KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY – Manhattan, KS
The Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp at Kansas State University is the perfect preparation for young players who are looking to get more involved with playing tennis. Each camper receives personal attention, advanced teaching techniques, intensive drill work and game / match play, all in a fun and competitive environment.
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
Mike Goss Tennis Stadium
1831 Olympic Street
Manhattan, KS 66502
- *We will communicate to the parents each day if it rains and what the plan is for the day. Please provide your contact information at Check-In the first day of the camp. Also, the night before if we are doing any other activities during our breaks we will let parents know so they can plan accordingly.
- Check In and Pick Up will be located at the tennis center – which is directly next to the Recreation Center
– Session I : 2020 TBA
- – Full Day: 2020 TBA
- – Half Day: 2020 TBA
Our Kansas State University location hosts one of our traditional camps.
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 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.
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:
- – 9am – 3:30pm daily
- Half Day Option:
- – 9am – 12:00pm daily
- Full Day: Campers should pack their lunch Monday – Thursday. There will be a Pizza Party on Friday for all campers.
- Half Day: Campers may stay for a Pizza Party on Friday.
Please be assured we will do everything in our power to ensure maximum outdoor tennis throughout the week and will make every effort to communicate with the families in the case of inclement weather.
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
None at this time.
- Full Day campers: Check-in is at 8:45am daily
- Half Day campers: Check-in is at 8:45am daily
- Full Day campers: Check-out is at 3:30pm daily
- Half Day campers: Check-out is at 12:00pm 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
Women’s Tennis Coach
Kansas State University
Jordan Smith, who has been a part of the K-State women’s tennis program since 2015, was named the seventh head tennis coach in program history by K-State director of athletics Gene Taylor on July 2, 2018.
Smith just completed his third season at K-State, serving as assistant coach for two seasons before being promoted to associate head coach in January 2018. He replaces Danielle Steinberg, who was introduced as the head coach of Colorado on June 12 after four years at K-State. Smith had been serving as interim head coach following Steinberg’s departure.
Smith has helped the Wildcats rise to new heights and garner national recognition, as the program has risen each year under his watch. 2018 saw the Cats reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003, reaching the Round of 32 after they defeated No. 26 Kentucky, 4-3.
Fun camp, good instructors.Parent of Miles T.
Camp was fantastic! Kids had a blast and learned a lot! Will be back next year!Parent of Abby H.
I had a great time at the tennis camp. I liked the drills and working with the coaches. I made lots of friends here.Parent of Josh W.
MIKE GOSS TENNIS STADIUM
Kansas State dedicated the new Mike Goss Tennis Stadium on September 7, 2013, recognizing and honoring Goss for his generous gifts and support of K-State Athletics and Kansas State University. The stadium features six outdoor courts, with purple playing surfaces and Powercats dividing the courts. The courts also feature a Musco lighting system, steel benches with K-State welded into the back rests and metal bleachers on the south side of the court with room to accommodate 400 fans.