THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA – Tampa, FL
Directed by USF Coaches Cristina Moros and Gary Needelman, the USF camp is known for providing young players a challenging camp in a fun and competitive environment. The directors and their staff emphasize proper stroke mechanics in small instructional groups.
Each camper receives personal attention, advanced teaching techniques, intensive drill work and game / match play daily . 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
USF Tennis Complex
12826 Gemini Blvd S,
Orlando, FL 32816
- * Commuter Option includes all tennis, meals (except breakfast) and social activities of the camp. Boarding is not included.
- All match play at camp will be recorded for UTR ratings.
– Overnight Camp: 2020 TBA
– Day Camp: 2020 TBA
- – Overnight: 2020 TBA
- – Commuter: 2020 TBA
- – Full Day: 2020 TBA
- – Half Day: 2020 TBA
Our camps at USF are 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.
- Overnight Option:
- – Sunday 2pm – Friday 12pm
- Commuter Option:
- – Sunday 2pm – 10pm
- – Mon–Thursday 9am – 10pm
- – Friday 9am – 12pm
- Full Day Option:
- – Sunday 2pm – 6pm
- – Mon–Thursday 9am – 4pm
- – Friday 9am – 12pm
- – Overnight campers: All meals from Sunday dinner – Friday breakfast
- – Commuter campers: All lunches and dinners from Sunday dinner to Thursday Dinner (no breakfast provided)
- – Full Day campers: Sunday dinner, Lunch Monday-Thursday
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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
Airport transportation is available upon request for those flying into camp. The USF campus is about 30 minutes from the Tampa International Airport. To arrange for a pickup, please email prior to making flight arrangements. For overnight camps – the best times for arrival are Sundays before noon and departures Thursday after 6:00 pm.
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- Overnight Campers: 1-3pm Sunday at Camp Dorm
- Commuter Campers: : 3:00pm Sunday; 9am remainder of the week at USF Tennsi Complex
- Full Day Campers: 3:00pm Sunday; 9am remainder of the week at USF Tennsi Complex
- Full Day Campers – 8:30 am Daily
- Half Day Campers – 8:30 am Daily
- Overnight Campers: 4:00pm Thursday at Camp Dorm
- Commuter Campers: 10:00pm Sunday-Wednesday; 4:00pm Thursday – USF Tennis Complex
- Full Day Campers: 10:00pm Sunday-Wednesday; 4:00pm Thursday – USF Tennis Complex
- Full Day Campers – 3:30 am Daily
- Half Day Campers – Noon Daily
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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 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.
– All our camp forms, including the required liability form and medical form can be found HERE
- 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.)
- Tennis Racket
- Tennis Shoes
- Sun Screen
- Hat / Visor
- Water bottle
- Snack (if desired)
MEET YOUR COACHES
ASSISTANT MEN’S TENNIS COACH
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
Gary Needelman enters his fourth season on the Bulls coaching staff with three American Athletic Conference championship rings as part of the Bulls’ 4-peat of titles. Needleman was promoted to assistant coach in January 2018 after serving as the volunteer assistant coach for three seasons.
During his tenure with USF, the Bulls produced two All-Americans in Roberto Cid and Dominic Cotrone and have had four players win titles on the ITF Futures professional circuit. Needelman was on the coaching staff during the record-setting 2015 season in which USF advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the first-time and finished ranked above all other schools in Florida.
Additionally, Needelman was integral in helping USF earn its first-ever birth in the ITA National Indoor Sweet Sixteen during the 2016 season. In 2017 Needelman coached former USF standout Vadym Kalyuzhnyy to an undefeated home record. In addition to his coaching duties, Needelman directs USF Bulls Tennis Camps and the BULLKids program, as well as coordinates players’ community appearances.
Needelman has coached tennis at every level over the past 20 years. Before developing USF players for the D1 collegiate level and succeeding professional circuit, he helped numerous students earn college scholarships as a private coach and Director of Tennis at Carrollwood Country Club in Tampa. He also directed the renowned Tennissmith School under the leadership of Steve Smith, taught at the Saddlebrook Tennis Academy, and guided Chamberlain High School to six individual state championships. His past students have won college national titles and competed on the ITF, ATP and WTA professional circuits.
HEAD WOMEN’S TENNIS COACH
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
In just her second year as the head coach of the USF women’s tennis team, Cristina Moros led the Bulls to their second American Athletic Conference Championship. USF went 15-11, and was able become the lowest-seeded team to ever win the conference tournament despite suffering difficulties with injuries throughout the season. Moros was named the league’s women’s tennis coach of the year.
In October of 2017 Moros was inducted into the Longhorns Hall of Honor for her four years of competing for the Texas Longhorns. At Texas, Moros was a national champion, four-time All-American, and Big 12 Conference Player of the Year. She is one of just five women to be inducted into the 18th Women’s Hall of Honor class, and one of just two Longhorns to earn All-America honors in all four years of eligibility.
Moros took over the USF women’s tennis program on May 29, 2015. In her first year she completely turned around a team that won just four matches in 2015. USF finished with a 17-7 record and advanced to the American Conference championship match, finishing as the runner-up. Moros coached Ana Roman Dominguez to conference Freshman of the Year honors, along with three all-conference honorees.
A member of the University of Texas’ 1995 NCAA Championship team, Moros returned to the state of Florida after having previously served as Academy and Private Coach at the prestigious Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla. (1999-2001), where she coached then standout juniors Maria Sharapova and Jelena Jankovic among others, before embarking on a collegiate coaching career.
USF TENNIS COMPLEX
The USF Varsity Tennis complex was established at its current location in 1977 with six courts. It has seen numerous improvements since its conception, with several changes and additions. In 1996, six new hard courts were added, making a total of 12, which allowed convenient practice and match scheduling to accommodate both the men’s and women’s tennis teams. All 12 courts are individually fenced in to prevent interruption of play.
Get off at the Fowler Avenue exit and head west. Turn right on 50th Street (there will be a Perkins on the corner). Make the second left turn (Holly Drive). Courts will be on your left and parking is in Lot 35.
Get off at the Fowler Avenue exit and head east. The University is about three miles from 275. Go past the main entrance to campus and then make a left at the second light, this will be 50th Street; there will be a Perkins on the corner). Make the second left turn (Holly Drive). Courts will be on your left and parking is in Lot 35.