View 2021 Session and Registration Dates

Winter 2

March 1-April 3

Registration: February 15-18

Late Registration: February 24-March 20

Spring 1

April 12-May 8

Registration: April 5-8

Late Registration: April 14-24

Spring 2

May 17-June 12

Registration: May 10-13

Late Registration: May 19-29

Summer 1

June 21-July 24

Registration: June 14-17

Late Registration: June 23-July 10

Summer 2

August 2-September 4

Registration: July 26-29

Late Registration: August 4-21

Fall 1

September 20-October 23

Registration: September 6-9

Late Registration: September 15-October 2

Fall Youth Soccer

September 13-October 30

Registration: August 9-September 3

Fall 2

November 8-December 11

Registration: October 25-28

Late Registration: November 3-20

Winter Camp

December 20-31

Registration: TBD

 

Health, Safety, and Waitlist Information

 

PARENT/GUARDIAN VIEWING

We understand our parents and guardians enjoy watching your kids engage in programs! We are happy to accommodate parent/guardian viewing as much as we're able based on state guidelines and capacity requirements. Please review these tips to set your family up for success:

  • Parent/guardian viewing may not be available at all community centers.
  • Where available, we recommend limiting to one parent/guardian per household to support limited capacity requirements.
  • Membership is not required for parent viewing, however it is required for parent participation. One non-member parent/guardian with youth only accounts may access the Y with a youth member for viewing purposes only. If the parent/guardian is involved in the class (i.e. toddler gym and parent and child swim lessons) the parent/guardian must be on the active membership photo identification and standard check-in process required.
DO YOUTH PARTICIPANTS HAVE TO WEAR MASKS?

The Y is committed to following guidelines and recommendations from Washington state and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Washington State requires face masks for everyone ages five years and older in indoor settings regardless of vaccination status. This always applies to all Y members and guests in Y facilities, including while engaged in physical activity.

Masks are not required for members entering, exiting, or actively engaged in the pool.

The Y’s core values are caring, honest, respect, and responsibility. We trust our members will use these values when entering the Y and engaging in activities and programs.

WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS PER CLASS?

We have worked diligently to ensure we align with state guidelines and protocol to ensure a safe environment. Class numbers are dependent on space and square footage in alignment with guidelines. Participant numbers will vary by community center and class location.

I'm on a wait list, what is the process?

Those on the waitlist will either get contacted in order when spots open up through cancellations or by the second week of classes after two consecutive no-shows from participants.

 

In-Person and Virtual Arts Session Information

 

What if we are not ready to come back to in-person classes?

We are offering virtual-only arts sessions in the Summer 1 session. Registration opens June 14. Classes are open to current Y members, with no additional participation fee.

WILL THE FACEBOOK LIVE CLASSES CONTINUE?

Yes, we will continue to offer our Facebook Live arts classes. Check out our arts class schedule and join us on Facebook.

 

Gymnastics Information

 

What skill level should my child be in?

Parents should sign their child up for the class appropriate for their skill level. If they are new to the program, they can refer to the Gymnastics Skills Progression chart. Gymnastics Coaches assign a class level to each gymnast during the last class of each session. If you missed the last class, please refer to the Skill Progression chart or contact the director to find an appropriate level for the gymnast.

Can parents watch?

We do not allow parents or non-class participants to walk around the gym. Some community centers have a parent-viewing box that parents can watch class from which will be limited due to COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines.

Class participants under the age of 8 must have a responsible adult in the facility during scheduled activities.

What is the photo policy?

For the privacy of our members and staff, we do not allow parents to take photos of their child during class time. If you would like a photo/video of your child doing a skill then you can ask the coach after class.

What should my child wear?
  • Mask required for ages five and older who are not vaccinated
  • Hair pulled back and out of the face
  • No dangling jewelry
  • Bare feet
  • Athletic bottoms (no buttons or zippers)
  • T-shirt that can be tucked into bottoms or leotard
What classes are available?

Girls Beginner and Girls Beginner 2: Classes provide instruction on gymnastics equipment and skills. Participants develop body awareness, improve strength and flexibility, and learn the fundamentals of gymnastics skills and terminology.

Girls Intermediate: Testing out of the Beginner 2 level required. This class builds on the basic skills achieved in Beginner Gymnastics, and further develops coordination, strength, and flexibility. Prepares gymnasts for the Advanced Gymnastics class.

Girls Advanced and Girls Advanced 2: Testing out of the Intermediate level required. This class builds on the skills achieved in Intermediate Gymnastics, and challenges gymnasts to a new level of coordination, strength, and flexibility. Prepares gymnasts for Team tryouts if that is an interest for the family.

Teen Gymnastics: An opportunity for teens to learn new skills and improve coordination, strength, and flexibility. This class is for beginner through advanced gymnasts.

Boys Beginner and Boys Beginner 2: Classes provide instruction on gymnastics equipment and skills. Participants develop body awareness, improve strength and flexibility, and learn the fundamentals of gymnastics skills and terminology.

