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Brittany Tripp

Brittany Tripp

Brittany Tripp is the Marketing Director for Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs. Tune in for stories on a variety of topics from departments all over the YMCA.
Sandra FriesWe sit down with Y Member, Sandra Fries to learn more about her struggles with COPD and how It Doesn’t Slow Her Down!
In 1997, Sandra retired from teaching High School Earth Science and Health for 25 years in Enfield, CT. After her retirement, she would spend the winters down in Florida with her husband. She found her passion for painting in 2006 when she participated in workshops, taught by internationally known artists, at the Sarasota Art Center. She was inspired by those talented artists, learning intriguing methods and new styles, and worked to develop a style of her own. They gave her the style and confidence that she needed to paint and be happy with the result. She moved on to being accepted into shows all over New England where she won various first and second placements!
After being diagnosed with COPD in 2001, she had to make some adjustments to her lifestyle to cope. Sandra joined the Y in 2006 at the original YMCA Women’s Center and began taking yoga and personal training classes. She soon discovered that she could hang her paintings in the Women’s Center for the community to see and this is where she first began exhibiting. The YMCA has been a center of support for her fitness goals along with helping her gain a reputation for her artistic portfolio. “I’m very grateful to the Y for that exposure because many people notice,” says Sandra. She had to start using oxygen overnight in 2013 and started using it in her yoga and Pilates classes in 2014. However, she doesn’t let that stop her from being active and has managed to find ways to cope with her COPD so that she can still participate in classes.
People may find discomfort in going to fitness & wellness classes when being diagnosed with certain diseases that can limit them. Sandra acts as an ambassador for the community, helping others in similar situations to hers. “The Y has been tremendously helpful to me.. and helpful to other people” says Sandra. Fellow members who have experience with COPD, whether it is their own personal battle or loved ones who are diagnosed with the disease, come up to Sandra and ask her how she is able to still participate in yoga and she is very delighted to give advice on her active lifestyle. She also attends a support group called “Breath Takers” at the Hospital for Special Care once a month and shares her experiences of doing a variety of activities while being on oxygen such as horseback riding and kayaking.
 “The Y has been completely accepting and wonderful… I can’t tell you enough about what the Y has done for me” says Sandra. The Y has been a strong center of support for Sandra’s fitness goals and artistic portfolio. “If I hadn’t had the support, I wouldn’t have been nearly as confident in coming here now.” The trainers at the YMCA have been very supportive of Sandra’s condition and help her achieve her goals through her classes.
Sandra claims that she is defined in the community by her “involvement in the Y and for the success, I’ve had as a painter… I belong to the Southington Arts & Crafts Association. That and the Y has made me recognized as a member of both, a member of SACA, someone who exercises, and a painter.” To this day, Sandra continues to paint and exhibit her paintings. It’s something that she thoroughly enjoys doing in her day-to-day activities along with spending time with her family and teaching her grandchildren biology and art and coming to the YMCA 4 days a week. You can find her paintings on display at the YMCA Women’s Center for the community to view to support Sandra. She has also exhibited at many other venues, including the Hamden, CT Government Build, the Southington Library, The Orchards at Southington, and Paul Gregory’s Bistro in Southington.
Sandra is a wonderful member of the Southington Community YMCA and we’re honored to be able to support her journey as an artist and community ambassador!
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The world is 71% water. Your children are 100% curious. Keep them safe.

Safety Around Water

In the time it takes to answer a phone call, a child can become submerged underwater and lose consciousness. That’s how fast a drowning can happen. Drowning can occur nearly anywhere with standing water: pools, ponds, culverts, bathtubs—even a bucket.


Water is a source of fun and recreation, but it can also be a source of fear. You don’t want your children standing around while their friends play in the water. But you can’t be everywhere every second. Teaching children how to be safe around water is one of the most important life skills parents can help to provide. It not only saves lives, it builds confidence.

