Building Teamwork and Strength Through Sports

Whether it’s gaining the confidence that comes from learning to dribble a basketball or building the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, the Y takes a strong holistic approach to sports.

Our sports are great lifestyle activities that help bring together people with shared athletic and recreational interests - because lifelong rewards come from teamwork, friendly competition, and exercise.


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Sports and Recreation

We believe sports, fun and exploring new interests aren’t just for the young.

Along with improving health, whenever teamwork is involved, there’s added benefit of being connected to others. That’s why you’ll find a range of recreational activities at the Y with something to offer everyone.

At the Y, sports and recreational activities are a fun way to exercise and make new friends. Competition, lots of variety and a supportive environment means team sports is fun.

Whether you miss suiting up or are new to team sports, the Y’s sports leagues provide a perfect opportunity to be active, social and reconnect or start fresh with a sport you love.

Skate Parks

In Encinitas & Clairemont Mesa

Our YMCA skate parks have everything a skater could ask for — including ramps, plazas, concrete pools, rails and more! Just ask Shaun White and Tony Hawk, two of the most famous local pro-skaters who visit our Skate Park at the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA in Encinitas.

We offer group and private lessons for anyone looking to learn, contests for professional-level skaters, and plenty of options for skaters to improve their skills and tricks under the supervision of our trained staff.

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Whether you're a soccer fanatic, a first-time player, or have a kid who's looking to learn, the YMCA has the soccer program you're looking for! Our branches offer practice and recreational scrimmages for kids to learn teamwork and basic skills (where every child gets a chance to play), as well as clinics to work on technique with drills and excellent coaching, and competitive leagues for advanced youngsters and adults.

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Batter up! At the YMCA, everyone get's a chance to learn and play! This program will introduce T-ball to young children, allowing them to learn the basic skills of baseball in a positive and fun atmosphere with experienced and encouraging coaches. Most importantly, kids will be learning sportsmanship, teamwork, and making friends while they have a blast playing baseball!

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Youth Basketball

The YMCA's youth basketball program is designed to teach the basic fundamentals of basketball in a non-competitive atmosphere. Our staff and coaches strive to make this a fun learning experience for all involved!

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Adult Basketball

The YMCA also offers adult basketball leagues to participants 18 years of age and older, with men, women, and coed leagues available with recreational and competitive options.

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Bump, spike and volley at the YMCA! Our volleyball program offers clinics and leagues for all age groups to learn volleyball and improve their skills!

Youth Volleyball

Youth leagues introduce the fundamentals while emphasizing learning and teamwork over winning or losing, while more experienced players can play more competitive games with peers of similar skill. Clinics are a great way to improve and get ready for high school while making friends with teammates.

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Adult Volleyball

Our adult co-ed volleyball leagues are a blast, and offer a great way to stay in shape and be social.

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Arena Soccer and Indoor Soccer

Arena Soccer (also known as Indoor Soccer) has all the excitement of playing outdoor soccer with the added fun of passing and dribbling off the walls. Our Arena Soccer leagues and programs offer a variety of play - from recreational games where every child gets a chance to play, to highly competitive leagues with skilled adults!

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The YMCA tennis program is committed to providing a full range of tennis experiences for juniors players of all levels, ranging from complete beginner to experienced advanced players. We offer tennis instruction on both an individual or group basis.

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Padel Tennis

The YMCA is proud to offer padel tennis, a racket sport which combines elements of tennis and squash that's played extensively in Spain, Europe and Latin America, and is the fastest growing racket sport in the world!

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At the YMCA, our baseball programs are designed to develop fundamental baseball skills while learning teamwork, strategy, and sportsmanship. Skills taught include catching, throwing, fielding, hitting, and the rules of the game. The focus of the league is to have fun, meet new friends and play baseball in a non-competitive environment.

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Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States, thanks to its relentless speed and nail-biting precision plays.

Originally a Native American sport resembling aspects of hockey and basketball, lacrosse players don pads, helmets and netted lacrosse sticks to pass and shoot a small rubber ball while the opposing team does everything they can to stop them and make a goal of their own!

This contact sport is an exhilarating way to build strength, cardiovascular endurance, and friendship with teammates. The YMCA is proud to offer several clinics and leagues for players around San Diego to learn and improve their skills.

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Water Polo

This program offers the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the sport in a supportive environment that emphasizes skill development, teamwork and physical fitness.Our coaches will teach the necessary skills required to begin playing competitive high school water polo, including passing, dribbling, shooting, treading water, head-up swimming, basic rules and conditioning.

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Our exciting cheer program, part of our Gymnastics program is open to all boys and girls who love to dance, cheer and perform. Within this program, children learn various tumbling, basic stunts and dance and cheer combinations as preparation for high school team auditions. Along with these skills, children practice teamwork, gain confidence, learn excellent leadership skills.

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Flag Football

Get on the field and join our 5 on 5 (no contact) flag football league! This recreational league is ideal for beginner to advanced skill levels. Teams are coached and supported by volunteers and YMCA staff with an emphasis on safe play, equal participation and sportsmanship. We work hard to make it a fun and exciting learning experience for all participants!

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Slow pitch softball is a great way to have fun with friends old and new while getting fresh air and exercise. At the YMCA, our branches often run leagues year-round! Sign up with friends to play as a team or solo to play as a "free agent"! We encourage all our existing and new teams to register early to ensure a spot, as they fill up quick!

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Golf can become a lifelong sport when you start with building confidence through training and proper technique. Newcomers to the sport can learn the fundamentals of golfing including etiquette, technique and strategy from exellent instructors at the YMCA.

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Rediscover dodgeball! This classic playground game is making a comeback and it is a blast. The YMCA offers exciting dodgeball tournaments for adults (seriously!) and high-paced classes and tournaments for kids that work on agility, balance, movement, and hand-eye coordination. Which is all great and fun, but we know why people love it - there's nothing quite like dodging and diving like your life depended on it, then throwing that perfect spiral and watching your friend get hit square in the chest with a big bouncy rubber ball. It's as American as apple pie.

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Track and Field

Are you a track and field fanatic? Do you have an aspiring track star at home that bounces off the walls on a daily basis? Then sprint, hurdle, run or jog into our track and field programs! Our youth sessions help kids learn different track and field events while learning the value of teamwork, sportsmanship, determination and hard work.

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Multi-sport Activities

Our multi-sport programs promote fitness by providing an introduction to a wide variety of sports, games and a variety of enrichment activities while emphasizing character values and sportsmanship.

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