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Sports: Multisport Facilities & Programs
 


Asphalt Green

555 E. 90th St.
212-369-8890
Known for its pool, this five-and-a-half-acre nonprofit also has karate classes, a recreational basketball league for ages 5 to 14, and group dribbling and shooting sessions. There are also recreational soccer clinics for ages 5 to 14 and a gymnastics team. Everything costs between $300 and $350.

Chelsea Piers Field House
Pier 62, 23rd St. at the Hudson River
212-336-6500
chelseapiers.com
This gargantuan 80,000-square-foot facility offers clinics on two soccer fields (ages 3 and up, starting at $285), two basketball courts (kindergarten and up, starting at $280 for seventeen weeks), and four batting cages supervised by former pro Neil Jeter (no, he’s not Derek’s brother; 6 and up, starting at $260 for fourteen weeks). There are also rock-climbing clinics (age 4 and up, starting at $390 for seventeen weeks); gymnastics clinics run by former Olympian Peter Kormann (starting at $390 for seventeen weeks); and boys’ and girls’ traveling gymnastics teams. Ice skating, extreme sports, and golf are also offered.

Children’s Athletic Training School
C.A.T.S. Park Avenue; 109 E. 50th St.
212-751-4876
C.A.T.S. 49th Street; 235 E. 49th St.
212-832-1833
C.A.T.S. West Side; 131 W. 86th St.
212-877-3154
catsny.com
All three C.A.T.S. locations focus on building hand-eye coordination on basic apparatus from the age of 1 until children are able to compete in real games. Training is based on real sports, just with modified equipment (a toddler will play tennis with a foam paddle and a balloon). Younger kids rotate through six sports each session ($530–$610 for 18 to 21 weeks), while older kids focus on one sport (basketball, soccer, roller hockey, or dance). Martial arts ($25 per class) and swimming are taught separately.

The JCC in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave., at 76th St.
646-505-4380
jccnyc.org
The new Samuel Priest Rose Building has two gorgeous pools and a full-court gym, which is home to gymnastics classes (6 months to 12 years, $450 and up for members, $650 and up for non-members), basketball-skills courses, and eight-week boys’ and girls’ basketball programs ($175 for members, $250 for nonmembers). Eight-week noncompetitive soccer and baseball leagues run out of Central Park ($175 for members, $250 for non-members); and any kid 4 to 10 can come in to sample basketball, soccer, tennis, football, and floor hockey ($275 for members, $500 for non-members, for thirteen to seventeen weeks).

Double Dutch Resource
 
Lauren Walker at the National Double Dutch League
212-865-9606
Does your daughter long to become a back-flipping street phenom? The National Double Dutch League—which runs the Apollo’s prestigious Double Dutch Holiday Classic—arranges team presentations ($1,500 and up), group training (negotiable) and individual coaching ($75 per hour).


92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave.
212-415-5700
92Y.org
The Y offers noncompetitive options for kids who don’t think of themselves as jocks, such as Powerblast exercise (ages 9 to 12), Magic Gym fantasy, storytelling and fitness (ages 3 to 5) and Kids Yoga (ages 8 to 12). There’s also a host of trendy workouts for teens like Pilates, kickboxing, and cardio jam, as well as traditional swim lessons. Everything falls within the $300 to $400 range for sixteen to seventeen sessions, except for the highly competitive gymnastics program ($350–$2,950).

NY Kids Club
265 W. 87th St.
212-721-4400
nykidsclub.com
This activity spot for kids 6 months to 12 years offers classes in gymnastics, Tae Kwon Do, dancing, and cooking; there’s even a twenty-foot wall for rock climbing. Gymnastic-themed birthday parties can be scheduled for groups. Rates vary widely according to schedule; seventeen classes to a semester.

NYC Department of Parks & Recreation
City-service hotline: 311
nyc.gov/parks
The Parks Department offers free beginners’ swimming lessons to kids 3 to 14 at most indoor public pools, as well as a recreational swim team for kids 6 to 18. Out of doors, kids can join the Learn to Play Soccer program; the flag football league, which offers instruction and then entry into the citywide flag football tournament; or Urban Park Rangers, which offers hiking, orienteering, birding, and fishing as part of regular parks patrol. The Millennium Winter Basketball League for boys and girls 8 to 16 is extremely popular. Everything is free.

YMCA of Greater New York
212-630-9600
ymcanyc.org
Established in 1852, this community-service organization encompasses twenty branches in all five boroughs. The Virtual Y program (for elementary school kids) and Teen Action NYC (for junior high and high school) are affiliated with schools throughout the city and offer sports, arts, and case management (all free). There are early-childhood programs for infants to 5-year-olds, and classes in fitness, aquatics, and martial arts. Prices vary by branch.

Yorkville Youth Athletic Association
323 E. 91st St.
212-360-0022
yyaa.org
Seeking to fill voids in the city’s athletic offerings, this enormous volunteer program offers extensive baseball (see “Baseball”) and basketball programs, as well as flag football in the winter (grades three to nine, $130) and tennis (grades two to five, October to November and December to March, $200 a year). There’s also a popular roller-hockey program in the spring and fall (grades two to six, $150 plus equipment costs).

 
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From the Fall 2004 edition of the New York Family Guide
   
   
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