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YMCA YOUTH SPORTS

At the YMCA of Greater Omaha, we know there is much more to a game than the final score. A child’s involvement in youth sports gives them the chance to learn about teamwork, achievement and friendship all while having a great time!

We focus on keeping kids active while they learn and have fun as a team.

 

  Youth Sports FAQ

 

Important COVID Update for Youth Basketball:

No spectators will be allowed to attend YMCA basketball games or practices held at any public schools located in Nebraska. We currently staff and run basketball at 16 different public schools in Nebraska, and with the safety and continued in-person learning of students in mind, we THANK YOU in advance for adhering to these safety mandates stemming from new Directed Health Measures in place. Parents may walk their children to the gymnasium door. One coach and 1 assistant coach will be allowed with each team. All staff, officials and coaches will wear masks at all times. Players will wear masks upon entry and exit, and while seated on the bench.

Effective immediately, a maximum of 2 spectators per player will be allowed to attend basketball games and practices taking place at YMCA branch locations, public schools located in Iowa, and area churches where we conduct YMCA Youth Sports. Spectators will be required to wear a mask at all times, and proper social distancing of 6 feet per group will be enforced. Please recognize this will lead to slight changes in seating configurations. All spectators must enter the gymnasium WITH their child. Failure to adhere to these guidelines could result in an immediate stoppage of the game, and could jeopardize future games, so we thank you again for respecting these mandates! 

The YMCA Winter Youth Basketball season will begin January 23, 2021, with practices beginning the week of January 11. 

  • Early Bird Registration (Save $10): Early Bird pricing extended!
  • Sign up by December 14

*All participants will receive new YMCA Sports jerseys including with the registration price in 2020. Click here for the jersey sizing guide.

In Nebraska & Iowa:

Season: January 23-March 6, 2021

 

  • Basketball: teams for ages 3-4 years; Kindergarten – 12th grade
Youth Baseball/Softball/T-ball Information

The Y's Youth Baseball, Softball & T-ball teams act as a great avenue for kids to learn about cooperation and teamwork at all ages. Sports at the Y help kids engage in low-stress, non-competitive exercise while learning the rules of the game. It also teaches older children how to cooperate with other children and understand the importance of working as a team.

Youth Baseball/Softball/T-ball season: Summer

Nebraska information: Teams available for kids aged 3 years - 10 years

Iowa information: Teams available for kids aged 3 years - 8 years

Youth Basketball Information

Join our Youth Basketball league! The focus of this league is on skill development and teamwork. This instructional league introduces your children to the fundamentals of the sport and develops social interaction all while having fun. Kids will learn the value of sportsmanship and healthy competition. 

Youth Basketball seasons: Late Fall, Winter

Nebraska information: Teams available for kids aged 3 years-12th grade

Iowa information: Teams available for kids aged 3 years-12th grade

Youth Flag Football Information

Flag football offers an energetic, fun way to get exercise and make friends. With the rules of the game designed to minimize risk while still offering a way for kids to embody their favorite players and play against each other, flag football is a great way for kids of all ages to get into sports, unleash their energy in a positive way, and learn basic teamwork skills.

The YMCA of Greater Omaha flag football programs and leagues will help your child learn and participate in this adrenaline pumping sport in a fun, safe environment!

Youth Flag Football seasons: Spring, Fall

Nebraska information: Teams available for kids Kindergarten-8th grades

Iowa information: Teams available for kids 1st-8th grades

Youth Soccer Information

Soccer is the world’s most popular sport, and the YMCA is proud to be your best source for metro Omaha soccer! The sport teaches children the value of teamwork, dedication, and discipline through practice and fun competitive games. We offers a number of soccer leagues and programs for children of all ages, so sign up and experience the magic of the sport today!

This instructional league introduces your children to the fundamentals of the sport. Kids will learn the value of sportsmanship and healthy competition by participating!

Youth Soccer seasons: Spring, Fall

Nebraska information: Teams available for kids aged 3 years - 8th grade

Iowa information: Teams available for kids aged 3 years - 8 years

Youth Volleyball Information

Volleyball provides kids with a great combination of non-aggressive competition and exercise. It helps develop hand-eye coordination, teamwork and a sense of spatial orientation. Children of all ages can partake in the various benefits of volleyball, since it’s a low-intensity sport that still allows for kids to have fun with each other and learn a great set of skills. The YMCA is proud to offer a variety of Omaha volleyball programs.

Youth Volleyball seasons: Spring, Fall

Nebraska information: Teams available for kids 1st-8th grades. Advanced leagues for kids 5th-8th grades.

Iowa information: Teams available for kids 1st-8th grades

Recreational Swim Team

This swim team is for beginning to intermediate competitive swimmers to learn & refine the four competitive strokes with turns & starts (where pool depths allow). This level may compete in YMCA of Greater Omaha recreational meets only. Must have completed Fish Level, Swim Strokes Stage 6, or equivalent.

 

Recreational Swim Team season: Runs monthly all year

 

Nebraska & Iowa information: For kids 6-18 years that have completed Swim Strokes Stage 6 lessons or equivalent

The Y is pleased to announce, and thrilled to welcome, our new and exclusive Youth Sports sponsor, OrthoNebraska, whose investment in YMCA Youth Sports launches a renewed commitment to the values, teamwork, quality coaching and sportsmanship that makes our sports programs so special. OrthoNebraska’s dedication to helping people of all ages move and feel better to ultimately do what they love, coupled with a specialized focus on sports injury prevention, makes this a great relationship for all involved. And not to mention, new jerseys for the kids who participate and compete in YMCA Youth Sports!

Logo for OrthoNebraska

Helpful Tips from OrthoNebraska:

Preventing Injuries for Volleyball Players

Taking part in proper volleyball training, including a program that addresses strength, conditioning and flexibility, will help young volleyball players stay on the court, says Dr. Steven Goebel, sports medicine orthopedic surgeon.

 

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