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Youth Swim, Sports, Play

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.

Youth Swim Lessons

Youth Sports Programs

Youth & Teen Fitness Programs

 

Youth Swim LessonsSwim, Sports & Play

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 and specialty aquatics programs for all ages and abilities, including parent-child classes, water exercise and therapy, and water safety and rescue classes.

The South Valley Family YMCA uses national aquatic program guidelines and certified instructors. For details, please call us at 408-226-9622, email us, or visit our branch.

Download the latest Swim Lessons Guide PDF including session dates and fees.

Learn more about the importance of learning Water Safety skills at a young age.

 

->Parent/Child Classes: SKIP Program

*To ensure the pool remains open, please do not feed your child one hour before their lesson.

  • SKIP LEVEL I: (6 months - 18 months old) Early exposure to water creates a strong foundation for children to learn to swim. This program gives parents and their infants an introduction to water safety and swimming. Instructors provide activities and direction to teach parents how to work with their children safely and productively around water.

  • SKIP LEVEL II: (19 months - 36 months old) This program builds on skills learned in SKIP Level I and prepares your child for group swim lessons without a parent. Instructors help parents work with their toddlers on games and skills that they will practice in Preschool Swim Lessons in the future.

->Swim Lesson Levels (Ages 3-5)

Beginning Swim Lesson classes provide your child's first experience in the pool without parents. Children learn the fundamentals of swimming and are exposed to pool safety and personal flotation devices. Intermediate and advanced classes focus on stroke development and endurance. Group lessons are 40 minutes and require a minimum of 3 students in a class in order to run.

  • Pike (Beginner) Designed for children with little or no previous water experience. While adjusting to water and a group situation, children develop safe pool behavior and independence. New swimmers learn basic paddle stroke, kicking skills, back floats, and to hold their faces in the water while blowing bubbles.

  • Eel (Beginner/Intermediate) For the child who has advanced from Pike and can put his head underwater voluntarily. Children learn back body position with kick, front layout using arms and legs, flutter kick, and jumping off side of pool. Students are introduced to boating safety and adjustment to water without flotation device.

  • Ray (Intermediate) Refines the skills learned in Pike/Eel classes. Introduces rotary breathing. Includes treading water, elementary backstroke, and front and back crawl 25 yards without assistance.

  • Starfish (Advanced) Gives an overview of skills learned in Ray class. Introduces butterfly and breaststroke and has an emphasis on water and boating safety.

 

->Swim Lesson Levels (Ages 6-14)

  • Polliwog (Beginner) For children who cannot swim independently or are afraid of the water. Class teaches basic water skills, including gliding with face in the water, floating, kicking and moving independently in the water.

  • Guppy (Beginner/Intermediate) Children at this level can paddle 25 yards on front, side and back with a float-belt; can front and back float for 20 seconds independently; and are comfortable swimming underwater. Guppies learn endurance swimming, backstroke, front crawl with rotary breathing, treading water, and survival skills. Helps build endurance and confidence.

  • Minnow (Intermediate) Children at this level can swim 25 yards of freestyle with basic side breathing; can swim front symmetrical, side alternating, back alternating stroke 25 yards; and can swim underwater 5 feet. Minnows master the front crawl and rotary breathing. Endurance is increased and stroke technique is improved at this level. Introduction of back crawl, elementary backstroke, and survival skills. Breast stroke and more advanced aquatic rescues are introduced.

  • Fish (Intermediate/Advanced) Children at this level can swim 25 yards of freestyle with side breathing, basic breaststroke, sidestroke, backstroke, and elementary backstroke. Fish learn side stroke, breast stroke kick, and butterfly kick. Refines breast stroke, front crawl, and backstroke and teaches butterfly. Objectives at this level include survival float, introduction of sustained underwater swimming, and non-swimmer assistance.

  • Flying Fish (Advanced) Children at this level can swim 50 yards of freestyle with side breathing and open turns, breaststroke with open turns, elementary backstroke, backstroke, sidestroke, and 25 yards of butterfly. Flying Fish refines strokes and increases endurance to prepare participants for entry level swim team.

->Individual Swim Lessons

  • Private swim lessons are one-on-one with an instructor and consist of six 30-minute classes.

  • Semi-private swim lessons are set up for two participants, who have similar swimming abilities, and an instructor. You must register both people at time of sign-up. Consists of six 30-minute classes.

 


Youth Sports Programs

(For Girls and Boys, Ages 5-16)
Swim, Sports & PlayOur 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.

Every Youth is a winner! Y-Sports are for youth who want the opportunity to play in organized sports. Skill development, participation, teamwork, and having fun are stressed in this non-competitive program. Participants will be placed on teams ensuring that everyone plays and that all teams have equal ability. Volunteer coaches and officials are needed to make this program successful. Each season includes: skill clinic, eight games, medal, picture day, and an end of the season potluck and award ceremony.

Download the latest Youth Sports Brochure PDF including session dates and fees.

->T-Hitters Baseball

(Ages 3, 4 and young 5 year olds)

->Youth T-Hitters Baseball

Grades: K-1

->Youth Basketball

Co-ed teams: Grades K, 1-2
Boys or Girls: Grades 3-4, 5-7, 8-10

->Youth Flag Football

Co-ed teams: Grades K-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8

->Little Kickers Soccer

(Ages 3, 4 and young 5 year olds)

->Little Hoopsters Basketball

(Ages 3, 4 and young 5 year olds)

 

->Power in Pink T-Hitters

(Girls: Ages 3-5 years)
This girls only league is a parent/child program designed to emphasize skill development, improving self-esteem, fair play, and fun while teaching the fundamentals of t-ball. Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to have your daughter experience a team sports with other girls her age. This program is a parent/child program and parents will be utilized and involved in teaching different drills and skills.

Youth and Teen Fitness

->Little Gymsters (Ages 6-36 months)

The emphasis of this program is motor development for babies and toddlers ages 6 months to 3 years. Classes include Parent/Child exercises, songs, parachute games, and free play.

->Gym Ventures (Ages 3-4)

This program introduces tumbling, songs, games, and movement education for preschoolers. It increases awareness, balance, coordination, and general fitness. Parent participation is required.

->YMCA Ballet (Ages 3-10)

YMCA Ballet is designed to teach children balance, posture, and grace, which is great for building self-esteem and confidence.

->Youth Karate (Ages 6-12)

This program helps children handle themselves in all situations, including self-defense. Youth karate classes teach children both the mental preparation and the fundamental moves – blocks, punches, kicks – that come through karate. Classes are a non-competitive and positive experience, where skill-based activities create fun interaction and learning.

 

->YMCA Home School PE Program (Ages 7-13)

The South Valley Family YMCA Home School PE program is designed for home-schooled children and youth. This program includes: outdoor/indoor activities, and health, safety and life skills lectures. Sessions are offered during the school-year on a monthly basis and include eight hours of class time (2 times per week for 4 weeks).

->Youth Fitness (Ages 7-10)

This class emphasizes exercise, activity and sports. Activities throughout the class include basketball, baseball, soccer, flag football, kickball, tag, calisthenics training, outdoor games and more.

->Youth Strength Training (Ages 8-13)

This 4-week program is required for all youth 8-13 years old who want to use the Wellness Center. Strength training principles, proper equipment use, weight room etiquette, flexibility, and cardiovascular exercise are some of the topic covered during this course. Youth 8-11 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, please call 408-226-9622.



 

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