About Northshore Youth Sports

Like many youth sports programs, volunteer coaches lead players through drills and games that build skills, develop coordination and enhance a love of the game. But what makes us special is our philosophy. We make sure everyone participates. The YMCA Youth Sports philosophy is based on equal participation, fun, skill development, physical fitness, teamwork, sportsmanship, family involvement and volunteer leadership

When kids play sports, they develop skills beyond the field. Through healthy competition, kids can discover their personal best, have fun and be a part of a team. Modeling fairness, cooperation and hard work, our volunteer coaches recognize achievements, large and small, and understand that winning isn't 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.

The YMCA’s vision is to enhance its role as a leader in nurturing the healthy development of children and teens, the support of families, and the strengthening of communities. All YMCA programs attempt to meet the following objectives; participant personal growth, development of positive values, improvement of personal and family relationships, appreciation of diversity, development of better leaders and supporters, development of specific skills, and to have fun!

The YMCA Challenge

We at the YMCA are committed to quality programs that enhance the spirit, mind and body of all. Through the delivery of these programs we strive to incorporate and enhance the character values of caring, honesty, responsibility and respect. YMCA coaches must be willing to take the YMCA challenge to accept and demonstrate these character values.

Our Core Values

  • Honesty: Fairness of conduct and adherence to facts - including sincerity, truthfulness, honor, tact, forgiveness, moderation, orderliness.

  • Respect: Special regard for others - including assertiveness, consideration, courtesy, gentleness, unity, tolerance, humility.

  • Responsibility: Moral, legal, and mental accountability - including courage, determination, helpfulness, justice, reliability, loyalty, self-discipline, obedience, cleanliness.

  • Care: Interest and concern - including compassion, friendliness, generosity, kindness, love, mercy.

Fair Play and Sportsmanship

The YMCA believes that fair play is the essence of competition. Fair play implies respect for one’s self, one’s opponent and others involved. Player’s, coaches, officials, and spectators share a responsibility for fair play. Fair play sets the game above the prize. Sports can provide an excellent means of developing a predisposition to playing fair. As this virtue develops, it can influence behavior in everyday life.