THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA – Iowa City, IA


4.9 Stars – Based on 8 User Reviews

Day Camp with Half Day option

One of the most popular tennis camps in Iowa, the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp at the University of Iowa offers 1 week of incredible fun and tennis training. Under the guidance of Head Men’s Tennis Coach Ross Wilson, this camp features full and half-day camp options.

Each camper receives personal attention, advanced teaching techniques, intensive drill work, and game/match play daily. Campers are broken into small instructional groups with those of similar age., ability and experience so each child is working in a group that is commensurate with their experience level. We tailor each program to the level of the players. Beginners would get a heavier dose of swing technique and fundamentals, while more advanced players would have more focus on strategy, point building, and percentage tennis, etc.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CAMP INCLUDE

  • Comprehensive instructional program with daily teaching progressions
  • Small instructional groups to ensure individual attention
  • Safety prioritized on and off court
  • Camp demo program with all the latest Wilson rackets
  • Great Wilson Raffle and prizes for all campers

CAMP DETAILS

CAMP DATES

  • Session I: June 15-19, 2020

FEES

  • Full Day: $445 per week
  • Half Day: $295 per week

AGES

  • Boys and Girls ages 7-18 of all skill levels. Camp is open to any and all.

MORE INFORMATION

Camp Types

Our traditional tennis camps are designed to focus on the fundamentals and swing techniques of modern tennis strokes. We tailor the instruction to the skill level and experience of each level of player. Some of the areas of focus for each level include:

  • Beginners: The beginning level player will be introduced to the basics of the game. Emphasis will be placed on stroke production and the technical aspects of the swing to teach these young players sound fundamentals from the ground up.
  • Intermediate: Intermediate level players will also focus on fundamental stroke production (to ensure proper technique), but will also be input into gameplay situations to introduce these players to the competitive side of the game.
  • Advanced: The more advanced players will work with stroke production in a competitive environment, but will also be introduced to the basic strategies of the game.
  • High School / Tournament: Varsity high school and tournament players will focus on the strategic and competitive aspects of the game. Although there will be attention spent on the stroke fundamentals, more emphasis will be placed on point progression, court positioning, patterns and sequences, percentage plays and live ball drill work.

Note: A skills evaluation is done on the first day of camp and we will assign students to small instructional groups with kids of similar age, ability and experience level. Players will continue to be evaluated throughout the week and coaches will move kids into situations to push them and help ensure they are in a comfortable learning environment.

Times

  • Full Day Option: 9am – 3pm daily
  • Half Day Option: 9am – Noon daily

Meals

No meals provided for Full or Half Day campers. Full day campers should pack a lunch daily.

Inclement Weather

In the case of inclement weather, we have indoor back up courts everyday during camp. These 8 indoor courts are located directly next to our 12 outdoor courts and are equipped with PlaySight technology.

Please be assured we will do everything in our power to ensure maximum outdoor tennis throughout the week and will make every effort to communicate with the families on those days of poor weather.

FAQ's

Q: Are there Skill Requirements for this camp?

Per NCAA rules, our sports camps are open to all entrants. Enrollment is limited only by age, grade level, gender, and capacity restrictions as specified by each camp.

Q: What type of campers attend this camp?

Our camps are open to all levels of tennis players. We have players from absolute beginner to high school / Tournament level.

We design our camps to teach the technical basics and love of the game to the beginning player, to introduce strategical decision making, and more advanced technique to the intermediate player, while building on their current stroke production, and to put the advanced players into pressured, strategical and competitive situations.

Q. What is the ratio of campers to staff?

Groups will be divided into small instructional groups of approximately 5-6: 1 camper to coach. Some camps/sessions offer higher or lower ratios based on the curriculum.

Q. If the camp is full, do you have a waiting list?

We do have a waiting list for our camp weeks that sell out. It is not unusual for us to add campers from the waiting list due to late cancellations. To be added to the waitlist, please email the office.

Q. Should I purchase camp/cancellation insurance?

We recommend all families purchase camp/cancellation insurance if they are concerned about the investment they are making in the camp. Kids do get injured, sick and family plans change from the time of registration leading up to the camp. Camp insurance allows peace of mind and has many benefits in any of these events. Please review our policies page for more information about camp/cancellation insurance. Click Here

Airport Transportation

Airport transportation is available upon request for those flying into camp. The closest airport(s) are the Iowa City Airport (3 miles), Eastern Iowa Airport (23 miles) or the Quad City International Airport (65 miles). To arrange for a pickup, please email prior to making flight arrangements.

