YMCA of Greater Charlotte

Morrison Family YMCA

YMCA Sports Philosophy

YMCA SPORTS PHILOSOPHY   YMCA CHARACTER TRAITS   FAN BEHAVIOR
Everyone plays.
We do not use 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 plays at least half of every game.

Safety first.
Although some children may get hurt playing sports, we do all we can to prevent injuries. We've modified each sport to make it safer and more enjoyable to play. Skills taught are appropriate for children's developmental level, players' fitness levels develop gradually so they are conditioned for the sport.

Fair play.
Fair play is about more than playing by the rules. It's about coaches, referees and players showing respect for all who are involved in YMCA Youth Sports. It's about coaches, parents, and referees being a role model of good sportsmanship and guiding players to do the same.

Positive competition.
We believe competition is a positive process when the pursuit of victory is kept in the right perspective. The "right perspective" means adults make decisions that put the best interests of the children above winning the contest. Learning to compete is important for children, and learning to cooperate in a competitive world is an essential lesson of life.

Family involvement. YMCA Youth Sports encourages parents to be
involved appropriately along with their child's participation in our sport programs.

Sport for all.
YMCA Youth Sports is an inclusive sport program. That means that children who differ in various characteristics are to be included rather than excluded from participation. We offer programs to all children regardless of race,  gender, religion or ability. We ask our adult leaders to support and
appreciate the diversity of children in our society and to encourage the children and their parents to do the same.

Sport for fun.
Sport is naturally fun for most children. They love the challenge of mastering the skills of the game, of playing with their friends, and of competing with their peers. Sometimes when adults become involved in children's sport, they over-organize and dominate the activity to the point of spoiling
children's enjoyment of the sport. If we take the fun out of sport, we are in danger of our children taking themselves out of sport. Remember, that these sports are for the kids; let them have fun.  
  In line with our YMCA Sports Philosophy, we're more interested in developing children's character through sport than in developing a few highly skilled players. These five YMCA Character Traits are addressed throughout the season during practices and games:
  • Faith – At the beginning of each game the referee or player will lead the team in a brief prayer.
  • Respect  – Players, coaches and parents are expected to treat other players, coaches, officials and fans with respect regardless of race, sex, creed, or ability.
  • Honesty – With each practice week and each game, players will learn more about the rules of the game and strive to abide by these rules.
  • Caring – Proper supervision and safety is the number one priority; all coaches, as volunteers of the YMCA, are required to complete a background check and sign a code of conduct. Likewise, the YMCA provides a safe environment for its players.
  • Responsibility – This is everyone
    responsibility to keep your/our gyms clean. 
  As parents, supporting our youth, we are expected to demonstrate reasonable “fan behavior.”
  • Support and respect the coach, all players, and our referees.
  • Encourage your children during games/practices and keep comments positive.
  • Leave coaching to the coaches. (You may be asking your child to do something the coach has told them not to do).
  • Act as a role model of good sportsmanship for our youth; please do not say or do anything that you would not want your child to say or do.
  • Refrain from yelling at your child, other players, and the referees by interrupting the flow of the game. Negative behavior toward the opposing team will not be tolerated. An individual who is belligerent towards the referees, coaches, players or other fans or displays other inappropriate behavior will be given a warning, may be asked to leave the game(s) and may be asked not to return for other Youth Sports activities; other sanctions as deemed necessary by the Sports Director may be enforced. Help us make this a positive and fun experience for both teams.

YMCA Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.