Swim, Sports & Play

The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active, and developing healthy habits they’ll carry with them throughout their lives. And the benefits are far greater than just physical health. Whether it’s gaining the confidence that comes from learning to swim or building 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.

Greater Portland
70 Forest Ave
Portland ME 04101
207-874-1111

 

 

Swim, Sports & Play

 

PRESCHOOL AND YOUTH LEVEL REQUIREMENTS:

Ages 6 Months – 3

Shrimp/Kipper: Ages 6 months to 2 years with Parent. This class is an introductory class for those children just starting out, with parents in the pool with them. It introduces children to the water through songs and games.

Inia/Perch: Ages 2 to 3 years with Parent. This class is an introductory class for those children who are just starting out and need a parent in the water with them. This class helps get children comfortable and more independent in the water. Buoyancy belts are used along with skills and songs. Must be ready to be independent from parent before moving to Pike.

Ages 3 - 5

Pike: This is a non-swimmer or a child who does not like to get their face wet. Buoyancy belts are used. Must be able to swim half the width of the small pool without floatation to pass to Eel level.

Eel: This child must be able to get their face wet and paddle halfway across the pool without floatation. We are working off floatation devices and the child should show confidence without the belt. Beginner stroke skills are being taught at this level. Must be able to swim the length of the small pool without floatation before moving into Eel.

Rays: For children who are swimming without buoyancy belts. They can put their whole face under and are ready to learn more skills; like diving, front crawl arms, back crawl, elementary back stroke, etc. This class takes place primarily in the big pool, so they must be able to swim the length of the small pool to be in this level, or swim the length of the big pool to advance to Starfish.

Starfish: For children who can swim 25yds on their front and back. They will continue learning the breathing with the front crawl and the whip kick for the elementary back stroke. In addition, they will also be able to tread water, do the survival float, and learn kneel and stand up dives.

Ages 6 and Up

Polliwogs: For the older child who has never had lessons; may be hesitant to get their face wet or who is still doggy paddling. Focus on water adjustment, beginner’s strokes and floating. Must be able to swim width of small pool to move up to Guppy level.

Guppy: This child has gone through Pike-Starfish and/or Polliwogs. They are ready to go into the deeper water and work on the front crawl, backstroke, elementary backstroke, breast stroke, and endurance at a much higher level. Basic sidestroke will be introduced. They will be introduced to the big pool towards the end of the session. Must be able to do front crawl with rudimentary rotary breathing and be able to swim 25 yards before moving up to Minnow.

Minnow: This child is ready to start doing laps and really working on perfecting their strokes with the front crawl, backstroke, elementary backstroke, breast stroke, and sidestroke. All of these will go for a longer distance than the previous class. They will also learn safety skills like, jumping in the water with a life jacket on, the H.E.L.P. position and the Huddle position. Diving will be introduced in this class. Must be able to do front and back stroke proficiently and be working towards breast stroke before moving to the Fish level or join Developmental Swim Team (fee based program).

Fish: This child will start learning Sculling, feet first surface dives, and open turns on front and back. They will be able to tread water and float more. Stroke skills will continue to be developed, including breast stroke. The butterfly stroke will be introduced. Must be able to do all strokes, and working to perfect breast stroke to move to Flying Fish/Shark level or Developmental Swim Team.

Flying Fish: This child is starting to work on numerous yards for all the strokes; front crawl, backstroke, elementary backstroke, breast stroke, and sidestroke. Flip turns, open speed turns with glides, pullouts for breaststroke turns, along with the approach stroke and more on the butterfly. Students will learn Pike and Tuck surface dives along with safety issues like the throwing rescue tubes or buoys. Must know all stroke skills, and working towards perfecting butterfly and distance swimming to move to Shark level.

Sharks: This class is for those students who have successfully passed Flying Fish and are ready to increase their skill level by learning about swimming in open water, learn how to take your pulse and swim within that range. Work on crawl strokes with flip turns, breaststrokes w/pull out, trudgen crawl, swim an IM 200 yards, and learn how to use pace clocks. You will also learn more about lifeguarding skills and about ice safety and ice rescue.

 

Our Fall I Session runs from September 7 - October 25 and our Fall II Session runs from November 2 - December 20.

 
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL SQUASH-Beginner program
Registration Category: Court Sports
     Date:  Fall II
     Day:  Wed 2pm-3pm & Fri 3pm-4pm
     Time:  2:00pm - 3:00pm Wed/3pm-4pm Friday
     Ages:  Middle School
     Fees:  Family Member: $20; Individual
                Member: $54; Non-Member: $108
Pre-Registration & Membership Required 
This program is intended to introduce youth to a sport that can become part of a healthy lifestyle; building individual skills through group and one-on-one instruction; creating opportunities for individual and team competition.  There is one hour instruction and one hour homework help.
 
