- Swim team is lifelong, family affair
- Venturing out of the comfort zone for a good cause
- Creating a tradition of giving
- Information overload
- More than a class, Stacie's Otters is a life lesson
- Learning the Ropes and other hints at the Y
- What gets your moving?
- Learning a life skill
- Fitting it all in during the holidays
- Trying to get it all done
Don't forget these activities in the fall
- Ronda Graff
While we may be elbow deep in fall sports right now, we should not forget that there are other opportunities available for kids at the YMCA.
For example, high school swim teams don’t start practice until November, but the YMCA youth swim leagues will kick off their first practices right after Labor Day.
Registration is now open for the McCook YMCA swim team, which is open to anyone who can swim the length of the pool without assistance, using any stroke with fairly good form.
There is some leeway on “good form” because anyone who has watched me swim, especially when fatigue has set in, may wonder if they should jump in and save me from drowning.
The purpose of swim team is not teach someone how to swim, but to rather develop and improve their swim form.
But swim team also instills a life-long love of swimming, whether for fun or competitively.
While the season is rather long with practices and meets from September through March, the schedule is very flexible.
Practices are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
But life does get in the way, so participants are encouraged to attend as many days as possible.
After all, the old adage still holds true: you get of something, what you put into it.
Because the swim teams travels to other YMCA pools for swim meets, participants are required to be YMCA members.
But otherwise, there are no age restrictions or skill level requirements. Just a desire to get better and to have fun.
After taking a hiatus for the summer, Rookie Sports resumes next week.
The league is open to four- and five-year-olds as a way to introduce them to a variety of sports throughout the year.
The skill-development program is designed to introduce children to the basics of sports in a fun and inviting environment, featuring a new skill and sport each session, which is one month long,
The league is designed to teach the fundamentals of sports and other activities such as yoga and Zumba, while emphasizing learning, confidence building, socialization and most of all - having fun.
Parents can sign up for a month at a time or for the entire school year or just for the sports they would like their child to try.
Rookie Sports takes place every Wednesday from 5:15-6 p.m., long enough to cover a skill or two, but short enough to keep their attention.
Well, keep it as long as you can keep a four-year-old’s attention.
And another event taking place right now might be overlooked and seem out of season.
Typically, lifeguard training hits high gear in the spring as kids and adults get ready for the summer swim season.
But the YMCA is offering an American Red Cross lifeguard training session the next two weekends (counts as one session), as well as a second session over Christmas break.
The YMCA pool does not close down just because the weather turns colder.
In fact, the swimming pool is just as busy - if not busier - over the winter.
Between swim lessons, fitness classes and swim team practices, the pool is scheduled every moment of the day with some sort of activity.
If we could add another lane or two to the pool, I’m sure we would be able to fill it with something…and not just water.
For more information about any of these activities, please check out the YMCA website, www.mccookymca.org.