As a parent or caregiver, the last thing you want to do is limit your children. Don’t keep them sidelined. Let them be curious. Give them every opportunity to expand their horizons. When children learn how to be safe in and around water, it opens up a vast new world full of opportunities for them to develop self-esteem, discover new ways to stay fit and build relationships that can last a lifetime.

Water safety is a community-wide issue. Help engage the entire community—to keep all children safe around water—by becoming an advocate in your neighborhood. Encourage other families to enroll their children in water safety programs and swim lessons.



You might simply try to keep your children away from water. That is not enough. The earth is 71% water—your children are 100% curious. It’s up to parents and caregivers to help them explore it all safely. Consider the statistics:

  • About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger
  • Drowning is the second-leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1 to 14
  • For every child who drowns, five receive ER care for non-fatal injuries
  • Of all drowning incidents, 61% occur in pools and natural bodies of water. 10% occur in bathtubs and another 9% while boating
  • Minority children are at even greater risk. Drowning is the number one preventable cause of death for African-American boys
  • Risk for ethnic youth drowning in natural bodies of water peaks between 17 and 19 years old and the risk for incidents at swimming pools is highest between 1 and 4 years old. The majority of African-American victims drowned in public pools while the majority of Hispanic victims drowned in neighborhood pools (i.e., apartment complexes)
  • Among urban youth, 69% have low or no swimming skills. African-American urban youth ages 5 to 14 have a drowning rate 3 times higher than their Caucasian counterparts
  • While nearly 80% of drowning deaths are male, African-American males specifically, have the highest risk of drowning


When you sign up your children for Safety Around  Water, you are giving them skills to help keep them safe for a lifetime.

The Safety Around Water curriculum is a proven method for teaching children fundamental water safety skills. This 8-session course teaches children two sets of skills that will reduce the risk of drowning and give you and your children confidence in and around water. A typical session will include:

  • Exercises to help kids adjust to being in water
  • Instruction in “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim,” two skill sets kids can use if they unexpectedly find themselves in the water
  • Specific safety topics like what to do if you see someone in the water who needs help
  • Fun activities that reinforce skills

Each lesson includes a handout for parents and caregivers with additional water safety tips.



You can help keep children safe around water.
Take these steps to ensure they enjoy water-related activities safely.

  • NEVER leave children alone near a pool, spa, bathtub, bucket or any standing water in which a child’s nose or mouth may be submerged
  • ASSIGN an adult “water watcher” who is committed to actively supervising the pool area. This means they may not talk on a cell phone, read a book, or otherwise be distracted. Have them take the Water Watcher Pledge (below)
  • Inexperienced swimmers and non-swimmers should WEAR a Coast Guard-approved life jacket around water
  • Children should STAY AWAY from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments
  • ENROLL children in Safety Around Water and then sign them up for swim lessons
  • LEARN to swim yourself if you don’t know how


As a Water Watcher on duty, I pledge to:

CONSTANTLY WATCH the children in and
near the water

WAIT to socialize and drink alcohol until I
am off duty

DOUBLE CHECK to make sure children are
wearing appropriate personal flotation devices

WEAR an item to identify myself as the
Water Watcher

STAY on duty until officially relieved by
another Water Watcher


To learn more about how to help all children stay safe around water, visit or contact Barbara Glaude, 29 High Street, Southington, CT, 860-426-9553

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Child Care Registrar for Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs - YMCA Learning Center

30 High Street, Southington, CT 06489 P 860-621-8130 F 860-426-9549 

Provide overall coordination of all documentation relating to child records including health forms and medications.

