Sports Academy

Ages 5 - 12 • Field House

For the young athlete who enjoys a wide variety of sports, the Sports Academy is a dream come true. Basketball, soccer, baseball and volleyball headline the roster of sports offered at the Sports Academy, Manhattan's most exciting and comprehensive multi-sport camp. In addition to these popular sports, campers also have the opportunity to ice skate, bowl, rock climb and do gymnastics.

The goal of the Sports Academy is not only to offer young campers a place to play, but to teach them a wide range of skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. Through spirited play geared towards individual ability levels, campers learn multiple sports, gain self-confidence and acquire a love of sports to match their talents and interests. At the Sports Academy, we firmly believe that confidence is the key to success and, therefore, teach campers to feel good about sports and their own abilities. Campers must turn 5 by 7/1/18.


Camp Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Drop-off: 8:30am-9:00am

Camp Features

  • Age-appropriate curriculum designed to teach sport skills and to ensure fun and safety
  • Expert coaches and counselors are engaged in all activities with the campers to help them progress in skills and game play
  • Morning team building activities and fun stretching routines
  • Cognitive learning in all of the sports taught
  • Curriculum is designed by each individual coach to create a positive learning environment and encourage full participation so that each camper can benefit from each lesson
  • Creative "Spirit Games" that involve fun competition with the coaches, counselors and campers
  • Demonstrative counselor games so the campers can see the coaches and counselors play the sports in a constructive learning environment


An age and level-appropriate curriculum is developed for each group to maximize learning, safety and fun, and to allow campers to achieve a high level of competency in all sports. Each day, campers develop and practice specific athletic skills and learn sportsmanship and team play through fun, spirited activities. Instructors promote social interaction and teach problem-solving skills on and off the field. Each afternoon, campers are given the opportunity to practice their newly acquired skills during structured games. In addition to traditional sports, campers enjoy flag football, floor hockey, ultimate frisbee, team building and cooperative games. Introducing these fresh activities gives campers even more opportunities to learn new sports. Throughout the summer, campers participate in exciting annual "Spirit Games."

Recreational Period / Cross-Training

In addition to their daily activities, campers experience many of the other sports available at Chelsea Piers, including bowling, gymnastics, ice skating and more. Chelsea Piers provides equipment for all recreational activities.

17-foot high, Super-fun Waterslide

On designated days, summer campers can cool off and enjoy the fun and excitement of our waterslide. Parents are notified when to send their child to camp with a bathing suit and towel.


The Sports Academy is located on the sports side of the Field House, a multi-sport facility that features two indoor playing fields (for soccer, baseball, European team handball and more), two hardwood basketball/volleyball courts and four batting cages. Campers also have access to the other world-class facilities at Chelsea Piers, including the ice rinks, gymnastics center and bowling center.


Experienced, professional coaches lead daily training sessions in each sport. Mature and responsible counselors also provide supervision and support throughout the day. A low camper/instructor ratio ensures personal attention for each camper and maximizes safety.

Weeks Offered

WK 1: June 18 - 22
WK 2: June 25 - 29
WK 3: July 2 - 6*
WK 4: July 9 - 13
WK 5: July 16 - 20
WK 6: July 23 - 27
WK 7: July 30 - August 3
WK 8: August 6 - 10
WK 9: August 13 - 17
WK 10: August 20 - 24
WK 11: August 27 - 31

*No camp on July 4th.


May 18
May 19
SAVE: 8+ weeks $675/wk $770/wk
3-7 weeks $705/wk $855/wk
Two weeks $735/wk $875/wk
One week $795/wk $895/wk

NEW: Early Bird Specials

10% OFF
Receive an additional
10% OFF combinations of
Weeks 1 & 2 or 1, 2 & 3 (half or full)
WK 2 3 DAYS: Wed, Thurs & Fri $480
WK 3
July 4th
2 DAYS: Mon & Tue OR Thurs & Fri $320
4 DAYS: Mon, Tue, Thurs & Fri $650

Summer Camp customers can register quickly and easily online for all camps, transportation and after-care options through our online registration system. This system allows you to instantly enroll your child and manage your camp account throughout the summer.

If you did not create an account in 2017, please read our Parent Handbook for detailed instructions on how to set up your account. If you already have an account, simply log in to the “Parent Dashboard” and select the camps and weeks of your choice. Note that we do not accept registrations over the phone. Please register online or fax/mail the application. If faxing, you must call to confirm receipt.


