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A Busy Mom's Guide to New York City Summer Day Camps 2014 - Part 4: Sports Day Camps

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by Judy C
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While sports-related activities and sports-only summer camp options are available at most general interest camps around the city such as Asphalt Green, the YMCA, the 92nd and 14th Street Ys, sometimes a sports-only camp is the best route to take for your active child. Fortunately, New York City is full of athletic camps that will keep kids active and parents happy all summer long!
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Atlantic Yachting
Age range: 9-15

Location: Drop off is at W 79th St and Riverside Dr
(212) 518-4604

Offerings: Is there anything better than spending the summer learning to sail? Whether your child is a beginner or has his sea legs, kids get the amazing opportunity to learn how to sail on the Hudson River. During class, aspiring boating enthusiasts learn how to prepare the boat, cast off lines, the rules of racing, and even get to take sail under the George Washington Bridge and by the Statue of Liberty. Sign me up! (Please note that all participants must be able to swim). If the weather is bad and too dangerous to be out on the boat, campers spend the day at local area museums and other indoor educational spaces.

Weekly options: While the course is specifically designed in 2-week sessions, kids can take it one week at a time. There are six different 2-week sessions available.

Summer camp dates: June 9 - August 29.
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Basketball City
Age range: 7-17

Location:
299 South St
(212) 233-5050

Offerings: Learn how to “shoot like Mike” each week by current and former professional, high school, and college basketball players. Coaches will help kids improve their techniques in dribbling, passing, and shooting. Campers also participate in friendly contests in order to build confidence along with a better understanding of how the game is actually played. To really get into the game, jerseys are provided for each player.

Weekly options
: Flexible enrollment options are available on a week-by-week basis. Register as soon as you're able as spots are limited.

Summer camp dates: June 16 - September 5.
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Gotham Summer Tennis Camp
Age range: 5-14

Locations: Various locations in Manhattan, the Bronx and the Hamptons. Check the website for one nearest you.

Offerings: If your child loves tennis, no matter how well they play the game, this is the camp for them. Each day they will learn to improve their strokes, strategy and footwork. Certified instructors work with them on stretching, drills and instruction, they have lunch (they recommend sending a bagged lunch because they only provide beverages and light food for the kids) and then they do it all over again.

Weekly options: Flexible enrollment is available on a week-by-week basis and some locations offer half and full-day options.

Summer camp dates: June 9 - August 29
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Kids in Sports Summer Camp
Age range: 2.5-3, 4-6, 4-8

Location:
Temple Israel (ages 2.5-3)
112 E 75th St

All Soul Church (ages 4-6)
1157 Lexington Ave

Randall’s Island (ages 4-8, children are picked up and dropped off at an Upper East Side location)
(212) 744-4900

Offerings: For the younger groups daily activity takes place in an indoor facility and includes sports such as: baseball, football, soccer, basketball, floor hockey, volleyball, and other traditional camp activities. The older group travels to Randall’s Island to participate in a variety of sports and cooperative learning experiences as well as play in the water areas, especially on hot days.

Weekly options
: Flexible enrollment options are available on a week-by-week basis or by 4, 8 and 12-week sessions. Learn more on their website.

Summer camp dates
: June 2 - August 28.
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Kids of Summer
Age range: 6-14

Location: Campers meet each morning at W 104th St & Riverside Dr–and continue on the Ball fields at W 106th St in Riverside Park. Nearby gymnasiums are used during inclement weather.

Offerings: Whether your child has ever picked up a baseball bat or is already swinging for the fences this camp has something to help foster their love of the game. Taught by Major League scouts and former NCAA players, your future Hall-of-Famer will learn techniques in stretching, hitting, fielding, throwing, base running and pitching. Groups are broken down by age and ability and each week the “Kids of Summer World Series” is played alongside an awards ceremony for confidence building.

In addition, Kids of Summer Sports also offers multi-sports camp options with basketball and soccer. If you choose to this route your child will participate in baseball in the morning and either soccer or basketball in the afternoon.

Weekly options: Flexible enrollment is offered on a week-by-week basis or by 3, 4 and 6-week sessions.

Summer camp dates: June 10 - September 6.
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Randalls Island Golf & Sports
Age range: 5-10

Location:
1 Randall’s Island (Transportation to and from is available for an additional fee)
(212) 427-5689

Offerings: This summer camp is perfect for a kid who doesn't have a favorite sport yet. Morning sessions focus on a different core sport such as: golf, soccer, baseball, horseback riding or tennis. After lunch, the focus turns to other activities such as: hitting balls in a batting cage, going on a bike ride, playing a game of kickball, playing volleyball, badminton or ga-ga, or participating in relay races.

Weekly options: Flexible enrollment is available on a week-by-week basis or by 1, 2 and 3-week sessions.

Summer camp dates
: July 8 - August 23.
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The Baseball Center NYC
Age range: 4-5, 6-12

Locations:
The Baseball Center
202 W 74th St
(212) 362-0344
Riverside Park for outdoor activity

Offerings: Everything your young child needs to know about baseball is taught at this camp including outdoor and indoor skill training, history of the game, scorekeeping, and stats gathering.

Weekly options
: Flexible enrollment is available on a daily or week-by-week basis. Full day programming is available for the 6-12 age group. Learn how to sign your child up here.

Summer camp dates: June 2 - September 5.
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Chelsea Piers
Age range: 3-17

Location:
W 23rd St & Hudson River Park
(212) 336-6666

Offerings: With 16 different camps to choose from it will be easy to find something for your little sports enthusiast. Camp options include: ice skating, gymnastics, ice hockey, golf, performance golf, sports academy, elite soccer, bowling, basketball, and urban adventure. Several of the camps are designed specifically for the preschool and junior age groups.

In addition to the daily sports camp recreational period and cross fit training, campers also enjoy unique opportunities such as harbor cruises and special appearances by professional and Olympic athletes.

Weekly options
: Flexible enrollment options on a week-by-week basis.

Summer camp dates
: June 16 - August 29.
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Super Soccer Stars Summer Camp
Age range: 2.5-3, 3-5, 6-12

Locations: Various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Please check the website for location nearest you.

Offerings: This popular program offers several summer camp options for little soccer fans. Both indoor and outdoor play is available for little kids while the older children spend their time outdoors. No matter the program all campers will improve their soccer skill development while, through weekly themes, learn about the different countries where soccer is popular.

Weekly options
: Flexible enrollment is available on a week-by-week basis.

Summer Camp dates: June 16 - August 29.
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Previous article in the series: Part 3: Pre-School Day Camps
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