Pocono Family YMCA

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Youth Sports

Our Youth sports programs run throughout the year. Please check our current PROGRAM GUIDE for additional details about offerings.

YMCA YOUTH SPORTS PHILOSPHY

Over the past few years, the YMCA has noticed some alarming trends in youth sports programs: the pressure for more rigorous competition and higher achievement. These trends come from adult-oriented attitudes and the misconception that youth sports programs are scaled-down versions of professional sports. This is not only false, but also dangerous.

The YMCA stresses child-oriented attitudes by keeping winning in perspective, having fun, improving physical fitness, and working with the whole child. The YMCA wants the quality of play to improve in order to meet the needs of all participants whatever their ability and skills.

The key for parents and coaches is to keep winning in perspective. It is this key that holds the YMCA Youth Sports program together. Competition will happen in youth sports without any external pressures. It is important to keep competition at a level appropriate for the athlete.

The YMCA would not be whole without its commitment to a Christian emphasis. The goal of the Youth Sports program is to help the child grow to his/her fullest potential in mind, body, and spirit: activity helps the body grow; thinking advances the mind; and belief makes our spirit grow.

Fencing 

Learn a sport that spans centuries – fencing is the ultimate cross-training program that conditions the body and develops balanced coordination. Youth learn to dodge, parry and thrust in this exciting sport that keeps growing in popularity. Learn proper form, technique and etiquette in this methodical yet fast-paced sport.

Basic fencing instruction can improve your balance, coordination, ability to think under pressure, and reaction speed. Get a great workout for your mind and body while learning a unique skill

Fencing is a unique sport that offers something for everyone! It challenges you mentally and physically in a way that few pastimes can. Not so keen on team sports? Fencing lets you shine on your own merits, and you'll still make new friends along the way. And if you're thinking college acceptances, fencing is great for filling out the resume (or even getting a little extra attention from some schools). Plus your seven-year-old can continue to enjoy fencing--even competition--till she's seventy-plus. Not too many sports can say that.

Instruction for all levels, from beginners to National Champions. 12 year olds may take class along with parent (guardian). Class encompasses the use of foil, epee, and saber. (Please provide your own equipment)

Advance at your own pace with the opportunity to compete at a high level. This is a cooperative learning program.

For more information contact: James Ellison at jellison@poconoymca.org

Youth Basketball  

This program is designed to teach the game of basketball through practice and game play. Boys and girls ages 5-17 in our recreational basketball program learn skill development, good sportsmanship, and team play through low competition in a fun environment. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis and will close automatically when the program is full. Clinic location will be TBA.

Age Groups:  Age 4–6     Ages 7-9     Ages 10-12    Ages 13 – 17

Spring Session:  April 28th, 2018 – June 30th, 2018

Members $45 / Program Member $68 / Non-Members $90

Volunteer Coaches are needed for our Basketball programs. Duties include directing the team’s practices and game play.  Detailed lesson plans are provided. This small investment of your time will have a great impact on the children on your team.  Help us build strong kids

For more information contact: James Ellison at jellison@poconoymca.org

NFL FLAG FOOTBALL 

With an emphasis on teamwork and participation, NFL Flag Football provides kids with non-contact, continuous action.  During a one-hour practice participants will learn skill development through game activities and informal flag scrimmages.  Participants must wear a mouth guard to practices and games. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis and will completely close when the league fills. This league is open to girls and boys ages 5 thru those in 12th grade. All practices and games will be held on Saturdays @ Glen Park

Age Groups:  Age 4–6     Ages 7-9     Ages 10-12    Ages 13 – 17

Spring Session: April 21st, 2018 –June 23rd, 2018

Members $60 / $90 Program Members / Non-Members $120

Volunteer Coaches: Volunteer coaches are needed for our NFL Flag Football programs. Duties include directing the team’s practices and game play.  Detailed lesson plans are provided.  This small investment of your time will have a great impact on the children on your team.  Help us build strong kids with NFL Flag Football.                          

