YMCA of Greater Erie

2010.06_0002_33_hrAt 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.

Adult Team Sports

Whether you miss “suiting up” or are new to team sports, the Y’s sports leagues provide a perfect opportunity to be active, social and reconnect or start fresh with a sport you love. Basketball, soccer, pickleball, volleyball and golf are just some of the options available to get you back on the court or on the field.

Youth Sports

When kids play sports, they get more than just exercise.  Besides being physically healthier, they have higher self esteem and a healthier body image.  The benefits of playing sports go far beyond the physical.  Kids who play sports perform better in school, develop better interpersonal skills and work better in groups.

YMCA Youth Sports places a priority on family involvement and healthy competition rather than rivalry.  They teach the value of participation over winning, team-building as well as individual development, a positive self-image and a sense of fair play and mutual respect for others.

Love Sports? Become a Youth Sports Volunteer Coach!  We are always in need of great coaches willing to make a difference in the lives of today’s youth.  Your time is our most valuable asset.  Volunteer coaches lead players through drills and games that build skills, develop coordination and enhance a love of the game.

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Sports and Recreation Programs

“The Rebich Investments Downtown Showdown” 3 -on-3 Outdoor Basketball Tournament

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Held annually, this tournament is for all – boys, girls, men and women grades 1 and up with 12 different divisions.  Click here for more information.

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Adult and Teen Karate

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A Certified Black Belt level instructor guides you through the various levels of body control, technique and responsibility. For ages 13 and up.

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Adult Co-Ed 6s Competitive Volleyball

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An exciting and competitive league that will give your team a challenge. The league consists of eight or 12 weeks of play plus playoffs. All teams make playoffs and the championship team gets t-shirts. Fall, Winter & Spring Sessions. Cost: $270/team for fall session(12 weeks); $180/team for winter & spring sessions (8 weeks).

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Adult Co-Ed 6s Rec Volleyball

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An exciting league for adults looking to enjoy some time with their friends in a non-competitive environment. Great for players looking to learn the game of volleyball or “polish” up their skills. The league consists of eight or 12 weeks of play plus playoffs. All teams make playoffs and the championship team gets t-shirts. Fall, Winter & Spring Sessions. Cost: $270/team for fall session (12 weeks); $180/team for winter & spring sessions (8 weeks).

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Adult Pickleball Courts

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Pickleball is a racket sport which combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Fun for all ages.

GLENWOOD open Pickleball courts 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Don’t worry about a partner. We partner as we play. We have paddles or you can bring your own.

EASTSIDE open Pickleball courts are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11am- 2pm and Thursday from 11am-1pm.

Pickleball is pick-up, so anyone can show up and get playing time.

View Schedule for: County Y, Eastside Y, Glenwood Y

Adult Racquetball League

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Dust off those racquets because we are bringing back one of our most popular leagues!  Our new racquetball league will consist of 8 Round-Robin Games and the player with the most  points at the end of 8 weeks will win the league.

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Adult Soccer – CoEd (Futsal Indoor) & Women’s

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Whether you’ve never played and want to try it, played all your life and want to continue or haven’t played in quite some time… we’ve got a division for you!  The YMCA, in conjunction with Gannon University, is able to offer a variety of soccer leagues – there’s a division for everyone!

Being an adult league, all participants must be at least 18 years of age to play.  All YMCA programs are recreationally-based, but we do encourage competitiveness as long as it’s within the limits of sportsmanship and respects the game itself.

The league is played on Sundays.  Indoors is played at the Eastside YMCA in the full gymnasium and outdoor is played at McConnell Family Stadium on the campus of Gannon University (turf field).

If you’ve never played before, come see why Soccer is nationally called “The Most Beautiful Game on Earth”.  With any questions or comments, feel free to contact the Sports Coordinator, Corey Wolff, by e-mail or calling 814-580-6703.

View Schedule for: Eastside Y

Cheerleading

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Both boys and girls can cheer and learn creative moves.  Basic cheerleading skills such as jumps, tumbling and cheering routines will be taught.  Designed for youth ages 7-14.  Cost: FREE Y-members; $56 non-members.

