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Youth Health & Fitness

Serving the community of Greenwich, YWCA Greenwich is proud to offer a variety of youth aquatics, sport and fitness programs for children from 16 months old to early teens, and older. YWCA Greenwich provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere for families and parents to watch their children grow as they develop new skills through a wide range of fun physical activities.

Whether your child enjoys a certain sport or is excited about trying something new, at YWCA Greenwich, we have something for everyone.

Things To Know

  • Financial Aid is available for all qualifying applicants
  • YWCA membership is required for all programs.
  • For additional program information and questions, contact Kyle Wirtz at 203-869-6501, ext. 131 or email to k.wirtz@ywcagreenwich.org.


Gymnastics

Our Gymnastics program offers everything from basic balance and tumbling classes for infants and toddlers, as well as Gymnastics level classes I-V for more advanced middle school-aged participants. Sign up your child to enhance their fine motor skills, coordination, and improve their discipline, flexibility, and strength in a warm and encouraging environment. From basic balance and tumbling classes for parents and toddlers to beginner and advanced programs for adolescents and early teens, our gymnastics program helps students enhance and improve their flexibility and strength. For class attire, a leotard is preferred but gym clothes are acceptable. Children should wear comfortable clothes with no buttons, zippers or snaps. Hair must be tied back with an elastic band. No skirts, jeans, barrettes, headbands, or jewelry.

Meet Sue Knight, Our Famed Instructor

Sue Knight, Varsity Head Coach of the Greenwich High School Gymnastics Team -- which claimed both the Fairfield County and Connecticut State Interscholastic Athletic Conferences in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 -- has headed the gymnastics program at the YWCA for 30 years. She is a Connecticut state certified interscholastic/intramural coach and has received USA Gymnastics certifications for safety and risk management, safe sport training, and is a safe sport instructor. Sue is also certified in CPR and First Aid.

Sue has dedicated her career to teaching children of all levels and ages from the fundamentals to advanced gymnastic skills. She is committed to creating an environment that is always safe, welcoming and inclusive.

For program information and registration, contact Kyle Wirtz at 203-869-6501, ext. 131 or email to k.wirtz@ywcagreenwich.org.

 
 

YWCA Greenwich Junior Golf

YWCA Greenwich offers indoor golf lessons during the fall and winter months to help students get ready to hit the course by spring. With our Junior Golf program, your child will learn to improve both their fundamental skills as well as their understanding of academic concepts through a program that lets them progress at their own pace.

YWCA Greenwich's Junior Golf Program teaches more than just the game. Lead instructor, Tom Blumenthal, learned to love the game as a child and has spent his career in the business of golf. No matter what level, this specialized golf instruction will help your child improve their game.

  • Students are led through station-based drills and games that develop the fundamental skills of grip, putting, chipping, and full-swing
  • Students participate in STEAM labs that allow them to explore academic concepts like gravity, force, and spin through the game
  • Each player progresses through a five-level program at their own pace

For program information and registration, contact Kyle Wirtz at 203-869-6501, ext. 131 or email to k.wirtz@ywcagreenwich.org.

 
 

Tennis

YWCA Greenwich is raising the bar on its tennis program with USPTA certified instructors Hugh and Betsy Underhill, YWCA Greenwich offers both private tennis lessons for members, as well as youth tennis programs. Together, Betsy and Hugh will teach classes that:

  • Develop sound tennis fundamentals
  • Use age-appropriate-sized racquets and balls
  • Create a positive atmosphere that encourages self-confidence
  • Build an enthusiastic attitude
  • Encourage good sportsmanship

About Our Instructors

Betsy Underhill has been the girls varsity tennis coach at Greenwich High School for more than 20 years. She has coached her teams to 6 State titles and 6 County titles and four doubles teams have won the State Open tournaments. A USPTA certified instructor, Betsy committed to the game and is a skilled instructor who has taught hundreds of students to play their best tennis.

