There are plenty of summer camp options on Long Island, and choosing among them might be dizzying.
But if you have a budding athlete on your hands or one who is trying to improve his or her skills, you might want to consider a sports camp. We've rounded up a few for you. In addition to the camps listed below, check out your local YMCA, community center or township office for programs offered at reasonable prices. And be sure to check out our Long Island Summer Camps Guide for more camps in the area.
All Pro Sports Academy — Bellport
990 Station Road
This baseball and softball camp offers a low player-to-coach ratio with a professional staff that has included former Met and Yankee Paul Gibson as well as former major leaguers John Habyan, Joe Valentine, and Neal Heaton. Locations include North Patchogue, Center Moriches, Sag Harbor, West Islip, and Westhampton.
Camp Jacobson — Old Westbury
340 Wheatley Road
With three swimming pools and lifeguards trained by the American Red Cross, and sports activities that include baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, hockey, tennis, soccer, and more, Camp Jacobson is ideal for children interested in exploring a range of sports and activities. Programs are offered for children in age groups 3-5, 6-9, and 10-13.
Crestwood Country Day Camp and School — Melville
313 Round Swamp Road
Campers receive swimming instruction by certified instructors and lifeguards, and have the opportunity to play soccer, beach volleyball, basketball, hockey, tennis, Gaga, lacrosse, football, and golf. Children also engage in arts and crafts, adventure play, including paddle boating and zip lining, writing, drama, and more. Full-day sessions are available for children ages 2 1/2-16, while preschoolers can sign up for junior or mini days. Bus transportation is available.
Dribbling fundamentals at a Future Stars basketball camp.
Future Stars — Various locations
For more than 30 years, Future Stars has provided Long Island families with specialty day camp programs, featuring baseball, basketball, diving, field hockey, football, golf, lacrosse, multisport training, soccer, softball, swim, tennis, and volleyball. Participants benefit from drilling, instruction, and competitive play. Future Stars has locations in Old Westbury, Farmingdale, Southampton, and Patchogue.
Hofstra University Sports Academy Camps — Hempstead
1000 Fulton Avenue
Hofstra camps feature baseball, basketball, cheerleading, lacrosse, softball, soccer, volleyball, dance and kick line, and wrestling. Kids are trained by Division I college coaching staffs in the David S. Mack Sports Complex, the University Field, Hofstra Recreation Center, and James M. Shuart Stadium/Howdy Meyers Pavilion. Programs are open to campers in grades 3 to 12. Lunch is offered and door-to-door transportation is an option.
Long Island Baseball Academy at Center Island Sports — Ronkonkoma
101 Union Avenue
Here, your child has the option of attending the sports recreation camp, which exposes him or her to a variety of sports and activities with an emphasis on fun and exercise, or the baseball camp, which focuses on the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, and pitching. Summer camps are located in the indoor Ronkonkoma facility and locations throughout Suffolk County.
Swim instruction at Long Island Premiere Sports Camps emphasizes training and competition.
Long Island Premiere Sports Camps — Brentwood
44 Hastings Drive
Whether your child is looking to swim better, faster, farther or a combination of all three, the coaches and staff at LIPSC can help. “Just Swim” gives kids a sense of excitement about swimming and a sense of commitment to training goals. LIPSC offers camp sessions in June and July with full-day or half-day sessions.
Long Island Sports Academy — Islip
This is the official sports camp of the Long Island Ducks minor-league baseball team. It provides children the opportunity to learn skills in a fun and nurturing environment, including youth baseball clinics for boys and girls ages 5-13, who are instructed by Ducks coaches and players. It also offers softball camps and Baseball Tots, which teaches little ones basic motor skills related to baseball. There are also guest appearances by Long Island Ducks mascot Quacker Jack.
North Sport Athletic Facility — Northport
469 Fort Salonga Road
North Sport Athletic Facility offers camp clinics in basketball and multisports. Camp sessions are full days with a free after-care option for working parents. The winter break basketball camp is designed for boys and girls in grades 3-8, while the multisports camp is perfect for children in grades 1-7.
Tennis instruction begins at an early age at Sportime.
Sportime — Various locations
Sportime offers a variety of multisports programs as well as specialty camps in tennis, volleyball, and roller hockey. It has locations across the Island, including in Amagansett, Bethpage, Quogue, Roslyn, Kings Park, Syosset, Lynbrook, and East Hampton. Camps cater to children as young as preschool age.
Tiger Tennis Summer Programs at LIU Post — Greenvale
720 Northern Boulevard
This tennis camp was developed for children ages 5 and older by the head women's tennis coach at LIU Post. Kids who attend this all-day camp learn technique, coordination, and teamwork. They will also have an opportunity to swim in the facility's pool while supervised by a certified lifeguard.
Unlimited Sports Action — Port Washington
30 Beechwood Avenue
This summer day camp is offered for children ages 3-10 (your child must be potty trained) and features a multisports rotation led by coaches, teachers, and college student-athletes. The counselor-to-athlete ratio for the "mini" program is 1:5; the ratio for the "junior" program is 1:8. Half, extended half, and full days are offered, with the option of early drop-off.
Winner's Edge Sports Training — Various locations
Winner’s Edge offers full- and half-day outdoor camps in Nassau and Suffolk counties as well as at its indoor facility in Huntington Station. Sports include baseball, soccer, softball, dodge ball, and lacrosse. The baseball and multisports camps are designed for children ages 6-9 and 10-13.
This post, originally written in 2013, was updated in February, 2017
Top photo: The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat at Future Stars. Photos courtesy of the camps.