Weekly Camp Game Plan | Recreational Services
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Thank you for choosing to participate in the UI Hustling Hawkeyes Sport Camp this summer.  We are looking forward to a summer full of sports, learning healthy habits, and fun with friends!  To prepare for camp, below you’ll find all the information you’ll need to know for your campers to have a successful time with us! 

  • In case of emergency, to notify us of an absence, or for registration information, please contact Matt Schaefer at 319-467-0602 or matthew-schaefer-1@uiowa.edu.
  • Campers are expected to be respectful to other campers and staff. If a camper does not follow these guidelines, staff will communicate it to families. Staff will also notify families if a camper becomes ill or injured.  The Director reserves the right to dismiss any camper whose choices or conduct becomes detrimental to the program, others, or themselves.  No refunds will be made for dismissed campers.
  • If you have any questions about camp, you can contact Matt Schaefer at 319-467-0602 or matthew-schaefer-1@uiowa.edu

What to Bring

  • Active wear (tennis shoes, shorts, t-shirt)
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen (we expect to be outside for at least an hour each day)
  • Swimsuit (swimming is scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays)
  • Towel (swimming is scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays)
  • Lunch
  • Snack
  • Backpack/bag (recommended that each bag be labeled with each camper’s name)
  • Baseball/Softball glove recommended for Opening Kickoff Week (June 10-14)

NOTE: Personal items such as cell phones or toys should not be in use during the camp. Campers should leave them in their backpacks.

Lunch and Snack

Each camper will need to provide his/her own lunch.  All lunch boxes will be kept in coolers but we will not have access to a refrigerator or microwave.  Additionally, utensils should be provided by each camper. 

Locations

On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, camp will be located at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center to allow access to the swimming pool and rock-climbing wall.  On Thursday and Friday, camp will switch to the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex to allow access to tennis instruction and more outdoor play. 

Campus Recreation and Wellness Center: 309 South Madison Street, Iowa City, IA

  • For Drop-Off and Pick-Up, please use the Southeast Corner Entrance of the Building
  • Coming from W. Burlington Street, turn onto S. Madison Street
  • Continue along to the Recreation Center Parking Lot (corner of Court Street and South Madison Street)
  • The Southeast Corner Entrance is located across the street and adjacent to the parking lot (Picture 1 below).
  • The entrance will be marked by signs and our staff (Picture 2 below).

             

 

Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex: 2820 Prairie Meadow Drive, Iowa City, IA

  • For Drop Off and Pick Up, please use the East Entrance of the Building
  • Coming from Prairie Meadow Drive, the building will be on your right along Hawkeye Drive.
  • Continue alongside the parking lot (to the right) and the building (to the left) to reach the East Entrance of the building. It can be seen in the photo below.

    Drop-Off Procedure

    Drop-off will take place 7:45am – 8:45am.  Near the entrance of each building, parents/guardians will be met by a staff member.  If wanted, parents/guardians may temporarily park by the entrance and need only initial the sign-in sheet.  Each camper will then be escorted into the building to begin camp. 

    Pick-Up Procedure

    Pick-up may take place at any time but is preferred to be 3:45pm – 4:15pm.  Parents/guardians should park in the adjacent lot as there will be a small delay to retrieve each camper.  Once at the entrance, parents/guardians will need to identify themselves to staff by showing a valid government issued ID.  Our staff will confirm that the individual is on the authorized pick-up list.  Parent/guardians will then initial the sign-out sheet and will be escorted to the camp to pick up your child.  To add names to the authorized pick-up list, please inform the camp supervisor upon drop-off. 

    After-Care

    After-Care will be offered for campers that are not able to be picked up by 4:15pm each day.  Care will be provided 4:15pm - 5:15pm and will be an add-on price of $35/week.

    Camp Format

    Prior to the beginning of each week of camp, two groups will be formed.  The younger group of campers will form the “JV Hawks” while the older group of campers will form the “Varsity Hawks.”  Should you prefer your camper be placed in one of the groups over the other, please make this request with the Camp Supervisor upon Drop-Off. Structured camp activity is scheduled 9:00am – 3:45pm each day.  A complete list of scheduled activities can be seen below under "Weekly Activities."

