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We’re excited to see you at Y Youth Sports programs again soon. The safety and well-being of everyone is our top priority. In response to the COVID-19 health crisis, we have added a layer of new procedures to help everyone stay safe and healthy. Please review the following information about what to expect this season.

YOUTH SPORTS HEALTH AND SAFETY FAQS

FAQs and guidelines may change if public health information changes. Check back for the latest updates. Scroll down for Bitty Sports FAQs.

What are you doing to keep everyone safe?

To maintain a safe environment, these new health and safety procedures will be in place:

Temperature Checks - Players, coaches and staff will be required to have their  temperature checked before entry into the complex for the preseason tournament. Anyone with a fever of 100.4 or higher will not be allowed to enter.

Wipe Down Equipment - Coaches will wipe down all equipment before, during and after each game. The Y will provide sanitizing spray at each field to disinfect game balls before and after each game and at half-time.

Wear a Mask -  Masks are required for coaches and spectators when at least 6 feet of social distancing is not possible. Participants ages 5+ are required to wear masks until they take the field.

Keep Your Distance - Stay at least six feet away from others whenever possible.

Stay Home if Sick - Keep our community safe. Stay home if you are feeling sick or are vulnerable to illness.

Are masks required during practices and games?

Masks are required for coaches and spectators when at least 6 feet of social distancing is not possible. Participants ages 5+ are required to wear masks until they take the field. 

Even if you plan to social distance, please have a mask ready for the check in process or in case you are needed to help your child during practice or games.

This policy may be updated throughout the season if local health and safety guidelines change.

What is the process for handling game equipment?

Coaches should disinfect the balls before, during and after every game and practice. The Y will provide sanitizing spray at each field to disinfect game balls prior before and after each game and at half-time. For football, the game ball will be supplied by the offensive team.

Coaches will provide disinfectant as part of their game day supplies.

When a player pulls an opponent's flag, the player should drop the flag to the ground once the whistle is blown to end the play. The offensive player can then pick it up. Coaches should disinfect flags before, during and after each game and practice.

Can participants wear mouthpieces during practice and games?

Mouthpieces are not permitted at this time, unless medically necessary.

Can players bring water bottles? Will water be provided?

Each player should supply their own water bottle. Team water dispensers are not permitted.

Will seating be available for players and/or spectators?

No player benches or spectator seating will be supplied. To limit crowd size at practices and events, we ask that you please limit attendance to primary caregivers and/or immediate family. Spectators are welcome to bring their own chairs or blankets for seating.

What is the process for pregame warm-ups, meetings and coin toss?

Teams are not allowed to take the field until teams from the previous game have exited the field. For the pregame meeting, one coach from each team and one official will meet six feet apart prior to each game for a pregame meeting and coin toss.

 

Will there be team huddles?

Team huddles are permitted. If a coach cannot maintain six feet of social distancing, then a mask must be worn.

What happens when the game is over? Will there still be a post-game handshake?

There will be no post-game handshake. Instead, teams will line up 6 feet apart to wave and tell the other team “Good game.” Teams need to immediately sanitize equipment and exit the field.

Can teams stay on the field or at the facility after games?

All players, coaches and spectators are required to leave the complex once the game is over.

How can I receive updates about youth sports or get more information?

If you haven’t already, be sure to download the PlayerSpace mobile app and activate your account to receive updates about youth sports. The PlayerSpace mobile app is available for Apple or Android devices.

If you have questions or need additional assistance, please email Sports@KansasCityYMCA.org.

 

Youth Sports Information

Before you register for a youth sport program, please review our frequently asked questions.

Schedule and Team Information

Stay Connected with PlayerSpace

The Y partners with PlayerSpace to provide up-to-date information on current Youth Sports programming. You may access PlayerSpace online or download the mobile app version to stay informed regarding:

  • Practice/game schedules
  • Team roster
  • Communicating with the coach
  • Receive immediate alerts on cancellations or time changes

The PlayerSpace mobile app is available for Apple or Android devices.

