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A variety of sports programs for kids and teens in Mansfield and Shelby.


Youth sports are a great way for children to develop physical, emotional, and social skills which learning about discipline, respect, and teamwork. Check out some of our commonly offered sports programs below, and check out our schedule to view current offerings, which vary depending on season and location.


Go after your GOALS! and HAVE FUN. Practice with classmates and build new relationships. Our outdoor and indoor soccer program will help develop self-esteem, social skills, and athletic skills. 

Varies per branch location. 

Little Kickers-Shelby Branch

Ages: 3-7

Registration: March 1-April 5, 2024

Session Date: April 11-May 30, 2024

Go to Search and Register for Programs to see more information and to register. 

Volleyball Skills Clinic-Mansfield Branch

The Volleyball Skills Clinic is a great way for kids to develop and sharpen their volleyball skills. Kids will learn and improve upon basic fundamentals and gameplay, all while incorporating fitness and having fun in this 5-week program! Grades 2nd-5th

Available for Spring 1 Program Registration. Go to Search and Register for Programs to see more information and to register. 


YMCA T-Ball is a fun, non-competitive program designed to teach players the fundamentals of baseball. Coaches introduce basic topics such as hitting from a tee, fielding balls, throwing to bases, catching, and more. Varies per branch location. 

Youth T-Ball-Shelby Branch

Ages: 3-7

Registration: May 1-30, 2024

Session Date: June 12-July 24, 2024

Go to Search and Register for Programs to see more information and to register. 

Flag Football

Boys and girls are welcome to participate in the NFL Flag Football League. This league is a great opportunity for your child to gain exposure and learn the fundamentals of football in a fun, positive, and uplifting environment. Varies per branch location.

Flag Football-Mansfield Branch

Grades: K-2nd

Registration: March 18-April 14

Start Date: April 27

Go to Search and Register for Programs to see more information and to register.

Tackle Football (Shelby City School District Students)

Tackle Football is designed to teach youth about life lessons and good sportsmanship. Your child will learn safe and effective skills from trained volunteers.

Tackle Football-Shelby Branch

Grades: 5th & 6th

Registration: April 1st-May 1st, 2024

Program Duration: July-October

Go to Search and Register for Programs to see more information and to register. 

Track and Field-Mansfield Branch

The Track and Field program is for BEGINNERS, INTERMEDIATE, and ADVANCED athletes. Beginners will be taught the fundamentals of track and field and how to progress effectively. Intermediate and Advanced athletes will be taught how to strengthen their bodies and take their track and field skills to the next level. Our program will not only teach about the different races/events but will give athletes the opportunity to compete in real track meets. 

Program is currently not open for registration. 

Cross Country-Shelby Branch

Cross country will keep you in shape and give you an edge in other sports. Participants will learn new techniques to enhance their running endurance. 

Program is currently not open for registration. 


Our basketball program is a great opportunity for boys and girls to gain exposure and LEARN FUNDAMENTALS of basketball and TEAMWORK in a positive, safe, and UPLIFTING ENVIRONMENT! 

Bitty Basketball-Mansfield Branch

Ages: 5-6

Registration: March 18-April 7

Program Duration: April 9-May 7

Go to Search and Register for Programs to see more information and to register. 

Youth Boxing Club-Mansfield Branch

This no-contact boxing club is great for beginners and for kids with advanced knowledge of boxing. Kids will be taught basic boxing moves and self-defense while incorporating listening skills and burning off some energy!

Youth Boxing Club-Mansfield Branch

Ages: 5-17

Registration: March 18-31

Program Duration: April 1-May 4

Go to Search and Register for Programs to see more information and to register. 

Homeschool Gym & Swim & Homeschool Swim

Do you want your homeschooler to be more physically active and meet new friends? At the YMCA of North Central Ohio, our 5-week Homeschool Gym and Swim or Homeschool Swim program provides an opportunity to do just that! The Homeschool Gym and Swim program is a great way to give parents a break during the day and the kids a chance to be active! 

Available for Spring 1 Program Registration.  Go to Search and Register for Programs to see more information and to register. (See below for 2024 Program session Dates)


Homeschool Swim (Mansfield Branch)-Ages 3-12 (Preschool ages 3-5, School-Age 6-12) 

Homeschool Gym and Swim (Shelby Branch)-Ages 5-15

Swim Club-Shelby Branch

The benefits of swimming are amazing! Increase muscle tone, strength, improve flexibility, heart health, weight control, and so much more. Swim Club is offered to children 16 and younger at the Shelby YMCA. Learn more about Swim Club HERE.


Mansfield Contact: James Twedt - Executive Director: 419-522-3511 ext 258
Mansfield Contact: Jennifer Jeffery - Aquatics Director:  419-522-3511 ext 264
Shelby Contact: Michele Irey - Lead Program Assistant: 419-347-1312 ext 501


Lindsay’s Law

All youth sports participants are required to have a signed Lindsay's Law form for each program. 

Click HERE to visit the Ohio Department of Health page on Linsays Law and Sudden Cardiac Arrest. 

You can download a copy of the Parent - Athlete Signature form HERE

Click here to watch Lindsay Law video


HEADS UP to Youth Sports - Concussion Information

For more information for coaches regarding concussions and youth sports - click HERE to visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention page on the HEADS UP to Youth Sports program. 

You can also download a FACT SHEET HERE

Concussion Action Plan HERE

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2024 Program Session Dates

  • Are meals provided?
    Yes. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. We do not allow outside food unless there is a medical reason.
  • Does Child Care ever close? What about weather?
    Our sites close based on the YMCA closure schedule and two professional development days each year. and the ProCare app will alert you of all closures.
  • What does the Step Up To Quality star rating mean?
    Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) is a five-star quality rating and improvement system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. SUTQ recognizes and promotes learning and development programs that meet quality program standards that exceed preschool licensing and school age child care licensing health and safety regulations. Step Up To Quality program standards are based on national research identifying standards which lead to improved outcomes for children.
  • Are the Child Care providers certified?
    Yes, all employees have a thorough background check, CPR, first aid, communicable disease training, child abuse training, and many more continuing education courses.
  • Is there a discount if we have two children in your program?
  • Is there a curriculum?
    Yes, our staff gets planning time similar to a school system. Each classroom has lesson plans each day to enhance social, emotional, and educational learning.
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