SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY (SMU) – Dallas, TX


5 Stars – Based on 14  User Reviews

Overnight, Full and Half Day options

Enjoy an incredible week of tennis this summer at the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps at SMU in the heart of Dallas. Our first summer of camp was an incredible success with more than 300 kids being hosted on campus and 2020 promises to be even better. The camp will offer young players a chance to train at one of the premier tennis facilities in the world under the direction of SMU coaches Grant Chen (Head Men’s Coach) and Jeff Nevolo (Head Women’s Coach).

The SMU camp 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 up into small instructional groups with a tailored program for the needs of each level of player.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CAMP INCLUDE

  • Small instructional groups to ensure individual attention
  • Comprehensive instructional program with daily teaching progressions
  • Camp T-Shirt and prizes for all campers
  • Camp demo program that includes all the latest Wilson rackets
  • Safety prioritized on and off court

CAMP DETAILS

CAMP DATES

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, the camps below have been canceled. We are hoping to have new options available in the near future

  •  Session I: June 15-19, 2020 – Canceled
    (Full Day & Half Day options)
  • Session II: June 22-26, 2020  – Canceled
    ( Full Day & Half Day options)
  • Session III: July 6-10, 2020  – Canceled
    (Full Day & Half Day options)
  • Session IV: July 20-24, 2020  – Canceled
    ( Full Day & Half Day options)
  • Session V: July 27-31, 2020  – Canceled
    (Full Day & Half Day options)
  • Session VI: August 3-7, 2020  – Canceled
    (Full Day & Half Day options)
  • Session VII: August 10-14, 2020  – Canceled
    (Full Day & Half Day options)

  • Girls High School Camp: June 27-29, 2020Canceled
  • Boys High School Camp: July 17-19, 2020Canceled

FEES

  • Full Day Option – $675 per week
  • Half Day $475 per week
  • Girls High School Camp $300 per week
  • Boys High School Camp $300 per week

 

AGES

  • Boys and Girls ages 7-18 of all skill levels.  Camps are open to any and all.
  • HS Camps are for 8th grade and above

Camp Discounts

Discounts are available for the following: 

Early Bird Discount (Prior to March 1, 2020): 

  • $100 off Overnight and Full Day Option. Coupon Code ” smuearlybirdfull “
  • $50 off Half Day Camp. Coupon Code “smuearlybirdhalf”

Faculty / Staff Discount (must email office from smu.edu email address)

  • $50 off all camp options (Overnight, Full, or Half Day). Please email the office from smu.edu email address to receive the coupon code.
  • No Discounts available for High School Boys or Girls weeks of camp

NOTES:  

*Campers that use the code and are not eligible will be responsible for the full amount. 

* Limit 1 coupon per camper week.

 

MORE INFORMATION

Camps Types

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.

Times

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

Meals

  • Overnight campers: All meals included Monday Lunch – Friday Lunch
  • Full Day Campers: Please pack a lunch each day. Snacks will be provided daily
  • Half Day Campers: No meals provided. Snacks will be provided daily

Overnight Camp

Our overnight camp offers a full tennis camp experience. Campers stay in the dorms, eat all meals in the school dining halls and enjoy social and recreational activities each evening. Players at our overnight camp will enjoy supplemental tennis each day as well. Campers at kept busy from 7:30 am to 10:30 pm each day and are monitored and supervised at all times to ensure a safe and fun environment.

Inclement Weather

In the case of inclement weather, SMU has 6 indoor courts and we will have full use to these courts. As the camp runs better outdoors, we will shift our daily schedule in anticipation of rain to ensure we maximize our court time outdoors. Camp will proceed rain or shine each day.

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 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

Airport transportation is not available.

PERTINENT INFORMATION

Check-In

  • Overnight Campers: TBA
  • Full & Half Day Campers:  8:45 am – 9:00 am each day.

Check-Out

  • Overnight Campers: 4pm on the last day.
  • Full Day Campers: 4:00 pm daily.
  • Half Day Campers: Noon daily.

Camp Dorm

Camp Dorm – TBA

Roommate Request

If you are attending the camp as an overnight camper, you can request a roommate at the time of enrollment. Should you need to change this request, please email the office at Here. We can usually meet your request of 1 roommate, however, please keep in mind that many parents have conflicting requests. (Player A request Player B and Player B request Player C). We will do our very best to sort out these issues ahead of camp, however, if there is a mistake or change that needs to be made at camp check-in, please let us know and we will do everything in our power to make that change.

