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.

2018 Summer Sessions
Summer Session I: June 4 - June 30
Summer Session II: July 9 - August 4
Summer Session III: August 6 - September 1

 

 

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
Wed. & Thurs., May 2 & 3
5:30pm - New Swimmer Placement
6pm - MANDATORY Registration and Parent Orientation for ALL Swimmers

*YMCA State and USA Championship qualifiers will practice beyond July 14th. Participation in Summer Swim Season guarantees a spot for the Fall Swim Season. All participants must be FVFYMCA members to join Aqua Force. Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards on front and back confidently. Swimmers must pay $30 deposit and have meet fees set up on a monthly draft. All fees must be paid before swimmers can participate. Meet fee deposit may be rolled over from Fall/Winter season if eligible.  White, Purple, Black, Pre-Senior, and Senior swimmers new to the Aqua Force team can pay an optional $75 USA Swimming registration. Swimmers not USA swimming registered will not be able to participate in any USA swimming sanctioned swim meets.  Swim meet schedule can be found online at www.foxvalleyymca.org/aquaforce. Black and Senior will have select morning, dryland and Saturday practices posted online.

 

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    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 may be 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 provides students the opportunity to develop technique and skill at a higher level of professionalism. This competitive and performance dance company for Y Members ages 5-18 gives dancers the chance to perform and compete at several venues throughout the year (including parades, competitions, special holiday events, and conventions). La Premiere consists of three companies; Mini, Petite, and Junior, companies are based on age and ability. All companies will compete at a local, national competition.

    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.

    La Premiere will hold auditions the beginning of July.

    Attachments:
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    Download this file (8.14.17_FallDance_laPremiere.pdf)Fall Dance Auditions

    Not every child loves sports, but when kids find physical activities they enjoy, staying healthy and active becomes easy. At the Y, we’ve created options to help kids of all ages stay fit, healthy, and active. REGISTER ONLINE!

    2018 Summer Sessions
    Summer Session I: June 4 - June 30
    Summer Session II: July 9 - August 4
    Summer Session III: August 6 - September 1

    CENTRAL youth fitness

    ROCKET RUNNERS
    Ages 6-8 | Tues., 8:30-9am | $20M/$30NM
    Ages 9-12 | Tues., 9-9:45am | $30M/$44NM
    Our goal is to encourage children in the community to lead a healthy lifestyle – by being active, setting goals and encouraging one another. Children will run their way into fitness through traditional running drills as well as games, special activities and challenges. We will meet at the YMCA track. All running abilities are welcome.

    KIDS YOGA

    Ages 6-12 | Mon., 11:30am-12:00pm | $20M/$30NM

    Yoga for kids can help build confidence, body awareness and focus on the breath as a tool for centering. Class will feature stories, partner dynamics, animal sounds and laughter.

    KIDS F.I.T./TEEN F.I.T.
    Ages 8-12 | Mon., 11:15-11:45am | $20M/$30NM
    Ages 13-15 | Wed., 11-11:45am | $30M/$44NM

    Functional Interval Training that uses boot camp, HIIT intervals, cardio and strength training to give you a great workout.

    SPEED & AGILITY

    Ages 8-12 | Thurs., 4-4:30pm | $20M/$30NM
    Ages 13-15 | Thurs., 4:45-5:30pm | $30M/$40NM
    Speed and Agility is for any skill level looking to improve their current athletic performance. Exercises are designed to improve overall quickness, strength and coordination. There will be a concentration on footwork, legs and core strength.

    MINI WERQ
    Ages 5-12 | Wed., 9:30-10am or Sat., 8:30-9am | $20M/$30NM
    Kids will have a blast with Kids' WERQ®, the fiercely fun dance fitness workout class based on kid-friendly versions of pop, rock, and hip-hop music taught by Certified WERQ instructors and designed just for kids.


    WEST youth fitness

    STRONG KIDS - HEALTHY KIDS
    Ages 3-6 | Mon., 11-11:30am | $20M/$30NM
    This class is a way for your child to learn to socialize through games, crafts, music, exercise and interactive play. You will end the session with a field trip to E & A Adams Farm.

    SPEED & AGILITY
    Ages 8-17 | Tues. or Thurs., 5-5:45pm | $30M/$40NM
    Speed and Agility is for any skill level looking to improve their current athletic performance. Exercises are designed to improve overall quickness, strength and coordination. There will be a concentration on footwork, legs and core strength.

    KIDS F.I.T.
    Ages 8-12 | Tues., 10-10:45am | $30M/$40NM
    Functional Interval Training that uses boot camp, HIIT intervals, cardio and strength training to give you a great workout.

    REGISTER ONLINE!

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

    FVFYMCA Instructional Gymnastics

    • Preschool Gymnastics Classes
      (ages 2-5 years)
    • Girls Instructional Classes*
      • Beginner (ages 6+)
      • Progressions A & B (ages 6+)
      • Teen Basic Gymnastics (ages 12+)

    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.

