Gaston County Family YMCA

Central Family YMCA

 

The Central Family YMCA is a non-profit organization committed to helping you live a balanced, healthy life in spirit, mind and body. We make a positive impact in the Gaston County community through encouraging wellness and family.

Address & Phone:

615 W. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC 28052
Phone: (704) 865-8551
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Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 5:30am – 9:30pm
Friday: 5:30am – 8:00pm
Saturday: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 1:30pm-5:00pm (Closed June-August)


Childwatch Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 8:00am – 1:00pm & 4:00pm – 7:30pm
Friday: 8:00am – 1:00pm & 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday: Closed

 

Racquetball Reservation Schedule here

Request access to reserve courts here (must have a gmail account, note ADD TO RAQUETBALL in subject line) or email steve@gastonymca.org

CURRENT & UPCOMING PROGRAMS


The Burn: Labor Day 5K & Y Race Series

The Burn: Labor Day 5K & Y Race Series

Join us for the 1st Annual YMCA Labor Day 5K!

Monday, September 1st @ 8:00am

Accept the challenge this Labor Day, September 1, by taking on the Tower Trail at Crowders Mountain State Park. This up and back race will begin at 8:00 am at the Linwood Road access and follow the winding gravel road just past the 1.5 trail marker. Space is limited.

Parking: Crowders Mountain State Park has reserved 44 parking spaces for carpooling runners.

Additional parking will be available at Karyae Park, 4227 Linwood Road (0.7 miles away) and shuttle service will be provided.

The race is the 4th event for the Gaston Cup and 3rd in the Y Race Series.

 

Click below for:

Course map and elevation

Crowders Mountain State Park Map

Registration:

Register online here or download the race brochure and registration form here and drop off at any Gaston YMCA or mail to 3210 Union Rd, Gastonia, NC 28056.

5K (INCLUDES  T-SHIRT) Fees:

» $25 through August 25th, $35 from August 26th-31st. There is no race day registration.

Other Details:

Awards will be given to the first overall male & female runners, and  five year increments for male and female runners.

 

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.

When and where is  early packet pickup?

Early packet pick up will be Saturday, August 30th  at Run Walk Belmont, 200 N. Main Street in Belmont,  from 10AM-3PM.  Day of race packet pick up will be at Crowders Mountain State Park Linwood Road access from 7:00 am until 7:45 am.

Can I walk the 5K?

The 5K is open to walkers and runners alike. We will not have an awards division for walkers.

Can I wear headphones, run with my pet or push a baby stroller?

Headphones are allowed, but please be aware and cautious of your surroundings. Pets and strollers are not permitted.

My family wants to volunteer. How can they?

Sign up on our online form coming soon. Volunteers will a receive t-shirt, snacks, and lots of love from the YMCA.

Where does my hard earned money go for this race?

Your fees support  the YMCA Annual Campaign. Through public support and contributions to the Gaston County Family YMCA and its branches, we are able to provide access to quality programs and services to everyone regardless of ability, gender, age, or socio-economic status. We thrive on serving as many people in the community as possible, but cannot do so without your help. Every day nearly 100 programs and services help shape our neighborhoods, but the call for assistance keeps growing.


Fall Youth Soccer

Fall Youth Soccer

Join the Gaston County Family YMCA for Fall Soccer 2014. Our recreational league is in our third season of a new curriculum with proven success, and backed by Belmont Abbey College Soccer Coaches!  This program allows children to progressively develop their skills with smaller team sizes, professional practice plans for coaches, and more opportunities for each child than ever before.  We focus on family involvement, team building, confidence, and developing our core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith.  Register online or download the form below.

Ages
Children ages 3 – 12 will play in the following leagues: Under 5, Under 7, Under 9, and Under 13 years old.  Registration is open until August 28th.  Late registration will result in a $10 late fee if space is available.

When and Where
Practice begins the week of September 8th, and games will follow beginning August 15th. Practice takes place twice weekly on Monday or Tuesday and Saturday for one hour.  After the first week of practice, all weekday practices will include half practice and half game, and all Saturday practices will include half practice and half game.  All games will take place at the Pharr Family YMCA at 208 Main Street, McAdenville.

Coaches
We need volunteer coaches in every age group.  Please consider coaching a team this season by indicating your interest on your registration form.
  • Coaches Only Meeting is on Tuesday, September 2nd at 7:00 pm at the Pharr YMCA in McAdenville.
Uniform Provided
All players will receive a uniform top and socks.  Your child will need shin guards as they are not provided.

Register online!

Contact- Ben Oeser – boeser@gastonymca.org, 704.824.1131.

Member – $52

Program-participant - $77

Downloadable Registration Form

Flyer to share!


Lifeguard Certification

Lifeguarding

Lifeguarding is an important lifesaving skill in every community. Complete a lifeguarding course available this at the Central YMCA with possible employment opportunities upon completion. The participant will receive life guarding, first aid, CPR for the professional rescuer, and Automated External Defibrillator.

Prerequisites — Mandatory swim test includes—300 yard swim (front crawl and breast stroke), jump in and swim 20 yards to retrieve and return a 10 lbs. brick, tread water with feet only for 2 minutes. Attendance mandatory at all session dates and 15 years  old by the date of the last class.

Session: August 8, 9, 10

8th & 9th –  4:00 – 9:00 p.m.

10th – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Cost: Members – $180.00  Program Participants – $230.00

Register online or print the form.

Contact Candace Hyde at chyde@gastonymca.org or 704.865.8551 with questions.