Hugh Underhill coaches varsity tennis and squash at Darien High School. An avid tennis coach and player for more than 30 years, Hugh has managed the tennis, squash and paddle tennis programs for the Roundhill and Greenwich country clubs. In the summers, Hugh is the Club Manager and Tennis Director at the Block Island Club. He is passionate about tennis and passing along his love of the sport to all of his students.

For program information and registration, contact Kyle Wirtz at 203-869-6501, ext. 131 or email to k.wirtz@ywcagreenwich.org.

 
 

Baseball & Softball

At YWCA Greenwich, we offer baseball and softball programs for boys and girls, ages 8 to 18, which feature individual lessons, team workouts, and advanced hitting clinics. Sign up your child for our exclusive Baseball & Softball Coaching Clinics and Training Program. Led by former St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher Mike Parisi, your son or daughter will learn how to pitch, run, and catch like the pros. Instruction includes training and use of our professional batting cage and pitching machine.

YWCA Greenwich also offers customized team workouts for five or more--a great way to take advantage of Mike Parisi Coaching Clinics in a more focused setting. Improve offensive and defensive skills. Build strength and conditioning. Take advantage of Mike Parisi Coaching Clinics.

Interested in our batting cage and pitching machine specs? Here you go:

  • Batting Cage: 60' long, 18' wide, 15' high.
  • Pitching Machine: Features speeds up to 95 mph with a hopper that holds up to 20 balls and throws fastballs, curves, sliders, change-ups, sinkers and practice ground balls.
  • For program information and registration, contact Kyle Wirtz at 203-869-6501, ext. 131 or email to k.wirtz@ywcagreenwich.org.


    Greenwich Junior Babe Ruth Baseball

    Kyle Wirtz, YWCA Greenwich Director of Health and Fitness manages all aspects of the Greenwich Junior Babe Ruth Baseball League. We have everything you need to win: a great coaching staff led by Chief Instructor Mike Parisi, former St. Louis Cardinals’ pitcher ...an indoor/outdoor pitching machine and batting cage system...a pitching mound...bats, balls and helmets...and an available strength and conditioning center.

    Also, Garrett Withiam, Assistant Director of Health and Fitness for YWCA Greenwich develops the workout protocols/progressions and runs the strength and conditioning portion of the baseball program. Garrett trains and coaches athletes from grade school to high school ranging from beginner level to college recruits.

    • Fall Games: September 7 - October 26, 2019
    • Spring Tryouts: March 15, 2020
    • Spring Games: April 4 - June 6, 2020

    For program information and registration, contact Kyle Wirtz at 203-869-6501, ext. 131 or email to k.wirtz@ywcagreenwich.org.

     
     

    Girls Strength

    No matter what sport you’re in, this program is designed to help female athletes maintain and gain strength leading up to their sports, while continuing to increase strength and body control during the off season.

    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Six-week program, 4:30-5:30 PM
    • Ages: girls 13 and older

    For program information and registration, contact Kyle Wirtz at 203-869-6501, ext. 131 or email to k.wirtz@ywcagreenwich.org.

     
     

    Acting & Improv

    Acting and improv each require empathy, imagination, listening skills, and confidence--all qualities that make people successful way beyond the stage and through the course of their whole lives. Students gain experience and knowledge that will enrich them in many unique ways. Benefits include:

    • Increased confidence
    • Improved public speaking skills
    • Enhanced acting abilities
    • Comfort in social settings
    • Refined brainstorming abilities
    • Improved listening and observation skills
    • Enhanced creative thinking abilities
    • Improved decision-making skills
    • Team development skills

    Instructor and choreographer Michelle Marceau, Director and Founder of The Greenwich Performing Arts Studio, received a BFA from Boston Conservatory in Dance and Drama and has performed throughout Europe and the United States.

    For program information and registration, contact Michelle Pennino at 203-869-6501, ext. 116 or email to m.pennino@ywcagreenwich.org.

     
     
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