Jerry Long Family YMCA

Sports

Returning Sports to Kids

The Jerry Long Family YMCA aspires to be an outstanding youth sports organization that returns sports to kids. We do this in two ways:

1) Creating Outstanding Player Experiences

  • Athletes have fun at practices and games.
  • Athletes develop strong character and learn life lessons that have value beyond the playing field.
  • Athletes feel like an important part of the team regardless of performance.
  • Athletes develop a lifestyle of healthy living.
  • Athletes learn the skills, tactics, and strategies of the game and improve as a player.

2) Changing the Culture of Youth Sports

  • Redefining what it means to be a winner
  • Providing coaches the tools they need to be successful coaches and leaders
  • Raising awareness for, and guarding against, dysfunctional behavior

Click here to download a copy of this vision statement.

We Honor The Game Here

The Jerry Long Family YMCA Sports program has formed a partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance to enhance the experience of our athletes and volunteer coaches. PCA’s goal to create Better Athletes, Better People, fits perfectly with the Y’s Mission and the Vision for our youth sports program.

PCA teaches everyone involved in sports to honor the game, learn from mistakes, and develop as an athlete and a person in a positive way. At the Jerry Long Y, coaches will complete the PCA ‘Double-Goal Coach’ course online to ensure that all of our athletes are getting the same great sports experience.

Over the course of the coming years, the Jerry Long Y sports program will incorporate more and more PCA principles and best practices including field and gym signage, language, and a sports advisory committee. These developments will allow for all involved in our sports programs to participate in a positive environment focused on the development of our athletes.

For more information on PCA, check out their website at www.positivecoach.org.

Get Involved

YMCA Youth Sports, like all recreational sports programs, is lead by volunteer coaches. These dedicated individuals are mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, family friends, college students, or simply those that love the game and want to impact the lives of kids in their community. And make no mistake, volunteer coaches at the Y are not simply teaching kids a sport, but also helping to set the foundation for the adults they will grow up to become.

Some of our coaches get involved because their child asks them to coach, or they played the sport growing up. But most of our coaches begin with little or no experience at all. The Y is dedicated to helping our coaches be the best they can be and offer seasonal training opportunities, online resources, and basic educational tools that will set them up for a successful season.

Get involved today. Volunteer to be a Head Coach, an Assistant Coach, a Team Parent, or a Culture Keeper. These jobs are an easy way to be an active part of the experience that our athletes are receiving. Job descriptions for each are available – coming soon.

For more information on volunteering during the sports season, contact Bob Ross at b.ross@ymcanwnc.org. And thanks to all of our dedicated volunteers for their efforts and support!

Stay Informed

As a parent, you need to stay in the know about your child’s sports experience. Below are a collection of resources that will allow you to do just that. Many of the questions that you might have will reside right here. But if there is something we missed, feel free to contact us at the information below.

YMCA Parent Code of Conduct

Field Map

Sport Parent Survival Guide

Healthy Eating Tips

Sportsmanship Rating System

Team Formation Policy

Refund Policy

Click here to check out the 2014 Annual Sports Program Report!

Jordan DuBois — Senior Program Director
Phone: (336) 712-2000
Email: j.dubois@ymcanwnc.org

Bob Ross – Associate Sports Director
Phone: (336) 712-2000
Email: b.ross@ymcanwnc.org

Jerry Long Sports Blog

Click here to view our new Sports Blog!

Coach Portal (Password protected)

Sports Camps this Summer

Sports camps at the Y are a great way for your child to spend their Summer doing what they love the most. Upgrade from traditional day camp to sports camp and your athlete will get a week-long experience they won’t soon forget. They will come home smiling, sweaty, and sleepy each day after a full slate of games, drills, and activities related to the theme of the week. Kids are grouped by age to keep participation easy and fair. The camp operates at a 10:1 player to coach ratio for safety and fairness as well. So check out the important information below, and register now! Click here for information on all of the great options, and to see our Camp Guide, Parent Handbook and more.

