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


Summer Flag Football

Summer Flag Football

Ages: 7-14 (In 3 age divisions, 7-8, 9-11,  and Middle School 12-14)

Youth Flag Football is a great sports opportunity to play football in a contact free league.  Players will learn football fundamentals and game concepts in a fun, safe environtment where they can learn how to work together and succeed together.  Register today for this co-ed, recreational league.

Registration: Now – May 4th. This program does have a registration limit.  There is a $10 non-refundable late fee for all players registered after May 4th, if space is available.
Download the registration form.

Register Online Here!

Practice and Games: Practice begins the week of May 18th.  Teams will have 4 practices before games start, with practices on Mondays and Saturdays for 2 weeks.  Games will follow with each team playing games on both Monday and Saturday for the rest of the season starting the week of June 1st.  The final game of this 8-game season is scheduled for Saturday, June 27th.

Where: All games and practices will take place at the Pharr Family YMCA 208 Main Street McAdenville.

Coaches: We need volunteer coaches in every age group.  Please consider coaching this season by indicating so on your registration form and by contacting Ben Oeser at the Pharr Family YMCA.  The coaches meeting will be held on Monday, May 11th, at 7:00 pm at the Pharr Family YMCA.

Cost:
Member – $52
Participant – $77
Includes a uniform top, end of season award, and an 8-game season.

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


April is No Joining Fee Month

April is here!  Join the Y and save $50 today! Join online or stop by any Gaston County Family YMCA to take advantage of this great offer.

How do I join online today?

 


Tee Ball and Coach-Pitch Baseball

Tee Ball and Coach-Pitch Baseball

Ages: 3-4 year old Tee Ball, and 5-6 year old Coach-Pitch Baseball

Join the Gaston County Family YMCA for Tee Ball and Coach-Pitch Baseball. Our recreational league teaches fundamentals while learning to appreciate the sport of baseball, and refining physical skills!  We focus on family involvement, team building, confidence, and developing our core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and faith with all of our 3-6 year olds.

Early Registration: Now – May 4th.  This program does have a registration limit.  Download the registration form, or register online by clicking here.

Late Registration: There is a $10 non-refundable late fee for all players registered after May 4th, if space is available.

Season: May 19th – June 25th, Tuesday & Thursday evenings

Practice: There will be four practices before the games begins: May 19th, 21st, 26th, and 28th.

Games: Each team will play 8 games which will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting on Tuesday June 2nd and ending on Thursday, June 25th.

Cost:
Member – $52
Participant – $77
Includes end-of-season award, uniform top, team hat, and a 6 week season, including 8 games.


National Day of Prayer Breakfast

National Day of Prayer Breakfast

Thursday, May 7th

On May 7th, the Gaston County Family YMCA will celebrate its Annual Community Prayer Breakfast with an inspirational morning of fellowship, music and prayer at First Presbyterian Church of Belmont.

At the Y, we believe that faith in the power of prayer is at the heart of our community. Whether you’ve never turned to prayer or you pray daily, we welcome you to join your community in prayer. At the breakfast, we will lift up the prayers of our community.

Doors open for breakfast at 7:00 AM and the program will begin at 8:00 AM. Find location information here.

Breakfast is $10.00 per person or $75.00 for a table of eight. To reserve a seat or host a table, register below.

Register online using this link.

If you have questions, please email Molly D’Avria at mdavria@gastonymca.org or call 704.865.8551.


The Burn: Labor Day 5K & Y Race Series

The Burn: Labor Day 5K & Y Race Series

Join us for the 2nd Annual YMCA Labor Day 5K aka TheBurn!

Monday, September 7th@ 8:00am

Accept the challenge this Labor Day, September 7th, 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: All parking will be available at Karyae Park, 4227 Linwood Road (0.7 miles away) and shuttle service will be provided.

 

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 31st, $35 from September 6th. 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, September 5th  at Walk & Run 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.


Gastonia Grizzlies 5K & Y Race Series

Gastonia Grizzlies 5K & Y Race Series

Join us for the 3rd Annual Grizzlies 5K!

Friday, July 17th @ 6:00pm

Kick off the Gastonia Grizzlies Midnight Madness double header  baseball game & fireworks with the third annual Grizzlies 5k. Runners start in the outfield of Sims Park, wind through the North Gastonia Greenway, and finish at home plate. All runners will receive a game ticket, t-shirt, and all the entertainment that evening.

Course map here Note: The race starts in right field and ends with a 1/4 mile run around the inside of the baseball field.

Registration:

Register online until July 10th or download the form here and drop off at any Gaston YMCA or mail to 615 W Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28052.

5K (INCLUDES  T-SHIRT and GAME TICKET) Fees:

» $25 through July 11th, $35 after July 11th, if space available. Limited to 500 participants.

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 Thursday, July 16th  at Walk & Run Belmont, 200 N. Main Street in Belmont,  from 1-6PM. Day of packet pick up will be at Sims Park from 3-5:30PM.

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. We try to lessen as much traffic as possible, but realize we cannot close off traffic 100 percent. Strollers are allowed, pets are not.

My family wants to volunteer. How can they?

Sign up on our online form here. 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.


Spencer Mountain 10 Mile & 5K

Spencer Mountain 10 Mile & 5K

Participate in the Spencer Mountain 10 Mile & 5K this year! Proceeds benefit LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.

Saturday, November 7th. Both races begin at @ 8:00 a.m. at Warlick School, 1316 Spencer Mtn. Road, Gastonia, NC 28054. Some GPS devices may note this as Ranlo, NC.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a twelve-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. This program fulfills the important need of supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life or their “new normal”. The program is conducted outside of medical facilities to emphasize that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is about health, not disease.

