Athletic Camps

University School’s athletic coaches offer a challenging and safe environment for boys and girls to compete at every level.
University School is home to one of the premier athletic programs in Greater Cleveland. Our program is rooted in the values of teamwork, respect, effort, and sportsmanship. This ideology is the cornerstone of every athletic camp we offer. Our camps are designed for the beginning athlete looking for an introduction to a sport, or for the student-athlete looking to take their talents to a higher level. Campers learn under the direction of University School coaches and experienced athletes and are grouped according to age and ability.

Join the competition this summer at US!

Baseball Camps

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  • Baseball Camp

    Boys, Ages 10-14

    Dates: June 6th – 9th
    Time: 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $140

    This baseball camp is for aspiring young ballplayers!  We’ll teach fundamentals and new skills, encourage new friendships, and play some great baseball. The University School coaching staff encourages fun, sportsmanship, and safety in a positive environment. We focus on the process and the things that we can each control: attitude, concentration, and effort. Campers will work with US baseball coaches and players to learn the basic fundamentals of hitting, bunting, fielding, pitching, and base running. 

    Directed by Bill Champ
  • Baseball Skills Camp- Pitching and Defense

    Boys, ages 10 - 14

    Date: June 7th- 9th
    Time: 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley
    Tuition: $110

    This baseball camp for aspiring young ball players! We’ll teach fundamentals and new skills, encourage new friendships, and play some great baseball. The University School coaching staff encourage fun, sportsmanship, and safety in a positive environment. We focus on the process and the things that we can each control: attitude, concentration, and effort. Campers will work with US baseball coaches and players to learn the basic fundamentals of hitting, bunting, fielding, pitching, and base running. This camp meets the first three evenings after of the first full week of June at the US turf varsity baseball field.

    Directed by Rob McNerney
  • Baseball Skills Camp- Offense and Baserunning

    Boys, ages 10 - 14

    Date: May 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd
    Time: 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley
    Tuition: $140

    This baseball camp for aspiring young ball players! We’ll teach fundamentals and new skills, encourage new friendships, and play some great baseball. The University School coaching staff encourage fun, sportsmanship, and safety in a positive environment. We focus on the process and the things that we can each control: attitude, concentration, and effort. Campers will work with US baseball coaches and players to learn the basic fundamentals of hitting, bunting, fielding, pitching, and base running. This camp has four 2.5 hour sessions meeting all Mondays in May at the new US varsity turf field.

    Directed by Rob McNerney

Basketball Camps

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  • US Basketball Camp

    Boys, grades 3 - 8

    Session I
    Dates: June 20th - 23rd
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Session II
    Dates: July 18th - 21st
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $325

    Designed for boys as full-day experience. Individual skill development is a key component of the camp, but boys also have several opportunities each day to participate in fun-filled competition as well as 5-on-5 league play.

    Directed by Sean McDonnell
  • Freshman Basketball Boot Camp

    Boys, rising grade 9

    Dates: June 7th - 10th
    Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $125

    Varsity Basketball Coach Sean McDonnell and his staff are excited to work with rising 9th Graders who hope to play basketball at the high school level.  The boot camp will provide an intense offering that mirrors US Varsity Basketball practices.  At the end of the boot camp, each player will be provided with feedback that includes a schedule for both skill-based and strength training opportunities over the summer that will be geared toward his ability level.

    Directed by Sean McDonnell
  • Junior Basketball Camp

    Coed, kindergarten - grade 2

    Dates: August 1st - 4th
    Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $175

    An introduction to the game for the youngest boys, with instruction on 7' hoops. Foundational skill development is the primary focus of the camp, but the boys have opportunities each day to participate in fun-filled competitions.

    Directed by Sean McDonnell

Football Camps

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  • Flag Football Camp

    Boys, grades 1 - 6

    Dates: June 27th - 30th
    Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $175

    Learning and improving skills and techniques are important for football players at all levels of the game, including younger players excited to play flag football. This camp includes speed and agility training, position-specific instruction, and competitive drills that help develop talents. Camp days include exciting and competitive games that allow campers to practice the techniques they are developing. Camp staff includes US varsity coaching staff and current and former US players.