Summer Sports Camps

All Sports Camp
June 22-26, July 6-10, July 20-24, August 10-14

Volleyball Camp
July 13-17

Basketball Camp
June 29-July 3, August 3-7

Lacrosse Camp
July 27-31

Soccer Camp
June 29-July 3, August 3-7

Baseball Camp
July 27-31

Flag Football Camp
July 13-17

Click here for more details on these and all of our Summer Camps, or contact Jordan DuBois at j.dubois@ymcanwnc.org or 336.712.2000.

Sports Camp Map
Sports Camp FAQ


Youth Lacrosse

America’s fastest growing sport has come to the Jerry Long Family YMCA! Lacrosse is all about teamwork, coordination, and effort, but at the Y, it’s so much more than that. Through this age-old sport, your kids will learn to work together, push themselves, honor the game and their opponents, and develop healthy living habits. Every participant will be placed on a team of no more than 10 players and will get to play at least two quarters of every game. Volunteer coaches will lead each team, but YMCA Lacrosse staff will be present at practices and games to ensure proper teaching and understanding of the game is taking place.

Necessary Equipment: Each child will need to provide their own helmet, gloves, and stick for this program. These can be purchased at Dick’s Sporting Goods or any other sporting goods store.

Ages

Boys 7-8

Season Information

Practices begin the week of August 25. Game dates: September 12, 19 and 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

Registration

Registration (Now through July 23): $70 Members, $100 Potential Members

Late Registration (After July 23): $85 Members, $115 Potential Members

 

Be a Coach!

As is the case with all recreational leagues, this Y program is built on dedicated volunteer coaches. If you are a great role model, have a fun-loving attitude, enjoy working with kids, and have good communication skills, you are qualified to become a head coach! The Y provides coach training and practice plans, along with help from staff members when needed. Coaching couldn’t get any easier! If you are interested, contact the Y staff below and tell them you want to make an impact this season!

Contact:

Jordan DuBois, Senior Program Director: j.dubois@ymcanwnc.org or 712-2000

Bob Ross, Associate Sports Director: b.ross@ymcanwnc.org or 712-2000

 


Youth Soccer

Youth Soccer

Players will have fun while developing an appreciation for sports and physical activity. They will practice skills while learning sportsmanship and teamwork.

The YMCA believes that character development is an essential element of sports. Caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith are valued on and off the field.  In YMCA sports, everyone plays and everyone plays fair. We put safety first and emphasize positive competition. YMCA sports are for all and are played for fun.

Learn communication and teamwork in a positive environment where every member of the team is important. Participants will learn responsibility and dedication while improving their soccer skills. Each athlete will receive a jersey and socks. Players must bring shin guards and water to each practice and game. This is a schedule-friendly league with just one practice during the week and games on Saturdays. Practice nights/times are determined by our volunteer coaches. Parents are welcome to make requests, but these are not guaranteed. Some games may be scheduled with other local YMCAs as well!

Two Days a Week

Age Groups:
Boys: U6, U8, U10, U12, U14
Girls: U6, U8, U10, U12, U14
Age groups are subject to change depending on registration.

Program Dates

Practices will start the week of August 24. Game dates: September 12, 19 and 26, October 3, 10, 24 and 31

Evaluations

All participants in the U10, U12, and U14 divisions MUST attend one evaluation to determine player skill in order to create balanced teams.

Tuesday, July 28 or Tuesday, August 4 on Fields 8 and 9
6pm – U10 Boys and Girls
7pm – U12 Boys and Girls and U14 Boys and Girls

Kiddie Kickers – One Day a Week

Kiddie Kickers is a program for ages 3-4 that will introduce participants to the game of soccer utilizing fun age-appropriate games along with skill development drills. Small fields and goals are used to bring the game to these little athletes’ level. Each participant receives an age-appropriate YMCA soccer ball, as well as a jersey and socks, but should come prepared with a water bottle and shin guards. Kiddie Kickers is coached by parents and volunteers who are supported and assisted by YMCA staff coaches.