    Staffing

    Camp will operate at an Instructor to Camper ratio of 10:1 for the older age group and 8:1 for the younger age group.  Additionally, a Supervisor will always be on duty to help coordinate activities and to resolve any accidents/incidents.  All camp staff have been selected based on previous experience with child care, education, or sports coaching and all have passed a background check. 

    Safety and Medication

    Keeping each camper safe is our top priority.  Parents/guardians will be immediately notified in case of serious accidents/incidents.  For all accidents/incidents, the camp supervisor will document the situation to discuss with the parent/guardian upon pick-up.

    Please note that our camp staff will not be allowed to administer medication to campers.  Should a child require medication during camp, a note should be provided to the supervisor at drop-off.  Campers will be responsible for keeping and taking their own medication with oversight from camp staff. 

    Camper Behavior Expectations

    At the beginning of each week, our staff will review how to behave in each area of camp.  Additionally, each camper will go home with a Camper Agreement each Monday to review with parents/guardians. 

    • HallwaysCampers are expected to proceed through the hallways with caution for other recreation center members.  No running is allowed.  Campers should never scream or yell.  Campers should always be accompanied by 2 others (1 counselor and another camper/counselor) when walking throughout the facility.  It is also best to have each camper walk themselves; there is no need to hold hands and they should not be carried in any way.   
    • MAC Courts:  This space will be used for lunch and snack time.  During these times, campers are expected to be sitting in chairs.  Typically, a counselor will be explaining instructions on what to do next, so listening is important.  It is best for campers to stay relatively quiet (no yelling).
    • Locker Rooms:  It is most important for campers to be well behaved while in the locker room because this is the only space that is shared between campers and other recreation center members.  Campers need to be quiet and listen to instructions by instructors.  No running is allowed as this space is not designed for play. 
    • Courts/Field:  The courts are designed for campers to be more active and play.  Thus, running and jumping around is expected.  In this area, many different types of equipment are used, such as balls.  Instructors should advise campers to be careful and not to hurt others by being reckless with the equipment.   This is also a place where being louder is acceptable.  Still, campers should not be constantly yelling or disrupting other rec members in nearby courts.   
    • Climbing Wall:  This area is perhaps the most dangerous space for campers as there is much equipment that can cause harm.  Additionally, climbing on the wall when not properly watched can be extremely dangerous.  Thus, it is important for campers to enter the climbing wall area when calm and each one should be actively listening for instructions from instructors. 

    Discipline System

    We do not anticipate having many disciplinary incidents, but you are free to view our PDF iconDisciplinary Action Form to be filled out and documented by Camp Supervisors following any behavioral incidents.  Please know that refunds will not be given in cases of suspension. 

    Weekly Activities

    Throughout each day, our schedule is set up to expose campers to a variety of sports that they may have or not have played before.  In addition to these sports, we will mix it up by spending time swimming in the pool, climbing on the rock wall, and catching our breath by learning on topics such as nutrition, teamwork, and sport safety.  Below is each week’s scheduled activities and topics:

    • Opening Kickoff Week (June 10-14)
      • Basic instruction on how to play, and rules of, Baseball/Softball, Team Handball, and Lacrosse!
      • Time spent playing other sports including: Tennis, Kickball, Dodgeball, Wiffleball, Cornhole, Basketball, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Flag Football
      • Pool Time and Indoor Rock Wall Climbing
      • Special Topic: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work/Teambuilding
    • 1st Quarter Week (June 17-21)
      • Basic instruction on how to play, and rules of, Cricket, Kickball, and Spikeball!
      • Time spent playing other sports including: Tennis, Volleyball, Kan Jam, Disc Golf, Wiffleball, Dodgeball, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Lacrosse
      • Pool Time and Indoor Rock Wall Climbing
      • Special Topic: Fueling Your Body with Healthy Foods/Nutrition
    • 2nd Quarter Week (June 24-28)
      • Basic instruction on how to play, and rules of, Dodgeball, Volleyball, and Tennis!
      • Time spent playing other sports including: Flag Football, Cornhole, Basketball, Softball/Baseball, Relay Races, Cricket, Spikeball, Soccer, Kan Jam
      • Pool Time and Indoor Rock Wall Climbing
      • Special Topic: Being Cool in Hot Weather/Hydration​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​3rd Quarter Week (July 8-12)
      • Basic instruction on how to play, and rules of, Basketball, Ultimate, and Flag Rugby!
      • Time spent playing other sports including: Tennis, Disc Golf, Kickball, Team Handball, Lacrosse, Wiffleball, Soccer, Dodgeball, Flag Football
      • Pool Time and Indoor Rock Wall Climbing
      • Special Topic: Building Your Body/Benefits of Exercise​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
    • 4th Quarter Week (July 15-19)
      • Basic instruction on how to play, and rules of, Soccer, Pickleball, Track & Field!
      • Time spent playing other sports including: Tennis, Relay Races, Cornhole, Spikeball, Ultimate, Team Handball, Cricket, Softball/Baseball, Kickball
      • Pool Time and Indoor Rock Wall Climbing
      • Special Topic: Staying Safe in Wild Waters/Water Sport Safety​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
    • Overtime Week (July 22-26)
      • Basic instruction on how to play, and rules of, Badminton, Disc Golf, Flag Football!
      • Time spent playing other sports including: Tennis, Kan Jam, Basketball, Kickball, Ultimate, Dodgeball, Wiffleball, Volleyball, Relay Races
      • Pool Time and Indoor Rock Wall Climbing
      • Special Topic: Hawks Got Talent/Talent Show

    Post Game Reports & Weekly Learning Objectives

    At the end of each week, campers will be sent home with a “post-game report” which will list the main learning objectives for that week.  The learning objectives are listed below:

    • Opening Kickoff Week (June 10-14)
      1. Understand the basic rules of Softball/Baseball, Team Handball, and Lacrosse, while also developing the fundamental skills in each sport.
      2. Learn how to make SMART team goals and how to utilize the strengths of others to achieve such goals.
      3. Realize that exercise, eating well, and socializing are important for health and well-being.
    • 1st Quarter Week (June 17-21)
      1. Understand the basic rules of Cricket, Kickball, and Spikeball, while also developing the fundamental skills in each sport.
      2. Learn the five nutrition categories within MyPlate and know what healthy eating looks like.
      3. Realize that exercise, eating well, and socializing are important for health and well-being.
    • 2nd Quarter Week (June 24-28)
      1. ​​​​​​​Understand the basic rules of Dodgeball, Volleyball, and Tennis, while also developing the fundamental skills in each sport.
      2. Learn at least two signs and symptoms of dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
      3. Realize that exercise, eating well, and socializing are important for health and well-being.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
    • 3rd Quarter Week (July 8-12)
      1. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Understand the basic rules of Basketball, Ultimate, and Flag Rugby, while also developing the fundamental skills in each sport.
      2. Learn the difference between aerobic and anaerobic exercise and know at least three exercises associated with both.
      3. Realize that exercise, eating well, and socializing are important for health and well-being.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
    • 4th Quarter Week (July 15-19)
      1. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Understand the basic rules of Soccer, Pickleball, and Track & Field, while also developing the fundamental skills in each sport.
      2. Learn when to avoid being in the water, how to wear life jackets, and what to do in case of water emergencies.
      3. Realize that exercise, eating well, and socializing are important for health and well-being.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
    • Overtime Week (July 22-26)
      1. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Understand the basic rules of Badminton, Disc Golf, and Flag Football, while also developing the fundamental skills in each sport.
      2. Each camper will have the opportunity to perform his/her talent in the "Hawks Got Talent" show.
      3. Realize that exercise, eating well, and socializing are important for health and well-being.​​​​​​​

    Weekly Giveaways

    On the Monday of each week of camp, first time attendees will be sent home with a draw string bag as seen below!  Second time attendees will be sent home with a water bottle as seen below! These items can certainly be used throughout camp, but it is always recommended that they be labeled and identifiable. 

        

    Questions?

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    Matt Schaefer
    Assistant Director, Sport Programs