View Schedule for: Glenwood Y

County Y Blue Dolphins Swim Team

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Participants have an opportunity to swim in a competitive environment.  The swim team competes locally with the opportunity to advance to district, state and national events.  Everybody swims, everybody wins.  Winter session runs October to March, summer session runs June-July.

To access the County Blue Dolphins web site, click here>>

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Eastside Family YMCA Swim Team

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Every kid has swimming abilities – there’s a little Michael Phelps in each of them.  Help yours find their swimming potential through the Eastside Family Y Swim Team!  Swimmers of all ages and abilities participate in our 150 + member Swim Team.  Led by caring coaches, we emphasize personal improvement through stroke technique and training, a strong work ethic and team work through competitive swimming. The swim team competes locally with the opportunity to advance to district, state and national events.   For more information, click here.

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Golf Lessons

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The lessons will cover the basic skills for beginners or focus on skills to improve you game (drive, irons, and putting).

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Hot Tots

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A program that teaches the fundamentals of soccer, basketball and tee ball to 3 year olds.

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Meals for Kids, Parks & Recreation & Learn to Swim Program

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The following programs are offered to City of Erie residents free of charge as part of the City of Erie’s Summer Parks & Recreation Program.  Additional funding is provided by the Housing Authority of the City of Erie and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

For additional free Meals for Kids locations, click here.

Parks & Recreation Program

Kids Bubbles GroupIn partnership with the City of Erie, the YMCA of Greater Erie offers free recreational programming at 8 City of Erie neighborhood parks throughout the summer. At the YMCA Kids Club Summer Parks & Recreation Program, kids spend their days taking part in a wide variety of summer play and learning activities while building a healthy spirit, mind and body. Each day, Y staff leads hands-on-activities such a group games, board games, group sports, group fitness and art and music. A hula hoop instructor will be visiting each park once a week to teach a “hoop” class. Gannon University’s Summer Fit stops by Bayview too!

Before they know it, the day is done and they’ve made a new friend. Free summer lunch is served daily. Ages 6-18. For more information, call Jen Sikora at 240-9928.

Download the City of Erie’s Parks & Recreation Guide here.

Program Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  June 14-August 11

Summer Lunch Hours: Monday-Friday, 11:30a.m.-12p.m.

Locations: Bayview Park, Burton Park, Columbus Park, Frontier Park, Gridley Park, McKinley Park, Nate Levy Park, and Pulaski Park

Port-a-Pool Program 

Youth 6-18 years old splash away the summer days at these neighborhood recreational swimming locations.  Bathing suits required; no cut-offs.  A certified lifeguard is on duty. For more information, call Jeanne Moss at 452-3261 ext. 274.

Program Hours: Monday-Friday, 12-4 p.m. July 5- August 11

Locations: Bayview & Columbus Parks

Rodger Young Pool Open Swim & Recreation Program

Summer Camp Group Boys PoolA summer of fun is in store for youth at the Rodger Young Pool Open Swim & Recreation Program. Kids 6-18 enjoy bouncing from recreational swimming to lawn games, board games and group sports – then back to the pool to cool off!  Youth must be registered by a parent or legal guardian before participating in activities.  Proof of age is required for 6 year olds and may be requested for others.  Bathing suits required.  Free summer lunch is served daily. Free Y Swimming Lessons will be offered in July and August.  Registration is required through the Eastside Family Y at 899-9622.  For more information, contact Jeanne Moss at 452-3261 ext. 274.

Registration Meet & Greet Event: June 12, 5-8p.m.

Pool Program Hours: Opens June 12, Monday-Saturday, 12-5p.m., Closes August 25

Recreation Program Hours: Monday-Friday, 12-4:30 p.m.

Summer Lunch Hours: Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Brian Lee Crosby Memorial Learn to Swim Program

Swim Instructor RoundedYMCA swimming lessons give kids summer fun – with a splash of confidence! No matter what the child’s skill level, certified YMCA swimming instructors will help develop your child’s swimming ability and boost their spirit.  Swim lessons are free to all youth ages 6 months-18 years of age living in the City of Erie.  Parents or guardians are responsible for registration, attendance and transportation needs. Bathing suits required. Lifeguard on duty. Swim lessons meet 3 times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for 2 weeks for a total of 6, 40-minute classes per session at Erie High (Central), Strong Vincent and East School Swimming Pools.  Class sessions held between 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

At the conclusion of the session, a progress report will be given to each child with a recommended level for the next session.

