Sports Camps at the JCC Indianapolis
Help your child build skills in the sports and activities they like best at JCC Indianapolis. Campers receive personal attention from experienced instructors, who focus on skill development, teamwork, creativity, and fun!
Sports Camps We Offer
For campers entering grades 1-8. Campers will have a summer full of fun and games where they can improve their tennis skills, learn the importance of sportsmanship, and participate in other sports to further improve strength, endurance, and agility. The JCC summer tennis camp is tailored to meet each player’s needs with drills, skill development, demonstrations, and repetition.
Campers should bring a tennis racquet, non-marking tennis shoes, extra shirt, and snacks. In addition, all sports campers will need to bring lunch, bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, and water bottle during camp.
What to Expect
The objective of summer tennis camp is for campers to have fun, improve their tennis skills, and learn the importance of sportsmanship through a program tailored to meet each player’s needs through drills, demonstrations, repetition, fun, and games, all with safety as our top priority.
Remember that a health form must be completed and on file the Wednesday before your child’s first day of any youth sports camp.
For your convenience, the JCC Camper health form is available online.
- 8–9 am – Drop-off at carpool circle
- 9:05–9:20 am – Counselor walks campers to Tennis Lobby (Home Base)
- 9:20–9:30 am – Counselor reviews all safety rules and protocols
- 9:30–9:45 am – Footwork and conditioning skills (indoor courts)
- 9:45–9:50 am – Break, snack, and time to apply sunblock
- 9:50–11:25 am – Outdoor tennis drills (indoors if raining)
- 11:25–11:30 am – Ball pick-up (each child will be assigned their own hopper)
- 11:30–11:45 am – Counselor walks campers to Tennis Lobby for lunch
- 11:45 am–12:15 pm – Lunch
- 12:15–12:30 pm – Counselor walks campers to Family Changing Rooms to change for pool (time to re-apply sunblock)
- 12:30–1:15 pm – Swim time (move to indoor courts if severe weather)
- 1:15–1:45 pm – Counselor walks campers to Family Changing Rooms and then to outdoor courts for snacks (move indoors if raining)
- 1:45–3:15 pm – Serving and point/game/match play (with breaks)
- 3:15–3:30 pm – Ball pick-up and tennis trivia
- 3:30–3:45 pm – Counselor walks campers to carpool circle for pick up
- 4–5 pm – Pickup at carpool circle
- Size-appropriate tennis racquet (new and used available for purchase. No demo racquets due to no sharing of equipment).
- Sports shoes (non-marking, light sole shoes)
- Hot weather athletic clothes (hats/visors suggested)
- Swimsuit and towel
- Water bottle
- Two snacks and a lunch (Note: We do not have refrigerators. Pizza/popsicle lunch provided on Fridays.)
- Grades 1-8
- 8 am-5 pm
- 8 weeks: First full week of June through first full week of August, excluding the week of July 4.
Camp is $412 per week ($329 for JCC members).
JCC members receive discounts on camp. Summer memberships are eligible for the member discount. Visit our JCC Membership page for more information.
Download our Camp Online Registration guide for step-by-step instructions for registering online.
Please stay in your vehicle and refrain from cellphone use during drop-off/pickup. Camp staff will be there to help your camper in and out of the car.
If you have any concerns or questions, please park your car and walk over to the designated area to speak to the Camp Director, camp management team, or counselors.
Please inform the Camp Director of any changes in who is allowed to pick up your camper. Please make sure that anyone picking up your child is prepared to show photo ID upon request by a JCC staff person.
Morning Carpool is from 8–9 am. For late drop-off between 9 and 9:30 am, please park in the lot nearby and walk to Sablosky Camp Pavilion. A staff member will take your camper to the appropriate group. After 9:30 am, please drop your camper off at the Welcome Desk and a counselor will be notified to pick them up.
Carpool for pickup is from 4–5 pm. Any camper not picked up by 5 pm will be taken to the Welcome Desk. A late fee of $5 per minute per child will be charged beginning at 5 pm.
The gate to the road circling campus will open at 7:45 am and close at 9 am. There will be no drive-thru traffic during camp hours. The gate will reopen between 3:45 and 5 pm. and then remain closed until 7:45 am the next day.
Please pack a towel, bathing suit, and sunscreen every day with labels. Goggles are optional but may not be worn in the Lazy River or on the slides. If a camper does not have a swimsuit, they will sit in the shade during their scheduled swim time. Please note that sunscreen can’t be shared at camp. JCC Staff will reach out if your child doesn’t have any sunscreen in their camp bag.
Sports Camp Leadership
Tennis Director Kimberly Shippy is a USTPR-certified Tennis Pro who builds and leads a team of skilled tennis professionals, coaches, and camp counselors with a single mission: making camp fun for players so they get exercise and learn tennis skills in the process. Her approach to teaching kids is based on her own experience of having access and having someone believe in you.
She didn’t come to be a tennis pro in the usual way of growing up playing. She’d not even begun to play until after college. That’s not to say she wasn’t athletic; she played many sports competitively, including volleyball, softball, and basketball. She’d performed dancing –Hawaiian, tap, jazz, ballet. Additionally, she was an accomplished equestrian competing in combined training events. It was in a chance encounter when someone welcomed her onto the courts that it was clear she had the potential to be good at tennis. Really good, working her way up the USTA ratings, competing in nationals as a player, a coach, and a captain.
With energy and enthusiasm, she nurtures, inspires, and celebrates the best in the kiddos in her programs, including her counselors who are mostly former students that she has developed.
For our sports camps, one camper is chosen each week who exemplifies sportsmanship and acts with integrity and honor (is a mensch).