Youth Sports Leagues

YMCA Youth Leagues allow children to be part of a team with a goal of having fun and learning to enjoy the sport without the pressure to win. Scores are not kept and every player gets equal playing time. Call the front desk at the YMCA with any questions. In 2021 youth leagues will run year round. The YMCA will be offering leagues for Flag Football, Basketball, Soccer, and T-ball.

We are looking for volunteer coaches who are interested in changing lives and becoming ‘Professional Role Models’.  Our goal is to teach technical skills as well as to help youth gain a sense of achievement, relationships and belonging.  Our YMCA curriculum in ‘The Playbook’ is used to teach the core values of Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility.  Coaches will be trained how to recognize and prevent child abuse, understand their role as a mandated reporter, and concussion prevention training- along with a national background check.


Flag Football (5yrs-10yrs) – Start Date September 11th, 2021

Youth Basketball (5yrs-10yrs) – Start Date November 6th, 2021


YMCA/ Brainerd Blast indoor rec soccer- TBD information coming soon!

Youth Basketball Grades K-4 – Start Date Feb 6th, 2021


SUMMER SESSION- all done!  See you next summer     

Recreational Soccer (Summer) ages 4-10 years (Co-ed). The YMCA-Brainerd Parks and Rec summer soccer program, in partnership with the Brainerd Blast, is for 4 to 10 year old youth and is all about development and fun.  All sessions begin with interactive activities that improve individual soccer skills and will conclude with small-sided games.  The price includes a t-shirt that your child can keep.   

This program is run cooperatively with the Brainerd Blast and developed by Grant Gmeinder, the HS Girls Varsity Coach. Training sessions will be assisted by coaches from the Brainerd Blast competitive program as well as HS players along with a YMCA Program Coordinator.  

**All players will need to wear shin guards, soccer cleats (no toe spike like on football or baseball cleats) and bring a water bottle to practices. If you want to get them a soccer ball to practice at home with, we recommend a size 3 ball.

For more information on competitive/travel soccer, visit our partners at the BRAINERD BLAST website.

Y Tee Ball (Summer) ages 3-6 years (Co-ed). Youth will develop the fundamentals of baseball and softball in an encouraging successful environment. The use of a tee will help them develop confidence in the area of hitting while teaching them the key concepts of the team sport like base running, catching, throwing, and fielding. 

Y Flag Football (Summer) ages 4-9 years (Co-ed). Youth will learn the fundamentals of the game through the fun and encouraging format of flag football. 

Y Basketball (Summer) ages 4-10 years (Co-ed). Youth will learn important basketball skills while having fun with their teammates and coaches! We will provide a great positive learning experience for your child. 

Y Rookie Basketball ( Summer) ages 11-13 years (co-ed). Rookie basketball allows middle school youth that are not playing competitively to have an opportunity to enjoy playing the game with other kids at the same level. Some skill development, but mostly playing the game. 


Fall and Winter competitive soccer opportunities available with the Brainerd Blast.  Click on the ‘BLAST’ to learn more!


Summer recreational sports programming is in partnership with the City of Brainerd- Parks and Recreation.


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