YMCA Learning Center Staff


• Qualified candidate must possess a bachelor’s degree or in pursuit of a two-year degree from an accredited college and be at least 20 years old

• Have knowledge of child growth and development

• Possess excellent computer, organization, creative and communication skills

• Maintain confidentiality of information

Schedule must be flexible to adjust hours worked during the entire operating day/year

• Have effective written and verbal communication skills

• Within 90 days individual must be certified in CPR, CT Child Care, medication and DCF training Duties and Responsibilities: Under the direction of the Director of Child Development, Child Care Registrar is responsible for the following;

• Follow-up with parents/guardians on all missing documentation prior to a child being admitted into a child care program

• Input data into system including information from current and future child care participants • Use systems to monitor child records including, but not limited to; registration, health forms, ICP’s and medications

• Ensure all necessary paperwork is accurate and up-to-date in master files as well as at each Y off-site through periodic audits at each location

• Monitor tracking tools for coordination of child care registration

• Tour and review registration process with families

• Sales - Understand and be able to explain to parents the benefits of a YMCA membership • Work with Director to provide creativity to coordinate marketing/promotional efforts for Child Care

• Meet with Child Care Directors and staff as needed

• Foster a positive team orientated environment • Attend all meetings/trainings as required

• Follow all Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs policies and procedures SOUTHINGTON-CHESHIRE COMMUNITY YMCAs 30 High Street, Southington, CT 06489 P 860-621-8130 F 860-426-9549


This position carries major accountability of the Child Care program. The effectiveness of this person’s fulfillment of this position shall be measured by:

Well organized registration process of Preschool, Jumpstart, Nursery School, Naciwonki, Y Time and SACC programs

• Administrative paperwork for child care is produced in a timely, thorough and accurate manner

• Excellent customer service received by all families • Maintenance of accurate databases and records assuring proper compliance Salary Information:

• Hours are Monday – Friday 9:30am-6: 00 pm with occasional flexibility during the week and some weekend/night work

• Hourly rate-$13 to $15

• Full Time with medical/dental/vision/12% retirement and full family membership 

To Apply:

Please send electronic resumes and 3 letters of reference to Wendy Stevens at

For questions on the position, please contact Katie Sherman, Director of Child Development at Resumes are being accepted until May 7th.

Important: The YMCA is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants must complete and pass a criminal background check.

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Jump Start is a Pre k program for children eligible for Kindergarten designed to ensure they are ready for Kindergarten!

The Southington YMCA is thrilled to offer a curriculum focused Pre K program to prepare your child for Kindergarten. Children must be eligible to attend kindergarten to enroll. The daily schedule runs much like a Kindergarten classroom with a focus on Connecticut Common Core Standards including Math, Literacy, and Science.  Enrichment opportunities may include swimming and field trips. Please note that full-time enrollment guarantees that your child will be included in all activities, trips and special projects! Full-time enrollment also includes a free family membership to the Y!

There are many benefits from an extra year of preschool.Early Childhood

  • Time to hone social skills such as taking turns, sharing, listening, independent problem solving, playing cooperatively, asking for help when needed, sitting and listening attentively to a story and gaining self-confidence.
  • Opportunities to develop both fine and gross motor skills.

Program Information:

  • Drop Off Begins at 6:30 AM and Pick Up is 5:30 PM
  • Extended care option available at an additional cost
  • Curriculum runs 9:00 AM-2:30 PM
  • Taught by a Senior Teacher Certified in Elementary Education K-6th
  • Program runs September-June
  • Lower ratios for more individualized learning

Find out how YMCA PreK programs set kids on the path to a better tomorrow. Schedule a tour.

Registration Forms:

2018-2019 Child Care Registration Packet

Early Childhood Health Record
Flu Shot Form 

For More Information contact Kari Robarge, Early Childhood Director at 860-426-9542 or


