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The Junior Blues program offers countless ways for young people to learn new skills, make friends and stay active in a supportive and inclusive environment. Whether your child is jumping into the pool for the first time or training for a regional gymnastics competition, there really is something for everyone.


  • Junior Blues Guide20122013Athletic Programs for Children and Youth

  • Fact is, kids need at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day. Every day.Visit www.participACTION.com to learn more.

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    Welcome to the Junior Blues programs at the University of Torontos Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education! We offer a broad array of classes designed to keep children and youth active and healthy while learning skills for a lifetime.

    The Faculty strives to create and maintain a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere that is aligned with University policies and guidelines on equity, diversity and excellence. This commitment is reflected in a variety of targeted strategies and initiatives. Our first priority is to support the student experience at U of T, and our programs and scheduling reflect this priority.

    The Athletic Centre and Varsity Centre are also rich teaching and learning environments, where research and degree programs are conducted alongside the co-curricular programs. This gives participants access to faculty and staff who have the latest knowledge about the science of physical activity.

    Registration Dates2012-2013 Fall/winter programs and spring gymnastics: August 30, 2012 March Break camp and winter aquatics: December 13, 2012 Summer camp: February 21, 2013

    All registration opens at 8:00 a.m. Schedules, dates and prices for pro-grams are available online, at the Athletic Centre and at Varsity Centre.


  • TABLE OF CONTENTSFacilities and Information 3

    Hours 3 Info 4Locations 5

    Program Descriptions 6

    Drop-in 6Registered 7

    Registration Form 15



    Athletic Centre 416.978.3436

    Fall + Winter September 10, 2012 May 5, 2013 MonFri 7:00 a.m. 11:00 p.m. SatSun 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

    Spring + Summer May 6, 2013 September 9, 2012 MonFri 7:00 a.m. 9:00 p.m. SatSun 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

    Please note the facilities are closed on statutory holidays, check the website for December holiday hours.

    Main Office

    Fall + Winter September 10, 2012 May 5, 2013 MonFri 8:00 a.m. 10:00 p.m. SatSun 9:00 a.m. 4:45 p.m.

    Spring + Summer May 6, 2013 September 9, 2012 MonFri 8:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m. SatSun 9:00 a.m. 4:45 p.m.

    Varsity Centre 416.978.6428

    Dome Fall + Winter December 2012 April 2013 MonSun 7:00 a.m. 10:30 p.m.

    Field/Track Spring + Summer May 2013 November 2013 MonSun 7:00 a.m. 10:30 p.m.

    Arena Fall + Winter September 2012 April 2013 MonSun 7:00 a.m. 12:00 a.m.

    Sport Court Spring + Summer May 2013 August 2013 MonSun 7:00 a.m. 12:00 a.m.


    Main facility doors open and change rooms are accessible 15 minutes before programs begin.


  • ContactsGeneral Information 416.978.3436 Ext. 0

    Fax 416.946.7679

    Email junior.blues@utoronto.ca campuoft@utoronto.ca

    Manager, Children & Youth: Jen Leake 416.978.2963

    www.juniorblues.ca www.campuoft.ca

    More information, including policies and FAQs are available online at www.juniorblues.ca Please review this information before registering and before the first class.

    Age GuidelinesAge guidelines for Junior Blues programs are based on a childs developmental stage, the facility in which the program is held and individual program goals. Your childs safety and enjoyment are important to us. We ask that all parents and guardians adhere to age guidelines.

    All children participating in classes for three- and four-year-olds must be the minimum age specified in the class description by the first day of class. All children participating in classes for those five and over must be the minimum age specified in the class description by the last day of class. If you would like to enroll your older child in a program that is set for younger children, please contact the main office.

    Programs for children under three are family programs and require an adult to attend and fully participate with the child. One adult per child is required.

    DiscountsDiscounts for Junior Blues programs are available for children of U of T students and Athletic Centre members. Contact the main office for details. Note that time restrictions apply.

    RefundsRefunds are available for most programs until the start of the second class. Visit the website or contact the main office for more information. An administrative fee will apply.

    Supervision RequirementsParents/guardians are responsible for their children at all times. Children under 12 years of age must be supervised by an adult. Some facilities have specific supervision requirements; please ask if you have any questions. Unaccompanied minors (17 and under) are not permitted to enter or use the facilities unless formally registered in a program.

