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Children's Recreational Programs

Physical Literacy Programming

What is Physical Literacy?
"Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life."
The International Physical Literacy Association, May 2014

What are Fundamental Movement Skills and Fundamental Sport Skills?
Fundamental movement skills are basic movements such as throwing, kicking, running, jumping, hopping and catching.  Fundamental sport skills are these movement skills applied to a sport situation: for example, kicking a soccer ball, running a sprint, jumping up for a basketball rebound, catching a baseball.
Canadian Sport for Life
Why is the YMCA implementing this into sports programs?
The focus of physical literacy and bringing this to our programs is to encourage the participants to challenge themselves with skills that are not only necessary for sports but for everyday life. We want to provide an environment where participants can learn new skills, build off existing ones, create confidence in their ability to move, and provide inspiration to be active for life. 
What Programs are utilizing physical literacy?
We are integrating the principles of physical literacy into all of the active programs we can, however Soccer, Ball Hockey and Basketball have been reprogrammed to follow physical literacy principles exclusively.
International Sports
(3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 years)          
Experience sports from around the world!  We will take you each week from basic fundamental movements and skills required for the sport into a game setting.
Sensory Kidz
(2-5 years)
The preschool child will have fun exploring a variety of sensory activities each week.
Music & Movement
(2-5 years)
This program will keep your little ones moving, and is designed to keep children actively engaged in music through the use of songs and finger plays.
Preschool Active & Creative Play
(2-5 years)
Preschool program with both an active and creative component following a different theme each week.
Playgroud Games
(2-5 years)
This program provides children the opportunity to play both traditional and non traditional playground games in a non-competitive environment that focuses on participation, physical activity and fun.
Silly Science
(6-8 and 9-12 years)
Become a Y Silly Scientist and learn to do fun experiments through hands on activities.
Art for Kids
(6-8 and 9-12 years)
Make crafts using various art forms such as painting, sculpting, origami, paper mache.
Kundalini Yoga for Kids
(6-12 years)
Learn to enjoy a mind, body and breath connection through the Yoga of Awareness using free spirited yoga play.

All Sorts of Sports           
(3-5 and 6-8 years)          
Learn drills and skills while having fun in this non-competitive environment. Includes a variety of sports.
(9-13 years)          
Join us for a fun, fast-paced activity for players of all levels. Learn the basic skills and rules to participate in singles and doubles matches. All equipment is provided. 
(3-5 and 6-8 years)           
This program is designed to encourage a love of dance and movement while developing a stronger sense of body awareness and coordination. Certified Instructor.        
(3-5, 6-8 and 9-13 years)          
The objective of each team is to eliminate all members of the opposing team by tagging them with thrown balls, catching a ball thrown by a member of the opposing team, or forcing them to move outside the court boundaries when a ball is thrown at them. Other variations may be played as well. 
(3-13 years)          
Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels offered.
Learn progressive skills and floor work techniques while focusing on improving balance, flexibility, strength and special awareness. Certified Instructor.          
Karate - Wushu          
(3 - 13 years)          
A non-aggressive approach towards conflict resolution is emphasized in this program as well as instruction in all the basic blocks, kicks and striking techniques. Certified Black Belt Instructor.    
(9-13 years)           
Volleyball is a team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team's court under organized rules. Variations of this game may include beach volleyball and 4 square.

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