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 an 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

Spring 2015 Picture Schedule

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

Coach Portal (Password protected)

Youth Basketball

returning sports to kids

Get in the game with this fast-paced league. Practice is once per week on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, with games on Thursday or Friday evenings. Fun, Fitness and Friends are what it’s all about at the Y. Each child will receive a reversible jersey and a participation award at the completion of the season.

Ages/Divisions

Coed: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18
*age groups are subject to change depending on registration

Season Timeline

Preseason screenings: May 22 and 29

Team notification: June 1

Practices begin week of June 8

Game Dates: June 18/19, June 25/26, July 2/3, July 9/10, July 16/17, July 23/24, July 30/31

Tournament: August 3-8

Click here for the Summer Basketball FAQ

Screenings

All participants ages 9 and up MUST attend one screening and teams will be drafted by coaches using the results from these evaluations.

Friday, May 22 and Friday, May 29
5:30pm – 9-10 and 11-12 Coed
7:00pm – 13-14 and 15-18 Coed

Locations

Teams will practice and play at the Jerry Long YMCA and New Hope Presbyterian Church. There may be some games scheduled against other local YMCA teams, especially in the older divisions, so some minor travel may be involved.

Registration

March 15-May 21

Leagues: $70/Members, $115/Potential Members

Late Registration (starting May 22): Price increases by $15

Questions?

Jordan DuBois, Senior Program Director, j.dubois@ymcanwnc.org

Bob Ross, Associate Sports Director, b.ross@ymcanwnc.org


Spring Sports Information

Baseball/t-ball

Rules

4-5 T-ball6-7 Modified t-ball8-9 Coach Pitch

Schedules

4-5 T-ball6-7 Modified t-ball8-10 Coach Pitch

Flag Football 

Rules

4-5 and 6-7

8-9, 10-11 and 12-14

Schedules

4-56-78-910-1112-14

Soccer 

Rules

U6U8U10U12-U14

Schedules

Kiddie Kickers: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

U6 GirlsU6 BoysU8 GirlsU8 BoysU10 GirlsU10 BoysU12 GirlsU12 BoysU14 Coed

Basketball AcademY

Schedule

Volleyball

Schedule

Lacrosse

Schedule


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 April 20. Game dates: May 2, 9, 16, 30, June 6 and 13

Click here for a season timeline.

Where

Jerry Long Family YMCA

Registration

Registration (January 1-February 19): $70 Members, $100 Potential Members

Late Registration (beginning February 20): $85 Members, $115 Potential Members

Evaluations

All participants 10 and up must attend one screening for their division. No requests will be accommodated for those who do not attend a screening.

Tuesday, April 7 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


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!