The foundation of Youth Sports is built on the Y pillars of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. We do this by fostering friendships, cultivating character and instilling confidence in our youngest members.

Youth Sports develop these assets based on the philosophy that children learn best through having fun and active game play. For today’s athletes, competition is inevitable, but the Y believes there will be time for serious competition as children get older. Right now, kids just want to have fun!

The Y’s job, as the community’s resource for our youngest athletes, is to build the foundation for the love of the sport and to shape tomorrow’s athletes, today! We do this by focusing on skill development, fun drills and all inclusive game play. <

Other program components include…

  • Sportsmanship and Teamwork
  • Coordination and Safety
  • Basic Rules

Get in the game at the Y! We offer a wide variety of sports to keep kids active. From basketball to wiffleball, we’ve got you covered.  CLASSES, AGES AND AVAILABILITY VARY BY CENTER. To see what is offered at your center, search our online program registration.

Basketball

Hit nothing but net as you improve your basketball skills, including ball control, dribbling, passing, shooting and court position.

  • Basketball Academy - A coed program for intermediate/advanced players. Program focuses on developing the complete player. Youth will develop shooting, ball handling, passing, footwork, defense, rebounding, athleticism, character development, and other essential skills to become a great a basketball player. You also get to take the skills you practiced and apply them in a controlled game setting. It is both fun and intense. Basketball Academy is a twice a week program.
  • Basketball League - Boys and girls will be placed on co-ed teams according to age. Kids will learn skills in a game environment such as dribbling, passing and shooting. Youth will further develop the fundamentals of the game through drills and league play. Score will not be kept during league games. Team shirts will be provided along with other equipment for the sport.
  • Basketball League 3-on-3 - Hit the court with the folks who invented the game - the Y! Stay in shape through the season by playing in this youth league designed for groups of 3 vs 3 style of play. Games take place throughout the week and the season ends with a tournament. Join as a team or an individual.
  • Basketball Skills - A co-ed program that helps youth enhance their fundamentals such as ball control, dribbling, shooting, passing and court positioning. Youth will learn through fun activities and game play. This class will also prepare youth for league play.
  • Pee Wee Basketball Skills - An introductory co-ed program to learn basketball skills. Classes will cover dribbling, shooting and passing. Kids will learn through fun activities and game play.

Floor Hockey

Learn and enhance your stick-handling skills and hone your techniques with games and drills focusing on passing, shooting and team play.

  • Floor Hockey Skills - A co-ed program designed for youth who want to learn basic hockey skills while playing non-competitive games.
  • Floor Hockey League - This co-ed league is open to all kids who want to learn basic hockey skills while playing non-competitive games. Practice will be held during the first week, followed by games for the remainder of the league. All participants will receive a t-shirt and medal.

Flag Football

Enhance your skills with drills and games that focus on passing, catching, kicking, field position and more!

  • Flag Football League - Boys and girls will be placed on co-ed teams according to age. Youth will learn skills in a game environment such as passing, catching and defense. Youth will further develop the fundamentals of the game through drills and league play. Score will not be kept during league games. Team shirts will be provided along with other equipment for the sport.
  • Flag Football Skills - Youth will enhance fundamentals such as ball control, passing, catching, and field positioning. Game strategy will also be covered in classes. Youth will learn through fun activities and game play. This class will also prepare youth for league play.
  • Football Skills - Youth will enhance fundamentals such as ball control, passing, catching, kicking and field positioning. Game strategy will also be covered in classes. Youth will learn through fun activities and game play. This class will also prepare youth for league play.
  • Pee Wee Flag Football Skills - An introductory co-ed class to learn football skills. Classes will cover hiking, passing, catching and kicking. Kids will learn through fun activities and game play.

Individual Sports Instruction (age range: 6+)

Get individualized attention as you enhance and improve your sports skills. Sports instruction may include soccer, basketball, lacrosse and more (determined by the skills and ability of the instructor).

Lacrosse

Learn and improve fundamental lacrosse skills such as cradling, passing, catching, scooping and shooting.

