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Watch Confidence Kick-IN

The YMCA is now enrolling youth for their fall sports programs.  Martial Arts and Tumbling kicked off their next 12 week session the week of July 22nd and there are still spots available.  Registration for these programs will remain open through September 4th.   Registration fees will be prorated at the time you register.  Martial Arts is for youth 5 and up and Tumbling is for youth 4 and up.

Registration is also open for the 2013 Fall Soccer League.  Games will be played in a positive environment based on mutual respect with equal playing time rather than “win-at-all-costs.”  This 6 week program is focused on  the fundamentals and encouraging physical activity and fun with character building in our youth. All divisions will have practice during the week and games on Saturdays, most likely between 9AM-11AM. Participants will get a t-shirt and gift for their participation.  Shin guards are required to participate and soccer cleats are recommended but not required.  The YMCA will have some gently used shin guards and soccer shoes available for families on a first come first serve basis.

Enrolling kids in youth sports isn’t just about keeping them active it is also focused on learning about teamwork, communicating with peers and connecting with adult role models.   Beth Armstrong, Youth First Director and coordinator of the soccer program said, “As a volunteer coach, soccer parent and member of the YMCA staff myself, nothing gives me greater joy than the smile I see on a child’s face when they score their first goal and see their loved ones cheering them on.  That is what positive youth development and building the 40 developmental assets is about!”  Along with Armstrong, Jason Louis, a member of the Salem High School Varsity Soccer team and a soccer referee for the YMCA will be helping onsite at practices and games as well.  “I’m excited to have Jason helping me this season.  Jason is a skilled soccer player and it will be a huge benefit to the program to have him on hand to help coaches with practices and refer to for rules of the game.”

The YMCA is working to put greater emphasis on their soccer program and growing it to involve more youth.  “Over the summer, through a partnership with Salem Soccer Club, we hosted British Soccer Camp.  We had about 30 kids starting as young as 2 ½ years old participate during the week and it was a great experience” said Armstrong.   The spring soccer program will be a combination of skills building through practice and game time to put into practice the skills the kids are learning.  “I believe we are bringing you the best of both worlds through out soccer program and it is based strongly on the feedback parents have given us.”

Registrations for fall soccer are due by Friday, August 23rd.  Registration forms can be downloaded at or completed at the YMCA front desk.  Practice begins the week of August 26th and the season will kickoff with games on Saturday, Septmeber 7th.  Soccer is open to youth 3 – 13 years of age as of August 23rd.  The cost is $40 for members and $55 for non-members. Scholarships are available as well.

To learn more, ask questions or register stop by the YMCA, call us at 883-YMCA or visit our website at  The mission of the YMCA is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy mind, body and spirit for all.  Our impact is made when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a role mode inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good.