Sessions:

Sessions are available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Sessions runs from 6:00-7:00pm each day
Each session is limited to just 20 participants (approximately 4 ‘teams’)
Register for the one that suits your schedule!

Program Dates

Sessions begin week of August 24 and will meet once per week for eight total sessions. Sessions last for one hour and as the season progresses, will include small scrimmage games.

Where

Jerry Long Family YMCA

Registration

Registration (Now through July 23): $70 Members, $100 Potential Members

Late Registration (After July 24): $85 Members, $115 Potential Members

 

Be a Coach!

As is the case with all recreational leagues, this Y program is built on dedicated volunteer coaches. If you are a great role model, have a fun-loving attitude, enjoy working with kids, and have good communication skills, you are qualified to become a head coach! The Y provides coach training and practice plans, along with help from staff members when needed. Coaching couldn’t get any easier! If you are interested, contact the Y staff below and tell them you want to make an impact this season!

Contact:

Jordan DuBois, Senior Program Director: j.dubois@ymcanwnc.org or 712-2000

Bob Ross, Associate Sports Director: b.ross@ymcanwnc.org or 712-2000


Summer Basketball Information

Rules

5-6
7-8
9-12
13-14
15-18


Youth Volleyball

Players will have fun while developing an appreciation for sports and physical activity. They will practice skills while learning sportsmanship and teamwork.

The YMCA believes that character development is an essential element of sports. Caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith are valued on and off the field.  In YMCA sports, everyone plays and everyone plays fair. We put safety first and emphasize positive competition. YMCA sports are for all and are played for fun.

Learn communication and teamwork in a positive environment where every member of the team is important. Participants will learn responsibility and dedication while improving their volleyball skills. Each athlete will receive a jersey. Players must bring knee pads and water to each practice and game. This is a schedule-friendly league with just one practice during the week and games on Saturdays. Practice nights/times are determined by our volunteer coaches. Parents are welcome to make requests, but these are not guaranteed.

Age Groups

Coed Academy: 8-9 year olds will meet once per week on Mondays from 5:45-6:45pm

Coed Leagues: 10-11, 12-13, 14-16

Age Groups are subject to change depending on registration.

Program Dates

Practices will start the week of August 31. Game dates: September 19 and 26, October 3, 10 and 17. Tournaments: October 24

Registration

Registration (Now through July 23): $70 Members, $100 Potential Members

Late Registration (After July 23): $85 Members, $115 Potential Members

Evaluations

All participants 10 and up must attend one screening for their division.

Monday, August 10 or Monday, August 17 on Court 4
10-11 year olds: 5:30pm
12-13 year olds: 6:30pm
14-16 year olds: 7:30pm

Be a Coach!

As is the case with all recreational leagues, the Y program is built on dedicated volunteer coaches. If you are a great role model, have a fun-loving attitude, enjoy working with kids, and have good communication skills, you are qualified to become a head coach! The Y provides coach training and practice plans, along with help from staff members when needed. Coaching couldn’t get any easier! If you are interested, contact the Y staff below and tell them you want to make an impact this season!

Contact:
Jordan DuBois, Senior Program Director: j.dubois@ymcanwnc.org or 712-2000

Bob Ross, Associate Sports Director: b.ross@ymcanwnc.org or 712-2000


Youth Flag Football

Youth Flag Football

Learn communication and teamwork in a positive environment where every member of the team is important. Participants will learn responsibility and dedication while improving their football skills. Each athlete will receive a jersey. Players should bring a mouth guard and water to each practice and game. This is a schedule-friendly league with just one practice during the week and games on Saturdays. Practice nights/times are determined by our volunteer coaches. Parents are welcome to make requests, but these are not guaranteed. Some games may be scheduled with other local YMCAs as well. Games and practices will take place at the Y as well as the fields at Morgan and/or Clemmons Elementary School.

