Kids on the Line Programs
Level 1 players
This program is for beginners who are looking to learn the game of handball. The focus will be on learning the basic skills that go into the game.
There is no registration for this program and you do not need to be a member of the YMCA. Tell the front desk you are with the MN Youth Handball program and they will direct you to the handball courts. A pair of gloves and a set of goggles will be provided at no cost.
Level 2 Players
This program is for players who have some experience playing the game of handball and/or are over the age of 12. The focus will be on learning the rules and learning to play a singles and doubles match for tournament play.
There is no registration for this program and you do not need to be a member at the University of MN Rec Center. You will be required to fill out a U of M waiver on September 22nd for the season. There is paid parking in the ramp across the street or the light rail is a block away from the rec center. Tell the front desk you are with the MN Youth Handball program and they will direct you to the handball courts. A pair of gloves and a set of goggles will be provided at no cost.
New season begins in September
1pm to 3pm
St. Paul Midway YMCA
1761 University Ave
St. Paul, MN 55104
9am to 11am
University of MN Rec Center
123 SE Harvard St
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Register Your Child
YOUNG ADULTS GIVING BACK
Three young people from the Midway YMCA volunteered to mentor participants at a Handball Camp, July 13-17. Antonio Flores (Hazel Park) , Isaac GebbenGreen (Open World Learning Community), and Joseph Salinas Lallier (Dakota Hills Middle School) worked with Coach Mitchell Lallier to demonstrate techniques and encourage the younger players.
This Handball Camp was a part of the University of Minnesota Summer Youth Sports program focusing this week on the fun sport of handball. Most of the participants were brand new to handball, but they caught on quickly with fun exercises and friendly competitions.
Antonio Flores was impressed with the ability of the young participants to learn and play handball so quickly. Coach Lallier hopes the camp participants will join the program on Saturday afternoons in the fall, running from 1-3pm at the University of Minnesota Recreation Center. The program is free to any kids 6-15 years old with equipment and coaching provided.
By midweek, whenever a leader would call out, "What is the best sport?", the rest of the group would respond: "Handball is #1!" Excitement like this is fun to be around.
Joseph, Isaac, and Antonio were introduced to handball at the Midway YMCA, playing in both State and National tournaments. All three young men feel that giving back is important and want to be role models for others. Two of the young adults come from Latino backgrounds with strong ties to community and family, and the third comes from a family where both parents are ministers.
This kind of commitment and leadership is nice to find in our community, and it is great to see that they have the chance to share it at the University of Minnesota this summer.