Y youth sports programs encourage youth development and promote healthy living by placing a priority on family involvement, healthy competition rather than rivalry, the value of participation over winning, team building as well as individual development, a positive self-image and a sense of fair play and mutual respect for others. YMCA coaches and athletes keep winning in perspective. Striving to win is natural, but it is not the primary objective of YMCA youth sports.
The goals for the YMCA sports programs are to develop self-confidence and self-respect in children, and an appreciation of their own worth as individuals. We encourage you to set a positive environment for your child and the rest of the children in Youth Sports. Our character shows in our behavior, how we practice values, forgiveness, hard work, sportsmanship, perseverance, compassion, respect, responsibility, generosity and honesty. The YMCA practices these values and develops them in others. It builds a moral and ethical foundation for life, with love as the cornerstone. There are no try-outs or cuts at the the YMCA. Everyone is a valuable member of the team, and players share playing time equally.
Parents are encouraged to be more than mere spectators by contributing their time as volunteer coaches and team parents as well as being their kid’s greatest fan. It is our social responsibility to help children enjoy and learn all of the benefits of a quality youth sports program. For more information about how to get involved please contact your local Y location.
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.
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 camaraderie and interplay with other kids.
Inter-Y Leagues give players and coaches the opportunity to connect and play with teams from Ys across Metro Detroit. Not only does this provide a more well-rounded competitive experience, but it allows kids to make inter-personal connections with others from different communities backgrounds.
Every great person starts somewhere. Community Sports Leagues 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.