The YMCA Youth Soccer Program helps kids become not only better players, but better people as well. It’s a progressive program, with multiple age/gender-specific levels. Every child gets to play and the games are safe, exciting, and fun. We encourage fair play, positive competition, and family involvement.
How are the coaches picked? GREAT QUESTION!! All of our coaches are volunteers. Some of them are Y staff, some are parents helping coach their kids, while others are folks from the community who share the same Y values. ALL of our coaches go through a background check. Your child’s safety is our #1 priority.
How often is practice? Typically our teams practice once a week. We know your life is busy so most of those practices will last around 1 hour. We want to honor your time so we provide resources to the coaches to help make your season the best it can be.
Can I stay and watch practice? Absolutely! We encourage it! As a matter of fact, our teams are always looking for Assistant Coaches if you’re interested in helping. We just ask that you maintain social distancing while watching your child’s practices or games.
What equipment will my child need? Each child will need shin guards, soccer cleats, and a water bottle.
When are evaluations and why are they needed? Evaluations will be held Saturday, August 8th behind the YMCA. Please check back for your child’s evaluation time. Evaluations are a great opportunity for our coaches to evaluate your child for even team placement. Any division that we keep score, we have a draft for that division. This is to ensure teams are balanced and competitive. Your child will need the same equipment for evaluations as they will need for games and practices.
The events of the past several months have been a new experience for all of us. The YMCA appreciates your patience and understanding as we go through these unprecedented times together. Our main goal is to provide a safe and fun environment for your child as well as our families and staff. First and foremost please ask that you follow all local, state, and public health guidelines. Along with those guidelines we are going to be providing some added measures to our program this season to help keep everyone as safe as possible.
Some of these possible measures are:
- Mandatory masks for coaches during practices and games
- Sanitizing stations around the complex
- Limiting practice attendance to 1 adult per player (plus siblings), limiting game attendance to 2 adult spectators per player (plus siblings)
- Staggering games times to reduce traffic flow through the gates
- reducing team sizes just to name a few.
As our state, local, and public health guidelines change, hopefully, we will be able to loosen these restrictions as the season progresses.