THE 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 11-15, 2022
- Session II: July 18-22, 2022
- Full Day Option: 8:30am – 3:30pm daily
- Half Day Option: 8:30 am – 12:00 am daily
- Full Day Option: $485
- Half Day Option: $350
- 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 – Lunch included each day
- 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 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 are divided into small instructional groups of approximately Five to Six: One (5.5:1) 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 their investment in the camp. Kids do get injured, sick and family plans change prior to the start of 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 closest airport is the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. To arrange for a pickup, please email prior to making flight arrangements.
- 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)
MEET YOUR COACHES
Head Men’s Tennis Coach
The University of North Florida
Matt Lucas was named the head men’s tennis coach at UNF in August of 2017. Lucas brings over 10 years of coaching experience to UNF having coached at all levels of competitive tennis during his career.
Lucas came to the Ospreys after serving as the associate head coach for the University at Buffalo men’s tennis team in 2016-17. The Bulls claimed the MAC regular season and tournament titles last year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament while producing five All-MAC players.
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.