UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON – Houston, TX
Full Day Camp with Half Day option
Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps comes to Houston! With sold out camps in Dallas and Fort Worth, the U of H camp promises to be one of the more popular camps in the US. Directed by Head Women’s Tennis Coach, Helena Besovic, we will offer 3 weeks of camp in June with full day and half day camp options.
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 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
- Session I: June 3-7, 2024
- Session II: June 10-14, 2024
- Full Day: $535 per week
- Half Day: $400 per week
- Full Day: 9am – 4pm M-Th
9am – Noon Friday
- Half Day: 9am – Noon daily
- Boys and Girls Ages 7-18 of all skill levels.
Our 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.
- Camp will be held rain or shine each day. Unfortunately, we do not have indoor courts on campus and in the event of inclement weather we will have to adjust accordingly. In the event of poor weather, we will supplement the tennis with fitness and footwork drills, video tennis analysis, mental coaching or social activities such as bowling. Please be assured we will do everything in our power to ensure maximum outdoor tennis throughout the week and will make every effort to communicate with the families on those days of bad weather.
- This camp features a 5:1 ratio
- Kids are grouped by skill, age and experience. Often these groups change throught the course of the camp.
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?
To be added to the waitlist, please register here (there is no fee to join the waitlist).
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
- This camp does not offer swimming as an option.
- Please make sure you read the camp polices HERE
- Camp safety is our number one priority. All efforts are made to ensure that the kids are safe througouth the camp. Safety will be priortized over tennis and activities when necessary. The camp, Wilson Sporting Goods, Premier Sports camps and its coaches and universities are not responsible for personal itmes brought to camp.
- None at this time
Pertinent Camp Information for Check-in
- Full Day: 9am – 4pm M-Th
9am – Noon Friday
- Half Day: 9am – Noon daily
- All Campers: 8:30 am Monday / 8:45 am rest of the week
Full Day Campers: 4pm M-Thurs / Noon Friday
Half Day Campers: Noon daily
- Not Applicable – This is a day camp only and does not offer residentail options as part of the camp
Not Applicable – This is a day camp only and does not offer residential options as part of the camp
- No lunch is provided. Campers will need to bring a packed lunch daily.
- Day Campers:
FORMS & ACCOUNTS
- Your Liability Waiver was signed during the registration process and is complete as long as your registered online. If you did not sign up with an account online – this form can be downloaded at https://www.wilsontenniscamps.com/camp-forms/
- Each camper must have a completed and signed medical form brought to check-in on the first day of camp. – Download Form here
A physical exam is not required for campers. If the camper needs medical or disability accommodations, including significant food allergies that require special meals, please email the office. This form can be downloaded at https://www.wilsontenniscamps.com/camp-forms/
My Account / Payments:
- To check if you have a remaining balance, you can access your account here.
MEET YOUR COACHES
Head Women’s Tennis Coach
University of Houston
Helena Besovic became the 10th Head Coach of the University of Houston Women’s Tennis program on July 5, 2018.
Since arriving in Houston, Besovic has racked up victories and helped lead the Cougars back to the postseason. In 2021, Besovic led the program to its fourth-ever AAC Semifinals appearance.
The 2018 Southland Conference Coach of the Year and the Louisiana Coach of the Year, Besovic led McNeese to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance while sweeping the Southland’s regular season and conference tournament championships. Both conference titles were the first in McNeese history.
Prior to McNeese, Besovic spent seven years at the University of Missouri where she served two seasons as an assistant with the Missouri women’s tennis team. In her third season with the team, Besovic was named interim head coach and guided the Tigers to an 11-8 record and an appearance in the Big 12 Women’s Tennis Championships.
In addition to her coaching duties, Besovic also served as an instructor in the Missouri’s Spanish department for three years.
Upon graduation, she spent one year as an assistant with the Penn State women’s tennis team. She played a role in helping the Nittany Lions reach the Big Ten Championships.
Before the start of her coaching career, Besovic competed on the ITF Women’s Circuit. During her time, Besovic reached two singles finals in 10 events and won two doubles titles with partner Nina Munch-Soegaard.
A native of Sarajevo, Bosnia, Besovic graduated from TCU with a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations and Spanish in 2007 as well as a master’s degree in Spanish from Missouri. She received her Doctorate’s in Spanish Literature from Missouri in 2016.
The Barbara Wallace Winston Tennis Facility
The Barbara Wallace Winston Tennis Facility, located on the UH campus between Cougar Field and the Athletics/Alumni Center, is the home courts for the Cougar tennis team. Winston Tennis Facility is made up of 6 hard courts. The varsity courts are for the sole use of the women’s tennis program, and are equipped with a 150 seat spectator viewing area.
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.
|9:00 a.m||Warmup (dynamic stretching, light warmup run)|
Player skill evaluation (first day only)
Stroke production, technique work, fundamentals
Small group instruction
Daily featured stroke (rotate by day)
|10:30 a.m||Live ball drills, Ball fed drills, Footwork instruction,|
Competitive Games and drills
Olympic team play
|Noon||Pick up half day campers|
|12:15 p.m||Lunch at Tennis Center or in campus dining center|
|1:00 p.m||Additional competitve team and individual drills|
|2:00 p.m||Point play, match play, Strategy focus|
|3:00 p.m||Group games|