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Gymnasium Sports

The City of Barrie offers a variety of different gymnasium drop-ins at both the East Bayfield Community Centre and the Holly Community Centre.

Programs include Preschool Drop in (ages 0–5yrs), Family Drop in, After School Drop in, Teen’s Only Drop in, Open Gym and Adult Drop ins (must be 16yrs and older). Please refer to our drop-in schedules for times and days.

Children under the age of 10 years must be supervised by a parent or guardian that is 15yrs of age or older in all of the drop-ins. Equipment that is permitted during the drop-ins: basketball, volleyball, badminton and pickleball. Floor hockey is not permitted.

Frequently Asked Questions
How can I book a gymnasium?  

To book a gymnasium please contact 705-739-4220 Ext 4515. Gymnasiums at the East Bayfield and Holly Community Centres are only open to the public for bookings on Saturdays from 4:30 -9 pm. Please fill out the form found at the City of Barrie website https://services.barrie.ca/facilitybooking/

What should I/ my child wear for our Sports program?  

The following are general recommendations please see receipt for specifics.

Please wear indoor running shoes with non-marking soles and comfortable, loose fitting clothes (for example, t-shirt, shorts, track pants, etc.) The programs are active and participants will be doing lots of activities.

Do I need to purchase any equipment for my child’s Sport program?  

The majority of youth Sports programs provide all of the equipment that is required. If participants are asked to bring something to class, this information will be included in the confirmation text on your receipt and/or listed in the description of the program.

My child does not meet the age criteria for a class, can we have permission to register in it anyway?  

Although age is not always indicative of a child’s ability level, our courses are designed to be age appropriate. This includes consideration of cognitive and physical development landmarks,  and socialization. Age overrides are considered on a case by case basis and can be directed to Recreation Information (Recreation.Information@barrie.ca, 705-739-4287).

In cases where age overrides are granted, the instructor will ultimately assess whether the course is a good fit for the student and may discuss other course options or withdrawal from course with the parent/guardian.

Can we remain in the program space with our child?  

The majority of youth Sports programs are independent activities – parents/guardians, siblings and friends are welcome to stay and watch from outside the program area (i.e. viewing area) during the class. In most cases, the last class will consist of an activity that will allow parent participation.


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