THE REGIONAL

YMCA OF WESTERN CT

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:

Kariana Cicerone
Youth, Teen and Family Program Coordinator
203.775.4444 x 109
kcicerone@regionalymca.org

Race 4 Chase – Youth Triathlon Training Program (June 28th – July 30th)

( 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 5 weeklong program!

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, July 31, 2021. Rain date August 1st. 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 go through a lottery system.  You will be notified if your child has been selected into the program by May 4, 2021. If selected, completion of a registration packet is required.

Contact: Kariana Cicerone 203.775.4444 kcicerone@regionalymca.org

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 6-13) 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

Tiny Dancers (Parent/Child)

(Parent/Child Class, Ages 2-4 years) 

Our Tiny Dancers are invited with a parent/guardian into the studio for a fun movement class designed to encourage individual growth as well as physical and personality development. Children will enjoy movement games that are based on basic dance games and storytelling.

Ballet

(Ages 5-8)

Looking to enter the world of ballet? Beginner dancers are able to explore dance and expand their ballet knowledge in this program focused on classroom etiquette, posture, ballet terminology and intricate positions of the feet, arms, and body in a creative and expressive environment.

Tap

(Ages 5-8)

Tap class focuses on the fundamental foot work and techniques of tap dancing and rhythm.

Girl in purple jumping

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.

Floor Hockey (Winter)

(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

Gym Jammin’ Tots (TBD)

(Parent/Child Class,Ages 18 Months-3 years) 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 (TBD)

(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 (TBD)

(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 – Tuesdays & Thursdays

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

T-Ball (Spring)

(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 (Fall)

(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.

Youth Sport & Fitness Contact:

Maria Neufeld Youth, Teen and Family Program Coordinator 203.775.4444 x 109 mneufeld@regionalymca.org