Youth Sports

School-Age Sports

New Canaan YMCA provides an opportunity for boys and girls to participate in a wide variety of sports throughout the year.

Golf (Grades K-5)

Learn golf in a safe, fun environment. Swing fundamentals, along with basic rules and etiquette. This program is designed to develop a passion for golf while developing and improving motor skills and coordination, helping with focus, and boosting self-confidence. All equipment is provided, including softer practice balls. Our 5-level-program will advance children through all aspects of the game and prepare them to go out and play on the golf course. Our instructors create the right balance between fun and fundamentals.
Sessions: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Kempo Karate (Ages 7+)

We have partnered with Kempo Academy to offer a program for children of all ages that revolves around teaching discipline, focus, confidence, self-control and respect. The faculty of the Academy has created a highly successful teaching technique that incorporates character building philosophies with traditional martial arts training methods. Students enjoy the benefits of cardio workouts and stretching techniques which maximize their physical benefits and the confidence that is achieved through effective self-defense training.
Sessions: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Lacrosse: Intro to Bantams (Boys Grade K & 1)

This is an introductory class to the game of lacrosse with a hardball. Students work on stick skills, such as shooting, passing, cradling, ground ball pick-ups, and catching. Participants are required to wear gloves and a helmet, and the class is non-contact.
Sessions: Fall and Spring

Lacrosse: Bantams (Grade 2 & 3)

This class is structured around teaching boys the positions on the lacrosse field. Stick skills are reinforced and dodging and defense techniques are emphasized. This class offers game play. Boys’ lacrosse equipment is required
Sessions: Fall and Spring

Junior Tennis (Ages 6-15)

Presented by Slammer Tennis World! Kids will learn the basics of tennis in a fun-filled atmosphere. Strokes covered include ground strokes and volleys, the overhead, and the serve. The class will also incorporate some light exercises and footwork drills to build stamina. Lessons taught by a certified tennis teaching professional.
Sessions: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Fencing (Ages 7+)

Looking for something new for your child to try? This program is a great introduction to an Olympic sport that has been around for centuries. Participants will learn the basic footwork, hand positioning, and much more.
Sessions: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Beginner Archery (Ages 8-12)

We offer indoor and outdoor archery for ages 8-12. Classes offer a basic introduction to the sport, safety tips, maintenance, and shooting techniques. All equipment will be provided.
Sessions: Fall, Winter and Spring

Intermediate Archery (Prerequisite: Beginner Archery or Archery at Camp Y-Ki)

Take what you have learned about archery to the next level in our Immediate Archery course.
Sessions: Fall and Spring