EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY – Johnson City, TN
4.8 Stars – Based on 8 User Reviews
Day Camp with Half Day option
One of our favorite tennis camps of the summer, the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp at East Tennessee State University offers 1 week of incredible fun and tennis training. Under the guidance of Head Men’s Tennis Coach Martin Stiegwardt, this camp features full and half-day camper options. Quickly gaining a reputation as a sought after summer event for all ages, come see why our ETSU Tennis Camp should not be missed!
Throughout the week 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. Action-packed with not only tennis fun, but a swimming break daily for full-day campers, the ETSU tennis camp is the highlight of the summer for kids ages 7-18.
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
- Session I: June 14-18, 2021
- Full Day: $445 per week
- Half Day: $235 per week
- Full Day option: Boys and Girls ages 7-18 of all skill levels
- Half Day option: ages 7-18 of all skill levels
Our traditional tennis camps are designed to focus on the fundamentals and swing techniques of the 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 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.
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.
Full Day Option:
- – Monday – Thursday 9am – 3:30pm
- – Friday 9am – Noon.
Half Day Option:
- – Monday – Friday 9am – 11:45am
No meals provided. Full Day campers, please pack your own lunch daily.
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 any and 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 campers to one coach. Some camps / sessions offer higher or lower ratios based on curriculum.
Q. If the camp is the full, do you have a waiting list?
We do have a waiting list for our camp weeks that sell out. In is not unusual for us to add campers from the waiting list due to late cancellations. To be added to the wait list, 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 is available upon request for those flying into camp. Tri-Cities Regional Airport, TN/VA (TRI) is a full-service commercial airport serving Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Western North Carolina and Eastern Kentucky. To arrange for a pickup, please email prior to making flight arrangements. The best times for arrival are Sundays before noon and departures Thursday after 6:00 pm.
Check - In
- Full Day campers: Check-in is 8:30am – 9:00am daily
- Half Day campers: Check-in is 8:30am – 9:00am daily
Check - Out
- Full Day campers: Check-out is at 3:30pm daily.
- Half Day campers: Check-out is at 11:45am daily.
All our camp forms, including the required liability form and medical form can be found HERE
- Tennis Racket
- Tennis Shoes
- Sun Screen
- Hat / Visor
- Water bottle
- Snack (if desired)
MEET YOUR COACHES
HEAD MEN’S TENNIS COACH
East Tennessee State University
New Bucs Director of Tennis and Head Men’s Tennis Coach, Martin Stiegwardt, comes to East Tennessee after a long and distinguished career as both a coach and player. Stiegwardt, a 2012-13 ITA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year, spent last year with the LSU program after having worked as an assistant coach at Auburn from 2013 to 2016. Prior to those stops at back-to-back Southeastern Conference members, he was an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s programs at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2011 to 2013.
Outside of the collegiate ranks, Stiegwardt served as the travelling coach for Giovanni Lapentti, No. 110 in the ATP rankings, on the professional tour. Prior to VCU, Stiegwardt was also the former Executive Director of Tennis at SportsQuest Academy in Richmond, Virginia, and the tennis pro and Junior Academy Director at Willow Oaks Country Club.
After beginning his collegiate career at the University of Florida in 2003, Stiegwardt transferred to Georgia State University and graduated in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in business management after playing the No. 1 court in both singles and doubles for two seasons. The two-time team captain helped lead the Panthers to their highest team ranking in school history at No. 33.
Stiegwardt also competed at Wimbledon and French Open Junior events and played for Ecuador in the Davis Cup. He was the Ecuador singles and doubles champion in the Under 12, 14, 16 and 18 age groups and was one of the top junior players in the ITF world rankings at No. 40 in singles and No. 24 in doubles.
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DAVE MULLINS TENNIS COMPLEX
The Dave Mullins Tennis Complex, located just south of Summers-Taylor Stadium, opened in 2013 and serves as the outdoor competition and practices venue for ETSU’s men’s and women’s tennis programs. The complex is named after Dave Mullins who coached men’s and women’s tennis at ETSU from 1987-2002, winning a combined 11 Southern Conference regular season and tournament titles and leading the Buccaneers to two NCAA Tournament trips (1992 and 2002).