THE PENN TENNIS CAMP – Philadelphia, PA
4.9 Stars – Based on 8 User Reviews
Day Camp With Half Day Option
The Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps / Penn Tennis Camp is the nation’s most popular tennis camp. Hosting close to a thousand campers each summer, the camp has built a reputation for top-flight instruction, fun and well organized days. Each summer we host 9 weeks of camp throughout June, July, and August and offer Full Day and Half Day options. There is an appropriate camp option for boys and girls ages 3-18 of all skill levels.
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 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.
Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps are the premier camps for young players who strive to learn the game, improve their skills and/or participate in middle school, high school, USTA team tennis or tournaments.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CAMP INCLUDE
- Comprehensive instructional program with daily teaching progressions
- Safety prioritized on and off the court
- Small instructional groups to ensure individual attention
- Great Wilson Raffle and prizes for all campers
- Camp demo program featuring all the latest Wilson rackets
- Week 1: TBA 2020
- Week 2: TBA 2020
- Week 3: TBA 2020
- Week 4: TBA 2020
- Week 5: TBA 2020
- Week 6: TBA 2020
- Week 7: TBA 2020
- Week 8: TBA 2020
- Week 9: TBA
- Full Day: TBA
- Half Day: TBA
- Full Day Camp – Boys and Girls ages 5-17 of all skill levels
- Half Day Camp (Tiny Tots) – Boys and Girls ages 3-5
** For Sold out sessions please email the office HERE to be added to the waitlist.
Discounts: Discounts are available for campers attending multiple weeks of camp. To be eligible for this discount, a single camper must attend 3 or more weeks of camp. The rates for campers enrolling for 3 weeks or more are as follows:
3 + weeks of camp for any single camper:
- Full Day: $395 per week ($45 off per week)
- Half Day: $240 per week ($45 off per week)
Coupon Code: THREEPENN
* Note – Campers that use the code and are not eligible will be responsible for the full amount.
Camp Types: Full Day and Half Day options
Full Day Camp (Ages 5-17) – This is the traditional Penn tennis camp. Great drills and clinics in the morning, healthy group lunches, and fun games and more tennis and other sports in the afternoon. Every week will feature a Camp Raffle to compete for a chance to win exciting Wilson prizes such as t-shirts, grips, hats, water bottles, rackets, bags, string, vibration dampeners and more.
Half Day Camp (Ages 3-5) – In 2014, the Penn Tennis Center partnered with the Tiny Tennis Center to offer young children the opportunity to experience 3 hours a day of tennis fun in an active indoor facility. The Tiny Tennis Camps will run all 9 weeks from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm daily. All activities are age appropriate and are structured to 30 minute intervals which help young children stay engaged in the activities and enjoy the full 3-hour camp. Some of the activities involve on court skill builder drills and games on the tiny tennis court with endless motor skill development equipment.
Full Day Option:
- 9am – 3pm daily
Half Day Option:
- 9:00am – Noon daily
Extended Day Option:
- 3:00pm – 6:00pm daily
Lunch is provided on campus for the Full Day Campers and is included in the camp fee. Kids will have the option to take a morning snack break. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase at the Tennis Center.
Extended Day Care
Extended day care is available from 3-6pm for $25 per day. Arrangement for extended day care should be made through Ellah Nze or David Geatz at the Hecht Tennis Center.
Check-in is daily between 8:30 – 9am at the Hecht Tennis Center.
Full day campers – 3pm.
Extended Day Care is available from 3-6pm for $25 per day. Extended Day activities will include movies, games and the option for on court play.
All our camp forms, including the required liability form and medical form can be found HERE
UTR Rated Matches (Match Play only)
All matches in our tournament / match play (high school and tournament level players) will be included and added to the UTR rating system. For more information on the UTR System – please click HERE
Airport transportation is available upon request for those flying into camp. The closest airport is the Philadelphia International Airport (8 miles from campus). To arrange for a pickup, please email prior to making flight arrangements.
I have signed up for camp, now what? Pre-Camp Checklist
As you prepare for camp, we recommend you review the information below to see that you take care of all items prior to camp.
The camp balance is due the first day of the month of camp (June 1st for June camps, July 1st for July camps). To pay your remaining camp balance please visit: https://www.wilsontenniscamps.com/tenniscart/my-account/orders/
Fill out Camp Waiver
To fill out your camp waiver please visit: https://goo.gl/9kI5E1. The camp waiver can be completed online or by downloading, printing and bringing to camp check-in the first day.
Print out and complete Medical Form
Please download the medical form here: https://goo.gl/ng8AlR. The medical form should be filled out, printed and brought to camp on the first day of check in.
