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Adults Sports 

YMCAs have played a significant role in the history of sports in America. YMCAs invented basketball, volleyball and racquetball. The Brainerd Y offers many year round adult sports and leagues including volleyball league, pick-up basketball and pickleball.

Adult sports and leagues

*YMCA VOLLEYBALL LEAGUES* - Thursday Nights Oct. 5 - Jan. 17 

  • Must have a team to register.
  • Each individual must register themselves
  • Teams will be accepted for each league on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis. Limited space, so register early.
  • Registration closes when full.
  • Individual Fee:   $55 - YMCA Member    $75 - Community Member

  *If you have a sponsorship check, it will be applied to everyone’s individual fee, please have sponsor check in ASAP*



  • Monday 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - OPEN - Half Gym
  • Monday 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM * Paid Program *
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM - OPEN
  • Wednesday 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM - OPEN - BEGINNER
  • Friday 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM - OPEN
  • Saturday 11:00 PM to 1:00 PM - OPEN

A few reminders –There will be three courts open. Open pickleball is free to members, and $5.00 for community members. Monday evening pickleball is a paid program monthly with limited spots. Only 12 people can play at a time, so be prepared to wait for a court to open. 

Game Overview

To play Pickleball—no actual pickles are used! Two or four players use oversized ping-pong paddles to hit a wiffleball over a three-foot net on court.

The rules are similar to tennis, but are slightly different to allow for a more relaxed pace. For example, a serve must be hit underhand and each team must play their first shot off the bounce.

Pickleball was invented in Washington state in 1965.  There are more than 70 places to play pickleball in Minnesota—many of them are YMCA locations.

At the Y, Pickleball games are usually run like pick-up basketball games—on the Gym schedule and people can just show up during the designated times. It’s free for members to play.

Pickleball is a game for all ages, and is especially popular among active older adults who want to exercise competitively. It’s a great way to stay fit and make social connections. The USA Pickleball Association claims it is the fastest growing sport among seniors nationwide.


Pick-Up Basketball*


Basketball players are invited to play some moderately competitive full court basketball at the YMCA from 12:00 a.m. – 2:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Games usually go to 7 or 11 depending on the amount of people. Everything is ones. Defense calls fouls. 

Free to YMCA Members
Day Pass required for Community Members (5$)

If you have any questions please contact Reece