YMCA Sports Philosophy.
P.L.A.Y: Participate - Learn - Achieve - At the Y
YMCA youth sports are based on the concept that fair play is the very essence part of competition. Everybody should have an equal opportunity to compete and a fair chance to participate. Fair play implies respect for oneself; one’s opponent and others involved in conducting the competition. Players, coaches, officials and spectators share a responsibility for fair play. Fair play sets the child above the game. The YMCA believes that its youth sports programs provide an excellent environment for developing sound spirit, mind and body. As these virtues grow, they will influence behavior in everyday life.
The Y nurtures the potential of children through our Youth Sports programming by strengthening character in our youth, engaging families, and building lasting relationships. Participants in these programs develop skills, learn about teamwork, and focus on sportsmanship. Families are presented with second-to-none volunteer opportunities as coaches, team parents, and committee members.
Youth learn new skills, make new friends, develop essential character traits, and set individual and team goals. This improves self-confidence, promotes diversity, increases self-esteem, and improves physical condition. The positive time with family and friends in this environment strengthens our communities. Youth Sports puts emphasis on healthy relationships between adults and youth as well as family, with a goal to build social skills and sport skills with all participants for the future.