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL SQUASH-Intermediate program
Registration Category: Court Sports
     Date:  Fall II
     Day:  Wed 3pm-4pm & Fri 4pm-5pm
     Time:  3:00pm - 4:00pm Wed/4pm-5pm Friday
     Ages:  Middle School
     Fees:  Family Member: $20; Individual
                Member: $54; Non-Member: $108
Pre-Registration & Membership Required 
This program is intended to introduce youth to a sport that can become part of a healthy lifestyle; building individual skills through group and one-on-one instruction; creating opportunities for individual and team competition.  There is one hour instruction and one hour homework help.
 
 
YOUTH PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS
Registration Category: Swim Lessons - Private
     Date:  Ongoing
     Day:  By Appt
     Ages:  6 months - 18 years
     Fees:  30 minutes: $31; 1 hour: $52
Pre-Registration & Membership Required  
These lessons are for individuals who prefer one-on-one instruction or whose schedule varies week-to week. Call the Y with any questions. Times and days are tailored to the needs of the participant.
 
 
 
YOUTH SEMI-PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS
Registration Category: Swim Lessons - Private
     Date:  Ongoing
     Day:  By Appt
     Ages:  6 months - 18 years
     Fees:  30 minutes: $26; 1 hour: $41
Pre-Registration & Membership Required 
These lessons are for personalized instruction or for those whose schedule varies week to week. Call the Y with any questions. Time and days are tailored to meet the needs of the participants. Minimum of two individuals required for Semi-Private lessons.
 
 
 
 
YOUTH SWIM LESSONS
Registration Category: Swim Lessons - Youth
     Date:  Fall I & II
     Day:  Mon - Sat
     Time:  Times vary & multiple classes are offered. Please visit our website or check with any branch for a complete list of times.
     Ages:  6 months – 18 years
     Fees:  Family Member: Free;  Youth Member: $62
Pre-Registration & Membership Required 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SWIM TEAM
Registration Category: Swim Team
PORTLAND polar bears
     Date:  Sept 22 - Mar 2015
     Day:  Mon - Thurs
     Time:  5:30pm - 8:45pm
     Ages:  6 - 18 years
     Fees:  10 & under: $340; 11 & over: $455
Pre-Registration & Membership Required 
Swim Team is a great way to develop a lifelong
activity, create lasting relationships and have fun while learning good sportsmanship as well as the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. Swimmers compete against their own age and gender, but participate with boys and girls of a variety of ages. Throughout the season the team works on stroke technique, endurance, starts, and turns. Practice times and group assignments will be based on age, skill, and self-discipline. Please contact each branch for more details such as meet requirements, practice groups, and other specifics.  For those interested in joining, please visit our website or call your local branch!
 
 
 
Swim Team 2 week free trial
Registration Category: Swim Team
     Date:  Sept 23 – Oct 5
     Day:  Mon - Fri
     Time:  Varies by group
     Ages:  6-18 years
     Fees:  Free
Pre-Registration Required 
The first two-weeks of swim team is an opportunity for you to join a swim team without financial obligation and long term swimming commitment. After the two weeks, if you choose to continue, please register at the Welcome Desk.
 
 
 
Porpoise Club
Registration Category: Youth Exercise
     Date:  Fall I
     Day:  TBD
     Time:  TBD
     Ages:  15-18 years
     Fees:  1 hour/week: $72;  2 hours/week: $108
Pre-Registration & Membership Required
Do you like to swim, but are a little unsure about competition? Would you like to improve your stroke skills and learn more about the competitive rules without competing? Try out Porpoise Club! Must be able to swim the length of the big pool with an efficient front and back stroke or have passed the Minnow level. Porpoise Club is not a prerequisite for joining the swim team. It’s primarily designed for those children who do not wish to compete in meets. Members must have already participated in the Intermediate class before moving into the Advanced group.
 
 
 
High School Pre-Season Swim Team
Registration Category: Swim Team
     Date:  Sept 8 – Nov 26
     Day:  TBD
     Time:  TBD
     Ages:  15-18 years
     Fees:  Members: $144;  Non-Members: $185
Pre-Registration Required
Prepare for the upcoming high school swim season with this 10-week program. Those who join this group will receive coaching on stroke technique, race strategy, starts and turns. Swimmers will also work on building a base level of fitness in the pool and gradually build yardage leading into the start of the high school season.
 
