Youth Sports & Play

YMCA youth sports focuses on nurturing kids true potential. Whether your child joins one of our basketball leagues or your toddlers plays in a T-ball team they'll both discover a sports program that emphasizes developing sportsmanship. Additionally they will enjoy making new friends, and most of all they will have fun! All players enjoy equal play time, no try-outs and supportive volunteer coaches who are parents just like you.

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Youth Sports Leagues

Jr. High Spring Soccer 

Games: April- June


Click here to view more information and download a registration form (must be turned in at the YMCA).

Click here to register and pay!

T-Ball League (PreK-1st Grade)

Learn the basics of t-ball at the Knox County Family YMCA! All children must be four year old by the first game in order to register. Baseball hat and glove required.

Time & Dates:   

Mondays, June 10th- July 15th

Practices begin at 5:30pm & Games begin at 6:00pm

T-Ball League Fee: Y Members $33 & Non-Members $66

$10 late fee after May 27th

Summer Camps

All camp participants will receive a t-shirt, and more importantly will learn the four core values of the YMCA: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. 

Camp Fee: $62 Y Members & Non-Members

Swimming Fundamentals Camp (Ages 7 & Up)

If you like to swim, this camp is for you! This camp is recommended pre-swim team, and will include basic stroke fundamentals and techniques. Join us in Vitale Pool at the Family Branch! 

Time & Dates:

June 17th-21st


FC Galesburg Soccer Camp (PreK-8th Grade)

Come out and play soccer this summer while enhancing your skills! This camp will work on improving fundamental individual and team skills through fun drills and small side games. Camp will be led by FC Galesburg members and coaches, along with current high school and college players. Camp will be held at the Knox County YMCA Soccer Complex. 

Time & Dates:

June 24th-28th

PreK-1st Grade: 9:00am-10:00am

2nd-5th Grade: 10:30am-12:00pm

6th-8th Grade: 1:00pm-2:30pm 

Premier Basketball Camp- MORNING & EVENING SESSIONS (K-8th Grade)

Enhance your basketball skills with instruction from Coach Garret Williams from Knox College! Participants will learn a variety of basic basketball skills at the Knox County Family YMCA Gym. 

Time & Dates:

July 8th-12th

9:00am-11:00am OR 5:30pm-7:30pm 

Art Discovery Camp (Ages 7-12)

Creativity and imagination will be used during our Art Discovery Camp! Projects will include collages, drawing with pencil, paintings and more! This camp will be taught by Beth Swing and held at the Knox County Family YMCA.

Time & Dates:

July 15th-19th


NEW Gymnastic Fundamentals Camp (K-5th Grade)

Your gymnast will build self-confidence while developing team building and a positive attitude during our new Gymnastic Fundamentals Camp! We will also work on skills, strength, flexibility and balance. Camp will be led by Mandie Beckman and held at the Knox County Family YMCA Gym. 

Time & Dates:

July 22nd-26th

K-1st Grade: 9:00am-10:00am

2nd-3rd Grade: 10:00am-11:00am

4th-5th Grade: 11:00am-12:00pm 

NEW Flag Football Camp (PreK-5th Grade)

Flag football camp will develop a love of the game for youth, PreK through 5th grade! Participants will learn rules and tactics while having fun! Fundamentals and good sportsmanship will be our focus. This camp will be held at the Knox County YMCA Soccer Complex. 

Time & Dates:

July 22nd-26th

PreK: 9:00am-9:45am

K-2nd Grade: 10:00am-11:00am

3rd-5th Grade: 11:15am-12:15pm

Girls' Volleyball Camp (5th-8th Grade)

Set, serve, spike! Girls 5th through 8th grade, enjoy a basic skills, confidence, and understanding camp on the game of volleyball at the Knox County Family YMCA Gym. 

Time & Dates:

July 29th- August 2nd

5th-6th Grade: 9:30am-10:30am

7th-8th Grade: 10:30am-12:00pm

Play Sessions

Session Fees: Y Members $33 & Non-Members $66

Play Session Dates

June 3rd-July 6th

July 8th-August 10th 

Martial Arts (Ages 4-12)

This class is taught by an instructor from Kuk Sool Won Martial Arts School. Participants will learn self-confidence, concentration and a positive mental attitude.

Time & Dates:   

Ages 4-6: Tuesdays, 6:00-6:30pm

Ages 7-12: Tuesdays, 6:30-7:15pm

*Class times are subject to change based on enrollment.

Homeschool P.E. & Swim (Ages 5 & Up)

Do you need a place for your homeschoolers to engage in physical exercise as well as develop relationships with their peers? Participants will rotate through a variety of exercises, sports and swimming activities each week.

Time & Dates:   

Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm

Please contact Tiffany Kulland, Program Coordinator at 309-344-1324 or with any questions regarding youth programs. 

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We continue to build our relationship with Knox College through hosting student volunteers in our After School Programs. There are over 30 Knox student volunteers who help our programs thrive and help us meet our overall goal of providing a wonderful before and after school experience for our participants. This partnership is mutually beneficial for the Knox County YMCA and for Knox College; our Before and After School Program participants gain role models in the form of college students they can look up to, while Knox students gain an impactful experience working with children, and get to do meaningful service in their community. Volunteers help the kids with homework, play alongside them during free time, and assist the YMCA instructors by creating new, fun programming ideas.