Programs

The YMCA's health, fitness and sports programs are developmentally appropriate and help people at any stage of life build positive health habits. Participation in YMCA programs offers youth and adults opportunities for friendship and community, a sense of well-being, increased self-confidence and improved mental abilities.

 

 

A competitive Youth Swim program for Y members ages 5-21 building strength and endurance while refining technique. Swimmers are grouped according to ability and age from beginner to advanced. The team competes against other area Y’s as well as in District/State meets. Children are empowered by the confidence they develop as they work to swim a mile and beyond while enjoying the water environment so many seem born for.

Aqua Force will offer different competitive swim clinics based on the ability of the swimmer. All are designed to improve stroke technique and increase endurance. These clinics will assist in the development of your technique and endurance. They are also a great way for new and returning swimmers to preview our summer and fall swim team practices.

 


Aqua Force Dates to remember

Thursday, Aug 15 or Thursday, Sept 5
Placement Swim at 5:30-6:00 PM  |  Orientation at 6-7:00 PM
Registration begins August 15. All returning families are required to attend one of the orientation meetings 6-6:30pm.

 


If swim team is too long of a commitment, we offer NEW session options for Silver and Pre Senior that are great for learning the same skills as swim team or for summer swim team kids to continue improving technique to become better prepared for next summer.

M-Th | 5:30-6:45pm | $200M/$300NM
3 Sessions to fit your swimmer's busy schedule:
Sept. 9 – Nov 1, Nov. 4 – Jan 10, Jan. 13 – March 6
*Select days will not have classes for holidays

Dryland Strength Traning Schedule

White/Silver: W, 5:15 - 5:30pm
Purple/Black: T/Th, 5:50 - 6:30pm
Senior Groups: M/W, 5:40 - 6:20pm


swim team benefits

Not sure if a swim team is right for your child? Here is a list of the benefits of swimming from USA Swimming:6.13.15 swimmer01 web

  • Swimming is an outstanding activity for people of all ages.
  • Swimming promotes fitness and teaches a child to strive for physical achievement. Many super-stars in other sports started out as swimmers and gained strength and coordination that helped them to excel.
  • Swimming is an exciting individual and team sport.
  • Swimming is a technical and specialized activity involving extensive skill development.
  • Swimming is a healthy "lifetime" activity. Participants maybe 1 or 101 years old.
  • Swimming is relatively injury free in comparison to other youth sports.
  • Swimming teaches the life lessons of sport and sportsmanship which include learning to deal with winning and losing, as well as working with officials, teammates and coaches.
  • Swimming can prevent drowning.

Visit the Aqua Force website for more information or contact Aquatic Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 630-552-4100 x237.

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La Premiere Dance Company is a competitive, performance dance company for Y members ages 5-18. As a part of our dance company, your children will not only grow into talented dancers but also learn life lessons along the way. La Premiere competes locally and nationally.

La Premiere is a great starter program for dancers with 1-2 years of experience. This program is structured to accommodate dancers who want to experience competition without the feeling of being overscheduled and overwhelmed. We provide a fun and affordable dance company so all children have an opportunity to dance. As part of our dance company, your children will grow into talented dancers and learn valuable lifelong lessons.

The dance season is year-round, with auditions occurring in the summer. Children should have at least one year of dance experience prior to auditioning. If you have any questions about La Premiere Dance Company, please contact Performing Arts Director, Christine Milakis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Download this file (La Premiere Dance Company Audition Form[1].pdf)2018 La Premiere Audition Form

BEGINNER TUMBLING (ages 6+)
For anyone with little to no experience. Skills include Rolls, handstands, cartwheels, backbend, round-offs, handstand fall to bridge, and dive rolls.

ADVANCED BEGINNER TUMBLING (ages 6+)
For anyone with little to no experience. Director approval needed. Skills include Rolls, handstands, cartwheels, backbend, round-offs, handstand fall to bridge, and dive rolls.

INTERMEDIATE TUMBLING (ages 6+)
For anyone who has mastered ALL skills from Beginner and Advanced Beginner tumbling. Director approval needed. Skills include Back extension rolls, front and back walkovers, standing flip-flop, front handspring, fly-spring, aerial cartwheel, round-off flip-flop, punch front, standing back, and power tumbling passes.

NINJA TUMBLING (ages 6+)
Try your strength and skills on different obstacles based on the hit TV show American Ninja Warrior. While learning some tumbling to help improve strength and balance.

CHEERNASTICS (ages 4-6)
In this class, students will learn the basics of cheerleading, including arm movements, jumps, and cheers. They will learn a few different dances. The students will also cheer for the youth sports games held on Saturdays during appropriate sessions with corresponding sports programs.

