UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA – Jacksonville, FL
5 Stars – Based on 8 User Reviews
Day Camp with Half Day option
Jacksonville’s favorite event of the summer, The Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps at The University of North Florida, is back again in 2022. A popular Day camp featuring Full and Half Day options, gives campers of all skill levels a chance to get a leg up on their competition this summer. Following back-to-back sold-out sessions in our last summer, The UNF tennis camp again offers two sessions of camp this coming July.
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: July 17-21, 2023
- Session II: July 24-28, 2023
- Full Day Option: 8:30am – 3:30pm M-Th / 8:30 am – Noon on Friday
- Half Day Option: 8:30 am – 12:00 am daily
- Full Day Option: $505
- Half Day Option: $345
- Boys and Girls ages 7-18 of all skill levels
Camp Types: Traditional Tennis Camp
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 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.
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 levels. 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.
- Full Day Campers – No meals included. Campers should pack lunch daily
- Half Day Campers – No meals included
Unfortunately, we do not have indoor courts on campus and in the event of inclement weather we will have to adjust accordingly. In the case of rain, we will supplement the tennis with fitness and footwork drills, video tennis analysis, mental coaching. We also have access to the Recreation center and will fill out the day with recreational activities. 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 poor weather.
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
Airport transportation may be available upon request for those flying into camp.
- Full Day campers: Check-in is Monday at 8:15am; Tuesday – Friday at 8:30am
- Half Day campers: Check-in is Monday at 8:15am; Tuesday – Friday at 8:30am
- Full Day campers: Check-out is between 3:30pm – 3:45pm daily.
- Half Day campers: Check-out is between 12:00pm – 12:30pm daily.
All our camp forms, including the required liability form and medical form can be found HERE
- Tennis Racket
- Tennis Shoes
- Sun Screen
- Hat / Visor
- Water bottle
- Snack (if desired)
Pertinent Camp Information for Check-in
Forms / Balance Due
Camp Waiver (required):
Your Liability Waiver was signed during the registration process and is complete as long as your registered online.
Medical Form (required):
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.
To check if you have a remaining balance, you can access your account here.
Check-In / Check-Out Information
Check-in / Drop off:
- Check-in / Drop off Time: 8:15am on the first day of camp; 8:30am remainder of the week
- Check-in / Drop off Location: UNF Tennis Complex
- Check-in / Drop off Address: 1 UNF Drive Jacksonville, FL 32224
Check-out / Pick up:
- Check-out / Pick up Time: 3:30pm daily for Full Day Campers / 12:00pm for Half Day Campers
- Check-out / Pick up Location: UNF Tennis Complex
- Check-out / Pick up Address : 1 UNF Drive Jacksonville, FL 32224
- No meals provided. Please pack a lunch daily for full day campers
- Tennis Racket
- Tennis Shoes
- Sun Screen
- Hat / Visor
- Water bottle
- Snack (if desired)
MEET YOUR COACHES
Head Women’s Tennis Coach
The University of North Florida
Catherine Dunagan was named the head women’s tennis coach in August of 2019. Since then, Dunagan has claimed a 43-18 record, an ASUN Tournament Championship, two regular season ASUN titles, an NCAA Tournament victory, ASUN Coach of the Year honors and the program’s first-ever NCAA Singles and Doubles apppearance.
Career Highlights at UNF
- Saw Kit Gulihur and Ana Paula Melilo to the ITA Southeast Regionals Doubles Championship and an invitation to nationals – Oct. 18, 2021
- Won the program’s first-ever home match against an SEC foe, defeating Missouri, 4-1 – Feb. 27, 2022
- Gulihur and Melilo make the program’s first NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship appearances in program history respectively – May 23 and 24, 2022.
- UNF earns a share of the 2022 ASUN Regular Season Championship – Apr. 16, 2022
- Defeated No. 25 Ole Miss in the NCAA Regionals First Round (May 7, 2021) – 1st Win in the NCAA Championship in UNF DI History
- 2021 ASUN Coach of the Year – April 29, 2021
- Won 2021 ASUN Championship – April 24, 2021
- Reached 100-Career Wins April 23, 2021
Dunagan comes to UNF following one season serving as the associate head coach for women’s tennis at Furman University. Prior to that, she had a seven-year stint as the head women’s tennis coach at Presbyterian College and another two seasons leading the Newberry College program.
In her season at Furman, the Paladins posted a 26-1 overall mark and perfect 7-0 SoCon record and concluded the season ranked 55th nationally. Furman, which claimed its third-consecutive and 19th overall Southern Conference title in 2019, put together a 23-match winning streak, the longest in Furman history. The Paladins, who climbed as high as 40th in the national poll, secured the SoCon’s automatic bid the NCAA Championships and earned a No. 3 seed in the tournament for just the second time in program history.
Prior to his season at Buffalo, Lucas worked one year as the Head Tennis Professional at The Palencia Club in St. Augustine, Fla. (2015-16) Before serving in the head pro position, Lucas spent a season as a traveling coach on the ITF Pro Circuit where he coached and traveled with Alex Valenstein. He helped guide her to Texas Tech University, where she became a singles and doubles starter on a Top-10 team.
Lucas previously coached in the college ranks in 2014 when he was a volunteer assistant coach at Wake Forest University for one season. While at Wake Forest, Lucas helped the Demon Deacons reach #13 in the ITA National rankings while also helping three players earn All-ACC recognition.
Prior to Wake Forest, Lucas spent three seasons at South Carolina as an assistant coach helping turn the Gamecocks into a Top 25 team. Lucas was named the ITA Carolina Region Assistant Coach of the Year for his success at South Carolina and helped sign the No. 3 recruiting class in the nation in 2011.
The coaching staff of the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp at the UNF 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 re-sponsible manner.
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UNF Tennis Complex
The University of North Florida Tennis Complex contains 11 lighted hard courts — including a fenced stadium court — along with a covered seating area for fans. Seven additional courts are located alongside the main complex.
Following the 2012 season, the complex underwent a large-scale renovation. Over the course of the off-season, all 11 courts were re-surfaced and improved. In addition to the surface itself, the facility also replaced many of its fences and added several specially-made windscreens to the courts.
In the Spring of 2014, a scoreboard featuring the ability to show the scores at six different courts was installed adjacent to the central seating area of the facility.