Parent Dugout

Welcome to the Youth Sports Parent Dugout. Here you'll find everything you need to help make your child's YMCA Youth Sports experience a great success!

Youth Sports Updates

Please call our Youth Sports/Weather hotline at 920 436 9555 to get updates on your child's program!

Weather Safety

Weather can be unpredictable and can pose a challenge in keeping our children safe and comfortable while they participate in Youth Sports. Listed below are modifications and safety tips in the event of weather-related challenges. As always, it is up to you as a family decision if you want to send your child. 

High Heat/Humidity

Whenever there is predicted high heat/humidity we will alter our curriculum to accommodate more rest periods and water breaks (every 15 minutes) throughout the practice to ensure your child is comfortable. 

Additional ways you can help your child stay safe and comfortable: 

  • Dress your child in light, comfortable clothes
  • Provide a water bottle for them to stay hydrated
  • Bring a cold wet towel for rest periods
  • Bring an umbrella (to create a shaded environment for them during rest periods) 

Concussion Fact Sheet and Parent/Guardian Agreement

Wisconsin State Law (WI Act 172, Statue 118.293) requires all youth athletic organizations to educate coaches, athletes and parents on the risks of concussions and head injuries . Once a year, a concussion information sheet must be distributed to parents & coaches. One form must be signed for each player in your family. You will receive an electronic form and waiver release annually that must be reviewed, signed and submitted prior to your child’s first day of sports participation.

View the HEADS UP Fact Sheet to learn more about concussions and keeping our children safe.

Youth Sports Pledge

Every Youth Sports game opens with coaches, officials and children reciting the following pledge to reinforce good sportsmanship and values:

I pledge to play the game the best I can…
…to be a team player
…to respect my opponents, the rules, & officials
…and to improve myself in spirit, mind, & body

7 Pillars of YMCA Youth Sports

Everyone Plays
The Y does not conduct tryouts to select the best players, nor do we cut kids from YMCA Youth Sports. Everyone who registers is assigned to a team. During the season everyone receives equal practice time and plays at least half of every game.

Safety First
Although children may get hurt playing sports, we do everything we can to prevent injuries. We’ve modified each sport to make it safer and more enjoyable to play. We make sure the equipment and facilities are safe and teach the sport so the skills are appropriate for children’s developmental level. We gradually develop your player’s fitness levels so they are conditioned for the sport. We constantly supervise our young players and stop any unsafe activities.

Character Development
Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility are about playing by the rules and more. It’s about you and your players showing respect for all that are involved in YMCA Youth Sports. It’s about you being a role model of sporting behavior and guiding your players to do the same. Remember, we’re more interested in developing children’s character through sports than in developing a few highly skilled players.

Positive Competition
We believe competition is a positive process when the pursuit of victory remains in the right perspective. The right perspective is when adults make decisions that put the best interests of the children before winning the contest. Learning to compete is important for children, and learning to cooperate in a competitive world is an essential lesson of life. Through YMCA Youth Sports, we want to help children learn these values and for parents to do the same.

Family Involvement
We encourage parents or guardians to be appropriately involved in your child’s participation in YMCA Youth Sports. We invite you to help as a volunteer coach, official, or timekeeper and encourage you to be at practices and games to support your child’s participation. To help you get involved appropriately, YMCA Youth Sports offers orientation programs, a code of conduct to support fair and inclusive sports practices and games, and a set of guidelines to help encourage positive skills development and increase your child’s self-image and self-confidence.

Sports for All
YMCA Youth Sports is an inclusive sport program. That means that children who differ in various characteristics are included in rather than excluded from participation. We offer sports programs for children who differ in physical abilities by matching them with children of similar abilities and modifying the sport. We offer programs to all children regardless of their race, gender, religious creed, or ability. We ask our adult leaders to encourage and appreciate the diversity of children in our society and to encourage the children and their parents to do the same.

Sport for Fun
Children love the challenge of mastering skills, playing with their friends, and competing with their peers. Sometimes when adults become involved in children’s sports they over organize and dominate the activity to the point that it destroys children’s enjoyment of the sport. If we take the fun out of sports for our children, we are in danger of the kids taking themselves out of sports. Remember the sports are for the kids; let them have fun.