Boys Intermediate: Testing out of the Beginner level required. This class builds on the basic skills achieved in Beginner Gymnastics, and further develops coordination, strength, and flexibility.

Cheerleading: Participants learn cheers, jumps, motions, tumbling, stunts, and teamwork in a fun and energetic environment.

My child wants to try out for the team

Our directors will invite participants directly to sign up for team gymnastics before the season begins.

 

Toddler Gym and Preschool Gymnastics

 

WHAT IS TODDLER GYM?

Toddler Gym is a Parent and Child Movement Education interaction program where children learn through play. We create an environment in the gym where children explore their cognitive abilities and body awareness (learning how their body moves, learning how objects move, and learning about each other). Class structure includes a safe movement exploration time, obstacle course, circle time with songs/finger play, toddler tunes, and play around safe age-appropriate gymnastics mats and equipment.

WHY DO PARENTS/GUARDIANS NEED TO BE A MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE IN TODDLER GYM?

In alignment with state guidelines and capacity requirements we are only open to active YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties members at this time. We require anyone actively participating in program, independently or with a youth member, to be a member. This includes Toddler Gym.

WHAT ARE THE AGES FOR THIS CLASS?

Toddler Gym Parent and Child class is for ages 10 months to 4 years old.

WHAT ARE THE ACTIVITIES AND PARENT EXPECTATIONS OF THIS CLASS? 

The following is a timeline of the 40-minute class:

  • 10 minutes of Movement Exploration: Participants begin with time to explore how their body moves on safe, age-appropriate gymnastics mats and equipment. Parents must be at arm’s length of child for safe exploration and interactive guidance
  • 10 minutes of Circle Time: Parents enjoy interacting with their child, assisting them with songs and games. Songs will include some type of motion or finger play.
  • 5 minutes of Obstacle Course: Parents mentor their child around the obstacle course. Please ensure a safe distance between participants.
  • 10 minutes of Movement Exploration.
  • 5 minutes of Circle Time and the Goodbye Song.
HOW WILL THE CLEANLINESS EXPECTATION BE INCORPORATED?

Similar to exercise equipment use in the Y, parents and staff are responsible for wiping down pieces of equipment their child handles during class. This does not include areas where walking, jumping, hopping, galloping and balancing occur. Staff will clean during class as needed and between each class.

CAN I BRING A SIBLING OR GRANDPARENT WITH ME TO SIT ON THE SIDELINE AND OBSERVE?

In alignment with state guidelines and capacity requirements we are only able to allow one adult per child to participate in this class.

WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD WEAR?
  • Children should wear loose athletic clothing to move around in
  • Hair pulled back and out of the face
  • No dangling jewelry or barrettes
  • Bare feet or socks
  • Athletic bottoms (no buttons or zippers)
  • T-shirt that can be tucked into bottoms or leotard
WHAT SHOULD I BRING ONCE I’M SIGNED UP FOR CLASS?

We highly encourage bringing your own water bottle. There will be space to take drink breaks if needed. Personal toys and valuables are discouraged to avoid distraction, injury and loss.

WILL THERE BE A PLACE TO PARK A STROLLER OR LARGER BAG?

We realize families come to class equipped with strollers and larger bags to accommodate their younger children’s needs. Each community center will have a designated area for these larger items to be placed with space between them.

 

Preschool Gymnastics

Preschool Gymnastics is a foundational gymnastics program for ages three to five years old. Gymnasts will learn basic gymnastics skills through progression, strength, and flexibility.

 

MY CHILD HAS NEVER TAKEN A GYMNASTICS CLASS. WHAT DOES THE CLASS ENTAIL?

Preschool gymnastics is a basic introduction to gymnastics, strength, and flexibility. Gymnasts will move through tuck, pike, and straddle positions. Beginning skill introduction on appropriate preschool gymnastics apparatus, learning basic bars, vault, floor, and low beam movements.

DO I NEED TO BE IN THE ROOM DURING THE CLASS?

Parents and guardians are not required to stay inside the room but they must remain in the building.

WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD WEAR?
  • Children should wear loose athletic clothing to move around in
  • Hair pulled back and out of the face
  • No dangling jewelry or barrettes
  • Bare feet or socks
  • Athletic bottoms (no buttons or zippers)
  • T-shirt that can be tucked into bottoms or leotard
ARE THERE SPECIFIC PROGRESSION LEVELS FOR PRESCHOOL GYMNASTICS?

We are following the guidelines of developmental stages and offering classes by age. For example, we are offering a class for 3-year-olds to support their developmental growth through skills progression.

WHAT TYPES OF ACTIVITES WILL MY CHILD BE INVOLVED IN?

We have designed a comprehensive curriculum that will involve a mix of cardio, strength, and agility exercises. We will also focus on the social and emotional well-being of the participants by incorporating group activities and discussing the Y values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.

