Kids who play sports at the Y discover so much more than their athletic abilities. They build character, develop self-confidence and create healthy relationships. Our approach allows players to learn and have fun! YMCA Youth Sports are open to Y members and non-members. Members receive the lowest program fees.
2019 Youth Sports League Schedule
Youth Sports: Session Classes
The following sports programs run seasonally through sessions: Fall I, Fall II, Winter, Spring I, Spring II, Summer. Contact the Welcome Center at 618.628.7701 for more info.
Continous Enrollment Gymnastics - New!
We will begin to offer continous enrollment gymnastics in January 2018! The first session will run from January-May 2018. After that, sessions will run on an academic calendar (September-May) and some branches will offer summer programs as well. Payments are made monthly. View our class schedule online and visit our welcome center to register.
Here are the policies for this program and the authorization form for automatic payments. Please register for these programs at the branch so you can supply payment authorization and work with our welcome specialists for class placement.
For more information on youth sports, please contact:
Julie Murphy at Julie.Murphy@gwrymca.org or 618.628.7701
Spring 2019 Sports Session
Practices Begin for League Play: Week of March 18 | Season Dates: March 30 - May 18
Registration for Our Summer 2019 Sports Session
Early Bird Registration: January 21 – May 6 (fees will increase $15 on May 7)
Registration: May 7 – May 20
Practices Begin for League Play: Week of June 3 | Season Dates: June 15 – August 3
Youth Basketball Preschool – Click here to register!
(Coed ages 3-5)
Instructional skills clinic/game to learn the fundamentals of basketball.
About YMCA Youth Sports Leagues (Grades K and Up)
Weekly practices and games will be at the Y or another location. Practice days and times will be determined by availability. Families will receive practice and game schedules in advance by email. YMCA coaches participate on a volunteer basis and receive training and support from sports staff. Attendance at one coach’s meeting is required. Please contact us if you’re interested. Teams (grades K and up) may have away games at other YMCA locations. We limit travel as much as possible.
Uniforms/Equipment and What to Bring
Each player will receive their team jersey/shirt before the first game of the season. These will be handed out to the coaches, and it will be their responsibility to distribute these to each of their players. Athletic or sport-appropriate shoes and shorts and/or sweats should be worn in addition to the uniform shirt. Mouth guards and eye goggles may also be worn but are not mandatory.
All players should bring water in a spill-proof, non-breakable container to practices and games.
Baseball – Players should bring a glove. Optional equipment is their own bat, helmet, ball and cleats (no metal cleats.) K-2 players (and younger) use a Level 1 RIF baseball. Grade 3-6 boys use a regulation baseball. Grade 3-6 girls use an 11-inch regulation softball.
Soccer - We recommend that players wear shin guards. Optional equipment is their own ball and cleats (no metal cleats.) K-2 players use a size 3 ball. Grades 3-6 use a size 4 ball.
Flag Football - We recommend that players wear mouth guards. Optional equipment is their own ball and cleats (no metal cleats.) Grades 3 and under use a pee wee ball. Grades 4-6 use a junior ball.
Volleyball - We recommend that players wear knee pads. Optional equipment is their own ball. Grade 2-6 use a Volley Lite. Grade 7-8 use a regulation ball.
Basketball - Optional equipment is their own ball. Preschool players use a 22-inch mini or 27.5-inch junior ball. K-2 players use a 27.5-inch junior ball. Grade 3-4 boys and grade 3-8 girls use a 28.5-inch intermediate. Grade 5-8 boys use a 29.5-inch official ball.
Informational Youth Sports Handbooks
For More Information on Sports You are Currently Enrolled In
If you are already enrolled in a sports session that is current, you can view our Sports Website for teams and schedules.
The Gateway Region YMCA partners with Cardinal Glennon SportsCare to give kids a healthy advantage through educational programs and support for parents, coaches and athletes. Cardinal Glennon representatives visit sports programs at our YMCA branches to share information on injury prevention, proper technique and overall athletic health. Here are tips for:
Click here to view more Sports Safety and Injury Prevention sheets from Cardinal Glennon SportsCare. If you need help finding an expert physician for your young athlete, contact a local SportsCare representative at 314-577-5640 (this is a Cardinal Glennon phone number, Y numbers are above.)
Youth Sports Cancellation Policy/Refunds
Any cancellation made prior to the registration deadline will receive 100% refund
Cancellations received after the registration deadline will be subject to a $15 fee
No refunds issued for cancellations after the 2nd scheduled game