Overnight Camp with Commuter Option
Wilson Traditional Tennis Camp (Coed)
Our Traditional camp at Brown University is for boys and girls ages 12-18 of all skill levels. Young players will be grouped with others of similar age and ability and will train in a program that is tailored to their particular experience level. Beginners will get a heavy dose of fundaments and swing technique, while high school and tournament level players receive more training on strategy and point building. These camps host players of all skill levels
Wardlaw Elite Camps (Girls only)
The Wardlaw Elite camps are designed for top junior girls ages 12-18 that play USTA tournaments or high-level high school tennis. The goal of the camp is to continue your development as a player while immersing you in and exposing you to a competitive college tennis environment. While technique will be evaluated and addressed, the aim of the camp is to focus on how to play and how best to prepare for junior, high school, and college tennis. These camps are more intense than our traditional camp as we recommend a fair amount of on-court experience prior to camp.
Please feel free to call Coach Wardlaw at (401) 473-7918 for further information.
The 2018 Wardlaw Elite Tennis Camp is best suited for tennis players interested in competing at a high school, USTA tournament level, or college prospect level and is open to any and all 12-18 year old girls.
Wilson Traditional Tennis Camp (coed)
Session I: June 26-29, 2018
Wardlaw Elite Camp (girls only)
Wardlaw Elite I: June 15-17, 2018
Wardlaw Elite II: June 24-26, 2018
Wardlaw Elite III: July 6-8, 2018
Wardlaw Elite IV: July 23-25, 2018
Wardlaw Elite V: August 3-5, 2018
- Overnight – $845 per week
- Commuter – $600 per week
Wardlaw Elite Camp
- Overnight – $845 per week
- Commuter- $700 per week
The Wilson Traditional Camp is designed to focus on the fundamentals of the game, swing technique and match play strategy. Each young player is grouped with other players of similar age and ability and work at a level that is commensurate with their experience. The program tailors the instruction to the needs of each level of players.
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.
Paul Wardlaw is widely recognized as one of college tennis’ most successful and innovative coaches. Author of Pressure Tennis and High Percentage Tennis, Wardlaw annually shares his comprehensive, systematic approach to developing high performance tennis players with junior players from across the country and world.
Led by Brown women’s tennis coach Paul Wardlaw, The Wardlaw Elite Tennis Camp offers a high intensity three day program designed for top junior girls with the aim of immersing players in the Brown tennis program. The goal of the camp is to continue your development as a player while exposing you to 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 shown all aspects of a college tennis training program including the following topics:
- - High Percentage Tactics featuring Directionals
- - Functional Movement training with an emphasis on balance and posture
- - Court Position and the required technical demands
- - Spin and Variety
- - Awareness exercises for tactics and technique
- - Point Building & Capitalizing
- - Doubles Court Position and Doubles Volleys
Camp Staff consists of Brown head coach Paul Wardlaw, Brown assistant coach JC Nunez and various other college coaches. Colleges coaches that have visited and coached at camp: Amherst, Middlebury, Tufts, Brandeis, Vassar, Harvard, Bates, RPI, UMass, Oberlin, Wellesley, Kenyon, Connecticut College, Wesleyan, Bryant and Providence College and many more.
For our traditional camp, boys and girls ages 12-18 of all skill levels.
The Elite camp is only for girls ages 12-18. We’ll have Five-Star and One-Star players in attendance, players ranked in the top 50 nationally and players who are good high school players, players from all over the country and even a few each year from various parts of the world.
You will be exposed to the Brown training system as we’ll train you just like we train the Brown players. The focus of the camp, like college tennis, is on how to play so every session and drill has a tactical framework, every shot will have a purpose.
Coach Wardlaw runs almost every session and seminar and is on court with the campers every day – morning, afternoon and evening. In addition, the camp staff consisting of other collegiate coaches and top collegiate players will be working with all the campers.
The camp is excellent preparation for sectional or national tournament. You’ll be well prepared having played during the camp but also having trained in a live-ball, disciplined, and structured environment.
ELITE CAMP: Coach Wardlaw invites all coaches in New England to visit camp and we’ll have various coaches stopping by or working with the players. Colleges that have visited and coached at camp – Amherst, Middlebury, Tufts, Brandeis, Vassar, Harvard, Bates, RPI, UMass, Oberlin, Wellesley, Kenyon, Connecticut College, Wesleyan and many more. The goal is to provide each player with as much exposure to college tennis as possible. Having coached elite programs in Division I and Division III, I have a good sense of where a player fits academically and with tennis.
Due to NCAA rules, discounts or reduced camp fees are prohibited.
The camp is small in numbers by design as we’ll usually have 24-32 campers per session. You’ll have the opportunity to tour Brown, stay in the dorms, and eat in the dining hall. We’ll talk at length about the college application process, how Ivy and college admissions works, and strategies preparing for and taking the SAT and ACT tests. Feel free to call me if you have further questions or need more information. Camp sessions sold out last summer so plan accordingly.
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- Print out and complete Medical Form
- Review Pertinent Information Email
- Review FAQ’s on this page
- Review Packing List
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.
MEET YOUR COACHES
Wardlaw begins his thirteenth season coaching the women’s team at Brown University after sev-en record-breaking seasons at the University of Iowa. At Brown, Wardlaw has once again turned a stagnant program into one of the top programs in the region and nation, being named the 2009 ITA East Region Coach of the Year. Wardlaw’s formative coaching years took place at Kenyon College where his teams won three NCAA Division III National Championships in 1993, 1995 and 1997. Wardlaw earned Wilson/ITA Division III Coach of the Decade honors in 2001. Ward-law is well known nationally and internationally for his tactical system called Directionals and for Pressure Tennis, his book that outlines a games-approach practice and training system.
Assistant Camp Director:
Nunez anchors the Brown tennis staff after a successful six year stint as the assistant at UMass and a stellar four year playing career at Arkansas Little Rock. The 2013 ITA Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year was a driving force behind UMass’s rise to national prominence and status as an A10 power. An exceptional student, Nunez graduated with two Masters Degrees from UMass. He is also widely known as a players’ coach and recruiting guru.
Facilities include 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.
Safety and Camper Supervision is a Brown tennis camp priority. Dorms are monitored and staffed by trained Brown RA staff. All tennis sessions are staffed by a Brown University Trainer.
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