Magic Valley YMCA

YMCA YOUTH SPORTS

The YMCA is focused on nurturing the potential of every child and teen. Through the Y’s youth sports program, we want to help children improve their skills, make new friends, be active with other kids while learning sportsmanship. Activity helps the body grow; thinking advances the mind; and belief makes the spirit grow.

Our sports programs provide children with opportunities to learn specific sports skills in a supportive atmosphere. Our sports programs are conducted with emphasis on the positive personal growth of the child. We balance the development of physical skills with other important aspects of sports, such as leadership, teamwork and cooperation. Above all, kids who participate in Y youth sports have a lot of fun. And our philosophy is “everybody plays, everybody wins.”

YMCA YOUTH SPORTS PILLARS

Everybody plays, and everybody wins in Y Youth Sports. Emphasis is placed on teamwork and good sportsmanship as participants learn the fundamentals of each sport from volunteer coaches who understand the Y’s Youth Sports Philosophy. The Y builds its Youth Sports Program on seven pillars:

1. EVERYONE PLAYS: Any child who registers for a sport will be assigned to a team.

2. SAFETY FIRST: Y programs are designed to ensure the safety of children.

3. FAIR PLAY: Fair play is about more than playing by the rules, it is about respect for all involved.

4. POSITIVE COMPETITION: Emphasis is placed on sportsmanship, team play, and building strong interpersonal relationships.

5. FAMILY INVOLVEMENT: The Y encourages parents and caregivers to be actively and positively involved in their child’s sports program.

6. SPORT FOR ALL: Y sports are inclusive sports programs and are offered to all children regardless of gender, religious creed or ability.

7. SPORT FOR FUN: Y sports programs are designed so that kids have fun and develop a love for the game.

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