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Join us in giving back
Saturday, May 12th 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.
On May 12, 2018, the Southington Post Office is holding its Postal Food Drive. The Post Office is looking for volunteers to drive postal routes from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers will help the mail carriers by picking up bags of food. The Southington Post Office will hand out routes to volunteers between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. in the Post Office back parking lot. Volunteers will drive the route and pick up bags of food and deliver them to the YMCA Learning Center. This food drive benefits Southington Community Services, Tabernacle Food Bank, and Bread for Life. This is truly a collaborative effort, and this volunteer project will benefit numerous individuals in our community.
Want to Volunteer?
If you can join us, please email Jacquelyn Seeger or call 860-426-9526
Want to Donate?
Drop off non-perishable food items to the Southington Community YMCA between May 1st and May 11th
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Southington, CT- April 18, 2018 – In memory of Benjamin Buckley, who passed away at age 7 due to severe asthma-related health issues, YMCA Camp Sloper and Ben Was Here Inc., will host the 3rd Annual Ben's Fun Run, which will take place on May 19, 2018 at YMCA Camp Sloper. Mark Pooler, Director of Operations at the Southington Community YMCA, comments “The Buckley family has been an inspiration to many in town. The way they have worked to keep Ben’s spirit alive is wonderful. We are happy to support whatever efforts we can so they can continue their generosity and giving back in his name"


The 3rd Annual Ben's Fun Run will feature a one-mile race for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders around Sloper Pond located at, 1000 East Street in Southington. The event is open to Southington residents as well as any other towns this year. The goal is to commemorate the life of Ben Buckley while increasing the health and activity of youth in our town. Sign in will start at 8 AM and the first race will take place at 8:30 AM. Please see below for the race schedule. There is no cost to participate in the run; however, donations will be accepted for future trail improvements at YMCA Camp Sloper. Following the run, the Buckley Family will generously provide refreshments for all runners.


In regard to the importance of the event, Race Director, Bob Lasbury states “I am proud to be a part of the 3rd Annual Ben’s Fun Run. This year’s race will be another great event as we’ve expanded the race to all local communities. Benjamin Buckley’s spirit drives the excitement and passion of the day!”


Run Schedule:

  • 8:30 a.m.– Boys grades 5 and 6
  • 8:45 a.m.– Girls Grades 5 and 6
  • 9:00 a.m.– Boys Grades 3 and 4
  • 9:15 a.m.– Girls Grades 3 and 4


Registration is currently open and ongoing. Interested runners are encouraged to register ASAP so they do not get closed out. Registration is limited to the first 250 runners. For more information and to register, please contact Bob Lasbury, Race director at or visit .  If you would like to volunteer to help with this amazing event, please contact: Kristen Curley at

About Ben Was Here

Ben Was Here was founded following the loss of their son, Benjamin Buckley after he suffered a severe asthma attack.  In memory of Ben, the Buckley family has started a non­ profit charitable organization (a 501(c)3) in his name to raise asthma awareness and give back to the community.  The purpose of Ben Was Here, Inc. is to:  Provide academic scholarships to students interested in furthering their education in the areas of teaching, creative/fine arts, science, engineering or medicine, provide funding to schools for educational materials and supplies, provide funding to community/youth organizations, provide funding for prescription medication coverage for asthma ­related medication and for research and treatment of asthma and other childhood illnesses. To learn more about Ben Was Here visit

About The Southington Community YMCA

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across Southington and Cheshire, CT the Y engages men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.  Anchored in our communities, the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs was established in 1928 and has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. YMCA membership, YMCA Camp Sloper, the Learning Center, the gymnastics center and all Y programs and facilities are welcoming, inclusive and open to all regardless of income. For more information, stop by for a tour (29 High St. Southington, CT) or visit







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Yoga On The Green Sunday, June 3 1pm-2: 30 pm

Roll out your yoga mat and join us as we fill the Southington Town Green with yoga, community, and fun! The YMCA, SoulSpace Yoga & Wellness, and Bloom Yoga Fitness Studios of Southington have teamed up to celebrate health, giving, and positive well-being, through this special community event.

Come enjoy an energizing yoga class right outside on the Town Green, surrounded by fellow yogis and friends. The class will begin with a centering meditation, followed by a 60-minute yoga flow designed for all levels of practitioners. This special event is welcome to all (no yoga experience necessary), and there is no cost to attend! Please bring your own yoga mat or a towel to practice on, as well as a non-perishable food item to be donated to Southington Bread for Life.

