ON THE FIELD
We believe in developing the fundamental skills for each sport including ball handling, understanding the rules, sportsmanship, fair play and love of sports. Every child will play in our leagues regardless of talent or ability. We believe there is value in the joy of victory and learning to be a gracious loser. A mainstay of YMCA offerings for young people, Y youth sports programs fill kids' discretionary hours with positive activities and caring adult attention. Coaches -- most often volunteers, including many parents -- emphasize teamwork and cooperation over winning at any cost, developing good values over developing the next superstar.
When kids play sports they get more than just exercise. The benefits of playing sports go far beyond the physical. Kids who play perform better in school, develop better interpersonal skills, and work better in groups. They are more resilient against life's challenges and less likely to ever abuse drugs and alcohol. Our character development emphasis helps kids learn, understand and apply our core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsability.
Clinics and leagues offer specific development of skills. We offer a variety of programs from one time programs to session long and multiple day per week programs. Each program is designed to help your child to grow and develop their skills.
Please contact Jen Sandusky with questions and comments about the YMCA Youth Sports Programs.
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All of our recreational youth
leagues for boys and girls are a
great tool for your child to learn
the fundamentals of the sport and
develop the YMCA core values of
caring, honesty, respect and
responsibility. The Seven Pillars of
Y Sports are:
1. Everyone plays
2. Safety first
3. Fair play
4. Positive competition
5. Family involvement
6. Sports for all
7. Sports are fun
Sports FUNdamentals is our sports program for preschoolers. We introduce the basic skills, then practice and repeat the skills with them. Additionally, your child will continue to develop their gross motor skills with games and develop their confidence as they grasp new abilities.
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The Youth Soccer Program will be placing heavy
importance on the basic skills that are necessary
for development at a young age beginning with
foot skills and progressing to in-game or pressure situations. Every drill will be skill specific
supported with backup drills in case children are
confused with the current drill to ensure they receive the highest level of learning from our
coaches and staff. Practices & Game weeks will be
alternated each week. Parent-Coach volunteers
are welcomed! Ages U10 (8 & 9 year olds), U8 (ages 6 & 7) and U6 (ages 4 & 5).
Basketball Skills Clinic
This basketball clinic will introduce the game to your pre-schooler and teach them basic skills needed to prepare them for our Elementary Basketball League. The clinic coaches will spend time developing skills and use them in age appropriate drills and fun games. Parents-Coach Volunteers are welcomed! Ages 4 through 5th grade.
Elementary Basketball League
The After School Youth Basketball Program will
focus on fundamentals of the sport while creating
a relaxed environment for the children by incorporating fun, challenging games that advance
skills and introduce basic plays. The program will
run a total of seven weeks, having practice during
the week at the child's school and one
game a week at the YMCA on Saturday mornings. We will create a
healthy and fun environment for all players,
parents and coaches while incorporating the core
values of the YMCA of honesty, caring, respect
and responsibility. Join us for the game
invented at the Y! Available for students in grades 2 - 3
and 4 - 5. Leagues will be co-ed.
Youth Lacrosse Program
The YMCA of Indiana County has been awarded the US Lacrosse first sticks grant. Our youth lacrosse program is designed to get as many players as possible playing the "fastest game on two feet". This unique and fast paced game will be taught in a modified form emphasising team play, stick skills and fun.
T-ball, Coach Pitch & Softball Leagues
Our summer leagues focus on developing a love for baseball and softball. Players learn the basics of throwing, fielding and hitting while learning to understand the team sports and make new friends.
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