Page updated April 3, 2017
Sunday Soccer & Baseball information follows the Summer Program
A 'thank you' comment regarding our 2016 Summer Sports Camp:
Norm and Joel would like to express sincere thanks to all of our recent Summer Camp
parents, guardians, and participants. It has been a great pleasure for us to offer
a summer program that has been so well received over the years.
This year we will be offering the same activities, and returning much of the same staff.
Best wishes to all, and hope to see you again in 2017 !
Cerrito Sports Camp 2017"
El Cerrito Sports Camp 2017
A City of El Cerrito Summer Day Camp for Ages 4-12
Norm Friedman, Director Joel Gildersleeve, Assistant Director
A note concerning our governing philosophy and the many options for boys & girls:
Our priorities are "Safety, Fun, and Learning". We want everyone to have a good time.
If it's a safe activity and fun for the kids we are happy to provide it . For this reason,
activities offered are constantly changing to meet the needs of our participants.
The only restriction that would ever apply would be in the case of a safety issue.
For example, we will not allow a 5 year old to play baseball with a group of 10-12 year olds.
However, instead of simply excluding someone from a preferred activity, we will endeavor
to make an age appropriate group for the activity in question.
Whenever feasable to do so, children are given maximum flexibilty in their choice of activities.
Summer 2017 11 one-week sessions
@ Cerrito Vista Park
Week # and Session dates
|4||* July 3-7 no camp Tuesday July 4th - weekly fee prorated|
* July 10-14
|8||July 31- Aug 4|
* Sessions 4-5 will be held at Castro Park due to field maintenance
at Cerrito Vista. There will be no swimming during these two weeks.
*** Registration online http://www.el-cerrito.org/recreation
and click "online registration" to sign up!
City of El Cerrito Sports Camp
Safety, fun, and learning are our priorities.
A full range of options are available for participants.
Each of our camps are available in the Morning (9:00-1:00),
in the Afternoon (1:00 - 6:00), and All Day (9:00 - 6:00).
Options galore to fill out your child's sports and games schedule!
Of course, as always, children may flow from one camp
to another. Sports & Games, Soccer Camp, and Baseball Camp
are all conducted at the same location, Cerrito Vista Park.
Sign ins and sign outs for our Sports Camps are accomplished at our
Registration Table at Cerrito Vista Park.
After attendance has been taken, your child will be placed
in the camp of his/her enrollment preference.
City staff will provide transportation if your child is in "early drop off",
and they will similarly transport children to and from other City of El Cerrito camps.
Sports & Games Camp
AM, PM, or All Day
(Optional recreational swimming on Tuesday & Thursday from
1:30-3:00 pm is included in fees.)
Activities: Soccer, basketball, baseball, capture the flag, kickball,
dodge ball, Frisbee*, jump rope, hula hoops, whiffle ball, obstacle
courses, banana tag (whatever that is!), etc.
Home Base: Children will also enjoy visiting the modern play
structure in the park which is situated a few yards from our home
base: two large canopies with tables and chairs which provide a
shaded games area.
At the tables: Quieter activities include foosball*, air hockey, cartooning, chess,
connect four*, hot hoops basketball* and a variety of other board and table games.
Also: Campers will also enjoy daily water balloon fun, some kite flying, and
other odd things, such as an occasional treasure hunt.
In appropriate age groups. AM, PM, or All Day
Our main instructors are experienced, local soccer players.
Participants will receive instruction to improve their individual
soccer skills while also learning the basics of good teamwork.
Games will be played each day.
In appropriate age groups. AM, PM, or All Day
Soft, synthetic leather safety baseballs will be used.
Games will usually be played with coaches pitching and catching.
For our younger participants, we will also have some Tee-ball games.
All daily sign-ins for our Sports Camps are done at the same Registration
Table at Cerrito Vista Park. Your child will be placed in the camp of
his/her enrollment preference after attendance has been taken.
Resident and non-resident fees
2017 Sports Camp
AM Sports Camp
$175 / $215
$47 / $57
PM Sports Camp
$195 / $240
$52 / $62
All Day Sports Camp
(any combination of options)
$275 / $340
$72 / $88
online http://www.el-cerrito.org/recreation and click "online registration" to sign up!
Questions? Please call the Community Center: 559-7000
or Director Norm Friedman 559-8208
Sunday Soccer & Baseball @ Canyon Trail Park
Spring session: Cancelled due to pressing family considerations
Fall session (10 Sundays) September 24 - November 26
Soccer 12:00 - 1:20 Baseball 1:30 - 3:00
Age groups*: 4-5 ~ 6-7 ~ 8-10
Fuji apples, Granny Smith's, and Navel oranges will be provided as a complimentary
snack break once each for the soccer & baseball groups.
Please bring a water bottle!
* Rain outs, if any will always be made up
Sibling discounts - 15% off total. Same fees resident / non-resident.
Fees will be announced later this spring.
Payment options follow "Program overview"...
Directions to the park: The address is 6757 Gatto Ave. We play on the lower field, which is just off Cutting Blvd.
It is on the left as you come up the hill, or on the right if coming down from the Arlington. If you haven't been there,
please do a map search because these are streets with few right angles. It's a beautiful little park surrounded by greenery.
Program overview: Our priorities are safety, fun, and learning. We emphasize
participation in a relaxed, non-stress atmosphere designed to introduce team sports
to beginners, and provide a fun experience for both the novice and intermediate level player.
If your son or daughter is not yet ready for organized competition, or if you simply
wish to enroll your child in an alternative, non-competitive team sports program,
this may be a good fit.
Over 7,000 boys and girls have come through our programs since we began
in 1991. More than half began their experience with us at the age of 4 or 5.
Needless to say, quite a few of our participants eventually moved on to compete
on school and league teams.
You may register in advance by downloading
a registration form and mailing a check payable to:
Norm Friedman, 420 Village Dr. El Cerrito, CA 94530
Or: PayPal using Mastercard, Visa or Discover
"Registration Form" for the Sunday Program... please go back
one page and click on the Registration tab.
Or: On site registration is always possible. During the session,
enrollments will be ongoing, so you may join us at any time for
an appropriately prorated fee which will be updated weekly.
*Note to parents: For child care reimbursement purposes
our Tax I.D. # is 94 - 33 66 846
Directions: The park sits just below Gatto St. off of Cutting Blvd. Our play area is located
on the lower field adjacent to the tennis courts. If taking the freeway from either the north
or the south, the park will be less than 5 minutes from the exit.
When you approach, look for the bright yellow-green school crossing sign on Cutting Blvd.
The park will on your left as you approach from below; on your right if coming down from the Arlington.
It is advisable to do a map search before coming for the first time if you are unfamiliar with the area
because the route includes a few turns that are not right angles!
It's a beautiful little park. Just a bit tricky to find the first time out.
What to bring:
Soccer shoes are recommended, but sneakers will do.
All participants should bring a water bottle. Please, no sandals!
What we provide:
All necessary equipment and a staff hand-picked to provide
an environment which fosters good sportsmanship and a fun
experience for all, regardless of an individual's skill level.
Fuji apples, Granny Smith's, and Navel oranges will be made
available during a brief snack break during both the Soccer
and Baseball portions of the program.
Age Groups: Our age groups are flexible. We try to find the right group for each
child in the program. Chronological age is not the sole criteria.
We make our groups and observe. In this regard, parent feedback
is welcome. It is a common occurence to re-assign a child to a
younger or older age group.
Feel free to call if you have a question.
Thank you! - Director, Norm Friedman: 559-8208