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

Fall Sports FAQs

Sportsmanship Rating System

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)

Indoor Soccer

Shoot for the Moment!

The weather outside may be frightful, but the action inside is heating up! Now your child can keep their soccer skills fresh throughout the Winter and have a great time throughout.

Age Divisions

Boys: U6, U8, U10
Girls: U6, U8, U10
Coed: U12, U14, U16
*age groups are subject to change depending on registration

Season Timeline

Practices begin week of December 8

Game Dates: December 20, January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21

Where

All ages will practice at the Jerry Long Family YMCA, Southwest Elementary School, East Forsyth High School, or Morgan Elementary School.

Registration

September 1-October 24

Leagues: $70/Members, $100/Potential Members

Late Registration (starting October 25): Price increases by $15

Contact

Jordan DuBois, Senior Program Director j.dubois@ymcanwnc.org
Bob Ross, Associate Sports Director b.ross@ymcanwnc.org


Little Dribblers

Little Dribblers is for children ages 3-4 that will introduce participants to the game of basketball, utilizing fun age-appropriate games along with skill development drills. Basketball goals are lowered down to 6 feet and each participant will receive a jersey and an age-appropriate basketball. Little Dribblers will be coached by parent volunteers who are supported and assisted by YMCA staff coaches.

Session

Register for one of the following sessions:

Mondays 5:30-6:25pm YMCA Court 1

Wednesdays 5:30-6:25pm YMCA Court 1

Friday 5:30-6:25pm YMCA Court 1

Limited to just 20 participants!

Registration

September 1-October 24: $70/Members, $100 Potential Members

Late registration (After October 25): Price increases by $15

Season Information

Session begins the week of December 1

Will meet once per week for eight weeks, but not on December 22 and 29.

Contact

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

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


Competitive Basketball

A competitive designed basketball league program between different YMCAs in the Northwest North Carolina Association. Teams in the program will be kept together to allow for better mentoring by volunteer coaches. This program will allow players to experience a more competitive brand of basketball in preparation for Middle School and High School basketball. We will have two distinct divisions (recreation and AAU/USSSA). Season schedule will correspond with recreation league time frame.

Ages/Divisions

5th grade boys, 6th grade boys, 7th grade boys, 8th grade boys, High School boys

Season Timeline

November 20 from 6:00-7:15pm at the William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA in the West End room.

Registration

September 1-November 20

All fees include game jerseys and at least 8 games

No practices per week: $700

One practice per week: $900

Two practices per week: $1100

League Coordinator

Joel Zendel, Senor Program Director (WGW YMCA) j.zendel@ymcanwnc.org or 721-2100

To participate through the Jerry Long Family YMCA, please contact Bob Ross at 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!