PARENT INFORMATION

United Sports is 127,000 square-foot indoor, 60-acre outdoor sports complex located directly off the Route 30 Bypass in the heart of Chester County, PA. This privately funded project transformed a historic, but long-neglected, airport into a major center for public recreation and field access. United Sports is located on 100 acres in Downingtown, PA, a suburb just west of Philadelphia. Also known as “The Brandywine Valley,” Chester County boasts a vibrant business and cultural community set in a rich, historical environment.

United Sports designed a complex that encompasses 11 outdoor playing fields and 3 acres under roof with multiple indoor playing surfaces for varying sport use including 1 indoor sport court, 2 indoor turf fields, 225’ X 160’ field house, and rock wall. United Sports provides an opportunity for your child to participate in sports in a safe environment.

Important Information For Parents

Admissions, the provisions of services, room assignments, and referrals of clients shall be made without regard to race, color, religious creed, disability, ancestry, national origin (including limited English proficiency), age or sex. Program services shall be made accessible to eligible persons with disabilities through the most practical and economically feasible methods available. These methods include but are not limited to equipment redesign, the provisions of aides, and the use of alternative service delivery locations. Structural modifications shall be considered only as a last resort among available methods.  Any parent/guardian/client who feels they have been discriminated against may file a complaint of discrimination to the agencies as posted at the front desk.

Any complaints or concerns of discrimination can be filed with the U.S Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights, (OCR) the DHS Bureau of Equal Opportunity (BEO) and/or the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC). The CEO and General Manager will also work together to resolve the complaint or concern. Information will be passed on to the Senior Department Director to assist in communicating to parties involved and come to a resolution. The Manager on Duty can also assist in handling communication and addressing complaints or concerns. The Front Desk can assist in giving knowledge of who the complainant or concerned party can contact.

Registration can be completed online, over the phone 610-466-7100, or in person (1426 Marshallton-Thorndale Rd., Downingtown, PA 19335).

Summer Camps

  • Action Day Camp – Rookies (Ages 6-7)
  • Action Day Camp – Juniors (Ages 8-9)
  • Action Day Camp – Seniors (Ages 10 – 11)
  • Action Day Camp – Legends (Ages 12-13)
  • Pee Wee Summer Camp – (Ages 3- 5)
  • Sport Specific Camps – (Ages 3 – 15)

Before & After School Program (offered during the school year).

  • Registration is generally done for the year, with payment plans.

Payment for Camp

If paying by credit card we accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. A 2.75% processing fee is applied to all credit card payments. This processing fee is not tax-deductible and will not be reflected in year-end tax documents.

If paying with check please make check payable to ‘United Sports.’

Cash is also accepted.

 

Year End Totals

The prior year’s tuition expenditure for your family will be available for tax purposes by January 31st upon request. United Sports Tax ID Number: EIN 23-2972401

Confidentiality

The names, addresses and phone numbers of our entire camper and staff population are confidential.

You are required to sign your child in and out daily on the attendance log.   These sheets are in a binder (or on a clipboard) located with your child’s counselor.  If you are registered for extended care, or you would like to accompany your child back and forth to camp, please park in a designated parking space and walk your child to camp. Otherwise, you may take advantage of our drop off/pick up loop in front of the building. Camp staff will have a sign in/sign out table located in front of the building (or just inside the main entrance), will greet you, and will escort your child into camp in the morning and will bring your child to you at the end of the day (for 5:00pm pick up only).

Children WILL NOT be released to anyone other than those designated as an authorized person on your Emergency Contact form.

There is the accessibility to add your photo to your online account. We highly encourage this for smoother signing in and out times.

If there is a change in any individual authorized to pick up a child, parents must inform the camp director so that information may be included on the camper’s paperwork. Should an unauthorized individual arrive to pick up a child, a parent or emergency contact will be immediately notified by phone.

