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Recreation: Building Skills, Values & Community

Participating in sports is great for your health. But at the Weinstein JCC, sports go beyond the physical to give participants opportunities to grow as a person. In our youth leagues and rec programs, children, their parents and adult team members all build lasting friendships in a friendly environment. Good sportsmanship is always emphasized!

Recreation Programs

Sports can be a lot more fun when you’re participating as a group. At the Weinstein JCC, we bring children and adults opportunities for healthy fun, with classes and rec teams covering a huge range of sports activities.

For preschoolers, the Weinstein JCC is a great place to get moving! Our Lunch and Fun programs include classes in aquatics, fitness, recreation and dance for children ages three and up.

Children ages 6 - 17 can choose from a range of recreational and instructional dance programs, swimming, leagues and classes, including basketball, gymnastics, soccer, flag football, martial arts and more.  

Adults can meet friends and enjoy pick-up basketball, pickleball, running clubs and many other gym and fitness activities.

To learn more, scroll down or see our latest activity guide.

Jr. NBA Basketball League


The league, beginning with a Skills Evaluation on Sunday, January 8th is geared towards players of all levels, grades K-5, and has an emphasis on learning, skill development, sportsmanship, exercise and fun!  We will have several special events throughout the season including an opening day celebration, mid-season cookout, and an end-of-the-season awards social. Jr. NBA is a great way for your kids to fall in love with the game of basketball while making great new friends.

Each week the fundamentals of basketball are the focus, including include dribbling, passing, shooting, lay-ups, defense, and rebounding. Safety, skill development, fun, and sportsmanship are imperative. Practices are held each week prior to playing games, and all games are held at the Weinstein JCC. Team and coaching requests are limited to siblings. Make sure to take advantage of our early bird discount and sign up by December 16th!

The program includes:

  • A fantastic NBA jersey
  • Weekly newsletter with skill tips, quizzes, highlights and more
  • A new “rule of the week” introduced for each weeks games
  • Opening day celebration and closing awards banquet
  • Guaranteed playing time

 

The schedule is as follows:

Game times:

  • Preschool - 12:30 pm lessons & practice
  • Kindergarten and 1st grade – 12:30 pm practice, 1:15 games
  • 2nd and 3rd grade – 2:00 pm practice, 2:45 games
  • 4th and 5th grade – 3:30 pm practice, 4:15 games

For more information, contact Nick Pruden at 545-8607 or npruden@weinsteinjcc.org.

All-Star Soccer - Spring


Learning a new sport can help your child develop social and motor skills. In this class, your child will learn fundamental soccer skills, including dribbling, passing and scoring. Lessons taught over the eight sessions will build and end with participants combining all their newly-learned skills in a game. This is a fun, recreational class focused on teaching your child sportsmanship, listening skills and teamwork.

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CORE Tumble Bugs - Spring


In this class, children will be introduced to the joy of body movement and awareness through gymnastics, fitness exercises and educational motor development games. Children will develop flexibility, strength, coordination and balance. CORE Kids Academy’s mission is to instill and develop confidence by enhancing each child’s own capabilities through personal coaching in a group setting.

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CORE Gymnastics - Spring


In this class, children will be introduced to the joy of body movement and awareness through gymnastics, fitness exercises and educational motor development games. Children will develop flexibility, strength, coordination and balance. CORE Kids Academy’s mission is to instill and develop confidence by enhancing each child’s own capabilities through personal coaching in a group setting.

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Gym Olympics - Spring


The gym is at the heart of this class, where children will play a variety of different sports and games each week to improve team skills, body control, balance and hand/eye coordination. Perfect for children who enjoy being active.

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Sports Spectacular (NEW!)- Spring


This exciting new class is offered to all preschool children in classes that dismiss at 1:30 pm and don’t get the opportunity to participate in Lunch and Fun programming. This class will offer your child some fun time in the gym playing a variety of games and sports. Each week a different game will be played.

**CLASS IS ONLY OFFERED TO PRESCHOOL CHILDREN WHO ARE DISMISSED AT 1:30PM**

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Crazy Chemworks


Slime! Now that we have your attention, welcome to the Mad Science world of Crazy Chemworks, where kids explore chemistry through a fun series of hands on workshops. Here kids may explore the amazing features of dry ice, quick as a flash reactions, why things glow, super sticky stuff…and did we mention…Slime?

