Hamilton Area YMCA

SKOR and SOAR

Personal goals and individual achievement — that’s the focus of our SKOR (Special Kids Organized Recreation) and SOAR (Special Organized Adult Recreation) programs, which provide quality programming for individuals with intellectual, physical, and/or emotional disabilities.

These programs promote peer and family interaction in a fun, healthy, and safe environment. Participants ages 5 and up can enjoy a variety of instructional, social, and sports programs ranging from Aquatics to Zumba, each designed to meet their individual needs, interests and capabilities.

The Hamilton Area YMCA is committed to an inclusive environment. For more information regarding our inclusive program offerings and accommodations, please contact Tyler Koerber at 609.581.9622 ext. 122 or tkoerber@hamiltonymca.org.

As with any program of this nature, volunteers play an important and vital part. “Buddies” participate along with the athletes and are there to provide help with learning different skills as well as just being there to talk to when needed. If you or someone you know would enjoy this experience, click on the SKOR Volunteer Registration link under the "Resources" tab to get involved.

Instructional Programs

Instructional programs meet on a weekly basis and focus on the personal goals and individual achievements for all participants. Our programs focus on the importance of appropriate social interaction and demonstrating proper social skills. All programs promote peer and family interaction in a fun, healthy, and safe environment. Membership to the Hamilton Area YMCA is required for most programs. See each program for details. Program fees apply. Parent participation may be required if the participant cannot work within ratios listed.

For more information, contact Pat Jackson, SKOR-SOAR Coordinator, at 609.581.9622 ext. 149 or pjackson@hamiltonymca.org or Tyler Koerber, Youth Teen Development Director, at 609.581.9622 ext. 121 or tkoerber@hamiltonymca.org.

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Alley Cats Bowling (ages 5+)

Participants and their families enjoy a fun afternoon of bowling at Pin Street at Hamilton (formerly Hamilton Lanes) at 1200 Kuser Road in Hamilton, NJ. Bowling ramps and bumpers are available upon request. Participants must be able to work with a 5 to 1 ratio.

Drop-ins and non-members welcome. Contact Pat Jackson at pjackson@hamiltonymca.org for details.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    We 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM 1SKJACB1 $55 / $55 / $55
    Su 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM 1SKJACB2 $55 / $55 / $55

Dance (ages 13+)

Learn different dance moves to some of today’s favorite music. While you’re at it, you will also learn some of the popular line dances so you can keep up on the dance floor all night! Participants must be able to work with a 7:1 ratio, and be able to follow instructions. Parents may be asked to assist if the participant cannot work independently within the ratio.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM 1SKJD JKR -JKR Branch $53 / $43 / $12

Strength Training (ages 16+)

Participants learn exercise techniques, body positioning, nutrition information, and more while working with some of the most current equipment available. Participants MUST be able to work with a 7 to 1 ratio, follow instructions independently, and understand the importance of safety for themselves as well as other members working out.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM 1SKJST JKR -JKR Branch $53 / $43 / $12

SOAR Strong 2 (ages 18+)

Get your fitness goin’ on as a certified YMCA Trainer introduces participants to Cardio, Body Weight, Resistance, and Flexibility activities. Learn the importance of stretching and flexibility and transition into different physical activities to promote health and fitness. Participants must be able to work within a 7:1 ratio and be able to follow instructions and understand the importance of safety as part of the program will take place in the fitness center working on different machines.

Zumba (ages 5+)

Zumba classes are rockin’, high-energy fitness parties packed with specially choreographed, friendly routines and a variety of music including 80’s 90’s and current favorites. The positive effects it has on kids include increasing their focus and self-confidence, boosting metabolism and enhancing coordination. Participants must work on a 7 to 1 ratio.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Tu 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM 1SKJZ JKR -JKR Branch $46 / $38 / $12

Special Events

The Hamilton Area YMCA SKOR-SOAR Program offers different special events throughout the year. These events are open to all individuals with disabilities ages 5 and up and their families. Membership to the Hamilton Area YMCA is not required. A minimal fee and registration form are required to attend. Other restrictions may apply depending on the event. Some of these events may include Dances at the JKR Branch, Family Picnics at the Sawmill Branch, or a Moonlight Bowling Event at a local bowling alley. We are always looking for fun, new ideas.