Both parents are permitted to pick up a child unless a court order states otherwise. A copy of this documentation must be provided to United Sports.

Late Pick-Up Charge

If child is not picked up at the close of the program, you will be charged a late fee of $10.00 per child for each fifteen (15) minute interval, or any portion thereof. Payment will need to be received within twenty-four (24) hours.

If your child will be absent from camp, please call United Sports at 610.466.7100 prior to 8:00am. NO REFUNDS GIVEN FOR NO CALL/NO SHOW.

Account credit will be issued to any family who informs United Sports via phone or email prior to 8:00am.

EARLY PICK-UP

Parents needing to pick up a camper early should make these arrangements with the individual camp director on the day of early pick-up. Please send a written note to the camp director with the details and time of pick up. The camp director will inform you of the location of your camper at the time of pick-up.

Each camper will need a Child Health Assessment (completed in the last 364 days).  This is part of the registration paperwork.  For administration of medication, families will need to complete a Medication Log.

Medication is administered to children as a courtesy for families at United Sports. We will administer prescription medication only when the prescription is current, and the parents provide an accurate dosage spoon/syringe.

Please do not leave any medication in a child’s backpack. All medication must be provided to the camp directors, must be in the original packaging (this includes inhalers, EpiPens, etc.), and must be labeled with your child’s name.

Over the counter medication will be administered only when accompanied by a doctor’s note of permission, which must include the following information: date, the doctor’s full name and practice, the child’s full name, the specific dosage and frequency of dosage.

Medication, which is to be signed in daily, is kept in the office along with the medication log. There are specific places where the medication is stored.  Please ask if you have any questions.  Designated staff will administer medications, signing the log sheet when medication is given.

Medication is all kept in a general area that trained staff can access quickly if needed.

Backpacks – According to regulations, medications, cosmetics or anything marked “keep out of the reach of children” are not permitted to be stored in your child’s backpack.

Outside Play – Fresh air and sunshine are important for a child’s health and well-being. It is important that your child be dressed appropriately for outside play. Children need to wear shoes that will permit them to run and play without injury.

Clogs, Crocs and flip-flop type shoes are not permitted. If your child wears this type of shoe to camp, they will not be allowed to participate in the activities.

WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP – PLEASE LABEL EVERYTHING

  • Bring a bagged lunch (or purchase lunch from our restaurant)
  • Snacks (full day campers generally have a morning snack break; and an afternoon snack break)
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Athletic, closed-toed footwear only (sneakers)
  • Socks
  • Hand towel
  • Sunscreen (Please apply sunscreen to your camper in the AM before coming to camp. For safety reasons, we do not share sunscreen among campers)
  • Sport specific equipment (for Sport Specific Camps)
  • Bathing suit and towel when needed
  • Do not send Ipods, Itouches, DS Games, Cell Phones, card games (including Pokemon) or anything of value.

Our camp program is filled with active games, hands-on activities, in-house field trips, and other counselor selected activities. United Sports does not encourage outside toys and electronics.

United Sports is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Lunch

Campers should pack a lunch; or they have the option to purchase lunch daily or weekly. Our Aviator’s restaurant has put together a menu conducive to children. 

LUNCH INFORMATION COMING SOON!

 

If you are a Half-Day Camper and want to attend the Lunch Bunch hour (12:00pm-1:00pm): Cost is $25/per day

Lunch Bunch is offered every day for those parents who would like their campers to stay an extra hour after regular half-day camp has ended or come to camp an hour before the start of PM Half-Day Camp. Registration for Lunch Bunch may be made daily.

Snacks

Children are responsible for bringing a daily lunch and snacks. Snack breaks are offered in the morning and afternoon. Snacks are not provided. Please pack your own snack or plan on sending your child with a small amount of money to purchase one. While packing your own snack, be mindful of allergies that other children may have. Label all food items and lunch boxes with your child’s name. Snacks may also be purchased at Aviator’s Restaurant/Snack Bar which range from $1.00-$3.00.

