T-BALL
Grab your glove and let’s play ball! The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati t-ball league (ages 4-5) is a program that was developed to teach young baseball players the fundamentals of the game. Participants will learn the basics of t-ball in this great introductory sport. Participants will learn how to catch, throw, and bat off a hitting tee in a fun team atmosphere. The focus of the league is to have fun, meet new friends and play t-ball in a non-competitive environment. This is a staff/coach led game without any officials. T-ball is a stepping stone to the next level of baseball. Each participant will receive a game jersey and hat. 

BASEBALL
Coach Pitch (ages 7-8), and regular baseball (9-12) are designed to develop fundamental baseball skills, while learning teamwork, strategy, and sportsmanship. Skills taught include catching, throwing, fielding, and hitting. Each participant will receive a game jersey and hat.

 

BASKETBALL

Did you know basketball was invented at the Y? In 1891, Dr. James Naismith, a clergyman, educator and physician in Massachusetts, created an indoor “athletic distraction” to keep rowdy youth busy in the cold New England winter months. Dr. Naismith decided the game had to be physically active, simple to understand and would have minimal physical roughness.  The original game was played with a soccer ball and two peach baskets nailed to the balcony of the Springfield YMCA in Massachusetts.

Participants in YMCA of Greater Cincinnati youth sports programs build skills, learn about teamwork, and focus on sportsmanship preparing them for key milestones on their developmental journey.

AGES 3-4 | COED BASKETBALL
For our youngest players, we focus on introducing the game of basketball and basic ball handling skills like passing, dribbling and shooting. Coaches and officials take an active role in teaching at this level. 6-foot goals and smaller balls are used. Teams will rotate through skill stations for approximately 30 minutes directly before each scrimmage game.

AGES 5-6 | COED BASKETBALL
Children at this level continue to develop basic skills and begin to learn the rules of the game. The primary focus is on offense and ball handling and coaches and officials emphasize learning throughout the game. One-on-one defense is introduced. 8-foot goals and 27.5 inch balls are used. In the winter, teams have one weeknight practice and one game each week.

AGES 7-8 | COED BASKETBALL
With a continued focus on fundamental skills like ball-handling and shooting technique, coaches choose their own defense at this level. We use a 27.5 inch ball and teams play full court on 8 foot goals. In the winter, teams will have one weeknight practice and one game each week.

AGES 9-12 | COED BASKETBALL
Teamwork is emphasized in this age bracket and passing, shooting and defensive skills are strengthened. Coaches choose their own defense with limited pressing. A 27.5 inch ball, a ten-foot goal and teams play full court. Teams will have one practice and one game each week. All basketball rules apply.

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YMCA cheerleading programs are available to children of varying ages.  Cheerleading offers children the chance to get active and have fun cheering. Cheerleading builds self-confidence and self-esteem, while developing social skills and healthy relationships with others.  This class covers the fundamentals of cheerleading, including basic motions, jumps, cheers, and chants. 

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This is a fishing 101 class designed to make the sport fun for the next generation.  Each class will include education and hands- on training in rod assembly, knot tying, casting techniques, how to read a lake, what lures to use, fish habitat, and much more. All equipment will be provided and your child gets to keep the equipment at the end of the class.

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The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati offers flag football for children between the ages of 8 and 15.  This program is designed to be an instructional league for 8-9 year olds with competitive components and a competitive league for 10-12 and 13-15 year olds. This is an inter-YMCA of Greater Cincinnati league. Games will be on Saturdays rotating between YMCA branches. There will be one practice per week.

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The Y is teaming up with World of Golf in Northern Kentucky to teach children the fundamentals of golf. Lessons are available for youth, ages 8-14. No equipment is required. Golf lessons are offered at the R.C. Durr YMCA.

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The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati offers gymnastics classes you’ll flip for!  Children learn to tumble, run, jump, and twist in our gymnastics program, while helping them develop muscular strength, flexibility and body awareness.  Based on the national YMCA gymnastics program, our gymnastics program is designed to teach gymnastics skills in a progressive manner, so participants feel success along the way and are ready for new skills at the appropriate time. Consequently, specific skills must be achieved before students move to the next level. Due to the difficulty of certain skills, children will not always move on after one session of instruction. Please note that class offerings may differ by location.

GYMNASTICS CLASSES ARE PROVIDED AT THE FOLLOWING YMCA LOCATIONS:
Blue Ash YMCA
Campbell County YMCA
Gamble-Nippert YMCA
Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCA
R.C. Durr YMCA
Richard E. Lindner YMCA

PRESCHOOL GYMNASTICS

TUMBLE TOTS
Age: 18 months - 2 years old 
Class is structured as a parent/child class combining gymnastics equipment and creative movement activities to develop gross motor skills and coordination.

