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Get Ready for the Game

Youth Sports at the Y are the starting point for many kids to learn about becoming and staying active, and developing healthy habits they’ll carry with them throughout their lives. Before you sign up, makes sure you have everything you need for a great season.

Youth Sports Information

Before you register for a youth sport program, please review our frequently asked questions. Don't forget to sign up for text alerts to receive the latest practice and game updates.

Youth Sports Text Alerts

Sign up for text alerts to receive updates on Y sports cancelations and changes due to weather. Text the code word for your sports program(s) to 55678 to enroll.

Reply STOP to cancel. Message and data rates may apply.

Jackson County
Text YSportsJackson to 55678

Johnson County
Text YSportsJoCo

Northland
Text YSportsNL to 55678

Wyandotte County
Text YSportsWyCo to 55678

FAQ: Youth Sports

Teams

Q: What ages can play Youth sports at the Y?

Our leagues are organized by grade for the current school year. Divisions are available for players in Kindergarten-5th Grade. Typically players are ages 5-11 years. Players cannot play down a division.  

Q. How are teams formed?

During the registration process, parents can list requested coaches and requested friends. We form teams first according to these requests. Then we form teams by schools and school districts. Coaches can email the Sports Director a list of kids they expect to have on their team, but parents still need to register their child individually. 

Registration

Q. Which YMCA Center should I register through?

Youth sports are now organized by region instead of Y location. Each region offers one or more program location. Indicate your program location preference during the online registration process along with your school, friend or coach requests. 

Y locations are mapped to the following sports regions: 

  • Atchison: Atchison Family YMCA
  • Jackson County: Blue Springs Family YMCA, Cleaver Family YMCA, Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center and Red Bridge Family YMCA
  • Johnson County: Paul Henson Family YMCA and Olathe Family YMCA
  • Northland: North Kansas City YMCA, Platte County Community Center North (Platte City) and Platte County Community Center South (Parkville)
  • Wyandotte County: Bonner Springs Family YMCA and Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center

Q. Do Y members get a discount on Youth sports?

Yes, members save up to 50% on Youth sports programs. To register for the program and receive your discount, log in to our ActiveNet system using the email address associated with your membership. Visit the Welcome Center of your Y to update your contact information or receive registration assistance. If you're not a member, you can join the Y online

Practices and Games

Q. Where are practices and games held?

Sports facilities vary from center to center. Practices and games for most sports are held at schools and parks in the community near the Y where you have registered. Bathrooms are always on site for game fields but may not be for practices so please plan accordingly. Your coach will provide locations for practices and games five days before the first practice.

Q. What is the schedule for Youth Sports practices and games?

Teams in Grades K-5 get one practice on a weekday, usually a Monday, that they keep for the duration of the season. Game times will vary, but will be between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Typically teams have three weeks of practice before the first game. Teams in leagues play a minimum of seven games per season.

Q. When will we hear from our coach?

Your coach will contact you no later than five days before the first day of the start of practices. The coach will provide details regarding practice and game schedules and locations.

What to Bring

Q. What equipment does the Y provide?

The Y provides jerseys and practice space as part of the program. We also provide essential equipment such as flags for flag football, tees, bats, helmets, cones, and other game-day items. Items like shin guards for soccer, wristbands, and athletic clothing should be provided by the parents.  

Q. What should players bring to practices and games?

Kids should bring water bottles and personal safety items as needed. Kids should wear comfortable athletic clothing suitable for the weather and facility. 

Team Photos

Q. When are team and individual photos taken?

Team and individual photos will be taken during the season. Days may vary. The days should be indicated on your team schedule.

Bitty Sports Information

Find out more about bitty sports programs at the Y. For more information, contact the sports director at your Y, or visit the Welcome Center at any Y location.

Bitty Sports Text Alerts

Sign up for text alerts to receive updates on Y sports cancelations and changes due to weather. Text the code word for your sports program(s) to 55678 to enroll.

Reply STOP to cancel. Message and data rates may apply.

  • Blue Springs: text BittyBLSP to 55678
  • Bonner Springs/Providence: text BittyBON to 55678
  • Cleaver/Red Bridge: text BittyCLRB to 55678
  • Linwood: text BittyLWD to 55678
  • Northland: text BittyNL to 55678
  • Olathe: Bitty: Text BittyOL to 55678
  • Paul Henson Family YMCA: text BittyPH to 55678

FAQ: Bitty Sports

Q. What is the schedule for Bitty Sports practices and games?

Bitty Sports include six one-hour sessions. The first three sessions are practices. The last three sessions are scrimmage games. Sessions occur at the same time each week.

Q. What is included in the registration fee?

Players will receive a jersey at the first practice and an end-of-season medal. The Y provides jerseys and practice space as part of the program. We also provide essential equipment such as flags for flag football, tees, bats, helmets, cones, and other game-day items. Items like shin guards for soccer, wristbands, and athletic clothing should be provided by the parents. 

Q. How are teams formed?

During the registration process, parents can list requested coaches and requested friends. We form teams first according to these requests. Then we form teams by schools and school districts. Coaches can email the Sports Director a list of kids they expect to have on their team, but parents still need to register their child individually. 

Q. Do Y members receive a discount on programs?

Yes. Bitty programs are offered to Y members with a household membership for as little as $10 a session. The Bitty player must be included on the Y membership to receive the program discount. To register for the program and receive your discount, log in to our ActiveNet system using the email address associated with your membership. Visit the Welcome Center of your Y to update your contact information or receive registration assistance. If you're not a member, you can join the Y online

Q. Which YMCA Center should I register through?

View the locations map to find which location is closest to your home. Bitty sports vary from center to center, and may not be offered at all centers. 

Q. Where are practices and games for Bitty Sports?

Sports facilities vary from center to center. Practices and games for most sports are held at schools and parks in the community near the Y where you have registered. Bitty programs are held at the same location for each session. You will be provided location details five days before the first session.

Q. What is the schedule for Bitty Sports practices and games?

Bitty Sports include six one-hour sessions. The first three sessions are practices. The last three sessions are games. Sessions occur at the same time each week.

Q. When are team and individual photos taken?

Team and individual photos will be taken during the season. Days may vary. 

Q. When will we hear from our coach?

Your coach will contact you no later than five days before the first day of the start of practices. The coach will provide details regarding practice and game schedules and locations.

Q. What should kids bring to practices and games?

Kids should bring water bottles and personal safety items as needed. Kids should wear comfortable athletic clothing suitable for the weather and facility.  

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Contact the sports director at your local Y for more information about youth or bitty sports.