TIFTON — The Tiftarea YMCA is rolling through summer and making preparations for fall.

“We’ve had a busy summer,” said Tiftarea YMCA CEO Jason Bishoff. A year after the coronavirus shutdown, he said the Y has been able to run summer camps and its pool.

Bishoff’s schedule gets even more crowded in a few weeks.

The YMCA has several sports coming up, including soccer and T-ball. Soccer is available for ages 3-17, said Bishoff, and T-ball for 3-6.

Registration is $45 for YMCA members and $65 for non-members for T-ball and soccer. The fee includes a jersey and end-of-season award. Applications are due by Aug. 2. The season will run from Aug. 17-Sept. 23 for both sports.

T-ball is divided into two age groups and soccer into seven groups. Soccer will have player evaluations on Aug. 10 and Aug. 12.

The Y plans to debut a brand new after-school program this fall, one that offers a bit more variety than in the past.

“It’s going to be like no after-school program ever seen before,” said Bishoff.

Two days each week, the attendees will participate in soccer skills and drills, two days they will have pool activities, plus one day of life skills. From 5-6 p.m., Bishoff said kids will be at CrossView Baptist Church, which is located on 20th Street. Activities are at Hunt Park.

Life skills include, for the 5-8 age range, how to respond in an emergency, hygience and communication.

For those ages 9-12, skill include stress management, the role of a good night’s sleep, emotional maturity and household tasks, such as laundry

This program will be for ages 5-12. For members of the YMCA, the cost is $40 per week. Non-members will pay $60 per week.

For those needing transportation, the Tiftarea YMCA will pick kids up at school. The after-school program lasts from 3:30-6 p.m.

Bishoff said the YMCA pool continues to be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from noon until 6 p.m, Saturdays from noon-6 p.m and Sundays from 1-6 p.m.

The pool is closed on Mondays and Fridays for cleaning. When school opens back up in August, Bishoff said the pool will switch to being only open on weekends.

For more information on the TIftarea YMCA and its programs, visit their website at tiftareaymca.org.

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