Athletic Performance Enhancement Camp

July 22-27, 2018 DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 1, 2018! Don't Delay - Apply Today!

The Program
This instructive and transforming week long camp is designed to provide the camper with a knowledge base to improve overall athletic performance. Concepts in fitness, nutrition, strength training and conditioning, and performance enhancement will be addressed through use of the latest evidence based techniques.  Instruction in athletic injury identification and treatment will help provide a well-rounded experience.  Campers will spend time learning through classroom instruction and hands-on training sessions.  Individual skill assessments and performance enhancement plans will be constructed for each camper throughout the week, and will be available for individual implementation after the camp concludes. 

Who Can Attend?
The camp is designed for anyone interested in exercise and performance, from the competitive athletes to the fitness-minded individuals, entering grades 9-12 Adolescents wishing to expand their knowledge base in the latest exercise, strength training, nutrition, performance enhancement, and personal-injury prevention/treatment techniques will leave.  Campers stay in University residence halls and have cafeteria-style meals in the University dining hall.

When not in classes, students have lots of fun participating in recreational activities. Living, dining and learning together, students have ample opportunity to get to know each other and develop lasting friendships. Sample activities include:

  • Ice-breaker games on the first night to help everyone get acquainted
  • Movies in Nevins Theater
  • Outdoor games such as "Capture the Flag" and "Ultimate Frisbee"
  • Indoor games such as "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," ping pong, board games, basketball, etc.
  • Social gatherings with refreshments & music in the Knight Club
  • Relaxing and socializing at a local coffee house
  • Farewell party on the last night

When students are not in class, they are supervised by our wonderful team of Camp Counselors who serve as camp counselors, mentors, positive role models and friends. In order to ensure everyone has a safe, healthy and enjoyable time on campus, summer students are expected to abide by the University's summer programs rules & regulations.

Housing and Meals
Students stay in secure University residence halls dedicated to summer campers (2 per room) and must bring their own pillows, blankets and bed/bath linens for the week (bed linens must fit the extra-long twin residence hall beds). Laundry facilities are available in each hall at no charge. Males and females are housed in separate halls. Our Camp Counselors will be on-site in the residence halls at all times.

Delicious, all-you-can-eat, cafeteria-style meals are served in the campus dining hall. Our Dining Services chefs do an excellent job in accommodating campers with food allergies and other special requirements.

Tuition, Room and Board
The cost is $910.00. This covers tuition, supervision, materials, room and board from dinner on the first day through lunch on the last day, and recreational activities. The $100 deposit must be submitted with the application (deadline June 1). Remaining balance is due by June 15, 2018. 

Commuter Rate: Students living locally who wish to attend as commuters may do so. The commuter rate, which includes tuition, program materials, and lunch, is $810. Students who wish to commute must check in at registration on Sunday and arrive on campus by 8:45 AM for classes Monday-Thursday. They must be picked up no later than 5:00 PM Monday-Wednesday unless they will be participating in evening activities (please make arrangements with Director of Summer Programs for pick-up times). The last day of camp (Thursday) pick-up time is 1:00 PM. Please be sure to check the "Commuter" box on the application form.

Camp Directors
Co-Camp Director Chris Yartym is the Chair of the Division of Health and Human Performance, and Program Director for the Athletic Training Program at Alfred University.   Chris has been a certified athletic trainer for over 20 years with the last 17 being spent at Alfred University.  During his time at Alfred, Mr. Yartym has also served as the Head Athletic Trainer and Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach for the University.   Along with his duties at Alfred University, he also is employed as a Varsity Boy’s Assistant Soccer coach for the Bath-Haverling School district and Coach for various club soccer programs in the southern tier of New York.  Mr. Yartym is also a certified athletic Performance Enhancement Specialist.

Co-Camp Director Josh Long is an instructor in the Division of Health and Human Performance, Clinical Education Coordinator for the Athletic Training Program, and Program Director for the Health Fitness Management Program at Alfred University.  Into his fifth year at Alfred University, he has been a certified athletic trainer for over 11 years and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist for the past four years, as well as maintaining a certification as a Corrective Exercise Specialist.  Additionally, Josh is a volunteer varsity assistant soccer coach and has been a personal trainer and rehabilitation specialist for a population ranging from collegiate athletes to spinal injury patients.

Co-Director Melissa Long is an instructor in the Division of Health and Human Performance, teaching courses in the Health Fitness Management and Athletic Training majors. She has been a certified athletic trainer for 11 years and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) for seven years, working with multiple collegiate and high school athletic teams as both a strength coach and an athletic trainer. Melissa has a BS in Athletic Training, a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics, and a MS in Nutrition Science for Sport and Fitness. In addition to teaching and clinical coverage, Melissa has been a personal trainer and currently has a nutrition consulting business, working with adolescents and adults.

Contact Us
For further technical information, contact:  Chris Yartym at 607-871-2902. Email

For further information concerning the enrollment process, housing, or meals contact:  Office of Summer Programs, 1 Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY 14802.  Phone: 607-871-2045. Email

Financial Aid
Sorry, there are no scholarships or other forms of financial aid available for students in any of our summer programs.

How to Apply
The application deadline is extended until June 1, 2018. Students who wish to apply must submit the online application form, along with the following:

  • $100 deposit (paid on online application form)
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers on official school stationery (at least one should be a physical or health education teacher)
  • Copy of an up-to-date transcript or recent report card
  • A one-page essay telling us why you want to attend this program (in your own words, with your signature at the bottom)

Send all of the above items to: Office of Summer Programs, Alfred University, Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY 14802, fax to 607-871-2045, or scan and send to us via email.

After the new June 1 deadline, the Summer Programs Admissions Committee will review all completed applications and determine which students are accepted. Acceptance/non-acceptance notification will be provided via email by the middle of May. If you require an earlier decision, please indicate this by including a note with your application form. (Students who apply after the deadline will receive notification within one week after we receive their application materials.)

Once students have been accepted, they will receive an acceptance letter as well as specific instructions on where to find and download all camp-required materials for attendance including medical forms, liability releases, emergency notification forms, etc. These materials must be filled out as soon as possible and must be back in our hands by June 1, 2018. Updated immunization information (including dates) is also required at that time. (If you do not have updated immunization information on hand, you may want to acquire this from your physician now to avoid processing delays.)

Cancellation Policy
Refunds, less the $100 non-refundable deposit, will be made for student cancellations received by June 1. A 50% refund will be made for those received from June 2-10. No refunds are given for cancellations received after June 10.

For further general information contact the Office of Summer Programs via email or by calling us at 607-871-2612. For specific information concerning class content, please contact Institute Director Chris Yartym via email.