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.
Youth Swim Lessons
The Y is “America’s Swim Instructor” and the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming. Our swim lessons are taught by nationally certified instructors and prepare kids of all ages to stay safe and have fun in the water, building strong swimmers and confident kids.
Although the Plymouth Family YMCA does not have a pool on-site, our members have access* to aquatic programming at three other Ys in the area:
*Restrictions may apply, please check with the Y you would like to visit for details.
Joining a swim team develops confidence and self-discipline in kids. Besides learning new skills, kids build camaraderie and enjoy the challenge of racing in the pool. Y swim teams emphasize the value of competition through teamwork, sportsmanship and doing one’s best. Our swim coaches strive to offer a well-rounded, values-centered program for every level of swimmer. Although our Y does not have its own swim team, many young swimmers from our branch are members of swim teams at other area Ys.
Farmington Family YMCA Stingrays Swim Team
FFYS is a year round competitive swim team offering high quality professional coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities. The goal of our team is to provide every member an opportunity to improve swimming skills and achieve success at his or her level of ability, from novice to international competitor. We are constantly growing and training young swimmers to maintain a well rounded competitive swim team. Swimmers on our team also take part in lots of fun social events ranging from hayrides to bowling parties, making FFYS a great choice for good, clean fun for your swimmer!
FFYS Team Website
The FFYS website (farmingtonstingrays.org) is a resource for swimmers and families on the swim team. It is updated regularly with important information regarding such items as schedules, meet entries, holiday events and practice time and/or location changes, meet results and a plethora of other information. Go to FFYS Team website.
We believe that sports help kids to grow personally, clarify values, improve relationships, appreciate diversity, develop leadership skills and have fun. The Y Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility are at the heart of every Y Sports program. YMCA Youth Sports programs allow children of all ages and ability a non-competitive atmosphere where everyone plays and everyone wins. Every child gets equal playing time and we encourage fair play, positive competition and family involvement. There are no try-outs or cuts at the the Y. Everyone is a valuable member of the team, and players share playing time equally.
Our sports leagues are coached by volunteers; if you are interested in coaching one of our teams please ask about coaching at the front desk.
You can learn more about the philosophy of our Youth Sports programs here.
Where We Play
Our youth sports games and practices take place at local community fields and facilities.
Preschool Basketball ages 3-6 yearsYMCA Preschool Basketball program is an introduction to basketball. Children learn socialization with kids their own age, while gaining basic skills of the sport.
Girls on the Run girls ages 8-13
Girls on the Run® is a life-changing, experiential learning program that combines training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development.
Girls on the Run combines an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. Our core curriculum addresses many aspects of girls’ development – their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. Lessons provide girls with the tools to make positive decisions and to avoid risky adolescent behaviors
Girls meet twice each week in small teams of 8-15 girls and learn life skills through dynamic conversation-based lessons and running games. The 20-lessons curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts:
- Understanding ourselves
- Valuing teamwork
- Understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large
The program concludes with the New Balance Girls on the Run 5k, part of the largest youth-focused 5k series in the world. It is a celebratory, non-competitive event for Girls on the Run of Greater Detroit participants and their families and friends. Every girl, whether she runs, skips, walks, or cartwheels across the finish line, is a winner and no official time will be kept.
Our Girls on the Run Council Website
For complete program details, including registration and site locations, please visit gotrdetroit.org.
STRIDE boys in grades 3-5
Stride is a fun after-school program for boys grades 3 through 5. During this 10 week program, Trained volunteer coaches will use running as the tool to teach character development, stamina, and confidence. At the conclusion of the ten-week session,the boys celebrate by participating in a 5K run with their coaches, parents and running partners.
Each STRIDE team meets twice a week for 10 weeks. Trained volunteer coaches start each session with an introduction of the day’s character-building lesson, followed by a warm-up, group discussion, running workout and interactive games. In each session, the boys build the stamina, techniques and confidence to run a 5K. Boys who demonstrate excellent character are rewarded with a STRIDE dog tag at the end of the lesson.
All Stride lessons incorporate a consistent pattern of activities to enhance the learning process, but to also promote discussion and fun between the boys, all STRIDE lessons include the following 7 parts:
- Each lesson begins with a Welcome (The Zone) activity to bring the boys to focus about the topic of the day
- A Dynamic Warm-Up and Stretch activity to get the boys ready to run and participate in the day’s activity
- A Running Workout activity follows where the boys will complete goal oriented running games. Workout length will increase during the season to prepare the boys for the end of the season 5K
- The Discussion/STRETCH(TheZone) will give the boys an opportunity to stretch and reflect on the day’s workout
- The Game/Game Points allow the boys to have some fun, but also pulls everything back together with a few points that connect the lesson to the game
- The lesson will conclude with a Wrap Up (The Zone) where boys share favorite parts of the day or ask any questions they may have.
- The boys will also partake in Celebration where good behavior and hard work is rewarded with STRIDE dog tags.
To get involved with the Stride program, please Contact Us
Girls on the Run - Amerman Elementary ages 7-13 yearsGirls on the Run is an after school program that inspires girls to be joyful,healthy and confident using a fun,experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
Girls on the Run - Dodson Elementary ages 7-12 yearsGirls on the Run is an after school program that inspires girls to be joyful,healthy and confident using a fun,experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
Girls on the Run - Smith Elementary ages 7-13 yearsGirls on the Run is an after school program that inspires girls to be joyful,healthy and confident using a fun,experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
STRIDE - Smith Elementary ages 7-12 years
STRIDE is a fun fitness and running program for boys in grades 3 through 5. Boys have the chance to share their thoughts and opinions about various life topics in a safe, encouraging environment that helps them develop character, while building their running endurance to compete in a 5K.