Choosing The Right Tennis Camp
There are many options when choosing summer activities each year and with so many choices, how to you choose what is right for each child?
The key to picking a tennis camp that will be most beneficial and rewarding for your young player is by reaching out to the camps that interest you and asking a few questions to help clarify what to expect by attending a particular camp. Once you ask these questions and evaluate the answers, you will begin to see differences in each and every camp.
A few key questions to research when examining your tennis camp options are:
- Overnight vs. Day Camps
- Longevity of the Camp and experience of the Camp Director
- Staff Ratio
1. Overnight v. Day camp:
As we mentioned in part I, the first thing you must ask yourself is what type of camp are you looking for. Do you want an all-inclusive overnight camp, or prefer a day camp held close to home. With an overnight camp, you will be afforded many more options than a day camp, but the costs do rise significantly between the two.
Key Questions to Ask:
– Overnight or Day camp?
– Overnight Camp: How far away from home for the overnight camp?
– Overnight Camp: Does the camp provide transportation, or must you arrange transportation from airports and train stations?
– Day Camp: Is the camp full-day or half-day?
– Day Camp: Are there arrangements for early arrival or late departure?
2. Longevity of the Camp and experience of the director:
As mentioned in part I, one of the most important factors in a successful tennis camp is the experience of the camp director and the longevity of the camp itself. If the camp has been in business for a few years, you can feel more assured that thec amp has been a success in the past. In addition more experienced directors know the importance of staff training, full day curriculums and the balance of training, fun and safety. Less experienced directors may over value one of these areas and this could restrict the success of the camp and the camper’s experience overall.
– How long has the camp director been involved in running camps?
– Does the director have an overall camp philosophy?
– Is the director involved in the day-to-day activities at camp, or do they just set the camp up and leave it to be run by others?
– What experience does the director have working with kids this age?
– What experience does the director have working with players of a variety of experience and skill levels?
– How long has the camp been held?
– Do you have references (parents and families) that are available to speak of their experience with your camp?
3. Staff Ratio:
Staff to Camp ratio is an important factor in choosing a camp. Typically an experienced tennis camp will have a ratio between 4-6 campers per staff member. The smaller the ratio, the more personal attention you can expect from the staff as a whole. Some camps may put too many kids on each court and this will inhibit the learning experience.
Tennis camp can vary in price from less than $100 to over a $1000.Pick a budget for your child’s camp and stick to it. No matter what the budget you have, you should be able to find a camp to help your child’s tennis game.
Key Questions to Ask:
– Is the price for the week or daily?
– What does the cost included? Are there “hidden costs” or incidentals for social activities meals, equipment etc. that need to be planned for?
– Do you offer pro-rated rates if my child cannot attend the full session?
– Why is your camp more expensive than “X” camp? Can you tell me why your camp costs more (or less) than other options. (This is an important question as camps that cost significantly less often feature less experienced staff, equipment, accommodations, etc.)