A lifeguard skills class will be offered to teens ages 15 and up who have an interest in becoming a certified lifeguard.  This class will teach skills necessary to become a lifeguard in preparation for advancing to a Lifeguard Certification Class.  We will offer a Lifeguard Certification class to City of Erie residents who want to be a certified Lifeguard and gain employment.

Open Swim

Open swim is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for anyone interested in swimming lessons. Families of those registered are welcome to participate in open swim as well.  A parent or guardian must accompany children 5 and under in the water and remain within easing reaching distance of the child at all times.  Children 6-11 years must have a parent or guardian on deck.  All swimmers will be tested for swimming ability.  Bathing suits are required.  Lifeguard on duty. No open swim on Tuesday, July 4.

To register, call the Downtown Y, 452-3261 for the Brian Lee Crosby Memorial Learn to Swim Program.  Advance registration is encouraged to ensure your child’s participation. 

Registration Dates:

Session 1: Registration opens June 1
June 12-June 23

Session 2: Registration opens June 19
June 26-July 7 (no class July 4)

Session 3: Registration opens July 3
July 10-July 21

Session 4: Registration opens July 17
July 24-August 4

Meals for Kids

Kids fill-up on the good stuff while school is out because of the Y’s free Meals for Kids Program offered when school is out.  We serve nutritious meals for kids ages 2-18.  No application, income verification or registration is required.  After kids eat, Y staff offer activities including playground games, board games, arts/crafts and more.  Click here for 2017 locations.

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Mighty Mites (ages 4-5)

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In a fun learning environment, qualified staff help kids learn the basics of soccer, t-ball, floor hockey and basketball. Kids are building confidence, having fun and making friends. Cost: Y members free/non-members $56.  Program held throughout the year at the County and Glenwood Park Ys.  Program held during the summer only at YMCA Camp Sherwin. Register Online>>

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Mighty Mites (ages 5-9)

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In a fun learning environment, qualified staff help kids learn the basics of soccer, t-ball, floor hockey and basketball.  Kids are building self confidence, having fun and making friends.

View Schedule for: Camp Sherwin

Mixed Martial Arts

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The YMCA teams up with Lund Martial Arts Academy.  When you tell them you are a YMCA of Greater Erie member, you’ll get three classes, your uniform and your belt for FREE!

With a flexible class schedule and locations in Millcreek and Harborcreek, Lund Martial Arts Academy prides themselves on expert instruction for kids 5+, teens and adults.

Plus, they’ll donate $50 to the Y’s annual scholarship campaign for membership and programs when you sign-up for any program afterwards!

Register by calling 833-2800 (Millcreek) or 899-9200 (Harborcreek) and mention the promo code “YMCA815”.  Learn more about Lund Martial Arts Academy at www.LundMartialArts.com.

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P.L.A.Y. Youth Basketball League

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This 8 week + playoffs youth basketball league is for boys and girls grades 1-6. This competitive league will be focused on developing basketball fundamentals while allowing the kids to experience healthy competition in a safe and fun environment. All games will be at the YMCA of Greater Erie Downtown Branch and will have an assigned referee and scorekeeper. The league fee is $45.00/student. All participants will receive a t-shirt. Next league begins in January 2017.

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Recreational and Educational Activities for Cyber & Home School Students (REACH)

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Recreational and Educational Activities for Cyber & Home School Students (REACH) is an excellent way to meet your homeschool or cyber school Physical Education requirements. The 8-week session meets twice a week and will be divided into age groups to accommodate for physical development. For 4- weeks, the students will participate in gym classes that focus on physical fitness, skill development and sportsmanship. The other 4- weeks, students will participate in water safety
education and quality swim instruction that promotes swimming as a lifelong activity for
healthy living. Program designed for students 1-8 grade. Class meets for 45-minutes.

View Schedule for: Eastside Y

Ski Conditioning Class

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This six-week ski-conditioning class is sport specific and is designed to meet the  needs of skiers.  The program will consist of a combination of plyometrics, resistance training, calisthenics and stretching to improve strength, coordination, cardiorespiratory endurance and freedom of movement.

