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

Spring Soccer League (PreK-5th Grade)

The season includes six games and is broken up into PreK, K-1st, 2nd-3rd and 4th-5th, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th and 6th-8th, although division may vary due to registration. All children must be four years old by the first game in order to register. 

Time & Dates:   

Games: Saturdays, April 13th- May 18th

Coaches' Meeting: Tuesday, March 12th at 6:00pm

Spring Soccer League Fee: Y Members $32 & Non-Members $64

$10 late fee after March 3rd

Click here for Spring Soccer Schedules (PreK-5th Grade) (Updated 4/8/19)

Jr. High Spring Soccer 

Games: April- June

$35/player

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

Cheerleading Camp (K-6th Grade)

Do you have team spirit? Cheer camp gives participants the chance to get active and have some fun! Cheerleading will build confidence and self-esteem while developing social skills and healthy relationships with others. Learn the fundamentals of cheerleading including basic motions, jumps, cheers and chants. Camp will be led by Erin Pugh and held at the Knox County Family YMCA Gym. 

Time & Dates:

June 17th-21st

9:00am-11:30am


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

10:00am-11:00am


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

11:00am-1:00pm


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


Sports Clinics

Clinic Fees: Y Members $20 & Non-Members $38

T-Ball Clinic (PreK-1st Grade)

Participants will have fun while learning the basics of T-Ball including: fielding, catching, throwing and hitting. This clinic will meet at the Knox County Family YMCA Soccer Complex. 

Time & Dates:

Tuesdays, May 7th- May 28th

4:00-5:00pm

Play Sessions

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

Play Session Dates

April 8th- May 25th

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 tkulland@knoxymca.org with any questions regarding youth programs. 

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