If you are registering for a sports program for the first time, you will automatically receive an invitation after registration to join PlayerSpace. There is no need to create a new account. You will receive an email with your username and password by the first week of practice.

Q. What if I'm not receiving emails from PlayerSpace?

Be sure to add notifications@playerspace.com to your safe sender list. If you've registered but not received an email, first check your Spam or Junk mail folder in case the message has been filtered in your email. If you are experiencing issues, you may contact your coach or Y Sport Director.

Q. What if I did not receive my log in credentials?

If you need login credentials because you do not have them, please contact your coach or your Y Sports Director to have them re-sent.

Q. What if more than one person would like to see my child's league information?

Credentials are set up for the primary account. However, you may add a "fan" to your account to allow others access to view league information. Let your coach know that you need to add a “fan” of the league. You will need to provide their e-mail and phone number. A link will be sent to the fan to allow viewing of available league information for your child.

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 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: 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 not be taken during the fall 2020 season. 

BITTY SPORTS HEALTH AND SAFETY FAQS

FAQs and guidelines may change if public health information changes. Check back for the latest updates.

What are you doing to keep everyone safe?

To maintain a safe environment, these new health and safety procedures will be in place:

Wipe Down Equipment - Coaches will wipe down all equipment before, during and after each game. The Y will provide sanitizing spray at each field to disinfect game balls before and after each game and at half-time.

Wear a Mask - Masks are required for coaches, officials and spectators when at least 6 feet of social distancing is not possible. Participants ages 5+ are required to wear masks until they take the field.

Keep Your Distance - Stay at least six feet away from others whenever possible.

Stay Home if Sick - Keep our community safe. Stay home if you are feeling sick or are vulnerable to illness.

Are masks required during practices and games?

Masks are required for coaches and spectators when at least 6 feet of social distancing is not possible. Participants ages 5+ are required to wear masks until they take the field. 

Even if you plan to social distance, please have a mask ready for the check in process or in case you are needed to help your child during practice or games.

This policy may be updated throughout the season if local health and safety guidelines change.

What is the process for handling game equipment?

Coaches should disinfect the balls before, during and after every game and practice. The Y will provide sanitizing spray at each field to disinfect game balls prior before and after each game and at half-time. For football, the game ball will be supplied by the offensive team.

Coaches will provide disinfectant as part of their game day supplies.

When a player pulls an opponent's flag, the player should drop the flag to the ground once the whistle is blown to end the play. The offensive player can then pick it up. Coaches should disinfect flags before, during and after each game and practice.

Can participants wear mouthpieces during practice and games?

Mouthpieces are not permitted at this time, unless medically necessary.

Can players bring water bottles? Will water be provided?

Each player should supply their own water bottle. Team water dispensers are not permitted.

Will seating be available for players and/or spectators?

No player benches or spectator seating will be supplied. To limit crowd size at practices and events, we ask that you please limit attendance to primary caregivers and/or immediate family. Spectators are welcome to bring their own chairs or blankets for seating.

What is the process for pregame warm-ups, meetings and coin toss?

Teams are not allowed to take the field until teams from the previous game have exited the field. For the pregame meeting, one coach from each team and one official will meet six feet apart prior to each game for a pregame meeting and coin toss.

Will there be team huddles?

Team huddles are permitted. If a coach cannot maintain six feet of social distancing, then a mask must be worn.

What happens when the game is over? Will there still be a post-game handshake?

There will be no post-game handshake. Instead, teams will line up 6 feet apart to wave and tell the other team “Good game.” Teams need to immediately sanitize equipment and exit the field.

Can teams stay on the field or at the facility after games?

All players, coaches and spectators are required to leave the complex once the game is over.

How can I receive updates about youth sports or get more information?

If you haven’t already, be sure to download the PlayerSpace mobile app and activate your account to receive updates about youth sports. The PlayerSpace mobile app is available for Apple or Android devices.

If you have questions or need additional assistance, please email Sports@KansasCityYMCA.org.

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 not be taken during the fall 2020 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.

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.