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BROWN UNIVERSITY

235 Hope St., Providence, RI 02912

The Wardlaw Elite camps are designed for top juniors ages 12-18. The goal of the camp is to continue your development as a player while immersing you in a competitive college tennis environment. While technique will be evaluated and addressed, the aim of the camp is to focus on how to play.

The Elite Tennis Camp offers a high intensity three day program designed for top junior girls. The goal of the camp is to continue your development as a player while immersing you in a competitive college tennis environment. While technique will be evaluated and addressed, the aim of the camp is to focus on how to play. All technique and drill work takes place in a tactical framework. Players will be exposed to all aspects of tennis training including the following topics:

  • Movement training
  • Court Position
  • Directionals
  • Point Building
  • Doubles
  • Mental Toughness

We’ll also discuss college tennis and the recruiting process.

This summer we will offer 3-weeks of 3 day / 2 night camp dedicated to girls and 1 longer 5 day / 4 night camp that is open to both boys and girls.

Instruction takes place on Brown’s eight-court Varsity Tennis Complex and Brown’s four-court indoor facility housed in the Pizzitola Athletic Center. All twelve courts are US Open-style and tennis instruction is guaranteed rain or shine.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BROWN UNIVERSITY CAMP INCLUDE::

  • 5.5-6 hours of tennis daily
  • Comprehensive instructional program with daily teaching progressions
  • Small instructional groups to ensure individual attention.
  • Social and Recreational activities daily

NOTES: Many of these weeks of camp sold out in 2014 so please register early to ensure your involvement for 2015.

* All Camps are open to players of all skill levels and experience

Camp Information


Overnight Camp with Commuter and Full Day options 

 

Sessions:
  • Wardlaw Elite Prospects Camp for Girls
    • Session I – June 21-23
    • Session II – June 29-July 1
    • Session III – July 8-10
  • Wardlaw Elite Coed Training Camp
    • Session I – June 25-29 ($875; $525 day camper)
Fees:
  • Wardlaw Elite Prospects Camp for Girls
    • Overnight – $790
    • Commuter – $650
  • Wardlaw Elite Coed Training Camp
    • Overnight – $875
    • Full Day – $525
Ages:
  • Wardlaw Elite Prospects Camp for Girls – Rising 8th grade and older
  • Wardlaw Elite Coed Training Camp
    • Overnight – ages 12-18
    • Full Day – ages 10-18
  • All Camps are open to players of all skill levels and experience
Times: 
  • Full Day Campers: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Daily (lunch included)
Notes:
  • All Camps are open to players of all skill levels and experience

Director: Paul Wardlaw
Head Women’s Tennis Coach – BROWN UNIVERSITY

Brown University head women’s tennis coach, Paul Wardlaw, is one of the most successful tennis coaches in college tennis. Now in his eighth year at Brown and twenty-seventh as a head coach, Coach Wardlaw has won at every level of collegiate tennis. Wardlaw’s Brown teams are annually nationally ranked and vie for NCAA post-season berths and Ivy titles. Wardlaw was named the 2009 Wilson ITA Eastern Region Coach of the Year. Prior to arriving in Providence, Wardlaw was the head women’s tennis coach at the University of Iowa in the Big Ten. His teams reached the Round of 16 of the NCAA National Team Championships in 1999 and the Round of 64 three other seasons. Before Iowa, coach Wardlaw won three NCAA Division III National Team Championships at Kenyon College in eight years. In 2000 Wardlaw was named Wilson/ITA Division III Coach of the Decade and the 1993 Wilson/ITA Division III Coach of the Year. Wardlaw is also author of Pressure Tennis, his games approach practice system and The Wardlaw Directionals, a tactical system used at all levels of play from the professional to high school.

STAFF: The coaching staff of the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp at Brown University is one of the strongest and most well respected in the Northeast. Consisting of top collegiate coaches and players, the staff is handpicked for their ability to teach and relate to young players in a friendly, thorough and responsible manner.

AIRPORT INFORMATION: If you are interested in flying into the camp at Brown University, the closest airports are:

    • Boston Logan Airport – 50 miles from campus
    • T. F. Green Airport (Providence) – 10 miles from campus

More info

To arrange for pickup from the airport, please contact the Premier Sports Camp office via email PRIOR TO REGISTRATION.

WHAT TO BRING: Our residential camps are very busy days, filled with social and recreational activities, in addition to 5.5 to 6 hours of tennis each day. Campers should pack all the items that they desire to be able to enjoy these packed days. Each evening will feature a social activity such as bowling, movie night, talent show, casino night etc. so please pack accordingly. Finally, there is swimming every afternoon (dependent on pool availability), so pack a bathing suit if you desire to swim (swimming is optional).

  • Tennis Racket(s)
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Tennis Clothes
  • Casual Clothes
  • Bath Towel, Shower Towel
  • Swim Suit
  • Sun Screen
  • Bedding for Single sized bed
  • Toiletries
  • Fan (s)
  • Pillows
  • Snack Food
  • Spending Money (no $ are needed but sometimes kids like to order pizza, t-shirts, vending etc.)

