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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. 




School Year Sports 

NFL Flag Football (FALL)
  • Flag Football (grades k-4th) Co-Ed at Forest View School Field 5 in Baxter 
  • Start date September 17th
  • End Date October 15th
  • K-1st graders start at 9 am and run till 945am
  • 2nd-4th graders start at 10am and run till 1045am
  • Come join us as we learn the basics and fundamentals of Football while having fun doing so! This league is partnered with the NFL FLAG football association. REAL team names and gear! Each child will receive a Team jersey! 
  • Perfect precursor to the BYAA Tackle football program
  • Fun and positive learning environment!


Register Here


Youth Basketball Session 2

Come sign up your child for Youth Basketball! Here at the Y is a perfect starting point for your child to learn and try out the sport! Our program is for Prek-4th grade. Many kids start here at the Y and keep playing till its time to go to traveling basketball! Coed Teams! Each Saturday we start with 15 mins of practice then we scrimmage the other team on your assigned court for that day! Game based play!  Saturdays games run at 8,9,10,11 AM! 

Youth Basketball Session 2 Dates Jan 8th - Feb 26th

Register Here

Winter LAYSA Soccer Academy
  • LAYSA Soccer Academy and the YMCA are teaming up to bring Indoor (Futsal) Soccer to the Brainerd Lakes Area
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays! 6-9 yr olds and 9-12yr olds play at 6pm. 13-18yr olds play at 7pm
  • Coed Play
  • Kids will learn while having fun in a positive environment!
  • Each session starts with a practice with skills and drills and ends in a scrimmage!
  • Every kid gets to play! There is no subbing in or out! 
  • Registration works as a monthly fee/membership. Gives you the choice on signing up whatever month you want to do!

Register Here

Youth Sports Dabbler (SPRING)
  • Youth Sports Dabbler is a class where we learn a new sport every week!
  • Examples, Kickball,Tball,Basketball,VolleyBall, Soccer,Floor Hockey,Tag Games and more! 
  • Starting March 26th and running till May 5th! 
  • Grades Pre-k-4th
  • Times are Saturday mornings at 9 and 10 depending on grade. 
  • Registration Opens March 1st! 
  • Register Here
Beginners Gymnastics

Gymnastics will increase their strength, flexibility, focus and confidence in these classes. Attention will be placed on basics such as cartwheels, backbends, walkovers, handstands, jumps and leaps. The coach will do their best to make sure each gymnast is coached to their particular level. Gymnasts will also be introduced to basic vault, bars, and beam skills. These classes are all about having fun and building confidence and proper basics that enable children to take their gymnastics to the next level! 

Each Session has for 4 classes.

Session Month Class Dates Registration Opens
January Session Jan 3, 10, 24 & 31 Classes Full
February Session Feb 7, 14, 21 & 28 Classes Full
March Session March 7, 14, 21 & 28  Feb 4th @ 8 AM
April Session April 4, 11, 18 & 25 March 4th @ 8 AM


Gymnastic Registration


Summer Sports 

Summer Soccer Academy (Brainerd and Baxter)

The YMCA-Brainerd Parks and Rec summer soccer program, in partnership with the Brainerd Blast, is for 5 to 10 year old and is all about development and fun.  In Brainerd, the sessions are held on Wednesday evenings at Jaycees Field. New this summer, we will also be running a program in Baxter on Tuesday and Thursdays at Southdale Park.  All sessions begin with interactive activities that improve individual soccer skills.  Each session 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. Training sessions will be facilitated by varsity level high school 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 water to drink during practices. If you want to get them a soccer ball to practice at home with, we recommend a size 3 ball.  Volunteer coaches get half off their child's registration fee! 


BRAINERD-Jaycees Park     Wednesdays- starting June 8th and ending June July 27th       

Mini Kickers

  •      Ages 5 – 6  (birth years of 2017 or 2016)
  •      Cost: $60
  •      Times 5:30 – 6:15 PM at Jaycees Park


  •      Ages 7 – 8  (birth year 2015 & 2014)
  •      Cost: $60
  •      Times 6:30 – 7:15 PM at Jaycees Park


  •      Ages  9 -10  (birth years 2013 & 2012)
  •      Cost: $60
  •      Times 7:30 – 8:30 PM at Jaycees Park


BAXTER-Southdale Park     Tuesday & Thursday - starting June 7th and ending June 30th

Mini Kickers

  • Ages 5 – 6  (birth years of 2017 or 2016)
  • Cost: $60
  • Times 4:00 – 4:45 PM at Southdale Park


  • Ages 7 – 8  (birth year 2015 & 2014)
  • Cost: $60
  • Times 5:00 – 5:45 PM at Southdale Park


  • Ages  9 -10  (birth years 2013 & 2012)
  • Cost: $60
  • Times 5:00 – 6:00 PM at Southdale Park



Y Tee Ball
  • 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 Tee Ball will be held Tuesday evenings at Jaycees Park in Brainerd. 
  • Practice/scrimmages on Tuesday Evenings June 7th- July 26th
  • 3-4yr olds will play at 530pm and 5-6yr olds at 630pm.
  • Registration opens April 1st online or through the member service desk at the YMCA.
  • Registration includes a Team shirt and a Super Snack each night.
  • Rosters and Times will be sent to parents via Email after registrations come in. 
  • Volunteer Coaches get half off their child's registration
  • $ 60 per participant


Y Flag Football
  • Ages 4-10 years (Co-ed). Youth will learn the fundamentals of the game through the fun and encouraging format of flag football.
  • Summer flag football will be held Thursday evenings at Jaycees Park in Brainerd.
  • Practice/scrimmages Thursdays Evening June 9th- July 28th
  • 4-5 year olds at 530-615pm, 6-8 yr olds at 630pm-715pm, 8-10 yr olds at 730-815pm
  • Registration Opens April 1st online or through the member service desk at the YMCA.
  • $60 per participant
  • Registration includes a Team T-shirt and a Super Snack each night.
  • Rosters and time of play will be sent out once registrations come in! 
  • Volunteer Coaches get half off there child's registration!


Y Basketball
  • 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. 
  • Summer Basketball will be held Saturday mornings in the gymnasium of the Brainerd Family YMCA.
  • Practice/scrimmages Saturday mornings June 11th to July 30th
  • Registration opens April 1st online or through the member service desk at the YMCA.
  • Rosters and Times will be sent Via email once registrations come in
  • Registration includes a Team Jerseys.
  • Volunteer Coaches get half off their child's registration
  • $60 per participant


Basketball Skills at Memorial
  • June 25th and July 23rd come join us at Memorial Park in Brainerd for a Outdoor Basketball Skills Class
  • Grades Prek-1st play at 9am and 2nd-4th at 10am
  • Coed, All skill levels welcome! 
  • Registration through Brainerd Ymca. Front Desk or online
  • Registration cost: Free
  • Registration Opens April 1st! 
  • Limited Spots. 
3 on 3 Coed Youth Basketball Tournament

When: August 27th, Games times TBD

Where: Memorial Park Brainerd, MN, Pond Hockey Rinks

Cost: 60$ Per team 3-5 Participants per team. 

Come join us in a event for the public this summer at Memorial Park. The Y is partnering with Brainerd Parks and Rec for a 3 on 3 Coed Basketball tournament. Ages 8-12! This tourney will be under the lights at memorial park by where the pond hockey rinks are located behind the softball fields. Winners of this tourny will receive champion T-shirts. Registration will open middle of May through the YMCA online or in person at the front desk. More Details to come! Stay Tuned! 



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

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