Sports

The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active, and developing healthy habits they will carry with them throughout their lives. The benefits are far greater than just physical health. Along with improving health, whenever teamwork is involved, there's the added benefit of being connected to others. That's why you'll find a range of recreational activities at the Y. With something to offer everyone, there's no such thing as being too old to get in the game.

NEW! We've opened up the gym early for Open Basketball, Friday mornings from 5:15-6:15am at our Central Branch! Free for members and $10 for non-members.

Did you know? In December 1891, at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts, the school’s director gave physical education teacher James Naismith two weeks to come up with an indoor winter game to challenge a class of future Y directors. Naismith hung peach baskets to the bottom of a second-level running track and taught the men his new game: basketball. Today, basketball is second only to soccer as the most popular sport in the world.

Y Winners BballJune 17 - August 5
Ages 4-11  |  $55M/$80NM  |  Central
This league will focus on fundamentals and offensive and defensive strategies. IHSA Basketball rules will be progressively enforced at each age level. Teams will be given a weekly practice slot, and games will be held on Saturdays starting at 9 am. Teams are co-ed and league fee includes t-shirt/jersey. REGISTER ONLINE or at our front desk.

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Ages 4-6  |  June 17 - August 5, 2017  |  $55M/$80NM  |  Central
We will focus on building the basic fundamentals of our participants. Instructional drills will be taught at the beginning of class and then kids will play in a game setting during the second half. Practice is held on Tuesday evenings. Register online or at our front desk.

TBA  |  $35M/$45NM  |  Central
3rd-4th grade  |  5th-6th grade  |  7th-8th grade
Test your throwing and dodging skills on the court in a fun and safe environment. Teams will have a max of nine players and will play up to seven games, tournament style, in 60 minutes. Each team will have its own coach/sponsor to make sure safe play is practiced. All skill levels are welcome. Register online or at our front desk.

INDOOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Ages 4-11  |  Jan. 23 - March 18  |  $60M/$85NM  |  Central
Learn to play one of the fastest games in the world! This action-packed class will emphasize the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship while teaching the basic skills of passing, shooting, stick handling, and much more! In addition to the physical gains associated with hockey, there is also something to be said for the mental health benefits that come with playing the game. Exercise itself can improve your mood because of the endorphins that are released. As a form of exercise, floor hockey provides this benefit, but there’s an added brain boost that comes with the sport as well. Floor Hockey demands good decision-making, and honing these skills can also be transferred to everyday life.

Children must bring shin guards. Games will be held on Saturday afternoons. REGISTER ONLINE

Ages 6+ | Tuesday/Thursday(Monthly) | 7:30-8pm(6-12 year olds) 8-9pm(13+) | $20M/$40NM | Central
In this modern, Japanese martial art, the student will learn to use his/her opponent’s energy against them rather than using force against force. Safety is stressed and students will be taught to fall safely and to work in a cooperative manner with their training partners. Register online or at our front desk.