Wilkes Family YMCA


The Wilkes Family YMCA is constantly growing and expanding the youth and adult sports program. The program hosts a variety of sports for all ages. All youth leagues focus on teaching youth teamwork, friendships, skills and respect for coaches, players and self. If you are interested in a particular sport please note the registration and season dates on our website. You can also call the front desk for further details.

 Youth Sports

  • Indoor Soccer (Boys & Girls, ages 3-14)
  • Flag Football (Boys& Girls, ages 5-15)
  • Summer Sports Camps

Parents must sign a code of conduct prior to their child being allowed to play in sports.


Anita Oliver, Youth Director, at a.oliver@ymcanwnc.org or (336) 838-3991 ext. 6660

Adult Sports

  • Adult Basketball League
  • Adult Racquetball League
  • Adult Indoor Soccer League
  • Adult Outdoor Soccer League
  • Adult Flag Football
  • Adult Pick Up Volleyball

Summer Sports Clinics

Wrestling Clinic

Hosted by Coaching Staff of the West Wilkes Blackhawks Wrestling Team

West Wilkes has been known for its Wrestling program for decades now! Coaches by the names of CH Necessary, Brian Brown, and currently Kelly Nichols have helped lead them to Conference titles and many, many State Champions (some are even 3-peats State Champs!!). You have the chance to let your child be coached by the best. The basic fundamentals of wrestling as well personal fitness will be addressed. All participants need their own glove, cleats, water bottle, and preferably a bat but there will be a couple available at the camp. You must register at the Wilkes Family YMCA.

Program Dates: Monday, June 22- Wednesday, June 24

Program Ages: Rising 1st-8th graders

Location: West Wilkes High School (in the new Gym)

Program Times: 9:00am until 12:00pm

Cost: $45 for Members/$60 for Potential Members

Tennis Clinic

Hosted by Beckie Mathis & Northern Foothills Tennis Club

Tennis is a sport all ages can enjoy and it’s never too early to start learning. Beckie Mathis and her trained staff will be hosting a tennis camp for the Wilkes Family YMCA. Beckie has been synonymous with the sport of tennis for decades here in Wilkes County. She is a certified PTR 3A Professional. You must register at the Wilkes Family YMCA.

Program Dates: Monday, June 8 – Thursday, June 11 (Friday will be used as a rain day if needed)

Location: Lynwood or Memorial Park (Dependent on numbers; will notify parents before camp starts of location.)

Program Times/Cost
8:30-11:30am 7-16 year olds: $85 members/$100 (YMCA or Northern Foothills Tennis Club)

9:30–10:30am 4-6 year olds: $50/$65 for Potential Members

Fastpitch Softball Clinic

Hosted by Coaching Staff of the West Wilkes Blackhawks Girls Softball Team

Fastpitch Softball is a sport that is becoming more and more popular. The competition is getting tougher and tougher so we encourage you to sign your child up for this skilled filled camp! We encourage you to sign up and increase your child’s running, stealing bases, hitting, catching, and pitching skills to the next level! We will have the coaching staff of the 2013 West Wilkes High School Fastpitch Softball State Champs leading us in this camp. You must register at the Wilkes Family YMCA.

Program Dates: Monday, June 22-Thursday, June 25

Location: Rivers Edge or Memorial Park (parents will be notified of program location by July)

Program Times: 9:00am until 12:00pm

Cost: $85 for Members/$100 for Potential Members

Program Ages: 6-13 year olds

Volleyball Clinic

By Natalie Pierce Tribble

Volleyball is a fast moving game that is picking up popularity in our area. We recently have had several very successful high school teams in our county. Natalie Pierce Tribble is a West Wilkes and Appalachian graduate. She is entering her 17th year of coaching. During her past 16 years, she has lead her teams to 8 3A conference titles, 1 state championship, and 2 state championship runner up, as well as picking up her 300th win. She was also recently named Coach of the Year and recognized at a ceremony in the Dean Dome in Chapel Hill. Do not miss this opportunity to learn from one of the best! You must register at the Wilkes Family YMCA.

Program Dates: Monday, June 29-Thursday, July 2

Locations: Wilkes Family YMCA gym

Program Times: 9:00am-12:00pm

Cost: $75 for Members/$95 for Potential Members

Program Ages: Rising 3rd-8th graders

British Soccer Camp

By Challenger Sports

Program Dates: June 22-26

Location: Rivers Edge Soccer Complex, Stokes Street, Wilkesboro

Program Details:

First Kicks Ages 3-4: 8:00-9:00am – $80
Mini Soccer Camp Ages 4-5: 9:00-10:00am – $80
Half Day Camp Ages 6-12: 9:00am-12:00pm – $130
Golden Goal Bonus Camp (for Half Day Campers only) Ages 6-12: 1:00-3:00pm – $45
Advanced Ages 10-18: 5:30-8:30pm – $130

Everyone gets a camp t-shirt, soccer ball, player evaluation form, action poster, and online coaching resources. For more information and to register, please visit the Challenger Sports website.


Anita Oliver at 838.3991 or a.oliver@ymcanwnc.org



Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, WA. Three dads whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities are credited for inventing the game. Pickleball has evolved from original handmade equipment and simple rules into a popular sport throughout the US and Canada. The game is growing internationally as well.

