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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Monday – Thursday: 5:30am – 9:30pm
Friday: 5:30am – 8:00pm
Saturday: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 1:30pm-5:00pm (Closed June-August)
Monday – Thursday: 8:00am – 1:00pm & 4:00pm – 7:30pm
Friday: 8:00am – 1:00pm & 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Racquetball Reservation Schedule here
Request access to reserve courts here (must have a gmail account, note ADD TO RAQUETBALL in subject line) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CURRENT & UPCOMING PROGRAMS
Spring Youth Soccer
Join the Gaston County Family YMCA for Spring Soccer 2015. Our recreational league is in our fourth 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.
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 March 9th. Late registration will result in a $10 late fee if space is available.
When and Where
Practice begins the week of March 23rd, and games will follow beginning April 13th. Practice takes place twice weekly on Monday or Tuesday, and Saturday for one hour. Starting April 13th, each day (Monday or Tuesday, and Saturday) will consist of half practice and half game. All practices and games will take place at the Pharr Family YMCA at 208 Main Street, McAdenville.
- Your Time Commitment is one weekday (Mon or Tue) and Saturday throughout the season.
- There will not be practices or games during Gaston County Schools’ Spring Break, from April 4 through April 11.
We need volunteer coaches in every age group. Please consider coaching a team this season by indicating your interest on your registration form, or contacting Ben Oeser.
- Coaches Only Meeting is on Tuesday, March 17th at 7:00 pm at the Stowe YMCA in Belmont.
All players will receive a uniform top and socks. Your child will need shin guards as they are not provided.
Contact- Ben Oeser – email@example.com, 704.824.1131.
Member – $52
Program-participant – $77
Downloadable Registration Form
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Jr. Lifeguarding Class
BUILD A FOUNDATION TO RESCUE
American Red Cross Jr. Lifeguarding Class
Central YMCA & Stowe Family YMCA
Jr Lifeguarding is designed to guide youth to become Lifeguards by building a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills needed for future Lifeguards. For youths 11-14 years old.
Classes are offered both at the Central YMCA in Gastonia and the Stowe Family YMCA in Belmont.
- Swim the front crawl for 25 yards continuously while breathing to the front or side.
- Swim the breaststroke for 25 yards using a pull, breath, kick and glide sequence.
- Tread water for 1 minute and show a level of comfort by floating on back for 30 seconds or back crawl 25 yards.
- Submerge and swim a distance of 10 feet underwater.
Saturdays Feb. 28th -June 6th from 1:00—3:00 pm
June 11 & 12 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Central YMCA or Stowe Family YMCA
Fees: Members: $65
Program Participants: $85
Candace Hyde firstname.lastname@example.org or 704.865.8551
Stowe Family YMCA
Jeff Pesesky email@example.com or 704.822.9622
Race Calendar and Results
Click on the links below for race results
February 14th – Hearts-a-Bustin 5K – Stowe Botanical Gardens – age group; overall
March 14th – The Green Run
March 21st – Rail to Trail 5K*
April 24th – Cherry Blossom 5K*
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the race in subject line. Include name, bib number, and approximate finish time.
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
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 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.
Spring Break Camp
Spring Break Camp
The YMCA offers full day care during extended school breaks at both the Central and Stowe YMCA locations which includes Spring Break. Full Day care will be provided for all registered at either a daily or multi-day rate.
Students registered for After School and/or Summer Camp at the YMCA are not automatically registered or charged for this program. Specific Registration is necessary.
Care is offered:
Care will not be provided:
- Friday, April 3 (Good Friday)
The camp day is from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm daily.
Check back for registration information.
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
Personal Training (Private)
Private personal training is 1 on 1 fitness training with a nationally certified YMCA personal trainer. The trainer trains the client using strength training, cardio training, and nutritional counseling and monitoring. Sessions are 1 hour in length and can be purchased in 1, 5, 10, 15 and session packages.
Dates & Times: Anytime the facility is open and is offered year around. Training times are based on client needs and trainer availability.
1 Session – $49
5 Sessions – $205
10 Sessions – $370
15 Sessions – $495
Personal Training (Small Group Classes)
A group personal training class is personal training in a small group setting. The session length is determined by the class specifics and what it dictates the length to be in order for the clients to achieve their goals. Classes are created based on specific branch need and want and trainer experience and availability.
Offered to YMCA members only and must have a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 10 in order to have the sessions.
Dates & Times: Anytime the facility is open and is offered year around. Training times are based on client needs and trainer availability. Classes are 4 to 8 weeks in length depending on specific class.
Sessions – $10 per session per client and must be paid in full prior to start of class sessions. For example, if the class meets 2x per week for 4 weeks the total cost to the member is $80 and this must be paid prior to the start of the 4 week program.
The Gaston Cup
Run with Purpose
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.
- Run for the Money 5K Saturday, April 18th at 8:00 am
- Cherry Blossom 5K Friday, April 24 at 6:00 pm
- Gastonia Grizzlies 5K Friday, July 17 at 6:00 pm
- Labor Day 5K Monday, September 7 at 8:00 am
- Spencer Mountain 5K/10 Mile Sat., Nov. 7 at 8:00 am
Team registration form – email back to email@example.com.
More information and rules
2014 Winners: American & Efird, The Cookson Company and Gaston Together
2013 Winners: Wix Affinia, The Cookson Company and Gaston Together
Lifeguard & Water Safety Instructor Certifications
Lifeguarding is an important lifesaving skill in every community. Complete a lifeguarding course available this at the Stowe 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.
3 Session Available: Feb. 16th-19th, March 12th-14th, April 6th-8th
Cost: Members – $180.00 Program Participants – $230.00
Water Safety Instructor Certification
Being safe in and around the water is an important skill to learn and share with others. This class will prepare participants to teach swim lessons to children and adults as well as other water safety courses. Possible employment opportunities upon completion.
Prerequisites — Swim various strokes for 25 yards, including butterfly, tread water for 1 minute. Participants must be 16 years old by the date of the last class
May 18th-May 23rd
WSI 2015 Spring
Contact Jeff Pesesky at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704.822.9622 or Candace Hyde at email@example.com or 704.865.8551 with questions.
Be Rescue Ready
American Red Cross Lifeguarding Class
Possible employment opportunities upon completion.
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 must be 15 years old by the date of the last class.
Spring 2015 Class dates:
Program Participants: $230
Candace Hyde firstname.lastname@example.org
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