It might not be on your mind when you’re sweeping 6 inches of snow off your car, so the DeWitt Park and Recreation Department is reminding everyone that it has fall programs.

Not to worry, all the activities are indoors. Participants can stay warm and dry regardless of what Mother Nature has in mind.

Swimming programs

The first is the parent-tot swimming program at the DeWitt Fitness Center from Nov. 12 to Dec. 10. 

The program is open to children ages 6 months to 4 years, and will take place Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6 to 6:45 p.m. No class will be held Nov. 28.

There will be 30 minutes of instruction, plus 15 minutes of free time. Classes will focus on a child’s acceptance of water — at the child’s pace. The cost is $35 per registered child.

Private swimming lessons are available for all ages. For more information, call the fitness center at (563) 659-5127.

Pickup Basketball 

DeWitt Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Lake said last year’s pick-up basketball program “went really well,” so that is back on the schedule. It is open to participants 16 and older, and it is held 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays in the high school auxiliary gym. Interested persons may drop in anytime. Program dates are Nov. 13, 20 and 27; and Dec. 4, 11 and 18.

The cost is $3 per person (please pay on site, cash-only) for two hours of open gym-style basketball.

The program will consist of six sessions of self-officiated, pick-up basketball. Games may be full-court or half-court, depending on player preference and ability.

Two game balls will be provided, and participants are asked to use the south high school building entrance. Cancellations will be posted on the DeWitt Parks and Recreation Facebook page, and a recreation supervisor will be on site each week. 

All skill levels are welcome, and people are encouraged to bring a friend. For more information, contact the fitness center.

Basketball instruction/games

The boys and girls basketball program will be underway soon, with two dates of instruction at Central DeWitt High School and five weeks of games at Ekstrand Elementary and the high school auxiliary gymnasiums.

Players will be divided into teams by ability, teams will be coached by parent volunteers and sorted by gender if numbers are appropriate.

Instruction dates are Saturdays, Dec. 7 and 14. All age groups (grades first through sixth) will be instructed at the high school competition gymnasium.

For girls, instruction on both dates will be 8-10 a.m. For boys, it will be 10 a.m.-noon.

Instructors will be boys high school head coach Grady Gallagher, and girls high school head coach Chad Specht.

Practices will be held Saturdays for first- and second-graders, Jan. 4 and 11, for one hour for each team (to be assigned), and Sundays for third- through sixth-graders, Jan. 5 and 12.

Games will be Sundays, Jan. 19 and 26; and Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23. Make-up date will be March 1.

Games will be at Ekstrand Elementary for first- and second-graders, or the auxiliary gym for 3- through sixth-graders.

There will be a pre-game practice time of 15 minutes prior to each game.

Some dates may have different locations; a full schedule will be provided on the first date.

The cost is $65 per player by the Dec. 5 deadline. The cost will increase to $75 per player after the deadline, assuming space remains.

The uniform will consist of a Dodger reversible purple/white mesh tank top. These are the same as the soccer jerseys, and are available at The Family Tree, 808 Sixth Ave.

Tumbling program

The youth tumbling program will take place weekly at the fitness center over 12 weeks beginning Dec. 7. It is open to children ages 2-9 (as of Dec. 7, 2019) on Saturday mornings.

Classes are scheduled Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28; and Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25 and 22.

Two class times per age group are available. It will be first-come, first-served.

Classes for ages 6-9 are either 10:50-11:50 a.m. or noon-1 p.m.; ages 4-5 are 9-10 a.m. or 1:10-2:10 p.m.; ages 2-3 are 8:20-8:50 a.m. or 10:10-10:40 a.m.

The cost is $5 per participant, and the curriculum is structured by Fitnastics Gymnastics & Cheerleading.

No experience is necessary. Training may include cartwheels, tuck rolls, back bends, round-offs, straddle rolls, handstands and more. 

Registration currently is open until capacity is reached. Contact the fitness center for information.

All registration is online at parks.cityofdewittiowa.org.