Practice Huddle at YMCA Youth Basketball League


Volunteering to coach at the Y is a simple and fun way to impact your community by ensuring each team has a dedicated and consistent leader this season. As a volunteer coach, you will play an invaluable role in creating a foundational experience for the players in our youth sports programs. 

You don’t need to know the ins and outs of every sport to be a coach. Youth sports are all about teaching life skills like teamwork, building friendships, healthy competition, and having fun through physical activity.  

While you are considering making this jump, here’s what you can expect and gain when you become a part of our team: 


What to Expect

Youth football coach pulls team in for a huddle during a game at the YMCA

When you become a volunteer coach, you will have the youth sports director's guidance and support throughout the season. You will be with your team for an exhilarating 8 weeks filled with triumphs, laughter, and sweat. There will also be an opportunity to attend a coach’s meeting to learn tips and tricks before the season starts. We provide resources such as sports-specific handbooks, a rule book, and practice plans to help build your practices each week. 

Time Commitment:  

  • 1 hour on a weekday and time of your choice for practices 
  • 1 hour on Fridays or Saturdays for game days, depending on the center 


  • Communicate with parents and guardians 
  • Run a safe, fun, and engaging practice 
  • Be a positive mentor and role model for youth in our community 


*Every volunteer at the Y must also complete the application process and a 30-minute training to ensure the safety of our children.


The Impact of Being a Coach

Soccer coach meets with student athlete and parent to discuss the game at the YMCA

We understand, and have experienced, the challenges that come with coaching. However, the fulfillment of coaching far outweighs the challenges!  


  • Giving back 
  • Serving as a role model 
  • Connecting with your community 
  • Learning new skills 
  • Having FUN! 

Bonus! When you volunteer to coach, you’ll receive 20% off your player’s registration.   

If you have questions about becoming a volunteer coach, please contact your Youth Sports Director at your center. You may also click the link below to get started today!  



“When I coach, I like to instill practical skills like teamwork because I believe it will benefit the children in the future.” - Coach Samira, Mel Korum Family YMCA 2024