Registration and Fees
How can we register a child?
You may register a child online at www.sportsfitness.illinois.edu/
Can my child be placed in the same group as a friend/sibling?
Activities in the Sports Fitness Program are designed to be developmentally appropriate for the different age children enrolled in the program. Children will be grouped by age with 7 & 8 year olds, 9 & 10 year olds, and 11 & 12 year olds typically grouped together. We will only be accepting 140 children into each the four sessions. Children will be grouped by age so they are with others that have about the same ability levels. We want the children to experience success with the activities in which they participate. Being placed in a higher level group can lead to frustration and lack of enjoyment.
Can we switch our child to a different camp session after registering for another session?
Yes, provided there is space available in that session.
Is there a waiting list available if a session is full?
Yes, you may place your child’s name on a waiting list online for any session and will be notified if a space becomes available.
Are the activities in Sports Fitness competitive based?
The Sports Fitness Program places emphasis on skill development and the enjoyment of being physically active. In addition to physical and social skill development, we promote fun, safety, camaraderie, team work, and sportsmanship. While we do teach sport activities, they are structured to stress participation and enjoyment over competition.
Have your prices increased?
Program prices will sometimes increase from year-to-year. The Sports Fitness Program is a self-supporting program. We must cover all program expenses through enrollment fees. Of those, staffing and facility fees are our greatest expenses, both of which continue to increase. For children to receive the most enjoyable experience history has taught us to limit our enrollment and increase the instructor to student ratio. State day care regulations dictate a 20:1 student teacher ratio, ours is 8:1 allowing us to give students a better experience with more quality instructors. We try to keep fees in line with our costs while keeping our content competitive with other sport camps. This year lunch will again be included in the cost of the program.
Do we pay in full when we register a child?
There are different payment options. Online registration may be paid by credit/debit card and paid in full at the time of registration. You may also make a deposit of $50.00 per child to hold a space in the program. However, we must require payment in full before your child may begin the program. Credit/debit card payments may only be made at the time of registration. Subsequent payments must be made by check.
Are scholarships available for the Sports Fitness Program?
Unfortunately, we do not have scholarships available at this time. If you would like to make a donation to sponsor a child you may do so on our registration site.
Do payments for Sports Fitness Program fees count as a tax deduction?
Enrollment fees may count as a child care deduction. Fees may also be used as qualified expenses for your Flexible Spending Account. Consult with your tax advisor or Flexible Spending Account manager for complete information.
What to Wear/Bring/Not to Bring to the Sports Fitness Program
What should our child wear to the program?
All children MUST wear athletic shoes. Children will not be allowed to participate in any type of open toe sandal, Crocs, other forms of slip on shoes, or toe shoes. Swimming will be a regular part of our program and children must bring their own suit and towel. Children will receive a draw string sport bag on the first day of camp to carry these items. Clothing should be appropriate for warm weather physical activities. Because many of our activities will be outside we do recommend that children wear a hat and sunscreen. Due to the possibility of an allergic reaction, program staff will not be permitted to apply sunscreen to participants.
What should our child bring to the program?
Bring their Sports Fitness draw string sport bag, and their Sports Fitness water bottle.
What should our child NOT bring to the program?
Games, toys, stuffed animals, action figures, trading cards, and electronic devices are not allowed at the Sports Fitness Program. Cell phones, iPods, money, and other valuables should be left at home. Messages for your child or our staff may be left with the program secretary at 333-2461. The Sports Fitness Program will not be liable for any damage or loss of personal belongings.
What if our child requires medications during the program?
Sports Fitness Program staff will not administer medication to children unless it is brought in the original container with complete written directions. Each activity group will have a “traveling” instructor that remains with the group throughout the morning, or afternoon, sessions. Traveling instructors will carry the medication and provide it to the child as provided in the directions we receive.
Activity Locations/Drop off/Pickup/Parking/ Absences/Visitation
Where do the program activities take place?
With a few exceptions, all activities will take place in the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) and surrounding outdoor facilities. The ARC is located on the west side of campus at the corner of 1st Street and Peabody Drive (immediately north of Memorial Stadium). Beautiful turf fields, basketball courts, and tennis courts are an easy walk from the ARC.
Children will be escorted by Sports Fitness Program staff members during all transitions between facilities.