If you have an idea for a special event, contact Pat Jackson SKOR – SOAR Program Coordinator at 609.581.9622 ext. 149 or pjackson@hamiltonymca.org

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Elf Movie Night

Wear your PJ’s or an ugly sweater and cuddle up in a blanket or your favorite chair because it’s Movie Night! Movie Night is open to all individuals with disabilities age 3 and up. “Elf” is rated PG. Participants should be able to work within a 7:1 ratio. Parents must stay in the building for those participants under the age of 13 and for those that are unable to work independently within the ratio. Participants under 10, parents/guardian must remain with the child.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Weather permitting, we may have the bonfires going to roast marshmallows. The movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. There will be some folding chairs available, but please feel free to bring your own!

Fee: $5 per family. Membership to the Hamilton Area YMCA is not required.

Click here for the registration form.

For more information, please contact Pat Jackson at 609.581.9622 ext. 149 or pjackson@hamiltonymca.org.

Aquatics

Contact Nicole Bizuga at 609.581.9622 ext. 128 for more information.

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Tadpole 1 - Acclimation

Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

  • Acclimation A ages 3-6
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 5:45 PM - 6:25 PM 1SKJTACA JKR -JKR Branch $56 / $40 / $12
  • Acclimation B ages 7-10
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 5:45 PM - 6:25 PM 1SKJTACB JKR -JKR Branch $56 / $40 / $12

Tadpole 2 - Movement

Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

  • Movement A Ages 3-6
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 6:15 PM - 6:55 PM 1SKJTMVA JKR -JKR Branch $56 / $40 / $12
  • Movement B Ages 7-10
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 6:15 PM - 6:55 PM 1SKJTMVB JKR -JKR Branch $56 / $40 / $12

Tadpole 2 - Stamina A

Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.

  • Stamina A Ages 3-6
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Tadpole 3 - Stamina

Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.

  • Stamina B Ages 7-10
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 7:00 PM - 7:40 PM 1SKJTSTB JKR -JKR Branch $56 / $40 / $12

Teen (ages 11 - 17)

Swimmers will learn the basics of swimming, how to be safe around water and how to enhance their abilities.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 7:00 PM - 7:40 PM 1SKJTT JKR -JKR Branch $56 / $40 / $12

Sport Programs

Our Sports Programs contain a variety of sports that meet on a weekly basis throughout each season and provide different levels of instruction for all participants.

For more information regarding In House Sports or Special Olympics Competition Sports, please contact Pat Jackson at pjackson@hamiltonymca.org or Tyler Koerber at tkoerber@hamiltonymca.org.

In House Sports are available for individuals ages 5 and up. Teams are put together by age and ability level to the best of our ability. Participants will go over the skills and rules, from the very basics to more in depth instruction, as well as participating in non-competitive scrimmages each week. Membership is required and additional one-on-one support may be available.

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering for or sponsoring one of our In House Sports Programs, please contact Pat Jackson at pjackson@hamiltonymca.org.

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IN-HOUSE BASKETBALL (ages 5+)

Basketball season runs for 8 weeks beginning in January.

  • Ages 5-8
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Su 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM BB5-8 JKR -JKR Branch $33 / $33 / $33
  • Ages 9-15
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Su 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM BB9-15 JKR -JKR Branch $33 / $33 / $33
  • Ages 16-21
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Su 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BB16-21 JKR -JKR Branch $33 / $33 / $33
  • Ages 22+
    DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Su 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BB22+ JKR -JKR Branch $33 / $33 / $33

In-House Pickleball (ages 10+)

Pickleball runs for 8 weeks beginning in July.

This program is designed for athletes who want to learn basics of playing pickleball, as well as those who are a little more experienced. Pickleball is also a good way to get some great exercise while having some fun. If you aren’t sure what pickleball is, think tennis meets life-size ping pong! Athletes must be able to follow instructions and work within a 5:1 ratio. Athletes should wear athletic type clothing and proper athletic type shoes. Those not dressed properly will not be permitted to participate. Athletes should bring their own water in a plastic water bottle labeled with their name.

IN-HOUSE SOCCER (ages 5+)

Participants will practice different skills and drills throughout the season with some help from our friends at the Hamilton Girls Soccer Club. They will also have the opportunity to play non-competitive controlled scrimmage games.

