remain on-site for the duration of classes, and to keep up with communications from instructors. Kids learn a lot from this model of discipline and accountability—and thrive with the support of involved, engaged adults.


The Southdale Y currently offers the following youth sports:

  • Basketball
  • Floor Hockey
  • Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Swim Team
  • Tumbling

See the Southdale Y sports brochure

Sports skills + gameplay

Age 3 through grade 5

$55 for members and $80 for non-members for a 9-week session

In these once-weekly classes kids develop athletic skills through age-appropriate drills and team-building experiences. Age-based offerings vary by session and by sport.

The first two weeks of the session focus on skill development. The remaining seven weeks focus on applying these new skills during in-class games. No score will be kept for these scrimmages. Trained YMCA staff leads each class with help from volunteers.

Southdale Y classes are located in Bloomington, Eden Prairie and Edina.

Registration is open for:


Grades 2-5

$100 for members and $125 for non-members for a 9-week session

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.

Registration is open for:

Advanced Sports Training

Grades 3-12

Pricing varies by package

Small-group and one-on-one training sessions connect kids with an expert trainer, who develops customized training to match your child’s abilities and goals.

Advanced Sports Training for basketball is available through the Eagan and New Hope Ys.

Clinics schedule—Grades K-8

Our free sports clinics let kids try out a sport they’re curious to explore. Mark your calendar for upcoming clinics:

October 15—Basketball

There’s no need to register ahead of time, just plan to come to the clinic and you’ll be asked to sign in.

Session schedules

Session 1: January 18 - March 19

Registration opens December 9, 2015

Session 2: April 4 - June 4

Registration opens January 4, 2016

Session 3: June 20 - August 20

Registration opens March 19, 2016

Session 4: September 6 - October 8

Registration opens June 11, 2016

Session 5: October 17 - December 17

Registration opens August 27, 2016

Communication with parents and guardians

Once you register your child for a sport, all communications from the Y take place over email and on Playerspace.

You’ll receive information about:

  • Schedules
  • Locations for games
  • What to do if there’s bad weather on game day

Cancelation and refund policy

If we cancel a game or class, we’ll schedule a makeup at some point during that same nine-week session. The Y does not issue refunds for YMCA sports.

League late fees

Leagues must register three weeks before a new session to avoid a $15 late registration penalty. Registration closes entirely one week prior to the start of the session, and new teams will not be accepted beyond this point.

Accessibility, scholarships and special needs

We believe everyone should have equal access to Y programs and facilities regardless of race, creed, sex, national origin, ability and financial status.

Need help covering class and league fees for your child? Find out if you qualify for our program scholarships.

Y programs accommodate special needs into existing programs to the extent that financial and physical resources permit. Please contact Steve Ketter if your child has any special needs or requires any accommodations.

Volunteer coaches and assistants

Serving as a youth coach is one of the greatest investments of time and energy anyone can make. Coaches become some of the most influential voices in a child’s life, and you can help us fill each season with lessons that last a lifetime.

Y volunteer coaches must:  

  • Be 18 or older
  • Apply online
  • Complete a background check
  • Complete Y training
  • Commit 4 hours per week

We also need assistants during classes to help run small groups of kids through preplanned drills and organize teams during scrimmages.

Y volunteer assistants must:

  • Be 14 or older
  • Apply online
  • Complete a background check
  • Commit 1 hour per week

All coaches and assistants must attend the Coaches Meeting.