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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 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.

Face Coverings - Face coverings are no longer required. Anyone is welcome to wear a face covering at any time and continue to social distance. 

Stay Home if Sick - Keep our community safe. Stay home if you or your child are feeling sick or are vulnerable to illness. Immediately notify your coach if you or your child develop any COVID-19 symptoms listed on the CDC's website

What is the policy for inclement weather?

If the wind chill is below 32 degrees, games will be cancelled. If you haven’t already, be sure to download the PlayerSpace mobile app and activate your account to receive weather updates about youth sports. The PlayerSpace mobile app is available for Apple or Android devices.

Are masks required during practices and games?

Face coverings are no longer required at any YMCA of Greater Kansas City outdoor activities, including Youth and Bitty Sports programs.

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.

For football, 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 mandatory for youth flag football.

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 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.

Face Coverings - Face coverings are no longer required at any outdoor activities. Anyone is welcome to wear a face covering at any time and continue to social distance. Indoor mask requirements vary by Y center. Visit KansasCityYMCA.org/HealthandSafety for more information.

Stay Home if Sick - Keep our community safe. Stay home if you or your child are feeling sick or are vulnerable to illness. Immediately notify your coach if you or your child develop any COVID-19 symptoms listed on the CDC's website

Are masks required during practices and games?

Face coverings are no longer required at any YMCA of Greater Kansas City outdoor activities, including Youth and Bitty Sports programs. Indoor mask requirements vary by Y center. Visit KansasCityYMCA.org/HealthandSafety for more information.

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. 

How can I receive updates about Bitty 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. 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. When are team and individual photos taken?

Team and individual photos will not be taken during the winter 2020 season.

Q. What should kids bring to clinics?

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.