THE PENN TENNIS CAMP
Day Camp With 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 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
University of Pennsylvania
240 South 31st Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19104
- The Pro Rated Fee for Week 4 – $360 Full Day / $230 Half Day
- 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
- Campers who are not signed up for extended day care, but remain at camp after 3:30 pm will be charged $25 per day by the Hecht Tennis Center and the camp coaches
– Week 1: June 10-14, 2019
– Week 2: June 17-21, 2019
– Week 3: June 24-28, 2019
– Week 4: July 1-5, 2019 * Prorated 4 Day week skipping July 4th.
– Week 5: July 8-12, 2019
– Week 6: July 15-19, 2019
– Week 7: July 22-26, 2019
– Week 8: July 29- Aug 2, 2019
– Week 9: Aug 5-9, 2019
- – Full Day – $440 per week
- – Half Day – $285 per week
Discounts: Discounts are available for campers attending multiple weeks of camp. The rates for campers signing 3 weeks or more are as follows:
3 + weeks of camp:
- – Full Day: $395 per week ($45 off per week)
- – Half Day: $240 per week ($45 off per week)
Coupon Code: THREEPENN
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.
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 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
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.
– Pay Balance
– Fill out Camp Waiver
– Print out and complete Medical Form
– Review Pertinent Information Email
– Review FAQ’s on this page
– Review Packing List
– 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.)
– Tennis Shoes
– Sun Screen
– Hat / Visor
– Water bottle
– Snack (if desired)
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.
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.
In 2007, Ellah chose to forgo a professional tennis career and accepted a full scholarship to play for the historic women’s tennis program at Duke University. At Duke, Ellah played in the No.1 and No.2 singles positions and No.1 doubles position. She reached career high collegiate rankings of No.5 in singles and No.4 in doubles. She played a vital role on the 2009 team that captured the program’s first NCAA women’s tennis championship and earned numerous awards throughout her collegiate career including ITA All-America honors, All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors and the coveted title as the 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year.
Over the summer between 2009-2012, Ellah served as a Senior Counselor for the day and overnight Duke Tennis Camps. Using her knowledge of the game and player experiences, she also worked as a Tennis Professional teaching juniors and adults of all ages and ability levels at tennis clubs in Washington, D.C., Princeton, New Jersey and Manhattan, New York. Currently, she oversees facility operations and tennis programming at the University of Pennsylvania. As the Manager of Penn’s tennis facilities, she led the first six weeks of the University’s 2015 Penn Tennis Camps.
The coaching staff of the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp at the PENN Tennis camp is one of the strongest and most well respected. 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.
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 a.m
Introduce Camp staff and go over rules, sportsmanship, etiquette and safety
9:15 a.m – 12 p.m
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.