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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


Youth League & Team Sponsorship


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 June 5th - July 24th 2023 $65

Parent Child Soccer

  •      Ages  3 -4 
  •      Times 4:30 – 5:00 PM at Jaycees Park

Mini Kickers

  •      Ages 5 – 6 
  •      Times 5:15 – 6:00 PM at Jaycees Park


  •      Ages 7 – 8  
  •      Times 6:15 – 7:00 PM at Jaycees Park


  •      Ages  9 -10  
  •      Times 7:15 – 8:15 PM at Jaycees Park

Brainerd Soccer Link

BAXTER-Southdale Park     Tuesday & Thursday from June 4th - June 27th 2023 $65

Mini Kickers

  • Ages 5 – 6  
  • Times 4:00 – 4:45 PM at Southdale Park


  • Ages 7 – 8  
  • Times 5:00 – 5:45 PM at Southdale Park


  • Ages  9 -10  
  • Times 5:00 – 6:00 PM at Southdale Park

Baxter Soccer Link

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 4:00 pm or  5:00 pm and 5-6yr olds at 6:00 pm.
  • 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

Coed T-Ball Jaycees

Summer Daytime T-Ball OK Park

Y Flag Football
  • Ages 5-10 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 6th - July 25th
  • 5-6 year olds at 5:15-6:00pm, 7-8 yr olds at 6:15pm-7:00pm, 9-10 yr olds at 7:15-8:00pm
  • 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!

Flag Football Jaycees

Summer Daytime Flag Football OK Park

Y Basketball
  • Ages 5-10 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 Monday Evenings at Memorial Park with the rain day backup in the gymnasium of the Brainerd Family YMCA.
  • Practice/scrimmages Monday Evenings 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
  • Volunteer Coaches get half off their child's registration
  • $65 per participant



School Year Sports 

NEW- Youth Pond Hockey

Youth pond hockey will give young athletes who are just learning an opportunity to improve skating skills, learn about the game, and have fun. Teams are co-ed. If you are interested in volunteer coaching, please click on the button to get started.

Penguins age 7-10  and Polar Bears age 11-15 *as of January 1st

Players will be able to check out equipment: helmets, elbow pads, and shin pads. Goaltender equipment is also provided, however participants must provide their own sticks, skates, mouth guards and gloves.

Practice will be at least once per week (beginning early January weather permitting) with games on Saturday mornings at either Memorial park or Nisswa (beginning in February).

Register Here

Flag Football (FALL)
  • 5 - 11 yr olds - Co-Ed at Forest View School Field 5 in Baxter 
  • Start date September 16th of 2023
  • End Date October 21st of 2023
  • 5- 6 yr olds 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
  • 7-11 yr olds 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Come join us as we learn the basics and fundamentals of Football while having fun doing so!
  • Shirts included
  • Perfect precursor to the BYAA Tackle football program
  • Fun and positive learning environment!

Register Here


Youth Basketball (Winter 2023)

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 Mornings! 

Session 1 - November 4th - December 16th  (K-3rd Grade) 2023

Start Times by Age Group: Kindergarten- 9:00 AM, 1st Grade 10:00 AM, 2nd-3rd Grade 11:00 AM

Register Here

LAYSA Soccer Academy (Winter 2023)
  • LAYSA Soccer Academy and the YMCA are teaming up to bring Indoor (Futsal) Soccer to the Brainerd Lakes Area
  • Tuesdays Evenings: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade play from 5:00-5:45pm, 3rd-6th Grade play from 6:00 - 7:00pm, 7th-12th 7:15 - 8:15pm
  • 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! 

November 7st to December 19th

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, Intermediate & Advanced

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 4th - Dec. 13th 

Register Here

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.