Our Ys are open with temporarily reduced hours to members and program participants. Guests are now welcome. Please check our reopening guide for policies before you arrive.

SPORTS INFO & FAQS

All youth sports programs will be conducted in a small group format designed to minimize risk in accordance with the current recommendations from the CDC as well as local and state agencies. Clinic sessions for our younger athletes will require a parent or guardian to participate alongside their player, and clinic sessions for our older athletes will follow the guidelines for team-based training meaning athletes will remain in a single, small group for the full duration of the program. These formats pose the lowest risk according to the CDC guidelines. All sessions will have limited space available to ensure small group sizes, and all programs will have increased support from our director level staff to monitor the additional precautionary measures taken throughout the program.

Detailed program-specific plans for your athlete’s day-of experience will be shared with all registered participants prior to the first session, however, here are some general measures that will be in place for all youth sports programs at the Y:

  • All participants will be provided with their own set of freshly sanitized materials for each session. No equipment from home will be permitted, and participants will not be allowed to share equipment during program.
  • Program space(s) will be clearly marked to keep participants and spectators separate in accordance with the most up to date social distancing guidelines. 
  • Every participant will be required to have a parent or guardian present on site for the full program session. We request that only one parent/guardian attend program with each athlete, and any other spectators prepare to watch from their vehicles. 
  • Group size will be limited to ensure compliance with the local, state and CDC guidelines regarding social distancing in the youth sports setting.
  • Additional director-level staff will be on site during all sessions to support participants and families in navigating the new program format and added prevention measures.
  • All participants will be required to complete a well-check upon arrival and sign off that they have been symptom free for at least 48 hours prior to the start of the session. Any participants showing symptoms will not be permitted to stay and may be required to quarantine for a period of time prior to attending program.
  • Additional hand washing and/or sanitizing will take place within sessions and participants will be required to bring their own refillable water bottle to each session. 
  • In accordance with CDC recommendations, all staff and spectators will be required to wear masks or face coverings at all times. Athletes will only wear masks when not actively participating in the clinic sessions. 

Learn more about our fall cohort league format, and what we’re doing to keep your player safe.

COHORT LEAGUES

SPORTS FAQs

What does “Priority Registration Period for Y Members” mean?

  • Current Y members are eligible to register during our priority registration period.
  • Players registered during the priority registration period are teamed first, and as with all players, requests are taken into account. 

What does the Regular Registration Period mean?

  • During the regular registration period, players are teamed in the order they register according to requests made in their registration and expected rosters submitted by volunteer coaches.
  • In the event a player has not made any requests at the time of their registration, school and geographical information will be used to place them with a team for the season.

What does the Late Registration Period mean?

  • The late registration period begins immediately following the conclusion of the regular registration period. The late registration period corresponds with our team formation deadline and indicates that limited space is available in the program.
  • Registrations received during the late period will be processed in the order they are received, and players will be placed on teams as space allows.
  • If a late period registrant would like to cancel their participation in the program, the waitlist period fee is non-refundable.

I’m registered. When will I know what team my player is on?

  • You can expect to receive your child’s team placement for the season approximately two weeks prior to games beginning. This includes coach information, team roster and practice time if applicable. 
  • Tables with the specific dates for each season are included in the program guide and are available on this page.
  • You can expect to receive the game schedule for the season approximately one week prior to games beginning.
  • Team and game information is communicated via email by a sports director or through Playerspace, the team management platform utilized by the YMCA of Boulder Valley.

Can my player be on the same team as their friend/classmate?

  • You are able to request a coach, player(s) and practice days that work best for you at the time of registration. Sports directors take all requests into consideration when creating team rosters but cannot guarantee your requests can be accommodated. 

How do team rosters get built?

  • Players are teamed according to the requests made at the time of their registration, expected rosters submitted by volunteer coaches, and any school or geographical information included in their registration questionnaire.
  • Sports directors are not able to guarantee that all requests can be accommodated.

How are team practices scheduled?

  • Sports directors work directly with volunteer coaches to schedule practices based on what is available during a given season.
  • Available practice options are determined by the space available within our YMCAs and area school sites.
  • Sports directors do their best to accommodate practice requests made within sports registrations, but cannot guarantee requested practice days or locations are available.

What equipment does my player need ahead of a program or season?

  • Generally, players are encouraged to wear athletic shoes and the required uniform for their particular sport/program. For Soccer, Flag Football and Lacrosse, cleats are encouraged.
  • Specific equipment needs vary by sport and season. Please refer to the program description, welcome emails and other information sent by our sports directors ahead of a program. 

What is the YMCA of Boulder Valley’s Weather Policy?

  • In the event weather forces a program cancellation, the weather hotline will be updated at least two hours prior to the start of a program. On game days, updates will be posted two hours prior to the start of the first game of the day.
  • You can reach the YMCA of Boulder Valley Weather Hotline by calling 303-827-2252.

We can’t play anymore. How do I get a refund?

  • If a refund is requested prior to the conclusion of the regular registration period, the participant is eligible for a refund less a $10 processing fee.
  • The processing fee will not be charged if a credit to your Y account is requested instead of a refund to a credit card or as a check.
  • No refunds or credits will be authorized after the first session/practice/game.
  • All fees paid will be refunded in full when the YMCA cancels a program. 
  • Refunds will not be granted solely based on the inability of the YMCA to accommodate coach, practice or player requests made at the time of registration.

