Sports

Youth Sports

At the Y, we believe every child deserves the opportunity to play sports—we offer team sports nearly year-round, and many of our youth sports are FREE with a Family Membership. Non-members can also join our youth sports teams, and play with their friends who are Y members.

YMCA youth sports encourage and promote healthy kids, families and communities by placing a priority on family involvement, healthy competition rather than rivalry, the value of participation over winning, and team-building. We emphasize individual development, a positive self-image and a sense of fair play and mutual respect for others. Parents are encouraged to be more than mere spectators, by contributing their time as volunteer coaches – as well as being their kid’s greatest fan. Every child plays in every game, regardless of skill.

If you register for a team sport, you can purchase a reversible YMCA jersey from your local Y for $15. 

Register for Sports Here! Wondering What Sports Are Offered at Each Location? Click Here! Got game? Hit the hardwood with the folks who invented the game – the Y! In 1891, while teaching at the International YMCA Training School, James Naismith was given the challenge of creating a game that could be played indoors during the cold winter months. Hanging simple peach baskets and using a soccer ball, Naismith created the game of basketball and wrote the first 13 rules of the game.

YMCA soccer promises no tryouts, no getting cut and no bench warmers! Every child plays at least half of every game while making friends and learning new techniques. Soccer practices are held weekly for an hour with games played on Saturday mornings. Basic skills of the game are developed through soccer games and activities—and fun!

YMCA/Salem Budokai martial arts classes are designed to promote positive behavior and to foster growth of mind, body and spirit!

Gymnasts in our beginner levels will learn basic skills on floor, balance beam, uneven bars, and vault. This program will focus on listening and cooperative skills and motor movement/development all while having fun! Intermediate levels focus on basic gymnastics skills in which we will work on flexibility. Gymnasts will have the opportunity to learn skills on floor, balance beam, uneven bars, and vault. Advanced levels build on basic skills learned in our intermediate program. Gymnasts will advance their skills on floor, balance beam, uneven bars, and vault.

Team YMCA is comprised of participants from all 4 branches of the Family YMCA of Marion & Polk Counties. Open to students in kindergarten – 8th grade willing to learn fundamentals of track and field and meet new friends!

Develop and learn skills and fundamental training in the sport of Volleyball! What to wear: athletic shirt and shorts

Score touchdowns with your friends by joining the YMCA in NFL flag football! Work on teamwork, leadership and basic football skills with this program.

YMCA T-Ball teaches children ages 3-6 the fundamentals of the game. Participants learn different positions and the basics including hitting, throwing, catching and running the bases in a team atmosphere. The focus is to learn, have fun, meet new friends, and play in a non-competitive environment. Offered in the spring, summer and fall at select branches.

Wrestlers will learn basic skills, take downs, and fundamentals of wrestling. May involve some travel to local competitions and compete against other youth wrestling teams. Practices run 7-8 pm Mondays and Wednesdays at Salem Family YMCA.

Enjoy the warm weather and the great outdoors with Cross Country! Learn about pacing yourself and long distance running.

Zumba® Kids classes feature kid-friendly routines based on original Zumba® choreography. We break down the steps, add games, activities and cultural exploration elements into the class structure.

We offer a variety of instructional sports camps for youth. Come have fun and learn a new sport!

Youth Sports Coaching

Coaches are the heart of Y youth sports. We could not do it without you! All YMCA coaches must complete:

  • Volunteer application
  • YMCA coaches’ training, including concussion prevention
  • YMCA safety & emergency course

A youth sports program is only as strong as its coaches and that is why we want you to have all the tools you need for your season. We provide manuals that include multiple practice plans including drills, team circles and fitness components.

For additional resources, check out the YMCA training website, where there are multiple sports-specific trainings available.

Sports-Specific Coaches’ ManualsEach coach is provided a volunteer manual that is a sport- and age-specific guide for practices, including warm-up, fitness components, skills and drills, games and play, and team circles.


Adult Sports

One of the best ways to get kids excited about playing sports and exercise is to show them by example. Added benefits of adult sports include stress reduction, better sleep, and increased team building skills.

  • Basketball (Year-round; co-ed)

For ages 18 and up, the Salem Family YMCA offers Adult pick up basketball games throughout the year. Check with the Salem Family YMCA for additional details.

  • Volleyball (Year-round; co-ed)

For ages 18 and up, the Salem Family YMCA offers Open recreational adult volleyball throughout the year. Check with Salem Family YMCA for additional details.

  • Pickleball (Year-round; co-ed)

For ages 18 and up, the Salem Family YMCA offers Open recreational adult pickleball throughout the year. Check with Salem Family YMCA for additional details.

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