Help kids stay active and healthy

The Youth Sports program at the YMCA of Central Florida helps your child improve their technical skills while promoting healthy attitudes and sportsmanship. Our Youth Sports programs also offer environments that are sure to nurture friendships in a fun and stress-reducing atmosphere!

Youth Sports


Basketball provides a good cardiovascular workout by building endurance, and increasing both speed and agility.

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Cheerleading helps develop flexibility and overall strength. Memorizing routines is also a great mental workout.

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Flag Football

Flag football—safer than tackle—instills positive values, builds stamina, and strengthens the cardiovascular system.

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Futsal focuses on dribbling, passing, shooting, and ball control. Playing can also improve communication and creativity.

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Soccer offers benefits like reducing stress, building muscle tone and strength, and increasing self-confidence.

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T-ball is a great introductory sport in a fun, non-competitive environment. It teaches kids how to catch, throw, and hit the ball by using a hitting tee.

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Tennis provides a good workout and helps improve muscle tone, strength, and flexibility. It also promotes team work and individual work ethic.

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Volleyball can teach sportsmanship, improve hand-eye coordination, and strengthen the respiratory system.

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Rising Stars

Rising Stars focuses on introducing sports skills and concepts at an early age. It also provides an early introduction to values like honesty and teamwork.

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7 Pillars of Youth Sports

We believe our Youth Sports programs can help children develop relationships, grow leadership skills, appreciate diversity, and learn the virtue of fair play while having fun.

1 Everyone Plays

Everyone receives equal practice time and plays at least half of every game.

2 Safety First

Children may get hurt playing sports, but we do all we can to prevent injuries. We’ve modified each sport to make it safer and more enjoyable to play.

3 Fair Play

Fair play is about more than playing by the rules! We’re more interested in developing children’s character through sport than in developing a few highly-skilled players.

4 Positive Competition

Learning to compete is important for children, and learning to cooperate in a competitive world is an essential life lesson they’ll learn at the Y.

5 Family Involvement

In addition to serving as volunteer coaches, officials, and timekeepers, we encourage parents to be at practices and games to support their child’s participation.

6 Sports For All

We offer programs to all children regardless of race, gender, religion, or ability. We support and appreciate the diversity of children and encourage children and their parents to do the same!

7 Sports For Fun

Children love the challenge of mastering the skills of the game, playing with their friends, and competing with their peers. While we enjoy adult participation, remember that sports are for the kids—we want them to have fun!

Concussion Safety

Concussions can be difficult to recognize, so it’s important to be aware of all of the symptoms.

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Our Commitment

Your child’s safety is our priority. Find out more about our commitment to keeping kids safe.

Youth Sports Code of Conduct

This notice outlines the Code of Conduct for members, program participants, guests, and visitors.

Get in Touch

Do you have a question about Youth Sports? Let us know!