YMCA Battle Registrations Available

July 20, 2018

The “Battle” consists of two divisions, a large division and small division. The divisions are made up of national and local-area companies, agencies or organizations. The Large Division consist of those organizations which has more than 101 employees and the Small Division is stocked with companies with employees numbering 100 or less.


The Battle of the Businesses pits opposing teams against one another in fun-filled, action-packed, fun, and mentally challenging games, events and challenges with the purpose filled goals of providing a high-quality, low-cost, teambuilding extravaganza event.


Each year, over 1,000 employees wearing different colored team t-shirts compete in the Battle with this year’s tagline of “Developing Team Spirit.”


“The Battle of the Businesses brings the community together in a powerful way,” said Tom Anderson, the branch manager for the Lakewood Family YMCA and the director of the Battle of the Businesses. “I’ve seen managers, CEO’s, supervisors and corporate leaders working side-by-side with frontline employees.” “The Battle is really about bringing the community together, and strengthening the bounds of teamwork for each team.”


The lineup of events this year are one-pitch softball, 9-hole golf scramble, bowling, pickleball, escape room, co-ed volleyball, 800 medley running relay, predicted mile walk, BMX bike racing, 8-ball pool doubles, team dodgeball, w-person Scrabble tournament, trivia quiz, Rube Goldberg Machine competition, 2-mile walk/run, women’s miniature golf, paddling, bean bag toss, Sur”Y”vor and talent show bonus event.

The weeklong event venues are the Jamestown YMCA. Lakewood YMCA, Bergman Park, Jones and Gifford Park, Maplehurst Country Club, Jamestown Bowling Company, Escape Rooms Jamestown, Strider Field, Charlie’s BMX Track, The Chadakoin Club, Richard O. Hartley Park and Midway State Park. 


A team captains meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 30 at 6 p.m. at Alfies Restaurant in Lakewood. 


Complimentary summer memberships from now until September 15 are also available to all company employees that are signed up to participate in the Battle events.  Current YMCA members are excluded from this incentive.  For more information, please contact the company’s team captain. 


A special thank you goes out to this year’s event sponsors - BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union and Scott Mekus of Eventz by Scott.


Battle informational packets can be picked up now at the Jamestown or Lakewood YMCA. The registration deadline is August 3, 2018. Interested businesses can also contact Tom Anderson at (716) 763-0303.