Action Day Camp (Sample)
6:30 – 8:00am – Extended Day Campers Arrive
8:00 – 8:20am – Arrivals/Attendance/Open Play
8:20 – 8:30am – Camp Day Begins/Warm-Ups
8:30 – 9:15am – Activity Period #1
9:15 – 10:00am – Activity Period #2
10:00 – 10:30am – Bathroom Break/Water Break/Morning Snack Break
10:30 – 11:15am – Special Activity
11:15am – 12:00pm – Activity Period #4
12:00 – 12:50pm – Lunch
12:50 – 1:00pm – Organize Groups/Greet Afternoon Campers/Clean Up
1:00 – 1:45pm – Quiet Games/Activities/Warm Ups
1:45 – 2:30pm – Activity Period #5
2:30 – 3:15pm – Special Activity
3:15 – 3:45pm – Bathroom Break/Water Break/Afternoon Snack Break
3:45 – 4:30pm – Activity Period #7   
4:30 – 5:00pm – Quiet Time (Announcements & Prepare for Dismissal)
5:00 – 5:10pm – Regular Camp Day Ends/Pick-Ups/Afternoon Extended Care Begins 

5:10 – 6:30pm – Afternoon Extended Care

 

Pee Wee Summer Camp (Sample)
8:00-9:15 – Warm up Time. Children are welcome to color pictures, mold play dough, and look at pop-up books. This free time allows the children to become comfortable in their new surroundings.
9:15-9:30 – Introductions / Ice breaker games. Our instructors will encourage your children to socialize with classmates by telling everyone their favorite things or a funny story or joke.
9:30-10:30 – Run and Fun – Each physical activity we play relates to the theme of the day.
10:30-11:00 – Potty Break / Snack time
11:00-11:15 – Theme-related Story Time
11:15-12:00 – Craft — Each craft relates to the theme or the story of the day. Our crafts will require kids to follow directions— as our instructors will use different mediums to teach shapes, colors, numbers, and patterns to create dynamic masterpieces!
12:00-1:00 – LUNCH BUNCH
1:00-1:30 – Open Play – Coloring, Play Dough, etc
1:30-2:30 – Run and Fun II – Hopscotch, Scooters, Parachutes, Bubbles, and more!
2:30-3:30 – Craft II – Kids will have freedom to create their own theme-related work-of-art using a number of different mediums.
3:30-5:00 – Story Time/ Dismissal

 

Sports Camp (Sample)

6:30 – 8:00am – Extended Day Campers Arrive
8:00 – 8:20am – Arrivals/Attendance/Open Play
8:20 – 8:30am – Camp Day Begins/Warm-Ups
8:30 – 9:15am – Review of Previous Skills
9:15 – 10:00am – New Skills
10:00 – 10:30am – Bathroom Break/Water Break/Morning Snack Break
10:30 – 11:15am – Special Activity (Moonbounces, Mini Golf, etc.)
11:15am – 12:00pm – Small-Sided Games and Scrimmages
12:00 – 12:50pm – Lunch
12:50 – 1:00pm – Organize Groups/Greet Afternoon Campers/Clean Up
1:00 – 1:45pm – Review of Skills
1:45 – 2:30pm – New Skills
2:30 – 3:15pm – Special Activity
3:15 – 3:45pm – Bathroom Break/Water Break/Afternoon Snack Break
3:45 – 4:30pm – Small-Sided Games and Scrimmages
4:30 – 5:00pm – Quiet Time (Announcements & Prepare for Dismissal)
5:00 – 5:10pm – Regular Camp Day Ends/Pick-Ups/Afternoon Extended Care Begins 

5:10 – 6:30pm – Afternoon Extended Care

Weather permitting, children shall be taken outside daily. Fresh air and sunshine are important for a child’s health and well-being. It is important that your child be dressed appropriately for outside play.

