FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY – Tallahasee, FL
Full Day and Half Day Camp options
A brand new camp in 2021, the The Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps are coming to Tallahassee, FL and Florida State University Directed by FSU Head Women’s Coach Jennifer Hyde, the camp promises to be a exciting new summer option in the panhandle offering 2 weeks of traditional day camp.
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.
Beginners would get a heavier dose of swing technique and fundamentals, while more advanced players would have more focus on strategy, point building and percentage tennis etc.
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: TBA
- Session II: TBA
- Full Day: TBA
- Half Day: TBA
- Boys and Girls ages 7-18 of all skill levels.
- *open to any and all entrants (limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender).
Our camp at the Florida State University is one of our traditional camps.
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 fundamental stroke production (to ensure proper technique), but will also be input into gameplay 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:
- 8:30 am – 3:30 pm daily
Half Day Option:
- 8:30 am – 11:30 am daily
- Lunch is provided daily for full day campers.
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 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 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 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. The airport is serviced by four airlines that can provide travel to any destination. Serving over 600,000.00 passengers a year, the airport is located five miles away from Florida A&M, and 6 miles from Florida State University. To arrange for a pickup, please email prior to making flight arrangements.
More Info / UTR
- Full Day campers: Check-in is 8:15 am on the first day of camp and 8:30 am for the remainder of the week.
- Half Day campers: Check-in is 8:15am on the first day of camp and 8:30 am for the remainder of the week.
- Full Day campers: Check out is daily at 3:30 pm
- Half Day campers: Check out is daily at 11:30 am
All our camp forms, including the required liability form and medical form can be found HERE
- Tennis Racket(s)
- Tennis Shoes
- Sun Screen
- Hat / Visor
- Water Gun
- Water bottle
- Snack (if desired)
MEET YOUR COACHES
Head Women’s Tennis Coach
Florida State University
• CAREER RECORD: 307-221 (.581)/22nd season
• FSU RECORD: 252-158 (.623)/17th season
• 15 NCAA Tournament Appearances
• Led Florida State to its first every NCAA Elite 8 in 2018
• Guided the Seminoles to their highest national ranking in program history (No. 2) in 2020
• 2011 & 2018 ITA Southeast Region Coach of the Year
• 2007 ITA South Region Coach of the Year
• 2016 USTA Florida Girls 18U Team Championship coach
• Hyde’s teams have held the highest team GPA of all sports for 12 years
• Coached three All-Americans and 10 ITA Award Winners
• Winningest coach in Florida State history
Jennifer Hyde enters her 17th season at the helm of the Florida State program as FSU’s winningest women’s tennis coach. Hyde surpassed Anne Davis (1980-86) with her 142nd career win on March 22, 2014, against NC State. Hyde has led the Seminoles to NCAA appearances in 12 of 15 seasons, leading the program to its first-ever Elite 8 appearance in 2018. With an exceptional list of accomplishments and milestones from her career at FSU, including an honor of ITA South Region Coach of the Year in both 2007 and 2011 and 2018 ITA Southeast Region Coach of the Year. Hyde has also coached two All-Americans and 10 ITA award winners.
The 2020 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic but was one that should not be forgotten. Hyde led the Seminoles to unprecedented new heights in 2020 reaching a program record-high ranking of No. 2 in the country. The Seminoles finished the 2020 season with a 14-3 record and seven ranked wins in 2020. Hyde also helped coach one of the top doubles pairs in the country as junior Petra Hule and freshman Victoria Allen were named ITA Doubles All-Americans. Florida State started the season with its first of seven ranked wins over No. 14 Washington (4-3) in Hawaii as the Seminoles started the season off 6-0. FSU tacked on their second, ranked win when the defeated No. 18 Texas A&M (4-0) in the final match of ITA Kick-Off Weekend to advance to the ITA National Indoor Championships for the second time in program history. The Seminoles took down No. 15 UCF (4-3) before heading to Chicago for National Indoors, where the Seminoles would finish with a 2-1 record, including wins over No. 7 Texas (4-3) and No. 22 Georgia Tech (4-2).
Hyde has served on the ITA Southeast Region Committee for the past eight years and most recently served as Regional Chair for three years. Hyde was also selected to coach the USTA U18 Florida Section team, representing at the U18 National Team Championships. In July 2016, Hyde led Team Florida to a fourth-place finish in the prestigious event that regularly includes the top junior players in the United States.
After graduating from FSU in 1995, Hyde began her coaching career as an assistant for the Seminoles prior to heading north to the University of Iowa in 1995. Hyde spent two years in the Midwest before returning to the south with an assistant coaching stint at the University of Alabama (1997-98).
Hyde moved on to coach at the University of North Carolina in 1998-99 where she established herself as one of the best young coaches in the sport. With her assistance, UNC enjoyed one of its best seasons in program history, moving from outside all the national polls to a top-25 ranking and the school’s first NCAA tournament berth.
In 1999, Hyde accepted her first head coaching position at the University of Houston. Hyde spent five increasingly successful years with the Cougars before returning to Tallahassee, where she first started her collegiate tennis career.
