Sign-ups for fall sports are going on now through August 31 and are great ways for kids to exercise, get in shape and learn a sport. Many kids need a release after school to get out their energy.
Ultimate flag football and flag football are for boys and girls. Flag football teaches kids basic rules, strategies and skill to enjoy the game. Playing in a challenging, non-competitive environment, the Bob Freesen YMCA keep players focused on the fundamentals of the game, maintaining good sportsmanship and, most importantly, having FUN – all while building confidence through sport. Ultimate flag football is for kindergarten through second grade, held on Monday nights beginning September 14. Flag football is for third through fifth grades, held on Tuesday nights beginning September 15. Players must have a mouthpiece.
Why not come learn volleyball from the organization that invented the game? William G. Morgan, graduate of the Springfield College of the YMCA, invented volleyball in 1895 and designed the game to be a combination of basketball, baseball, tennis and handball. The YMCA is teaching kids and teens the basic volleyball fundamentals. Our youth volleyball program teaches all the skills of the game while emphasizing good sportsmanship, teamwork and goal-setting in a fun atmosphere. It is a great sport for increasing stamina and strength. Youth volleyball is for fourth through sixth grades, held on Thursday nights beginning September 15. Players must have a mouthpiece.
The cost for flag football, ultimate football or volleyball is $25 for YMCA members and $60 for non-members. There is a $5 charge for late registration. The YMCA is always looking for volunteer coaches for the teams, so contact Matt at 217-245-2141, if you are interested. We also hire sports referees, if you are interested.
Steven Foster, with more than 43 years of martial arts experinece will begin teaching at the Bob Freesen in September on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the assembly room. Children 7 to 13 years old are welcome at the 7-8 p.m. class. Adults (those 14 and older) are invited to attend the 8:15-9:15 p.m. class. Cost of the class is $50 for YMCA members and $60 for non-members The students will train in Goju-Ryu (an Okinawan martial art).
The philosophy of Goju-Ryu is one of balance and harmony. The founder of the style is Grandmaster Chojun Miyagi (yes, that is pronounced like the Mr. Miyagi in the Karate Kid movie). He created Goju-Ryu similar to the Chinese martial arts. “Go” means to be hard or resilient, while “ju” means to be soft or yielding. In Goju-Ryu students hope to attain balance and harmony, not only in karate, but also in their mind, body and spirit in general. The mission of the Bob Freesen YMCA is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy mind, spirit or body for all.
And although other pools are closing, the YMCA pool is open all year to prepare your child for swim safety and, perhaps to be the next Michael Phelps! A big part of lessons at the Y is focusing on keeping kids safe in the water, no matter where they may go. For those who know how to swim and want to try something more, the Sharks Swim Team offers the opportunity to join the team for exercise and fun with other kids ages six years old through high school. Two-week trials are available. See the Shark website at www.jaxysharks.us for more information.
For more information on any of these opportunities, please call the Bob Freesen YMCA at 217-245-2141, or stop by and see all that is availble for yourself at 1000 Sherwood Eddy Lane in Jacksonville. Also visit www.jacksonvilleymca.org, where registration forms and brochures can be printed out from your computer.