TUMBLERS
Age: 2 ½ - 3 years old
Class is designed to give your child basic gymnastics knowledge and develop gross motor skills. Child must be potty trained.

BOUNDERS
Age: 4 years old
Class is a longer version of Tumblers, where emphasis is on movement education.

BOUNDERS TOO!
Age: 4 years old 
This is a longer class than Bounders, designed for a child wanting more, but not ready for Developmental Twisters. This class will only be open for children who have taken three or more sessions of Tumblers/Bounders. Approval needed.

DEVELOPMENTAL TWISTERS
Ages: 4-5 years old 
This is a great class for a young gymnast with advanced strength and skill, who can handle a longer class. Invitation only.

PROGRESSIVE GYMNASTICS 

ROLLERS
Ages: 5-12 years old
For the beginning gymnast who has little or no gymnastics experience (Progression one).

SWINGERS
Ages: 5 ½ -12 years old
Must have completed Rollers or equivalent and be able to do forward and backward rolls, backbend, handstand on floor, jump to front support on bars. (Progression two, approval required)

KIPPERS
Ages: 5 ½ -12 years old
Must have completed Swingers or equivalent and be able to do round offs, forward roll on balance beam. (Progression three, approval required)

BOYS GYMNASTICS
Ages: 5 years old and up
Designed to give boys the opportunity to practice difficult gymnastics events in order to build strength, coordination, and flexibility.  This class is for beginning male gymnasts with little or no experience.

BOYS GYMNASTICS - ADVANCED
Ages: 6 years old and up
Designed to give boys the opportunity to advance upon their gymnastics skills while continuing to build strength, coordination, and flexibility.  This class is for the male gymnast that has advanced from Boys Gymnastics (Approval required).

PRE-TEAM
Ages: 5 ½ -12 years old
Designed for the skilled gymnast as a stepping stone to our competitive teams or a good class for the serious gymnast.  Approval required. 

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Beginning players will learn about lacrosse in a fun, coed environment. No equipment is required. The Y will provide sticks for all and play in a non-contact manner. Players will practice the basic skills of passing, catching, dodging and shooting, while learning about the rules of the sport in scrimmages. This is a great way to gain experience and build confidence before participating in a league.

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JUDO is offered for those 7 and older.  Judo helps develop self-discipline and confidence. It also increases coordination, stamina, flexibility and strength. Get in shape while learning a new skill.

TAE KWON DO is offered for all ages.  Tae Kwon Do helps in the pursuit of self-respect and discipline, as well as building and maintaining physical fitness. Coordination, control, balance and technique are developed.

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Pickleball is a tennis-like game played on a badminton-sized court. It is played with a composite paddle and a wiffle ball over a net. It is easy for beginners to learn. The YMCA offers leagues and open court time.

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CO-ED SOCCER
This instructional league is for children between the ages of 3 and 12. The league will focus on fundamentals and teamwork. Players of all abilities are invited to play.

AGES 3-4 | COED WEE KICK SOCCER
Teams practice for 20-30 minutes before each game. A size 3 ball is used and teams will have a 6-week season with 5 games.

AGES 5-6 | COED SOCCER
Teams practice one night a week and play a game on Saturdays. A size 4 ball is used and teams will play 7 games.

AGES 7-8 | COED SOCCER
Teams practice one night a week and play a game on Saturdays. A size 4 ball is used and teams will play 7 games.

AGES 9-10 | COED SOCCER
Teams practice one night a week and play a game on Saturdays. A size 4 ball is used and teams will play 7 games.

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The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati offers fall tennis clinics to boys and girls, ages 7-13. Certified instructor and former top-10 US tennis player Tony Teufel and other instructors will teach participants the fundamental skills of tennis, using the official US Tennis Association curriculum.

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RECREATIONAL VOLLEYBALL
The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati recreational volleyball program is for children (boys and girls) between the ages of 8 and 12. This recreational volleyball league is meant to introduce the game of volleyball and to teach basic skills.  Everyone plays and there are no tryouts.  Practices are once a week, with at least one match played on Saturdays. Some games may be played against other YMCA of Greater Cincinnati teams. 

CLUB VOLLEYBALL
Club Volleyball provides youth with an opportunity to establish better volleyball skill sets, a strong work ethic, the concept of teamwork, and an experience that will last a lifetime. YMCA coaches are dedicated to improving the skills of young athletes. We have set goals for each team and age group; we have high expectations for each of our athletes. If you accept an offer to play for our club, then arrive ready to work hard! 

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