YMCA of Greater Erie

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Youth Sports GroupWhen 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.

Locations & Contacts

County YMCA

Zach Miller, zmiller@ymcaerie.org
734-5700

Downtown YMCA
Monica Olesnanik, molesnanik@ymcaerie.org
877-7030

Eastside Family YMCA
Corey Wolff, cwolff@ymcaerie.org
814-580-6703

Glenwood Park YMCA
Shane Quigley, squigley@ymcaerie.org
868-0867


Youth Sports Programs

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>>

View Schedule for: County Y

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.

View Schedule for: Eastside Y

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 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.

View Schedule for: Eastside Y

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.

View Schedule for: Downtown Y

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

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.

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

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.

Click on location of your choice and download registration form.

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

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.

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

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.

Click on location of your choice for registration form.

View Schedule for: County Y, Glenwood Y

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

View Schedule for: Eastside Y

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.

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

Programs