    Directed by Ben Malbasa
  • Middle School Tackle Football

    Boys, grades 5 - 8

    Dates: June 9th- 16th
    Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $255

    Football is a contact sport, and proper preparation is essential. Players will focus on developing football fundamentals necessary for playing in the fall. Camp will include instruction in blocking and tackling, as well as skill development across position areas. This camp is strongly recommended for rising and 5th and 6th grade students interested in playing in our Rookie Tackle program this fall and rising 7th and 8th grade students planning to play middle school football. Camp fees include the use of a helmet and shoulder pads, as well the purchase of individual practice jerseys, practice pants, girdles, and mouthguards.

    Please note camp begins on Thursday to get equipment issued and set up. We do not meet that weekend.


    Directed by Ben Malbasa

Soccer Camps

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  • Full-Day Soccer Camp

    Boys, grades 1 - 12

    Date: July 11th-14th
    Time: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley
    Tuition: $325

    US soccer camps offer a fun, challenging environment where boys from beginners to advanced can develop their skills in a fun and safe learning environment. Dynamic sessions concentrate on personal technical development and group tactical skills. Life values of teamwork, respect, effort, and sportsmanship are incorporated into every session. Campers are grouped according to age and ability, with a 10:1 player-to-coach ratio. All sessions are directed by nationally licensed Coach John Ptacek and assisted by some of the best professionally licensed former and current club, college, and high school coaches in Greater Cleveland.

    Directed by John Ptacek
  • Soccer Advanced Camp I

    Session I
    Boys, grades 3 - 5
    Date: June 13th-16th
    Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am

    Session II
    Boys, Grades 6 - 8
    Date: June 13th-16th
    Time: 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    Location: Hunting Valley
    Tuition: $175

    An advanced introduction to the game. Players participate in an intense, 2 1/2 hour soccer experience that challenges each player in the technical, tactical, physical, and psychological aspects of the game. Each session is designed to develop technical ability, tactical awareness, physical conditioning, and improve mental strength. Players will be able to learn through experience in small-sided game-like situations. Directed by nationally licensed varsity soccer Coach John Ptacek, whose experience includes 100+ wins and 5 District titles in 11 years. He has coached two players who have gone on to play professionally and multiple DI, DII, and DIII NCAA players.

    Directed by John Ptacek
  • Soccer Advanced Camp II

    Session I
    Boys, grades 3 - 5
    Date: July 27th-29th
    Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am

    Session II
    Boys, grades 6 - 8
    Date: July 27th-29th
    Time: 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    Location: Hunting Valley
    Tuition: $125

    An advanced introduction to the game. Players participate in an intense, 2 1/2 hour soccer experience that challenges each player in the technical, tactical, physical, and psychological aspects of the game. Each session is designed to develop technical ability, tactical awareness, physical conditioning, and improve mental strength. Players will be able to learn through experience in small-sided game-like situations. Directed by nationally licensed varsity soccer Coach John Ptacek, whose experience includes 100+ wins and 5 District titles in 11 years. He has coached two players who have gone on to play professionally and multiple DI, DII, and DIII NCAA players.

    Directed by John Ptacek

Tennis Camps

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  • Beginners Tennis Camp

    Coed, grades 4 - 12

    Session I
    Dates: June 20th - June 24th
    Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
    Location: Hunting Valley
    Tuition: $200

    Session II
    Dates: June 27th - July 1st
    Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $200

    Sessions I & II
    Tuition: $350

    This highly flexible camp offers young tennis players beginner/intermediate instruction with an emphasis on stroke production, footwork, and match play. Camp Director Josh Bailey is a middle school tennis coach and physical education instructor. His expertise with young players creates learning experiences that are competitive and enjoyable for all abilities.

    Directed by Josh Bailey
  • Advanced Tennis Camp

    Coed, grades 4 - 12

    Session I
    Dates: June 20th - June 24th
    Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley
    Tuition: $275

    Session II
    Dates: June 27th - July 1st
    Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $275

    Sessions I & II
    Tuition: $500

    Looking to build on a strong tennis foundation? The advanced camp is designed for players who have an interest in improving stroke production and match strategy. We will focus more on shot selections, game situations and styles, as well as fundamental skills and strategies. Camp Director Josh Bailey, the US middle school “A” tennis coach, will create fun, yet competitive scenarios to help you step up your game and become an ace!

