At the Y, kids can learn to play a sport, develop their skills, make new friends, and become empowered in youth sports programs.

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The next eight-week session of classes begins the week of September 3, 2019. Registration opens for YMCA members on August 17, and for community members on August 24.


Basketball Foundations

3-5 years, 6-8 years, 9-12 years

Our youth instructional basketball classes will help participants develop their skills in an environment that encourages peer support and positive reinforcement. The basketball foundation class will include lessons in dribbling, shooting, passing and the defensive and offensive rules of the game. This is a great place for your child to meet new friends and build their basketball skills.

Register for Basketball Foundations


Basketball Intermediate & Advanced

6-8 years, 9-12 years

For experienced youth basketball players, our intermediate and advanced basketball programs will focus on fine- tuning their skills and introducing drills and techniques that will bring out their competitive drive. While teaching the importance of good sportsmanship, this progressive setting will allow each player to become more proficient in the sport.

Register for Intermediate & Advanced


Jr. Knicks Program

6-17 years

The Harlem YMCA Jr. Knicks program is a non-competitive basketball league with a strong instructional base for boys and girls in the Harlem Community. The program aims to build confidence in youth that will enhance their self- esteem. Good sportsmanship, teamwork, and fair play are themes which all of our practices and games encompass. The Program is sponsored by the New York Knicks Professional Basketball Team and is presented by Sprite and Foot Locker. The Jr. Knicks program is an 8 to 10 week program which runs from January–March.


Youth Beginner, Intermediate, & Advanced
4-5 years, 6-8 years & 9-12 years

Participants will develop balance, coordination, self confidence and discipline through this martial art form. Classes focus on the development of the youth’s positive attitude, behavior and character through building self-esteem and self-discipline while instilling respect for themselves and others.

Register for Karate

Kick, Catch, & Throw

5-8 years

A fun introductory sports class for both boys and girls. Through a range of developmentally appropriate activities, children are introduced to some of the fundamentals of basketball, t-ball, indoor soccer and most importantly, team work. FREE!

Register for Kick, Catch, & Throw


3-5 years, 6-8 years

A popular sport for young children, soccer involves running and kicking, as well as eye and foot coordination. It holds a young child’s interest and provides lots of fun while improving coordination.

Register for Soccer


4-5 years, 6-8 years

This is a great introduction to the sport of tennis. All skills and techniques will be taught from the game base approach which include the PAS techniques. So come participate in this exciting sport at the Harlem YMCA.

Register for Tennis