Youth Sports

Mark Sinclair
Sports Director
(910) 251-9622 ext. 229
Lee Spooner
Soccer Director
(910) 251-9622 ext. 232
Gavin Spake
Swim Team Coordinator
(910) 251-8525 ext. 234
Wilmington Family YMCA Youth Sports
The Y is where many young people to learn about becoming and staying active, and developing healthy habits they’ll carry with them throughout their lives. The benefits are far greater than just physical health. Whether it’s gaining confidence that comes from learning new skills or building positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, participating in sports at the Y is about building the whole child, from the inside out.

Basketball

Basketball is an exciting sport combining team play and individual skills. YMCA Youth Basketball promises no tryouts, no getting cut and no benchwarmers! Passing, shooting and defensive skills are strengthened and the importance of physical fitness and conditioning are stressed. While basic skills of the game are developed through practices and games, every child learns sportsmanship and values necessary to be successful in life.

Skills Programs

While leagues are the centerpiece of our youth basketball program, we offer skills programs throughout the year. This gives kids more of a chance to learn the game through a developmental process, as our coaches build their confidence in skills, knowledge of the game and understanding of the sport. All Stars is a fun introductory basketball experience for boys and girls in pre-school and Kindergarten while Shooting Stars is geared towards kids grades 1-8.

Leagues

Our leagues use modified rules and age appropriate equipment to help children be successful and develop their basketball skills properly. The progression of rules and equipment are designed specifically to meet the needs of a growing child’s physical, mental and cognitive ability. Teams are divided into age groups that meet during the week for practice and have a game on Saturdays. Our Youth Basketball Leagues are divided into three programs- Youth Basketball Leagues for boys and girls in grades 1-4, Middle School Basketball Leagues for students in grades 5-8, and High School Basketball Leagues for teens in grades 9-12.

Soccer

Perfect your game, learn new skills and have fun in the Y’s Youth Soccer programs. Each program focuses on developing skills while learning the importance of teamwork and good sportsmanship.

Travel Program

The Y offers a travel soccer league for kids ages 8-13 that are interested in playing at the tournament level. Practices begin each June and the season runs throughout the year. The Y’s Travel Soccer Program registers in seven different tournaments and players will be invited to participate in at least 3 tournaments per season.

Soccer Leagues

The Y’s Youth Soccer program is a coed league designed to meet each player at their current level of play and provide opportunities to increase their individual skills. Children learn basic skills such as kicking, passing dribbling and shooting on goal. Through participation in practices and games, players learn sportsmanship, how to work as a team and to build quality relationships with fellow players and coaches.

Summer Camps

Perfect your game, learn new skills and have fun as The Y Coaching Staff focuses on developing skills while learning the importance of teamwork and good sportsmanship. Daily drills and weekly competitions to ensure skill development, team building exercises and games to promote the development of the whole athlete.

Futsal (Indoor Soccer)

The Y’s Futsal program is a great way to play soccer year-round, regardless of the weather conditions! Futsal is a variation of indoor soccer played with a heavier ball. This fun, fast-paced game is a great way for players to improve their foot skills and stay active during the cold months!

Tennis

Kids who start playing tennis at a young age are likely to keep playing throughout most of their lives. It’s a physical and social sport that’s as competitive as you make it. We offer tennis lessons and clinics for beginners to advanced players- all to help your child develop a lifelong love of tennis.

Flag Football

YMCA Flag Football is all of the fun of America’s favorite game without the tackling and roughness associated with football. We will be teaching the fundamental skills and language needed to understand and play the game. Passing, running, offensive and defensive skills are learned and the importance of physical fitness and conditioning are emphasized. A winning attitude is developed through drills and scrimmages, every child learns sportsmanship and values necessary to be successful in life.
The YMCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.