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Basketball league signups underway

Signup for YMCA Youth Basketball, for grades K–5, began Dec. 3. The season will kick off Jan. 12, with a preseason clinic at the Austin High School Ove Berven Gym with Coach Peterson, Coach Fadness and the AHS players.

Preseason clinic times are as follows: Girls grades 2-5 will be 8:30-9:45 a.m.; boys grades 2-5 from 9:45-11 a.m.; boys and girls grades K-1 at 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Regular play time will start the week of Jan. 15. Grades 2-5 will be Tuesday and Thursdays and grades K-1 on Saturday mornings. Youth basketball costs $36 for members and $46 for program participants (a team picture is included). Flyers were sent home from the Austin Public Schools and St. A’s.

The Men’s 5-on-5 Basketball League registrations also began Dec. 3. This league is for men out of high school. The league will furnish experienced referees, a guaranteed seven scheduled games and a tournament to follow. All games will be played at Austin Pacelli High School and played from 5-8 p.m. beginning on Jan. 6. A captains meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 3. Team packets were available to be picked up at the YMCA starting Monday. Cost per team is $350. Deadline for registration and payment will be due Dec. 28.

The high school 3-on-3 basketball league for grades 9-12 is coming up. High school 3-on-3 will be playing on Monday nights 5:30-8:30 p.m. An Informational meeting will be held at the YMCA at 4 p.m. Jan. 3. Registration will be taken that night and the draw for teams will be done. The league starts on Jan. 7. Cost is $25 and a T-shirt is included. 

YMCA reminders

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• Register your kids today for the YMCA After School Program. It is free for members grades 1-5 and just $15 for 1st graders who are not members. The After School Program is Mondays through Fridays, 2:45-6 p.m. Busing is available from the schools to the YMCA for a $45 per session fee for every day or $30 per session for two days or less. The program is supervised and includes gym games, kid’s gym, game room, and home work room.

• New to the YMCA of Austin, is our American Red Cross Basic Water Rescue class. In this class, you will learn how to remain safe around water, help to safely rescue and aid in rescuing a person in trouble in the water and learn to assist and recognize head, neck and back injuries. The class is four hours in length with one hour of the class in the pool. There will be a 25-question test at the end of the class. This class is two days: Dec. 11 and 13, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cost is $38 for YMCA members and $76 for non-members. Registration is open and at the YMCA of Austin. Contact the Cindy Bowe, aquatics director at the YMCA, at 433-1804 for questions.

• The YMCA of Austin is now offering swimming lessons for ages 12 to 18 years old who have never learned to swim or swim very rudimentarily. Beginner level is for if you can’t swim one length of the pool (25 yards). Rudimentary level is you can swim one length of the pool, but can’t do proper breathing and lack stroke technique. The class is Dec. 11 through the Dec. 20, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Beginners are 3:30-5 p.m. Rudimentary level is 5:15-6:45 p.m. Cost is $35 for members and $70 for non-members. Registration is open and at the YMCA of Austin. Contact the Cindy Bowe, aquatics director at the YMCA, at 433-1804 for questions.

• The YMCA of Austin is offering Drop ‘n’ Shop from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 13. While you Christmas shop, we will offer child care including crafts, gym time and treats. Register at the YMCA before Thursday. Cost is $3 for members and $6 for non-members.

• Dec. 11 and 13 from 7:30-8:45 p.m. is a Stay Safe Workshop at the YMCA. For young families, this workshop emphasizes self awareness training along with preventative self defense. Cost is $4 for members and $8 for program participants.

• Dec. 26, 27, and 28 are No School Daze School Age Child Care. No School Daze is for kids grades K-6. There will be swimming, games, and much more. Space is limited so register early. Cost is $21 per day and $16 per day for the second child or $55 for the three days and $50 for second child for the three days.

Carin McManus is fitness director at the Austin YMCA.

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