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Greater Pittston ‘Y’ offers youth sports programs

The Pittston YMCA offers a variety of sports and instructional programs for children of all ages, such as soccer, gymnastics, basketball and football. Y programs are all structured to meet needs of each participant and emphasize instruction, teamwork, socialization, and fun. For the winter season, the Y is proud to offer the following youth sports programming:

Instructional Flag Football League

Returning for winter 2011 is the Y’s Instructional Flag Football League, again under the direction of Rich Musinski. The football league teaches the basic fundamentals of football, all with learning how to be part of a team. The football league is open to children ages 6 – 12. The League begins on January 18 and runs for 10 weeks. Practices will be held on Tuesday evenings in the Pittston Y gym and games will be on Sundays. Registration forms for the flag football league are available at the front desk of the YMCA; stop in to fill out a form to register your child. Rich is a former Wyoming Area football standout and participated in professional football for several seasons. Rich hopes to provide, “a safe, non-threatening environment suitable for skill development in young players,” and sites his want to give back to kids interested in football, as many coaches he admired throughout his playing career did.

Youth Basketball Clinic

This is an instructional program intended to teach fundamental and introductory basketballs skills as well as teach sportsmanship values. Children must be in grades K - 4 to be eligible. Program fee is $50.00 for nonmembers and free for members. There is a $10.00 registration fee that must accompany the registration form for all participants. This is a six week clinic beginning January 16 and will be held on Saturday mornings. Registration forms for the basketball clinic are available at the front desk of the YMCA; stop in to fill out a form to register your child.

Gymnastics

The gymnastics program in under the direction of Christina Washington. Christina has been with the Y since September and is dedicated to the kids in the program. “I want them to learn that even though it is a tough sport, it can be a lot of fun and you can achieve your dreams when you apply yourself.” The gymnastics program is offered in six week sessions with the first winter session starting on January 8 on Saturday mornings with a variety of levels for all children to participate. Christina has 17+ years of experience participating in dance and gymnastics.

Preschool Gymnastics

Terrific Tumblers 9:00am – 9:45am

Fantastic Flippers 9:45am – 10:30am

Youth Progressive Gymnastics (Grades K - 6)

Rollers (Beginners) 10:30am – 11:15am

Swingers (Advanced Beginners) 11:15am – 12:15pm

Gymnastics to Tumbling 5:30pm – 6:30pm Friday

Private Gymnastic Lessons

Private gymnastic lessons are open for all age participants that are interested in improving their gymnastics skills. Contact Joelle Sharisky, Program Director to set up an appointment with the gymnastics instructor.

Youth Soccer

Our youth soccer program offers boys and girls the opportunity to learn basic soccer skills such as passing, shooting and dribbling while learning sportsmanship, fair play and the concept of being part of a team. The soccer program is offered every Wednesday for six weeks and the first class begins on January 12. Soccer is coached by Eric Fino, who plays at Christian Triboro Academy.

Schedule/Age Groups

Bitty Soccer (ages 3 -5) 5:00pm- 5:45pm Wednesday

Rookie Soccer (ages 6 – 10) 5:45pm – 6:30pm Wednesday

Boxing Club

The Boxing Club is under the direction of Jimmy Scarantino, a highly qualified boxer and dedicated coach. By joining the boxing club your child will learn the fundamentals of boxing without the pressure of having to enter the ring, gain self confidence, increase their physical activity and learn self defense. The Boxing Club meets Thursdays at 7:00pm, Friday nights at 6:00pm and Saturdays at 1:00pm and each session lasts 1 - 2 hours. Friday sessions are geared toward beginners. The instructor will evaluate all participants and place them in the appropriate class. The cost of the Program is $30/month for members and $40/month for non members.

For more information about or to register for any of the above-mentioned programs, or inquire about non-sports program offerings, please contact Joelle Sharisky, Program Director, at 655-2255 x104 or via email at jsharisky@greaterpittstonymca.org.

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