Session I: June 5-9, 2016 Session II: June 12-16, 2016
$695 Overnight Option
$595 Commuter Option
$445 Full Day Option
Sunday 1pm – Thursday 4pm
Sunday 2pm – 8:00 pm
Mon – Thurs – 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Full Day Option:
Sunday 2pm – 8pm
Mon – Thurs. 9am – 4pm
Commuter campers enjoy all the benefits of the overnight campers, but do not have a room at night Pick up for commuters can be immediately following tennis around 8pm nightly or after social activities at 10:15 pm.
GRADUATION CEREMONY: For parents interested in coming to camp early on Thursday, we will host a graduation ceremony on the courts from 12 pm – 1pm. Camp will adjourn following the ceremony.
Our traditional tennis camps (non match-play or college prep) are designed to focus on the fundamentals and swing techniques of the modern tennis strokes. 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 in an effort 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 in put into game play 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.
All campers check-in Sunday between 1:00 – 2:00 pm at the dorm.
Commuters will depart each evening after at 8:15 pm if the do not wish to participate in evening social activities or 10:15 pm if they would like to participate in the social activities
Final competition and Awards ceremony: 3:30pm at the courts. (Parents invited to attend!)
Check-out is immediately following the awards ceremony at 4pm on Thursday.
Overnight – all meals from Sunday dinner – Thursday lunch
Commuter – all lunches and dinners from Sunday dinner to Thursday Lunch (no breakfast provided)
Full Day / Half Day – NA
Airport transportation is available upon request for those flying into camp. To arrange for a pickup, please email prior to making flight arrangements. Airports nearby are the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE – 20 minutes from campus) and the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT – 1.5 hours from campus).
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
The University of South Carolina’s tennis camp located in Columbia, South Carolina will provide instruction for beginner, intermediate and advanced/tournament level campers. Our second most popular camp focuses on providing elite instruction on all fundamental strokes of the game as well as training in strategy and tactics.
Located in beautiful Columbia, South Carolina this summer tennis camp provides all levels and types of players with an exciting, fun and competitive camp experience. Co-directed by Head Men’s tennis coach Josh Gioffi and Head Women’s tennis coach Kevin Epley, the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp focuses on developing correct grips, strokes, positioning and footwork for beginning levels. For the intermediate to advanced player the focuses shifts to concentrating on shot selection, consistency, competitive match play, and singles and doubles strategy.
The tennis camp is held at the Carolina Tennis Center located in the heart of the University of South Carolina. The Carolina Tennis center features 12 courts with lights and individual scoreboards. Seating is available for up to 670 tennis fans.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA CAMP:
5.5-6 hours of tennis daily
Small instructional groups to ensure personal attention
Social and recreational activities daily
Camp Demo program that features all the latest Wilson rackets
The Gamecock men’s and women’s tennis teams opened Carolina Tennis Center for the 2012 season. The new Carolina Tennis Center is located in the heart of the Athletics Village at the Roost. Previously, the women played at Maxcy Gregg Tennis Center, while the men were located at Sam Daniel Tennis Center.
The Gamecocks’ new tennis stadium features 12 courts with lights and scoreboards on each one. Each side of six courts also has a master scoreboard so fans always know what is happening on each court. Video cameras are mounted behind each court as well to record matches and stream them live over the Internet on GamecocksOnline.com. Seating is available for 670 fans with room to spare for standing room. The stadium has 400 square feet of court-side storage and 900 square feet of dedicated restroom facilities.
Kevin Epley was named the women’s tennis head coach at the University of South Carolina on June 11, 2012. Epley returns to the collegiate coaching ranks for the first time since 2008, having spent the past four years as a full-time traveling coach for WTA player Megan Moulton-Levy and her doubles partner, Lindsay Lee-Waters. As a collegiate head coach from 2000 to 2008, he posted a 151-59 (.719) record in eight seasons at two different schools while mentoring nine players to 18 All-America citations and five players to eight conference player of the year awards.
Epley’s most recent collegiate coaching endeavor came at the College of William and Mary, where he served as the head coach of the women’s program from 2003 to 2008. In his five seasons with the Tribe, Epley led the squad to a 96-40 (.706) dual match record, including four Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championships and five NCAA Tournament appearances. His teams finished among ITA’s top 25 three times, including a No. 15 ranking in 2007. On four occasions, he was named the CAA Coach of the Year and in 2008 he garnered the Wilson/ITA East Region Coach of the Year award. In total, five W&M players competed in singles and doubles at the NCAA Championships and earned 11 All-America honors over his five seasons. On 21 occasions during Epley’s tenure, a Tribe player garnered All-CAA singles honors, while doubles teams received 11 all-league nods.
Co-Director: Josh Goffi
Josh Goffi earned his first college head coaching position when the University of South Carolina tabbed him as the leader of its men’s tennis program in July 2010. He took the reins of the Gamecock program with a lofty reputation as an elite recruiter with a solid strategic mind and excellent player development skills.
“My first goal in recruiting is to bring in the very best,” Goffi said. “Part of that is a player’s character. No matter how great a player looks or plays, if he doesn’t know how to win or he doesn’t show the character that I need to see or that resonates with my program, he won’t be recruited. At the same time, if there’s a player out there with that strong character, we can build on that and show him the right path to becoming a great player.”
Goffi wasted little time living up to his reputation, both in recruiting and player development. The first class of student-athletes to sign with him at South Carolina was ranked No. 3 in the nation by TennisRecruiting.net and included a blue chip recruit, two five-star players and a four-star performer. It was the Gamecock program’s first appearance in the organization’s rankings. Prior to their arrival on campus, however, Goffi rose to the challenge of his first season with a lineup that lost its top three singles players prior to his arrival. Behind his teaching, a pair of returning players lifted their games to be competitive playing, at times, three places farther up the singles order than they ever had. While the first season did not produce the record Goffi had hoped, he did win both his head coaching debut over Wofford and his first SEC dual match over Arkansas.
The coaching staff of the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp at the the University of South Carolina is one of the strongest and most well respected in the nation. 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.
The Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp at the University of South Carolina offer some of the premier tennis camps in the nation for boys and girls of all skill levels and age groups. Our hands-on approach to teaching the game provides all players the opportunity to obtain world class instruction in both a fun and exciting environment.
With a low player-coach ratio, campers will receive personalized instruction that will facilitate development and understanding of the game. We hope you will join us in what promises to be an incredible tennis experience!
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