THE COLLEGE OF WOOSTER – Wooster, OH
4.7 Stars – Based on 13 User Reviews
Overnight Camp with Commuter Option
Voted the top sports camp in the state of Ohio by Sports Illustrated magazine, the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp at The College of Wooster is one of the most popular sports camps in the United States. Hallmarks of the camp include personal attention, an advanced teaching curriculum, and fun!
Each summer we offer two types of camps, A stroke-based Traditional camp and a strategy based Match Play camp. Our Traditional Camp features 3 tennis sessions a day with an emphasis on swing production, technique, and fundamentals. We use video and private lessons to assist in our teaching. Our Match Play camp emphasis strategies and point building. The morning will focus on singles strategies, the afternoon will feature doubles strategies and the eventing session tie it together with team match play, with on-court coaching.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CAMP INCLUDE
- NEW – AIR CONDITIONED DORMS IN 2022
- Nightly Private Lessons available (Traditional Camp only)
- Comprehensive instructional program with daily teaching progressions
- Small instructional groups to ensure individual attention
- All the latest Wilson equipment & Great Wilson prizes to win
2022 CAMP DATES
- 2022 Dates Coming Soon.
- Boys and Girls Ages 8-18 of all skill levels.
- Overnight: $775 per week
- Commuter – $675 per week
Match Play Camps:
- Overnight: $840 per week
- Commuter – $740 per week
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 stroke production (to ensure proper technique) and be introduced to gameplay situations to introduce these players to the competitive side of the game.
- High School / Tournament: High school (both varsity and JV) and tournament players will focus on the strategic and competitive aspects of the game. Although swing fundamentals are featured, emphasis will also feature point building, court positioning, patterns of play, 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 levels. 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.
Match Play Camps
The Match Play camps are designed for players looking for a highly competitive experience, emphasizing match strategies and point progressions. Campers will be exposed to many advanced teaching techniques and match play strategies found in the country’s top collegiate tennis programs.
The players will focus on singles strategies, including offense, defense, alternative patterns of play, and the role of footwork and balance. Doubles emphasis includes traditional and alternative formations, aggressive net play, team movement, and communication.
These camps will also feature individual and team Match Play, with on-court coaching from our staff to ensure that these techniques are being adopted and understood by the young players. The camp’s primary goal is to teach the students a way to improve dramatically by playing percentages and understanding the strategies of the game of tennis.
Highlights of the Match Play Camp:
– High-Intensity Training
– Advanced Strategy in both singles and doubles
– Build building emphasis
– Team Match Play with on-court coaching
- – Sunday 1:00 pm – Thursday 4:00 pm
- – Sunday 1pm – 10pm
- – Monday – Wed 9am – 10pm
- – Thursday 9am – 4pm
- Overnight campers: All meals from Sunday dinner – Thursday lunch.
- Commuter campers: All lunches and dinners from Sunday dinner to Thursday lunch (no breakfast provided).
In the case of inclement weather, the College of Wooster has four indoor courts on camps and supplements this with the use of the six indoor courts at the Aspen Racquet Club in town. As the camp runs better outdoors, we will shift our daily schedule in anticipation of rain to maximize our court time outdoors. Camp will proceed rain or shine each day.
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 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 are divided into small instructional groups of approximately Five to Six: One (5.5:1) 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 their investment in the camp. Kids do get injured, sick and family plans change prior to the start of 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 is available upon request for those flying into camp. The closest airport(s) are the Akron Canton (CAK) Airport (28 miles from campus) and Cleveland Hopkins Airport (48 miles from campus). To arrange for a pickup, please email before making flight arrangements. The best times for arrival are Sundays before noon and departures Thursday after 6:00 pm.
- Overnight Campers: 1-2pm Sunday at Camp Dorm.
- Commuter Campers: Sunday 1-2pm at Camp Dorm. Mon-Thursday at 9am at the tennis courts.
- Overnight Campers: 4:00pm Thursday at camp dorm.
- Commuter Campers: 10pm Sunday – Wed at camp dorm / 4pm Thursday at camp dorm.
