Summer Sports Camps: Kids team up for good times

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summer sports campsThere are less than three weeks until the bell rings signaling the end of school and the start of summer. For many children, that run home on the last day is actually the first jog of a sports-filled summer.

Sports camps — baseball, soccer, football, swimming, tennis and more— are a popular choice for many kids. The team-based camps are also a favorite of parents. Sports camps teach more than fancy-footwork and dribbling, they are a fun and supportive environment where kids can learn discipline, sportsmanship and experience the pride of achieving new skills.

There are many sports camps taking place in Long Beach this summer. Here is an overview.

AYSO Soccer Camp

AYSO Soccer Camps offers a variety of programs including full-day or half-day camps, mini-camps, advanced training camps, and specialized clinics. Soccer Camps coaches are Safe-Haven trained and AYSO approved coaches. The summer programs work with players on technical and tactical aspects of the game, with sessions designed for each age group. Advanced Training Camp are also available for more experienced players who aspires to take their game to the next level.  Long Beach soccer camps will take place July 26 to July 30 or August 9 to August 13. The AYSO Camps fill up every summer, so early registration is strongly suggested. Details at

Hi-Five Sports Camp

Kids play a different sport every other week in the Hi-Five Sports Camp at Pan American Park. Youngsters will practice new athletic skills, learn the value of teamwork and good sportsmanship, and engage in activities to promote physical fitness. Basketball, volleyball, soccer and flag football will be played in two-week sessions. Call 562-570-1660.

Long Beach Junior Crew Rowing Camp

Summer Camp sessions are open to beginners, advanced beginners and intermediate rowers ages 12-18 years old. Long Beach Junior Crew (LBJC) is a coed rowing program for local students. For information and registration forms contact Georgy Haitz at

Sand, Sea and Beach Volleyball Camps

Join Rady Stoklos and Sinjin Smith for Beach Volleyball Camp takes place on the sand just east of Belmont Pool mid-June through the end of August. Campers can choose to come one day at a time, one week or multiple weeks. Sand & Sea Beach Camp has morning and afternoon sessions to coincide with the Beach Volleyball camps.  Kids can enjoy beach and water activities as part of a full-day or half-day camps. Call (310) 940-7166 to enroll in the Sand and Sea or Beach Volleyball sports camps.

Summer Sports Camp with Power of One Self-Defense

The Power of One Self-Defense Institute has been running Summer Sports Camps since 1999, and hundreds of students have enjoyed activities from martial arts training, swimming, hiking, bowling, surfing to theme parks, museums, water parks and science centers.  If you are looking for a safe, fun environment for your child to work on strong positive attitudes, learning self-respect and self-discipline and opportunities for socialization then our camp is perfect for you.  The 2010 camps will focus on Life Skills for Success with a curriculum that includes activities to enhance leadership skills, goal setting and follow through, responsibilities, courtesy, teamwork and much more. Power of One offers 9-10 weeks of summer camp instruction for students ages 5 years and older. More details at

Tennis Camp

Summer camps by WestCoast Tennis begin June 21 at El Dorado Park Tennis Center. The most important rule of the Billie Jean King Summer Tennis Camps is that kids have fun while discovering the game of tennis. Beginners will be taught the fundamentals of tennis. The intermediate players will work on developing solid ground strokes, serves and volleys. The advanced juniors will focus on fine-tuning their overall game during competitive situations. Good sportsmanship, and a positive attitude are strongly encouraged. In addition to the main tennis camp for ages 5-18, the are separate sports camps for Pee-Wee (ages 4-7) and High School (ages 12-18) players. Call (562) 438-8509 for information.

Youth Summer Basketball Camp

Players of all skill levels are welcome to this fun and exciting basketball camp. This two-day sports camps are geared towards both the younger basketball player looking to learn the game and the more experienced player ready to improve their fundamental skills. Various competitions and games will be held throughout the camp. Campers will be divided into groups dependent on age and skill level. Women’s basketball will have three camps June 21-25; the men’s tea, will have 2 camps June 28-July 1 and August 2-5. Details below.

Soccer Academy Camps

The Long Beach State Soccer Academy is run by the coaching staff of the Long Beach State Women’s Soccer team with current members of the soccer team as counselors. The Soccer Day Camp is focused on teaching fundamentals and applying them through games. This is an outstanding sports camp for boys and girls ages 5-3 that are either just learning soccer or for those already playing on teams. The Residential Academy Camps are designed for female soccer players who seek an intense and rewarding soccer experience, much the same as during double days of the women’s soccer program. Besides coming away with a wealth of knowledge, the campers will live and train just like the Long Beach State Soccer team does during double day workouts each pre-season. Each camper will receive a camp t-shirt and a camp ball. Details below.

Dirtbags Baseball Camps at LB State University

The Dirtbag Baseball Camps at Long Beach State University provide some of the finest college baseball camps, high school baseball camps and instructional skills clinics in Southern California. The summer baseball camps are staffed by the Long Beach State coaches and players who pride themselves in playing the game the right way. The “Dirtbags” way. The camp coaches emphasize fundamentals in throwing, hitting, bunting, field mechanics, outfield play, base-running, and pitching. Afternoon scrimmages help each participant develop new skills and elevate their level of play. The Dirtbag baseball camps offer a low coach-to-camper ratio with hands-on instruction to make the camp experience enjoyable and rewarding. Your child could meet and learn the game from a future Major Leaguer! Dirtbag Baseball Camps are open to any and all players but spaces are limited. Details below.

There are a wide variety of youth programs and camps offered at Long Beach State during the summer.  Basketball, Soccer and Baseball may be the most popular sports camps in Long Beach, but there are many team summer camps already open for enrollment. Kids can also get active this summer with camps for volleyball, track and field, water polo, tennis, swimming, softball, or strength and conditioning. Visit for details about these and other summer sports camps.

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