For more information contact: James Ellison at jellison@poconoymca.org

Mini-Sports

Your kids will love our instructional sports programs that introduce them to the fundamentals of sports of all sorts! Parents’ love that the YMCAs four core values—Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, and Caring—are infused into every class so that kids focus on the value of sportsmanship and healthy competition, rather than rivalry, right from the start! And every kid plays! These programs encourage team building, individual development, positive self-image, a sense of fair play, and mutual respect for others. (Wednesdays)

 Ages: 4-6

Spring Session 1: April 25th, 2018 – June 13th, 2018

Spring Session 2: TBD

8 weeks: Members $50 / Program Members $75 / Non-Members $100

For more information contact: James Ellison at jellison@poconoymca.org

Soccer 

Registration can be accepted online or at the Pocono Family YMCAThis program is designed to teach the game of soccer through practice and game play. The YMCA Soccer program is a recreational program designed to get children active and having fun. Session fee includes a T-shirt. 

 

Spring Soccer

3 vs 3 Youth Spring Soccer League

This is an 8-week long 3 vs 3 spring soccer league. We created this league so children could learn the developmental basics and fundamentals of soccer in a fun environment. We invite all families to come out and enjoy a day of soccer! Registration form must be completed and filled in.

Our youth spring soccer program is open to boys and girls ages 4-12. This is an instructional/ recreational program that teaches the fundamental skills of soccer and sportsmanship values. This program will be held at Glen Park starting in April.

Age Groups:  Age 4–6     Ages 7-9     Ages 10-12   

Spring Session:  April 28th, 2018 – June 30th, 2018

Members $50 / Program Members $75 / Non-Members $100

T-Ball 

Fun and learning are the emphasis of this league where children get their first exposure to the game of baseball/softball. There are no try-outs and no practices for this league. Session fee includes a T-shirt. The program runs for 8 weeks. (Tuesdays’)

Ages: 4-6 Ages: 7-8

Spring Session: April 24th, 2018 – June 5th, 2018

Members $30 / Program Member $45 / Non-Members $60

For more information contact: James Ellison at jellison@poconoymca.org

Tennis Clinic

This program is designed for ages 4 and up and is run by our Tennis Coordinator. Registration can be accepted online or at the Pocono Family YMCAThis program is designed to teach the game of Tennis through practice and play. The YMCA Tennis program is a recreational program designed to get children active and having fun.

Classes are held at the Stroudsburg Junior High School Courts.

Age Groups:  Age 4–6     Ages 7-9     Ages 10-12   

Spring Session Fees & Dates: Monday / Tuesday

Session 1:  April 23rd, 2018 –June 11th, 2018

Session 2: TBD

8 weeks: Members $40 / Program Member $60 / Non-Members $80

Spring Session:  April 21st, 2018 – June 30th, 2018

Volunteer Coaches are needed for our Soccer programs. Duties include directing the team’s practices and game play. Detailed lesson plans are provided.  This small investment of your time will have a great impact on the children on your team.  Help us build strong kids.

For more information contact: James Ellison at jellison@poconoymca.org

 

Karate for 6-12 year olds

Building confidence, improved concentration, physical fitness, and a work ethic are a few of the things you can expect from this program.  This class features traditional Japanese Koei-Kan Karate-Do techniques such as basic blocks, kicks, strikes, and punches.  

When:  
           Saturdays 12-1pm

Monthly Session Fees: 

One day a week:
Member $40.00    Non-members  $64.00

Twice a week:
Members $63.00     Non-Members  $100

 

Karate for Ages 13 & Up

This class helps you to invest in healthy habits of fitness and to learn valuable self-defense. This is based on the traditional Japanese art of Koei-Kan Karate-Do and places an emphasis on developing the individual, no matter the age. 

When:
Mondays 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Saturday 12pm - 1pm

 

Monthly Session Fees: 

One day a week:
Member $40.00    Non-members  $64.00

Two or Three days a week:
Members $63.00     Non-Members  $100

 

 

Karate at the West End Dojo

The Pocono Family YMCA offers Karate classes at the West End Dojo located on Route 209 in Brodheadsville.  

For more information call 570-992-1959. 

                                                                                           When:Kids(7-12 year olds)   Tues & Thurs 6:30-7:30pm
                                                                                                    Adults(13-99 year olds)  Tues & Thurs 7:30-9pm