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 St. Paul Eastside Y currently offers the following youth sports:
Summer Session 3 youth sports programs have been cancelled for 2020.
Age 3 through grade 8
$70 for members and $95 for non-members for an eight-week session
Kids will meet weekly to develop their skills through a variety of age appropriate skill drills and team-building exercises. The eight-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.
$100 for for an eight-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.
Kids of all skill levels and abilities can choose from a variety of sports to explore this summer in week-long YMCA Summer Sports Camps.
Kids can enjoy a five-hour sports camp on school release days and breaks. School’s Out sports camps include learning skills and playing games in a safe environment. Find dates and pricing info.
Leagues give teens a chance to play a team sport at the Y. Available sports vary by location and session. Find locations and available sports.
2020 Session schedules
Session 1: January 13 - March 8
Registration opens November 26
Session 2: March 16 - May 10
Registration opens February 4
June 8 - August 9 June 29 - August 9
Summer Track and Field available at some locations. Learn more.
Session 4: August 24 - October 18
Early fall session information coming soon.
Session 5: October 26 - December 20
Registration opens September 8
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:
- Locations for games
- What to do if there’s bad weather on game day
Class/Game Cancellation Policy
One class or game canceled due to inclement weather conditions will not have a make-up date. If more than one class or game is canceled due to weather or other unforeseeable challenges we will issue Y BUCKS that may be used for a future class or program.
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 the St. Paul Eastside Sports Director 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.