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Youth Sports at the Y

The Cedar Rapids Metro Y is the leader in offering sports and programs for kids of all ages and abilities on a year-round basis. For nearly 150 years, our YMCA has been helping kids grow into confident and successful adults.

At the YMCA, everybody plays and everybody is a winner! With the emphasis on participation, each child plays, regardless of size or ability. As a result, youth learn good sportsmanship, teamwork, build self-esteem and have a great time! The YMCA offers a variety of Youth Sports, from Mighty Mites (for youths ages 3-5), to cheerleading, volleyball and soccer, track, basketball and flag football.

YMCA Youth Sports is also a GREAT way to get involved with kids in our community. We are always looking for good people to coach and referee. You can help us make a difference in kid’s lives.

Sports Information

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Youth Soccer

Soccer for kids is exciting – a sport combining team play and individual skills. We offer instruction for 4-5 year olds and separate kids’ soccer leagues: AK/K to 5th grade for girls; AK/K to 5th grade for boys.

Youth Basketball

The Y knows all about basketball…considering we invented the game! (Yep, it’s true…look it up). The Y offers Youth Basketball for boys and girls of varied ages.

Youth Flag Football

Our Flag Football program teaches the football fundamentals without heavy contact. Youth flag football focuses on teamwork in a positive and structured environment.

Baseball, T-Ball & Softball

Playing, learning and having fun is what Y sports is all about! We offer programs for kids from 4 years old to 2nd grade, dividing kids according to age. Mighty Mites and T-Ball are Co-ed, Baseball and Softball leagues are not.

Adventure Guides

Both the Adventure Guides and Adventure Expeditions programs focus on the parent’s roll in the lives of their children including building confidence, forming bonds, and creating lifelong memories.

Zumba Kids

Kids ages 7-14 can participate in Zumba Kids at the Marion Y. Please register before attending. The class is FREE to members; nonmembers can pay to participate. For updated schedules, please look for “Group Fitness” in the Program Guide, or check our online schedule.

Youth Track

Grab your shoes and join us to run for fun! Kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade will learn the basics through Tuesday practices and Saturday track meets.

Youth Volleyball

We run two Volleyball Leagues for approximately 7 weeks, one in the spring and one in the fall, for 3rd – 6th graders. For dates and times, check our program guide.

Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do is for anyone age 5 and up and is A GREAT FAMILY activity. Register by the FIRST of any month. Classes are taught by some of the best black belts in the Cedar Rapids area. Testing for belts happens on a regular basis throughout the year with periodic tournament competitions also!  *There will no longer be a beginner’s Tae Kwon Do class at HGN.*

American Kenpo

This self-defense based martial art, taught by Josh Meredith (3rd Degree), applies rules and principles of motion in a system of forms, sets and techniques. The class teaches confidence, flexibility, conditioning and health. Session dates run monthly. Register by the FIRST of each month, 16 and older only. Community members must purchase a punch card.

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