SPORTIME/JMTA Summer Training Camp - NYC

SPORTIME’s commitment to creating a happy and safe environment for your children has guided our work for more than 20 years. Our camp has been a place where every child can have fun, make friends and create lifelong memories. 

In the context of COVID-19, our focus remains the health and wellbeing of our campers, our camp families and our staff. Summer 2020 camp was different from past years; it had to be. But we were able to provide our campers with an amazing camp experience that dramatically minimized risk, while maximizing fun and friendship. Below are the guidelines SPORTIME followed during the summer of  2020, without a single covid related incident! For summer 2021, these guidelines may change, based upon state and local government mandates, or, may, we hope, be eliminated in their entirety with the pandemic behind us! 

Notwithstanding all the precautions that SPORTIME will take, due to the nature of the virus, the risk of contracting COVID-19 remains, as we are all aware. Please be safe, respect others and follow all of the precautions, protections and protocols put in place during this COVID-19 epidemic.  


Daily Health Screenings of Staff and Campers

  • All camp staff will be screened upon arrival, and before starting work, each morning. This will include a temperature check and an online self-screening. Any staff member exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, either upon arrival, or at any point during the camp day, will be sent home, and will need to be symptom free and test negative for the virus before returning.
  • Per NYS mandate, all camp parents will be required to complete a quick, online health screening for their child(ren) in advance of their arrival at camp each day. Parents dropping off campers at SPORTIME who have completed the online screening will be able to proceed directly to an expedited drop-off area. At that drop-off area, their temperatures will be taken by camp staff using point and shoot thermometers. Those whose temperatures are less than 99.5% will exit their cars and be escorted to their groups. Those whose temperatures are 99.5% or higher, will be sent home. Parents who are unable to complete the screening in advance will be directed to a waiting area, where the screening can be completed before their child/ren can get their temperatures taken and begin their camp day. For campers using SPORTIME's transportation service, if available, that screening will need to be completed, and campers' temperatures will need to be taken by SPORTIME drivers, using the same criteria as set forth above, before campers are allowed to board buses. Any camper exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, either upon arrival, or at any point during the camp day, will be sent home, and will need to be symptom free and test negative for the virus before returning.
  • Campers may need to submit Health Forms, if and when required by NYS or the Department of Health.
  • Parents must keep campers home if they are exhibiting any of the following symptoms:
    • Fever or chills 
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Any other signs of illness
  • Our Camp Director reserves the right to send campers and staff members home should they exhibit any of the above symptoms.

Drop-Off & Pick-Up Procedures

  • All campers being transported by their parents or caregivers will be assigned a specific drop-off and pick-up location at SPORTIME. Campers will have their temperatures taken by camp staff, after the daily health screening has been completed, while still inside their cars with parents or caregivers. Adults are asked to remain in their cars, so that members of our camp team can greet campers, check them in, and escort them to their designated group areas.
  • To ensure the safety of our campers, parents and visitors will not be permitted on campus during the camp day. Camp areas will be restricted to camper and camp staff use only.  In situations when campers may encounter facility staff or members, while moving to and from camp areas, they may be asked to wear their SPORTIME gaiter face coverings if adequate physical distancing is not possible.

Camp Groupings

  • We will keep the members of camp groups as consistent as possible throughout the summer.  
  • We will minimize interaction between groups and physical distancing will be assured during any such interactions.

Enhanced Hygiene Practices

  • Frequent hand washing and sanitizing will be encouraged and required. We have indoor and outdoor hand washing stations, and/or sanitizing stations, offering wipes and alcohol-based hand sanitizer, on all tennis courts, and close to all activity areas.
  • Hand washing and/or hand sanitizing will be required after each training activity session, and will be required before and after snack, water breaks and lunch. 
  • Campers and coaches will also wash or sanitize their hands upon arrival each morning, throughout the day, and prior to dismissal at the conclusion of the camp day.

Intensified Cleaning and Sanitizing Practices

  • Each camp area will be cleaned at the conclusion of each activity session to ensure the safety of the next group to use the space. 
  • Our camp cleaning team will disinfect all high touch areas, both indoors and outdoors, throughout the camp day.
  • At the conclusion of each day, our repair, maintenance and housekeeping teams will follow enhanced cleaning protocols to ensure that every camp area, inside and outside, is sanitized for the following day.

