Youth sports leagues at the YMCA of Greater Brandywine are available for children ages 3-15 with four seasons offered annually. Below are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. Visit your local branch or contact any member of our sports team with additional questions.
 
Does my child have to be a Y member to participate?
No, your child does not have to be a member to participate in youth sports, however, YMCA members do receive reduced registration fees and all the other benefits of a YMCA membership. Learn more about YMCA membership.

When are the games/practices?
For youth ages seven and up, there is one practice during the week and one game on the weekend. Weeknight practice days and times are determined by the coach and facility availability. Youth under six will have one practice/game on either Saturday or Sunday.
 
Where are the practices/games?
For indoor sports, the games and practices will most likely be held at your local YMCA, or a nearby facility. For outdoor sports, practices and games are held at local fields in your community. You will receive practice and game times and locations once the schedules are set prior to the start of the season.
 
Will we have to travel to different Ys for games?
Travel for games is dependent on the number of registrants in your child's age group. We make every effort to keep travel to a minimum if it's needed.
 
How will I know if a practice or game is cancelled? Are cancelled games made up?
If a game or practice is cancelled, you will receive an email from your sports director at least an hour before your scheduled practice or game. We do our best to reschedule cancelled games; however rescheduling is dependent on the weather and facility/field availability.
 
Will my child need any special equipment/clothing?
Uniform shirts/jerseys, hats (for baseball), flags (for football) are provided. Some sports require additional equipment as listed below:

  • Baseball/t-ball – glove
  • Basketball – no additional equipment needed
  • Flag football – mouth guard, cleats (both are strongly encouraged)
  • Floor hockey – shin guards, helmet, hockey stick, gloves (play in sneakers)
  • Soccer – shin guards, cleats (strongly encouraged)

Who will the coach be?
All of our coaches are volunteers. Each volunteer must go through a background screening, child abuse prevention training and other YMCA sports specific training. Each coach is also provided a coach’s manual and is required to attend a pre-season meeting to review proper YMCA procedures and expectations.
 
Who should I notify if my child cannot make a practice or game?
Notify your coach as soon as possible.
 
How do you determine who plays on which teams?
The YMCA of Greater Brandywine randomly places players on their youth sports teams. If there are significant discrepancies in ability, we try to move players around, when possible, to even teams out. 
 
Can I make a special request, like a teammate?
We do take special requests into consideration; however no request is guaranteed. Late registration with requests will not be honored.
 
How do you determine age (grade) requirements?
A child is permitted to play in the level of the age he/she is or turns during the season. For example, if a child is 6 years old, but turns 7 during the basketball season, he/she may play in the 7-8 year old league. If a young person is 15 when the season starts but turns 16 during the season, he/she may play in the 13-15 year old league.
 
What is the difference between a YMCA sports class or clinic and a YMCA sports league?
The YMCA offers sports leagues, classes and clinics. Classes and clinics are instructional in nature and designed to teach the basic fundamentals of each sport. Leagues are set up with weekly team practices and organized games throughout the season.
 
What are the youth sports fees?*

  • YMCA Member Pre-School League: $55 per season
  • Non-Member Pre-School League: $95
  • YMCA Member Youth League: $85 per season
  • Non-Member Youth League: $120 per season

*A late fee of $20 applies if registering after registration deadlines. NBA and NFL Leagues cost more due to licensing.
 
Financial assistance is available to those who are eligible. Ask your local branch for details.