    Facility Access Programs at the Athletic Centre, Varsity Centre and Varsity Arena require a facility access pass (green card). For Athletic Centre programs that enter through the turnstiles pick up your access pass at the main office. For Varsity Centre and Varsity Arena programs, pick up your pass at the desk on the way into the facility.



  • LoCATIons

    Athletic CentreThe Athletic Centre is located on the west side of U of Ts St. George campus at the intersection of Harbord St. and Spadina Ave. It is easily accessible from the Spadina subway station and by streetcar.

    55 Harbord St., Toronto, ON M5S 2W6

    Entry: All participants must enter and exit the Athletic Centre through authorized entrances only. Specific program entrances are found on the website.

    For ticketed events in the sports gym, enter via 320 Huron St.

    Varsity CentreVarsity Centre is located on the southeast corner of Bloor St. and Devonshire Pl. (one block east of St. George St.) at the north end of the St. George campus. It is just steps away from the St. George and Museum subway stations.

    299 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON M5S 1W2

    Entry: All participants must enter and exit Varsity Centre through the pavilion entrance off Devonshire Pl. (at the south end of the stadium).

    For ticketed events, enter from the Bloor St. entrance.

    Parking and Bike Racks: Bike racks with camera surveillance are available at the Athletic Centre on Harbord St. and Classic Ave., and at Varsity Centre near the pavilion entrance on Devonshire Place.

    Metered street parking is available around the periphery of the Athletic Centre and Varsity Centre. Underground parking lots near the facilities include Graduate House (60 Harbord St.), which can be accessed by traveling north on Spadina Ave. and east on Glen Morris Ave., and on the east side of St. George St. just north of Harbord St. For more infor-mation, contact the U of T parking office at 416.978.7275.

    Ticketed Event Entrance

    Subway Station

    Walking Access Only

    5Athletic Programs for Children and Youth


    DroP-In ProGrAMsOur drop-in programs are a fun way to explore the facilities with the whole family! Members must accompany and participate with their children when taking advantage of our drop-in programs. These programs may be cancelled due to special events. To avoid disappointment, please check the website at www.physical.utoronto.ca before coming to the facility. A family day pass is available for non-members on Sundays.

    Fun Swim Dive, play, use inner tubes and simply enjoy the pool at your leisure. Parent and guardians are responsible for the children in their care while in the facility and must supervise their children at all times. Visit the website for detailed supervision requirements in the pools.

    Family Skate Varsity Arena welcomes everyone to come out for family skate! CSA-approved helmets are strongly recommended for beginners and mandatory for children. Members must accompany their children on the ice, wearing skates.

    Family Squash and Table TennisChildren must wear goggles for squash and everyone must provide their own equipment. Courts can be booked at scheduled times through the main office.

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  • Active StartActive Start programs for children 2 to 5 years of age are based on the Long-Term Athlete Development model, aimed at increasing lifelong activity levels for children and youth.

    Active Start Parent and Tot 24 years Active Start Pre-school 35 yearsAgility, balance and coordination are taught through fun and games. Active play for toddlers and pre-schoolers enhances fitness and physical literacy. This program will ensure children acquire basic movement skills, building towards more complex skills, and laying a foundation for lifelong physical activity. Children in the parent and tot class (ages 2 to 4) participate with a parent or guardian.

    AquaticsFrom Red Cross learn-to-swim programs to introductory water polo, we have something for everyone to enjoy in the pool! Prerequisites and transition charts from other learn-to-swim programs are available on the website in the FAQ Aquatics section. For safety reasons children must demonstrate prerequisites to remain in the program.

    Aquatics Parent & TotThe primary goals of this class are basic water orientation and having fun. Each child between 6 months and 4 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Children who are not toilet trained must wear swim diapers. This class is taught in the teach pool. Red Cross Starfish and Duck levels are taught.

    Aquatics Pre-school 35 Years

    Sea TurtleThis entry-level class develops early skills such as sub-merging, front and back floats and glides. Pre-schoolers participate independently of their parents at this level. Children must be a minimum of 37 inches tall and three years of age by the first class. Thi


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