Let kids take a swing at cool baseball camp programs in NYC. Young athletes will love mastering America's pastime at these fun venues.
While you're mapping things to do with kids in NYC during the summer, make sure you explore all of these options for weekday adventures.
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Not only will these baseball camps hone your kids' hitting, pitching and base-stealing moves, but they'll also provide a chance for fun outings (think trips to cool family attractions), make new friends and even spend some time away from home (don't forget to check out other sleepaway camps in NY and beyond). Sounds like a home run to us!
Baseball camp programs for NYC kids
DREAM, formerly known as Harlem RBI, preps all players for success on and off the field. Participants up according to grades so that they start perfecting their skills and tackle new challenges with their teammates. Rookies (kindergarten and first grade) play tee ball throughout the summer months and learn the fundamentals of the game, while Dreamworks (grades 9–12) helps older kids master their moves on the field while providing academic assistance and work opportunities. Though DREAM will keep kids entertained with coaching and scrimmages, the program is about more than baseball—it's about showing kids how to reach their goals and care for others along the way. Ages 5–18.
What budding baseball player wouldn't want to learn tips from the masters? Former MLB star John Rodriquez and the knowledgable staff at the Yorkville Youth Athletic Association guides kids through the necessary skills needed on the field, such as pitching and hitting. All skill levels are welcome to hone their moves as they work toward superstardom. Travel teams are also available for those looking to take their fun on the move. Learn more about each offering here. Ages 8–12.
The Bulldog Ball Club caters to baseball players of all skill levels at its two locations: North Meadow Fields in Central Park (ages 6–12) and East Hampton High School (ages 6–14). Players are grouped according to experience and spend a portion of the day addressing skills that need work, followed by scrimmaging. Kids are in the hands of experts, so you know they'll walk away with confidence after the summer program wraps up. Learn more about the two sessions here. Ages 6–14.
The mecca of Manhattan sports provides a stellar experience for kiddies looking to stay active during the summer months. Chelsea Piers' Sports Academy allows kids to tackle a wide variety of sports during its adventurous daily offerings, including baseball, flag football, soccer and more. When it comes time to cool down after the face-offs, kids can enjoy their lunch as well as ice cream and snacks. Plus, Chelsea Piers also offers specified camp experiences for more than 15 sports. Learn about the 2019 offerings here. Ages 5–12.
Energetic kids bone up on the rules and fundamentals of sports such as baseball, basketball, soccer and volleyball, then practice what they’ve learned in mini games. Youngsters are split into age-appropriate groups to ensure they get the more out of instruction from trained coaches and staff. A little friendly competition is the perfect cure for those who claim "I'm bored" on summer vacation. Ages 5–12.
Your ball of energy can choose between a swim, sports or arts camp with expert instructors. Swimmers can tucker themselves out with endless pool time, young athletes will be in their element as they play baseball, tennis and other team sports and creatives can express themselves in many media, including the circus arts and film. Each program includes exciting weekly field trips that’ll appeal to all, such as a Mets game or rock climbing at the Cliffs in Queens. Ages 4.5–13.
Why should big kids have all the fun? Toddlers in the Summer Slugger program can take a break from the heat at the Baseball Center's 15,000-square-foot indoor facility, one of the city's best. Little ones learn the basics of the game as well as hand-eye coordination, flexibility, focus and—if all goes well— they'll develop an early love for baseball. Can't make the summer-long commitment? The center offers everything from private lessons to bating cage rentals and even birthday parties. A full-day camp is offered for those 6–12 and those from 4–12 can opt for a half-day program as well. Ages 2–3.
Although the 2019 dates have yet to be revealed, Nike Big League Baseball Camp will return to Mercy College for an exciting summer offering for older kids. At this camp, players will take their skills to new levels through lectures, invidualized attention, scrimmages and other activities. Overnight and day options are available. Learn more here.
New York Empire Baseball Camps, which are offered throughout the year when school's not in session, group young athletes by age and skill level to help them achieve their goals on the field. Kids ages 6–14 will even have a chance to choose the areas in which they want to improve, such as pitching. The summer 2019 dates have yet to be revealed, but you can learn more here.
Young athletes have the option to spend their summer perfecting their games at Columbia University's Youth Sports Camp, which offers many different areas of interest: baseball, basketball, soccer, rowing, field hockey, golf, lacrosse and so much more. Learn more about the offerings here. Ages 6–18.