Youth Sports & Fitness

Healthy Habits Start Here

At Armed Services YMCA Fort Leonard Wood, recognize that physical activity is central to good physical and mental well-being and that involvement in youth sports and fitness initiatives lay the foundation for healthy choices later in life. A child’s involvement in youth fitness activities give them the chance to learn about teamwork, achievement, and friendship all while having a great time!

Youth Basketball League

We run the local basketball program for ages 5 to 17 years old. This program serves 35 teams with over 360 athletes. This program not only builds basketball skills but also builds character skills: Respect, Caring, Honesty & Responsibility.

Teen boys playing a game of basketball in a gym

Basketball Registration Opens September 9th

The ASYMCA Youth Basketball league will be co-ed teams, unless registering for the 9-11 or 12-14 year old all girls league.

*This league is open to everyone.

Age Groups
Coed: 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, 15-17

Girls League: 9-11, 12-14

*Once first practice is complete, no refunds will be issued.

*Space is limited.

*Please register for the age group for the age your child will be as of November 13th 2023.

*Once registration closes, we will be holding our coaches meeting the first week of November. At this meeting all teams will be picked by a blind draft, with the exception of the 15-17 year olds. This age group who will have an open gym night at which their teams will be drafted that evening. Once teams are picked, coaches will then be contacting each athlete to let you know your teams practice times. Unfortunately we have no way to pre pick certain days for your athlete to practice. In addition we are unable to have special requests for players to be placed on the same team unless they are siblings.

Practices will begin the week of November 13th. Games will begin in December playing on December 2nd and 16th. We will break for the holidays then resume games in January. Each team will play 7 games including a playoff game. Then those who win their playoff will play one final championship game.

The ASYMCA youth basketball league is a fundraiser to help support all of our other ASYMCA programs. Our mission is to provide a quality league for our young athletes while instilling good sportsmanship, our core values, and a bit of competition.

This winter youth basketball league is run by the ASYMCA and has partnered with the Waynesville RV-I School District for us to run practices and games in their facilities.

Games will be played at the Waynesville Middle School on Saturdays.

Practices may be held at the Waynesville Middle School, Waynesville High School, Freedom Elementary School, or East Elementary School.

Practice times will be determined based on coach’s schedules.
Practices will be twice per week for ages 7-17, and once per week for ages 5-6.

Waynesville School District has set parameters for our program in the schools as follows:
No smoking is allowed on school property and will be strictly enforced.
Parents, siblings, and spectators for the 9-17 year old age groups are not permitted to be in the schools or gymnasiums during practices.
Absolutely no hanging on the basketball rims.

Youth Cheer

Introducing our new 5-17 year old youth cheer program.

The new ASYMCA cheer program will help kids become not only better athletes, but better people as well. Youth cheerleading is a developmental program that aims at introducing participants to the sport, building confidence and fostering a team environment. Every child gets to participate in a safe, exciting and fun atmosphere alongside our youth basketball league.


Cheer Registration Opens September 9th

Cheer at a Glance:

  • Cheer program is offered alongside the ASYMCA 5-17 year old Youth Basketball League
  • Co-ed cheer program for ages 5 to 17
  • Cheer shirt & poms are included in registration
  • Age-appropriate skill building including basic stunting and jumps, as well as gameday cheers
  • All skill levels welcome
  • Weekly practices and Saturday games (Practices will be held at either the Waynesville Middle School, Waynesville High School, Freedom Elementary or East Elementary)

Times for cheer practices and cheering at youth basketball games will be determined by coaches once the season begins.


Earn-a-Bike is a health and wellness program for elementary-age students and their parents consisting of 8 weeks of exercise and nutrition classes taught by ASYMCA instructors. Once the session is complete, and the students and parents have satisfied their participation requirements, students will be awarded a new bicycle, helmet and lock so they can continue to practice healthy living. This program is designed as a targeted prevention program that teaches children and families about the importance of exercise/physical activity and a healthy, balanced diet.

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Safety Around Water (SAW)

Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The YMCA’s Safety Around Water programs can help you make sure kids learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely. Drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. But, as a parent or caregiver, you can’t keep your children sidelined. You need to equip them with the tools they need to be confident in and around water so they don’t lose out on the health benefits of exercise, the opportunities to bond with family and friends and the sense of accomplishment when they learn new skills. Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:

• Swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit
• Jump, push, turn, grab

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