Coed Youth Soccer
For grades 1 through 6, the techniques of dribbling, passing and shooting will be taught, and each child will have the opportunity to use these skills in team games. There will be one practice per week and at least one game per week. The program will be organized in separate groups: grades 1 and 2, grades 3 and 4, and grades 5 and 6. Practices will start the week of Sept. 12 and run through the end of October. Registration will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Gibson-Aiken Center. The fee is $30 for Brattleboro residents and $45 for non-residents. This fee includes a T-shirt.
There will be an additional soccer clinic available to all participants in the Youth Soccer League run by Michael Lonergan beginning on Sept. 15. This clinic will run every Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. at West River Park through the season. The fee is $10.
Volunteer coaches are needed.
The first fall session of gymnastics classes will begin the week of Sept. 12, at the Gibson Aiken Center. Classes will run for seven or eight-week session and ending on Nov. 1. The cost of the 7-week will be $65 for residents and $80 for non-residents and the eight-week program will be $75 for Brattleboro residents and $90 for non-residents. Late registrations will be pro-rated. Classes are run Monday through Saturday for ages 18 months and up. Amanda Montgomery will direct the Gymnastics Program. There is also an Open Gym time available on Mondays and Thursdays from 10-11 a.m. for ages 1-5 with a parent for $4.
Chess class for youth
A new session of intermediate chess class begins Sept. 9. The cost of the eight-week program is $35 for residents and $50 for non-residents. This class will be held on Fridays at the Gibson Aiken Center, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
Chess helps children develop their problem solving skills and increase their attention span. The improved ability to focus and concentration gained from playing chess usually transfers to academics. Instruction will introduce basic principles of chess to participants, along with simple strategies and tactics, and provide a venue for them to play practice games. Eric Strickland will be the class instructor. Intermediate: For players who know the basic checkmates, and at least a few tactics and strategies.
Girls youth field hockey
Girls youth field hockey program for grades 3 through 6 begins Sept. 6. All levels and abilities are welcome, skills will be taught and games will be played with other towns if there are enough participants. Practices will be held at the West River Park Multipurpose Field on Route 30 on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. Registration will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Gibson-Aiken Center. The cost is $30 for Brattleboro residents and $45 for non-residents. Field hockey sticks are supplied. Mouth guards and shin guards will be required.
A kindergarten soccer program begins Sept. 12, running through Oct. 19. This five-week program will be held at Living Memorial Park – Lower Field and is for all children in kindergarten. There will be a choice two different time slots that children can register for: 4 to 4:45 p.m. or 5 to 5:45 p.m. There will be a limit of 25 children per group. Registration will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 31, and Sept. 1, from 1to 6 p.m. at the Gibson-Aiken Center. The fee is $20 for Brattleboro residents and $35 for non-residents. This fee includes a T-shirt. The program will need volunteers to help the program coordinator run the program. If interested, please contact Sarah Clark as soon as possible at 802-254-5808, ext. 104. Basic soccer skills will be taught in a fun format. Shin guards and sneakers or cleats are recommended.
Discounted rink passes
The Nelson E. Withington Skating Facility will open for the season on Saturday, Oct. 22. Discounted season passes will go on sale starting Sept. 6 until Oct. 20. Students: $40/$36 and $55/$49.50; adults: $50/$45 and $ 65/$58.50; and families: $80/$72 and $105/$94.50.
A fall session of fitness classes begins the week of Sept. 12 at the Gibson-Aiken Center. This is an eight-week program and is offered for 16 years of age and older. The cost of the program is once a week, $50; twice $60; three times, $75. Non-residents add $25 to the cost of the program. There is a drop-in rate of $10 per class. The class runs 12:10 to 1:10 p.m. and the weekly schedule is yoga on Mondays, strength and yoga on Wednesdays and yoga and pilates on Fridays. The instructor, Cyndy Gray, has a B.S. in Physical Education and is a certified to teach both Yoga and Pilates. She also has a black belt in Karate.
Gray also offers a kickboxing and conditioning class, which focuses on strength, agility and athletic conditioning. New participants are welcome to join anytime. The class is held at the Gibson Aiken Centeron Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. The cost of this program is once a week for $40 per month or $75 for two months; twice for $50 per month or $90 for two months. There is a $10 discount for participants in the yoga and pilates classes. Non-residents add $25 to the cost of the program.
For more information, call the Recreation and Parks office at 802-254-5808 .