  • Boys Lacrosse League - Participants will be placed on teams according to ages. Kids will learn and practice the fundamentals of lacrosse through cradling, passing, catching and scooping drills and activities, as well as league play. Participants must provide their own equipment. Team jerseys are included with registration. Local travel for games may be required. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. Players will participate in the Maryland Youth Lacrosse Association League (MLYA) and will follow its guidelines, rules and scheduling. See the website at www.mylalax.com. Referee fees are included in the registration fee.
  • Lacrosse Skills - A co-ed program. Participants will enhance fundamentals of the sport such as cradling, passing, scooping and shooting. Youth will further develop their skills through activities and game play.
  • Pee Wee Lacrosse Skills - An introductory co-ed program to learn lacrosse skills. Classes will cover cradling, passing, scooping and shooting. Kids will learn through fun activities and game play.

Soccer

Have a blast as you improve your soccer skills, including dribbling, passing, shooting, ball control, field position, and offensive and defensive strategies.

  • Outdoor Soccer League - Boys and girls will be placed on co-ed teams according to age. Players will learn skills in a game environment such as dribbling, passing, ball control and shooting. Youth will further develop the fundamentals of the game through drills and league play. Score will not be kept during league games. Team shirts will be provided along with other equipment for the sport.
  • Pee Wee Soccer Skills - An introductory co-ed class to learn soccer skills. Classes will cover dribbling, shooting and passing. Kids will learn through fun activities and game play.
  • Soccer Academy - A co-ed class for intermediate/advanced players. Program focuses on developing the complete player. Youth will develop shooting, ball handling, passing, footwork, defense, athleticism, character development, and other essential skills to become a great a soccer player. You also get to take the skills you practiced and apply them in a controlled game setting. It is both fun and intense. Academy is a twice a week program.
  • Soccer Skills - A co-ed program. Youth will enhance fundamentals such as ball control, dribbling, shooting and passing. Field positioning and game strategy will also be covered during the classes. Youth will learn through fun activities and game play. This class will also prepare youth for league play.
  • Pee Wee Soccer Skills - An introductory co-ed class to learn soccer skills. Classes will cover dribbling, shooting and passing. Kids will learn through fun activities and game play.

Sports Mix

Enjoy a variety of sports like basketball, soccer, flag football and more!

  • Family Sports Mix Skills - Under the supervision of an instructor, parents and children will work together to learn the basic skills and fundamentals of a variety of sports including basketball, football, soccer, t-ball, lacrosse, and other traditional gym games.
  • Sports Mix Skills - A co-ed class is designed to introduce youth to a variety of sports games including but not limited to soccer, basketball, lacrosse, baseball and football. Kids will learn skills through fun activities and game play.
  • Pee Wee Sports Mix Skills - A co-ed class designed to introduce young children to a variety of sports games including but not limited to soccer, basketball, lacrosse, baseball and football. Kids will learn skills through fun activities and game play.

T-ball, Baseball and Softball

Have fun on the diamond as you play t-ball and learn basic skills such as batting, throwing, catching and base running!

  • Baseball Pitcher/Catcher Clinic - This program is specifically for athletes who are looking to improve their baseball pitching and/or catching skills. Learn from instructors who have coached athletes who have been successful at the high school, college and pro levels. Mix and match days to equal eight total clinic dates!
  • Baseball Skills - Participants will enhance fundamentals of the sport such as fielding, batting, throwing and positions. Youth will further develop their skills through activities and game play.
  • Pee Wee T-Ball Skills - An introductory co-ed program to learn baseball/softball skills. Classes will cover universal skills such as batting, throwing, catching and baserunning. Kids will learn through fun activities and game play.
  • Pee Wee Softball Skills - An introductory class for girls to teach softball skills. Classes within the session will cover universal skills such as batting, throwing, catching and baserunning. Players will learn through fun activities and game play.

Rock Wall Climbing

An exhilarating activity that is fun for the whole family that provides an excellent upper body workout, and improves coordination and balance. Also a great way to become familiar with the sport if you plan to eventually head outdoors to climb. No matter your age or fitness level, indoor rock climbing is enjoyable for all.

Tennis

Learn the basics of tennis through volleying, partner and match play. Offered at the Y in Arnold only.

