Youth Sports

Our youth sports programs will help your child learn character traits, develop their skills and encourage them to have fun as they play their way to a healthier lifestyle.

Soccer

Fall Rookies Soccer (4 - 5 Years)

Join our pre-competitive soccer program for kids who are not yet in Kindergarten and cannot wait to start playing the game of soccer! They will have an opportunity to meet together as a team to work on individual skills, soccer tactics, team skills and strategies using the “games approach.” Parents are encouraged to volunteer as coaches and team helpers. The Y will provide a coaches training and parent orientation to this exciting program.

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Fall Youth Soccer League (K - 8th Grade)

It’s soccer time at the Edwardsville YMCA. The league will run for six games. The league is open to youth in Kindergarten (must be signed up for Fall ‘19 Kindergarten class) through 8TH grade. Please call the YMCA if you have any questions.

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PEEWEE SOCCER (AGE 3) *NEW*

It’s finally here! We are introducing our NEW Pee Wee Soccer League. Your 3 year olds will have an opportunity to get on the field and learn about soccer! This is an introductory session led by our YMCA staff. (T-SHIRT INCLUDED)
WED 5:00 – 6:00PM • MEYER CENTER FALL 1 ONLY: AUG. 28TH – OCT. 9TH
REGISTRATION BEGINS: MEMBERS: AUG. 5TH • NON-MEMBERS: AUG. 12TH
MEMBERS $40 • NON-MEMBERS $60

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Volleyball

Youth Volleyball (2nd - 8th Grade)

This is an instructional league with an emphasis on fundamentals and equal playing time. Boys sign up to play on boy’s teams and girls sign up to play on girl’s teams. Games will be played primarily on Saturday mornings/early afternoons, Monday and Tuesday evenings. Practice times will be offered as space and scheduling allows.

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Girls High School Volleyball League (9th-12th Grade)

This is a recreational league for girls who are currently in 9th – 12th grade. The league will provide a fun environment in which girls can develop and improve their volleyball skills through game play. League games will be held on Wednesday evenings with an occasional Saturday game. Once a week practices held on Thursday/Friday night with a 7 game schedule. (T-shirt included)

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GIRLS VOLLEYBALL CAMP (1ST - 7TH)

Girls will get the opportunity to develop and improve their techniques utilizing a “games approach” format. Get ready for the Fall with this comprehensive and fun program. Participants will be divided by age groups. All players currently in 1st – 7th grades are encouraged to register.
REGISTRATION: APRIL 15TH – JUNE 20TH
JUNE 24TH – 27TH • 6:00 – 7:30PM
MEYER CENTER (T-SHIRT INCLUDED)
MEMBERS $37 • NON-MEMBERS $54

Basketball

SKILLS, DRILLS & FUN (2ND - 4TH)

This camp is for boys and girls finishing 2ND – 4TH grades. We will work to develop skills for young players such as proper technique, footwork, and an understanding of basketball. We will work to improve skills such as shooting, passing, and dribbling, all while having fun. The final day of camp is a Basketball Skills Challenge Day. This camp will be limited to the first 30 players.

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FUNDAMENTAL SKILLS & TEAM PLAY (5TH - 8TH)

This camp is for boys and girls who have just finished 5TH – 8TH grades. Players will improve their fundamental skills such as shooting, passing, and dribbling. This camp is a great opportunity to improve your skills. The final day of camp is a Basketball Skills Challenge Day. This camp will be limited to the first 30 players registered.

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Rookies Basketball (1st - 2nd Grade)

This program is a great introductory league for boys and girls. The basics of basketball are covered the first 3 weeks of the season during Saturday morning practices with coaches, kids & staff. Additional coach-lead practices on weeknights. The last 3 weeks of the season parents get to watch their kids scrimmage as they start sharpening their newly learned basketball skills & knowledge.

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Girls Basketball (3rd - 8th Grade)

This is an instructional league for girls looking to improve their basketball skills with an emphasis on fundamentals and equal playing time. Games will primarily be on Saturdays with occasional weeknight games. Practices will be on weeknights.