Age Groups: Coed 4-5, Coed 6-7, Coed 8-9, Coed 10-11, Coed 12-14
Age groups are subject to change depending on registration.

Program Dates

Practices will start the week of August 24. Game dates: September 12, 19 and 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

Registration

Registration (Now through July 23): $70 Members, $100 Potential Members

Late Registration (After July 23): $85 Members, $115 Potential Members

 

Evaluations

All participants 8 and up MUST attend one evaluation in order to determine player skill level and divide teams evenly.

Thursday, July 30 or Thursday, August 6 on Field 7
6pm – 8-9 year old division
7pm – 10-11 year old division and 12-14 year old division

Be a Coach!

As is the case with all recreational leagues, the Y program is built on dedicated volunteer coaches. If you are a great role model, have a fun-loving attitude, enjoy working with kids, and have good communication skills, you are qualified to become a head coach! The Y provides coach training and practice plans, along with help from staff members when needed. Coaching couldn’t get any easier! If you are interested, contact the Y staff below and tell them you want to make an impact this season!

Contact:

Jordan DuBois, Senior Program Director: j.dubois@ymcanwnc.org or 712-2000

Bob Ross, Associate Sports Director: b.ross@ymcanwnc.org or 712-2000


Baseball and T-Ball

Players will have fun while developing an appreciation for sports and physical activity. They will practice skills while learning sportsmanship and teamwork.

The YMCA believes that character development is an essential element of sports. Caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith are valued on and off the field.  In YMCA sports, everyone plays and everyone plays fair. We put safety first and emphasize positive competition. YMCA sports are for all and are played for fun.

Learn communication and teamwork in a positive environment where every member of the team is important. Participants will learn responsibility and dedication while improving their baseball skills. Each athlete will receive a jersey and team hat. Players must bring a glove and water to each practice and game. This is a schedule-friendly league with just one practice during the week and games on Saturdays. Practice nights/times are determined by our volunteer coaches. Parents are welcome to make requests, but these are not guaranteed.

Ages

Coed: 4-5 T-Ball, 6-7 Modified T-Ball, 8-10 Coach Pitch

Coach Pitch participants must attend one mandatory skills evaluation on either Thursday, July 30 at 6pm or Thursday, August 6 at 6pm on Field A at the Jerry Long Y.

Program Dates

Season begins the week of August 24. Game dates: September 12, 19 and 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

Where

Jerry Long Family YMCA

Registration

Registration (Now through July 23): $70 Members, $100 Potential Members

Late Registration (after July 23): $85 Members, $115 Potential Members

Be a Coach!

As is the case with all recreational leagues, the Y program is built on dedicated volunteer coaches. If you are a great role model, have a fun-loving attitude, enjoy working with kids, and have good communication skills, you are qualified to become a head coach! The Y provides coach training and practice plans, along with help from staff members when needed. Coaching couldn’t get any easier! If you are interested, contact the Y staff below and tell them you want to make an impact this season!

Contact:

Jordan DuBois, Senior Program Director: j.dubois@ymcanwnc.org or 712-2000

Bob Ross, Associate Sports Director: b.ross@ymcanwnc.org or 712-2000


Adult Pick Up Basketball

Adult Pick-Up Basketball is all about competition, exercise, relationship building, staying fit, and developing a healthy lifestyle while enjoying a great time! All skill levels are welcome.

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00am and 5:30pm

Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:30am

Free for members!

No need to sign up in advance, just come ready to play and meet new people that enjoy basketball as much as you do!


Pickleball

What is pickleball anyway?

Come out and join a game that combines tennis, racquetball, ping pong and squash. Pickleball is a great way to combine fun and fitness.

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9am-12pm.

You don’t need to sign up in advance, just show up ready to play!