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 six-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 eight-week session, each age level will have acquired specific skill outcomes needed to advance to the next level of skill development.

Leagues (Grades 1-8)

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. Leagues guarantee a minimum of 6 practices and 4 games throughout the session.

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

High School Leagues

Leagues give teens a chance to play a team sport at the Y. Available sports vary by location and session.

School’s Out Camps

Kids can enjoy a three-hour sports camp on school release days and breaks. School’s Out sports camps include learning skills and playing games in a safe environment.

Homeschool P.E.

YMCA Homeschool Physical Education provides K-12 homeschool students with the opportunity to be active, have fun, and learn the importance of healthy living. Students meet once a week for two hours in age-appropriate groups. Most sessions are ten weeks long and follow a comprehensive curriculum that includes SMART goals, instruction in two sports and time in the pool.


Kids who participate in Sports at the Y discover so much more than their athletic abilities. They build character, develop self-confidence and create healthy relationships through positive competition. Kids of all skill levels and abilities can choose from a variety of sports to explore this summer.

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 – see Shoreview
New Hope

North Community
River Valley – see Southdale
St. Paul Eastside
St. Paul Midway
White Bear Area