WINTER/SPRING 2020 SEASON DATES

Soccer, Volleyball and Lacrosse

  • Y Member Priority Registration: Dec 1-31
  • Regular Registration: Jan 1-March 15
  • Late Registration: March 16 (space not guaranteed)
  • Team Rosters Released: March 16
  • Game Schedules Released: March 27
  • Practices Begin: March 30
  • Games Begin: April 3 & 4

Basketball

  • Regular Registration: Nov 16-Jan 9
  • Late Registration (space not guaranteed): Jan 10 
  • Team Rosters Released: Jan 10  
  • Game Schedules Released: Jan 17
  • Practices Begin: Week of Jan 20
  • Games Begin: Jan 25

SPORTS AT A GLANCE

Sports of All Sorts (Ages 3-4)

  • Sports Offered: Sports Sampler
  • Season Length: 4 weeks; no games
  • Game Format: 45-minute staff-led clinic sessions
  • Practices: N/A
  • Team Size: N/A
  • Uniforms: T-shirt included in registration fees
  • Coaches: Y Staff Coaches

Learn to Play Coed Leagues (Ages 5-6)

  • Sports Offered: Basketball, Flag Football, Volleyball
  • Season Length: 6 weeks, games each weekend
  • Game Format: 12-minute halves played in a 4v4 format
  • Practices: 25-minute team practices immediately before games
  • Team Size: 8 players per team maximum
  • Uniforms: T-shirt included in registration fees
  • Coaches: Volunteer Coaches

Recreational Boys & Girls Leagues (Ages 7-9)

  • Sports Offered: Basketball, Flag Football, Volleyball
  • Season Length: 6 weeks, games each weekend
  • Game Format: 20-minute halves played in a 5v5 format
  • Practices: One weekly 60-minute team practice set by coach
  • Team Size: 10 players per team maximum
  • Uniforms: League jersey required
  • Coaches: Volunteer Coaches

Developmental Boys & Girls Leagues (Ages 9-11) 

  • Sports Offered: Basketball, Flag Football, Volleyball
  • Season Length: 6 weeks, games each weekend
  • Game Format: Varies by sport — slightly modified high school rules
  • Practices: One weekly 90-minute team practice set by coach
  • Team Size: Varies by sport — no more than double the players in game
  • Uniforms: League jersey required
  • Coaches: Volunteer Coaches

Firecracker Volleyball — CARA League (Ages 12-14)

  • Sports Offered: Volleyball
  • Season Length: 8 weeks, 2-3 game days with end of season tournament
  • Game Format: CARA league rules, 6v6 format
  • Practices: Two weekly 90-minute team practices set by coach
  • Team Size: 12 players per team maximum
  • Uniforms: Firecracker Volleyball jersey required
  • Coaches: Y Coaches with volunteer team managers

Lightning Lacrosse — CARA League (Ages 10-14)

  • Sports Offered: Lacrosse
  • Season Length: 8 weeks, 6-7 games per season
  • Game Format: CARA league rules, 7v7 format 
  • Practices: Two weekly 90-minute team practices set by coach
  • Team Size: 14 players per team maximum
  • Uniforms: Lightning Lacrosse jersey required
  • Coaches: Y Coaches with volunteer team managers

Peak Hoops Boys & Girls Leagues (Ages 11-16)

  • Sports Offered: Basketball
  • Season Length: 10 weeks with end of season tournament
  • Game Format: Four 6-minute stop clock quarters, 5v5 format
  • Practices: Two weekly 60-minute team practices set by coach with an opportunity for up to 4 additional weekend practices throughout the season
  • Team Size: 10 players per team maximum
  • Uniforms: Peak Hoops jersey required
  • Coaches: Volunteer Coaches

Black & Gold Flag Football Leagues (Ages 11-16)

  • Sports Offered: Flag Football
  • Season Length: 6 week season with games each weekend and end of season tournament
  • Game Format: 5v5 format, four 8-minute quarters
  • Practices: Two weekly 60-minute team practices set by coach
  • Team Size: 10 players per team maximum
  • Uniforms: League jersey required
  • Coaches: Volunteer Coaches

SOCCER AT A GLANCE

What Age Division Do I Register For? U stands for “under.” Determine your child’s division by their birth date. 

  • U4: Oct 1, 2016-Sept 30, 2017
  • U5: Oct 1, 2015-Sept 30, 2016
  • U6: Oct 1, 2014-Sept 30, 2015 
  • U7: Oct 1, 2013-Sept 30, 2014
  • U8: Oct 1, 2012-Sept 30, 2013
  • U9: 2012
  • U10: 2011
  • U11: 2010
  • U12: 2009 
  • U13: 2008
  • U14: 2007 
  • U15: 2006
  • U16: 2005
  • U17: 2004
  • U18: 2003

U4

  • Coed: Yes
  • Format: Staff-led clinic
  • Practices: No additional practices
  • Team Size: N/A
  • Uniforms: N/A
  • Coaches: BVYS Coaches

U5

  • Coed: Yes
  • Format: 3v3, 12-minute halves
  • Practices: 20 minutes immediately before games
  • Team Size: 6 players per team
  • Uniforms: Red/white jersey required
  • Coaches: Volunteer Coaches

U6

  • Coed: Yes
  • Format: 4v4, 15 minute halves
  • Practices: 20 minutes immediately before games
  • Team Size: 8 players per team
  • Uniforms: Red/white jersey required
  • Coaches: Volunteer Coaches

U7

  • Coed: Yes
  • Format: 4v4, 15 minute halves
  • Practices: 20 minutes immediately before games
  • Team Size: 8 players per team
  • Uniforms: Black/yellow jersey required
  • Coaches: Volunteer Coaches

U8

  • Coed: No
  • Format: 6v6 with goalies, 20 minute halves
  • Practices: 1 hour-long weekly practice
  • Team Size: 10 players per team
  • Uniforms: Black/yellow jersey required
  • Coaches: Volunteer Coaches