2017 Sports-Based Summer Camps & Clinics 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

2017 Sports-Based Summer Camps & Clinics 4 Kids in Des Moines

Summer brings a whole host of sports intensive camps to the Des Moines area. We’ve rounded up those that lead the field, complete with opportunities for hands-on learning with professional coaches and college athletes. Now is the time to set your game plan, so read on to find sports camps and clinics in Des Moines where your young athletes are sure to have a ball.

Note: This is a working list, so check back often for new listings.  If you know of a sports themed summer camp or clinic that you would like to have included to this guide, please email the listing information to nicole@dsm4kids.com or leave a comment below.

Multiple Sport Summer Camps & Clinics

Drake University

At Drake summer camps, young athletes not only learn to become better players but also will be challenged with motivational lessons on sportsmanship, leadership and teamwork.  They will be hosting camps for football, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, volleyball, tennis, and track. 

Grandview University

Grand View offers a variety of camps and clinics during the summer for young athletes.  In the past they’ve offered boys’ and girls’ basketball, football, golf, soccer, volleyball and wrestling camps.  New information is posted on their athletics website as it is available.

Iowa State University

Each year, Iowa State hosts a variety of Summer Sports Camps. This website gives parents, educators, and pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students a chance to learn about the youth programs available through Iowa State University. You can also find information and contacts for the sport you’re interested in by visiting their individual websites. 

Simpson College

Simpson College hosts a number of sports camps over the course of the summer. Kids can participate in volleyball, football, soccer, and wrestling camps.  You will need to visit each individual site for program information and registration details.

Courage League Sports

Courage League Sports is a non-profit adaptive sports and recreational facility that offers year-round programming.  CLS typically offers a number of summer camp and class opportunities for school aged kids with special needs.

Summer Baseball & Softball Camps in Des Moines

Game Ready Training

Game Ready Sports Training specializes in providing indoor and outdoor team practice space, hitting & pitching indoor leagues and private & small group instruction for baseball and softball. They also provide camps and clinics run by Game Ready coaches. They have two facilities located in the Ankeny/Johnston area and on the South side of Des Moines.

SportsPlex West

Baseball and Softball camps, clinics and classes at SportsPlex West are designed for every age and every skill level from beginners to the professional player. Additionally they offer monthly sessions on catching, hitting, fielding and pitching.  Visit their website for a list of their offerings and to register.

Summer Basketball Camps in Des Moines

Des Moines Christian School

Basketball Fundamentals related to ball handling, footwork, defense, shooting, and spacing on the floor will be taught by Todd Miller, DMC Varsity Boys Basketball Coach.  Fun games are also played throughout the camp. For boys entering grades 3-8, May 30 through June 2, 2017. T-shirt included with registration.

Court Time Basketball

Court Time Basketball camps work to develop each player and touch on the intangible qualities that are an important part of being a person of character as well as a good teammate and player. Basketball is a sport that requires these elements to produce winning teams and winning citizens for life. They offer a number of camps for both boys and girls entering third through eighth grades.

Summer Football Camps & Clinics in Des Moines

Central College

Central College offers a number of football camps and clinics.  Instructors will include members of the Central College football coaching staff and outstanding high school coaches from throughout the Midwest. Camps offered include Lineman Camp, Skills Camp and Team Camps.  Camps kick off in July.  Brochures and registration info. are available on-line.

Summer Golf Camps & Classes in Des Moines

The First Tee of Central Iowa

The First Tee of Central Iowa conducts summer instruction sessions in June and July.  Golfers are grouped by age and experience level. Golf equipment (starter set of clubs with bag) is provided, if needed, as long as supplies last and “scholarships” are available to help cover program costs.  Each lesson covers: life skills, rules and etiquette, full swing, short game and putting.

West Grand Golf

Junior Camps offered at West Grand Golf provide a complete introduction to the fundamentals of the game, rules and etiquette. Professional instruction covers basic full swing fundamentals and short game techniques. Lots of games and prizes make learning the game fun! Each Junior Camp consists of two hours of instruction for three consecutive days. Camps are designed for youngsters 8 to 12 years old and are limited to six students per camp.

Summer Soccer Camps in Des Moines

Des Moines Menace

The Des Moines Menace offer soccer camps in June and July for boys and girls ages three to 14.  Menace Camp provides a fun mix of games and drills for players of all abilities and experience levels.  Counselors are top-level soccer players, who share their love for the game.  Each camper receives a Menace Camp t-shirt, and four tickets to catch the Menace in action at Valley Stadium.

Johnston Urbandale Soccer Club

JUSC’s Summer Training Program are directed to the developmental age and abilities of the participant.  Coaching staff will look to improve and develop participant’s ability through a variety of activities including: passing, receiving, dribbling, decision-making, awareness, and player movement with and without the ball.

Summer Tennis Camps & Classes in Des Moines

Aspen Athletics Clubs

This fitness center offers tennis lessons, camps and clinics through its Aspen Academy/Junior Clinics.  Both members and non-members can take advantage of their youth tennis program.  Aspen Athletics Clubs’ “Pee Wees” class is for tots ages 3-6, focuses on hitting tennis balls, motor skill development, group socialization skills and exercise. Higher development classes go up from there.

Des Moines Parks & Recreation

The Des Moines Parks and Recreation department offers a variety of tennis lessons through the United States Tennis Association (USTA), tennis tournaments, and youth tennis leagues. They also offer FREE tennis lesson through the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Junior Tennis League (NJTL) program for children ages 9 to 14.

Summer Track Camps in Des Moines

Grimes Parks & Recreation

Grimes’ Run for Fun in the Sun program gets kids interested in the sport of running in a fun and positive way.  Camp will begin with a team builder warm-up, then go through dynamic warm-ups, followed by running drills, stretching, instruction/pointers, and end with fun games.  For Boys & Girls entering Grades K-5.

Summer Volleyball Camps in Des Moines

Ohana Volleyball Club

Clinics are held year round at the Ohana Volleyball Club’s facility in Grimes. Their clinics are designed to provide players instruction on various volleyball skills.  Each player can select to work one-on-one with a coach (Individual Clinic) or to work three-on-one with a coach (Group Clinic) on one of the following skills:  hitting, serving, passing, digging, setting, or all skills.

Summer Wrestling Camps in Des Moines

High Altitude Wrestling Club

High Altitude Wrestling Club trains hundreds of wrestlers each year at our different training locations across Iowa. They offer numerous camps throughout the year.  They will host a “National Champ” Wrestling Camp on May 17, 2017 at Southeast Polk High School and their summer camps are at Springbrook State Park near Guthrie Center.  Summer camps start June 9th and run through August 8th, 2017.

Additional Places to Find Sports Based Summer Camps and Classes in Des Moines

Local High Schools, Community Education Departments, Parks & Recreation Departments and Sports Clubs all offer sport related camps, clinics and classes throughout the summer.


Will you be signing your athlete up for a sports camp or clinic this summer? Let us know which ones are your favorite in the comment section below.

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