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Southington YMCA Gymnastics

Team tryouts

The competitive team at the Southington-Cheshire Community Gymnastics Center ranges from Level 2 and has gymnasts as high as Level 8. The program is designed to help Gymnasts progress at their own rate in a positive and supportive environment. The team has won multiple awards around New England in the USA Gymnastics and YMCA programs; as well as had athletes place at the 2017 YMCA National Championships in Savannah, Georgia and the 2017 YMCA Northeast Regional Championships in Maine.

To register for a tryout please email for more information. 

When: April 28th and May 26th

Time: 2:00-3:30pm

Location: Southington YMCA Gymnastics Center

26 Putnam Place

Plantsville CT, 06479


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Turning 90 means it’s time to celebrate. We have a full week of activities from May 7th through May 12th. During this week, the Y will be open to the public (open house style) offering a week of themed classes, events, and giveaways. It’s our gift back to the community. 

The Birthday Schedule For The Week Printer-Friendly Version

---Monday, May 7th –  Pool Party ---

Aquatic and Boating Safety  - 8:30AM-5:30 PM in the lobby

Fun water safety lesson!
Plus, enjoy our favorite flavored water!

Aquacize Pool Party
10:15 AM and  6:45 PM in the pool

Adults come celebrate our birthday in the pool.

Wear your favorite party hat and party with us during this 45-minute aerobic dance party!

---Tuesday, May 8th – Senior Picnic---

Senior Potluck  Luncheon -11:30 AM in front of The YMCA
Join us to reminisce about YMCA and Southington history and enjoy your favorite dish.

To RSVP and/or to sign up to bring food please contact 860-628-5597

Center for Healthy Aging in the lobby until 10:30 AM


---Wednesday, May 9th – The Birthday Celebration Picnic----

Picnic—6 to 8 PM at YMCA Learning Center
Help us celebrate the actual day our YMCA was founded with a community picnic at the YMCA Learning Center.
Pack a picnic and join us for fun and games including a bounce house, face painting, a ride on the Sloper Express and more!

---Thursday, May 10th – Health and Wellness Day---

Fitness Fun—All day around The Y
Every fitness class all day will have a birthday theme.

POUND Class 5 PM in the lobby.

Nutrition Information
in the lobby and SMB 5 AM to 8 PM
Pickle Ball Pickup Games
in the Gymnasium 9 AM to 12 PM

FMS Screening
In Health & Wellness - 9 to 11:30 AM and 5 to 7:30 PM 

Hartford HealthCare Screenings in the lobby 9 to 11 AM

---Friday, May 11th – Teen Day TwyLight---

TwYlight—7 PM

at The YMCA 

Trivia and Dancing

Join us for a special Birthday Themed TwYlight including an Ice cream bar, Trivia in the APR with prizes for the top three teams and a dance for the last half of the night.

Basketball Skills Contest
In the gymnasium (three-point contest, point guard contest, speed testing, dunk contest).

---Saturday, May 12th – Sloper Day - The Fun Outdoors---

Sloper Day -10 AM to 1 PM at YMCA Camp Sloper

Ride the Sloper Express  10-11:30 AM

Ride the Trike Track   10 AM to 1 PM

All Day

  • Hike
  • Picnic
  • Crystal mine
  • Playscape
  • Ride the Super Slide
  • Play Volleyball
  • And more!

    Don't forget to bring a picnic!

All Week In The Lobby: explore 9 decades of YMCA scrapbooks,

help us write YMCA history, and add a note to our time capsule

 At All Events: Visit Fun Birthday Photo Booths and Win YMCA Prizes
All outdoor events are weather permitting.


For those ‘history buffs’, we will have our scrapbooks out that date back to our beginning years. What a glorious trip down memory lane. Feel free to drop by at any time that week.

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Monthly Extended Cycling Classes With A Theme - Lead by Julia and Gina
Each month Julia and Gina lead a 90-minute cycling class unlike any other. Playing to a theme class may be covered in green for St. Patricks day, game ready for Superbowl, or ready to jingle bell rock with other holiday themes. Beyond the themes, these phenomenal classes feature out of the ordinary cycling exercise.

