Gaston County Family YMCA

South Gaston YMCA

The South Gaston 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:

3210 Union Road
Gastonia, NC 28056
Phone (704) 865-2193
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Monday – Thursday: 4:30am – 10:00pm
Friday: 4:30am – 8:30pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Childwatch Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 8:00am – 12:00pm, 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am – 12:00pm – 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Kid Zone Hours (5 – 9 years old):

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 4:30pm – 6:30pm


Fall Flag Football

Fall Flag Football

Ages: 5-14 (In 4 age divisions, 5-6, 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 – October 13th. This program does have a registration limit.  There is a $10 non-refundable late fee for all players registered after October 13th, if space is available.
Download the registration form.

Register Online Here!

Practice and Games: Practice begins the week of October 27th.  Teams will have 4 practices before games start, with one on their practice day (Monday or Tuesday), and one practice on Saturday for 2 weeks.  Games will follow with each team playing games on both their practice day and Saturday for the rest of the season starting the week of November 12th.  The final game of this 6-game season is scheduled for December 6th.  There will be no games on November 29th due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, and there will be no games on Monday/Tuesday, December 1st and 2nd due to the McAdenville Christmas Lights.  Games on Saturday, November 22nd will take place at the Central Family YMCA in Gastonia due to the ChristmasTown Bowl being held in McAdenville.

Where: All games and practices (with the exception of November 24th) will take place at the Pharr Family YMCA 208 Main Street McAdenville unless otherwise noted.

Coaches: We need volunteer coaches in every age group.  Please consider coaching this season by indicating so on your registration form or by contacting  Evan Rankin or Ben Oeser at the Pharr Family YMCA.  The coaches meeting will be held on Monday, October 20th at 7:00 pm at the Stowe Family YMCA.

Member – $52
Participant – $77
Includes a uniform top, end of season award, and a 6 game season.

Contact: Evan Rankin – Program Coordinator; Ben Oeser – Sports Director at the Pharr Family YMCA, 704.824.1131.

Lifeguard Certification


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 or 704.865.8551 with questions.

Toddler Classes


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.  


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.


$45 a month for Members

$55 a month for Program Participants

Contact Freddie Mibelli with questions at or call 704.822.9622.


Youth Swim Lessons

Ages: 6 years +

Youth Swim Lessons promote stroke development, personal water safety, water sports, rescue and personal growth are included. During all swim lessons, participants and instructors find opportunities to learn and demonstrate the YMCA core values, (Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith).

Session Days & Times:
Saturdays – 11:15 – 12:00pm, Tuesdays/Thursdays – 6:15-7:00pm

Download our Swim Lesson Registration Form for session information.

Fees per session: 

Members: $35

Program participants: $65

Parents Night Out

Ages: 3 years through 5th grade

Once a month the YMCA is THE PLACE for kids! Kids can enjoy an evening at the YMCA while keeping busy with actives such as swimming, baking, playing games, eating dinner, and being silly while their parents are out and about!

Children must be potty trained.

Information and Registration Form

Dates & Times: September 2014 – May 2015

Register online by clicking here.


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.

Parent & Child Swim Lessons

Ages: 6 – 36 months

Parent and Child Swim Lessons offer a positive and fun environment to foster the parent-child relationship through water exploration. You will meet other parents, expose your child to others their age and help teach your child basic water safety skills.  Children must wear swim diapers. Classes are taught by enthusiastic, caring instructors and emphasize making the child feel comfortable in the water. Class ratios are one instructor to twelve parent/child pairs.

Session Days & Times:
Saturdays - 10:00 – 10:30 am

Download our Swim Lesson Registration Form for session information.

Fees per session: 

Members: $35

Program participants: $65

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