Swim, Sports & Play

Not only did Coach D. help Vanessa regain gymnastic strength and skill, she transformed her life. Watch how youth development staff and volunteers can help children and teens reach their full potential as they journey from birth to career.

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Diana C.

Downey Family YMCA

"As a Team, You Have to Take Care of One Another."

No one knows better than Diana that there's no "I" in team, even if being the first female player on the team was a bit daunting at first. Yet the opportunity to overcome her shyness and make new friends was a slam dunk! This is her Y. Her camera. Her story. 

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Shannon D.

Hatboro YMCA

"The Y Helped Me Gain My Confidence."

Even though Shannon was born prematurely, she has come a long way with a little hard work and perseverance. But she knows there's much more than just winning medals on the mat. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story. 

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Alex R.

Garden City YMCA

"Trying Hard Gets You Results."

To Alex, swim team is more than learning the strokes.  It's about working hard, setting goals, surpassing them and cheering on your teammate (also sister).  This is his Y. His camera. His story. 

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Koby B.

YMCA of Greater Rochester

"It's Taught Him to Be a Leader."

For Koby, flag football is just one of the Y activities helping him to be a great student, leader and son.  This is Koby’s Y.  His camera. His story.

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Our Approach to Youth Sports

At the Y, our sports staff, coaches and volunteers all share a singular vision of helping all youth reach their full potential in life. We leverage the excitement and passion around recreational and competitive programming to create a healthy outlet for children to gain new skills, develop a sense of team and connect with positive role models. 

 


The Youth Development Roadmap

Our approach to youth sports is guided by the Youth Development Roadmap, which outlines critical milestones that impact a child’s development. Youth Development is defined as the social-emotional, cognitive and physical process that all youth uniquely experience from birth to career.

Learn More about the Youth Development Roadmap

 


Swimming

Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. Ys offer swim lessons for all ages, family swim, competitive swimming and diving teams, and many kinds of adaptive swim programs for kids with special needs, so we can all safely enjoy the pleasures of an aquatic environment.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE Y’S SAFETY AROUND WATER PROGRAM

 


National Events

Swimming, diving and gymnastics are the most popular national competitive sporting events at the Y. The Y hosts state, regional and national championships annually, helping kids value hard work, reach for excellence and enjoy spirited competition.

LEARN MORE ABOUT NATIONAL YMCA COMPETITIVE SWIMMING AND DIVING

 


Ready to Play?

Baseball, soccer, volleyball, flag football, karate, basketball, gymnastics—check out the sports offerings at your Y and get in the game. Improve skills, make new friends, be active with other kids and learn to love a sport at the Y.

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