GORDON FAMILY YMCA
In YMCA Youth Sports Leagues, children develop and grow as athletes, challenge themselves through healthy competition, forge new friendships, and learn values that they can use both on and off the field.
WHAT MAKES YOUTH SPORTS AT THE Y SPECIAL?
• VALUES-BASED: Coaches build their instruction on a foundation of the Y's core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
• INCLUSIVE: We believe every child deserves a chance to learn, grow, and thrive through youth sports participation.
• SKILL DEVELOPMENT: Players learn to work as part of a team, develop a winning mindset, and practice to improve their skills.
CURRENT LEAGUES | WINTER 2019
Ages: Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 6
Registration: December 10, 2018-January 12, 2019
Practices Begin: Monday, January 14
Games Begin: February 2 Regular Season ends: March 23
No games on February 16 (President's Day Weekend)
Spring Baseball and T-Ball/Spring Soccer
Ages: Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 4
Registration: March 18-April 20, 2019
Practices Begin: Monday, April 22
Games Begin: May 4
Regular Season ends: June 22
NO SUMMER SPORTS (SUMMER DAY CAMP)
Fall Soccer/Flag Football
Registration: August 12-September 7, 2019
Practices Begin: Monday, September 9, 2019
Games Begin: September 21
Regular Season Ends: November 2
VOLUNTEER YOUTH SPORTS COACH
Youth sports leagues at the Y are values-driven programs centered around developing caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility; and we need volunteer coaches work hard to instill these values in each young athlete.
MAKING AN IMPACT AS A VOLUNTEER COACH
• ROLE MODEL
Coaches & Assistants required to attend a coaches’ meeting at the beginning of each season.
For more information contact the Youth Sports Director, Matt Van Eaton at 253-534-4755.
What to Bring:
Practices and Games
• Basketball shoes or tennis shoes
• Shorts/sweatpants and t-shirt
• Protective gear (i.e., mouth guard, ankle/knee support, eye protection, etc.)
• Water bottle
On the first day of practices please make sure to fill out and bring in the following (as needed)
• Concussion Form *filled out for all players and volunteers
• Guest Waiver *filled out for all non-member guests
• Parent Code of Conduct *filled out by all parents/legal guardians
This is the code of conduct we hold all parents to while watching their children’s practices and games. We ask that you try your best to uphold this code, so that everyone can enjoy their experience. As a YMCA parent, we ask that you:
- Encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, and officials at every game, practice, or event.
- Place the emotional and physical well-being of the players ahead of your personal desire to win.
- Demand a drug, alcohol, and tobacco free sports event and agree to assist by refraining from their use at all youth sports events.
- Ask your child to treat other players, coaches, fans, and officials with respect.
- Promise to help your child enjoy the youth sports experience by fostering good sportsmanship, assisting in coaching, being a respectful fan, and modeling that behavior for your child.
- Have your child participate in as many practices and games as possible while providing proper supervision for all of the children you bring to practices and games.
- Attend practices and games in case of an emergency.
- Be a positive role model for your child and the other players on his/her team.
- Not use profanity, or vulgar speech while observing your child’s activities.
- Not coach your child, or other children, during games if you are not an official coach.
- Keep off of the playing field at all times, unless specifically told otherwise by an official or coach.
- Not bring a dog or other animal to practices or games.
- Resolve conflicts without regressing to hostility or violence.
- Not encourage any behavior that could be dangerous to your child or the other children.
- Not taunt, heckle, or argue with any coach, official, or opposing player during the course of your child’s games/practices.
Failure to comply with this code of conduct may result in your losing the privilege of attending YMCA youth sports events.