YOUTH SPORTS & FITNESS
At the Y, our sports staff, coaches and volunteers all share a singular vision of helping all youth reach their full potential in life. We leverage the excitement and passion around recreational and competitive programming to create a healthy outlet for children to gain new skills, develop a sense of team and connect with positive role models.
Youth sports and fitness offerings vary by location and season. Click on a program below for program descriptions and registration information.
YMCA Youth Basketball is for boys and girls. Participants will learn the fundamentals of the sport in addition to learning how to play the game in a competitive manner. The program is designed to develop each participant’s skill set in the following areas: ball-handling, passing, shooting, dribbling, as well attaining a solid basketball foundation, while learning how to apply aggressive defensive skills in a manner that is basketball appropriate.
YMCA Youth Sports Program helps kids become not only better players but better people as well. It’s a progressive program, with multiple age-specific levels. Every child gets to play and the games are safe, exciting and fun. We encourage fair play, positive competition, and family involvement.
Participation in Youth Dance classes at the Y provides your child with many opportunities to develop their flexibility, range of motion, physical strength and stamina! Children will improve their social and communication skills, learn how to work as part of a team, develop a greater sense of trust and cooperation and make new friends. YMCA dance classes also encourage participants to foster positive attitudes and express themselves through creative outlets in a safe and supportive environment.
YMCA Gymnastics classes and camps offer instruction and practice in a fun and supportive environment that emphasizes character development, teamwork, and good sportsmanship. Exercises include beam, floor, bars, rings, etc. and teach participants about coordination, strength development, and flexibility.
Ages: 3 – 17 years old
YMCA Martial Arts classes develop strength, balance, flexibility, and self-defense skills in a fun and supportive environment that emphasizes character development and self-discipline. With classes for beginners to advanced, martial arts is a fun way for both boys and girls to achieve fitness and focus. Participation in martial arts may improve listening skills and increase self-esteem as it provides opportunity to learn how to set and achieve goals, while interacting with others.
Ages: 5 – 17 years old
YMCA Youth Soccer builds healthy kids and offers one of the best ways for a child to get in shape through youth sports. Children will learn the fundamentals of the sport and engage in competition with other teams in a fun and supportive environment that emphasizes character development, teamwork, and good sportsmanship. Your child will also build self-confidence, improve their flexibility and increase their social skills, as well as their energy and stamina, while being a part of the team!
Ages: 3 – 12 years old
The YMCA Youth Swim Team is for youth who have a strong desire to swim competitively and participate in a team environment. There are many levels: beginner to advanced, and practices are held multiple times per week.
Fullerton Family YMCA
Maple Hill Family YMCA (Diamond Bar)
Mission Viejo Family YMCA
Newport-Mesa Family YMCA
Santa Ana Family YMCA
YMCA T-ball introduces children to the many benefits that playing the sport of baseball offers. Youth will learn the basic fundamentals of catching, throwing, hitting, and hand-eye coordination in a fun and supportive environment that encourages teamwork, communication and self-esteem. Our T-ball classes help build confidence, and offer a place on the field for kids of all athletic abilities and personalities to hone their skills, develop new ones and thrive in a team environment.
Track and Field
The YMCA Track and Field program provides an introduction to track and field events with an emphasis on skill development and sportsmanship. Each student participates in one, one hour practice each week (7 weeks) and two track meets!
Ages: K – 6th grade
Cost: $85 per child
Practice: 1x per week at local YMCA locations
Mission Viejo Family YMCA
Elementary Schools throughout
South Orange County
YMCA Youth Volleyball offers instruction and practice in a fun and supportive environment that emphasizes character development, teamwork, and good sportsmanship. Playing volleyball helps build agility, coordination, speed and balance, and improves hand-eye coordination. Volleyball requires that teammates work cooperatively and at a fast pace, which can help improve interpersonal skills as well. Playing volleyball may also enhance energy level and improve overall performance in other sports and workouts.
Ages: 8 – 16 years old
YMCA Youth Water Polo is perfect for any child, and is also an inclusive class for kids with ADHD (ADD) and Asperger’s. Students will be taught swimming, eggbeater (treading water), head up freestyle, dribbling, ball handling, and passing skills. Emphasis is on learning, teamwork and having fun. All students must be deep end safe, able to follow verbal directions, and must be able to work in a group class.
Ages: 5 – 15 years old
YMCA Youth Yoga classes give your child the gift of increased body awareness, focus, flexibility & strength. Yoga is an ascetic discipline that may include breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures. It is widely practiced for health and relaxation.
Ages: 4 – 12 years old
The YMCA is proud of its heritage and commitment to make its character-building, family enriching programs available to everyone in the communities we serve. Annually, we receive support from hundreds of members, community leaders, and businesses who believe in our purpose and contribute generously to our Annual Campaign, investing in youth and families. Funds are distributed to families with a financial need in our community.
The YMCA has procedures in place for concussions which include removal from activity when symptoms are present. Additionally, participants are required to wait at least 24 hours before returning to activity and be cleared by a health professional. We encourage parents and participants to receive concussion education at www.cdc.gov/HEADSUP.
Please contact your nearest YMCA Health and Fitness Center for more information.