Camp begins at 8:30am and ends at 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. Please email or call the Camp Office (212.336.6846) for specific daily schedules.
Camp runs from June 18 through August 31. We know how difficult it is to coordinate summer plans, so we have packaged our camps into weekly sessions. Register on or before May 18 and receive Early Bird Pricing. Discounts are also available if you sign up for multiple weeks of the same camp. For tuition questions, please call 212.336.6846.
For an additional charge, licensed school bus vans, fully equipped with seat belts and two-way radio dispatch, pick up and drop off campers at convenient locations. Click here for more information and pricing.
If you are registering for the following week of camp, online registration closes at midnight the WEDNESDAY prior. Online registration for transportation closes at midnight the MONDAY prior to the week of camp. After these dates, please contact the Camp Office at 212.336.6846 to register.
Chelsea Piers provides nourishing, well-balanced, and generous lunches for all campers. The midday break is a time when campers relax and meet with friends. Camp lunches, which are prepared by the catering partners of Chelsea Piers, are nutritional and satisfying, and always include a vegetarian option. Camp lunches include hamburgers, hot dogs, green beans, meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, vegetable medley, sliced turkey, mashed potatoes, pizza, baked ziti, chicken fingers, salad, watermelon, bagels with cream cheese or butter, assorted yogurts and cookies. Campers can choose from water and milk.
Chelsea Piers offers an Aftercare program in the Field House from 4:30pm to 6:00pm each day. Click here for more information and pricing.
Our maximum ratio is 10 campers to 1 coach.
There is a daily recreation period where campers participate in different activities at our incredible sports venues. Some of these activities include field sports, ice skating and bowling. A schedule of each activity is emailed to parents the week before camp.
Sports Academy campers are primarily grouped by age and ability. Our coaching staff then evaluates each camper's skill level in order to provide appropriate challenges as the camp progresses.
While we cannot guarantee any group requests to place your camper with another, we do our best to accommodate. Grouping requests must be submitted via email to before 12 noon on the Friday prior to the week of camp. Age, gender, and skill level will always be taken into consideration.
While grouping campers with a specific staff member is very difficult due to many factors, we do our best to accommodate. Though each group has a primary coach and counselor, it is possible that campers may communicate and work with other staff members throughout camp.


We offer a bus service that provides pick-up and drop-off at multiple locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Chelsea Piers is also easily accessible by car and public transportation. On-site parking is available with a free 20-minute grace period, the M23 bus, which runs across 23rd Street, stops at the entrance to Chelsea Piers. The M14-D crosses 14th Street and ends at 18th Street and the West Side Highway, across the street from Pier 59. For directions, click here.
Sports Academy camp drop-off and pick-up are on the sports side at the Field House. With the exception of campers who are at least 12 years old and approved for dismissal, all campers must be accompanied by an adult during check-in and pick-up.
Parents receive an email from the camp office Wednesday - Friday of the week before their child attends camp with pick-up and drop-off information for each week they are enrolled in camp. If you do not receive a call, please email, and a representative from the Camp Office will get back to you.
Chelsea Piers Summer Camps have athletic trainers who monitor the safety of the campers and dispense medication to any child who has medication and a note from their parents.
Yes. Water fountains are available at each camp venue. All campers have a designated snack time.
All campers will need their camp t-shirt, tennis shoes and socks for their daily recreational activity. Campers may NOT wear: jeans, pants with zippers and buttons, baggy or oversized clothing.
Please leave all toys and non-camp related personal items at home. This includes handheld games, jewelry, cell phones and iPods. Chelsea Piers is not responsible for lost or stolen property.
Chelsea Piers offers an Aftercare program in the Field House from 4:30pm to 6:00pm each day. Click here for more information and pricing.


A non-refundable $175 per week deposit is required at the time of registration. The balance of tuition must be paid in full by May 9, 2018. All campers who register after May 9, 2018 must pay the entire tuition at the time of registration. Checks will not be accepted as a form of payment after June 1, 2018, nor will they be accepted for walk-ups or for those enrolling in camp the same day. Credit cards or cash will be accepted forms of payment. If you are extending camp weeks for your child on or after May 9, the credit card on file will be charged.

Transportation/Aftercare Information

Transportation can only be added or edited up to the Tuesday prior to camp session, and Aftercare up until the Thursday prior to the camp session. Please note that if you chose transportation you will be emailed or called with your pick-up time the Friday before your child starts camp.

Campers who remain at Chelsea Piers after 4:30pm will be placed in our Aftercare Program. This program allows parents the chance to complete their workday and affords campers a chance to unwind and relax after a long day. Campers may be picked up in the Field House between 4:30pm - 6:00pm. Aftercare will be billed according to use and no pre-payment is required at the time of registration.

Cancellations and Making Changes

If you paid-in-full and would like to cancel camp before May 9, 2018, all of your money will be returned to you except the $175 per week cancellation fee. After this date, no refunds will be granted for absences, transportation delays, or withdrawals for any other reason. Refunds will not be granted in the event that an act of war (declared or otherwise), strike/work stoppage, natural disaster or reasons beyond the control of Chelsea Piers, disrupts or forces the cancellation of camp.

There is a $45 change fee for each change made before May 18, 2018 to the original application. On or after May 18, 2018, there is a $45 change fee plus the actual cost of camp. If there are any changes regarding transportation, your child's attendance at camp or early pick-up, please contact us via one of the following methods.

Phone: 212.336.6846
Fax: 212.336.6720

Walk-up Fee and Other Fees

All registrations received after 4:00pm on the Thursday prior to the start of desired week of camp incur a $50 walk-up fee.

Aftercare is available in the Field House for an additional fee of $40 per day or $150 per week from 4:30pm - 6:00pm. Parents will be charged a $25 late fee every half hour for picking up their children after 6:00pm.