Family YMCA of Black Hawk County

YMCA Updates Two Youth Programs

The YMCA is introducing a new format for both their youth basketball and swim lesson programs.

Updated YMCA swim lesson curriculum has evolved to meet the needs of local Ys while allowing for standardization and flexibility for Ys across the country. Extensive research by YMCA of the USA went into this skill-based approach that is designed to meet the needs and help participants reach their goals. The new approach will accommodate students of varying abilities and varying ages; it will foster a sense of achievement from the start; and it stays grounded in a skill continuum that allows students to move easily from one stage to the next with clearly defined stages of progress along the way. The next session of lessons begin October 24, 25, 29 and November 3 depending on level.

Youth Basketball will launch with a fall camp running October 29 to December 10. Camp is for ages three thru sixth grade and will focus on game fundamentals and skill development. League play for grades second thru sixth will start with team tryouts on December 17. Games will run January 9 to February 19. Everyone that wants to play will be placed on a team with emphasis on equal playing time and sportsmanship.

Youth do not have to be a member of the Y to register for either program. For more information or to register online, visit or contact Jeremy Loria, program director, at 319-233-3531 or

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