CHEER 1 (ages 6+)
For anyone wanting to learn basic tumbling for cheerleading. Skills include cartwheels on both sides, handstands, dive rolls, handstand fall to bridge, backbends, backbend kick overs, and round-offs.

CHEER 2 (ages 6+)
For anyone who has mastered ALL skills from Cheer 1. Director approval needed. Skills included: Standing flip-flops, front handsprings, and round-off flip-flop.

CHEER 3 (ages 6+)
For anyone who has mastered ALL skills from Cheer 1 and Cheer 2. Director approval needed. Skills included: Connected standing flip-flops, fly springs, punch fronts, Round-off connected flip-flops.

CHEER 4 (ages 6+)
For anyone who has mastered ALL skills from Cheer 1, Cheer 2, and Cheer 3. Director approval needed. Skills included: Standing back tucks, Round-off flip-flop back tucks, Arabians, layouts, fulls, and more advanced skills based on each individual.

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Ages: 5-12  |  June 10-July 29  |  2:15-2:45pm  |  $30
Monday (West)  |  Thursday (Central)

Summer NERF Wars is an exclusive club for our FVFY summer campers! Campers need to come prepared with their own NERF gun, 10-15 darts, and protective eyewear. Teams will be divided by age groups.

Mondays  |  9-11:00am  |  Free FOR MEMBERS

Pickleball is a combination of tennis and badminton that is played by hitting whiffle balls with lightweight wooden paddles. The rules are simple and the game is relatively easy for beginners to learn. Played on a badminton court with a 3-foot high net.

Infants01Our Early Learning Academy has 2 locations at both Central Branch in Plano, IL and West Branch in Sandwich, IL.

We offer a full day / full year ages 0-3 years licensed program for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos where our highly trained and qualified teachers provide individualized care, create environments that support and encourage exploration, ensure children's health and safety and develop partnerships with families.

INFANTS (6 weeks - 15 months; 1:4 Ratio)
In the infant classroom, our primary emphasis is meeting the infant’s daily needs and providing a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment. Children are provided with experiences that foster and develop their cognitive, social/emotional, and motor skills while encouraging their independence. Infants are engaged in developmentally appropriate toys, books, stories, and fingerplays throughout the day. They are learning through routines and attachments to their caregivers. Infant daily nap and meal schedule are based on the infant’s individual needs.

TODDLERS (16-24 months; 1:5 Ratio)
In the toddler classroom, children are introduced to a more structured and regular routine. Children are provided with an environment that encourages exploration and curiosity through child-initiated and teacher-guided activities. Toddlers have opportunities to make choices in art, sensory, exploration, problem-solving, music, books, self-help skills, and interactive play. The toddler classroom provides a rest time as part of the daily schedule.

TWOS (1:8 Ratio)
In the two’s classroom, the children discover a stimulating environment arranged into various interest and learning centers. Our goal for our two-year-olds includes developing valuable self-help skills such as potty training, personal hygiene, dressing self and putting toys away. We also focus on building cognitive skills, such as counting, sorting, recognizing letters, colors, and shapes. Another important skill we work on is interacting with others. We have many opportunities for sharing, listening and taking turns. The two’s classroom provides a rest time as part of the daily schedule.

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If you have any questions about any of the Early Learning Academy (ELA) services, please contact either Senior Child Care Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at (630)552-4100 or ELA West Branch Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at (815) 786-9998.

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MEN'S basketball league (AGES 18+)  |  CENTRAL
Sundays | Beginning October 13th
5-12 player teams | $500/team

This league offers a 10 game regular season schedule along with playoffs for those looking to test their team’s skill against the local competition. Weekly standings will be kept, IHSA officials will officiate games and all basketball rules/regulations will be enforced. Good sportsmanship is the responsibility of every captain, player, and spectator. All fees must be paid prior to the first game. To register an entire team, contact the Central Branch. Please indicate whether you are registering a team or individually.

Call or email Dustin Wayne, Sports Coordinator at 630-552-100, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


MEN'S NOON BALL (AGES 18+)  |  CENTRAL
M/W/F | Noon-1:30pm | Members only

The gym is reserved for full-court, pick-up games during noon ball. YMCA Staff has the right to ask anyone to leave for any violations of the code of conduct.

 

All branches of Gymnastics and Tumbling help develop motor skills through activities that increase strength, balance and body control.

TINY TYKES (ages 1-2 with parent)
Experience an exciting and playful atmosphere with your little ones while they explore the world of movement. Focusing on basic gymnastics skill and fine motor skill development, balance, and coordination. How tiny’s learn best! 

MINI TYKES (ages 3)
Kids will earn to be independent while practicing proper techniques through specific gymnastic stations and circuits. Learning the basics for vault, walking on beam in different directions, properly holding the bar while holding positions, and starting their rolls, cartwheels, and handstands. 