Each dorm has a different setup. Some are doubles, triples, quads, and suites. If you would like to have players in rooms next to each other, we again will do our best to accommodate. Please please email the office at Here Here for such requests.

Should you wish to room with more than just 1 person, we will do everything in our power to arrange for this, if the room level (double, triple, etc…) allows.

Camp Forms

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

Packing List

Overnight Campers:

    • Clothing
    • Tennis Racket(s)
    • Tennis Shoes
    • Water Bottle
    • Tennis Clothes
    • Hat/Visors
    • Casual Clothes
    • Bath Towel
    • Shower Towel
    • Sun Screen
    • Bedding (check pert info email for bed size)
    • Toiletries
    • Fan(s)
    • Pillows
    • Snack Food
    • Spending Money (no $ is needed, but sometimes kids like to order pizza, t-shirts, vending etc.)

Day Campers:

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

MEET YOUR COACHES

Camp Director:

Grant Chen

Head Men’s Tennis Coach

SMU

New Head Mens’ Tennis Coach is in his first year at SMU after a successful coaching career at UCLA.

Chen comes to the Hilltop from UCLA, where he served Bruin Head Coach Billy Martin for over 15 years in a multitude of roles, ranging from team manager to associate head coach.

For the past three seasons, Chen has served as Associate Head Coach, and, prior to that, he served as Assistant Coach for three years. During Chen’s six seasons on Martin’s coaching staff, the Bruins registered a 149-28 record (.842) and reached the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships five times. This past season, UCLA posted its third semifinal-round appearance of the stretch and totaled 30 wins for the first time in Martin’s tenure. The Bruins also collected four Pac-12 regular-season titles and three tournament trophies during Chen’s time on staff.

Camp Director:

Jeff Nevolo

Head Women’s Coach

SMU

Jeff Nevolo was named Head Coach of the SMU Women’s Tennis team on July 3, 2019.

Nevolo comes to SMU from South Carolina, where he was the Associate Head Coach for the women’s tennis program since 2014, and the 2018 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year. In his five seasons at USC, the Gamecocks reached at least the NCAA Second Round each season. The 2019 team won the program’s first SEC Tournament title and reached the NCAA Quarterfinals.

Camp Manager:

Ben Johnson

SMU

Johnson is entering his second season (2018-19) as the assistant coach of the SMU men’s tennis team after spending seven years as the head coach of the Richmond men’s tennis team.

In his first year on the Hilltop, Johnson helped develop a group of seven newcomers under legendary head coach Carl Neufeld.

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.

TRADITIONAL WEEKS – DAILY SCHEDULE:
8:45 – 9:00 am Check In
9:00 – 9:30 a.m Camp Meeting, Stretching & Running
9:30 – 11:15 am On Court Drill Session
10:30 am Snack Time
11:15 – 11:45 am Fitness
11:45 am Prepare for Lunch
12:00 pm Lunch in Dining Halls
1:00 pm Break Time
1:30 – 3:15 pm Off Court Activities, Competition & Live Ball
3:15 pm Snack Time
3:30 pm Camp Meeting
3:45 – 4:00 pm Camp Check Out

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.

FACILITY

SMU TENNIS COMPLEX

To ensure the future success of SMU’s historic tennis program, a new SMU Tennis Complex, Turpin Stadium & Brookshire Family Pavilion opened in 2015. The new complex is a preeminent, top-tier facility located prominently on the south side of Mockingbird Lane at the corner of North Central Expressway, formerly the site of Mrs. Baird’s Bakery.

The new complex provides both indoor and outdoor courts as well as a training center for student athletes and coaches, ensuring that Mustang players can train year-round on campus. In addition, patron accommodations optimize comfort and viewing and include special guest amenities and a club area, providing an enhanced spectator experience.

Match-day parking for the SMU Tennis Complex is available on campus in the Binkley and Moody Parking Centers. We ask that visitors not park in the residential areas surrounding the facility or in Park Cities Plaza.

  • Brookshire Family Pavilion including the six Ruth & Ken Altshuler indoor courts
  • Turpin Stadium with six outdoor courts
  • Permanent spectator seating that can be expanded to accommodate conference, national and professional tournaments
  • The Styslinger Family Grand Viewing Terrace with VIP seating overlooking the outdoor courts
  • Edwin L. Cox Club Suite with viewing access to the outdoor and indoor courts
  • Training facility that includes team locker rooms, training and fitness rooms, meeting rooms and offices for coaches and staff

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