Use of Face Coverings

  • Camp staff members will wear face coverings during all interactions with campers, per NYS mandate.
  • It is our hope that campers will not have to wear face coverings, or will wear them infrequently. However, should face coverings be required by NYS and/or by the Department of Health, or for brief periods when distancing may be hard to maintain, we will make camper face coverings happen and we will make them fun. In an abundance of caution, as of August 17th, we will be suspending the use of neck gaiters based upon recent reports that this particular style of protective face covering may not effectively prevent virus transmission. Because neck gaiters are the easiest style of face covering for our coaches, players and campers to wear and deploy comfortably and when needed, we are in the process of sourcing a neck gaiter option that provides protection equal to or better than the two-ply cotton face masks. Until we have such a gaiter available, we will be using/providing the mask style face covering.  Please also note that the N-95 type masks with exhalation valves protect wearers, but do not block the release of the particles that could impact those around the wearer.  Please refrain from wearing single layer gaiters, bandanas, and N-95 masks with exhalation valves on Sportime premises and, instead, wear two ply face coverings that are known to provide an effective barrier to transmission.

Increased Training of Staff

  • All SPORTIME camp staff complete a thorough orientation and training each summer prior to camp. This summer, our staff training will be expanded to include all of our updated safety protocols and activity modifications. Our commitment is that campers will remain safe while at SPORTIME and, despite some necessary adjustments, will have a fun and unforgettable summer camp experience.

Lunch, Snack and Hydration

  • Lunch schedules will be staggered to reduce the number of campers during each lunch session, and seating will be spaced-out and forward facing to assure adequate physical distancing.
  • Until further notice, the SPORTIME lunch program will be suspended, and parents must send lunch and snacks with their campers.  
  • In order to minimize food handling by camp staff, parents are encouraged to provide their child with lunch and snacks in an insulated lunch bag. 
  • If SPORTIME provides snacks, they will be in individual, pre-packaged servings.
  • We will ensure that SPORTIME campers hydrate throughout the camp day. Touch-less water fillers have been installed on all tennis courts, and will be used to fill camper water bottles, which we encourage parents to provide, or single-use, disposable cups.


  • SPORTIME transportation to and from camp will be suspended for at least the first week of camp, and will then be reevaluated weekly based upon demand. While transportation is suspended, parents or caregivers are asked to drop-off and pick-up campers at SPORTIME.

Rain Day Plans

The decision to cancel camp or to modify the camp schedule due to rain will be made on a case-by-case basis, and all camp parents/guardians will be notified in advance of any cancellations or schedule modifications, however, some basic guidelines follow:

  • If a full day of rain is forecasted, camp will likely be canceled.
  • If morning-only rain is forecasted, a 1/2 camp day will commence at 1:00pm. 
  • If it rains during camp, and it appears that the rain will not stop, all camp participants will be sent home either at noon, if the rain starts in the morning, or at 4:00pm if the rain starts in the afternoon. For those parents/guardians who are unable to pick up their campers at noon, in the former scenario, those campers will be able to remain on site and participate in safe, socially distanced on and off-court activities indoors/under tents.

Procedures When Someone at Camp is Sick

  • If a camper or a staff member becomes sick with COVID-19 symptoms, and/or tests positive for COVID-19, SPORTIME will follow all State and County Department of Health guidelines to ensure the safety of all other campers, staff and camp families. These protocols may include quarantine for the symptomatic or sick camper or staff member, as many as 14 days off from camp for members of the camper’s or staff member’s group, contact tracing, additional facility cleaning, the testing of those who may have made contact with the infected camper or staff, further quarantines or stay at home requests, as may be recommended by health officials, and any other sensible actions designed to keep the larger community safe as any impacted persons recover.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Camp families, your feedback is essential to us, and any questions you have are surely shared by others, so please email your camp related questions to and we will share all questions and answers with our community as we build our FAQ for summer 2020. Thank you in advance for being part of our open dialogue with our camp community.

Corporate Guidelines

For an expanded list of COVID-19 Guidelines we have developed for use at all SPORTIME locations, please click here.



Last Modified: Nov 12, 2020