    Attachments:
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    Download this file (FVFYMCA_Summer_Gymnastics.pdf)FVFYMCA Gymnastics Summer 2018

    SWIM LESSONS
    June 4 - August 9
    8+ years  |  Tues. & Thurs.  |  3-3:45pM  |  $144M
    7- years  |  Tues. & Thurs.  |   4-4:30pM  |  $96M
    8+ years  |  3 levels
    Swim Basics, Stroke Basics, Advanced Stroke Technique
    7 years and under  |  2 levels
    Swim Basics, Stroke Basics
    Swimming is not only a fun, healthy activity but an important life skill for all children. Learning basic water safety skills is a great introduction to the world of swimming that often continues with swim lessons and competitive swim programs, and can even lead to a career. This is a 10-week session at the price of 8!


    SPORTS OF ALL SORTS
    June 4 - August 10  |  Ages 5-8
    CENTRAL  |  Mondays  |  9-10:00AM
    WEST  |  Thursdays  |  11:00am-12:00pm
    $60M
    Interested in learning more about a variety of sports? This is just the class for you! Each week we will focus on a different sport such as basketball, hockey, archery, flag football, volleyball, soccer, and more! Get 10 classes for the price of 8!


    CO-ED TUMBLING
    June 12 - August 9
    Ages 6-11  |  Tuesdays  |  1-2:00PM  |  $75M
    This class is for boys and girls who want to learn basic tumbling such as handstands, cartwheels and rolls. We also work on body position and form. This is a 9-week session priced at a 7-week rate!


    DANCE
    June 14 - August 9
    Ages 6-11  |  Thursdays  |  2-3:00PM  |  $75M
    Students will be introduced to Hip Hop steps while learning fun, upbeat choreography! This is a 9-week session priced at a 7-week rate!

    Screen-Shot-2017-11-20-at-1.26.09-PMThe Flyers Team consists of levels 3 through 8 and has approximately 40 gymnasts competing. Team try-outs are held each year in June as a part of our annual Summer Gymnastics Camp. All gymnasts that would like to be considered for the competition team must attend camp to be evaluated by the entire team coaching staff. View meet photos here.

    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.

    Masters Swimming is our swim group for people who are 18 and older. You will receive coached swimming workouts that help improve your swimming technique and fitness level. This group welcomes adult swimmers from lap swimmers, to adults interested in competitive swimming, as well as triathletes.

    SESSION DATES
    May 7 - August 3
    *no practice Memorial Day

    PRACTICES
    Mon/Wed/Fri 5-6:00am

    Begin mid-session with the punch card purchase option – see below. Punch cards must be purchased at our front desk.

    TWO PRICING OPTIONS!
    PUNCH CARD PRICING:
    Member  |  $30 per 5 punch card
    Non-Member  |  $45 per 5 punch card

    FULL SESSION PRICING:
    $75 Member/$120 Non-member

    Call 630-552-4100 to register or contact our Aquatics Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    "Enhance Fitness is a great combination of balance and strength training focused on getting your heart rate up and your body moving." -Dian Nielsen, Enhance Fitness Instructor


    DISCOVER ENHANCE FITNESS 16-WEEK PROGRAM
    Free for members/*$96 non-member 16-week membership

    March 12 - June 25
    Central Branch | Monday & Friday 10:15-11:15am
    West Branch | Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30-9:25am

    Instructors will be conducting fitness checks at the 1st and last week of class for all participants.
    NO JOIN FEE for participants interested in membership after 16 weeks

    What is a fitness check? A 3 step assessment consisting of a sit-and-stand, bicep curl and timed up-and-go test.

    *Non-member membership includes 16-week adult membership with full-access to Central & West branch. Take advantage of the Y's full group-ex schedule, both wellness rooms and the pool including our free aqua fitness schedule!

    To register, stop by the front desk at either branch or call Central at 630-552-4100, West at 815-786-9998. Program participants are required to attend a minimum of 10 Enhance Fitness classes.


    Moderate-impact classes with high-impact results

    Enhance®Fitness, an evidence-based group exercise program for older adults that uses simple, easy-to-learn movements that motivate individuals (particularly those with arthritis) to stay active throughout their life.

    Here are some of the changes our participants have noticed:

    • More energy
    • Better balance
    • Increases in upper body and lower body strength
    • More flexibility and range of motion
    • Better sleep
    • More feelings of happiness
    • Sense of independence

    In addition to the physical benefits, research has shown that, among older adults who participate in Enhance®Fitness, health costs were lowered each year by close to $1,000. Download our fact sheet for more information.

    AMERICAN SAFETY & HEALTH INSTITUTES (ASHI) CPR CLASSES
    Join the ranks of those who can spring into action when trouble strikes: sign up today to get certified in CPR, First Aid and AED. American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) CPR classes are offered at the Y on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Classes are for those ages 16 and over and are $33 for members and $45 for non-members. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 630-552-4100 x237

    WEDNESDAYS 11:00am-2:00pm
    May 9 | June 6 | July 11 | August 15

    SATURDAYS 9:00am-12:00pm
    May 19 | June 16 | July 21 | August 25