Frequently Asked Questions
The following are some frequently asked questions regarding our Cubs Baseball Summer Camps program. If you cannot find the answer to your question or would like to speak with someone in more detail, please contact us at [email protected] or 773-289-1505.
What are the camp hours?
Camp runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Optional extended day programs are available before and after camp beginning at 7:30 a.m. and running until 6 p.m.
We also offer semi-private hitting and pitching lessons, which run after camp until 4 p.m. Semi-private lessons allow ballplayers to continue building on the skills they've learned at camp through additional instruction and coaching. Our lessons have limited capacity and fill well before the camp week begins. We encourage you to act quickly to reserve your camper's spot.
What does my ballplayer(s) need to bring to camp?
A Cubs Baseball Summer Camps jersey and hat will be provided to each player at check-in on the first day of camp.
Everything brought to camp should be labeled with your ballplayer's first initial and last name. Your ballplayer should bring:
- Baseball glove
- Cleats and athletic shoes (please bring sneakers so your ballplayer can participate fully in indoor activities in the event of inclement weather)
- Sunscreen (spray sunscreen is recommended over lotion)
- Lunch in a lunch bag labeled clearly with your ballplayer's name
- Water bottle to be refilled throughout the day (we provide plenty of water at all times)
We have helmets, bats and catcher's gear available for ballplayers to use if they do not bring their own.
What is the age range for ballplayers? Do ballplayers need prior baseball experience?
All children between rising kindergarten and rising eighth grade are welcome at Cubs Baseball Summer Camps. We do not have ability or experience requirements and welcome ballplayers of all experience levels.
Do you separate ballplayers by age and grade?
Yes. Campers are separated into levels based on their rising grade. Campers take part in drills and competitions within their level to ensure the best possible competitive balance for a fun and developmental experience while at camp.
Can my ballplayer(s) be on the same team as a friend/teammate/sibling?
Yes. During the registration process, you can request to have your camper placed on the same team as another camper by creating a new Buddy Group or joining an existing Buddy Group.
Ballplayers may request up to three (3) teammates. We do our best to group your camper with at least one requested teammate provided that both teammates are members of the same rising grade.
Please note we cannot guarantee your ballplayer will be placed on the same team as his/her requested teammate(s).
What is the ballplayer-to-counselor ratio at Cubs Baseball Summer Camps?
We aim to provide an environment where ballplayers benefit from both individual and small group learning and instruction. For our younger ballplayers (6 and under), our goal is to maintain a ballplayer-to-coach ratio of approximately 7:1 on their individual team. For older ballplayers (7 and up), the approximate ballplayer-to-coach ratio is 9:1. For the entire camp, the ballplayer-to-coach ratio is 6:1, including our leadership team which includes our Site Leader and Camp & Safety Coordinator.
Do you offer any discounts?
We offer a 10% sibling discount. This discount will be applied automatically during checkout when two or more ballplayers are enrolled in the same family. Please note the 10% sibling discount is only applied to the tuition of the additional sibling.
We also offer team discounts. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information.
Do I receive a confirmation when I register?
Once you register and pay for your camper's session(s), you will receive a confirmation email for your records. This email serves as your confirmation for your camp registration.
Will I receive additional information about camp after I register?
Additional information will be shared with you via email closer to the start of your camp session. Email communications will be shared via the primary email address provided during registration. If you registered for camp and did not receive a confirmation email, please contact us at [email protected].
The week before camp, we'll send out more detailed information about your camp session, including the drop-off location and instructions, procedures for Monday morning and what to bring to camp as well as friendly tips and reminders. In addition, you'll receive a handful of emails while your ballplayer is with us during the week, including details on what they're doing during the day and how to plan for the ballpark visit, if applicable.
What happens when a ballplayer is enrolled on a waitlist?
When a camp session reaches capacity, we will move that session to a waitlist. Adding your ballplayer's name to the waitlist for a session is free of charge and you will not need to provide credit card information at that time. Each year, some spots open in sessions that have reached capacity as summer plans change. If a spot opens for your ballplayer, we will contact you immediately via phone to confirm you'd still like to enroll your ballplayer in the session. At that time, we will take credit card information and enroll your ballplayer into camp.
Do you accept "walk-up" registrations?
We do not accept walk-up registrations. All registrations must be completed online prior to the Monday before a camp session begins, pending availability.
What are the policies on refunds, credits and transfers?
Due to limited availability within each session, no refunds will be offered for Cubs Baseball Summer Camps, either of deposits made or payments in full. In the event your ballplayer is unable to attend camp the week for which they are registered, there are options. Please review our "Policies" tab to learn more.
THE CAMP WEEK
When will my ballplayer(s) receive a uniform?
