Youth Sports and Fitness

Youth Sports & Fitness

The Y offers an array of exciting sports programs. Whether its gaining the confidence that comes with learning a new sport, building the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, or learning new skills, participating in sports at the Y is about building the whole athlete, inside and out. Selecting a sport program to participate in can be as simple as selecting one you or your child have enjoyed as a fan. However, sometimes it makes sense to think through your/your child’s fitness goals and what they enjoy doing. Sports offer the opportunity to participate individually or as a team, and challenges participants in different ways through endurance, speed, mental toughness, teamwork, strength and coordination. Learn a new sport or refine existing skills under the supervision of caring, skilled, and supportive Y coaches and instructors. Choose from classes, fitness, clinics, and specialty programs.

Please check our schedule for current class times and locations.

Youth Sport & Fitness Contact:

Maria Neufeld
Youth, Teen and Family Program Coordinator
203.775.4444 x 109

Lil’ Pint Basketball

(Ages 4-5) Children learn the basics of basketball in a fun and exciting way. Dribbling, passing, and shooting will be covered through fun games that keep everyone moving. This class is great for coordination and self-esteem. The main objective is to have fun.

Basketball – Youth & Pre-Teen

(Ages 6-12) YMCA basketball emphasis is on FUN, skill development, equal participation, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Staff will cover the fundamentals of dribbling, passing, defense, and shooting as well as the rules and strategies of the game.

YMCA Personal Basketball Training

(Grades 3-12) The Regional YMCA is offering private and semi-private basketball sessions for players in grades 3-12. Drills will be done according to players’ abilities and will increase as players’ skills become more proficient. Training sessions with a qualified YMCA basketball trainer will take place during open gym time upon availability. Each training session is 1 hour.


kids playing basketball outside

Gym Jammin’ Tots

(Parent/Child Class,Ages 2-3) This interactive parent-child gymnastics class will introduce your little tot to the world of gymnastics and engage social skills and body awareness essential to a growing mind and body.

Gymnastics Level 1

(Ages 3-9) Children will practice on all gymnastics equipment, focusing on rolls, cartwheels, handstands, balance beam & more! Gymnasts will progress at their own pace learning basic skills, body positions, safety, and gym rules. Children advance based on instructor recommendation.

Gymnastics Level 2

(Ages 6-12) Class is for intermediate gymnasts who have mastered the skills taught in Youth Gymnastics. Gymnasts will improve their strength and flexibility while learning more challenging, and advanced skills. Learn beam, handstands, round-offs, kick overs and more! Children advance based on instructor recommendation.

Tae Kwon Do

Traditional Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art based on self-defense, discipline and focus. Students will develop confidence and discipline while learning how to protect themselves and improve attention levels. The program also develops the inner self-using fun and positive reinforcement. Students will have an opportunity to advance through belt ranks. All Belts (Ages 6 and up) 2 Days/Week – Mondays & Wednesdays

Soccer Stars

(Ages 4-5) This is a great introduction to the sport of soccer through simple concepts and basic rules of the sport.

kids playing soccer outside


(Ages 4-5) Learn America’s greatest pastime in a fun, non-competitive environment. This class teaches throwing, catching and hitting skills. So bring your glove, if you’ve got one, and get ready to hit a home run.

CrossFun For Teens

(Ages 13-16) Teen strength and conditioning for all levels of fitness. Focus will be on building cardio and muscular endurance as well as working on proper form and technic in a fun setting. Modifications will be provided as needed.

Floor Hockey

(Ages 4-5) Does your child love to play hockey but isn’t quite ready to be out on skates yet? Why not combine the best of both worlds and try our floor hockey class. This class will reach the basics of floor hockey: shooting, passing, goal tending, and games. Foam hockey sticks and pucks will be used for safety.

kids playing floor hockey

Fit Kids

The Fit Kids program is collaboration between Western Connecticut Health Network, the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut and Family & Children’s Aid. Fit Kids is a 10-week multidisciplinary program designed to support parents who are concerned about their child’s weight as they work towards a healthier lifestyle. Through physical education, nutrition and behavior support, the families will receive the expertise they need to begin their journey. The program is held at Family & Children’s Aid on West St in Danbury. A referral from a pediatrician, school nurse or other medical provider is required. At least one parent must attend the sessions with the child.

Fitness Express Pass

(Ages 10-13) Students will work with a certified Personal Trainer to understand proper use of equipment (strength and cardio), correct form when using weights and strength equipment as well as learn proper etiquette for the Wellness Center. This small group program will create an interactive setting in which students can ask questions and receive personal attention and direction to ensure a safe workout environment. Successful completion of the program will grant access (with parental supervision) to the Weight and Cardio Rooms.

Performance Training for Young Athletes

(Ages 10-13) Our Youth Training programs help young athletes and non-athletes build a strong foundation in performance fundamentals. Young athletes will develop a strong foundation, learn proper motor skills, and begin speed development in a fun environment. A College Strength & Conditioning Coach teaches this class.

