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SPORTSWORLD 2021 // June 21-25, 2021

Denton Bible Student Ministries’ biggest summer sporting extravaganza! With basketball, baseball, tennis, soccer, softball, football, dance, cheer/tumbling and volleyball, there is bound to be a sport for your child to enjoy. DBSM is committed to student-led ministry and Sportsworld is a great example! Sportsworld is for those who have completed K-5th Grade – minimum of 6 years old.

WHAT IS SPORTSWORLD?

Sportsworld is a safe, exciting and fun environment where your son or daughter can learn and develop essential physical skills as they learn what it means to not be ashamed of the Gospel and to be in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Mornings are spent at their sports clinics while afternoons are an all out red versus blue exciting game competition. So wear your color and get ready to rumble!

Sportsworld is a missions opportunity for students involved in Student Ministries at Denton Bible Church. The purpose of our camp is to allow our students a chance to minister to kids six-years-old to fifth grade in in the Denton area. We also hire godly coaches to come in and head up each sport for the week. For more information on Denton Bible Student Ministries, please check out the Students page.

Student Ministries //  // 940-297-6848

What is the point of Sportsworld?

  • At Sportsworld, we teach the students truth, but we also strive to make this week absolutely insane! We want kids to remember how much fun they had, how crazy they went, and how many friends they made. We make a huge effort to make Sportsworld a high-energy experience for these kiddos.

What is this year's theme?

Our theme this year is “GLOW” and we find it very fitting to what we’re surrounded with at this present time. Will you please join us in praying for those impacted by COVID-19 and for those who have lost a loved one to the virus? Pray that we will all be able to GLOW in this unique time and display the LIFE and LIGHT of Christ to a darkened world.

COVID-19 Updates

The safety of all participants of Sportsworld has always been and will continue to be the top priority for our team. In the evolving landscape of COVID-19, we are continually assessing the appropriate measures needing to be taken to provide a safe and fun Sportsworld experience for campers, counselors (volunteers), coaches, and the Student Ministries Team. Periodic updates will be emailed to the parent emails listed at registration.


First Update - Sunday, April 4, 2021

Hello Sportsworld Family!

As we begin our process of preparing for Sportsworld 2020, we strive to over communicate to you throughout these seemingly uncertain times regarding COVID-19 and it’s impact on our camp this year.

Tentatively, Sportsworld camp is still going to be June 21-25th at Denton Bible church. However, there are still many unknowns with what the status of life in Denton will even look like in June.

It’s hard to determine (at this moment) if we’ll be able to have camp this year at our normal time in June, but we still want to move forward with sign-ups now as usual, so if God allows camp to happen THE LAST WEEK OF JUNE, then we’ll be ready to go! Keep in mind that Sportsworld may not look exactly like what we are used to. We are continuously praying to God for guidance and wisdom so that we may provide a safe and healthy environment for everyone involved.

However, unlike in years past, there will not be any required payment upon registration for your camper. We hope this provides more flexibility and convenience for your family in these uncertain times. Once we can determine if and when Sportsworld 2021 can happen, we will contact those who have signed up and allow them to pay for camp or cancel if they need to.

The safety and care of our campers and counselors is always our number one, so please know we will postpone or cancel Sportsworld 2021 or pivot online like last year if it becomes clear to us that it will not be a realistic option.

Our theme this year is “GLOW” and we find it very fitting to what we’re surrounded with at this present time. Will you please join us in praying for those impacted by COVID-19 and for those who have lost a loved one to the virus? Pray that we will all be able to GLOW in this unique time and display the LIFE and LIGHT of Christ to a darkened world.

We love y’all!