 
 
 
Beginning Ballet
Registration Category: Youth Exercise
     Date:  Fall I & II
     Day:  Tues
     Time:  4:45pm - 5:30pm
     Ages:  4-5 years
     Fees:  Family Member: $20; Individual
                Member: $54; Non-Member: $108
Pre-Registration Required
Leaps, twirls and point those toes! This class introduces formal ballet class setting to 4-5 year olds with barre work and center movement, as well as fun and games. Students will learn vocabulary as well as classic ballet stories, and have a chance to perform for family and friends at the final class.
 
 
 
Bitty Ballet
Registration Category: Youth Exercise
     Date:  Fall I & II
     Day:  Tues
     Time:  4:00pm - 4:45pm
     Ages:  3 years
     Fees:  Family Member: $20; Individual
                Member: $54; Non-Member: $108
Pre-Registration Required
For the littlest ballerina, this exciting class introduces the world of ballet. Students will discover pliés, arabesques, pirouettes through traditionally based exercises, songs, stories and more! Especially for 3 year olds ready for a class on their own, Bitty Ballet provides a fun learning environment to begin their dance careers. Tutus are encouraged!
 
 
 
 
Ballet
Registration Category: Youth Exercise
     Date:  Fall I & II
     Day:  Wed
     Time:   4:15pm - 5:00pm (7-10 years)
                        5:00pm - 5:45pm (5-6 years)
     Fees:  Family Member: $20; Individual
                Member: $54; Non-Member: $108
Pre-Registration Required
From barre to Balanchine, ballet is wonderful for strength, flexibility and coordination. Students will spend 45 minutes learning traditional vocabulary, skills and movement sequences of this dance genre as well as have fun exploring a different classic ballet. We’ll work toward creating our own dance from the story for family and friends to perform at the last class.
 
 
 
 
Dance Club
Registration Category: Youth Exercise
     Date:  Fall I & II
     Day:  Mon
     Time:  6:00pm - 6:50pm
     Ages:  6-9 years
     Fees:  Family Member: $20; Individual
                Member: $54; Non-Member: $108
Pre-Registration Required 
A space for choreography and lots of learning! Students will discover multiple studio dance styles, from ballet to modern to hip hop, and instructors will foster a space for students to learn creatively. Dancers will study choreography and have a chance to make dances with their peers and instructors to perform at the last class!
 
 
 
 
Exploring Dance
Registration Category: Youth Exercise
     Date:  Fall I & II
     Day:  Thurs, Sat
     Time:  11:15am - 12:00pm
     Ages:  3-5 years
     Fees:  Family Member: $20; Individual Member: $54; Non-Member: $108
Pre-Registration Required
Exploring dance in many forms, this class teaches fundamentals of movement valuable in all dance! Through traditional exercises and creative play, our little dancers will begin to learn dance vocabulary and skills of ballet, hip hop, modern, hula and more. Each session explores a different theme, keeping students engaged and supporting ongoing dance training.
 
 
 
 
 
Hip Hop
Registration Category: Youth Exercise
     Date:  Fall I & II
     Day:  Thurs
     Time:  4:00pm - 4:45pm (4-6 years);
                        4:45pm - 5:30pm (7-10 years)
     Fees:  Family Member: $20; Individual
                Member: $54; Non-Member: $108
Pre-Registration Required
Energetic and fun, hip hop dance is a great outlet for kids! From freezes to footwork, students will explore hip hop with creative, age -appropriate moves to some of their favorite music, and some old school beats, too. Each session will culminate in a performance for family and friends. Come join us for a rocking class Thursdays after school!
 
 
 
 
Tumble Time
Registration Category: Youth Exercise
     Date:  Fall I & II
     Day:  Wed
     Time:  10:00am - 10:45am
     Ages:  2-5 years
     Fees:  Family Member: $20; Individual
                Member: $54; Non-Member: $108
Pre-Registration Required
Designed to teach basic gymnastic skills, this class is 45 minutes of rolling, jumping and balancing fun! Exciting equipment and games will be used to engage eager students in beginning gymnastic skills, while encouraging improved coordination and inventive problem solving. Two-year-olds are encouraged to have an adult stay and play. Come tumble with Kim.
 
 
 
 
Preschool Yoga Adventure
Registration Category: Youth Exercise
     Date:  Fall II
     Day:  Mon
     Time:  3:45pm - 4:25pm
     Ages:  3-5 years
     Fees:  Family Member: $20; Individual
                Member: $54; Non-Member: $108
Pre-Registration Required 
Say OM! Young students will gain the benefits of regular yoga practice in this fun, 40-minute class, tailored to their abilities and attentions. Preschoolers will learn many poses as we adventure through a fun yoga class with games, songs and play.
 
