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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. 

Registration for Youth Sports


School Year Sports 

NFL Flag Football (FALL)
  • Flag Football (Prek-4th) Co-Ed at Forest View School Field 5 in Baxter 
  • Start date September of 2023
  • End Date October of 2023
  • PreK-Kindergarten start at 9 am and run till 945am
  • 1st-2nd graders start at 10am and run till 1045am
  • 3rd -4th graders start at 11am and run till 11:45am 
  • 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 (Fall & Winter) - REGISTRATION IS OPEN

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! 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! 

Session 1 - November 5th - December 17th  (K-3rd Grade)

Session 2 - January 7th - February 25th (K-4th Grade)

Start Times by Age Group: Kindergarten- 8:30 AM, 1st Grade 9:30 AM, 2nd Grade 10:30 AM, 3rd & 4th Grade 11:30 AM

YMCA Members $65/Community Members $75

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LAYSA Soccer Academy (Fall & Winter) - REGISTRATION IS OPEN
  • LAYSA Soccer Academy and the YMCA are teaming up to bring Indoor (Futsal) Soccer to the Brainerd Lakes Area
  • Tuesdays Evenings: Kindergarten play from 4:00-4:45pm, 1st- 2nd Grade play from 5-5:45pm, 3rd-5th Grade play at 6-7pm, and 6th Grade and Up play from 7:15-8:15pm.
  • Thursday Evening: 3rd-5th Grade play at 5-6pm 
  • 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! 

Session 1 - November 1st to December 20th

Session 2 - Tuesday's January 10th to February 28th/ Thursday January 12th-March 2nd

Skills Clinics in March 

YMCA Members $65/Community Members $75

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 25th and running till April 29th! 
  • Grades Pre-k-4th
  • Saturday mornings - 9am PreK & Kindergarten, 10am is 1st & 2nd Graders,  and 11am is 3rd & 4th Graders. 
  • Registration Opens March 1st! 

YMCA Members $65/Community Members $75

Gymnastics - Parent & Child, Beginners, and Intermediate

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! 

Session 1 - Wednesdays October 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th, November 2nd, 9th, 16th, & 30th (No class on Nov 23rd), and December 7th & 14th. 

Session 2 - Feb 22nd to April 26th (No classes week of March 13th for Spring Break)

Register Here

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 2023- TBD     

Mini Kickers

  •      Ages 5 – 6  (birth years of 2018 or 2017)
  •      Times 5:30 – 6:15 PM at Jaycees Park


  •      Ages 7 – 8  (birth year 2016 & 2015)
  •      Times 6:30 – 7:15 PM at Jaycees Park


  •      Ages  9 -10  (birth years 2014 & 2013)
  •      Times 7:30 – 8:30 PM at Jaycees Park


BAXTER-Southdale Park     Tuesday & Thursday 2023 - TBD

Mini Kickers

  • Ages 5 – 6  (birth years of 2018 or 2017)
  • Times 4:00 – 4:45 PM at Southdale Park


  • Ages 7 – 8  (birth year 2016 & 2015)
  • Times 5:00 – 5:45 PM at Southdale Park


  • Ages  9 -10  (birth years 2014 & 2013)
  • 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 - July 
  • 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
  • $ 65 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 - July 
  • 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.
  • $65 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 to July 
  • 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
  • $65 per participant


Blast Soccer logo

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

City of Brainerd logo

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