BUILDING SKILLS AND DEVELOPING CHARACTER
At the Y, sports and recreational activities are something special. Friendly competition (even with yourself), lots of variety and a supportive environment means team sports and recreation is fun again, and it makes for a healthier lifestyle and a good story or two.
The Y also believes in incorporating the values of honesty, caring,respect and responsibility into all of our youth programs. These traits help children to succeed in life and within their recreational activities. Everybody plays and everybody wins! Y Youth Sports Programs promote a spirit of inclusion. You know your little one will never spend the whole game on the bench! The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active, and developing healthy habits they’ will carry with them throughout their lives. The benefits are far greater than just physical health. Whether it’s gaining the confidence that comes from learning to build the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, participating in sports at the Y is about building the whole child, from the inside out.
STRETCH YOUR LIMITS
Preschool and School Aged Recreational Gymnastics Classes (Ages 3 and up): All classes follow USA Gymnastics Skill Progressions for safety and proper skill development. The primary focus is the safety of all participants. Additionally, developmental classes combine fun activities along with age appropriate skills. These classes are taught in a fun and creative way to encourage a healthier mental, physical and emotional lifestyle for the participants. In addition to skill development, classes also include character trait education including persistence, independence, problem solving and decision making. To help develop a positive self-image, students are taught to break down goals into manageable steps instead of huge overwhelming objectives that can bring failure and frustration.
Program Dates: Offered Year-Round
Gymnastics Pre-Team: This is a year round program, preparing advanced gymnastics students who wish to participate on our competitive gymnastics team in one year.
Program Dates: Offered Year-Round.
Gymnastics Competitive Team: This is a year round program for competitive gymnasts who wish to compete against outside teams and gymnasts within the state of North Carolina. Team is by invitation only from the coaches. Gymnasts who wish to try out must attend the summer or fall try out. Gymnasts will not be permitted to join team half way through the season.
Program Dates: Competition season runs from December through April with approximately 6 meets/invitationals in addition to an end of season State Meet.
Martial Arts is a general term for different traditions of combat practice that exist in many cultures around the world. These traditions teach a combination of self-defense, competition, mental discipline and personal development through a blend of Japanese and Korean disciplines. Martial arts classes at the Y consist of warm-up stretches, kicking, forms, cool-down stretches, and meditation. Not only will participants gain better discipline and focus, they will also support a healthy, active lifestyle.
Program Dates: Offered Year-Round.
Tots Play Program
LEARN, GROW, PLAY!
The Tots Play Program is a sports instructional program that is created specifically for all children ages two to four years old. Each weekly lesson is designed with age appropriate skill level and developmental growth. The curriculum will also include many unique and fun activities to capture their attention and develop their love and excitement for various sports and activities. It also fosters a routine centered around an active lifestyle, which will help them develop that lifestyle for the future.
Program Dates: Fall, Winter, & Spring
BUILD SKILLS & TEAMWORK
This program is a progression from our Tots Play Program for the next age level. It is an instructional program, teaching sport related skills and how to transition those skills into game situations and team play. All programs focus on developing the character value traits of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility.
Program Dates: Fall, Winter & Spring
Youth Basketball League
TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT!
Basketball was invented in 1891. While teaching at the International YMCA Training School, James Naismith was given the challenge of creating a game that could be played indoors during the cold winter months. Hanging simple peach baskets and using a soccer ball, Naismith created the game of basketball and wrote the first 13 rules of the game.
Program Dates: Offered in the Winter & Summer.
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a non-profit prevention program that encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. The Y is proud to offer this terrific after school program for young girls. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique. Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. At the end of each session, the girls participate in a Girls on the Run 5K event. This celebratory, non-competitive event is the culminating experience of the curriculum.
- Ages: 3rd-5th grade
Adult Recreational Basketball League
ELEVATE YOUR GAME
Join us for a little friendly competition! Whether you miss “suiting up” or are new to team sports, the Y’s Adult Basketball League provides a perfect opportunity to be active, social and to reconnect or start fresh with a sport you love. The Y promotes fair rules and safe play, but also supports a healthy competition for those who love basketball and desire to play recreationally. This coed league is open to all skill levels for folks who aren’t afraid to mix it up a bit on the court!