Youth & Teen Programs

The Greater Waterbury YMCA Youth & Teen program is based on the foundation of teaching children the importance of YMCA core values: honesty, caring, respect and responsibility. Each program provides learning, leadership and friendship opportunities for the youth and teens in our community.

Contact Dazure Prado, Director of Youth Development for more information at x162.

Download CDC Youth Sports Concussion Fact Sheet:



Buddies, Pee Wee, & Rookies Basketball:  These are 7-week instructional programs for boys and girls ages 3, 4-5, & 6-7 years old respectively. They are designed to teach the basic rules and fundamentals of the game.  Players will practice dribbling, passing, shooting, learn the rules of the game, and most of all…have FUN! Sessions are held at the YMCA on Saturday mornings.  All participants receive a t-shirt and medal.

Game Time Hoops (8-9 yrs. & 10-11 12-15 yrs):  Game Time Hoops-  Is a 3-month long program. There is practice on Mon and Thurs. evenings for 2 hours, which include homework help/supplemental work time to enhance child’s performance in school.

Appropriate for kids who have some experience with the game of basketball, and would benefit from a league that plays games as well as holds instructional practices.  There is a player evaluation held by the coaches to determine teams.  This league runs on Saturdays for 3 months, and everyone makes a team.  At the conclusion of the league, all participants receive a medal, and the champions receive trophies.


This program works on developing more advanced skills and techniques. Participants will begin to start learning more game-like scenarios towards the end of this session. Gameplay, teamwork, and sportsmanship will be emphasized. T-shirts and medals with be given by the conclusion of the program.


Didn’t make your school's basketball team or just want to improve your skill set? Well, you now have the opportunity to do so with the Y. Skills and Drills is a program designed to help you improve your game. With this program, you will work on advanced skill sets with some physical training. There will be one on one instruction in a group setting. Remember, there is always room for improvement.

WBA  Basketball Program-A subsidized program that allows young men and women in Waterbury to try out for a spot on one of our teams.  These teams practice in Waterbury and play in tournaments along the Northeast.  This gives them the opportunity to play other talent in and around our area of the U.S. and be seen by college scouts.  They are given time for College preparation and tutoring to maintain good grades in school. Minimum GPA required for participation.

Private Sports Instruction: The Y is now offering private basketball and volleyball instruction for individuals, a pair of players, or small groups.  This is a comprehensive instruction is packaged as four, or six lessons that focus on a variety of skills.  Instruction is provided by highly qualified coaches for all ages.

Leaders Club:

The Leaders Club teaches youth about the importance of their skills in choice making, public speaking, financial responsibility, community partnerships, college prep, and appropriate media communications.

Youth and Government in Waterbury and Southbury

Local high school students participate in a mock legislative session, writing and debating bills and traveling to the State Youth and Government conference in Hartford in March each year. The Y hosts delegations in Waterbury and Southbury. Please contact Dazure regarding the Waterbury group and Cori regarding the Southbury group.





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