Youth classes offered by the YMCA will focus on skill development, strong character, building confidence, and sportsmanship.The YMCA offers a variety of classes for children of all ages, whether they are a beginner or have played sports for years. Youth classes at the YMCA allow children to learn new skills, improve existing skills, and have fun throughout the year. Sign up now and see the difference the YMCA can make!
This class will help your child learn the basics of dribbling, shooting and passing through drills, activities, and skill-related games.
This class will introduce and develop your child's dribbling techniques, shooting form, and the ability to make proper passes through drills and activities.
This ballet class is perfect for the ballet beginner. Basic ballet skills, balance, jumps, and turns will be achieved by the end of the session. Ballet slippers or socks are required.
Jazz/Hip Hop Dance
This class will teach the basics of jazz and hip hop as well as some contemporary dance movement. Great for dancers with no experience, and for others looking to improve their skills. Jumps, turns and combinations will be explored every week.
We will have a similar class structure for each level but the activities and content will change depending on age. Our goal is to provide an introduction to acting, voice and movement techniques for the stage. We will explore movement with a focus on strength, balance and coordination. We will learn vocal techniques to enhance pronunciation and projection and we will explore theater games and activities to improve acting skills. Together we will create, write and perform original theatrical pieces to perform in a student showcase on the last day of class.
Dance Exploration Level I and Level II
Our goal is to explore creative movement activities, musical genres and dance techniques (including ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop). We will build skills in rhythm and pattern recognition in both music and dance. We will choreograph and perform a variety of dances in multiple styles based on student interest. We will culminate in a student showcase on the last day of class.
This class teaches participants about the sport of fencing, from skilled instructors with Triblade Academy. Equipment is provided; please wear comfortable gym attire. Available only during the school year, Fall, Winter, Spring I, and Spring II sessions.
Juniors Golf Lessons
Participants will learn to drive (irons and woods), short game (chipping, putting, sand, and pitching), play on a short course. and receive a video analysis. Clubs and balls will be provided. Class taught by golf pro Sharon King at The Dome in Schoolcraft on US-131.
This class is available for new or experienced players.
Tumble Just Me Ages 2-3
In this program, children and their grown-ups will discover the fun of gymnastics together. Children will explore gymnastics through jumping, balancing, tumbling, and hanging using mats, beams and bars. Activities will focus on both large and small motor skills, hand-eye coordination and body awareness.
Tumble Just Me Ages 4-5
This program is designed for pre-school youth. Young gymnasts will work on balance, hand-eye coordination, listening skills, and both large and small motor skills. The program will focus on basic gymnastics skills including forward and backward rolls, handstands and cartwheels.
This class is intended to develop the whole person in mind, body and spirit while teaching effective self-defense skills for the practitioner. The practice of this art develops strong character through its five primary tenets: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, and Indomitable Spirit. Available only during the school year, Fall, Winter, Spring I, and Spring II sessions.
Pint Size Play
Ages 18-36 Months
This class includes free play, games, music, and parachute time that stimulates cognitive development and physical and social skills. Parent and child interaction throughout the session.
Programs for Homeschoolers
Sporties for Shorties
The YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo's youth sports camps are designed to develop specific sports-related skills for school-age youth. Both the Maple and Portage sites offer half-day sports camps during summer, winter, and spring breaks. Participants will learn new skills, meet friends, and have fun. Be sure to bring a waterbottle and snack everyday to camp.
Contact Don Seibert at (269) 324-9622 x423
Maple Mini Sports Camp - Ages 5-12
Contact Pete Jameyson at (269) 345-9622 x152
Taekwondo offers a great way for children & adults to build confidence, self-esteem, respect, discipline, strength, flexibility, and patience in a teamwork setting. Our instructor will teach you to channel energy into a positive attitude in a fun and active atmosphere.
- Ages 4-6
- Ages 7-11