Hamilton Area YMCA

Sports & Play

Our instructional sports programs offer a wide variety of classes for children ages 8 months through 17 years old. Programs focus on the skill and social development of your child in a fun environment. Instructors lead players through drills and games that build skills and develop coordination and participants are able to learn and grow by making decisions in our challenge by choice teaching style. Our philosophy is simple. We make sure everyone participates and we focus on teamwork and sportsmanship as well as physical skills. We are confident that we have a class that's right for your child!

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

For more information about JKR Branch sports & gym classes and gymnastics, contact Tyler Koerber at 609.581.9622 ext. 121 or tkoerber@hamiltonymca.org.

For more information on Sawmill Branch sports & gym classes, contact Logan Perez at 609.581.9622 ext. 21105 or lperez@hamiltonymca.org or a Member Services Representative at our Sawmill Branch at 609.581.9622 ext. 21101.

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Program Dates

Fall I:
  • September 2 - October 27
Fall II:
  • October 28 - December 22

Registration Dates

Fall I:
  • Facility Members - Monday, August 12
  • Program & New Members - Monday, August 19
Fall II:
  • Facility Members - Monday, October 14
  • Program & new Members - Monday, October 21

Parent/Child Sports & Play (ages 19 months to 3 years)


We define parent broadly to include all adults with primary responsibility for raising children, including biological parents, adoptive parents, guardians, stepparents, grandparents, or any other type of parenting relationship.

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Little Rookies (ages 19 - 36 months)

Provides an enjoyable atmosphere that allows kids and parents to have fun while learning an overview of different sports. This program introduces basic skills, rules, and teamwork in sports like basketball, soccer and T-ball.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Fr 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM 1ISJLR1 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Sa 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM 1ISJLR2 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15

Team Toddlers (ages 19 - 36 months)

Provides a positive and fun setting that encourages toddlers and parents enjoy themselves while working on basic motor skills.

Preschool Sports & Play (ages 2 1/2 – 5 )

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Strider Balance Bike Training (ages 2 1/2 - 5)

Explore mobility on two wheels, improve motor skills development, increase balance, strength and build confidence and coordination. Children focus solely on learning balance first. Research shows that learning balance and coordination with exercise jump-starts a child’s growth and development. Helmet use required. Bring your own or use the Y’s helmets. We supply the Strider bikes.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    We 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM 1ISJSBT1 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Th 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM 1ISJSBT2 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15

Little Athletes (ages 3 - 5)

Little Athletes are introduced to 3 very popular sports; Basketball, Soccer & T-ball. Children will build confidence, develop teamwork and learn social skills in a positive, fun environment.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM 1ISJLA1 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Th 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM 1ISJLA2 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Fr 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM 1ISJLA3 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15

Pee Wee B-Ball & T-Ball (ages 3 - 5)

Learn the basics of Basketball and T-ball through skills, drills, and other fun activities. This program will give kids a chance to make new friends and be active.

Pee Wee GATORS (ages 3 - 5)

This program is tailored around Games, Activities, Obstacles, Relays and Sports to get young children to have fun while being active and increase the development of gross motor skills.

Sports Start (ages 3 - 5)

Sports Start introduces sports though concepts like throwing, catching, hitting, jumping, bouncing and more using games and activities. This class is designed for children who want to explore a wide variety of sports and activities.

Super Star Soccer (ages 3 - 5)

Pass! Kick! Score! This program is designed for kids to learn the fundamentals of soccer combining team play and individual skills.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 5:45 PM - 6:30 PM 1ISJSSSO1 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Fr 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM 1ISJSSSO2 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15

Y Rookies (ages 3 - 5)

Have fun while learning the concepts, skills, and rules of multiple different sports including basketball, soccer, T-ball and hockey. Kids will play games and run drills that are fundamental for success.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    We 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM 1ISJYR1 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Th 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM 1ISJYR2 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15

Youth Sports & Play (ages 6 - 14)

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Sports Mania (ages 6 – 8)

This program will boost your skills and knowledge of concepts and rules in multiple different sports. Children will play sports in a loose and fun environment. Basketball, Hockey, Soccer, and baseball are just a few sports your child will get to try.

Triple Play (ages 6 - 8)

Expand your knowledge and skills in 3 popular sports: hockey, soccer and baseball. This program will focus on teamwork and individual success.