At the conclusion of the March - St. Patrick's Day themed class I arrived to note that the participants were stepping off of the bikes and returning full-size pool noodles to a large box. During the activities, cyclists used the noodles as their jousting lance as they jousted their way to the imaginary castle.

"Gina and Julia are beyond amazing. The effort they put in is tremendous the creativity for these 90-minute classes makes it hard but the positive energy make it fun" Said YMCA Member, Cindy Trifone

An essential component to keeping the energy positive, Gina and Julia teach the class in tandem, both riding in front of the class, taking turns instructing portions of the activities.

Attendees from the March class offered rave reviews including: "They are very creative and they keep it fun" - Eileen
"Julia and Gina are Excellent and motivating" - Jessica

The next 90 minute themed class is April 22. To reserve your bike contact the fitness center at 860-426-9528.

About Julia
A Cheshire native, Julia, and her girls are active members of the YMCA community. Previously working for the YMCA Learning Center, Julia has been a certified Spinning Instructor for 9 years and teaches cycling as well as the ever-popular POUND classes. Click here to see Julia leading a sample POUND class at Healthy Family FunFest. Julia's daughters, Jordan and Jia, are members of the YMCA Leaders Club and help their mom carry supplies from the St. Patrick's Day class.

About Gina
A Southington native, Gina has been a part of the Southington Community YMCA since high school. She was always athletic but it didn't begin to take her fitness seriously until a diagnosis of high blood pressure and the risk of being medicated for it for the rest of her life swayed her to become even more involved with The Y.

In the present day, Gina is a Keiser Certified instructor teaching Barre, Zumba, and HIIT. She can also be found providing personal training and coaching the YMCA Running Crew. An avid runner Gina recently completed her 4th full marathon.



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Early childhood programs for fall 2018 are enrolling now! Classes for children 2.9 to 5 years old include preschool, nursery school, and pre-k Jumpstart. Contact the YMCA Learning Center to schedule a tour: 860-621-8130

Mark your calendars and bring the kiddos, early childhood open house is April 25 from 6 to 7 PM at the YMCA and YMCA Learning Center! 

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Refer a new or returning member and you will each save 10% every month for up to one year while you are both members.

Visit the front desk to learn more.  Valid for adult, family, and senior memberships only. Offer expires April 30, 2018.

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Athletes and parents will sometimes ask, “What should I do outside of training at the SPC?”. One of the main goals at the SPC is to teach our athletes how to train smart even when they aren’t with us. This means having a balanced program that provides them with the right inputs in order to achieve the desired adaptation. If an athlete wants to get stronger and faster, does it makes sense to only do curls and bench press on an "upper body" day? Obviously no, yet that is what many male high school athletes do on their own. If a female athlete is looking to become more agile on the field, but only runs long distances and lifts 10lb dumbbells, the carryover will be minimal.

When writing a program, a few major components are essential in order to ensure the greatest impact. This is where the 80/20 rule really comes into play. Say I have 5 exercises in a lift: heavy deadlift, bicep curl, plank, push up and a 1 arm kettlebell overhead press. If I could only do one, which one would give me the most bang for my buck? The answer is the heavy deadlift. If I have other qualities I want to develop like speed, rhythm, power, mobility and work capacity, why would I waste my time with the other 4 exercises?

Following this concept, we start with 4-6 warm-up exercises that prep the athletes to use their hips, shoulders and stabilize their core. All of our warm-up movements carry specific purpose related to our training. Then we move to the dynamic warm-up which doubles as our agility and rhythm practice. These 3-4 drills elevate the athlete’s body temperature and work on coordination and agility. Next comes conditioning or power work. For efficiency, we only use 1-2 exercises with a specific time or number to reach. Our last category is strength. Depending on the athletes' needs, some will spend more time with 2-4 strength exercises while others may have more work capacity incorporated.