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Skills Development with HOOPS Academy - Spring


Whether you’ve played for years or never before, this introductory course will give players a chance to hone in on the fundamentals of basketball. Offering a great mix of games and specific training, this is the class for you! Join this 9-week course and see your skills truly improve! Coach Ed’s extensive knowledge of the game gives him the ability to coach and give directions for all skill levels. Coach Ed is a former college athlete and has been playing basketball virtually his entire life. He has a great passion for the sport and is the founder of “HOOPS Basketball Academy” where he coaches and trains successful boys’ and girls’ AAU basketball teams. Coach Ed also offers more intense individualized training to players of all ages. Come join us for some “HOOPS” fun!

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Exploring James River Park with Virginia Outside (NEW!)


Join the staff of Virginia Outside and explore the James River Park. From Belle Isle to the North Bank trail, to Pipeline, participants will hike through almost every inch of the park, learning about the river, the wildlife, and the history in this incredible urban wild space. Open to boys and girls in grades 3 – 6.

*Transportation provided to and from the Weinstein JCC. Children will return by 5:30 pm.

*12 child maximum

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Fishing with Virginia Outside (NEW!)


Spring is one of the best times to be out on the water as the fish awaken and the shad run up the river. In this after-school fishing program with Virginia Outside, participants will learn the basics of casting and fishing techniques while fishing local ponds around town, as well as the James River. Open to boys and girls in grades 3 – 6. No experience necessary. All equipment provided.

Transportation provided to and from the Weinstein JCC. Children will return by 5:30 pm. 12 child maximum

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Weinstein JCC Youth Leagues

By joining a youth league, children can build the foundation for a lifetime of healthy activity. The Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center is the ideal place to join. Our Center has a long history of league sports in Greater Richmond, and we’re proud of the memories we’ve created for all who have participated. 

The youth leagues at the Weinstein JCC include:

The NFL Flag Football League is for ages five to 11. This league focuses on safety, skill development, and fun. And each participant gets an NFL jersey and flag belt.

The NBA Fit Basketball League is for ages four to 11. Players practice before they play a game each week at the Weinstein JCC. (Parents—volunteers for coaching are always welcome!) Learn more and register here.

The start of Jr. NBA Basketball at the Weinstein JCC, sponsored by Designer Deliveries, is not too far off and after a fantastic season last year, we want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to get in on the fun. The league, beginning Sunday, January 3rd is geared for players of all levels, preschool (ages 4 and 5) through 5th grade, and has an emphasis on learning, skill development, sportsmanship, exercise and fun!  We will have several special events throughout the season including an opening day celebration, mid-season cookout, and an end-of-the-season awards social. Jr. NBA is a great way for your kids to fall in love with the game of basketball while making great new friends.

The program includes:

  • A fantastic NBA jersey
  • Weekly newsletter with skill tips, quizzes, highlights and more
  • A new “rule of the week” introduced for each weeks games
  • Opening day celebration and closing awards banquet
  • Guaranteed playing time

 

The schedule is as follows:

Sunday, January 8th - skill evaluation
Preschool kids will NOT have a skills evaluation and do not need to come on Sunday, January 8th
Kindergarten and 1st grade - 12:30 pm
2nd and 3rd grade – 1:30 pm
4th and 5th grade – 2:30 pm

Game times:
Preschool - 12:30 pm lessons & practice
Kindergarten and 1st grade – 12:30 pm practice, 1:15 games
2nd and 3rd grade – 2:00 pm practice, 2:45 games
4th and 5th grade – 3:30 pm practice, 4:15 games

It is going to be a fantastic and rewarding season and we would love to have you be a part of it!

In the case of bad weather, please contact the Inclement Weather Hotline at (804) 285-0422 for information regarding cancellations.

Private Sports Skills Training

Learn and practice on your own schedule with our trained instructors. Sports include basketball, football, soccer and other sports upon request. For ages five through 17 years old.

Private:

1/2-Hour Sessions
  • 1 session – $25
    5 sessions – $100
    10 sessions – $200
Hour Sessions
  • 1 session – $50
    5 sessions – $200
    10 sessions – $400

 

Semi-private:

1/2-Hour Sessions
  • 1 session – $18 (each participant)
    5 sessions – $70 (each participant)
    10 sessions – $120 (each participant)
Hour Sessions
  • 1 session – $25 (each participant) 
    5 sessions – $100 (each participant)
    10 sessions – $450 (each participant)

For details about our sports leagues and recreational programs, contact Sports, Recreation & Specialty Camps Director Nick Pruden at (804) 545-8607 or npruden@weinsteinjcc.org.