Sports

The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming active and developing healthy habits they will continue throughout their lives. In a Y sports program, your child will meet friends, learn new skills, improve his or her fitness and most importantly have fun! Whether it's gaining the confidence that comes with learning a new sport, building the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, or refining and improving skills, participating in sports at the Y is a bout building the whole athlete, inside and out. You can find all class descriptions and other sports information below:

 

How to register

To register, select the appropriate class based on the descriptions and expectations for that class. Have questions? Contact Kim DeRaedt at kderaedt@ymcachicago.org or 773.326.2563.

 

Session Dates
Winter (7 weeks) 1/7/19-2/24/19
Spring 1 (8weeks) 2/25/19-4/21/19
Spring 2 (8 weeks) 4/22/19-6/16/19

 


PARENT/CHILD & PRESCHOOL SPORTS

Gym & Swim (Ages 3-5)
Tiny Tot programs are designed to introduce children to sports in a fun, structured environment that encourages participation, builds confidence and fosters a love for staying active. YMCA Gym & Swim is a great way to introduce your child to a variety of healthy activities including traditional PE games and age-appropriate sport introductions (approx. 30-40 minutes) before transferring to the pool for a 40-minute structured beginner (Stages 1-2) swim lesson. Parent participation is not required. Click here to register.

Preschool Tumbling (Ages 3-5)
This is an introductory class to develop coordination, body awareness and gross motor skills while working on listening and social skills, providing children with a strong foundation to build on in tumbling classes to follow. Click here to register.

T-Ball (Ages 4-6)
This program is designed to teach children the basic skills in playing t-ball. Children will learn the proper techniques for throwing, fielding, running the bases, and hitting. Participants will need to supply their own gloves and wear proper footwear. (Cleats are not allowed.) Parents are asked to take an active role to ensure interactive participation that includes drills and games. Click here to register.

Tiny Tot Basketball (Ages 3-5)
Tiny Tot programs are designed to introduce children to sports in a fun, structured environment that encourages participation, builds confidence and fosters a love for staying active. Parents are asked to take an active role to ensure interactive participation that includes drills and small-sided game play. Click here to register.

Tiny Tot Soccer (Ages 3-5)
Tiny Tot programs are designed to introduce children to sports in a fun, structured environment that encourages participation, builds confidence and fosters a love for staying active. Parents are asked to take an active role to ensure interactive participation that includes drills and small-sided game play. Click here to register.

 

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YOUTH SPORTS

Basketball League (Grades 2-8)
Did you know that the YMCA invented basketball? Teams are led by volunteer coaches, and all youth enjoy equal playing time. Players participate in one weeknight practice (Monday or Wednesday) and Saturday games. Season features play-offs, player recognition celebration and special event opportunities. Contingent upon enrollment, co-ed divisions are as follows: Grades 2-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8. Click here to register.

Beginner Basketball (Grades 1-3)
Beginner Basketball provides a healthy introduction to the sport and foundation for building upon learned fundamentals. Youth become confident in dribbling, passing, shooting, footwork, rebounding and defensive skills before translating their skills to tactical and team play. Beginner Basketball instills the fundamentals and IQ necessary to transition comfortably into league play. Click here to register.

Flag Football (Ages 6-10)
Kid and parent approved! Learn the skills of flag football without the hard-hitting form of full contact football. Passing, catching, and running drills will be taught in this exciting class. Children will learn the rules of football as well as team concepts and sportsmanship. A short scrimmage or small-sided competitive activity will end each class. Click here to register.

Floor Hockey (Ages 6-10)
Learn the basics of hockey in a safe, controlled environment. Your child will develop fundamental skills including stick handling, passing, shooting, offense, defense and teamwork. Floor hockey strengthens hand-eye coordination, quick reflexes and sound decision making. Honing these skills and more will give your child a great athletic foundation that will easily translate to other sports. Bonus! All youth enjoy wearing Wolves jerseys while participating (property of the Y) and receive a complimentary ticket to a Wolves game. Click here to register.

Girls Basketball Academy (Grades 2-5)
Just for girls, this Basketball Academy is designed to develop fundamental basketball skills while learning teamwork, strategy and sportsmanship. Girls learn basketball rules, shooting, passing and ball handling in addition to offensive and defensive skills like rebounding and team play. Instructors focus on individual challenge and progressive skill development in a fun, sociable, and character and confidence-building athletic experience. Click here to register.