Y Shooters (beginner ages 6 - 8)

Provides children with a fun atmosphere to work on their basketball skills. Kids will learn how to pass, dribble and shoot by doing drills and playing games. Rules, offense and defense will be introduced.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM 1ISJYS1 JKR -JKR Branch $69 / $49 / $15
    Mo 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM 1ISJYS2 JKR -JKR Branch $69 / $49 / $15

Y Soccer (ages 6 - 8)

This program is designed to teach the basics and fundamentals of soccer. Children will learn dribbling, passing and shooting by doing drills and playing games. Rules, offense and defense will also be introduced.

Y World of Sports (age 6 - 8)

Learn and have fun playing a wide range of sports that include soccer, floor hockey, volleyball, football and more!

Games Galore, Sports and More (ages 6 – 10)

Join the fun with your friends and explore the wide variety of sports and games! Children will be introduced to kickball, scooters, relay races, and other fun games and sports!

Youth Fitness (ages 6 - 12)

This class will consist of 30 minutes of exercise and 30 minutes of games and races. Classes will focus on strength, skills and cardiovascular fitness.

Youth Yoga (ages 6 - 11)

For children who are new to yoga and are looking to improve flexibility, and relieve stress. Learn proper alignment for a safe and healthy practice. Poses will be broken down to get acquainted with the foundation of each pose.

Sports, Speed & Agility (ages 9 – 12)

Become quicker, stronger, faster, and more agile! This program children will develop running techniques, agility training, and knowledge of different sports.

Y Dodgeball & Nerf (ages 9 - 12)

Participants will develop teamwork, problem solving, sportsmanship, and put strategy into play through various games of NERF tag, dodgeball, challenges and scenarios. On Nerf days you’re responsible to bring your own nerf toy.

Y Dribblers (intermediate/advanced ages 9 - 12)

Learn more advanced skills of basketball including layups, dribbling, jump shooting, defense, rebounding and more.

Sports & Play at Sawmill

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Fencing (ages 6 - 12)

Learn to dodge, parry and thrust in this very popular class. Also, learn proper form, technique and fencing etiquette.

Fencing (ages 13+)

Learn to dodge, parry and thrust in this very popular class. Also, learn proper form, technique and fencing etiquette.

Pickleball Open Play (ages 18+)

Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton, ping pong, and racquetball.  It is one of the fastest growing sports in America. It’s a low-impact game that’s easy to learn, great exercise, a great way to meet new people, and A LOT of fun!

There is no better way to explain the sport of Pickleball to someone other than letting them experience it for themselves. Each registered participant can bring a friend to try out 1 session for free. 

What is Pickleball? Click here to learn more!

Spring sessions are held at the following times:
Monday
Intermediate Play
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
3 courts

Beginner/Advanced Beginner
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
3 Courts

Advanced Play
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
3 courts

Tuesday
Skills & Drills Clinic*
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
3 courts

Beginner Lessons & Drills
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
3 courts

Wednesday
Intermediate Play
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
3 courts

Beginner/Advanced Beginner
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
3 courts

Open Play
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
3 Courts

Thursday
Advanced Play
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
3 courts

Friday
Intermediate Play
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
3 courts

Beginner/Advanced Beginner
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
3 courts

Open Play
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
3 Courts

Saturday - through November 9.
Open Play
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
3 Courts

Sunday - through November 10.
Open Play
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
3 courts

Level of Play Definitions:

  • Beginner (1.0 - 2.0 rating): New to Pickleball. Learning strokes, serve, positioning, scoring, and rules. Can hit short rallies. Working on improving.
  • Advanced Beginner (2.5 rating): Developing forehand, backhand, serve, dinks and volleys. Sustains longer rallies. Starts playing at Non-Volley Zone. Can score and play games.
  • Intermediate/Advanced Intermediate (3.0 - 3.5 rating):
    3.0: Improving forehand, backhand, serve, dinks, and volleys. Starting third shot drops, varying shots and speed, working on control. Learning lobs with a purpose. Playing at net. All of this on a more consistent basis.
    3.5: Dependable strokes as above, more aggressive net play, anticipating opponent shots. Working on third shot drops, dinks, soft shots, pace, angles, lobs, team work and court positioning.
  • Advanced (4.0 - 4.5 rating): Consistent, dependable strokes with directional control and depth and pace. Uses all strokes including lobs, volleys and approach shots and can force errors. Consistently using third shot drops, sinks, spins. High level of opponent shot anticipation. Teamwork and court positioning evident.

There is a $5.00 drop-in fee per day.

To sign up for cancellation notifications, text “HAYPickleball” to 84483.