Everyone plays! There are no try-outs and NO cuts in YMCA Youth Sports.
We play sports to have fun. We strive for a positive, relaxed, and enjoyable sports experience where kids can develop skills at their own pace without the pressures of winning or losing.
Regular cardiovascular exercise is important for a lifetime of healthy living.
The fundamentals are emphasized. Rules are modified to match the skill and developmental levels of the kids involved.
We focus on COOPERATION not Competition! There are no scores or standing kept in any of our youth sports leagues.

Fair Play
Fair play involves respect. Emphasized is Respect for selves, others, rules, and officials.

Family Involvement
Youth Sports is a Family Program!  Parents and other family members should be involved in their child’s experience.

Volunteers are the key! All coaches are un-paid volunteers. They are here to teach each child Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, and Caring.

youth programs


 *We will look to have these classes on our schedule in our Fall I Session.

The YMCA offers a variety of preschool and youth programs for all ages. The YMCA is dedicated to offering fun, positive activities that build athletic, social and interpersonal skills.

Children can take age-appropriate programs in our variety of rooms and classes. The programs will help develop motor skills, learn new skills and enjoy some fun!

Programs and Ages:

  • 3-5 Years Old: Sporties for Shorties, Lil Dribblers, Lil Kickers, Lil Sluggers.
  • 6-12 Years Old: Youth Dodgeball, Ultimate Sports, Running Club, Indoor Soccer, Backyard Sports, CATCH, Softball & Baseball Clinic, Youth Karate, Science Discovery and more!
  • Family Classes (6+ Years Old): Family Fitness. 

Leagues and Ages:

  • 5-10 Years Old: Youth Basketball Leagues (November - December, January - February, March - April).

Youth Basketball Leagues:

Kindergarten - 3rd Grade (Co-ed)

Cost: $55 for Members & $70 for Program Members

Practice one evening a week (either Monday or Wednesday) and games are on Saturdays.

This developmental league is designed for all levels! Practice will involve teaching basic fundamentals through drills and fun games. Games will be played in the gymnasium of the Riverfront YMCA. Team shirts are included in the program cost. Team pictures will be taken by Steve Mule' Photography. Register online or in-house. Please contact Program Director Bill Habeck williamh@akronymca.org or 330-923-0622 with questions or for more information.

 *Volunteer coaches and referees are needed.

Interested in becoming a volunteer instructor, coach or referee? Please contact Bill Habeck at 330-923-9622 or williamh@akronymca.org and find out how you can make an impact on so many levels in our youth programs.