Youth Sports Programs

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X-Factor Training Camp for Children
(Ages 7-14) 
Improve physical health and well being in an all inclusive, non-competitive camp. Utilize speed, quickness and agility drills to get active and improve performance.  Non-competitive games and training exercises create a dynamic workout. Instructed by personal trainers with experience working with youth. 

Fitness for Kids
X-Factor Winter            412202-MA
X-Factor Spring            412202-SX

Fee:              $79/person
Meets:          Tuesday & Thursday 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Winter:          February 26-March 28 
                     (No Class 3/14, 3/21)
Spring:          April 23-May 21 
                     (No Class 4/25)
Location:       Buttonball Gym
Instructor:     Coach Kavin Banks, Jr.

Backyard Games 
(Grades K-3) 
Play all your favorite backyard games like capture the flag, sharks & minnows, freeze tag, basketball, soccer, flag football and others. A wonderful way to have fun and stay active during the winter months.  

Fitness for Kids
Backyard Games            412202-BG

Fee:              $50
Meets:          Thursdays, 4:45-5:45 p.m.
Date:            January 17-February 14
Location:      Buttonball School Gym
Instructor:     Kavin Banks, Jr.

(Boys and Girls Ages 6-12) 
Hey Kids! Don’t hang around the house, come have a blast at Zumbatomic® fitness program.  This class is a fusion of Zumba moves such as the salsa, merengue, cumbia, cha-cha and more.  This is a high octane workout designed for kids ages 6-12 that’s safe and effective. Zumbatomic is a great way to get kids active and improve their health.

Fitness for Kids
Zumba Kids-Winter          412202-ZK
Zumba Kids-Spring          412202-ZS

Fee:                $50
Meets:            Mondays, 4:45-5:45 p.m.
Winter:           January 28-March 11 (No Class 2/18)
Spring:           April 1-May 13 (No Class 4/15)
Location:        Academy Multi-Purpose Room
Instructor:      Eliza’s Energy Source

Skyhawks Volleyball Clinic
(Boys & Girls Grades 6-8) 
All aspects of the game will be taught through drills and exercises that focus on passing, setting, hitting, defense, offense and serving. Learn not only the core volleyball skills but also teamwork and sportsmanship.  Skyhawks’ staff will assist each athlete in developing fundamental skills of the game through game-speed drills and scrimmages aimed at developing the whole player. Players will be grouped by age and ability.

Skyhawks Sports Programs
Spring Volleyball            304109-VB

Fee:          $99
Meets:       Tuesdays 5:15-7:15 p.m.
Dates:        April 2-May 14 (No Class 4/16)
Location:    Smith Middle School Auxiliary Gym

Youth Jukido
(Ages 6 & up by start of session)
Discover authentic martial arts. Jukido is based on centuries old Japanese Jujitsu and is a fun and safe way to learn to defend yourself. Parents who wish to participate with their child may also register.

Jukido Winter
Jukido Winter 6:15             312105-01
Jukido Spring
Jukido Spring 6:15             412105-01

Fee:              $46/Person
Meets:          Monday 6:15-7:15
Location:      Gideon Welles Aux. Gym
Winter:          8 Weeks December 3-February 25
Spring:          8 Weeks April 1-June 3
Instructor:      Rich Webster


Girls in Stride Running 
(Girls Grades K-8) 
Imagine the thrill your daughter will feel as she crosses the finish line in her first race. This dynamite training program will prepare your daughter for the Celebrate West Hartford 5K on June 2nd. Focus will be on using games and drills that make running fun, while also improving athletic performance for those who play other sports. Help your daughter gain confidence, build self-esteem, and lead her to a path of health and fitness. This non-competitive training program is offered for all levels of runners. As part of the program, the girls will be exposed to goal setting, journaling of training, nutrition, and mental preparation. Fee includes a t-shirt and training journal. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held in the Academy Building.  Race registration is not included in the program fee. Elementary and Middle school ages will be divided into groups with separate coaches.
Running Programs       
Spring GIS (K-5)        203105-GS
Spring GIS (6-8)        203105-MS
Fee:                 $79/Person (Does not Include Race Registration Fee)
Meets:             Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Location:          Riverfront Park Gazebo
Dates:              April 10-May 29 (No Program 4/17)

