YMCA Youth Sports Leagues
Flag Football (K - 5th grades)
NFL flag football is a recreational program designed for participants in the 1st – 4th grades to have fun while learning sportsmanship, skills, and rules. Skills include passing, catching, and running. This program will introduce flag football concepts and rules and can be used as a stepping-stone to future leagues. Play will be 5 on 5. Games will be on Tuesday nights and practice will be held during the week. Volunteers Needed.
Rookie Basketball (Pre-K & K)
Boys and girls are given the chance to show their stuff. Practice dribbling, passing and shooting as well as sportsmanship, teamwork while having tons of fun. Games will be played using 6ft. baskets and rookie size balls. Each weekend, a 20 minute practice will be before their game.
Youth Basketball (1st - 6th grade)
Boys and girls have the opportunity to learn the importance of fair play and teamwork while playing basketball. Children practice the basic skills of the game one night a week, with games on weekends
Rookie Indoor Soccer League (Age 4 & K)
This is a great program to introduce your child to the game of soccer. Youngsters will learn the game of soccer in fun and creative ways from a positive adult role model. Children will practice for 20 minutes and then play a game.
Youth Indoor Soccer League
The YMCA Indoor Soccer League is a great skill builder and it's lots of fun. Teams will practice one night during the week and their games played on another. This program is available for soccer enthusiasts in K - 8th grade.
Micro Volleyball League (Grades 1 & 2)
Micro volleyball is a 4 v 4 volleyball league. It uses simple modified rules to make the game fundamentally perfect for young players. Teams will practice for 25 minutes then play a game on Wednesday nights.
Youth Roller Hockey League (1st – 9th Grades)
This is a coed league for players to learn the fundamentals and skills of this fast paced sport. Roller hockey is a fast growing sport, which can be played lifelong. There will be only one practice and one game per week.
Required Equipment: Helmet with shield/cage, gloves, elbow pads, hockey shin guards, hockey or sweat pants, skates, and a hockey stick.
Micro Volleyball League (Grades 1 & 2)
Grow strong and develop a sense of teamwork! This league uses simple
modified rules to make the game fundamentally perfect for young players.
Tee Ball Skills (Ages 4-7)
Get your child ready for the upcoming tee ball season. Basic fundamentals such as hitting, fielding and running the bases will be taught.
Volleytots (Grades 1st – 3rd)
This program will emphasize motor learning and development through various volleyball skills. Lower net and lighter ball will be used. Hand-eye development with the ball will also be focused on.
Volleyball Skills Grades 4th - 6th
This is a great program for 4th-6th graders to learn the fundamentals of volleyball. Fundamentals will be taught using a lower net and lighter ball.
Preschool Sports (Ages 3-5)
Children ages 3-5 will develop sports skills using small and large motor skills. The program will also incorporate caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Skills in the following sports will be taught.
- Basketball: Dribbling, passing and shooting. Appropriate sized balls will be used.
- Flag Football: Age appropriate football skills will be taught with a soft ball.
- T-Ball: The basics of hitting, throwing, catching and base running will be taught. A soft ball will be used to teach skills.
Lil Dragons (4 - 7 yrs)
This class introduces young children to the martial arts with a focus on ‘karate manners’, courtesy and respect, flexibility, balance and directing energy in positive ways. Students can progress from white belt to black belt starting with this class. Class uniforms and safety equipment are available for purchase from the instructor. The lead instructor is Tom Scott, a Black Belt in Isshin-Ryu Karate and a local police officer.
Youth Martial Arts (8 - 12 yrs)
Techniques of Isshin-ryu Karate and Lung Chi Chuan Fa Kung-fu will be used to help students develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. Students will learn to be peaceful warriors and to solve their problems with logic and reason. Classes will be taught by Herman Kussro, Tom Eller, Barb Kaufmann, and black belt staff.
National Punt, Pass & Kick Competition
Punt, Pass & Kick is a national skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of 8 – 15. There are 3 levels of competition--Local, Regional and National. Local top finishers to be announced at an NIU Game. Held in September each year.
Check our sports flyers and program guide for various sports camps and offerings over school breaks, days off school and over the summer!