  • Pee Wee Tennis Skills - This fun tennis program works on beginning racquet skills and rallying using modified orange tennis balls.
  • Youth Beginner Tennis - Learn the basics of tennis through drills including ball control and stroke mechanics. Foam and lighter balls are used.
  • Youth Intermediate Tennis - Participants will continue developing stroke mechanics, ball placement and strength. Serves and the rules of the game will be introduced, along with rally and play.
  • Youth Advanced Tennis - Participants will hone stroke mechanics, serve technique and footwork. Rally and play practice included.
  • High School Boys & Girls Tennis - Prepare for the Tennis season with continued focus on mechanics and play.
  • High School Advanced Tennis - Continue to perfect your game with rally and round robin play for those with advanced skills.
  • Individual Tennis Instruction - One-on-one instruction with a tennis coach to develop skills based on individual needs.

Other Sports and Gym Games

Stay active and learn new skills with these fun games, classes and leagues! <

  • Adaptive Physical Education - This class is designed for those with special needs. Enjoy low key competitive games working with skill development, social interaction and a combination of indoor/outdoor participation. Some fun interactive games include bowling, parachute fun, movement and ball play, which incorporates fitness components.
  • Backyard Sports - A co-ed class to get kids active and playing games typically found outdoors. Under supervision of an instructor, kids will be offered two games to participate in. Games include, but not limited to Gaga, 9 Square, Cornhole, Volleyball, Horseshoes and Kickball.
  • Bocce Ball League - Bocce Ball is an Italian ball game where the object of the sport is for a team to get as many of their bocci (bigger, weighted balls) as close to the pallino (smaller target balls) as possible.
  • Cross Country Prep - This 6 week course prepares youth for the upcoming Cross Country season. Participants will follow a proven, beginner-friendly long distance training program in a team environment where we provide motivation, accountability and structure. Participants will meet as a group twice a week for six weeks, and will be responsible for training outside of the Y 2-4 days per week. In addition, participants receive education on proper hydration and the importance of shoe selection, and will be coached on warm up, cool down and stretching protocols.
  • Gym Games - Designed for youth to play a variety of non-traditional sports and gym-related games that are structured to improve flexibility and cardio while enjoying physical play with peers.
  • Pee Wee Gym Games - Designed for children to play a variety of non-traditional sports and gym-related games specifically chosen for the toddler age group. This is a non-parent participation class that will help children become more independent, while learning and improving hand/eye coordination, motor skills, and basic sports skills.
  • Handball Skills - Handball Skills is a program for youth to learn the Olympic sport of handball. Think soccer, but with your hands! Participants will learn how to dribble, pass, catch and shoot through fun drills and activities as well as friendly game play.
  • Track & Field Skills - This class offers participants the opportunity to improve running, stamina and endurance. Classes will focus on developing best practices for running long distance and improving form and technique required for track & field. Open to all skill levels.
  • Volleyball Skills - Program allows participants to learn fundamentals of volleyball such as serving, passing, hitting and formations. Youth will learn through fun activities and game play.
  • Wallyball - This program combines the elements of volleyball and racquetball to bring a fun and exciting twist to athletic exercise. Children will learn hand/eye coordination, balance, strength, power and agility. Wallyball is a great workout and could be compared to the speed of an indoor soccer game.
  • Wiffle Ball - Players will learn the fundamentals of wiffle ball such as underhand pitching, catching, throwing, batting and more. This a great entry into t-ball or baseball and teaches children the basic skills that will enhance their progression into the sport. In addition, this is a great way to gain confidence, improve coordination, flexibility and strength.
  • Youth Sports Conditioning - This program is all about the athlete getting quicker and more efficient with his or her playing time. We will have entertaining drills that will assist with endurance, stamina and assist strength. Learn from coaches and instructors who have “been there and done that” as successful athletes.

Leagues, timing and program availability vary by location.

Boys and girls will be placed on coed teams according to age. Skill development, teamwork and sportsmanship are key. Kids will improve sport-specific technique and ability in a game environment and further develop the fundamentals of the game through fun activities and league play. Score will not be kept during league games. Team shirts will be provided.