Gault Manor – 534 E. Wayne Ave. Wooster, OH 44691
Gault Manor is a 73-bed residence hall that opened in August 2008. The building has 35 double rooms and three singles. Each set of 2 double rooms shares a connected bathroom. There are large common rooms on the first and second floors, as well as four smaller lounges distributed throughout the building. Gault Manor also has a recreational space on the ground floor that is equipped with audio visual equipment for programs and activities.
- Wireless internet access
- Air conditioning
- Laundry facilities
- Vending machines
- Small kitchen on ground floor
- Social lounges
- Media lounge
- Formal lounge
If you are attending the camp as an overnight camper, you can request a roommate at the time of enrollment. Should you need to change this request, please email the office. We can usually meet your request for one roommate; however, please keep in mind that many parents have conflicting requests. (Player A request Player B and Player B request Player C). We will do our very best to sort out these issues ahead of camp, however, if there is a mistake or change that needs to be made at camp check-in, please let us know, and we will do everything in our power to make that change.
Each dorm has a different setup. Some are doubles, triples, quads, and suites. If you would like to have players in rooms next to each other, we will do our best to accommodate.
Should you wish to room with more than just one person, we will do everything in our power to arrange for this, if the room level (double, triple, etc.…) allows.
All our camp forms, including the required liability form and medical form can be found HERE
- Tennis Racket(s)
- Tennis Shoes
- Water Bottle
- Tennis Clothes
- Casual Clothes
- Bath Towel
- Shower Towel
- Sun Screen
- Bedding (check pert info email for bed size)
- Snack Food
- Spending Money (no $ is needed, but sometimes kids like to order pizza, t-shirts, vending etc.)
- Tennis Racket
- Tennis Shoes
- Sun Screen
- Hat / Visor
- Water bottle
- Snack (if desired)
MEET YOUR COACHES
Head Men’s Tennis Coach
The director of The Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp is Denison University Men’s Tennis Coach, David Schilling. Schilling is in his 2nd year at Denison after spending 21 years as an assistant at Ohio State University. During his first year in Granville, the Denison program won the NCAC Conference and qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006. While at OSU the men’s program achieved unparalleled success, including a 2014 & 2018 ITA National Indoor Championship and the 2018 & 2009 NCAA National Championship l Team Runner-up.
During his collegiate coaching career, Schilling has helped develop 8 National Champions, 39 All-Americans, 69 NCAA national qualifiers and 83 All-Conference Selections. He has Kenyon College’s all-time winningest coach during his time there and has won conference championships at every school he has coached.
Coach Schilling has been named ITA Midwest Assistant Coach of the Year at OSU and NCAC Coach of the Year at both Denison and Kenyon.
- 32 Conference Championships
- 2 ITA National Indoor Championship
- 34 NCAA Nationally Ranked teams
- 8 National Champions
- 41 All Americans
- 89 National Qualifiers
- 92 All Conference Selections
Schilling graduated from Denison with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He then received his master’s degree in sports management from Ohio State.
The coaching staff of the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp at the College of Wooster is one of the strongest and most well respected in the Midwest. 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. Past staff members includes college coaches from Ohio State University, Univ. of Iowa, Davidson Univ., Univ. of Georgia, The College of Wooster, Denison Univ. and Kenyon College.
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The following schedules are sample schedules of our camps. These are provided to give a rough idea of how each camp is programmed throughout the day.
|7:00 a.m – 8:00 a.m||Wake up / Breakfast|
|9:00 a.m -11:30 a.m||Morning Session: (Warm up / Stroke Production / Video Tape /Drills / Olympics|
|11:30 a.m – 2:00 p.m||Lunch , Video Tape Sessions & Free Time in the dorms|
|2:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m||Afternoon Session: ( Stroke Production / Drills / Doubles tourney / Competitions )|
|4:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m||Swimming / Recreational Activities|
|5:00 p.m – 6:15 p.m||Dinner / Free time in the dorms|
|6:15 p.m – 8:00 p.m||Evening Session: (Private Lessons, Drills, Team Play / Games)|
|8:00 p.m – 10:30 p.m||Social Activities: (Pizza / Ice Cream Social / Movie Night / Casino Night / Game Room Night / Talent Show|
|10:45 p.m||Lights Out!|