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 Winter I Session runs from January 5 - February 22 and our Winter II Session runs from March 2 - April 19.
Program goals include: introducing athletes to a new, lifelong sport that cam become part of a healthy lifestyle and help build individual skills through group and one on one instruction
This program is intended to introduce athletes 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.
This is a great way to introduce children to the fun of being on a court, racquet and ball handling. Many games played to instill ways of learning this court sport.
These lessons are for individuals who prefer one on one instruction or whose schedule varies week to week. Call the Y with any questions. Time and days are tailored to meet the needs of participants.
These lessons are for individuals who prefer smaller group instruction or whose schedule varies week to week. Call the Y with any questions. Time and days are tailored to meet the needs of participants. Minimum of two participants are required for Semi-Private lessons. Please note, individuals need to have similar swimming abilities.
Swim Team is a great way to develop a life-long activity, create lasting relationships and have fun while learning good sportsmanship as well as the YMCA core values: honesty, caring, 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 is a great way to develop a life-long activity, create lasting relationships and have fun while learning good sportsmanship as well as the YMCA core values: honesty, caring, 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.
Formerly Developmental Swim Team - same great program, new name! 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 Stripers Swim Team. Its is primarily designed for those children who wish not to compete in meets. Please note, if participating at Casco Bay Branch, members must have already participated in the Intermediate class before moving into the Advanced group.
Say OM! Young students will gain the benefits of regular yoga practice in this fun 45-minute class, tailored to their abilities and attentions. We will learn many poses and explore yoga exercises through games, songs and play! Children will develop skills in balance, strength, focus and listening. At the Casco Bay branch, each class will include an interactive time where children use yoga and their imagination to become part of the story!
A yoga class just for 7-10 year olds! Working through traditional poses, young yogis will discover the physical and mental benefits of yoga in a fun and relaxed setting. Balance awaits…come join us!
From barre to turns, ballet is wonderful for strength, flexibility and coordination. Students will spend 45 minutes learning the traditional vocabulary, steps and history of ballet, gaining movement skills invaluable to further ballet training. Each session will explore a different ballet in detail!
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 discover the joys of movement and acquire new skills with their peers. Each session explores different themes, keeping students engaged and supporting ongoing dance training.
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 beats too. Each session will culminate a performance for family and friends. Come join us for a rocking class!
This class is 45 minutes of gym fun, just for the kids! Students will explore a variety of activities based in playground games and team sports. Each week will introduce new games and skills, guaranteeing a fun class and great energy outlet!
Basketball, soccer and baseball fundamentals will be explored in this energetic 45 minute class. This trio of sports will provide an exciting venue for kids to get moving as it cools down outside! Students skills will improve in many areas, as well as learning valuable lessons about teamwork and listening to a coach. Let’s play!
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. Come tumble!
Begin learning fundamentals of spring sports in this fun class for 3 and 4 year olds! We will explore t-ball in depth, as well as play lots of gym games. It’s pre-season training for our littlest athletes!
Burn some of that after-school energy with a mix of seasonal sports and exciting games! We’ll explore skills of many spring sports, from baseball to track and field (and many more). Bring your “A” game!
GIRLS ON THE RUN
Date: Winter II
Day: Tues & Thurs
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Ages: 3rd - 8th grade
Fees: $129 per season
To register, visit: www.girlsontherunmaine.org
What is Girls on the Run? GOTR uses running to help prepare girls for a lifetime of self respect and healthy living. Over the course of a 10 week season, with two meetings each week, our volunteer
certified GOTR coaches teach life skill lessons which encourage positive emotional and physical development. Our innovative curriculum, designed specifically for pre-teens, challenges girls at any
fitness level– No previous running experience required! The program also includes a community service project. Using fun workouts along the way, the girls train together to complete a celebratory 3.1 mile run at the end of the season!