YOUTH SPORT LEAGUES & CLINICS
YOUTH SPORTS AT THE Y
At the Y, what happens off the field is just as important as what happens on the field.
Whether it’s gaining the confidence that comes with learning a new skill or building positive relationships that lead to good character and teamwork, participating in sports at the Y is about building the whole child, from the inside out. Our sports programs are for all, they feature positive competition and their schedules are designed for family convenience.
Hoop it up! Youth Basketball is an exciting sport combining team play and individual skills. While basic skills of the game are developed through practices and games, every child learns sportsmanship and values necessary to be successful in life. We encourage fair play, positive competition, and family involvement. Youth Basketball will allow kids to learn the fundamentals while also having fun.
Youth Soccer helps children develop fundamental skills and incorporates teamwork through instructional play. Whether it’s gaining the confidence that comes from learning to play or building the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, participants will learn the rules of the game and engage in team play while having fun.
YMCA Tee-Ball/Baseball/Softball focuses on building a lifelong interest in sports and introducing the skills of throwing, catching and hitting. Rules and equipment are designed to help children build their skills and knowledge of the game. Players need to provide their own glove.
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Move your body to the beat with Youth Music & Dance Classes! Dance classes are a great way for youth to develop coordination and discipline while discovering movement through music. Our goal is to bring the star out of each and every dancer by giving them the opportunity to express themselves in a positive environment and leading them on the path to a healthy lifestyle.
YOUTH SPORTS AT THE Y
YMCA coaches care about your child’s development — creating a positive environment to build character and confidence in each player.
Sports offer the perfect setting for kids to make new friends while learning the importance of teamwork and good sportsmanship.
Safe & Positive Environment
Our leagues keep the focus on fun and healthy competition where every kid can thrive.
YOUTH SPORTS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Does the Y supply uniforms?
A: Beginning in 2021, each player will receive a reversible Duneland YMCA "all-sports" Youth Sports jersey included in the program fee. This jersey will be used for all competitive sports leagues.
After purchasing the jersey, returning players are encouraged to bring back their jerseys from the previous season. If a player does not have a uniform from a prior season or would like a new one, a jersey may be purchased at scheduled times leading up to the first game.
Q: What types of awards are given?
A: Each player will receive an individual participation award.
Q: Do you provide scholarships or financial assistance?
A: Yes, thanks to generous contributions to the YMCA’s Annual Giving campaign, scholarships are available to participants who qualify. Applications are available at the Duneland Family YMCA or by calling us at 219-926-4204.
Q: How does the refund policy work?
A: Cancellations received before the first practice are eligible for a full refund. Once practice has begun, but before the first game has been played, we will offer a full credit for YMCA programs. After the first game has been played we are unable to give any refunds or system credits.
Q: How are individual players placed on teams?
A: Participants are placed on teams based on their age and requests. The information you provide on the registration questionnaire plays a large role in how teams are drafted.
Q: What if I have a specific request?
A: We try to accommodate requests, but we cannot guarantee requests will be honored. Refunds are not provided due to an unfulfilled request. For teammate or coach requests, you must indicate whom you are requesting on the registration questionnaire.
Q: Who Can Play?
A: YMCA sports leagues are open to boys and girls of all skill levels. Participants do not need a YMCA membership to participate.
Q: When are practices and games?
A: Teams will practice once a week, Monday – Friday, typically in the afternoon or evenings for about an hour. Games are generally held on Saturdays and range from the morning through late afternoon.
Q: Where are practices and games held?
A: Practice and game locations vary depending on the sport.
Youth Soccer: Porter Care Express Soccer Fields
Gymnastics: Duneland Family YMCA
Please contact us if you are unsure of the location of your child's sports program.
Q: How are practice times determined?
A: Practice times and locations are scheduled by volunteer coaches, not by YMCA Youth Sports directors. Your volunteer coach will inform you of your child’s practice time and location about one to two weeks prior to the start of the season.
Q: How many games will we play?
A: For most sports leagues, we provide a seven-eight week season.
Q: How will I be notified about weather cancellations?
A: If the YMCA cancels for weather, the YMCA is responsible for notifying the guardian and coaches. Please visit our website or Facebook Page for updates in the case of inclement weather. If the coach decides to cancel, it is the coach’s responsibility to notify the team.