Hoop Heaven Basketball Academy (Grades 2-9)
Lead by former NBA and European professional, Harlem Globetrotter and Chicago native, Paul McPherson equips participants with the fundamentals, footwork and basketball IQ to take their game to the next level. The small group environment (limit 12) ensures all athletes hone in on key performance aspects including dribbling, passing and shooting as well as strength and conditioning. Recommended for athletes with league experience of intermediate/advanced ability. Click here to register.

Karate (Ages 5 and up)
Our instructors are experts in the martial arts and provide safe and ethical training that adheres to the values of discipline, personal growth and respect for others. Karate is a strategy for self-defense, as well as an individual performance sport that tests balance, coordination, and physical and mental strength. Click here to register.

Mighty Mite Basketball (Age 5 - Grade 1)
Mighty Mites is a great introduction to the game of basketball, where youth develop dribbling, shooting, defensive and teamwork skills. The first 30-40 minutes of the program builds upon and improves fundamentals while introducing more advanced skills. Young athletes then become acclimated to the rules of the game and working in a team setting through small-sided games for 20-30 minutes. Click here to register.

Mighty Mite Soccer (Grades K- 2) 
Mighty Mites is a great introduction to the sport of soccer, where youth develop dribbling, passing, shooting, defensive and teamwork skills. The first 30-40 minutes of the program builds upon and improves fundamentals while introducing more advanced skills. Young athletes then become acclimated to the rules of the game and working in a team setting through small-sided games for 20-30 minutes. Click here to register.

Sunday Team Basketball League (Grades 3-8)
Bring your team! Join the excitement of a safe, competitive league atmosphere. All games are conveniently played on Sundays at the South Side YMCA. Recreational and competitive teams and players hone their game with the organization that invented basketball—the Y! Team and free agent registration is available. Click here to register.

Volleyball Academy (Grades 3-8)
Experienced instructors guide participants through drills and games designed to improve technical, tactical and athletic performance. Skills academy focuses on individual development while teaching the basics of bumping, setting, hitting, serving and rules of the game. Perfect introduction or preparation for school/league play. Click here to register.

Youth Tumbling (Ages 6-12) 
This is a beginner class introducing key skills such as backward roll, cartwheel, handstands and bridges. Curriculum is progressive with a different body position and concentration each week. No experience required. Click here to register.

 

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TEEN SPORTS

Basketball League (Grades 2-8)
Did you know that the YMCA invented basketball? Teams are led by volunteer coaches, and all youth enjoy equal playing time. Players participate in one weeknight practice (Monday or Wednesday) and Saturday games. Season features play-offs, player recognition celebration, special events and opportunities. Contingent upon enrollment, co-ed divisions are as follows: Grades 2-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8. Click here to register.

Hoop Heaven Basketball Academy (Grades 2-9)
Lead by former NBA and European professional, Harlem Globetrotter and Chicago native, Paul McPherson equips participants with the fundamentals, footwork and basketball IQ to take their game to the next level. The small group environment (limit 12) ensures all athletes hone in on key performance aspects including dribbling, passing and shooting as well as strength and conditioning. Recommended for athletes with league experience of intermediate/advanced ability. Click here to register.

Karate (ages 5 and up)
Our instructors are experts in the martial arts and provide safe and ethical training that adheres to the values of discipline, personal growth and respect for others. Karate is a strategy for self-defense, as well as an individual performance sport that tests balance, coordination, and physical and mental strength. Click here to register.

Sunday Team Basketball League (Grades 3-8)
Bring your team! Join the excitement of a safe, competitive league atmosphere. All games are conveniently played on Sundays at the South Side YMCA. Recreational and competitive teams and players hone their game with the organization that invented basketball—the Y! Team and free agent registration is available. Click here to register.

Volleyball Academy (Grade 3-8) 
Experienced instructors guide participants through drills and games designed to improve technical, tactical and athletic performance. Skills academy focuses on individual development while teaching the basics of bumping, setting, hitting, serving and rules of the game. Perfect introduction or preparation for school/league play. Click here to register.

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Questions?

Contact Kim DeRaedt at kderaedt@ymcachicago.org or 773.326.2563.

 

 

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