Did you know that basketball and volleyball were invented by early YMCA leaders?
Our sports programs develop more than skills—they develop character. We offer a variety of programs for youth and adults, including recreation and league sports. Coaches—often volunteers and including many parents—emphasize teamwork, cooperation, and developing good values.
The YMCA has been America's leading swim instructor for more than 100 years. But our aquatics programs extend beyond instruction. We also provide recreational, competitive and specialty aquatics programs for all ages and abilities, including parent-child classes, water exercise and therapy, water safety and rescue, and water sports. Programs and classes vary by location. For aquatics details, explore the website of the YMCA nearest you.
The Youth Swim Lesson Program is designed to develop each participant's potential by incorporating a developmental approach that is based on current research in child development, the art of teaching, motor learning, and motor development. Through qualified instruction, children can begin to swim for the first time, improve swim skills, learn water safety techniques and enjoy personal growth.
Youth Swim Lessons are offered on a year-round schedule:
Parent/Child: 6 Months to 3 Years
This program gives parents and their infants/toddlers an early introduction to water safety and swimming. Instructors provide individual and group activities to help promote water safety knowledge and practices, aquatic adjustment and readiness skills, fun in the water, and interaction and socialization. Parent/child classes require that one parent be in the water with the child at all times. Class is 30 minutes long.
Preschool: Age 3 to Kindergarten
These beginning classes provide a child’s first experience in the pool without parents. Children learn the basic building blocks of swimming, and they are exposed to pool safety, boating safety, and personal flotation devices.
Private Swim Lessons
Individual swim lessons provide extra personal instruction and attention in order to improve stroke technique and develop more proficient swimmers. Lessons are geared toward basic, correct body position and introduction to various swimming strokes.
Private swim lessons are available for youth and adults ages 3 and older. Lessons are conducted 1-on-1 with a trained YMCA swim instructor. Due to popularity of private lessons and limited instructor availability, advanced planning and reservations are required. Please contact the East Valley Family YMCA's aquatics department for more information.
Do you have family or friends that are interested in learning to swim in a class together? Private group lessons are geared for small groups of similar swim levels to learn in a group environment. Lessons focus on improving stroke technique and proficiency in various strokes. Please see our Member Service Center for more information.
Youth: First Grade to 14 Years
These classes for school-age children focus on water safety and stroke skills. All youth swimming lessons are 45 minutes long.
What Level is My Child?
All students who have never enrolled in swim lessons – and without any swimming skills – must sign-up for Pike or Polliwog, depending on their age. Swim evaluations are required for all children other than beginners.
Evaluations are conducted every Monday - Thursday from 4–6 pm for those who have not participated in previous YMCA swim lessons. If children have completed a level at another YMCA, please ask that YMCA to provide written proof.
(For Girls and Boys, Ages 5-16)
Our sports programs develop more than skills—they develop character. We offer a variety of programs for youth, including league sports and martial arts. Instructors and coaches—often volunteers and including many parents—emphasize teamwork, cooperation, and developing good values.
The East Valley Family YMCA offers year-round Soccer and Indoor Basketball leagues as well as Flag Football (Fall), Indoor Soccer (Winter), and T-Ball (Summer). Scholarships are available for those who qualify. For more information, please call 408-715-6500.
Youth Sports Leagues
Y Sports is for boys and girls who want the opportunity to play in an organized sports program. We offer Indoor Basketball, Flag Football, Indoor Soccer, and T-Ball. Teams are organized to ensure that everyone plays and that all teams have equal ability.
Tae Kwon Do
This program promotes fitness of spirit, mind and body. Through specific drills and practices, the students gain self-confidence, self-respect, and respect for others while improving total well-being. Download the Tae Kwon Do PDF for more information.
For more detailed information on the Sports Program, please check out the Sports Brochure.
Little Sportsters Leagues
The Little Hoopsters and Little Kickers programs are designed to introduce children ages 3-5 to the basic skills of basketball or soccer while developing sportsmanship and self-esteem. The YMCA provides a qualified staff member to lead each lesson, creating a fun learning environment and providing quality instruction. Below is a list of classes: