West Hartford YMCA

Kids & Teens Sports Classes Offered at West Hartford YMCA

Archery

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Archery (Ages 7-16)

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Have fun and learn to shoot with a certified Archery instructor. Students will learn proper form, technique, and terminology as well as scoring and range safety. This is a beginner/intermediate class with all equipment provided. 
 
 

Basketball Classes, Tournaments & Clinics

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Basketball Training

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We help young athletes reach their personal potential and achieve their athletic goals. Our coaches create workout programs that focus on the individual needs of each athlete. Whether you need help with your shot or your defense, whether you’re a big man or a guard, we are confident our trainers will teach skills that give players an advantage on the court.  
 
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Elite Clinics

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YMCA Elite Clinics conducts quality, high-intensity, drill based clinics that focus on not only bettering a players skill set on the court but also building character and confidence off the court. These clinics will strengthen your athlete's mentality while bossing their confidence to become more aggressive and skilled players. Our clinics will provide a focused, fun learning environment that cannot be rivaled. Sign up for one or all! There is an opportunity to win prizes at the end of each clinic. Sign up to compete in the Skills Competition on 12/2/2017.
 
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High School Drop-In Basketball

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Stop by and play some full court basketball! 
 
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Youth Basketball (AGES 3 - 13)

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Y Basketball classes supply the perfect opportunity for your child to get fit, make new friends and develop fundamental basketball skills.  They may not be able to dunk, but they'll learn motor skills, hand-eye coordination and most of all good sportsmanship and how to be a team player!
 
 

Basketball Leagues - (Ages 2 - Grade 12)

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1) Parent & Me Basketball (Ages 2-3)

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What better way to introduce your child to the sport of basketball than to play it with them! At this level, children are introduced to the FUNdamentals of the game. We focus on confidence building, skill development, participation, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Children will learn the basics of dribbling, passing, defense, and shooting. Time will be allotted for practice and modified games.
 
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2) Rookies Basketball (Ages 3-4)

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YMCA basketball leagues place the emphasis is on FUN, skill development, equal participation, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Volunteer Coaches will cover the fundamentals of dribbling, passing, defense, and shooting as well as the rules and strategies of the game. Players practice and play games with modified officiating. Please read branch specific “League Policies and Team Formation” details on our website.
 
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3) Bouncers Basketball (Ages 5-K)

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YMCA basketball leagues place the emphasis is on FUN, skill development, equal participation, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Volunteer Coaches will cover the fundamentals of dribbling, passing, defense, and shooting as well as the rules and strategies of the game. Players practice and play games with modified officiating. Please read branch specific “League Policies and Team Formation” details on our website.
 
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4) Dribblers Basketball (Grades 1-2)

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YMCA basketball leagues place the emphasis is on FUN, skill development, equal participation, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Volunteer Coaches will cover the fundamentals of dribbling, passing, defense, and shooting as well as the rules and strategies of the game. Players practice and play games with modified officiating. Please read branch specific “League Policies and Team Formation” details on our website.
 
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5) Shooters Basketball (Grades 3-4)

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YMCA basketball leagues place the emphasis is on FUN, skill development, equal participation, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Volunteer Coaches will cover the fundamentals of dribbling, passing, defense, and shooting as well as the rules and strategies of the game. Players practice and play games with modified officiating. Please read branch specific “League Policies and Team Formation” details on our website.
 
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6) Passers Basketball (Grades 5-6)

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YMCA basketball leagues place the emphasis is on FUN, skill development, equal participation, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Volunteer Coaches will cover the fundamentals of dribbling, passing, defense, and shooting as well as the rules and strategies of the game. Players practice and play games with modified officiating. Please read branch specific “League Policies and Team Formation” details on our website.
 
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7) Defenders Basketball (Grades 7-8)

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YMCA basketball leagues place the emphasis is on FUN, skill development, equal participation, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Volunteer Coaches will cover the fundamentals of dribbling, passing, defense, and shooting as well as the rules and strategies of the game. Players practice and play games with modified officiating.
 
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8) Y-Ball (Grades 9-12)

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All who sign up play equal time! Teams are coached and managed by player captains. Captains choose their team on mandatory draft day. Annual All-Star break with 3-Point and 8 Ft. Dunk Contests! All players receive jerseys. There will be 2 rounds of play-offs for top 8 teams with trophies awarded to the top 2 teams! Team standings are kept. All players must sign and play by a code of conduct. This league is divided into two grade divisions; the East for grades 9&10, and the West for grades 11&12.
 
