The Illinois Valley youth gym is open during all operation hours of the YMCA. The gym is open for basketball or volleyball, and is equipped with 3 volleyball courts and 6 basketball backboards. At times the gym may be scheduled with youth activities in non-primetime hours.
Youth Wellness Center Blue Card Training
Are you 11 years of age and tired of just playing in the gym and are you serious about getting in shape? Well, the YMCA has a program for you. Sign up now to receive your Wellness Center Training from one of the quality YMCA personal trainers. Class is required if you wish to use the Wellness Center. Must have blue card training and blue card on person at all times when in the wellness center.
Who:YMCA members age 11-17
Fee: Free to YMCA members and is by appointment only please call and set up an appointment now
Youth NFL Flag Football
NFL Flag Football is geared towards the child who wants to try out football without the risk of injury! 1st week is skills and team placements with the following 6 weeks of games. All games will be played @ Baker's Lake
When: Saturdays, Aug 30th-Oct 11th
Ages: 5-7 @ 9-10am
8-10 @ 10-11am
Who: Boys & girls
Fees: $45/Members & $55/Non Y Members
Drop the kids off for a night of fun, pizza and NERF wars. Participants need to provide their own NERF guns, darts and protective eyewear. We will provide the obstacle course. A variety of games will be offered including Capture the Flag, King of the Hill and Team Elimination. Age levels will be seperated.
Who: boys & girls ages 6-9 and 10-12 yr olds
When: 1st Friday of the Month
Fee: $5/Y Members & $7/Non Y Members
Sept 5th, Oct 3rd, Nov 7th, Dec 5th, Jan 2nd, Feb 6th, March 6th, Apr 3rd, May 1st
This night is designed for your child to get all their extra energy out and enjoy time with friends! Recess nights will have open gym basketball, volleyball and staff coordinating team games of dodgeball, kickball and many other!
Who: boys & girls ages 6-13
When: 2nd Saturday of the Month
Fee: $5/Y Members & $7/Non Y Members
Sept 13th, Oct 11th, Nov 8th, Dec 13th, Jan 10th, Feb 14th, March 14th, April 11th, May 9th
Y Tae Kwon Do
Tae Kwon Do teaches self defense as well as improves self confidence, discipline, coordination, and physical and mental capabilities. Through Tae Kwon Do, students learn to become leaders, not followers, and they develop the ''yes, I can'' attitude when facing daily challenges at home, school or work. The Illinois Valley YMCA's Tae Kwon Do is a branch school of the Won Jung Martial Arts Association of Rockford. Amber Sessler is the instructor. White, Yellow belts & children 6-12 , Purple belt and above & children and all ranks of Adults 13 and up.
When: Subject to change, please contact Amber Sessler at the YMCA at 815-223-7904 xt. 41 for more information.
Fees: $30 Monthly YMCA member $50 Monthly non YMCA member
Little Tigers Tae Kwon Do
Tae Kwon Do isn't just for adults. Our Little Tigers program
offers children as young as 3 and up to 6 years of age a high energy
class that helps stimulate the mind, focus their abundant energy and learn
simple techniques and training to build a lifetime upon. We have seen an
overwhelming number of over exuberant youngsters with little or no outlet for
their energies. This course was developed with that need in mind. Our main
focus for Illinois Valley Tae Kwon Do is respect. We hope to teach your child
to bring the tenants of Tae Kwon Do into their lives, not just as a sport but as
a way of life that will help them be more confident, reliable and perserverant
individuals. Because the Little Tigers Program provides the core elements, when
your child outgrows Little Tigers, they can smoothly transition into our Pee Wee
Tae Kwon Do Class. Instructor Amber Sessler, who began martial arts training at
the age of 7 is a 3rd degree Black Belt, a certified primary and secondary
teacher with a special education endorsement and coaching certification.
- Develop basic skills such as coordination, following
instructions, balance and attention
- Develop major muscle groups with exercises such as jumping,
running, kicking and punching
- Learn discipline through consistent, patient instruction by
caring, qualified instructors who thoroughly and simply explain the rules and
instructions in a way younger minds can comprehend and grasp
- Learn respect, self control, self confidence and self
- Learn to focus and concentrate on tasks at hand and complete
- Increase coordination
- Boost self confidence
- Focus energies
- Positive peer interaction and socialization
- Prepare little ones for entry into their school
Class times & days: Saturdays 10am to
Fee: $30/month Y Members
$50/month Non Y