The Alpharetta, Ga., native posted an impressive career with the Seminoles establishing herself as a four-year letter winner, NCAA Tournament participant (1994) and ACC flight champion in doubles alongside teammate Jenny Graf. Hyde captained the 1994 Seminole squad whose No. 17 ranking previously stood for sixteen years as the highest year-end ranking until 2010’s No. 14 finish. Hyde earned a Masters Degree from Florida State in Sport Management in 2011.
CAREER RECORD: 274-211 (.565)/19 seasons
FSU RECORD: 219-148 (.597)/15th season*
2018 ITA Southeast Region Coach of the Year*
2007 & 2011 ITA South Region Coach of the Year*
2016 USTA Florida Girls 18U Team Championship coach*
Winningest coach in Florida State history*
The coaching staff of the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp at FSU is one of the strongest and most well respected in the country. Consisting of top collegiate coach-es and players, the staff is handpicked for their ability to teach and relate to young players in a friendly, thorough and responsible manner.
Associate Head Tennis Coach
Florida State University
Mark Ardizzone was announced as the Florida State women’s tennis team’s new associate head coach in the fall of 2019.
In his first season in Tallahassee, Ardizzone helped the Seminoles reach unprecedented new heights in 2020 reaching a program record-high ranking of No. 2 in the country. The Seminoles finished the 2020 season with a 14-3 record and seven ranked wins in 2020. Ardizzone also helped coach one of the top doubles pairs in the country as junior Petra Hule and freshman Victoria Allen were named ITA Doubles All-Americans. Florida State started the season with their first ranked win over No. 14 Washington (4-3) in Hawaii as the Seminoles started the season off 6-0. FSU tacked on their second, ranked win when the defeated No. 18 Texas A&M (4-0) in the final match of ITA Kick-Off Weekend to advance to the ITA National Indoor Championships for the second time in program history. The Seminoles took down No. 15 UCF (4-3) before heading to Chicago for National Indoors, where the Seminoles would finish with a 2-1 record, including wins over No. 7 Texas (4-3) and No. 22 Georgia Tech (4-2).
Ardizzone would help lead the Seminoles to a 3-1 record in the COVID-19 shortened season. Florida State started 1-0 with a 4-3 win over Miami, before losing 4-3 to No. 1 North Carolina in a match that would go down to the wire. FSU would finish the season on a two-match ACC win streak with wins over No. 47 Clemson (5-2) and No. 10 Virginia (4-3).
Over the last two decades, Ardizzone led DePaul University women’s tennis to 16 consecutive winning seasons, four Big East Championship titles and appearing in five NCAA Tournaments. Off the court, he has instilled a high standard of academic integrity and community involvement in his student-athletes.
Ardizzone joins the Seminoles after 23 seasons as the head coach of the DePaul University women’s tennis program (1995-2019). As the winningest coach in program history, Ardizzone established himself as a mentor on and off the court. With a 364-204 overall record, he led the Blue Demons to five NCAA Tournament berths since 2010 and to four Big East Championships in the last six years. Ardizzone was named the ITA Midwest Coach of the year in 2010 and 2014 in addition to Big East Coach of the Year five times.
Ardizzone went to DePaul from the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill. where he was the assistant coach for both men’s and women’s tennis teams. Before that, he was the assistant coach at Northwest Missouri State.
As a player, Ardizzone was a two-year captain at Northwest Missouri State where he was nationally ranked in both singles and doubles. Off the court, he was an Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award winner and was awarded numerous scholarships. Prior to playing at NWMS, Ardizzone played two seasons at the College of DuPage.
The coaching staff of the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp at FSU is one of the strongest and most well respected in the country. 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.
Scott Speicher Tennis Center
With the first stage of construction completed in the summer of 1993, the Scott Speicher Tennis Center at the Donald Loucks Courts opened its gates to the public for the first time at a Children’s Miracle Network charity tournament and immediately earned national attention. The United States Tennis Association (USTA) presented the facility with its prestigious “Top Notch” award” in 1994. Since then, many successful tournaments including the 1996 NCAA Women’s Championships and 2007-2010 NCAA Regionals have graced the courts at one of Florida State University’s premier athletic facilities.
Costing $1.2 million to build and then another $800,000 for recent additions, Florida State’s Scott Speicher Tennis Center has become an example of the increasing dedication and commitment the University has to all of its 20 varsity athletic programs.
The Scott Speicher Tennis Center houses 12 lighted hard courts, over 1,000 court-level seats, coaching offices, men’s and women’s locker rooms, equipment and storage rooms, a team lounge and a public address system. In 2015, the complex added booster seating over Courts 1 & 2 with new black awnings to cover fans. Underneath the grandstands, a new paint job and signage welcomes players and fans to the complex.
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.
8:15 am Drop off and check in
8:30 am Begin warm up
8:45 am Drills and situational point play
11:30 am Full Day campers head to lunch
11:30 am Half-day campers check out
12:30 pm Swimming pool or other other recreational activity
1:30 pm Situational point play/Team competition
3:15 pm Team meeting at Robson Tennis Center
3:30 pm Full day campers check out