 

Field Hockey

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Field Hockey Instructional (Ages 7 - 14)

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Field hockey is a fun, exciting sport that requires the skills of stick handling, ball control, positioning and understanding the rules.  Join an experienced instructor to develop skills and participate in scrimmages.
 
 

Hockey & In-line Skating

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3 Floor Hockey (Ages 5 - 14)

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This program focuses on fundamental skills, team play, and sportsmanship.
 
 

Lacrosse

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Co-Ed Lacrosse - Instructional (Ages 5 - 12)

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Get your son or daughter aquainted with Lacrosse, the fastest growing team sport in the country.  In our noncompetitive and skill building environment, your young athlete can learn the fundamentals and terminology of boys or girls lacrosse. Lessons include the rules and skills of lacrosse, and  development of stick skills and athletic ability. This clinic is designed for beginning or experienced players. All equipment is provided by the YMCA. 
 
 

Preschool Sports

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10. Parent and Me Sports of All Sorts (Ages 2-3)

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Parents and children learn sports of all sorts together! Each week a new sport is introduced including soccer, hockey, basketball, T-ball, and volleyball. Warm up and stretching is followed by skill development and a game. The children will learn team spirit and sportsmanship, all while having fun! Along the way, the children will also gain improved motor skills, hand eye coordination, and socialization.
 
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Sports of All Sorts (Ages 3 - 6)

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Sports of all sorts! Each week a new sport is introduced including soccer, hockey, basketball, T-ball, and volleyball. Warm up and stretching is followed by skill development and a game. The children will learn team spirit and sportsmanship, all while having fun! Along the way, the children will also gain improved motor skills, hand eye coordination, and socialization.
 
 

Soccer

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Indoor Soccer (Ages 6 -16)

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Our youth soccer program focuses on team work, basic soccer skills and emphasizes the importance of physical fitness. Each session will include warm up exercises, guided instruction and a modified game.
 
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Kickers Coed Soccer (Ages 5 - 7)

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YMCA puts the FUN in fundamentals. Our youth soccer program focuses on team work, basic soccer skills, and emphasizes the importance of physical fitness. Each session will include warm up exercises, guided instruction and a modified game.

 
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Parent and Me Coed Soccer (Ages 2 - 3)

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What better way to introduce your children to a sport than to play it with them? Come share your enthusiasm with your child and help them to develop an enjoyment of the game. Children will be introduced to the basics of soccer. All children and parents should come dressed to play and have fun!

 
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Rookies Coed Soccer (Ages 4-5)

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YMCA puts the FUN in fundamentals. Our youth soccer program focuses on team work, basic soccer skills, and emphasizes the importance of physical fitness. Each session will include warm up exercises, guided instruction and a modified game.
 
 

T-Ball/Softball/Baseball

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Parent and Me Coed T-Ball (Ages 2 - 3)

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What better way to introduce your children to a sport than to play it with them? Come share your enthusiasm with your child and help them to develop an enjoyment of the game. Children will be introduced to the basics of T-ball. All children and parents should come dressed to play and have fun!
 
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Rookies Coed T-ball (Ages 3-6)

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YMCA T-Ball programs teach each child the basics of baseball to help them grow as players, all while encompassing the fun that comes standard with YMCA programs. Players develop skills, teamwork, sportsmanship, self-confidence and a love for the game. Skill development will cover the fundamentals of throwing, catching, batting, base running, game rules and etiquette. Games will be played without the emphasis on competition, but rather on creating a memorable, fun, and rewarding experience for all involved.
 
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Sluggers Coed T-Ball (Ages 5 - 7)

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YMCA T-Ball programs teach each child the basics of baseball to help them grow as players, all while encompassing the fun that comes standard with YMCA programs. Players develop skills, teamwork, sportsmanship, self-confidence and a love for the game. Skill development will cover the fundamentals of throwing, catching, batting (off a T and coach pitch), base running, game rules and etiquette. Games will be played without the emphasis on competition, but rather on creating a memorable, fun, and rewarding experience for all involved.
 
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Wiffle Ball

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This fun & Competitive class will feature official Wiffle Ball rules and playing field.  Participants will also take part in pitching clinics, homerun derbies, and traditional baseball style wiffleball. 
 
 

Volleyball

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Volleyball - Coed Instructionall

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Volleyball is the perfect blend of fun and fitness. In this instructional program, children will learn the basic skills involved in competitive volleyball from serving and digging to passing, setting and hitting. Sure to leave participants wanting to play more!
 
 
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