Registration:

Register online here, call 704.865.8551, or download a form here.

10-Mile Fee:
» $30 until October 31st, $40 after November 1st

5K Fee:
» $25 until October 31st, $35 after November 1st 

Other Details:

Awards given in five year increments for male and female runners.

10 Mile Course Map; interactive features here

5K Course Map & Elevation Chart

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.

How do I register online for the Spencer Mountain 10 Mile or 5K?

Will there be an early packet pickup?

Yes, early packet pick up will be Friday, November 6th at the Walk & Run Belmont, 200 Main Street in Belmont  from 10AM -6PM.

Can I walk the 10 Mile or 5K?

The 5K is open to walkers and runners alike. However, the 10 Mile course is limited to 2 1/2 hours so we can fully open up the roads to traffic.

Where should I park?

Please park at the field North of Warlick School. The church across the street does not like us parking there.

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. We try to lessen as much traffic as possible, but realize we cannot close off ten miles in five towns 100 percent. Pets are not allowed for the safety of all runners. Strollers are allowed for the 5K (good luck).

How many water stops are there?

There are two water stops for the 5k and five water stops for the 10 Mile. Please stay hydrated.

What awards can I expect for my fantastic performance?

Medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd per gender and in increments of five year age groups will be awarded. In addition, all 10 mile finishers will get a medal for completion.

Where can I find information on course layout and elevation?

Updated information can be found through mapmyrun.com by visiting  Map My Run

My family wants to volunteer. How can they?

Please have them contact Steve D’Avria at sdavria@gastonymca.org or add their information here. Volunteers will a receive t-shirt, snacks, and lots of love from the YMCA.

Who made this all possible?

We had some incredible sponsors to make this race possible. They include Walk & Run Belmont, Precision Machine Company, Woodmen of the World, Lowes Foods, the Community Foundation of Gaston County, and Carolina Orthopedic Specialists.

Where does my hard earned money go for this race?

Your fees support the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. Click here for more details.

More questions? Feel free to contact Race Director Susan Blanton at sblanton@gastonymca.org  or (704) 865-2193.

 

2014 Race Results 

Click Here


Race Calendar and Results

Click on the links below for race results

2015

Races Series Update (Race 1 of 12): Males

Race Series Update (Race 1 of 12): Females

 

February 14th – Hearts-a-Bustin 5K – Stowe Botanical Gardens – age group; overall

March 14th – The Green Run – age group; overall

March 21st – Rail to Trail 5K* – age group; overall

April 17th – Cherry Blossom 5K* – age group; overall

May 2nd – Mt. Holly Springfest 5K*

May 9th – Girls on the Run Spring Race 5K*

May 23rd – Belmont Police 5K*

July 17th – Gastonia Grizzlies 5K*

September 7th – The Burn Labor Day 5K*

October 3rd – St. Michael’s Fun Fair 5K

October 3rd – First Baptist Belmont 5K

October 10th – On the Run Cramerton 5K*

October 31st – Holy Angels 4 Miler*

November 7th - Spencer Mountain 5K and 10 Mile*

November 28th – ChristmasTown 5K*

December 5th – Girls on the Run Fall 5K*

*part of the Gaston Race Series

 

 

2014

Y-Race Series 2014 – Final

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

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

 

December 6th – Girls on the Run Fall 5K; Age group awards

November 29th – ChristmasTown 5K; Age group awards

November 8th – Spencer Mountain 10 Mile & 5K; Age group awards 10 Mile & 5K

November 1st – Holy Angels Costume Dash 4 Mile, Age group awards

October 25th – Dannie Benjamin Missions Fund 5K; Age group awards

October 11th – On the Run 5K; Age group awards

October 4th – St. Michaels Fun Fair 5K and 1 Mile Cub Trot

TAG for Kids (Triathlon Around Gaston): Age group results

September 1st – The Burn (Labor Day 5K); Age group awards

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

*send any result issue to steve@gastonymca.org with the race in subject line. Include name, bib number, and approximate finish time. 

 

 

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 Camp

BEST SUMMER EVER!

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 four camp locations throughout the county during the 10-week summer following the Gaston County Schools calendar.

2015 Summer Program Guide

2015 Camp Dates 

Week 1 – June 15 – 19 Week 7 – July 27 – 31
Week 2– June 22 – 26 Week 8– August 3 – 7
Week 3– June 29 – July 3 Week 9 – August 10 – 14
Week 4– July 6 – 10 Week 10– August 17 – 21
Week 5– July 13 – 17  
Week 6- July 20 – 24  

Financial Assistance is limited. Early registration is highly recommended.

Click here for more information and registration forms.

 

 



Group Swim Lessons

Group Swim Lessons

Ages: 3 years +

American Red Cross Progressive Swim Lessons offers water safety and foundational swimming concepts in a safe and fun environment for preschoolers. Simple lifesaving skills, basic water safety, and stroke development is offered for children 6 years +. During all swim lessons, participants and instructors find opportunities to learn and demonstrate the YMCA core values, (Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith).

Preschool Session Days & Times:
Tuesday & Thursday 5:00-5:30/6:00-6:30 pm
Saturdays  10:00-10:30 am/11:00-11:30 am

Youth Session Days & Times:
Tuesday & Thursday 5:30-6:00/6:30-7:00 pm
Saturdays 10:30-11:00 am/11:30-12:00 pm

Central Swim Lesson Registration Form 2015

Fees per session: 

Tuesday and Thursday: Members: $40   Program participants: $80

Saturday:  Members: $20   Program participants: $40


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