All ballplayers will be provided an official Cubs Baseball Summer Camps jersey and hat on the first day of their camp session. On the first day of the session, ballplayers should arrive dressed as follows:
- Regular T-shirt (regular cotton or performance wear)
- Athletic shorts, sweatpants or baseball/softball pants
- Shoes and/or cleats of choice
For the first day of camp, ballplayers will wear their Cubs Baseball Summer Camps jersey and hat with the pants they wear that morning. At the conclusion of Monday's camp day, World Series campers will receive a bag with the remaining uniform components, including a pair of pants, belt and socks. For the remainder of the camp session, those ballplayers should wear their full Cubs Baseball Summer Camps uniform each day.
Does my ballplayer(s) need to wear his/her uniform every day?
Ballplayers are expected to wear their Cubs Baseball Summer Camps uniform each day of camp, with the exception of Monday, when they will wear the jersey and hat. An additional jersey ($40) and pair of baseball pants ($25) are available for purchase during the registration process. They also can be purchased after registration is completed.
Do I need to pack a lunch for my ballplayer(s) each day?
Yes. Please send your ballplayer(s) to camp with a lunch bag labeled clearly with his/her name. If you pack anything that needs to be kept cool, please include an icepack in the lunch bag. We will keep all lunches in a cool area, but we do not refrigerate them. If your ballplayer's lunch requires utensils, please include those in the lunch bag.
Is sunscreen provided during camp?
We encourage ballplayers to bring their own sunscreen; however, we do have sunscreen on-site if your ballplayer(s) forgets or loses their own.
How do you handle inclement weather?
Regardless of weather, camp will not be canceled. If we encounter heavy rain or thunderstorms or the fields are too damp to play on for a day, we will temporarily move programming inside. Camp activities will be moved back outside as soon as it is safe to do so.
What precautions do you take to handle the summer heat?
Our entire coaching staff understands the summer heat can drain a ballplayer throughout the day and week. Water is always available, and ballplayers are required to take water breaks and sunscreen re-application breaks throughout each day. In extreme cases, we will seek indoor facilities to escape the heat. Should this situation arise, we will send out a message prior to the start of camp with helpful instructions on what you can do to prepare your ballplayer(s) for a hot day at camp as well as information on what precautions we will be taking to combat the heat.
Can parents come watch the camp activities?
Yes. Parents are more than welcome to stay and watch camp; however, we encourage little to no ballplayer-to-parent interaction as we'd like our ballplayers to focus on the on-field activities and their teammates. We've found the best way to facilitate a positive experience for ballplayers is to have them acclimate as quickly and as independently as possible on Monday morning. Please also keep in mind that parents are unable to attend the trip to Wrigley Field, if applicable.
Can Cubs Baseball Summer Camps accommodate ballplayers with life-threatening allergies?
Yes. Families with ballplayers who have peanut, tree nut or other life-threatening allergies can feel safe and comfortable at our summer camps. At the beginning of each camp day, our camp staff will take special note of children with life-threatening allergies by placing a mandatory, but inconspicuous, colored bracelet around the ballplayer's wrist marked with the child's name for identification purposes (in case of Epi-Pen use, etc.). During lunch and snack breaks, ballplayers with food allergies will sit with our Camp & Safety Coordinator at our nut-free and allergen alert table. Parents will have the option to release their ballplayer(s) from this table. If your ballplayer(s) is required to sit at the nut-free and allergen alert table, please keep in mind their snack and lunch must be free of common food allergens (including tree nuts, peanuts, dairy, soy and shellfish) to ensure a safe environment for other ballplayers also required to sit at the table.
If your ballplayer(s) is bringing medication to camp (i.e., an Epi-Pen), your ballplayer's coach will have the medication on hand at all times during camp. The medication will be checked in on Monday morning of camp with our Camp & Safety Coordinator and will be returned on Friday at check-out. These procedures and policies will be clearly communicated in advance of camp to ballplayers who have indicated they'll be bringing medication to camp.
VISIT TO WRIGLEY FIELD (for applicable experiences)
How do the ballplayers get to and from Wrigley Field?
Cubs ballplayers will travel to and from the ballpark in a charter bus, similar to how the Cubs players arrive at an opposing ballpark! Coaches are spread throughout each bus to ensure proper supervision and conduct attendance checks regularly throughout our ballpark experience as well as each time we exit or enter the bus.
Is the trip to Wrigley Field an all-day visit?
Yes. The camp hours will stay roughly the same, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In some cases, buses will leave earlier or arrive later than the schedule camp hours. If that is the case, we will communicate any changes regarding the times well in advance of the visit to Wrigley Field.
Can parents go on the visit to Wrigley Field?
No. Due to safety and logistics concerns, only Cubs Baseball Summer Camps participants and staff are allowed to enter Wrigley Field during our visit. Every detail about the trip and tour has been designed with safety (of ballplayers and parents/guardians alike) as the top priority and to maximize their fan experience at Wrigley Field.