– DBSM Sportsworld Staff

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does Sportsworld cost? A fun-filled week at Sportsworld costs $95 per camper. Due to the uncertainty of the Coronavirus, we are launching registration with a $0 downpayment and will not take payment until we get closer to the week of camp.
  • What do I do at Check-In on Monday Morning? Park in the SMC parking lot (located at 2010 Nottingham Dr on the corner of University and Nottingham) Please look for the Sportsworld banners. Check in will be from 8 – 9 a.m. on Monday morning only in the SMC Auditorium accessible only through the exterior entrance to the Auditorium and not our main entrances. (There will be signs posted to help you!) Find the line that corresponds to your camper’s last name by referring to the signs behind each table. We are still working through COVID-19 related registration processes and issues, due to that, we may have to modify check-in and drop-off/pick-up in order to provide a safe and healthy environment for all involved. Final details will be released before the week of camp.
  • What do I need to bring to check-in? Please bring a completed waiver and release of liability form (which can be downloaded here or filled out the day of registration) and photo consent (which can be downloaded here or filled out the day of registration). We recommend that you come prepared with completed waivers (see above) in order to expedite your time at check-in. We ask that if you have not previously paid online (links to pay will be send 1-2 weeks before camp starts) that you bring $95 in cash or check to check-in. We also ask that you please be patient with the registration process on Monday morning - the process might take a little bit more time than it has in years past. We appreciate your patience!
  • What can we do to make check-in go smoothly? Monday, June 21 is check-in day! This means we will do our best to move the lines quickly and personally get you camper to the appropriate line. There are a few things you can do to help this process move quickly: 
    1. Have your signed waiver read to hand in before you come.
    2. Find the appropriate line according to the letters behind each table that will correspond with your campers last name.
    3. Be sure and let the person at the registration table know of any medical conditions or other helpful information.
    4. Once you have checked in your camper, they will be handed to a counselor who will personally walk them into the SMC.
    5. Each camper will receive a bracelet at check in that has their color and line number on it. Please remember this number.
  • What does my camper need to bring during the week? Every day your camper will need a sack lunch with his or her name written on it. We HIGHLY recommend a sack instead of a lunch box so they don’t have to keep up with it all day. Closed-toed athletic shoes are recommended for all campers as we plan to keep them on their toes! We also have a NO CLEATS policy in order to keep campers safe. We have equipment for each sport, so if your camper does not have their own they can certainly use what is provided. However, we do have a limited number of baseball/softball gloves so if you send them with a glove please write their name on it. Sportsworld wouldn’t be Sportsworld without Ya-Ya, so check the date that your camper’s sport will be participating to make sure your camper shows up with a swimsuit and towel. Ya-Ya replaces their sports clinic for the day, so they will not be participating on their Ya-Ya day. We want you to experience Sportsworld too, so parents and families are invited to join us. We will have a crazy time of performances, camper awards and goody bags. Not to mention we will announce the winning team! We will send more information out about that at a later date. 
  • How do I drop off my counselor each day (Tuesday-Friday)? Our day begins at 9 a.m., so campers should arrive around 8:45 a.m. and you (or someone you’ve given permission) MUST sign them in to their line. Please note that the SMC doors will not be opened before 8:30 a.m., so any campers who arrive before 8:30 a.m. will be in your care until the doors are opened. This does not apply to Monday as you will check them in early and do not need to follow the sign in procedures that are implemented Tuesday through Friday.
  • What is the daily schedule? 
    • 8:45 Campers Arrive @ the SMC
    • 9:00 Warm Ups Daily Lessons
    • 9:30 Sports Clinics
    • 12:00 Lunch (Bring Your Own)
    • 12:30 Devotional Time
    • 1:00 Game Competition
    • 2:30 Review of the Day
    • 3:00 Dismiss @ the SMC
  • How do I pick up my camper each day? We typically dismiss each day at 3 p.m. in the SMC. You must come inside the SMC and find your camper’s line. Please make sure you come in to sign out your camper as we put high expectations on our counselors to have them signed out for the campers’ safety. You or someone you have given permission MUST sign your camper out each day.
  • What does all the Sportsworld terminology mean? 
    • Red and Blue” basically rule Sportsworld! Each camper will be placed in a line that is either on the red or blue team! The campers will compete all week to earn more points to beat the other team! You will quickly learn this camp can be more about Red vs. Blue than sports! 
    • A “line” is a physical line taped in either red or blue that your camper will be placed in with a counselor who is in charge of the line. This is the way they are organized in every aspect of the day except during their sport. 
    • A “counselor” is a middle school or high school student whom we have had in our ministry at least one year and they are assigned to a line of campers. (There will be more than one counselor per line). 
    • Games” are played during the afternoon and this is where we have a ton of mini games where red vs. blue is at its finest. These games have nothing to do with their sports and a lot to do with crazy fun. 
    • The “mascots” appear on day two of camp and each team will have a leader that will bring excitement to his or her team each day. 
    • “Ya-Ya” is short for “Ya-Ya in the Wa-Wa”. This is an assigned day that each sport takes a break from playing their sport and they spend their time playing the wettest water games of their lives.
  • Who are the counselors and games crew? Our staff can’t begin to tell you how proud we are of our counselors. These are students who do an AMAZING job caring for and loving on their campers. Their biggest task is to become each camper’s number one fan. We want campers to feel loved and accepted by their counselors. A counselor’s job is to maintain a safe and fun environment for all the campers. Our counselors and crew members are made up of 6th -12th graders who are a part of Denton Bible Church. Each counselor and crew member is personally known by a DBC staff person, goes through a counselor and crew training session, and a background check. We make every effort to ensure the highest integrity among our students who serve as counselors.
  • What is the criteria to become a counselor/games crew member? Sportsworld exists as a local missions opportunity for the students of Denton Bible Church grades 6th – 12th to minister to elementary aged kids in our community. Because we desire to be above reproach with the counselors and crew who will be entrusted with the campers during the week of Sportsworld, we have some criteria in place for those counselors and crew members.
    1. Counselors and Crew members must have just completed a grade from 6th – 12th grade the previous school year.
    2. Counselors and Crew must be involved at Denton Bible Church. This means they must have a relationship with our church body so they are known by DBC staff or volunteers.
    3. Counselors and Crew must obtain an email of recommendation from a DBC staff or volunteer if they are involved at DBC, but not involved directly with Denton Bible Student Ministries.
    4. Counselors and Crew must be able to attend the training session the Saturday before the week of camp.
    5. Counselors and Crew must fill out and have a satisfactory report on a background check.
    6. Counselors and Crew must be able to attend all 5 days of camp. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis.
    7. The only way to sign up as a Counselor is in person at the Student Ministries Center.
  • Who are the coaches? These are men and women we hand-select and bring on because of their faith, integrity and expertise in certain sports.
  • What is devotional time? This is a time of the day that each line breaks off and the counselors spend time getting to know your campers. Also, they will be going through small group discussion questions with them pertaining to the talk given that morning.
  • What should my camper bring? 
    • A sack lunch (lunch boxes are NOT recommended because they will easily get lost) every day with their full name & line number on it, which counselors will place in their line’s bin.
    • Campers do not need to bring iPods, phones, expensive sporting equipment, etc. We will provide every piece of equipment needed for them except for baseball gloves, though we do have some on hand if needed so if you don’t own one then no problem!
    • Campers are welcome to bring their own things such as bats, gloves, shin guards, tennis racquets, etc. However, we highly recommend you write their full name on the equipment because it is a high probability that they will lose it throughout the day.
    • On your camper’s scheduled Ya-Ya day (see below) they will need to wear a swim suit and bring a towel. They will not be going to their sport on this day and will be soaked the entire day. They may want to bring some clothes to wear over their swim suit, but there will be no need to change clothes.
    • After Monday your camper will learn what color team they are on (red or blue) and they will slowly begin to bug you about that color. So we encourage our campers to wear their color each day after Monday.
  • Where does everything take place? We bus out one sport to nearby parks and schools, but everything else is on-campus at various locations. The SMC is our headquarters and that is where much of the day is spent.
  • What about the heat? Here in Texas it can get pretty hot!! We try and keep our campers cool a couple of ways:
    • There are water stations built into each sport
    • NO camper will be “pushed” to stay in a drill if they become tired or thirsty
    • Lunch break in the SMC A/C (while watching classic Veggie Tales)
    • Fun games in the afternoon that many of which include a lot of water!
  • What about the awards on Friday?  Parents, you are invited to join us at 2 p.m. on the Friday of Sportsworld in the SMC to experience a small dose of Sportsworld, which will include:
    1. Individual awards presented
    2. Each individual sport breaking up for presentations and awards
    3. AND we will find out which team wins it all!! RED OR BLUE?
  • What other campers will my kids be with? This is a two fold answer. During his or her “sport” time they will be with other campers who signed up for that specific sport. Usually there are sub groups organized in those sports by age. The main way we keep up with campers however, is by what we call lines. They are put in a line (numbered 1-40) according to age. We do our best to put them in lines with some of the friends you might have requested on their registration form. However, please know that it is impossible to get every camper in line with every friend they’ve requested. Counselors then are assigned a “line” as well and they stay with those campers all day except during the sports. During that time they will go with their head coaches and counselors who also signed up for that sport.
  • How do I contact DBSM staff? If you need to contact our staff, send an email to and we will direct your question to the appropriate staff member. You may also call our office at 940-297-6848 and someone will be able to help direct your phone call (or you may leave a voicemail).
  • What sports are offered? The sports offered at Sportsworld are:
    • basketball
    • football (boys only)
    • soccer
    • baseball (boys only)
    • softball (girls only)
    • tennis
    • dance (girls only)
    • cheer (girls only)
    • volleyball (girls only)

