Facility Update: The Y will be closed on Monday, 9/6 for Labor Day to allow our employees to enjoy the holiday with their family and friends. Looking to squeeze in a workout
or for some fun activities for kids and families? Check out the brand-new library of virtual classes and activities available to New Canaan YMCA members at www.ymca360.org.

Winter Registration Begins November 15

The New Canaan YMCA gives the community a place to learn, to play, to be active, and to belong this winter. The winter session includes a variety of classes, programs, and activities for all ages and interests.

Registration for winter programs begins Monday, November 15. Winter programs begin Monday, November 29, through Saturday, March 5. Programs range in session length with some programs offering multiple sessions throughout the winter. The Y continues to adhere to all CDC and health protocols.

Youth Programs & Activities:
This winter, the Y offers a variety of activities for kids, including swim lessons for ages six months to 12 years. Parent/child, preschool, and school-age swim lessons are available in six-week sessions to help children learn aquatic skills and safety in the water.

Winter for the Y’s popular Bouncing Bears program features options for ages 12 months and older including mommy and me classes, preschool gymnastics, and a gym & swim combo class, plus a range of school-age classes including varying levels of recreational gymnastics and a tap/tumble combo class.

Youth sports offered this winter for preschool and school ages include backyard sports, soccer, the non-traditional sports club, middle school volleyball, and new this winter, high school ultimate frisbee. Kids ages 12-14 can also take advantage of the Youth Strength Training program at the Y to stay strong and fit this winter. After completing the hybrid in-person/virtual course, participants earn a F.I.T. Pass to access the Wellness Center daily from 2:00-5:00 PM by themselves or with a parent at any time.

Additional youth wellness opportunities to support both physical and mental health this winter include a six-week small-group outdoor Total Youth Conditioning program for ages 8-14, as well as yoga available for ages 10-13.

Youth recreational activities include ski & board club Fridays for grades 5-8, where kids travel to Thunder Ridge Mountain each Friday night for six weeks to enjoy fun on the slopes with friends. A junior lifeguard certification course for ages 11-14 and a Red Cross Babysitting certification course for ages 11-15 will also be available. Additional recreational programs include monthly Youth @ the Y and Middle School Night events, where youth have the Y to themselves to enjoy time in the pool, gymnasium, group exercise center, kid zone, and more.

The Y’s Youth Basketball league (Y-Ball) for grades K-12 returns this winter. In partnership with Stamford Youth Peace Foundation, the goal of the Y-Ball program is to develop the whole basketball player; providing each participant with an opportunity to improve basketball skills, develop gameplay, and build friendships, all while having fun and fostering a love for the game. Registration for the 2021-2022 Y-Ball season is available online at www.newcanaanymca.org/y-ball and at the Y’s Front Desk.

The Y also offers family activities this winter, including a monthly drop-in sports program for those with a Y family membership. Winter drop-in sports will feature floor hockey, kickball, and capture the flag geared toward younger school-aged children.

Y Special Needs (YSN) Programs & Activities:
The YSN special needs program offers specialized social, recreational, and wellness programs for children, teens, and young adults with special needs. Programs are available for ages 5 and older featuring sensory gym, sports, fitness, swimming, music, and several recreation programs, all designed to build social skills, confidence, and friendships in a supportive and inclusive environment.

Adult Programs & Activities
Adult water activities are also available this winter, including adult swim lessons for those with a range of swim abilities and Masters Swim for active adults looking to improve endurance and strokes in the water to prepare for competitions, triathlons, or for personal wellbeing. The Y also offers Arthritis Swim, a free program for members and offered to non-members for a fee, specifically designed for individuals with arthritis taught by a certified AFYAP instructor.

The Y continues to offer personal training, small group training, and Pilates apparatus throughout the year, providing members with the opportunity to either begin or strengthen their fitness routine with certified Personal Trainers in a private or small-group environment. New this winter, the Y offers an introduction to pilates apparatus class, offering members the opportunity to learn basic movements on the reformer machine with a certified apparatus instructor. Small group training classes offered this winter include strength circuit training.

A variety of group fitness classes continue to be offered free to members this winter including yoga, cycling, conditioning, core, cardio, Pilates, bootcamp, Zumba, aquatic classes, and more. Adult sports include adult pick-up basketball and adult pickleball. 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.

The Y also offers chronic disease support programs for the community. This winter, the Y offers 12-week sessions of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a research-based program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health. 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.

New this winter, the Y 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.

A complete listing of winter programming is available online at www.newcanaanymca.org. For additional information regarding winter programs or registration, call 203-966-4528. For additional information about membership 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 at 203-920-1653 or driolo@newcanaanymca.org.