    Directed by Josh Bailey

Triathlon Camps

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  • Swim! Bike! Run!

    Coed, grades 3-7 

    Dates: July 25th - 29th
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $425

    Explore the fun of all three sports and the joy of combining them! This camp is an opportunity to get your feet wet, chains greased, and running shoes broken in. Have you ever wondered what this "triathlon" thing is all about? You will be introduced to the basics and then put them together in our very own short triathlon. We will include clinics on each sport, have field trips off campus, and enjoy scavenger hunts and workouts. Camp is led by seasoned triathlete and US teacher Elizabeth Chois.

    Directed by Elizabeth Chois

  • Swim! Bike! Run! Advanced

    Coed, grades 4-8

    Dates: August 1st - 5th
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $425

    Explore the fun of all three sports and the joy of combining them! This camp is an opportunity to build a stronger triathlon base. We will build our distances on all three sports, and challenge ourselves further. You will be able to expand from the basics and then put them together in your own chosen distances for triathlon at the end of the week. We will include clinics on each sport, have field trips off campus, and enjoy scavenger hunts and workouts. Camp is led by seasoned triathlete and US teacher Elizabeth Chois.

    Directed by Elizabeth Chois

Other Sports Camps

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  • Cross Country Camp

    Coed, grades 5 - 9

    Dates: July 11th - 14th
    Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $175

    In this fun, fast-paced camp, young runners are introduced to critical aspects of technique, training, and diet that will set them up for running success in high school and beyond. Led by US middle school cross country Coach Erick Carlson, runners can take advantage of the Hunting Valley campus’s gorgeous forest trails and fabulous outdoor track on their daily runs and workouts. Workouts are designed to be helpful and engaging for runners at all levels of experience from the beginner making his or her first foray into the world of cross country to the veteran with several years of running experience. Workouts will be interspersed with games, contests, and informational sessions to keep things interesting and lively.

    Directed by Erick Carlson

  • Golf Camp

    Coed, rising 4-8th graders

    Date: June 20th-23rd
    Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Location: Shawnee Hills Golf Course
    Tuition: $375

    The Golf Camp provides a comprehensive week of golf instruction for the beginner to intermediate skill level golfer.  Led by University School teacher, coach, and former PGA Apprentice Brady Hurley, instruction will also be provided by experienced US coaching staff member Mike Wilson. The camp will help golfers learn basic swing mechanics of driving, hitting from the fairway, pitching, chipping, sand shots, and putting. Also taught will be proper golf etiquette, rules of the game, and proper club selection.
     
    Campers will have golf-related warm–up time, use of the driving range, and six 9-hole rounds at Shawnee Hills Golf Course (short course). An instructor accompanies each foursome to reinforce proper swing mechanics, focus, and course etiquette
     
    Camp fees include greens fees, driving range use, lesson guide, and daily prizes. Campers bring their own bag lunch and drinks. Campers must provide their own transportation to and from home and the golf course.

    Directed by Brady Hurley
  • Hockey Camp

    Boys, entering grades 5 - 8

    Dates: June 21st - July 26nd
    Time: 5:15-6:15 pm
    Location: Cleveland Heights Ice Rink
    Tuition: $130 (includes jersey)

    This camp offers youth players the chance to see what
    hockey is like at the high school level. Players will
    compete in drills that mirror what the US hockey team
    does during their season. Drills focus on skating, stick
    handling, and shooting. Each session will consist of high
    intensity drills that put players in game-like scenarios to
    improve decision making and comfort in different game
    situations. Players will also get a chance to highlight
    their skills during half ice 3v3 games and full ice 5v5
    games. Camp will be directed by varsity hockey coach
    and News-Herald Coach of the Year Andy Gerow. Other
    staff will include coaches from the US hockey program
    and varsity team members.

    Directed by Andy Gerow
  • Lacrosse Camp Powered by Prestige Lacrosse

    Boys, grades 5 - 8

    Dates: June 20th - 23rd
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $350 (Attack, Middies, Defense) and $200 (Goalies)

    Presitige Lacrosse camp is instructional and focuses on the finer points of the game. Campers are engaged in a full day of activities, designed to give them a wonderful and complete experience. Our premier staff is committed to improving each player’s individual skill set. 
     
