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Fall Registration Currently Available

The New Canaan YMCA’s fall programs offer opportunities for all ages and interests to come together and become happier and healthier. Registration for fall programs at the Y is currently available. Fall programs begin Wednesday, August 31 and run through Tuesday, November 22, and programs range in session length throughout the fall.

Youth Programs & Activities:
This fall, the Y offers a variety of activities for kids of all ages, including bouncing bears gymnastics classes, sports, recreation, wellness, swim lessons, and competitive aquatics programs.

New youth sports programs this fall, the Y offers mommy & me soccer designed to teach kids soccer basics along with imaginative games to promote motor skills and socialization, as well as basketball skills clinics aimed at helping kids hone basketball skill development to prepare for the organization’s upcoming youth basketball (Y-Ball) basketball league. Youth sports returning this fall include backyard sports, preschool soccer, and the non-traditional sports club.

The Y also offers a new recreational teen hiking club this fall, where teens travel to local parks to explore, hike, and learn about each park’s plant and wildlife, becoming one with nature. The popular Youth @ the Y and Middle School Night recreational programs return this fall, in addition to adventure club and cooking community.

Returning wellness programs include youth strength training, where kids have the opportunity to earn a F.I.T. pass to work out in the Y’s Wellness Center, in addition to total youth conditioning and yoga.

Swim lessons will also be offered this fall, teaching kids water safety, confidence, and strength. The Y’s Aquianas artistic swimming team offers several programs this fall, including the fish program for kids who are looking to learn the sport and two intermediate trial teams for swimmers looking to challenge themselves before moving up to the competitive level. The Caimans swim team also offers pre-caimans this fall, an introductory program for kids to hone stroke mechanics in a non-competitive environment.

Y Special Needs (YSN) Programs & Activities:
The Y’s special needs program offers adapted, specialized social, recreational, and wellness programs for children, teens, and young adults with special needs. This fall, the Y offers a new junior swim instruction program designed to focus on body position, control, water safety, and swim strokes. YSN social-recreational programs returning this fall include junior sensory gym fitness, drumming, theater, free swim, and weekly enrichment nights, in addition to wellness offerings including swim instruction, guided workouts with a personal trainer, and cardio dance.

Adult Aquatic, Wellness, & Recreational Programs:
The 2022-2023 Masters Swim program will run a nine-month, annual season beginning in September. Adult swim lessons will also be offered this fall for all ages and swim abilities.

In addition to the 75+ weekly member drop-in classes, adults and seniors also have the opportunity to participate in several programs this fall including personal and small group training and pilates apparatus. New this fall, the Y offers a deep water/dry land combination circuit, designed to increase strength and overall mobility while reducing the impact on joints.

Adult sports return this fall, including adult pick-up basketball, adult badminton, adult pickleball, and adult volleyball. New this fall, the Y offers a men’s basketball league for individuals 40 and older who are looking to get back in the game and find their inner athlete. A detailed list of the Y’s facility schedules can be found at www.newcanaanymca.org/schedules.

Nutritional Counseling continues to be available at the Y to help participants find a balance of foods that will provide their body with the nutrients it needs for optimal health and vitality. Kristin Schnitzler, RD, ACSM, CPT, works with participants to discover a healthy and manageable lifestyle. The program provides participants with sample menus, personal goal setting assistance, educational materials, and recipes. Nutritional Counseling is customizable to each participant’s needs—whether it be weight loss or weight gain, managing food intolerances or allergies, digestive issues, or disease prevention.

Chronic Disease Support Programs:
The Y also offers chronic disease support programs for the community. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a research-based program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health, will be offered in multiple 12-week sessions. The program is offered at no cost to any cancer survivor in the community and includes two group classes per week taught by a certified instructor.

This fall, the Y also offers an exercise for Parkinson’s program designed to improve the lives of those living with Parkinson’s disease taught by a personal trainer certified in Parkinson’s Exercise Instruction. Participants will be instructed through a physical and cognitive exercise program that has shown to delay disease progression, boost mood, build independence, and improve strength, mobility, gate, and balance.

Registration:
A complete listing of fall programming is available online at www.newcanaanymca.org/current-brochure. For additional information regarding fall programs or registration, call 203-966-4528. For additional information about membership at the Y and to schedule a tour, contact Mary Coleman, Membership Director, at 203-920-1630. Thanks to donations made to the New Canaan YMCA, financial assistance is available for both membership and program fees. To learn more about financial assistance at the Y, contact Diana Riolo, Assistant Director of Development & Community Impact, at 203-920-1653 or driolo@newcanaanymca.org.