Youth
Sports

SWIM, SPORTS & PLAY

Youth Sports

Volunteer Coaches

Our YMCAs rely on the help of our volunteers to deliver the best experience for our youth in our Sports Youth Leagues. To provide the safest environment for our young players, our volunteer coaches undergo annual background screenings and other required trainings.  If you are interested in being a volunteer coach, please contact Jennifer Weems at jweems@ymcabham.org

Scroll through to see Youth Sports Programming and Leagues traditionally provided by the Y.

Program

Basketball

Basketball - Winter

Hit the court with the folks who invented the game – the Y! Our co-ed recreational basketball program is available for boys and girls ages 5-12. Our Winter league develops the fundamental basketball skills of dribbling, shooting and passing.

Every player is placed on a team and coached by a volunteer. There are no try-outs and every child plays.

Registration Dates |September 27 – November 20
Season Dates | January 3 – March 12
Practices Begins | Week of January 3
Games | January 22 – March 12

Practice Days and Time
Practice times and days will be determined once registration is complete. Most practices will be held in the evenings Monday-Friday.
*Parents may request a preferred practice day at the time of registration, however, fulfilling those requests may be limited due to volunteer coaches practice availability.

Game Locations
All games will be played on Saturdays rotating between the following branches:
Greystone, Hoover, Northeast, Pelham, Shades Valley, Trussville, YMCA Youth Center
*Travel for game days will be required.

Branches Offered
Greystone, Hoover, Northeast, Pelham, Shades Valley, Trussville, YMCA Youth Center

Ages 
5-12 (must be 5 on of before 9/1/2021)

Cost
$52 YMCA Members
$126 Non-Members

Contact
Jennifer Weems | jweems@ymcabham.org

Program

Flag Football

Flag Football - Fall

YMCA Flag Football provides players ages 5-8 the opportunity to learn the basics of football in a safe, low-contact environment. Young players work on the basic offensive and defensive skills in drills and games.

Every player is placed on a team and coached by a volunteer. There are no try-outs and every child plays.

Registration Dates | Spring Season opening soon!
Season Dates | TBA
Practices Begins | TBA
Games | TBA

Practice Days and Time
Practice times and days will be determined once registration is complete. *Parents may request a preferred practice day at the time of registration, however, fulfilling those requests may be limited due to volunteer coaches practice availability.

Game Locations
Games will be played at the Alabaster YMCA or Pelham YMCA

Branches Offered
Alabaster, Pelham

Ages
5-8 year olds (Must be 5 by September 1, 2021)

Cost
$63 YMCA Members
$149 Non-Members

Contact
Jennifer Weems | jweems@ymcabham.org

Program

Soccer

Soccer - Fall

The Fall Soccer program will be divided into two leagues:
Birmingham League (serving Downtown, Centerpoint and Roebuck areas)
South Shelby County League (serving Alabaster, Calera, Helena and Pelham).  

*There will be a 4 team minimum for each age group for each league. This option would only require local travel. If the minimum is not met, players of any cancelled league will be given the opportunity to join the other league, but in doing so, travel times may vary depending on the location of your league.

YMCA soccer provides players the opportunity to learn the basics of soccer in a safe and fun environment. In our co-ed recreational league, young players of all skill levels work on the basic fundamentals of soccer. Every player is placed on a team and coached by a volunteer. There are no try-outs and every child plays.

Registration Dates | July 5 – August 25
Season Dates | September 12 – October 30
Practices Begins | Week of September 12
Games | September 25 – October 30

Practice Days and Time

  • 3/4 year olds: No weekday practice once games begin. Saturdays: 30 min of practice followed by 30 min of game play.                
  • 5/6 year olds: Practice for 1 hour per week. Day and time- TBD *Parents may request a preferred practice day at the time of registration, however, fulfilling those requests may be limited due to volunteer coaches practice availability.

Game Locations

  • Birmingham League games will be played at the Downtown Youth Center and Northeast YMCA
  • South Shelby County League games will be played at the Alabaster and Pelham YMCAs.

