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.
Like all Y programs, swim, sports and play is open to all with financial assistance available.
Everyone plays, and everyone wins! YMCA youth sports are for boys and girls who want the opportunity to play in an organized sports program. Skill development, participation, and teamwork are all stressed in this non-competitive program. Through age appropriate games and the Y core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, children are taught basic and intermediate skills.
Participants learn the fundamentals of their sport. Running, stretching, and basic fitness and exercise are emphasized in these active programs. At least one parent must be present at all practices and games. Parent participation is encouraged at all ages, and is required for ages 3-4.
Participants learn the fundamentals of their sport. Running, stretching, and basic fitness and exercise are emphasized in these active programs. At least one parent must be present and participating at all times. All classes meet for one hour on Saturday mornings.
At the Y we care about giving children and early start in every aspect of their lives.
In Gym Ventures, babies and toddlers are challenged in a safe environment, while exploring basic tumbling, balancing, jumping and climbing skills. Classes include early gymnastics skills and child-parent discovery play time.
Parents must participate with children 3 and younger. Your child will delight in discovery, achievement and play.
Download the Gym Ventures PDF
Youth Basketball League
Learn more about our Youth Basketball League.
Adult and Youth Karate
Learn Shotokan Karate while improving balance, coordination, strength, endurance and flexibility in either our adult or youth karate classes. Shotokan Karate is a Japanese martial art that emphasizes development of mental strength along with physically natural and realistic movements. No experience is necessary.
Download the Adult and Youth Karate PDF for more information.
If you are interested in coaching or getting involved in other ways, please contact the Sports Director at 408- 257-7160.
YMCA Youth Swim Lessons provide developmental experiences that help participants build internal strength and positive values that guide their choices and decisions, all while having fun in the water! Both youth and adults gain a tremendous sense of self-worth when they learn to swim and improve aquatic skills. Water is a relaxing environment for effective exercise, physical therapy, skill development, stress release, and family fun. The Northwest YMCA uses national aquatic program guidelines and certified instructors. For details, please call us at 408-257-7160, email us, or visit our branch.
YMCA swim lessons include five components: personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, games and fun, and water rescue. We teach in a progressive way using positive reinforcement and incorporating our four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. At the end of each session, your child receives a progress report that indicates the skills they have learned and the appropriate level for the following session.
We offer classes for:
Download the latest Swim Lessons Program Guide PDF.
Preschool Levels (Ages 3 to 5 years)
All classes are 40 minutes long
PIKE: Beginner level with little or no water experience. For those who may be hesitant to put their face in the water and may be afraid of the water.
Youth Levels (Ages 6 to 14 years)
All classes are 40 minutes long
POLLIWOG: Beginner level with little or no water experience. Participants may be hesitant to put their face in the water and may be afraid of the water.
Private Lessons Classes are 40 minutes in length. These classes are for children 4 to 14 years old who need extra attention or have special needs, or for adults that prefer individual instruction.
Parent/Child (Ages 6 months to 36 months)
Parents learn to work with their children in the water, emphasizing water adjustment and fun. Classes focus on safe water exploration, with instructor-led songs and games. Plastic, reusable swim diapers are required. No Huggies. Little Swimmers Class is 30 minutes long.
Northwest YMCA Swim Team
This program emphasizes stroke technique, endurance, stroke development and fun. Participation in local YMCA swim meets is optional. Class is one hour in length.