Y Hawks - YMCA of Three Rivers Waterloo Region

Y Hawks

New Basketball Partnership!

The YMCA of Three Rivers has partnered with the Guelph Nighthawks, of the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL), to bring two new basketball programs to the Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Stratford communities.

The partnership will see the Nighthawks Coaching staff facilitate the YMCA’s existing basketball program for youth aged 10-12 under the re-branded name ‘Y-Hawks Basketball’. In addition, the Nighthawks will bring its 8-week, professionally coached, elite skills program, ‘Hoops Development Series’ for youth aged 9-17 years to all YMCA of Three River locations in 2022.  Both Programs will be starting at the YMCA the week of January 17, 2022.

We are excited about this new partnership as the Nighthawks organization also believes in building community and serving youth, and its values as an organization align with the YMCA. This partnership gives youth who have a passion for basketball an opportunity to develop their skills at a higher level, a great opportunity for potential children/youth membership growth with promotion to new members, and retention of current members. As well, it will help us bridge the gap between children and youth programs, where we tend to lose members between the ages of 10-13 years.

Y HawksYMCA Member Program

YMCA Members ages 10-12 years * MUST be a YMCA member to attend*

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
Do you want to be the next LeBron, but don't have the skills yet?  Do you love watching basketball but haven't had the opportunity to play?  If you answered yes to either question, then the Y-HAWKS program is for you!  This basketball program will introduce 10 to 12-year-old youth to basketball basics: rules, dribbling, shooting, fundamental skills and game play.  Most importantly, you'll have a ton of fun learning about Canada's fastest-growing sport!

PROGRAM COACHED BY:
Nighthawks Coaching Staff

WHO: YMCA Members ages 10-12 years * MUST be a YMCA member to attend*
COST: No additional fee – included in YMCA Children’s/Youth Membership

WHEN:
Mondays – Guelph YMCA 
Start Date: Jan 17th
Y Hawks Basketball -10-12yrs - 5:30-6:30 (20 participants)
Y Hawks Basketball -10-12yrs - 6:30-7:30 (20 participants)

Tuesdays – A.R. Kaufman YMCA – Kitchener
Start Date: Jan 18th
Y Hawks Basketball -10-12yrs - 5:45-6:45 (20 participants)
Y Hawks Basketball -10-12yrs - 6:45-7:45 (20 participants)

Tuesdays – Stratford Perth YMCA

YMCA Basketball – 10-12yrs - 6:45-7:45 (20 participants)  
* This will formally become Y Hawks Basketball in Spring 2022*

Wednesdays – Chaplin Family YMCA – Cambridge

Start Date: Jan 19th
Y Hawks Basketball -10-12yrs - 5:30-6:30 (20 participants)
Y Hawks Basketball -10-12yrs - 6:30-7:30 (20 participants)

Thursdays- Stork Family YMCA – Waterloo
Start Date: Jan 20th
Y Hawks Basketball -10-12yrs - 5:30-6:30 (20 participants)
Y Hawks Basketball -10-12yrs - 6:30-7:30 (20 participants)

HOW TO REGISTER:
Register for children’s programs via Member Portal (GymMaster).

INCLUDED BENEFITS OF THIS PROGRAM:

-  Coached by professional coaching staff from Guelph Nighthawks, CEBL (Canadian Elite Basketball  
     League) to take basketball skills to higher level
- Each participant will receive a Welcome Kit including:  
   - co-branded YMCA/Nighthawks t-shirt, cinch bag,  water bottle and team novelty items
- YMCA members to receive 15% off single game Nighthawks tickets

Nighthawks Hoops Development Series – Elite Basketball Skill Development Program

Ages 9-17 years * additional cost – not included in YMCA Membership*

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
Led by Nighthawks Assistant Coach and Director of Basketball Operations Mike Girling, the Nighthawks Hoops Development Series is geared towards players looking to take the next step in their basketball training with high-caliber professional coaching. The uniquely small coach-to-player ratio means more repetition and opportunity to improve skills and apply them to in-game action.

Coach Girling will lead participants through a variety of different skills and drills. Focus will be on the practical application of the following areas:

- Shooting Mechanics
- Footwork
- Creating Space
- Finishing
- Individual Scoring
- Ball Handling
- Passing

WHO:
Program is open to anyone ages 9-17 years!  Open to non-members, and current YMCA members
*YMCA Members receive a 10% discount on the price of the ‘Nighthawks Hoops Development Series”

COST:
$299 per participant plus taxes and fees.  (YMCA Members 10% Discount using code below)

Cost also includes:
- (2) Nighthawks 3-Game Flex Packs, valued at over $140
- T-shirt
- Water bottle
- Lanyard
- Nighthawks drawstring bag
- Access to the YMCA facilities for the duration of the 8-week program

WHEN:

The 8-week program will begin during the week of January 17th 2022, concluding the week of March 7th 2022 .

Sessions are broken down as follows:

Mondays – Guelph YMCA
 
Start Date: Jan 17th
Nighthawks Hoops Development Series – 9-12 years - 7:45 - 8:45pm
Nighthawks Hoops Development Series – 13-17 years- 8:45- 9:45pm

Tuesdays – A.R. Kaufman YMCA – Kitchener
Start Date: Jan 18th
Nighthawks Hoops Development Series – 9-12 years - 8:00 - 9:00pm
Nighthawks Hoops Development Series – 13-17 years - 9:00 - 10:00pm

Wednesdays – Chaplin Family YMCA – Cambridge
Start Date: Jan 19th
Nighthawks Hoops Development Series – 9-12 years - 7:45 - 8:45pm
Nighthawks Hoops Development Series – 13-17 years - 8:45 - 9:45pm

Thursdays - Stork Family YMCA – Waterloo
Start Date: Jan 20th

Nighthawks Hoops Development Series – 9-12 years - 7:45 - 8:45pm
Nighthawks Hoops Development Series – 13-17 years - 8:45- 9:45pm

***If the session you try to sign up for is sold out, please email: svilneff(at)thenighthawks.ca to be put on a waitlist.  List your child's NAME and AGE in the request**

COMING SPRING 2022 – Stratford- Perth YMCA

 * We are working to getting this program up and going in the spring of 2022 – for further details regarding programming in Stratford please contact: Melissa Haynes at: melissa.haynes(at)ytr.ymca.ca 


HOW TO REGISTER:
Register Online for Hoops Development Series at: www.thenighthawks.ca/hds2022

YMCA Member Discount Code: 10% off promo code for YMCA members: YMCA10
Hoops Development Series Questions- contact Shelby at: svilneff(at)thenighthawks.ca

FAQ’s

  • Will you still offer YMCA Basketball for 6-9 year olds?
    • YES, we will still be offering basketball programming for children aged 6-9 years, included in our Y Memberships.  Our Children’s Program Staff will continue to facilitate these programs. They will also receive extra training from the Nighthawks Coaching Team!
    • We have added more spaces in our 6-9 Basketball Program offerings
  • Will children need to be vaccinated to participate?
    • Any child aged 12 and over will need to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination in order to participate. This is not a requirement for children under the age of 12.
  • Will you still offer YMCA Drop-in Basketball for 13-17 year olds
    • YES, we will still be offering Drop-In basketball programs at all Health & Wellness locations – check out the Member Portal for program days/times
  • Hoops Development Series is at an extra cost. Is there financial subsidy available for the Nighthawks Hoops Development Series?
    • Please reach out to Melissa Haynes at melissa.haynes(at)ytr.ymca.ca to discuss potential subsidy options.