Race 4 Chase – Youth Triathlon Training Program (June 22nd – July 31st)

( Ages 6-12 ) Race 4 Chase is named for Chase Kowalski, an amazing little boy from Newtown, who loved to run. Race 4 Chase strives to empower kids to reach their full potential. Registration is for children ages 6-12 years old wishing to participate in the Race 4 Chase Triathlon Program. This program provides youth with a fun, skill building, and life-changing experience by introducing them to the sport of triathlon. This is a FREE 6 weeklong program!

Contact: Maria Neufeld 203.775.4444 Race day is the culmination of the program for the eight YMCA Race 4 Chase programs at YMCA Camp Sloper in Southington (1000 East Street, Southington CT) on Saturday, August 1, 2020. Rain date August 2nd. All participants will compete in a Youth Triathlon on this day. An application needs to be completed by both parent/guardian and child wishing to participate in the program. Please answer all questions; if you have additional children, each child must have a separate application. Due to limited enrollment, applications will be evaluated based on several factors. Selection priority will be given to first time registrations, a demonstration of need, and those indicating a sincere desire to participate for the complete duration of the program. You will be notified if your child has been selected into the program. If selected, completion of a registration packet is required.

S.C.R.A.M. – Students Can Run And Move

(Grades K-5) In an effort to reverse the rising local childhood obesity rates, the Regional Y operates the SCRAM (Students Can Run and Move) afterschool fitness/nutrition program to get at-risk, low-income Danbury elementary school students (grades K-5) moving and to educate them and their families about good nutrition and the importance of exercise. SCRAM was the vision and plan developed by the Coalition for Healthy Kids, a Danbury based Coalition. SCRAM runs from October to May in conjunction with the Danbury Public Schools’ after-school, Extended Learning Program (ELP). SCRAM features a daily healthy snack, weekly nutrition lessons, and 45 minutes of daily physical activities. At the end of the 26 weeks, students show improved physical fitness test scores, are more knowledgeable about good nutrition and increase their fruit and vegetable consumption. SCRAM is proven to help overweight children stabilize and even improve their BMI levels, and through quality physical activity programming. Through an effective parent education component, SCRAM helps families reinforce healthy behaviors at home. SCRAM has been recognized by the CDC as an effective health strategy. A 4 to 6 week summer variation is also offered at up to four Danbury Public School summer school sites. During the spring and summer months, students involved in SCRAM experience hands-on nutrition projects and activities including tending to a raised bed gardens, preparing and tasting a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, and taking walking field trips to the Farmer’s Market located at Kennedy Park in Danbury, CT. Children and families are taught the Let’s Go health message of “5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, 2 or less hours of recreational screen time, 1 hour of play every day and 0 intakes of sugar sweetened beverages.” Program outcomes include improved weight status and fitness levels, increased fruit and vegetable consumption, decreased sugar sweetened beverage intake, and decreased time spent in recreational screen time and more time playing. Since 2010, the program has reached more than 2500 children and families.

The Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the SCRAM Program:

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation 2015-2016
  • CDC- ACHIEVE- Action Communities for Health Innovation and Environmental Change 2011, 2012
  • Communities Putting Prevention to Work 2010
  • Danbury Public Schools 2012 – 2015
  • General Mills 2014 – 2015
  • Goodrich-UTC Aerospace Systems 2010 – 2015
  • Meserve Foundation 2012 – 2015
  • Peggy Zamore- individual sponsor 2015
  • State Farm of Danbury 2014 and 2015
  • Trust for Public Land 2013
  • Union Savings Bank- 2012, 2014, 2016
  • United Way of Western Connecticut through Strong Heart Healthy Children 2011 – 2016
  • Whole Foods Foundation 2014

Volunteer Capacity:

  • Western Connecticut State University Health Promotion Program
  • Danbury Garden Club
  • UCONN Extension service- Danbury Master Gardeners
  • Regional YMCA employees for summer Farmer’s Market Program

Go! 5, 2, 1, 0

Let’s Go! is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program. Our goal is to increase physical activity and healthy eating for children from birth to age 18 through policy and environmental change. Let’s Go! works in six settings to reach families where they live, learn, work, and play to reinforce the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.

Let’s Go! helps participating programs to

  • Reflect on their nutrition and physical activity environments and make changes to support healthy behaviors in kids.
  • Increase healthy eating in kids by providing appropriate foods and beverages, and role modeling healthy eating behaviors.
  • Increase opportunities for physical activity.
  • Reach out to parents to promote healthy behaviors at home.
  • Promote the 5-2-1-0 message.

Contact: Maureen Farrell 203.740.3432 x236

Youth Sport & Fitness Contact:

Maria Neufeld Youth, Teen and Family Program Coordinator 203.775.4444 x 109