MIGHTY TYKES (ages 4-5)
Learning through circuits, stations and different props to allow mighties to not only stay on task but also to have fun while learning gymnastics. Promoting strength, balance, coordination, flexibility with all their skills. Learning the basics for vault, walking on beam in different directions, properly hold the bar while holding positions, and starting their rolls, cartwheels and handstands. Progressive gymnastics skills (Beginner-Intermediate) are introduced and developed as the gymnast’s skill level improves.

BEGINNER (ages 6+)
For anyone with little to no experience. Skills include jumps for vault, glide swing, cast, hip pullover, walking on the beam in different directions, rolls, cartwheels, backbend,  and handstands on floor. Preparing you for Advanced Beginner.

ADVANCED BEGINNER
For anyone who has mastered ALL skills from Beginner. Director approval needed. Skills include handstand fall flat, back hip circle, bar dismount, jumps on beam, split jumps, backbend kick over and candlestick forward roll. Preparing you for Intermediate.

INTERMEDIATE
For anyone who has mastered ALL skills from Beginner and Advanced Beginner. Director approval needed. Skills include: jump to handstand fall flat, shoot through, mill circle, cut back, levers on beam, half turns, stretch jumps, cartwheel to handstand, leaps on floor, back walkovers on floor. Preparing you for Pre-team.

 


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Fox Valley Flyers Competitive Team

For class times and descriptions download our program guide.

*Advancement from each level may take anywhere from three months to two years, depending on the individual gymnast. The Y reserves the right to move gymnasts to the appropriate levels, combine classes, cancel classes, and change times during the course of all sessions.

In anticipation of Summer Day Camp, we want you to get to know some of our counselors! So, we're featuring counselors who have gone above and beyond. These are counselors who are loved by camp kids, Y staff and have achieved success outside of the Y. Whether it be in academics, sports and/or community outreach.

 

SUMMER CAMP STAFF: MEET KASSIDY!
The Y has always been a positive part of Kassidy’s life. Starting at the age of 2, Kassidy began daycare at the Y and continued through her preschool years. As a school age kid, she participated in summer camp and attended the SAFE program. She also took dance lessons, tumbling and swim lessons at the Y. For the last two years working as a SAFE and summer camp counselor, “Y has impacted my decision to pursue a career working with children with special needs.” In the fall, Kassidy will begin college courses at Waubonsee Community College to study Communication and Science Disorders.

Hang-out with Kassidy at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.  


SUMMER CAMP STAFF: MEET CORA!
Starting at age six Cora took ballet followed by swim lessons at the Y where she was “able to develop friendships, learn new skills, and be a part of the Y Family,” she says.  Hired as a S.A.F.E. Counselor and summer camp counselor, she saw firsthand kids grow and develop, demonstrating the Y’s core values. “This has made a great impact on my decision to become an elementary teacher, and I will be graduating from Aurora University in May of 2018. As I continue my education, I hope to positively influence the youth in our community, just like the Y has done for me”.

Hang-out with Cora at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.  


 

SUMMER CAMP STAFF: MEET JOE!
The Y has been in Joe’s life since he was just a little guy who could barely tie his shoes. At 7 years old, Joe moved into the area and his mother was looking for ways to get involved in the community.  She registered Joe for multiple programs at the Y including karate, indoor soccer, and basketball. “The Y was responsible for me not only meeting new friends but also for sparking my love of sports,” says Joe.  Fast forward to today where you can find Joe working for our Before & After School SAFE program and this summer will be his 2nd year as a counselor at Summer Day Camp. “SAFE & Summer Camp have been great to me because it lets me make a difference in the kids’ lives, as well as allowing me to feel like a kid again.”  Joe is currently attending Waubonsee Community College focusing on a Nursing Major. “The Y will continue to play a role in my life. I'm very grateful for all the opportunities the Y has given me over the years.”

Hang-out with Joe at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.

PRIVATE COACHING
Class is constructed around abilities and taken at a pace that works for the swimmer. Class times are set up between the instructor and the swimmer. Contact Aquatics Director, Kevin Satler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Half Hour: $35M/$45NM
One Hour: $65M/$90NM
Package of 6 – 30-minute lessons: $165M/$230NM 


PRIVATE LESSONS
Private lessons are constructed around each swimmers abilities and taken at a pace that works for the swimmer. Class times are set up between the instructor and the swimmer. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request private lessons. Download the private swim lesson request form here.

Half Hour: $25M/$38NM
Package of 6 – 30-minute lessons: $120M/$180NM
Semi-private lessons: $155M/$235NM

Attachments:
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Download this file (Fox Valley YMCA Aquatics Private Lesson Form.pdf)Private Swim Lesson Form