Tentative Elite Camp Schedule of Events:

Day One: TACTICS I – CHANGING DIRECTION
1:15 pm Fire drill. Make sure to be in your rooms. Safety is our Top Priority!
1:20 pm Full camp meeting; staff introduction, review camp rules
1:40 pm Campus safety talk with Joseph Capalbo from Public Safety.
1:50 pm Video session: High Percentage Tennis
2:20 pm Warmup – Ball skills and Speed City on indoor courts
2:35 pm Directional Demo, some groups head to outdoor courts
2:50 pm On-court warm-up
  • Directional mini tennis
  • Structured warm-up with serves
3:45 pm Point play with serves [Pre-directionals]
  • Singles, teams of two – move up, move down, split
4:15 pm Directionals
  • Outside Groundstrokes w/ recovery 4 on ct. 4 mins/side
  • Inside Groundstrokes (2v1) 1.5 rotations
  • Directional rallies (2v1) OS/OS/IS, OS/OS/90˚ COD
  • Directional points (receive the feed, play directionally)
5:15 pm Tiebreaker tournament – 12 point tiebreakers
  • 6 per bank outside
  • 16 person tournament inside
5:45 pm Stretching and cool down
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Panel Discussion – College vs. Junior Tennis
8:30 pm Ice Cream Run (Ben & Jerry’s)
Day Two: TACTICS II – COURT POSITION (SHORT, MID, AND DEEP)
7:30 am Breakfast (V-Dub)
8:00 am Depart for courts
8:20 am Speed City on outdoor courts
8:40 am Slice mini-tennis (Gustavus skills)
8:50 am Gustavus Game tournament
  • Max of 3 points, 2.5 minutes per game
9:10 am Point Building Rallies, Push Opponent Back
  • Get ball out of strike zone
9:30 am Rope-A-Dope (Space and Time around the ball)
  • 2v1 1 minute cooperative rallies, 2 rounds
9:50 am Point play with serves
  • Outside – Tiebreaker tournament
  • Indoors – Olympic Singles
11:00 am Optional campus tour at the Stephen Robert Campus Center.
12:00 pm Lunch (V-Dub)
1:45 pm Depart for courts
2:00 pm Speed city on outdoor courts
  • Doubles – Moving at the Net
2:15 pm Cayer Rope Doubles Demonstration
2:30 pm Server’s Partner/Returner’s Partner – Moving Forward
  • 2v2 1up/1back Circle Move Drill
  • Serving Team Drills 2v1
3:15 pm Doubles and Singles Team Tournament
5:30 pm Stretching and cool down
5:45 pm Dinner (V-Dub)
7:30 pm Mental Toughness Training with Paul and Cecily
9:00 pm Snack run and shopping on Thayer Street
Day Three
7:45 am Breakfast (V-Dub)
8:30 am Depart for courts
9:00 am Ball warm-up and Speed City
9:20 am 10 minute warm-up
  • Varying Spin – Slice & Termination
9:30 am Mini-tennis slice to slice (cooperative) – Emerson Court
  • Deep court slice to slice (cooperative)
9:40 am Deep court slice points (three 4-minute games)
9:55 am Termination Number Explanation and Emerson Court Rallies
  • 4 minute rallies
10:15 am 1,2,slice points. Three 4-minute games. Emerson court
10:30 am Offense/Defense game. Emerson court
  • Defense can only play heavy or slice. Get balls out of strike zone.
  • If you feed you’re on offense. Alternate every 2 feeds.
  • Three 5-minute games.
11:15 am Olympic Singles Points – Ball out of Strike Zone
  • Feed in Points, No Winners off Feed
  • Teams must win 7 points, come up with Team Name
12:00 pm Lunch (V-Dub)
  • * Volley Like a Pro*
2:00 pm Volleys video session: McEnroe and Stefanki
2:20 pm Depart for courts
2:40 pm Warm-up and speed city on indoor courts
2:55 pm Volley demonstration and video review
3:10 pm 1 Player Closing Volleys (Two 4 minute games each)
3:20 pm 2 Player Closing Volleys
3:30 pm 1 Team Closing Volleys
3:40 pm 2 Team Closing Volleys
3:50 pm Serve and Volley Tournament
  • 4 on court, 2 rounds of Deuce, 2 rounds of Ad
4:20 pm Cheap Feeds Explanation and Demonstration
4:35 pm Cheap Feeds Tournament (move up, move down, split)
5:00 pm Stretch and cool down
5:15 pm Dinner (V-Dub)
6:30 pm Panel discussion on the College Recruiting Process
Evening Session: TACTICS III – FIRST STRIKE
Second serve returns
2nd serve body BH warmup – D/A – 2 min. each
2nd serve pounce returns – CC returns D/A 2 min rotation
2nd serve points – 1v1 teams of 2 5 min. games
  • move up, move down, split
  • First serve returns
Serve + weapon – Mindset is to strike first!
2v1 first serve 2 point rotations 3 min D/A
  • two servers, one returner
2v1 1st strike game – 3 serves per point
  • one server, two returners