GET IN THE GAME
At the Athens-McMinn Family YMCA, sports and recreational activities are something special. Friendly competition, lots of variety and a supportive environment means team sports and recreation is fun again. Whether your child misses "suiting up" or is new to team sports, the Y's sports leagues provide a perfect opportunity to be active, social and reconnect with friends in the sport they love. Basketball, tumbling and T-Ball are just some of the options available to get your child on the court or on the field. We also offer various sports camps throughout the year to work with you kids on technique, skills, and team work.
Instructors and Coaches - often volunteers and many parents - model fairness and hard work while emphasizing teamwork, cooperation, and developing good values in our sports programs. We are always looking for volunteer coaches that will recognize achievements large and small and understand that winning is not just about the score. By playing sports, kids and their families feel a sense of belonging that comes from a community gathering together to cheer on their team. Everyone plays - Everyone wins!!!
Got game? Hit the hardwoods with the folks who invented the game - the YMCA! The Athens-McMinn Family YMCA and City of Athens Parks and Recreation FUNdamental Basketball is co-ed and open to kids in grades Pre-K to 8th Grade. Read about the partnership here.
$75 season fee per player
Parent Waiver Forms for Cardiac Arrest and Concussions.
Volunteer Coaching application click here. Please return this to the YMCA front desk or stop by and fill one out.
- We require a background check included in the volunteer coaching application, Concussion Training, and Cardiac Awareness Training.
- Link to Cardiac Arrest Course https://nfhslearn.com/courses/61032/sudden-cardiac-arrest
- Link to Concussion Course https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/training/index.html
Skills Assessment: Monday, October 28 at the Athens City Middle School Gymnasium for 3rd grade and up
- 3/4th grades at 6:00 pm
- 5/6th grades at 6:30 pm
- 7/8th grades at 7:30 pm
Practices will be held at the YMCA and Athens City Schools with coaches handling practice scheduling, notifications of changes in games, and weather cancellations.
All games will be held at the YMCA.
- December 7, 14, 21
- January 4, 11, 18, 25
- February 1
Skills Week Challenge
November 4th - 8th at Westside gym
- Monday- 6pm Pre- K & Kindergarten
- Tuesday- 6pm 1st & 2nd Grade
- Thursday- 6pm 3rd & 4th Grade | 7pm 5th & 6th Grade
- Friday- 6pm 7th & 8th Grade
- Weekly Skills Night at Westside gym at 6pm on Mondays starting Nov. 11
Picture Day is December 14 with pictues on sale December 21.
Thank you for playing basketball with the Athens-McMinn Family YMCA and Athens Parks and Recreation Department, where we put the fun in FUNdamental! We are pleased to continue offering this FUNdamental program where our focus is on learning the skills of basketball. Your $75 registration fee includes a NBA replica uniform (jersey & shorts), a basketball, secondary medical insurance, and cost of game officials & facilities.
For more information or to volunteer to coach, contact Hannah Brickhouse at 423.745.4904.
Basketball was invented in 1891. While teaching at the International YMCA Training School, James Naismith was given the challenge of creating a game that could be played indoors during the cold winter months. Hanging simple peach baskets and using a soccer ball, Naismith created the game of basketball and wrote the first 13 rules of the game.
Y youth sports encourage and promote healthy kids, families and communities by placing a priority on family involvement, healthy competition rather than rivalry, the value of participation over winning, team-building as well as individual development, a positive self-image and a sense of fair play and mutual respect for others. Parents are encouraged to be more than mere spectators, by contributing their time as volunteer coaches - as well as being their kid's greatest fan.
Beginners Tumbling (ages 4 and up)
A great class for preschoolers to help develop body awareness. Learn basic skills on all apparatus, including coordination skills, strength and balance. Physical focus will be on fundamental tumbling skills such as forward/backward rolls, pull ups and more. NOTE: Must be capable of following instructions, circuits and staying on task.
When are the classes?
- Mondays and/or Thursdays 6pm
- Classes are offered in packages of once weekly or twice weekly
- Classes must be purchased as a session on the session start dates below
Monday start date:
- September 9th
- October 7th
- December 2nd
Thursday Start Dates:
- September 5th
- October 3rd
- December 5th
Once weekly package (Monday or Thursday start date)
- $30 Members
- $45 Non-Members
Twice-weekly package (Monday & Thursday)
- $55 Members
- $70 Non-Members
Intermediate level class designed for children who are ready to expand on their tumbling abilities.
When are classes offered?
- Classes are offered on Mondays and Thursdays at 7pm
- The same start dates as listed above for beginners with a different time slot of 7 p.m.
- $35 Members
- $50 Non-Members