Review Pertinent Information Email
The pertinent information email will be sent out 7-10 days prior to the start of camp to the email you registered the camper with.
Review FAQ’s on this page
Please review the FAQ’s listed on this page for any additional questions you might have prior to camp.
Review Packing List
- Overnight/Residential Camp: (Suggested)
- 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.)
- Day Camp: (Suggested)
- Tennis Rackets
- Tennis Shoes
- Sun Screen
- Hat / Visor
- Water bottle
- Snack (if desired)
When is the balance of payment due? Can I pay at check-in?
The balance for each week of camp is due the first day of the month of the camp session. That is, all June camps have a balance due date of June 1st and all July camps have a balance due date of July 1st. Your camp balance can be paid online or a check can be mailed to Premier Sports Camps, 4885 Shackelford Ct. Columbus, OH 43220.
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.
MEET YOUR COACHES
Head Men’s Tennis Coach
The Penn Tennis Camp
David Geatz was named the Albert G. Molloy Head Coach of Men’s Tennis in June 2011, and enters his fourth season overseeing the Quakers’ men’s tennis program.
Geatz (pronounced “gets”) has had a long and varied coaching career, but what cannot be dismissed is his success within the collegiate ranks. Most recently, he spent two years at Cornell, the first (2008-09) as head coach of men’s tennis and the second (2009-10) as head coach of both the men’s and women’s tennis programs.
Geatz’s impact on the men’s program was immediate and obvious — a perennial second-division program, the Big Red men finished sixth in the Ivy League in 2008, before his arrival. In his first year, however, Cornell went 5-2 in the Ancient Eight to finish second in the standings, behind Columbia. The Big Red then repeated the feat in 2010.
Those second-place finishes marked the program’s best EITA/Ivy finishes until this past spring, when Cornell won the Ivy title for the first time. Though heavily bearing his stamp, the Big Red’s title run came without him at the helm — Geatz left Cornell following the 2010 spring season.
For 18 years, from 1988-2006, Geatz was the head coach of men’s tennis at the University of Minnesota. During his tenure, the Golden Gophers won five Big Ten championships and put together a 45-match win streak in conference play (including four undefeated regular-season campaigns). Geatz was a three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year and also earned NCAA Regional Coach of the Year honors once. His teams had a streak of 12 straight NCAA Championship appearances, and he led the program to a No. 10 national ranking which was its highest ever. Individually, Geatz coached Harsh Mankad to the No. 1 position nationally in singles.
The Penn Tennis Camp
Ellah Nze (pronounced N-Zee) was named the Manager of the Hecht/Hamlin Tennis Centers in March 2015 and is entering her second season as the Director for the Penn Tennis Camp. A Baltimore native, she began playing tennis at the age of 5 and by age 14 relocated to Florida to receive top training from the USTA (United States Tennis Association) High Performance coaches and the world renowned program at Saddlebrook Tennis Academy. As a junior tennis player, Ellah competed in all four Grand Slams (US Open, Wimbledon, Australian Open and French Open) and all the other top tier national and international junior tournaments. She was consistently ranked in the top 5 in the United States in all age divisions and top 50 in the world (ITF junior) rankings. While still an amateur in high school, she also competed on the ITF Pro Circuit winning three ITF Pro Circuit events reaching a career high WTA ranking of 478.
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.
|8:30 a.m – 9:00 a.m||Camp Check In|
|9:00 a.m – 9:15 am||Introduce Camp staff and go over rules, sportsmanship, etiquette and safety|
|9:15 a.m – 12:00 pm||Morning tennis instruction/ drills based on the camp motto of Fun and Fundamentals. Introduce and demonstrate stroke of the day.|
|12 p.m – 1:15 p.m||Lunch in the UPenn dining hall (All you can eat)|
|01:15 p.m – 03:00 p.m||Match Play/ Skills testing and Competition sessions|
|03:00 p.m – 03:30 p.m||Pick up for full day campers|
|03:00 p.m – 06:00 p.m||Extended Day starts for all campers who need to stay for late pick up times.|
HECHT & HAMLIN TENNIS CENTERS
The Hecht Tennis Center has eight indoor tennis courts and is open daily. The facilities are made up of eight glare-free Devoe illuminated courts with well paced Plexi Pave surfaces and seasonal air conditioning. There is a spacious observation deck that overlooks the front four courts. Showers and lockers available. Each player must provide their own lock and towel.
The Hamlin Center has 12 all weather courts in a beautiful park setting with views of the Philadelphia skyline. The facility has stadium seating for several hundred and is open daily. There are no restroom/shower facilities available by the outdoor courts, however restrooms/showers are available at the Hecht Tennis Center. Patrons must check-in at the Hecht Tennis Center and receive a ticket prior to playing on the courts.