More Info / UTR

None at this time.

PERTINENT INFORMATION

Check-In

  • Full Day campers: Check-in is daily at 9am
  • Half Day campers: Check-in is daily at 9am

Check-Out

  • Full Day campers: Check out is daily at 3:00pm
  • Half Day campers: Check out is daily at 12:00pm

Camp Forms

All our camp forms, including the required liability form and medical form can be found HERE

Packing List

Day Campers:

  • Tennis Racket
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Sun Screen
  • Hat / Visor
  • Water bottle
  • Snack (if desired)

MEET YOUR COACHES

Camp Director:

ROSS WILSON

HEAD MEN’S TENNIS COACH

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

Ross Wilson, a former two-time NCAA All-American and three-time ITA national doubles champion at Ohio State, is in his sixth season as the Mellecker Family Head Men’s Tennis Coach and seventh year with the University of Iowa men’s tennis program. Over the course of Wilson’s first five years as head coach, Iowa won 74 matches, a total that ties for fifth most over a five-year span in program history.

During his five years as Iowa’s head coach, Wilson has coached three All-Big Ten honorees, Matt Hagan (2015), Josh Silverstein (2017) and Kareem Allaf (2019), and a number of student-athletes into the program’s top wins lists. Eight of Wilson’s student-athletes rank in the top-15 in single-season doubles wins, including five that are in the top-15 in career doubles victories. Four of his student-athletes rank in top-15 in both career singles wins and single-season.

This past season was a historic one for Iowa men’s tennis. Wilson had Iowa on the cusp on making the NCAA Tournament, recording 18 overall wins and six Big Ten victories. The 18 wins tie for the third highest single-season total in program history and are the most since 1991, while the fifth place finish in the Big Ten standings is its best finish in 26 seasons. Iowa established a new school record in home wins, registering 14 victories at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex. The Hawkeyes were nationally ranked in the top-50 the last six weeks of the season. Iowa competed against 12 NCAA Tournament qualifiers, beating seven of them, including three ranked opponents (No. 18 Minnesota, No. 19 Michigan, and No. 30 Penn State).

Wilson was a standout at national power Ohio State from 2002-06. He was a two-time NCAA All-American and three-time ITA national doubles champion. Wilson broke the Buckeyes’ overall career wins record, career doubles wins record and single season doubles wins record in 2006. He was part of the only doubles tandem in the history of college tennis to ever win back-to-back ITA National Indoor titles (2005 and 2006) and was part of the No. 1 ranked doubles team in the nation those seasons.

STAFF:

The coaching staff of the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp at the University of Iowa is one of the strongest and most well respected in the country. Consisting of top collegiate coach-es and players, the staff is handpicked for their ability to teach and relate to young players in a friendly, thorough and responsible manner.

CAMP REVIEWS

Great and easy to work with. Coaches were very accommodating!

Parent of Ryan K

The kids enjoyed the camp for the second year in a row. Had an absolute blast!

Parent of Dylan C.

Kids had fun. Improved their tennis. Motivated to pursue tennis further.

Parent of Ishan H.

My daughter really enjoyed the camp but as she was telling me about everything I realize that y’all do not work with them at all one-on-one to help them improve maybe areas that they are not that good in.

Parent of Ginger K

Coaches were very caring and lots of point playing.

Parent of Gabi G.

My son had a great time and he wants to come back next year! It’s usually a struggle to get him to do camps so I’m very impressed.

Parent of Cash H.

Staff was great and very friendly. Coach Wilson and the other staff members really care about each camper and help them in any way they can.

Parent of Michael H.

This camp lit a spark in my 10 year old son. He keeps talking about the camp and told me already that he is going again next year.

Parent of Benjamin L.

FACILITY

HAWKEYE TENNIS & RECREATION CENTER

The HTRC houses eight indoor and twelve outdoor tennis courts, 6,000 square feet of fitness space, two indoor turf fields, locker rooms and the Outdoor Rental Center. The outdoor courts are named the Klotz Tennis courts, named after former Men’s Tennis Coach, Don Klotz. The HTRC is also the home of the University of Iowa Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Field Hockey, and Hawkeye Marching Band.

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