GREATER KINGSPORT FAMILY YMCA
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LEARN. PLAY. GROW.

Youth Sports

At the Y, what happens off the field is just as important as what happens on the field. By stressing the importance of teamwork and teaching the Y’s core values of Caring, Honest, Respect, Responsibility and Faith, our youth sports leagues teach kids how to be good sports and good citizens. Through sports like soccer & basketball yhe Y fosters a supportive and dynamic environment for kids to learn and develop athletic skills.

Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. We feel that mission is stated in our Seven Pillars of the YMCA Youth Sports. 

  • Pillar One- Everyone Plays. We do not use tryouts to select the best players, nor do we cut kids from YMCA Youth Sports. Everyone who registers is assigned to a team. During the season, everyone receives equal playing time.
  • Pillar Two- Safety First. Although kids may get hurt playing sports, we do all we can to prevent injuries. We have modified each sport to make it safer and more enjoyable to play. We make sure the equipment and facilities are safe, and constantly supervise the players, stopping any unsafe activity. 
  • Pillar Three- Fair Play. Fair play is about playing by the rules, and more. It's about coaches and players showing respect for all involved in YMCA Youth Sports. It is about coaches being role modes of good sporting behavior and guiding their players to do the same. 
  • Pillar Four- Positive Competition. We believe competition is a positive process when the pursuit of victory is kept in the right perspective. This happens when adults make decisions that have the best interest of the players ahead of winning. Learning to compete is important for youngsters and learning to cooperate in a competitive world is an essential lesson in life. Through our program, we want to help kids learn these lessons.
  • Pillar Five- Family Involvement. YMCA Youth Sports encourages parents to be involved appropriately in their child's participation in our programs. In addition to parents being helpful as volunteer coaches, officials, timekeepers, etc., we encourage them to be at practices and games to support their child. 
  • Pillar Six- Sports for All. YMCA Youth Sports is an inclusive sports program. We offer programs to all children regardless of their race, gender, religious creed, or ability. We ask our adult leaders to encourage and appreciate the diversity of children in our society and to encourage the kids and their parents to do the same. 
  • Pillar Seven- Sports for Fun. Sports are naturally fun for most kids. Sometimes when adults become involved in children's sporting activities they dominate the activities to the point that it destroys the child's enjoyment. If we take the fun out of sports for young athletes, we are in danger of young athletes taking themselves out of the sports. Let's keep it fun for the kids.
2018 Parent/Coach Handbook

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Itty Bitty Basketball

Itty Bitty Basketball is a 6 week program designed to introduce your 4-5 year olds to the sport of basketball. These instructional classes will focus on basketball skills and character development to help build your child’s confidence and self-esteem. The environment of this program offers children a positive experience early in their sports exposure and will help to prepare them to play basketball in the future. Class is limited to 8 participants.

Sessions are every Tuesday starting February 6
9:00 am -9:45 pm at the Y
Ages 4-5 years old.

Questions?
Dustin Sims
Member Engagement Coordinator
dsims@ymcakpt.org

 

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Rookie League Indoor Youth Soccer

  • The Rookie League is a 50/50 developmental style 8-week program.
  • Teams will meet once a week. Week 1 is meet the Coach and Skill Development. Week 2-7 is Skill Development and Game Play. Week 8 is the final game, a parent tunnel and participation awards.
  • Includes jersey top and medal. *Shin Guards are NOT included.

Sessions: Every Thursday Starting February 15
Age Divisions:
3-4 yrs. 5:30p - 6:30p
5-6 yrs. 6:30p - 7:30p

Questions?
Dustin Sims
Member Engagement Coordinator
dsims@ymcakpt.org

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Tiny Tot Soccer Sessions

Tiny Tot Soccer is an instructional class designed to introduce your 3-5 year old to the sport of soccer once a week for 6 weeks. This program focuses on the basic principles of soccer which include dribbling, passing, agility, offense, and defense. The environment of this program will help build your childs confidence and self esteem. Class is limited to 8 participants.

Sessions are every Tuesday starting April 12
9:00 am -9:45 pm at the Y
Ages 3-5 years old.

Questions?
Dustin Sims
Membership Engagement Coordinator
dsims@ymcakpt.org

 

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Rookie League Youth Basketball

  • The Rookie League is a 50/50 developmental style 8-week program.
  • Teams will meet once a week. Week 1 is meet the Coach and Skill Development. Week 2-7 is Skill Development and Game Play. Week 8 is the final game, a parent tunnel and participation awards.
  • Includes jersey top and medal. 

Sessions: Every Thursday Starting April 12
Age Divisions:
4 yrs. 5:30p - 6:30p
5-6 yrs. 6:30p - 7:30p

Questions?
Dustin Sims
Member Engagement Coordinator
dsims@ymcakpt.org

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Next Event

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YMCA events
Feb 24th 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hardworking parents enjoy a night of fun! Movie, free play and babysitting service.