    Interested in adding a camper to the waitlist?

    We are excited to have your campers with us this summer! Every camper must have turned in a parent-signed release form. This can be turned in prior to camp with registration or on Monday morning (June 21st) at check-in. For families with siblings participating, you can fill out one release form per family as long as all names are on the form.

    • Registration for Sportsworld 2021 will begin Sunday, April 4, 2021
    • Camp is Monday, June 21 to Friday, June 25, 2021
    • Campers must have just completed any grade, Kindergarten through 5th, with an age minimum of 6 years old to register
    • Sports Available:
      • Basketball
      • Baseball (boys only)
      • Softball (girls only)
      • Cheer/Tumbling (girls only)
      • Dance (girls only)
      • Football (boys only)
      • Soccer
      • Tennis
      • Volleyball (girls only)
    • The cost is $95. We will start registration with a $0 downpayment and will email a link to pay once we get closer to camp.
    • No sport changes will be allowed after Sunday, June 13, 2021

    Registration will launch Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. CST on this webpage. Camp costs $95 per camper. We normally require payment upon registration but will launch this year with a $0 downpayment and will send out a link to pay once we get closer to the week of camp.

    join the waitlist

    If you have any questions about camper registration, please direct them to Ryan Carr. You can email him at   or you can call the Student Ministries office at (940) 297-6848.

