Hopefully, the worst of the winter weather is now behind us.

Many thanks for your patience during the facility closings, program and class cancellations and snow covered parking lots due to the severe weather.

We weren’t alone, and it was beyond our control, but I know it is frustrating for everyone when a community-service organization such as the Y can’t be available to serve our community. Regardless, the bad weather is out of here, and this is what you can find at your YMCA this spring and summer.

Pickle Ball is coming to the Telford YMCA

Since its origin in 1965, participation in Pickle Ball has grown to more than 400,000 participants in the U.S. and Canada.

Combining the elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong, Pickle Ball can be played indoors or outside on a court about the same size as a doubles badminton court with a modified net.

Using wooden paddles and a plastic ball, the game is played by kids and teenagers in physical education classes. The game is particularly appealing to seniors for the social aspects as well as enjoyable physical activity.

Tennis, racquetball and ping pong players are attracted to the game due to its similarity to those games and its competitive nature. The Telford Y will be offering a free Pickle Ball clinic today, March 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. Indoor courts will be set up in the gymnasium and instruction will be provided.

Regular Tuesday and Thursday morning play dates will be established based on interest shown by members and the community. Just show up at the Y today to learn more about this growing game.

Piranhas Swim Team

The YMCA Piranhas Swim Team will conduct tryouts for the summer swim season April 7-8 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Telford Aquatics Center. Practice for the summer swim season will begin April 13.

The registration dates are an excellent opportunity to meet our coaches and learn more about this fun and competitive you program. You can call the YMCA at 623-9356 for more details.

And more aquatics

Have your child learn more about aquatic safety before the summer swim season gets started.

Learning to swim is a great piece of mind for parents and allows the child to enjoy the water more. The Y offers year around group and private lessons. Call the member services desk at 623-9356 for information on sessions and pricing.

If you can swim and are at least 16 years of age, the YMCA will be offering life-guarding courses in the coming weeks. Life guarding is an important skill that allows those completing the class to become employed at the many pools in the area. Contact our aquatics staff at 623-9356 learn more about this opportunity.

Spring break day camp at the YMCA

What is your child doing for spring break? The YMCA is providing spring break camp at Kit Carson Elementary from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day during the Madison County Schools spring break holiday. Breakfast, lunch and healthy snack are providing each day in addition to physical activity, arts and crafts, character education and out of school learning time.

Weekly and daily options are available. Registration is ongoing. Contact Chelsea Whitson at 623-9356 for questions and more details.

Registration is also underway for the Telford YMCA’s Sports, Fitness and Arts Camp which will take place 8 a.m. to noon at the YMCA during the spring break holiday. Designed for boys and girls ages 6 to 12, the camp activities will focus on fitness, fun, sports, with a little of the arts as well. Contact the membership services desk, 623-9356, for details.

A little later on, as soon as school is dismissed, Summer Day Camp gets underway. Signups are now being taken at the YMCA. Based at Glenn Marshall Elementary School, YMCA Summer Day Camp will be held each day of the summer break from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Weekly themes, arts and crafts, sports, aquatics, field trips as well as academic programming to minimize summer learning loss will be offered. Call Chelsea Whitson at 623-9356 for more details.

And still more ...

Registration for the YMCA’s Summer Youth Basketball League gets underway April 13. This is a coed program for second- to eighth-grade boys and girls. League play gets underway in late May and concludes by mid July. For more details, contact YMCA youth basketball coordinator Mike Crafton at 623-9356.

Fitness at the Y ...

Looking for an early morning workout? Try the Y’s Tuesday and Thursday 5 a.m. Rise N Shine Boot Camp. A great way to get the day started!

This Boot Camp is but one of about 60 land and water group exercises offer by the Telford YMCA. There is a class to meet the needs of all ages and abilities, including kids.

Stop by the Y for a schedule and a tour or check out our website and smartphone app to learn more about the programs and activities offered at your YMCA.

The Y. We’re more than a gym. We’re a cause!

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