At the Y, we believe every child deserves the opportunity to play sports—we offer team sports nearly year-round, and youth sports costs just $10 per child, per sport with Household Memberships. Non-members can also join our youth sports teams, and play with their friends who are Y members.
YMCA youth sports encourage and promote healthy kids, families and communities by placing a priority on family involvement, healthy competition rather than rivalry, the value of participation over winning, and team-building. We emphasize individual development, a positive self-image and a sense of fair play and mutual respect for others. Parents are encouraged to be more than mere spectators, by contributing their time as volunteer coaches - as well as being their kid's greatest fan. Every child plays in every game, regardless of skill.
Basketball (Year-round, ages 3-14)
Got game? Hit the hardwood with the folks who invented the game - the Y! In 1891, while teaching at the International YMCA Training School, James Naismith was given the challenge of creating a game that could be played indoors during the cold winter months. Hanging simple peach baskets and using a soccer ball, Naismith created the game of basketball and wrote the first 13 rules of the game.
Soccer (Spring and Fall, ages 3-12)
YMCA soccer promises no tryouts, no getting cut and no bench warmers! Every child receives equal playing time while making friends and learning new techniques. Soccer practices are held weekly in the evenings with games played on Saturday mornings. Basic skills of the game are developed through soccer games and activities—and fun!
T-Ball (Spring, Summer and Fall, ages 3-6)
YMCA T-Ball teaches children ages 3-6 the fundamentals of the game. Participants learn different positions and the basics including hitting, throwing, catching and running the bases in a team atmosphere. The focus is to learn, have fun, meet new friends, and play in a non-competitive environment. Offered in the spring, summer and fall at select branches.
Volleyball (Summer and Fall, ages 8-14)
YMCA volleyball promises no tryouts, no players cuts and an environment focused on player development! Every athlete receives equal playing time while making friends and learning new positions. Volleyball practices are held weekly in the evenings with games played on Saturday mornings. Learn the skills of the game through practices and games in a character-centered environment!
Tae Kwon Do/Karate (all ages, youth to adult)
The YMCA of Greater Tulsa collaborates with area experts in the fields of Tae Kwon Do and Karate. These organizations work closely with your local YMCA branch to offer a quality program that focuses on technique, knowledge and personal character development. Please contact your YMCA branch directly to ask about the Martial Arts programs that are offered by these partner companies.
Current Season’s Schedule
For more information about schedules and teams, follow your branch’s sports link below; you can also also register online for sports here.
Youth Sports Coaching
Coaches are the heart of Y youth sports. We could not do it without you! All YMCA coaches must complete:
- Volunteer application
- YMCA coaches' training, including concussion prevention
- YMCA safety & emergency course
A youth sports program is only as strong as its coaches and that is why we want you to have all the tools you need for your season. We provide manuals that include multiple practice plans including drills, team circles and fitness components.
For additional resources, check out the YMCA training website, where there are multiple sports-specific trainings are available.
Sports-Specific Coaches’ Manuals: Each coach is provided a volunteer manual that is a sport- and age-specific guide for practices, including warm-up, fitness components, skills and drills, games and play, and team circles. The coaches’ manuals for our current season can be found in the Coach’s Corner section of any branch’s YGameTime website.
One of the best ways to get kids excited about playing sports and exercise is to show them by example. Added benefits of adult sports include stress reduction, better sleep, and increased teambuilding skills.
Men’s Basketball (Summer and Fall)
For ages 16 and up, men’s summer basketball games are played on Monday and Sunday nights. Get a team together and make summer magic happen!
Co-Ed Adult Volleyball (Year-round)
For ages 16 and up, the Thornton YMCA offers adult volleyball seasons throughout the year. Leagues are available based on skill level and incorporate equal numbers of men and women. Check with the Thornton YMCA for details on our upcoming seasons.