WHAT DOES MY CHILD NEED TO BRING WITH AND WEAR TO THIS CLASS?
  • Athletic clothing – NO JEANS
  • Athletic shoes – NO BOOTS WITH A HEEL
  • Bring a reusable water bottle – Water fountains will not be available for use
WHAT DAYS AND COMMUNITY CENTERS WILL THIS PROGRAM BE OFFERED?
  • Lakewood YMCA | Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Morgan Family YMCA | Wednesdays
  • Haselwood Family YMCA | Wednesdays and Fridays

 

Swim Lesson Information

 

WHICH CLASS IS BEST FOR MY SWIMMER?

Please see the following guidelines to best determine which class to register for. View our swim lesson level guide to find the right class for your child.

Why does the adult in the water have to be a member?

In alignment with State guidelines and capacity requirements, we are only open to active YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties members at this time. We do require anyone actively participating in the program, independently or with a youth member, to be a member. This includes swim lessons and rec swim at this time.

What’s the difference in swim and other classes? Why is membership required to drop off for arts, gymnastics, higher level swim?

The Y is currently open to YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties members only. However, one non-member parent/guardian with youth-only accounts may access the Y with the youth member. Photo identification and standard check-in process required.

Please join as a member if you’d like to actively participate with your child in the pool.

How Many kids can a parent participate with in classes where parent participation is required?

There is a one parent to one child ratio in Parent and Child Swim Lessons. We do not allow parents to support two children in the same class.

What if the parent is unable to get into the water for Parent and Child Swim Lessons?

Unfortunately, if this is the case, we will not be able to serve you.

What should I bring with me when I’m signed up for a class (youth and adult)?

We ask that everyone bring their own towel and are ready to be in the water with a required swimsuit. Cotton-style shirts and shorts are not accepted. They must be a swimsuit or clothing made of a swimsuit type material, such as a dry fit shirt.

Goggles can be used for our swimmers in more advanced levels but are not recommended for beginner levels. The same information as listed above is requested for any parent that is going in the water with their child for classes.

Will we see anything different with the make-up and spacing of our classes?

Yes! Classes will be offered at a modified ratio of swimmers to instructors (exact numbers determined by pool capacity and age/skill ability), and each swimmer will be placed approximately six feet from the next swimmer to maintain physical distancing during class.

What does changing and locker room space look like?

Locker Rooms are open! We ask that you respect each other's space and do not spend extended time in the showers or locker rooms. Staff will continue to wipe down surfaces so that we can maintain a clean environment for everyone.

What types of cleaning practices do you do in the pool for classes?

Each swimmer will receive their own pieces of instructional swimming equipment that is needed for the class. All of our pools maintain the appropriate chemical levels as determined by the health department and industry standards which supports a continual cleaning and sanitizing process of our pools.

 

Youth Soccer Information

 

Game Rules

Please Review Soccer Game Times By Age/Division

U-5 (3-4 years old)

Team Makeup | Coed
Field Players | 4 (No goalie)
Duration of Games | Four 8 minute quarters

Number of Players | 8-10

U-7 (5-6 years old)

Team Makeup | Coed
Field Players | 4 (No goalie)
Duration of Games | Four 10 minute quarters

Number of Players | 8

U-9 (7-8 years old)

Team Makeup | Coed
Field Players | 4 (No goalie)
Duration of Games | Two 20 minute halves

Number of Players | 8

U-11 (9-10 years old)

Team Makeup | Coed
Field Players | 7 (Including goalie)
Duration of Games | Two 20 minute halves

Number of Players | 14

U-13 (11-12 years old)

Team Makeup | Coed
Field Players | 7 (Including goalie)
Duration of Games | Two 20 minute halves

Number of Players | 14

Masks and Gear To Bring
Masks

The Y is committed to following guidelines and recommendations from Washington state and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Soccer participants do not need masks on during competition.
  • Referees can remove their mask while moving and running.
  • Both participants and referees are not required to wear a mask on the sideline, though social distancing is recommended.

The Y’s core values are caring, honest, respect, and responsibility. We trust our members will use these values when deciding whether to wear a mask at the Y.

Gear To Bring
  • Soccer cleats are recommended but not required.
  • Soccer shin guards are required to play.
  • Team t-shirt provided.
  • Based on state guidelines and capacity restrictions, each player may have two spectators.
  • Water. 
Eligible Ages
60-minute practices/games
  • U5: Ages 3-4
  • U7: Ages 5-6
  • U9: Ages 7-8
  • U11: Ages 9-10
  • U13: Ages 11-12 (Sumner and Puyallup locations only)
Practices and Game Locations
Bremerton Y

Practice and Games at Bremerton Y

Haselwood Y

Practice: Haselwood

Games: Bremerton

Gordon Y

Practices and Games at Mel Korum Y

Mel Korum Y

Practices and Games at Mel Korum Y

Lakewood Y

Practices: Lakewood Y

Games: Morgan Y

Morgan Y

Practices and Games at Morgan Y

Tom Taylor Y

Practices: Purdy Elementary

Games: Lower grass field at Gig Harbor High School