 
 
 
 
Munchkin Triple Play
Registration Category: Youth Exercise
     Date:  Fall I & II
     Day:  Tues
     Time:  10:00am - 10:45am
     Ages:  3-5 years
     Fees:  Family Member: $20; Individual
                Member: $54; Non-Member: $108
Pre-Registration Required 
Basketball, soccer and baseball fundamentals will be explored in this energetic 45-minute class. This trio of sports will provide an exciting way to get kids moving while learning a valuable skill set! Join us as we learn about dribbling, dodging and diamonds!
 
 
 
Youth Martial Arts
Registration Category: Youth Exercise
     Date:  Fall I & II
     Day:  Mon
     Time:  4:35pm - 5:15pm (4-6 years);
                 5:15pm - 6:00pm (7-10 years)
     Fees:  Family Member: $20; Individual
                Member: $54; Non-Member: $108
Pre-Registration Required
Martial arts training can help your child in many aspects of their life including fitness, discipline, and team work. Each student is provided the opportunity to seek their full potential and to improve awareness of their surroundings. Open to multiple ages; join us to learn valuable and exciting martial arts skills through respect, hard work, and dedication.
 
 
 
 
Little Dribblers
Registration Category: Youth Sports
     Date:  Fall II
     Day:  Sat
     Time:  9:00am - 9:45am
     Ages:  3 years
     Fees:  Family Member: $20; Individual
                Member: $54; Non-Member: $108
Pre-Registration Required
Basketball for 3 year olds! Students will learn
dribbling and shooting skills, as well as learn to work as a team under a coach. Adults are asked to stay and shoot some hoops with their kids.
 
 
Little Kickers
Registration Category: Youth Sports
     Date:  Fall I
     Day:  Sat
     Time:  9:00am - 9:45am
     Ages:  3 years
     Fees:  Family Member: $20; Individual
                Member: $54; Non-Member: $108
Pre-Registration Required 
Soccer for 3 year olds! We’ll work on basic soccer skills, as well as practice fun drills and learn about teamwork. Adults are asked to stay and play with their athletes.
 
 
 
Rookie Basketball
Registration Category: Youth Sports
     Date:  Fall II
     Day:  Sat
     Time:  10:00am - 10:45am
     Ages:  4-5 years
     Fees:  Family Member: $20; Individual
                Member: $54; Non-Member: $108
Pre-Registration Required  
3 POINT SHOT! 4-5 year olds will dribble, bounce and block their way to basketball skills. Each day, we’ll learn about different aspects of the game. At the last class, parents are invited to join for a game!
 
 
 
Rookie Soccer
Registration Category: Youth Sports
     Date:  Fall I
     Day:  Sat
     Time:  10:00am - 10:45am
     Ages:  4-5 years
     Fees:  Family Member: $20; Individual
                Member: $54; Non-Member: $108
Pre-Registration Required  
GOAL! Four to 5-year-olds will learn about kicking, passing, and practice soccer drills with their teammates. Every class will include various skill practices crucial to the game. At the last class, parents are invited to join for a game!
 
 
 
 
Sports Mix
Registration Category: Youth Sports
     Date:  Fall I & II
     Day:  Tues
     Time:  4:15pm - 5:00pm (4-6 years)
                        5:00pm - 5:45pm (7-10 years)
     Fees:  Family Member: $20; Individual
                Member: $54; Non-Member: $108
Pre-Registration Required
Burn some of that after-school energy with a mix of sports and exciting games! We’ll explore skills of sports, run through epic obstacle courses, and play freeze tag, dodgeball and more. Class is great for beginners and more advanced athletes. Bring your “A” game, and get ready to play!
 
 
 
Youth Basketball Club
Registration Category: Youth Sports
     Date:  Fall II
     Day:  Wed & Sat
     Time:  Wed: 5:45pm - 6:45pm
                        Sat: 11:00am - 12:00pm
     Ages:  6-8 years
     Fees:  $90 per session
Pre-Registration & Membership Required
For the 6 to 8-year-olds interested in perfecting their hoop skills! Youth Basketball Club practices twice a week, focusing on skills and drills to improve their game and leaving time for a scrimmage at the end of every class. Guest coaches from local college teams will come and work with the kids, too! We’ll go see a Red Claws Game, and after our final practice on December 20, students will play a game against parents!
 
 
 
Youth Soccer Club
Registration Category: Youth Sports
     Date:  Fall I
     Day:  Wed & Sat
     Time:   Wed: 5:45pm - 6:45pm
                        Sat: 11:00am - 12:00pm
     Ages:  6-8 years
     Fees:  $90 per session
Pre-Registration & Membership Required
For the 6-8 year old ready to play goalie, defense and score! Each practice will include skills, drills, and a scrimmage at the end. Youth Soccer Club meets twice per week, and will invite guest coaches from local soccer teams to bring kicking, passing and scoring to the next level. Athletes will go see a soccer game, and will challenge their parents and coaches after the final practice!