There is a lot to accomplish in the 45 minutes we have to train. You could follow a bodybuilding template that some jacked guy in a magazine got paid to sell to you, or you could train what is specifically going to carry over to your sport. Which makes more sense spending 1.5 hours working on arm exercises or just 45 minutes and still have time to work on skills if needed? Next time you go to train ask yourself, “Do I have a good warm up, dynamic speed portion, maybe some conditioning, and a few good strength exercises…or am I just doing bicep curls in the squat rack?”

If this is something you or your team need help with, email me and we can brainstorm some ideas!

Till next week!

Coach Tommy

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Southington, CT and Cheshire, CT – February 15, 2018 - Registration for YMCA Camp Sloper began on Saturday, February 3rd with tons of parents taking advantage of online registration at 8AM to get their child signed up for their favorite camp program this summer. “We had the most registrations in the first day ever” stated Justin Hubeny, who will lead YMCA Camp Sloper as the Camp Director for his 1st season this summer. “We took in more than 1400 registrations the first day and over 1500 by the end of the first weekend. We are very lucky and fortunate to have wonderful YMCA Camp Sloper Families that support us.  For me as Camp Director, I couldn’t ask for more”, Hubeny stated.


“I am pleased to announce that Eli Rosin wins the award for first camper to register for 2018” says Hubeny. Eli Rosin was the first official camper to register at 8:03 AM on Saturday morning.  “I like doing all the different activities, but my favorite activity is archery” stated Eli who will be attending Sloper for his 3rd year this summer.  Eli says one of his favorite moments at camp is” seeing the other kids when Camper of the Day is said.” Eli will be attending STEM Camp this summer at YMCA Camp Sloper.


When asked what he thought about his counselors from last year Eli said “The counselors are all fun and funny, I like making nicknames for them.”  Eli is looking forward to being in STEM Camp this summer with his friends, going to archery, and he is very much looking forward to trying out the New Ninja Warrior Course that will be built this spring. “Maybe I can be a tester for the Ninja Warrior Course,” Eli said.


Dad, Pat Rosin and Mom, Bethany Rosin, were asked why they felt YMCA Camp Sloper was a good choice for Eli, “We send Eli to camp because we know he will be engaged in exciting activities outside, surrounded by great role models.” stated the Rosins.


“We have received over 1,800 registrations to date, which is way ahead of last year’s registration. Last summer we had most of our specialty camps fill up and many of our traditional camps fully enrolled. The Sloperian program for Kindergarten and First grade is also very popular. It is a great introduction to a full day of activities, much like they will experience in full-day kindergarten” stated Hubeny. “We have room now, but we encourage parents to put down a deposit now and reserve their spot for the summer,” stated Justin Hubeny.


YMCA Camp Sloper, which serves the towns of Southington, Cheshire, Berlin, Kensington, and New Britain, has grown in popularity in recent years. Open registration is on-going at either the Southington or Cheshire YMCAs during normal business hours or online at There is still room in many of the specialty camps and all of the traditional camps; registering early is encouraged so you can select the program of your choice before it fills up.


YMCA Camp Sloper has four, two-week sessions running July 2 - August 24. There is also a one week preview the week before the regular camp season begins, June 25 – 29. The day camp program runs Monday through Friday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM with extended camp care available if needed. YMCA Camp Sloper serves children ages 3 to 15 years old. Bus transportation is provided for residents of Southington, Cheshire, and Berlin/Kensington for campers entering kindergarten through grade 10.  The Wanderers program for preschoolers runs from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM with parents transporting their children. “We also provide financial assistance for families in need. It is just a matter of contacting the Southington or Cheshire YMCA and completing the application process” stated Hubeny. Extended payment plans can also be arranged.


Secure your child’s spot for a summer full of FUN – ADVENTURE – TRADITION!  Any questions can be directed to the YMCA Camp Sloper Outdoor Center at (860) 621-8194 or visit our website at

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