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Friday, January 29, 2016

Upcoming Youth Sports at the Campbell County YMCA

Last week on FTM, two new classes for adults at the YMCA were highlighted- In Trinity and Y Weight (story found here).  However, as the Campbell County YMCA slogan says, “We are for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility”.  So, when planning your Spring (it’s coming soon!) activities, don’t forget the YMCA is not just a place where you can go and swim and work out on occasion, but also a great opportunity for entry-level children’s sports.

Youth basketball is currently in season with games running through February 20.  While it is too late to register for basketball this season, soccer registration started earlier this week.  Soccer, the sport my husband has decided will be my children’s sport whether they like it or not, will run for seven weeks beginning on April 9.  There are three co-ed leagues, age three, ages four-five, and ages six-seven.   Registration for non-members will begin on February 20.  Registration for everyone ends March 15.  The cost is $44 for members and $88 for non-members.

If soccer isn't your thing, consider the seven-week summer baseball league.  The YMCA features T-ball for three and four-year-olds and coach pitch for five and six-year-olds. April 10 begins registration for members (April 20 for non-members). Prices are the same as soccer ($44 for members and $88 for non-members).  The deadline to register is May 14.

Becky Fiscus, Program Director for Aquatics and Youth Sports, is passionate about the quality programs the YMCA puts on for kids but wants to remind people that it cannot be done without parent volunteers to coach. “Seeing the kids enjoy playing a new sport, learning the importance of teamwork, and watching the volunteer coaches teach life lessons, is an incredibly rewarding experience; I encourage all parents to get their kids involved in one of the upcoming YMCA sports or activities and to get involved themselves for the betterment of our community’s kids.”

If you’re looking for an activity but team and/or ball sports aren’t for your child, the YMCA also offers youth gymnastics on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The classes are for kids ages one to twelve. A new session starts every month.

With summer right around the corner (wishful thinking) it’s never too early to think about water safety.  Teaching youth to swim and preventing drowning is one of the core tenets of the YMCA and to that end, they have group swimming lessons for children age six months to twelve years.  Having personally done the mommy and me classes and having watched my oldest become a rather confident swimmer in YMCA lessons, I can attest to the effectiveness and fun of the lessons.  Now, whenever anyone asks me how I taught my kids to swim, I say confidently, “The Y did!”  Classes run for either four or eight weeks, depending upon which ones you sign up for, and are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings or Saturday mornings.

For more information on the Campbell County YMCA, visit their website or stop by the front desk for all the necessary activity registration paperwork.  Not a member?  Don’t worry- all activities are good for members and non-members.  However, if you’re not a member, the YMCA is waiving all activation fees for new members through January 31 and any current members that refer a new member receives 20% off their monthly bill.

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