Junior Tennis Camps
The abundance of junior tennis camps within the U.S. can cause parents to have trouble whittling down the choices. There are several questions to ask yourself to help begin narrowing your options. Do you want to send your kid to a boarding tennis camp or a local tennis camp? And why tennis camp—training for USTA matches, preparation for a college or a high school tennis team? What’s your budget?
If you’re on a tighter budget and unwilling or unable to shell out close to $1,000 for your child’s tennis camp, then chances are that boarding camps are off limits, so you can restrict your search to local options. If you are prepared to ship your tennis prodigy child off to a boarding camp, make sure to ask questions and read closely about how much supervision campers receive. The information you discover will probably help rule out at least one or two boarding camps that might offer a more lax approach to supervision than you prefer.
Are you and your child hoping for him or her to snag a coveted tennis scholarship to a particular college or university? If so, try to find out if the university tennis coach is teaching at a junior tennis camp during the summer and sign up in order to flaunt your tennis skills for the coach.
These Nike-sponsored camps are located throughout the country and generally offer similar schedules, prices and low student to pro ratios. Most of the day camps begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until 3:30 or 4 p.m. and are available for kids between the ages of 7 to 18 years old. Prices average around $450 for full-day camps and around $285 for half-day camps.
Check locations near you for specific details, such as if overnight camps are available, along with tournament level and high school prep week-long sessions. Many locations offer an extended-day option, which may be the perfect compromise for parents who don’t want their kids to stay overnight, despite the kid’s objections.
Adidas has its own line of tennis camps located throughout 15 states, offering day, extended day, and overnight tennis camp options. A tournament training option is also available at the 35 locations. Throughout the week, campers receive 30 hours of instruction, videotape analysis, guest lecturers and instructors, and mental edge training, among other perks.
Prices for overnight campers are generally near $800, while extended day camps cost around $500, day camps are $400, and half-day camps are typically $200. Children between the ages of 8 and 18 years old are allowed to participate. Check with a location near you to find out specific details about the camp.
For those hoping to claim a spot (and a scholarship!) on the University of Florida’s tennis team, direct your budding tennis player over to the Gator Tennis Camp. Coaches and assistants from UF are at the camps to assist and instruct campers in improving their games, so your child can flaunt his or her tennis skills in front of the UF staff.
The tennis camp provides 4.5 days of instruction and play for kids ranging in age from 8 – 17. The first two summer sessions are drill oriented while the third session is for competitive players wishing to focus on tournament play in singles and/or doubles. Each session is $500 for day campers and $775 for children staying overnight.
Find out if your university of choice offers a similar program. For a full list of junior tennis camps, visit Tennis Resorts Online.