Our Youth sports programs run throughout the year. Please check our current program guide for additional details about offerings.
Hello Sports Participants and families,
Back in March 2020, the Governor of PA closed schools across the state, We at the Pocono Family YMCA Sports followed suit and postponed our sports programs; Basketball, Soccer, Flag Football, Karate, and Tennis. As we safely reopen amenities, we will be restarting our youth programing, safely.
Thank you for partnering with us to provide the healthiest environment possible for our children to thrive. We appreciate you choosing the Y, and are here to support you and answer questions as needed. The Pocono Family YMCA is deeply committed to the health and wellness of all. We will continue to monitor the situation, communicate openly, and support you and your family by providing safe and nurturing places for everyone we serve. We are stronger together, and together we will get through this.
Thank you for your continued understanding and patience at this time.
Pocono Family YMCA
Skills & Drills Basketball Program will start their 4 sessions at the beginning of each month. This is for anyone child between the age of 5-12 who is looking to learn the game of basketball, work on individual skills, work through drills with these newly learned skills and more. This is a program meeting weekly 1x per week. Fee is $28 for Members/ $ 36 for Non-Members.
En-Garde! Our 8-week fencing class will work on basic footwork and the rules of the sport over 8 classes. The cost will include the proper protective equipment needed for your child. Children will also learn about our YMCA core values: Honesty, Caring, Responsibility, and Respect.
**Price of program includes equipment rental EXCEPT FOR chest and groin protection which must be purchased by the participant. **
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Ages and Times:
Beginners – 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm (both Tuesday and Thursday)
Intermediate – 5:00pm – 5:45pm (both Tuesday and Thursday)
**Private Lessons are also available upon request**
Frequently Ask Questions for Fencing
Will my child have to wear a mask?
Yes. Instructor and all participants will be required to wear CDC and United States Fencing Association
recommended face masks prior to entering the building and also at all times while inside the YMCA. Only while drinking water may masks be temporarily removed. Masks should cover mouth and nose area while not loose fitting to avoid falling off while donning a fencing mask over top.
Is there anything that I will need to buy?
Yes. All athletes will need to purchase a plastron/underarm protector. Females will need a plastic chest protector.
Males are encouraged to also purchase a chest protector and a male cup. These items are to provide addition protection above YMCA provided equipment. These items can be kept in the YMCA provided fencing bag stored on site if you would prefer not to transport to and from YMCA on practice days. The following online vendors have these items for purchase. Please have them for week three of session to be allowed to start bladework. www.amazon.com, www.blue-gauntlet.com,
Will equipment be shared between athletes and how will it be cleaned?
No. We have enough equipment; masks, gloves, jackets, and foils that each participant will be assigned their own
sets for the duration of the eight week session. Each piece will be labeled with the fencer’s name and kept in a fencing
bag also marked per athlete to be used solely by that individual. At the end of each class, all equipment will be sprayed
with a disinfectant prior to storage in fencing bag. Jackets and gloves will be washed on a weekly basis.
How will social distancing be maintained?
Fencing is actually a sport that specifically teaches keeping distance from your opponent. The customary handshake at the end of a bout has been eliminated. Body to body contact is a penalty in fencing. Youth blades are 32 inches and teen/adult blades are 43 inches. Fencer’s arm length also should be included in distance from opponent. Everyone should be three feet from others while actively using foils and six at all other times. We will be creating lanes on our gym floor and assigning fencers their own area to practice footwork. Two fencers will be in a lane while working on bladework and bouting with an empty lane between each pair of fencers. Again, face masks are to be worn at all times
even under the fencing masks. Class size will be limited to eight participants with temperature checks upon arrival.
What do I need to bring/wear?
Comfortable shorts/pants and closed toe athletic shoes. I personally like wearing baseball/softball pants which
has a slightly thicker material while still allowing for full range of motion. Any medium thickness legwear that allows for
ease of movement is acceptable. Please arrive already in your workout clothes as the YMCA locker rooms are not currently
in use. A single stall restroom is available for bathroom needs. A water bottle is also needed. Your athlete will be running
back and forth clothed in multiple layers of protective gear. Water fountains are the YMCA are disconnected at this time
in accordance with CDC guidelines.
Will parents be able to stay and watch?
No and yes. United States Fencing Association is recommending no spectators to practices at this time. Being in
the gym while we are fencing is a safety concern due to not wearing protective clothing while participants are using
weapons. Keeping numbers to a minimum will also help mitigate COVID-19 transmission concerns. However, we recognize
that our younger fencers may not be comfortable not having a parent nearby. Therefore, we will have limited seating.
Another option would be to enroll in fencing with your child. We have had entire families learn to fence together.
For more information contact the Y at 570-421-2525 ext 137
*Due to COVID-19 our Karate program has been placed on hold as per CDC guidelines. Please check back for updates soon.
Building confidence, improved concentration, physical fitness, and a work ethic are a few of the things you can expect from this program. This class features traditional Japanese Koei-Kan Karate-Do techniques such as basic blocks, kicks, strikes, and punches.
Saturdays Ages 5 & up
8 Week Session Fees:
*Certification & Adult Sports
Karate (only on Saturday’s – No Monday’s)
*Due to COVID 19 our youth soccer program has been placed on hold as per CDC guidelines. Please check back for updates soon.
Kick-off the season with our 8-week soccer session. Sportsmanship, character development, and soccer fundamentals are the motivation for this program. Our YMCA core values: Honesty, Caring, Responsibility, and Respect will be taught and implemented. Encouraging physical activity and fun while assisting youth in building new skills will be a fun opportunity for all!
Ages and Times:
4-6 – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
7-9 – 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
10-12- 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
For more information contact the Y at 570-421-2525 ext. 139