    Interested in being a volunteer for Sportsworld 2021?

    Awesome! Sportsworld exists as a local missions opportunity for the students of Denton Bible Church grades 6th–12th to minister to elementary aged kids in our community. Because we desire to be above reproach with the counselors and crew who will be entrusted with the campers during the week of Sportsworld, we have some criteria in place for those counselors and crew members. Here’s our criteria for all Sportsworld volunteers!

    • Counselors and Crew members must have just completed a grade from 6th – 12th grade the previous school year. (For example, if a student has completed 6th grade for the 2020-21 school year, they are eligible to be a Sportsworld Volunteer. If a student is any grade younger than that, they are eligible to be a camper, but not a volunteer.)
    • Counselors and Crew must be involved at Denton Bible Church. This means they must have a relationship with our church body so they are known by DBC staff or adult volunteers.
    • Counselors and Crew must obtain an email of recommendation from a DBC staff or volunteer if they are involved at DBC, but not if involved directly with Denton Bible Student Ministries.
    • Counselors and Crew must be able to attend the training session Saturday, June 19 before the week of camp.
    • Counselors and Crew must fill out and have a satisfactory report on a background check. And must have completed the online SAAT training (Ministry Safe).
    • Counselors and Crew must be able to attend all five days of camp. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis.
    • Counselors and Crew must fill out a Liability Waiver and Photo Consent.

    A note for those outside Denton Bible Church: As far as our Sportsworld Counselors and Crew go, we do limit those spots for students who are involved at DBC since this is a local outreach event put on by Denton Bible Student Ministries. We do this so that we can have the utmost integrity in caring for the campers through out the week. Knowing the counselors is very important to us and helps us place them in groups properly, shepherd them well as they encounter campers issues, redirect them when needed and so forth.

    Sign-ups for all volunteers, Games Crew and Counselors alike, will launch Sunday, April 18, 2021 in the Denton Bible Church Student Ministries Center. The final day to sign up is Sunday, May 23, 2021 by 11:59 p.m (or until spots fill up). We will not be taking any sign-ups before Sunday, April 18, 2021, nor will we take any after May 23, 2021. 

    If you have any questions about Volunteer sign ups, please direct them to Corey Terwilliger (guy volunteers) and Gabby Bennett (girl volunteers). Corey's email is  and Gabby's email is .

    Required forms for Sportsworld Campers

    Liability Waiver for Denton Bible Church is required to participate in Sportsworld. Also required for campers to participate in Sportsworld are the Denton Bible Church Photo Consent forms. We also take pictures and videos throughout the week and create End of the Day Slideshows that we show at the end of every day as well as Sportsworld Promo and End of the Week videos that we post online. The videos are password protected, but we would like your consent for your student to be photographed during the week.

    Required forms for Sportsworld Volunteers

    To volunteer at Sportsworld, you will need to sign some forms and turn them in. Please look at the checklist below for more info.

    • Complete a DBC Volunteer Background Check. If you have participated as a volunteer with Sportsworld before, you will most likely have a background check on file, which we will re-run. No need to fill it out again. If you have never filled out a DBC Volunteer Background Check, it can be found below. Those who are 11 years old during the week of Sportsworld camp (June 21-25, 2021) do NOT need to fill out the background check because the minimum age for background checks are 12 years old. The Background Check can be filled out and turned in to a DBSM Staff member, emailed to our volunteer coordinators, turned in at a DBSM service, or turned in to the main DBC offices. All forms are due by Sunday, June 6. 
    • Read, sign, and turn in a DBC Waiver and Liability Release and a DBC Photo Release. This is a requirement to complete before being able to participate in all DBSM events. The DBC Waiver and Liability release is required for all events. However, the photo release only needs to be signed once a year. Both waivers can be filled out and turned in to a DBSM Staff member, emailed to our volunteer coordinators, turned in at a DBSM service, or turned in to the main DBC offices. All forms are due by Sunday, June 6.
    • Watch the mandatory Ministry Safe training videos and complete the quiz. You will receive an email from Joe Calfee ( ) with a unique link to the Ministry Safe Training site and quiz in the coming weeks. The link is unique to only you – so please do not forward it on to others. If you have already completed this training in the past two years (since June 25, 2019) then you are good. If you have not, you will need to complete it as soon as you receive the email. This is also due by Sunday, June 6.
    • Attend the mandatory meeting that is Saturday, June 19 from 3-6 p.m. in the SMC. Make sure to email our Volunteer coordinators if you are not able to attend no later than June 14.