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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. And thanks to all of our dedicated volunteers for their efforts and support!
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.
Jordan DuBois — Senior Program Director
Phone: (336) 712-2000
Bob Ross – Associate Sports Director
Phone: (336) 712-2000