Race Results

Click on the links below for race results

Y-Races Series Update (Race 2 of 5): Males

Y-Race Series Update (Race 2 of 5): Females

 

2014

July 18th – Grizzlies 5K; Age group awards

May 24th – Belmont Classic 5K; Age group awards

May 17th – CaroMont Community Challenge 5K; Age group awards; Let Me Run 5K

May 10th – Girls on the Run 5K; Age group awards

May 3rd – Mount Holly Springfest 5K; Age group awards

April 25th – Cherry Blossom 5K; Age group awards

 

2013

December 7th – Girls on the Run Belmont 5K: Age group awards

November 30th – ChristmasTown 5K; Age group awards

November 9th – Spencer Mountain 10Mile; 5K;  Age group awards – both races

October 5th – St. Michaels Fun Fair 5K; 1 Mile Cub Trot

July 26th – Grizzlies 5k.  Photos of race night here.

May 25th – Belmont Classic 5k

May 4th – Girls on the Run Spring Race

April 26th – Cherry Blossom 5K


Summer Gymnastics Classes

Summer Gymnastics Class Schedules (June, July, and August)

Ages:
Kindergym for ages 3 & 4.
JuniorGym for ages 5, 6, & 7
SeniorGym for ages 8-11.

YMCA Gymnastics is a class for boys and girls with age appropriate skills in tumbling, floor exercises, bars, vault, and beams! Rolls, handstands, cartwheels, and other fundamental floor exercises are taught all in a fun and non-competitive atmosphere.

All class are held at the Pharr YMCA.

Registration: Open
Please register your child and they will be placed in a class that suits their skills.  Preferences do not gurantee class days and times.

Days & Times:
Classes are on Mondays and Thursdays and run from 3:oo pm through 6:45 pm. Each class is 45 minutes long.

KinderGym: Mondays at 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm.  Thursdays at 3:00 pm.

JuniorGym: Mondays at 3:00 pm, 3:45 pm, 4:00 pm, and 6:00 pm.  Thursdays at 3:00 pm, 3:45 pm, and 4:30 pm

SeniorGymMondays at 4:30 pm.  Thursdays at 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm

Intermediate/Advanced ClassMondays at 5:15 pm, and Thursdays at 5:15 pm.

Class fees: Non-refundable registration fee $20.00 per student

Members – $40.00/month
Program Participants – $50.00/month

CLICK HERE for printable registration form.

Contact Ben Oeser at boeser@gastonymca.org or (704) 824-1131.


Summer Camp Chi-Rho

Say Hello to Summer!

Camping, like many Y programs, is about learning skills, developing character and making friends. But few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities.

The Gaston County Family YMCA offers five camp locations throughout the county during the 10-week summer following the Gaston County Schools calendar.

2014 Camp Brochure

2014 Camp Parent Handbook

Registration forms are available here.

Camp Dates 

Week 1 – June 16 – 20 Week 7 – July 28 – August 1
Week 2– June 23 – 27 Week 8– August 4 – 8
Week 3– June 30 – July 4* Week 9 – August 11 – 15
Week 4– July 7 – 11 Week 10– August 18 – 22
Week 5– July 14 – 18  
Week 6- July 21 – 25 * No camp Friday, July 4th

Financial Assistance is limited. Early registration is highly recommended.

 

 



Toddler Classes

Toddlers

Experienced Staff

Learning Opportunities

The Stowe Family YMCA is now offering 3 special classes just for our Toddlers! Join us for one or more of these excellent monthly sessions.  Join us for an OPEN HOUSE on March 24, 26, and/or 28th for a free look at the classes.  

What/When: 

Art Classes – Little Picassos on Monday, Wednesday 8:55 – 9:55 am

Literacy Classes – Literary EDventures on Monday, Wednesday 10:00 – 11:00 am

Sports + Swim Classes – Rookie Sports and Swim on Friday 9:00 – 11:00 am

All classes are intentionally structured with the goal of fostering a passion for learning, discovering new skills, and building confidence through interaction.

Cost:

$45 a month for Members

$55 a month for Program Participants

Contact Freddie Mibelli with questions at freddie@gastonymca.org or call 704.822.9622.

 


The Gaston Cup

Run with Purpose

runners

The 2nd Annual Gaston Cup  focuses on corporate health and wellness. The Gaston Cup Series provides businesses with a long-term initiative that helps establish healthy lifestyle changes for their employees.

Micro, Small , Medium and Large businesses complete in a series of run/walk races throughout the year. The business with the highest employee participation percentage will win their category Gaston Cup for that year.

RESULTS

Race series

Download:

Team registration form - email back to steve@gastonymca.org.

Team flyer

More information and rules

2013 Winners:  Wix Affinia, The Cookson Company and Gaston Together


Summer Camp

Say Hello to Summer!

Camping, like many Y programs, is about learning skills, developing character and making friends. But few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities.

The Gaston County Family YMCA offers five camp locations throughout the county during the 10-week summer following the Gaston County Schools calendar.

2014 Camp Brochure

2014 Camp Parent Handbook

Registration forms are available here.

Camp Dates 

Week 1 – June 16 – 20 Week 7 – July 28 – August 1
Week 2– June 23 – 27 Week 8– August 4 – 8
Week 3– June 30 – July 4* Week 9 – August 11 – 15
Week 4– July 7 – 11 Week 10– August 18 – 22
Week 5– July 14 – 18  
Week 6- July 21 – 25 * No camp Friday, July 4th

Financial Assistance is limited. Early registration is highly recommended.

 

 



Afterschool Enrichment

Ensuring A Brighter Future

The YMCA provides a quality, Christian-oriented experience that is safe, fun, and convenient. Y After School operates throughout Gaston County providing enrichment from school dismissal until 6:00 pm daily. During this time we aim to shape character by modeling, teaching, and reinforcing positive values to all students. The YMCA believes in the character development traits of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, and Faith. The YMCA offers two on-site After School locations and fifteen off-site locations throughout the county.

To find your school and Afterschool location, please visit our Afterschool page.


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