United Sports provides a full program even on rainy days. We make every effort to keep campers dry. Camps that normally meet outside will have space and activities in the facility. In the event that we experience a power outage, attempts will be made to contact parents and let them know our status. For excessive heat or extreme weather conditions, United Sports will run on adapted schedule.

While the main areas of the United Sports facility are not air-conditioned, we plan time slots for all campers to have air-conditioned breaks. Activities may be adapted during extreme weather conditions. We do our best to communicate any changes during the excessive heat weather.

United Sports encourages and expects appropriate behavior from the children in our care.  When the behavior exhibited is not acceptable, we explain to the child what is expected of them and give them another opportunity to comply. If the unacceptable behavior persists, the children are redirected, and parents are verbally notified at the time of pick up.

The staff will update all parents, or those on the pick-up list, of the behavior of the children daily. Behavior slips are written up for bad behavior and a copy is given to parents.

Staff will notify a parent of persistent behavior problems or a behavior that causes safety or health concerns and you may be expected to pick their child up from United Sports immediately. If behavior continues, United Sports has the right to suspend a child until further discussion with a Camp Director, or permanently expel them from camp.

Fever: With a temperature of 100 degrees or above, parents will be notified to pick up their child.  Please keep your child home until he/she is free of fever and fever reducing medications for twenty-four hours.  If a child visits the doctor and the fever is attributed to a non-contagious illness, a dated note from the physician stating the child may return to care must accompany the child in order to return the next day.

Vomiting:   After one bout of vomiting parents will be notified to pick up their child.  Parents should keep their child home for the remainder of the day. The child may return the next day of care if vomiting has ceased. Vomiting allows viruses and bacteria to become air borne and spread rapidly.

United Sports staff will notify parent/guardian whenever their child becomes ill. Parents will need to arrange to have their child picked up immediately.  The staff is authorized to obtain immediate medical care if any emergency occurs when the parent cannot be immediately located.

If a child or anyone in the child’s family comes down with a communicable disease (lice, measles, chicken pox, etc.) it is the parent’s responsibility to notify the United Sports within 24 hours so that they can notify all other campers (all names will remain confidential).

Bullying is when one or more people exclude, tease, taunt, gossip, hit, kick, or put down another person with the intent to hurt another. Bullying happens when a person or group of people want to have power over another and use their power to get their way, at the expense of someone else. Bullying can also happen through cyberspace: through the use of e-mails, text messaging, instant messaging, and other less direct methods. This type of bullying can also lead to persons being hurt during or between the camp seasons and be especially hurtful when persons are targeted with meanness and exclusion. At United Sports bullying is inexcusable, and we have a firm policy against all types of bullying. Our Camp philosophy is based on our mission statement which ensures that every camper has the opportunity to acquire skills, knowledge, friendships, and life experiences. We work together as a team to ensure that campers gain self-confidence, make new friends, and go home with great memories. Unfortunately, persons who are bullied may not have the same potential to get the most out of their camp experience. Our leadership addresses all incidents of bullying seriously and trains staff to promote communication with their staff and their campers so both staff and campers will be comfortable alerting us to any problems during their camp experience and between camp seasons. Every person has the right to expect to have the best possible experience at camp, and by working together as a team to identify and manage bullying, we can help ensure that all campers and staff have a great summer at United Sports.

Parents/guardians should provide sunscreen for use during the day. Sunscreen sent to Camp should be placed in a sealed plastic bag and labeled with the child’s first and last name.