We have recently added this sport to our programming and hope everyone is enjoying it! We have made available some times that you may use the Pickleball courts. We currently have two (2) sets here at the Wilkes Family YMCA. The reservation sheet is available at the front desk but please be aware different programming and County school schedules may change the availability so call ahead. Now find a partner and sign up at the Wilkes Family YMCA!

Pickleball Court Location

The Wilkes Family YMCA gymnasium

Days and Times Available (One (1) hour increments)

Court 1

Monday through Friday: 5-6 am, 8am-4pm
Saturday: 8-10 am only
No Sunday Pickle Ball

Court 2

Monday through Friday: 5-6 am, 8-11 am
No Weekend Pickle Ball


Please contact Anita Oliver at 838-3991 or a.oliver@ymcanwnc.org


Adult Pick Up Volleyball

Adult Pick Up Volleyball 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 from 6:00-8:45pm.

Free for members!


Time to get back outside and get active! Register for Spring T-Ball at the Wilkes Family YMCA. Your child will learn the fundamentals of the game while having fun and making new friends in a positive and encouraging atmosphere.

Practices are held one night per week and games are on Saturday mornings at the Wilkes Family YMCA.

Age Groups

4-5: T-ball

6-7: Modified t-ball

8-9: Coach Pitch

Program Dates

Practices begin the week of April 20.
Games days will be May 9, May 16, May 30, June 6, June 13 and June 20. No Games Memorial Day weekend.


Registration (Starts March 2): $45 for Members/$60 for Potential Members

Late Registration (April 11-April 19): $60 for Members/$75 for Potential Members

Click here for the registration form.

Registration ends April 19.

Be a Coach!

Please consider making a difference in kids’ lives and coaching. Mark your registration accordingly.


Please contact Anita Oliver at 838-3991 or a.oliver@ymcanwnc.org

Dance and Tumbling

Students ages 2-8 will learn basic ballet and tumbling movements in a creative and fun way! Classes use music and movement to introduce dance and coordination while building confidence.


Boys and Girls Ages 2-8


Students ages 2-3 years old meet Tuesdays from 4:30-5:00pm

May 19-July 7

Students ages 4-8 years old meet Thursdays from 4:30-5:15pm

May 21-July 9


Classes will be held at the Wilkes Family YMCA in the Aerobics room.

Dance or gymnastics wear is recommended.


Registration starts May 1

$50/members, $70/potential members

For more info, contact Heather Barnes at h.barnes@ymcanwnc.org

Youth Sports Conditioning and Technique

Youth Conditioning


7-18 years (both boys and girls)

Designed for youth who are ready and willing to take their sports performance to the next level, this program focuses on building speed, strength, agility, quickness and endurance. These factors allow athletes at every level to improve their performance. Individuals will train with a Certified Personal Trainer. We are certain that your child will not only benefit from this program but enjoy it as well!

Youth Technique

Sharpen your Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, or Tennis technique! Technique training for youth ages 7-18. May be incorporated with Youth Conditioning Class.

Trainer: Dylan Johnson

Dylan played basketball at North Wilkes High School, in college at Warren Wilson College where he won a National Championship, has coached in college, and presently is an Assistant High School coach at Foard High School in Hickory.

He’ll be available on Saturdays and Sundays, all the hours the Y is open!



1 hour session – $30/members, $40/potential members 

4, 1 hour sessions – $108/members, $150/potential members 

8, 1 hour sessions – $200/members, $275/potential members 

Group Sessions 2 or more participants

1, 1 hour session – $25/members, $35/potential members

8, 1 hour sessions – $160/members, $220/potential members 

Sessions are set up based on your availability. You will be contacted by a trainer within 48 hours of registration.


Contact Heather Barnes at h.barnes@ymcanwnc.org 

Sports Volunteer

The YMCA Sports program is always looking for great volunteers to help out with various aspects of the program. Our sports leagues are 100% volunteer driven, meaning that every single coach out on the fields is a volunteer. We value these individuals and without them, our terrific programs would not be possible. If you are interested in volunteering pick up the volunteer application at the front desk.

Download the Volunteer Application

Download the Volunteer Background Check form


  • I pledge myself to uphold the mission of the YMCA in my association with team members, coaches, spectators, and opposing teams.
  • I will exemplify all the principles of good sportsmanship and instill them in the youth under my care.
  • I will not permit any unsportsmanlike conduct from players or spectators representing the team I am coaching.
  • I will, by personal example, display the qualities of leadership, which will inspire youth to strive toward the goal of good leadership and sportsmanship.
  • In accordance with the YMCA principles, I shall make fair play and good sportsmanship the primary objective of all competition.
  • My primary aim as a YMCA coach shall be the development of youth spiritually, mentally, and physically.
  • I will abide by and uphold the rules and regulations governing athletic contests, as established by the YMCA.
  • I will, at the conclusion of each game, line up my team facing our opposition and lead them in shaking hands with each member and coach of the opposing team.

The YMCA is looking for volunteer coaches. If you want to put kids first, please fill out a volunteer application and check the coaches box on the registration form and contact Adam Key at 336 838 3991 or a.key@ymcanwnc.org.