The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active, and developing healthy habits they’ll carry with them throughout their lives. The benefits are far greater than just physical health. Whether it’s gaining the confidence that comes from learning to swim or building the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, participating in sports at the Y is about building the whole child, from the inside out.


Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. Ys offer swim lessons (for all ages), family swim, competitive swimming and diving teams, and many kinds of adaptive swim programs for kids with special needs, so we can all safely enjoy the pleasures of an aquatic environment.

Learn more about Swimming, select an activity below, or find your Y branch to get started.

  • Swim Lessons  The Y is a national leader in swim instruction and water safety, and Y swim lessons are designed to teach water safety and swimming skills to everyone.
  • Adaptive Swim Lessons  This program offers participants with special needs the opportunity to learn to swim, stay fit, and have fun in a safe and relaxed environment.


Teen centers, group exercise, triathlon training, dance clubs, skateboarding, arts—there’s a lot more than sports at the Y, giving kids the chance to exert energy, try new things, make new friends … and be kids!

Learn more about Youth Recreation, select an activity below, or find your Y branch to get started.

  • Youth Wellness  Programs like Yoga and dance give kids the opportunity to stay active, improve balance and coordination, and have fun!
  • Girls on the Run  A life-changing, experiential learning program for girls ages eight to thirteen that combines training for a 5K with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts.
  • STRIDE  A fun, afterschool character development program for boys in 3rd-5th grade that focuses on doing one’s personal best.
  • Youth Rock Climbing  At the Boll Family YMCA and the Downriver Family YMCA, kids can safely learn the techniques and skills of climbing on our indoor rock walls.
  • Youth Dance  Dance cultivates an appreciation for artistry while building coordination and confidence in kids.

Youth Sports

Baseball, soccer, volleyball, flag football, karate, basketball, gymnastics—check out the sports offerings at your Y and get in the game. Improve your skills, make new friends, be active with other kids and learn to love a sport at the Y.

Learn more about Youth Sports, select a sport below, or find your Y branch to get started.

Competitive Sports

Swimming and gymnastics are the most popular national competitive sports leagues at the Y. The Y hosts state, regional and national championships annually, helping kids value hard work, reach for excellence and enjoy spirited competition.

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  • Swim Teams  9 of our Ys have swim teams that compete on the regional and national level.

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