Branches Offered
Alabaster, Northeast, Pelham, Youth Center

Ages
3-6 year olds (Must be 3 by September 1, 2021)

Cost
$52 YMCA Members
$126 Non-Members

Contact
Jennifer Weems | jweems@ymcabham.org

Program

Volleyball

Volleyball - Fall

YMCA volleyball provides players the opportunity to learn the basics of volleyball in a safe and fun environment. In our co-ed recreational league, young players of all skill levels work on the basic fundamentals of volleyball. Every player is placed on a team and coached by a volunteer. There are no try-outs and every child plays.

Registration Dates |July 5 – September 15
Season Dates | October 3 – November 20
Practices Begins | Week of October 3
Games | October 16 – November 20

Practice Days and Time
Practice times and days will be determined once registration is complete. Most practices will be held on Sundays afternoons or Monday, Tuesday, Thursday evenings.
*Parents may request a preferred practice day at the time of registration, however, fulfilling those requests may be limited due to volunteer coaches practice availability.

Game Locations
All games will be played on Saturdays rotating between the following branches:
Greystone, Pelham, Hoover, Shades Valley, Trussville, YMCA Youth Center
*Travel for game days will be required.

Branches Offered
Greystone, Hoover, Pelham, Shades Valley, Trussville, YMCA Youth Center

Ages 
8-11 | Junior League (must be 8 by September 1, 2021)
12-14 | Power League

Cost
$52 YMCA Members
$126 Non-Members

Contact
Jennifer Weems | jweems@ymcabham.org

Program

Esports (Electronic Sports)

Esports

Esports is a competitive sport through a video game requiring the use of strategy, collaboration, communication and problem solving skills to achieve individual or team success. And it’s bigger than ‘just gaming’. Esports allows for youth and teens who do not get involved in more traditional sports programs to be engaged through this outlet.

In our work with youth, teens and families, we listen and respond. As we navigate the ‘new normal’ in the midst of the pandemic, we recognize more fully that youth need to engage with us in different ways. The Y has been a leader in developing and implementing Youth Sports programs over the years that facilitate the learning of teamwork, health and wellness habits and self-discipline. With the addition and option of Esports, these opportunities continue, along with additional benefits:

  • Improved hand-eye coordination
  • Improved attention & visual acuity
  • Improved basic visual processing and executive function
  • Problem solving & strategy skill development
  • Boosts self-confidence and player socialization

Esports Tournament 
featuring Fortnite

Registration Dates | October 18-October 31
Tournament Date and Time |Friday, November 5th | 6pm-8pm
Game | Fortnite
Location | Virtually from home
Divisions | 4rd-5th grade & 6th-8th grade
Registration Fee| Free for YMCA Members; $10 for Non-Members

Equipment Needed:

  • Download the game for free
  • Gaming device (Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo Switch, PC, Android)
  • Reliable internet connection (ethernet connection preferred)
  • Device (tablet, phone, computer) for communication through Zoom and to access League Spot (tournament platform)

Tournament Format & Rules:

  • Players earn points by playing live server Fortnite games as a solo on a normal live Battle Royale.
  • Each player will play three games and record their place and number of eliminations of each game.
  • Scores for games played prior to tournament start will not be counted.
  • Points are based on the number of eliminations and what place they got in the game.
  • All players must check in via League Spot and Zoom and report results of games no later than 30 minutes after tournament ends.  Screenshot proof is required.

How to register |  Click the red registration button below.  Once registered, you will receive an email from the YMCA on steps to create a required League Spot account and receive the zoom link for the tournament.  Players who do not create their League Spot account will forfeit the tournament and any fees paid are non-refundable.

Required Parent Meeting  | November 2 at 6pm (this will be a time to receive tech support in creating a league spot account for your child)

Contact
Jacob Casey | jcasey@ymcabham.org

This event is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by Epic Games, Inc.

Program

Tennis

Tennis - Year Round

OUR YOUTH TENNIS PROGRAM IS IN FULL SWING

With 21 clay courts and 3 indoor courts in the Birmingham Metro area, the YMCA offers a variety of tennis programming with opportunities for juniors to play and participate in one of the healthiest lifetime sports available.

Our USPTA certified tennis professionals offer instructional programs for every level. Looking to get in the game? We offer private lessons, junior clinics, leagues and tournament opportunities at our three tennis locations.

Contact our Tennis Professionals for More Information:
Greystone : Steven Faulkner sfaulkner@ymcabham.org
Mountain Brook: Pam Wildt pwildt@ymcabham.org
Trussville: Mike Higginbotham 205-655-2224

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