MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY – Murfreesboro, TN


5 Stars – Based on 5 User Reviews

Overnight and Day Camp options

Join the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp at Middle Tennessee State for an incredible week of tennis! Now in our 11th year in Murfreesboro, the camp in Murfreesboro, TN is directed by MTSU Head Men’s Coach Jimmy Borendame. This summer we will features 3 weeks of full day camps, with a half day option. 

Each camper receives personal attention, advanced teaching techniques, intensive drill work, and game/match play, all in a fun and competitive environment. We break the campers into small instructional groups of similar age and ability, 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 get a heavy dose of swing technique and fundamentals, while more advanced players focus on strategy, point building, percentage tennis, etc.

The Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps are the premier camps for young players who strive to learn the game, improve their skills and participate in middle school, high school, USTA team tennis, or tournaments.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: 

 

  • Comprehensive instructional program with daily teaching progressions
  • Small instructional groups to ensure individual attention
  • Safety prioritized on and off court
  • Special “Coach Jimmy” theme days
  • Camp demo program with all the latest Wilson rackets
  • Great Wilson Raffle and prizes for all campers

CAMP DETAILS

CAMP DATES:

 

  • Session I : June 6-10, 2022
  • Session II: June 13-17, 2022
  • Session III: June 20-24, 2022 

FEES:

 

  • Full Day: $415 per week
  • Half Day: $285 per week

TIMES:

  • Full Day: 9am – 4pm daily
  • Half Day: 9am – Noon daily

AGES:

 

  • Overnight and Full Day Option: ages 7-18 of all skill levels
  • Half Day option: ages 5-18 of all skill levels

*Note: 5 & 6 year olds are only eligible for half day camp
*All camps are open to any and all skill levels.

MORE INFORMATION

Camp Type: Traditional Camp

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.

Meals

  • Full Day campers Lunch Included
  • Half day campers: No meals included

Inclement Weather

Unfortunately, we do not have indoor courts on campus, and in the event of inclement weather, we will have to adjust accordingly. We do have two singles tennis courts (on an indoor track) and short court tennis nets. We will supplement the tennis with fitness and footwork drills, video tennis analysis, mental coaching. We also have access to the Recreation center and will fill out the day with recreational activities. Please be assured we will do everything to ensure maximum outdoor tennis throughout the week and make every effort to communicate with the families on those days of poor weather.

FAQ's


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

Airport transportation is available upon request for those flying into camp. The closest airport is the Nashville International Airport (30 miles from campus). To arrange for a pickup, please email prior to making flight arrangements.

PERTINENT INFORMATION

Check-In

  • All campers: 8:45 am – 9:00 am Daily ( Monday – Friday).
  • Location: Buck Bouldin Tennis 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Check-Out

  • Full Day campers: 4pm daily
  • Half Day campers: Noon daily
  • Location: Buck Bouldin Tennis 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Camp Forms

All our camp forms, including the required liability form and medical form can be found HERE

Packing List


Day Campers:

  • Tennis Racket
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Sun Screen
  • Hat / Visor
  • Water Gun
  • Water bottle
  • Snack (if desired)

Additional information

All campers should bring swimsuits in case we head to the pool to cool off. Camp Themes are for all campers!

  1. Wear your favorite team Gear (Should be Blue Raider Gear!)😀
  2. Water Gun Fight (bring own from home)
  3. Funky Hat Day and water balloon toss
  4. Halloween Day- wear a costume! Water Balloon fight, bring an extra shirt
  5. The Famous Talent show and Bake off (bring a baked good to share)

MEET YOUR COACHES

Camp Director:

JIMMY BORENDAME

HEAD MEN’S TENNIS COACH

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

Middle Tennessee’s men’s tennis program is rich in history, and it’s current head coach Jimmy Borendame has now spent 11 years at the helm, making the Blue Raiders a perennial favorite for league titles and competing against the nation’s top talent along the way.
 
Borendame, a Wheaton, Illinois product, helped his team to Sun Belt Conference championships in 2011 and 2012 and most recently followed up with a pair of Conference USA titles in 2019 and 2021. He’s a five-time Coach of the Year as Middle Tennessee’s leader.
 
The current Blue Raider head man came to Murfreesboro by way of Drake after serving a one-year stint as the head men’s tennis coach of the Bulldogs in Des Moines, Iowa. He led Drake to a 15-9 record, which included seven wins in an eight-match stretch from late February to mid-March.
 
Prior to his time in Des Moines, Borendame spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech, including an associate head coaching role for the 2009 season. The Hokies posted a 70-56 (.556) mark, including three NCAA tournament appearances, during his stay in Blacksburg.
 
When his playing days at Butler were complete, Borendame spent one year each at West Virginia (2003) and William & Mary (2004) as an assistant coach.
 
He is married to the former Genevieve McNeill, who was a standout swimmer at the University of Arkansas. They have two children: one daughter, Lynden, and one son, Rocco.

CAMP REVIEWS

My son has attended Wilson Tennis camp at MTSU for 4 years and loves it. They do a variety of drills , playing , and conditioning. It’s also fun too.

Parent of Anusham S.

Coach Jimmy is great with the kids and my son can’t wait for each day. He’s on his 2nd year going and has already said he’s excited for next year!

Parent of Evan L.

The boys learned some great tennis foundations, enjoyed the coaching staff and having the rec. center to go play and cool off in. They already asked to come back next year.

Parent of Jackson W and brother

It’s a great camp to learn new skills and meet new friends. The program is a lot of fun with other activities to do as well.

Camper – Aidan R

My son had an amazing time. Was always excited about going each morning and never grumbled about getting up early ( we live 1 hour away from MTSU). He seemed to learn a lot and is excited about telling us about his daily experiences….

Parent of Christian B

FACILITY

Buck Bouldin Tennis Center

Middle Tennessee’s Buck Bouldin Tennis Center consists of 14 courts, with six newly renovated varsity courts finished during the fall of 2001 and a scoreboard provided by the Mark Tulloch family.

The addition of the Tulloch Family scoreboard helps bring an upgraded feel to an already outstanding facility. Mark Tulloch and his family have been extremely generous to the MT tennis program and helping the Blue Raiders remain competitive with the facility upgrades.

The eight courts closest to Murphy Center were resurfaced with three inches of asphalt during the summer of 2012. These eight courts were converted to just six courts and are used as the varsity courts for both the men’s and women’s tennis teams at Middle Tennessee.

The new varsity courts are outfitted with divider fencing between each and are painted blue with gray outlines. New blue windscreens with the MT logo line the fences around the complex, and there is a walkway between the varsity courts and the remaining eight. Also, bleacher seating with canopies was built in the middle for fans at the varsity courts.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

DAILY SCHEDULE

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.

9:00am        Warmup, jogging, stretching

9:30am        Divide into groups based on age/ability for drills/instruction/games

10:30am       Footwork drills/games

10:45am       Rotate groups and begin instruction

Noon            Pick up half day campers

12:15pm        Lunch at Tennis Center or in campus dining center

1:00pm         Games and group activity (Bring swimsuit in case we go to rec center)

2:00pm        Point play and matches

3:00pm        Group game

4:00pm        Dismissal