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.

To browse complete fall session program information and to register online, visit: http://www.ymcaofsouthernmaine.org/take-a-class

Pee Wee Sports (2-3 yrs with parent)

Bring your little athletes into the gym for a morning of sports and games! Along with the grown ups, energetic toddlers and young kids will kick, bounce, and run, exploring the equipment and learning skills at their own pace. We’ll have fun with basketballs, soccer balls, slides, scooters and more!

Fall I Day & Time Options: Tuesday 10:45am-11:30am (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Fall II Day & Time Options: Tuesday 10:45am-11:30am (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

Middle School Squash

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.

Fall I Day & Time Options: Wednesday 2:00pm-3:00pm & Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm (September 9, 2015 - October 23, 2015)

Fall II Day & Time Options: Wednesday 2:00pm-3:00pm & Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm (November 4, 2015 - December 18, 2015)

Exploring Dance (3-5 yrs)

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.

Fall I Day & Time Options:

Thursday 11:15am-12:00pm (September 9, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Saturday 11:00am-11:45am (September 9, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Fall II Day and Time Options

Thursday 11:15am-12:00pm (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

Saturday 11:00am-11:45am (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

Karate

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.

Karate I (4-6 yrs)

Fall I Day & Time Options: Monday 4:15pm-5:00pm (September 9, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Fall II Day & Time Options: Monday 4:15pm-5:00pm (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

Karate II (7-9 yrs)

Fall I Day & Time Options: Monday 5:15pm-6:00pm (September 9, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Fall II Day & Time Options: Monday 5:15pm-6:00pm (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

Karate III (10+ yrs)

Fall I Day & Time Options: Monday 6:15pm-7:00pm (September 9, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Fall II Day & Time Options: Monday 6:15pm-7:00pm  (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

Munchkin Triple Play (3-5 yrs)

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!

Fall I Day & Time Options: Tuesday 10:00am-10:45am (September 9, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Fall II Day & Time Options: Tuesday 10:00am-10:45am (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

Dance with Me (2-3 yrs with parent)

With grownups close by, little movers will begin exploring the world of dance! Introducing rhythm skills, movement sequences and basic dance vocabulary, this class is a great way to connect with other toddlers and foster a life-long love of dance. Shake, rattle and roll with us! 

Fall I Day & Time Options: Thursday 10:30am-11:00am (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Fall II Day & Time Options: Thursday 10:30am-11:00am (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

Bitty Ballet (3-4 yrs)

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!

Fall I Day & Time Options: Tuesday 4:00pm-4:45pm (September 9, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Fall II Day & Time Options: Tuesday 4:00pm-4:45pm (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

Beginning Ballet (4-5 yrs)

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.

Fall I Day & Time Options: Tuesday 4:45pm-5:30pm (September 9, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Fall II Day & Time Options: Tuesday 4:45pm-5:30pm (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

Ballet

From beginning barre to Balanchine, ballet is wonderful for strength, flexibility and coordination. Students will spend 45 minutes learning traditional vocabulary and various movement skills of this dance genre. Each session, we will explore a different classic ballet and work towards creating our own version for family and friends. Tutus are encouraged!

Ballet I (5-6 yrs)

Fall I Day & Time Options: Wednesday 5:00pm-5:45pm (September 9, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Fall II day & Time Options: Wednesday 5:00pm-5:45pm (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

Ballet II (7-9 yrs)

Fall I Day & Time Options: Wednesday 5:45pm-6:30pm (September 9, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Fall II Day & Time Options: Wednesday 5:45pm-6:30pm (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

Hip Hop

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!

Hip Hop I (4-6 yrs)

Fall I Day & Time Options: Thursday 4:30pm-5:15pm (September 9, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Fall II Day & Time Options: Thursday 4:30pm-5:15pm (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

Hip Hop II (7-9 yrs)

Fall I Day & Time Options: Thursday 5:15pm-6:00pm (September 9, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Fall II Day & Time Options: Thursday 5:15pm-6:00pm (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

Tumble Time

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!

Fall I Day & Time Options: Wednesday 10:00am-10:45am (September 9, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Fall II Day & Time Options: Wednesday 10:00am-10:45am (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

Little Kickers (3+)

Soccer for 3 year olds! We'll work on basic soccer skills

Fall I Day & Time Options: Saturday 9:00am-9:45am (September 9, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Rookie Soccer (4-5 yrs)

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!

Fall I Day & Time Options: Saturday 10:00am-10:45am (September 9, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Soccer Club Jr. (6-8 yrs)

Fall I Day & Time Options: Wed 5:30pm-6:30pm/Sat 11:00am-12:00pm (September 9, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Soccer Club Sr. (9+ yrs)

Fall I Day & Time Options: Wed 6:30pm-7:30pm/Sat 11:00am-12:00pm (September 9, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Little Dribblers (3yrs)

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.

Fall II Day & Time Options: Saturday 9:00am-9:45am (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

Rookie Basketball (4-5 yrs)

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!

Fall II Day & Time Options: Saturday 10:00am-10:45am  (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

Basketball Club Jr. (6-8 yrs)

Fall II Day & Time Options: Wednesday 5:30pm-6:30pm/Sat 11:00am-12:00pm

Basketball Club Sr. (9+ yrs)

Fall II Day & Time Options: Wednesday 6:30pm-7:30pm/Sat 11:00am-12:00pm

Youth Basketball Clinic

For middle school and high school athletes interested in competitive basketball training to prepare for various school, JV, Varsity, or AAU teams.  There will be three divisions based on age group and experience.  Everything basketball including offense, defense, strength, conditioning, teambuilding and helping these athletes become students of the game.

Ages 12-14 yrs and 15-18 yrs. Dates and time are to be determined.

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

Teams consist of three to five players.  Youth division, competitive division, women's division and coed.

Dates and times to be determined