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Boys Basketball (3rd - 8th Grade)

This is an instructional league for boys looking to improve their basketball skills with an emphasis on fundamentals and equal playing time. Games will primarily be on Saturdays with occasional weeknight games. Practices will be on weeknights. The first 3 Saturdays will be in the morning with the last 3 Saturdays later in the day to accommodate for anyone participating in both soccer & basketball.

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3-on-3 Boys Basketball (3rd-8th Grade)

A 3-On-3 league where players sign up as a team or an individual (max 4 players per team). Leagues include a pre-season clinic & a 5-game season (6 total nights). The divisions will be based on age. Games will be half court and 22 minutes long. Practices are not provided. Coaches are not required. (Jersey included)

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Lacrosse & Ultimate Frisbee

Learn To Play Lacrosse (Ages 8 - 10)

Sign your boy or girl up for our Lacrosse program and save big on the equipment! We provide the equipment (helmet, stick, chest protector, gloves and elbow pads) while your child learns to play Lacrosse. Our instructors will teach the basic skills such as: scooping, passing, catching, shooting, cradling and more during the classes. You will need to provide a mouth piece.

Ultimate Frisbee Youth (Ages 13 - 17)

Get started playing the exciting game of Ultimate Frisbee! This league is open to high schoolers on up. The games are on Saturday afternoons. Teams may have up to 15 players on a roster and 5 play at a time.

Team Clinic: Wednesday, May 29th at 6:00 PM
League Dates: Wednesdays, June 5th – July 31st (No games July 3rd)

  • Playoff type depends on number of teams, not all teams will be guaranteed a playoff spot.
    – Teams are guaranteed 7 games

Times: 6:00 PM Start, end time depends on number of teams
Location: YMCA fields on SIUe campus, directly next to the Korte Soccer Stadium
Rules: Going off of the 11th edition USA Ultimate Rulebook with exceptions of the following:

  • 5 players versus 5 players
  • Size 15 roster size
  • Field Size: 50yds x 30yds x 15yd end zones
  • Brick mark is 10yds from end zone

Cost: Male players (18+): $20 | Female and Youth (ages 13-17): $10 (Incoming 9th grader on up)
Requests: Every registrant is given 5 request slots to request up to 5 other people. We will try and honor each and every request, but if teams need additional players, we will pull the latest registered request to make numbers even.

  • Example: If we have two teams that have max roster at 15 and we have two teams of 8 players, we will pull the latest registrants of the teams of 15 and place them with the teams of 8 to even numbers out. This is a rarity, but we want to be prepared.

Jerseys: Registrants will need to provide a dark jersey and a white jersey for games. When the schedule comes out, one team will wear dark jerseys and one team will wear white jerseys. Dark is defined as 75% of the jersey is a dark color. White is defined at 75% of the jersey is a white color.
Miscellaneous: Every team will receive 2 disks and 2 rule books. If 75% or more of your team is in attendance for the Team Clinic, the team will receive 1 additional disc. If your team has 5 or more women on the team, the team will receive 1 additional disc.

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Flag Football

Youth 7-on-7 Flag Football Passing League (2nd-8th Grade)

This exciting flag football league ensures a good coach to player ratio with plenty of playing time! This is a great way to introduce the game of football to a young one, but it’s also a perfect way to refine the passing, receiving, and route-running skills of the more experienced player as well. Games will be played Saturday afternoons in the fall. The league is open to boys and girls and serves as a great opportunity for parents to get involved as volunteer coaches. (T-shirt included)

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Volunteer

We Are Looking For Volunteer Coaches!

The success of our youth sports program is dependent on support and involvement from volunteers. Share a special experience with your child; sign up as a volunteer coach by checking the box on your registration form.

The YMCA makes an active effort to prevent abuse and is in compliance with Y-USA volunteer requirements and the Safe Sport Act. So even though we may know you well, we are required to conduct criminal background and reference checks, and have our volunteers complete required training on Child Abuse Prevention and Mandated Reporting. It’s just one of the many ways we help protect children and other vulnerable people served by the YMCA. Thanks for your cooperation in this effort. Please start the volunteer process by selecting Youth Sports Coach Volunteer below.

If you have any questions about this or any part of our volunteer application process, please contact Human Resources, 618-656-0436.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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