    While many camps emphasize games, we stress skill development through high quality instruction that is reinforced by competition. The camp offers a program that is designed to improve all aspects of the player’s game, taught by some of the top players and coaches in the game. Camper to staff ratio is capped at 9:1 to ensure small group instruction. 
     
    The camp is organized into proper age and ability groups. Each camper will receive the same top-level instruction, regardless of his lacrosse experience.
     
    Our staff includes players and coaches from some of the top high schools in the state and DI, DII and DIII collegiate programs.

    Directed by Bill Champ
  • Speed Development Camp

    Coed, grades 6 - 12

    Dates: June 27th - 30th
    Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $185

    Nothing replaces speed. In every sport, the fastest athletes have a significant competitive advantage. Speed and quickness will be the focus of this camp which will train aspiring young athletes the proper mechanics and techniques that will link their current levels of strength, fitness, and coordination to performance in their chosen sport. Camp lead instructor, Nathan Taylor is an Olympic coach who is internationally recognized as one of the top sprint coaches in the world. He's a certified IAAF Elite Coach and had 10 athletes at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and is also an assistant coach for the University School track and field team.

    Contact Nathan Taylor
  • Squash

    Boys, K - Grade 12

    Boys, Grades K – 4  
    Dates: June 21st-June 24 (June 20th is a National Holiday)
    Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $90

    Boys, Grades  5 – 8
    Dates: June 21st-June 24 (June 20th is a National Holiday)
    Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $90                

    Boys, Grades 9 – 12                
    Dates: June 21st-June 24 (June 20th is a National Holiday)
    Time: 2:30 pm  – 4:30 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $120

    We are announcing squash camp featuring members of the 10-3 varsity squash team led by assistant captain and MVP Cyril Andrews. Cyril will be joined by other varsity players. Campers will be working on squash basics, focusing on movement patterns and swing fundamentals. This will include one-on-one feeding sessions as well as group work. Additionally, daily sessions will include games, squash fitness, and team-building activities.  Players of all levels will find this camp to be challenging and rewarding.  Head Varsity Coach Jon Bridge will on hand from time to time to work with the players.

    Directed by Bill Champ  
  • Swoosh Sports Camp

    Boys, grades K-7 

    Session June
    Dates: June 6th - 10th
    Location: Shaker Campus

    Session I
    Dates: July 18th - 22nd
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus

    Session II
    Dates: July 25th - 29th
    Location: Shaker Campus

    Session III
    Dates: August 1st - 5th
    Location: Shaker Campus

    Session IV
    Dates: August 8th - 12th
    Location: Shaker Campus

    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Tuition: $259 (Discounts available for multiple weeks.)

    Swoosh Sports Camp is proud to enter its 21st year of offering an exceptional youth multi-sports program! Campers learn the fundamentals of various activities, participate in friendly competition and have fun in a positive, nurturing environment. A daily rotating agenda gives campers opportunities to experience activities like soccer, basketball, capture the flag, dodge ball, flag football, floor hockey, tennis, lacrosse, track & field, and more! Campers thrive on our unique reward system that encourages each child to succeed. Team-building and leadership are also part of the experience.

    Questions? Contact Bill Champ
  • Track Skills Camp

    Coed, grades 6 - 12

    Dates: June 13th - 16th
    Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $185
    Nothing replaces speed. In every sport, the fastest athletes have a significant competitive advantage. Speed and quickness will be the focus of this camp which will train aspiring young athletes the proper mechanics and techniques that will link their current levels of strength, fitness, and coordination to performance in their chosen sport. Camp lead instructor, Nathan Taylor is an Olympic coach who is internationally recognized as one of the top sprint coaches in the world. He's a certified IAAF Elite Coach and had 10 athletes at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and is also an assistant coach for the University School track and field team.

    Contact Nathan Taylor
  • Wrestling Camp

    Boys, entering grades 1 - 12

    Dates: July 18th - 21st
    Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $99

    New for 2022 is Wrestling Camp! During this four-day camp, the US coaching staff, and guest clinicians will focus on wrestling technique, mental toughness, and strength training all while having a great time. Boys must be between the ages of 6 - 18 and can be experienced or new wrestlers!

    Directed by Matt McCarter

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20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
GRADES Junior K-8
Phone: 216-321-8260

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2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, Ohio 44022
GRADES 9-12
Phone: 216-831-2200
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