Day Camp families are responsible for applying the first layer of sunscreen prior to morning drop-off and provide it for use during the camp day. Upon receipt, counselors will place sunscreen in their backpacks that will be in their possession throughout the day. Any remaining sunscreen will be sent home Friday, or the last day of camp. During the camp day, staff will take all reasonable and appropriate steps to help each child reapply sunscreen to exposed skin– including the face, the tops of ears, and bare shoulders, arms, legs, & feet– prior to campers’ participation in outdoor programs. Counselors will not apply sunscreen when skin is broken, or an adverse reaction has been observed. When staff notices these reactions, they will report them to Director who will contact the camper’s family. If, for any reason, counselors cannot apply sunscreen on a camper, the camper may be limited in their participation in outdoor activities. If parents/guardians have more than one camper attending camp, we ask each camper to have their own supply of sunscreen so that it is readily accessible throughout the camp day.

Here at United Sports, we have waterslides, children with swim clothes and on their chosen group day may participate in the waterslide activities. Parents and children may opt out of waterslide activity and other options would be available for child to do. Some field trips may include water activities. Those are fully communicated, and parents sign field trip permission forms.

Counselors understand that camp is an exciting new place and that children’s personal belongings are not always their own first priority. Care is taken to ensure that children remember to retrieve their personal items, but it seems that there is always something left behind. At the end of each day, unlabeled found items are held up to be claimed by their owners. We ask that you please do the following:

    • Label all articles with child’s name with permanent marker.
    • Do not buy new things for camp. Children may not recognize them if they are lost.
    • Discuss care of personal belongings with your child before camp. Remind them to check the lost and found area for lost items and tell a counselor when something is missing.
    • Call United Sports immediately when you discover something is missing.

Training & Onboarding

Staff members are trained and continue to train throughout their careers here at United Sports. Many members are CPR certified, and basic first aid trained. Certified lifeguards are on staff for those trips that require swimming. Counselors in Training (CIT’s) &/ or Junior Counselors are trained just like the main staff. Each staff member has their own expectations and standards to follow for United Sports.

  • Conduct within the facility should be in the spirit of good sportsmanship at all times.
  • At no time shall spectators enter the field to speak with officials, coaches, or players. Any spectator that enters the field to confront an official or another player will be suspended from the facility.
  • Rude, inappropriate, and disrespectful language is not tolerated, and will result in facility suspension.
  • Should you find or lose any items please report the incident immediately to a United Sports employee. The United Sports owner(s) and staff do not assume responsibility for any items lost or stolen.
  • No food or drinks on the fields or volleyball courts. Outside food and drinks are not permitted in the United Sports. Players and referees may bring 1 water bottle.
  • No animals, with the exception of service animals, will be allowed in the facility.
  • No chewing tobacco or chewing gum permitted in facility at any time.
  • No sunflower seeds or similar type products are permitted in the facility.
  • No glass containers on the field, volleyball courts, or in the player boxes.
  • Video recording from the player boxes is not allowed.
  • Children must be supervised at all times.
  • Balls shall not be kicked, thrown, or hit against the building walls (interior or exterior) unless on the playing field. Damage caused by these actions shall be the financial responsibility of the individual, or their parents or legal guardians.

Verification/Agreement of Terms

Individuals utilizing the United Sports facility do so at their own risk. The property owner(s), league operators, officers and staff of United Sports assume no liability for any injuries or accidents that may occur. Please reference the Liability / Injury Waiver and Release Forms, as well as signage posted within the facility.

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY

Any cancellations made more than seven (7) days in advance result in a full refund to your method of payment. If there is an outstanding balance on the account, this refund will be applied to the balance due.

Cancellations made seven (7) days or less result in a United Sports account credit, good for any camp, class, program, or league in the future.

For daily camps, this means seven days prior to any given camp day; for weekly camps, this means seven days prior to the first day of camp on Monday. Day-of cancellations will result in account credit if United Sports is notified prior to 8am. After 8am, this is considered a “no-call, no-show” and will not result in any payments being refunded or credited.

Program Contacts

Isabel Clark

Director of Youth Programs

iclark@unitedsports.net

610-466-7100

 

Meredith Haymond

Lil’ Kickers & Youth Sports Coordinator

mhaymond@unitedsports.net

610-466-7100