We believe that sports help kids to grow personally, clarify values, improve relationships, appreciate diversity, develop leadership skills and have fun. The Y Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility are at the heart of every Y Sports program.


Y Youth Sports are Designed Around 7 Key Concepts:

Everyone plays

We do not use tryouts to select the best players, nor do we cut kids from Y Sports programs. Everyone who registers is assigned to a team. During the season everyone receives equal practice time and plays at least half of every game.

Safety first

Although some children may get hurt playing sports, we do all we can to prevent injuries. We’ve modified each sport to make it safer and more enjoyable to play at every age level.

Fair play

Fair play is about more than playing by the rules. It’s about showing respect everyone involved in Y Sports. Volunteer coaches act as role models of good sportsmanship who guide players to build both skills and character.

Positive competition

We believe competition is a positive process when the pursuit of victory is kept in the right perspective– with decisions made to put best interests of children above winning the contest. Learning to compete is important for children, and learning to cooperate in a competitive world is an essential lesson of life.

Family involvement

Y Youth Sports programs encourage parents to be involved along with their child’s participation as volunteer coaches, officials and timekeepers, and parents are encouraged to be at practices and games to support their child’s participation. Parents can learn about all the ways they can get involved at Youth Sports orientation sessions offered before each season begins.

Sport for all

Y Youth Sports is an inclusive sport program. We offer sport programs for children who differ in physical abilities by matching them with children of similar abilities and modifying their sport.

Sport for fun

We believe sports are naturally fun, and Y Sports are a place for kids to build confidence, develop a life-long love of physical activity, make friends and have fun!

The True Meaning of Fair Play

YMCA sports are based on the concept that fair play is the very essence of competition. Everybody should have an equal opportunity to compete and a fair chance to win. This fundamental virtue is a special inherent attribute of sport. Fair play implies respect for oneself, one’s opponent and others involved in conducting the competition. Players, coaches, officials and spectators share a responsibility for fair play. Fair play sets the game above the prize.

Y Sports programs provide an excellent means of developing a predisposition to play fairly. As this virtue develops, it can influence behavior in everyday life.

Breaking Kids into Age Groups

Age-appropriate sports are safer and give kids the chance to learn at a good pace, building skills while getting accustomed to new challenges. Because sports are important opportunities for social interaction and growth, we keep kids in age groups so that they have the social skills necessary to enjoy the commeraderie and interplay with other kids.


Sports Leagues

The YMCA approach to Youth Sports is different from many leagues. We focus on the four YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Every child gets equal playing time and we encourage fair play, positive competition and family involvement. Our goal is to enable each player to excel in that other game we’re all familiar with: the game of life.

There are no try-outs or cuts at the YMCA. Everyone is a valuable member of the team, and players share playing time equally. The most skilled and the least skilled players are given equal attention.

Our sports leagues are coached by volunteers; if you are interested in coaching one of our teams please indicate so on your child’s registration form, or ask about coaching at the front desk.

Sports Clinics

Every great person starts somewhere. Y Sports Clinics aspire to be that place. Our focus is helping young children learn about themselves, their surroundings, their skills and the opportunities that sport and friendship bring. Each class will have time dedicated to life, sport, and motor skill development as well as friendship and character building.

Sports Camps

Y Sports Camps give kids a chance to learn or improve on life and sports skills. These programs are designed for individuals of all ability level. Each day, staff and volunteer will focus on youth development such as teamwork and dribbling as well as healthy living such as exercise and making good decisions.


The majority of sports activity takes place at the Y. However, to provide the best possible experience for the players, games and practices may take place at local facility and fields as well as other Ys in the Metro Detroit area.