MPower Boys Running 
(Boys Ages 6-14) 
Finishing a 5K is an impressive achievement at any age. Imagine the sense of accomplishment and pride your son will feel when he crosses the finish line of the Celebrate West Hartford 5K on June 2nd! MPower Boys Running will prepare him to do just that. Modeled after popular Couch-to-5K plans, MPower’s training program is designed for all levels of runners: from very beginners to experienced racers. We will concentrate on proper form and pacing while we build endurance over the weeks through a combination of running drills, games and core strength exercises. For more information, please visit: Program fee includes a t-shirt (please indicate your son’s t-shirt size when registering). Race registration is not included in the program fee. In the case of rain, the program will take place at the Academy Cafeteria. 
Running Programs       
Spring MPower                  203105-PS

Fee:                $79/Person (Does not Include Race Registration Fee)
Meets:            Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 p.m. 
Location:        Riverfront Park Gazebo
Dates:            April 9-May 28 (No Program 4/16)

Spring Children’s Tennis
(Ages 7-17)
Lessons are broken into groups allowing instructors to provide emphasis on specific skills. Must provide your own racquet. Level 1 for those with little or no tennis experience. Level 2 for those who hold a racquet properly, understand the basics of forehand and backhand and hit at least 3 times from the center service line. Level 3 for those who understand the basics of rallying, hit forehand and backhand at least 3 times from the baseline with both, perform the basics of a serve and know how to keep score. Level 4 for those who consistently rally forehand and backhand 4-6 times from the baseline, serve, hit overhead and approach shots, and understand rules and tennis etiquette. 

Spring Child Tennis Lessons
Level                  9:00 a.m.             10:00 a.m.
Level 1, 2, 3                                   423281-AA
Level 2, 3, 4       423281-BB
Students will be divided according to skill. 

Fee:                $27/Session
Meets:            Saturday 9:00-9:55 a.m.;10:00-10:55 a.m.
Location:        GHS Tennis Courts
Dates:             April 27-June 1 (No Class 5/25)

QuickStart Red Ball Tennis 
(Ages 5-7)
This program is geared to help younger children learn the game of tennis. Low compression balls are used to help the younger children lean to play. Bring a junior racquet and water bottle. 

Spring Child Tennis Lessons  
Quick Start                 423281-QS

Fee:              $27/Session
Meets:          Saturday 8:00-8:55 a.m. 
Location:       GHS Tennis Courts
Dates:           April 27-June 1 (No Class 5/25)

Youth Open Gym
(Youth 18 and under)
Activities include pick up basketball. Children under grade 6 must be accompanied by an adult. Students must bring their school ID. 

Fee:                FREE
Meets:            Wednesday 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Saturday 2:00-6:00 p.m.; Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Location:        Wednesday at Smith Middle School Gym; Saturday and Sunday at Glastonbury High School Gym
Dates:             Wednesday ends June 5 Weekends end April 28

Locker Room Open House
Don’t let the added cost of equipment stop you from playing the game! Hartwell Soccer in conjunction with Parks and Recreation and Social Services has put together a sports equipment recycling program. Gently used equipment is being made available FREE OF CHARGE to players who need assistance with getting the right equipment to play sports. Please join us on Friday, March 15th from 3:00-6:00 p.m. or Saturday, March 16th from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. for an open house event!  The Locker Room currently has soccer, baseball and basketball items available as well as some miscellaneous sports equipment.  If you cannot make this event or for more information please contact the Academy Teen Center at (860)652- 7838 or e-mail at 
Donations are also currently being accepted for all sports. Equipment can be brought to the Academy Teen Center on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays between 3:00-6:30 p.m. Donation bins are also available for your convenience during off hours.