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Sporties for Shorties

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Sporties for Shorties is a new spin on a classic program at the Eastside Family Y.  Formerly, Mighty Mites, Sporties for Shorties is a 10-week class which offers lessons in sports such as soccer, basketball, floor hockey and t-ball and includes a weekly swim lesson.  Cost is $25 for members and $75 for non-members.

View Schedule for: Camp Sherwin, Eastside Y

Summer Camp (ages 5-12)

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By choosing Y Summer Day Camp, you’re choosing more than a summer day care service.  Y camps are high-quality, affordable and convenient all summer long.  The Y’s wide menu of summer play and learning activities through camp give kids a chance to have fun while building a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Choose from traditional Day Camp, Kindergarten Readiness Camp or week-long Sports, Dance or Cheer Camps.  Get more information here.  Get locations here.

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Tennis

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Group lessons running 8 weeks for adults and kids ages 8-14. Learn the proper forehand and backhand stroke. Improve your serve. Lessons will be at the General Mclane Middle school tennis courts. Improve your game.

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Youth Co-Ed Basketball

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YMCA basketball leagues are the best and most fun around!  Volunteer coaches work on basic ball handling, passing, shooting and defensive skills while introducing defensive and offensive schemes. Play appropriate for youth 6-12 (Eastside offers for ages 5 – 13).  Session runs Jan – Feb.

Click on location of your choice to download registration form.

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Youth Co-Ed Floor Hockey

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There’s an Erie Otter inside all of us!  This introduction to hockey basics will have your son or daughter learn sport fundamentals including stick handling, passing, shooting, positions and teamwork. Play for youth 4-12 years old.  Cost: Y members free/non-members $58.  Session held in Winter.

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Youth Co-Ed Indoor Soccer

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This program is offered twice a year (Mar-May & Oct-Dec) for ages 4-13.  The goal of the program is for players to learn the basic skills and strategies of soccer; such as:  dribbling, passing, shooting, formations, offense/defense, etc.  Games (6) are held on Saturdays and 30-minute practices are held once a week, Tuesday through Friday.

Click on the location of your choice to download a registration form.

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Youth Co-Ed NFL Flag Football

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This NFL flag football program gives everyone a chance to feel like an NFL player while having fun. Each player receives a set of flags and an official NFL Flag Football jersey.  Session held in Summer. Play appropriate for youth 6-15.

Cost: Y members $25/non-members $75.

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Youth Co-Ed Outdoor Soccer

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This program runs June through July for ages 4-13. The goal of the program is for players to learn the basic skills and strategies of outdoor soccer, teamwork and sportsmanship.  Games (6) are held on Saturdays and 30-minute practices are held once a week, Wednesday or Friday evenings.

Cost: Members $5.00; Non-Members $58.00

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Youth Dance

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Our Ys offer Irish Step, ballet, jazz, hip-hop and modern depending upon location and student’s ability. This class teaches creative movement through dance techniques. Ages vary by location. Program offered during the summer at YMCA Camp Sherwin.

 

 

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Youth Summer Sports Clinics

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Just the right clinic for those who enjoy sports! Youth are divided by age and will experience age-appropriate training in the technical, fundamental and game situation aspects of each sport.

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Youth Wellness Center Orientation

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Glenwood Park: Designed for ages 11-14 years, the orientation (formerly youth fitness) concentrates on the components for a safe and balanced workout: cardio, strength and flexibility.  You are also educated about our fitness “code of conduct” utilizing the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.  After the orientation, youth are able to utilize the lower level fitness center. Contact the Membership Desk to schedule an appointment.

Designed for ages 15+ years, this 1:1 orientation will guide you to utilize the added equipment now available to you in the Upper Level Fitness Center at the Glenwood Park Y.  Contact the Membership Desk to schedule an appointment.

Eastside Family: Member’s only class designed for youth ages 13-14 years old.  This course is an age appropriate training on cardio and strength equipment.  This is a 4-week session and each class is 90 minutes.  Youth must attend all 4 classes.  Contact the front desk for further details.

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