Where do I drop my child off for the Sports Fitness Program?
The drop off location for children enrolled for all sessions will be in the parking lot on the west side of the ARC. Please enter the parking lot from 1st Street proceed to the parking lane closest to the ARC and look for the Sports Fitness staff members waiting to meet you and your children. We ask that you do not leave your vehicle while in the drop off line as this parking lot is used by ARC patrons and others and we do not want to upset the traffic flow any more than necessary.
What if I drop my child off late to the program?
If you arrive after the normal morning drop off time, we ask that you park at a metered space and walk your child to the check-in counter in the ARC foyer. A staff member will be at the counter to check your child in and get them to their first activity.
Where do I pick my child up at the end of the day?
Pick-up locations are the same as drop-off. We ask that when you arrive to pick children up that you have their name(s) on a placard on your dash. We will have a staff member at the entrance to the pickup areas who will radio ahead to have your child(ren) ready. For afternoon pick up we ask your cooperation with two important things: (1) Do not enter the ARC parking lot before directed to do so by Sports Fitness staff members. Others must have access to the parking spaces and it will easily become congested if cars start waiting in line too soon. Please wait along the curb of the northbound lane of 1st Street. Please stay tight to the curb so as not to obstruct traffic. (2) Please only enter the parking lot only from the northbound lane of 1st Street. If we have cars attempting to enter from both directions we end up with major traffic congestion…and some very upset MTD drivers! There will be a staff member at the entrance to the ARC parking lot as you arrive. Please wait until directed to enter the driveway and place your child’s name on a placard on your dash. Our staff will radio the pick-up staff and they will have your child waiting when you get to the entrance. ALL CHILDREN MUST CHECK OUT BEFORE THEY LEAVE. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE YOUR CHILDREN WITHOUT CHECKING THEM OUT.
What time will children be available for pick-up?
Morning activities are scheduled until noon. We will end activities in time to have morning only children at the ARC parking lot by noon.
Afternoon activities are scheduled until 4:00pm. Again, we will bring children to the ARC parking lot by that time.
PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE EARLY AND EXPECT YOUR CHILDREN TO BE BROUGHT OUT AHEAD OF THE SCHEDULED PICK-UP TIME. THIS PULLS STAFF AWAY FROM OUR ACTIVITIES AND TRANSITIONS. IF IT IS NECESSARY TO PICK UP A CHILD EARLY PLEASE PROVIDE WRITTEN NOTIFICATION TO OUR STAFF WHEN YOU DROP YOUR CHILD OFF AT THE BEGINNING OF THE DAY.
What if there are storms at drop off or pick up time?
In the event of rain at drop off, or pick up time follow the procedures below:
Drop Off & Pick Up: Take 1st Street to Peabody Drive. Proceed east on Peabody Drive and stop along the curb in front of the ARC. We will meet you outside the front entrance to the ARC. Stay close to the curb and do not block the north entrance to the ARC parking lot.
What if I am running late to pick up my child?
If you will be late to pick up your child we ask that you call the program office at 333-2461. If picking up after the morning session your child will be escorted to the check-in counter at the ARC. Please come to the check in counter in the ARC foyer and meet your child there. If running late to an afternoon pick up we will escort your child to the Extended Care program in the ARC. Extended Care programming costs $6.00 per day and you will be assessed that fee for the extended services.
What if I am late picking my child up from Extended Care?
We must provide staff to supervise children at all times. To cover the cost of staff we will charge a fee of $5.00 for each 10 minutes past 5:15pm that you are late to pick up your child.
Are we allowed to visit camp to observe our child?
Absolutely! You are welcome anytime you would like to see what your child is up to. We just ask that you sign in at the check in location and we will get you to the location of your child’s activity.
The Sports Fitness Program Staff
Sports Fitness Staff...Who are they?
Our staff is made up primarily of undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Illinois. Many of them are pursuing their teaching certification in Physical Education. In addition, we employ graduates of the University who have worked the program in the past in leadership positions. We have also had some high school students working as junior counselors helping with equipment and escort needs. The selection process for staff positions is very involved with many highly qualified applicants. Once selected, staff members take part in about 20 hours of training and lesson preparation. We pride ourselves in being positive role models for the children in the program.