  • Basketball League (ages 4-14)
  • T-Ball League (ages 4-14)
  • Indoor Soccer League (ages 4-12)
  • Outdoor Soccer League (ages 4-12)
  • Lacrosse League (ages 4-13)
  • Flag Football (ages 6-10)
  • Floor Hockey (ages 6-12)

Our adult leagues are fun and competitive, but always in a respectful, non-aggressive manner. Age 16 and up, all abilities and skill levels welcome! LEAGUES, RULES AND AVAILABILITY VARY BY CENTER. To see what is offered at your center, search our online program registration.

  • Adult Basketball League - Stay in shape through the season by playing in the Y's Adult Basketball League. This is a recreational league, but you should expect a serious level of play and a thorough workout. Games take place throughout the week and the season ends with a tournament. Join as a team or individual.
  • Adult Men's Basketball League - Stay in shape through the season by playing in the Y's Men's Basketball League. This is a recreational league, but you should expect a serious level of play and a thorough workout. Games take place throughout the week and the season ends with a tournament. Join as a team or individual.
  • Adult Bocce Ball League - Bocce Ball is an Italian ball game where the object of the sport is for a team to get as many of their bocci (bigger, weighted balls) as close to the pallino (smaller target balls) as possible.
  • Adult Co-ed Volleyball League - Join the Y's co-ed volleyball league! Register as a "free agent" and we'll place you on a team with other individuals, or get friends together and register as a team. Sessions include games and playoffs. All games are played at the Y. Individual and team rates apply.
  • Adult Cornhole League - A co-ed adult league for those looking to be competitive, but relaxed at the same time. Cornhole is a backyard game that is easy to learn and fun to play. Platforms and bags will be provided by the Y.
  • Adult Dodgeball League - Adult dodgeball league is a great program for energetic players who want to compete in spirited play. Teams will be decided each night of the program based on the discretion of the Director. Traditional dodgeball rules apply. All equipment will be provided by the Y.
  • Adult Floor Hockey League - This co-ed league is open to all adults who want to exercise while participating in the fun and exciting sport of floor hockey. All necessary equipment will be supplied.
  • Adult Kickball League - Adult kickball league is a great program for energetic players who want to compete in spirited play. This league encourages equal game play for those involved, while still being competitive. All equipment will be supplied.
  • Adult Pickleball League - A co-ed adult league for those looking to have fun through competition and play. Pickleball is a mix of tennis, ping-pong, and badminton. Participants will sign up as teams and compete during the agreed upon time for both teams. The team who wins the end of season tournament will receive recognition. The Y will provide balls, paddles, and net; participants may play with their own paddle.
  • Adult Soccer League - Adult soccer league is a great program for energetic players who want to compete in spirited play. This league encourages equal game play for those involved, while still being competitive. All equipment will be supplied. Individuals can register and will be placed on a team or form a team of your own and register to play.

For those sports fans that want to stay active, but can’t commit to league play, we offer you drop-in sports! No need to form a team; just drop-in at the Y and get in on a game. All abilities and skill levels welcome. Age 16 and up. DROP-IN AVAILABILITY AND RULES VARY BY CENTER. Contact your Y Center to find out if drop-in sports are offered.

  • Community Basketball - Community basketball is an opportunity for community members to experience the Y! We will provide a safe space each Friday evening for local teens and young adults to have fun, stay active and build relationships. Participants under the age of 18 must have a guardian register them at the Y on their first visit. Once registered, participants are able to attend each week without their guardian.
  • Adult Drop-in Cornhole - Enjoy a fun game of cornhole when your schedule allows it! Drop-in and play with other fans of the sport. This is a co-ed program.
  • Adult Drop-in Kickball - Enjoy a fun game of kickball when your schedule allows it! Drop-in and play with other fans of the sport. This is a co-ed program.
  • Adult Drop-in Soccer - Enjoy a fun game of soccer when your schedule allows it! Drop-in and play with other fans of the sport. This is a co-ed program.
  • Adult Drop-in Volleyball – Bump, set and spike in this co-ed drop-in volleyball program. All skill levels are welcome and all equipment will be provided by the Y.