Soccer season runs for 8 weeks beginning in September.

  • Ages 5-8
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  • Ages 9-15
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  • Ages 16-21
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  • Ages 22 +
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IN-HOUSE TRACK & FIELD (ages 5+)

Participants will practice with our Special Olympics Athletes in different events including:

  • 50 Meter Dash
  • Standing/Running Long Jump
  • Tennis Ball Throw
  • Softball Throw
  • Mini Javelin Throw

Track and Field season runs for 8 weeks beginning in March.

  • Ages 5-8
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  • Ages 9-15
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  • Ages 16-21
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  • Ages 22-35
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SKOR & SOAR Special Olympics Competition Sports are a more competitive option for individuals ages 8 and up. Participants compete in the Special Olympics New Jersey Sport Competitions. Membership is not required. Participants must be able to work independently without a one-on-one and must have a valid Special Olympics New Jersey Medical.

All Team sports (i.e. basketball, softball, soccer) will meet on a weekly basis for practices and competitions. All individual sports (i.e. powerlifting, track & field, bocce, snowshoeing) will meet on a weekly basis for practices and will have a few competitions throughout the season. Practice dates, times, and location will be determined at a later date based on SONJ scheduling.

More information on each sport can be found at sonj.org.

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SKOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS FALL CYCLING (ages 8+)

Cyclists may ride 2 or 3 wheel bicycles (no training wheels) and must wear a helmet.  Athletes / families are required to supply their own bicycle and helmet and be able to transport it to and from competitions.

Cycling season runs from August to November.

SKOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS FALL SOCCER (ages 8+)

SKOR currently competes in Outdoor Team competition.

Soccer season runs from August to November.

SKOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS SPRING BASKETBALL (ages 8+)

SKOR currently competes in Traditional Team and Unified Team competition. Spring Games competition requires an overnight stay at a location (TBA) for athletes and coaches.


Basketball season runs from December to April.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Su   1BB $0 / $0 / $0

SKOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS SPRING BOWLING (AGES 8+)

SKOR currently competes in Singles and Team Competition. Practices are held at Pin Street at Hamilton (formerly Hamilton Lanes).

There are 3 tournaments held at different locations throughout the season. Locations are TBA.

Bowling season runs from December to April.
  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
      1BOW $0 / $0 / $0

SKOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS SUMMER BOCCE (ages 16+)

SKOR currently competes in Doubles and Unified Doubles Competition. Summer Games competition requires a two-day overnight stay at a location (TBA) for athletes and coaches.

Bocce season runs from March to June.
  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
      1BC $0 / $0 / $0

SKOR Special Olympics Summer Mercer Powerlifting Club (ages 16+)

Athletes will work with different trainers for competition events in the bench press, deadlift and squat.

There will be a Sectional Tournament in April/May during the season and Summer Games competition in June. Summer Games competition requires a two-day overnight stay for coaches and athletes.

SKOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS SUMMER SOFTBALL (ages 15+)

Teams may be Traditional or Unified.

Weekly competition leading up to Summer Games competition in June. Summer Games competition requires a two-day overnight stay for coaches and athletes.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
      1SB $0 / $0 / $0

SKOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS SUMMER TRACK & FIELD (ages 8+)

SKOR currently competes in several traditional track and field events. Summer Games competition Requires a two-day overnight stay at a location (TBA) for athletes and coaches.

Track & Field season runs from March to June.
  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
      1TF $0 / $0 / $0

SKOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS WINTER SNOWSHOEING (ages 15+)

SKOR currently competes in 50 and 100 meter races and the 4x100 meter relay. Winter Games competition requires a two-day overnight stay at a local ski lodge (TBA) for athletes and coaches.

Snowshoeing season runs from December to February.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Su   1SS $0 / $0 / $0

SKOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS WINTER VOLLEYBALL (ages 13+)

SKOR currently competes in Traditional Team competition. Practices are held weekly at the SONJ Complex. Winter Games competition requires a two-day overnight stay at a location (TBA) for athletes and coaches.

Volleyball season runs from October to January.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
      1VB $0 / $0 / $0

Programs

  • Miracle League

  • Inclusive programming

  • National Inclusion Project

 

*SKOR Programming is funded in part by the Office of the Disabled, County of Mercer.