THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME – South Bend, IN
Boarding Camp with Non-Boarder option
For more than 30 years, the Fighting Irish coaching staff has provided young players first rate instruction on the picturesque campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Directed by the coaching staffs of both the men’s and women’s programs at Notre Dame, the camp offers both a Traditional and National camp to fit the needs of all levels of players.
Notre Dame offers one week of our Traditional camp as well as two weeks of our National Camp. During the Traditional week, 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. Our program is tailored 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.
Our National Camp is one of the most popular camps in the country and is specifically designed for players with a high level of experience and training. This camp is open to all skills levels but offers a more intensive training curriculum with advanced concepts including instruction on match play tactics and strategies for both singles and doubles as well as speed training and high-intensity drill work.
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
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
- National Camp I: June 21-25, 2020 – Canceled
- National Camp II: June 28- July 2, 2020 – Canceled
- Traditional Camp I: July 26-30, 2020 – Canceled
- Boarder– $795 per week
- Non Boarder – $695 per week
- Boys and Girls ages 9-18 of all skill levels
- Camps are open to any and all..
Camp Option: Boarder v. Non-Boarder
– Non Boarder option includes all sessions of tennis, lunch, dinner, free time and evening activities. Pick up is at 8:30pm every night at the courts EXCEPT Tuesday night with will be at the main circle on Notre Dame Ave. We do a non-tennis session on Tuesday night, so that’s why there should be a different pick up point that night.
– Boarder option is an inclusive camp experience running from Sunday – Thursday with the campers staying in the dorm, eating at the dining hall and enjoying all tennis, as well as social and recreational activities daily.
- 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.
The National camps are designed for experienced young players looking for a more serious and rigorous camp experience. These specialty and limited camp offerings are open to any and all players, however, we recommend these camps for players with experience (perhaps even tournament experience). The camps will place more emphasis on the strategical, mental and physical side of the game, and less emphasis on stroke production and technique. Each location hosting an Elite camp varies in curriculum and areas of emphasis, but all camps provide 5.5 – 6 hours of training each day in a fun and competitive environment.
Areas of focus:
- Point Building and Match Play progressions
- Singles and Doubles Strategies
- Hi-Intensity on court training
- Off court conditioning, speed and agility training
- – Sunday 2pm – Thursday 4pm
- – Sunday 2:00pm – 8:30pm
- – Mon – Wed 8:45am – 8:30pm
- – Thursday 8:45am-4:00pm
- Boarding option provides all meals from dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Thursday. (No lunch on Thursday).
- Non Boarding option includes Dinner on Sunday and Lunch and Dinner on Mon-Wed. (no meals Thursday)
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
- Check-in for all campers on Sunday is from 1pm-2pm at the Eck Tennis Pavilion. From there, parents may take kids to the dorm. But they must check-in at the Eck Pavilion first.
- Check-in for Full campers Monday-Thursday is at 8:45am at the Eck Tennis Pavilion
- Check-out for all Boarding campers is Thursday at 11am.
- Non-Boarders are to be picked up at 8:30pm each evening. At the courts on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday and at the main circle on Notre Dame Ave on Tuesday. Check-out on Thursday is also 11am.
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.
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
Head Men’s Tennis Coach
University of Notre Dame
One of the top players in the history of the University of Notre Dame men’s tennis program, Ryan Sachire became the seventh head coach in the 91-year history of the program July 1, 2013 after serving two seasons as an assistant coach and five as the associate head coach after returning home to the Golden Dome in the summer of 2006.
Sachire ended his professional career in 2005 and was an assistant at Baylor in 2005-06, helping the Bears reach the semifinals of the NCAA Championship. A three-time singles All-American with the Irish, he replaced former Irish assistant Todd Doebler, who was hired as the head coach at Penn State.
Sachire’s effect on the Irish took absolutely no time to take hold. In his first season at Notre Dame, the Irish reached the NCAA round-of-16 for the second straight year, finished with the most victories in a single-season since 1980-81 and ended the campaign ranked sixth in the country (the highest ranking to close a season since being ranked third at the completion of the 1991-92 season). Sachire also was instrumental in the performance of Stephen Bass, who not only became the 18th All-American in Notre Dame men’s tennis history, but also captured the John Van Nostrand Memorial Award, which provides a stipend to the top senior player embarking on a professional career (an award Sachire captured in 2000).
Assistant Men’s Tennis Coach
University of Notre Dame
Andrews was a two-time BIG EAST Player of the Year (2012 and 2013) and, as a junior, was selected as the BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Player after leading the Irish to their final championship title in that conference. He was a four-time all-conference selection (three BIG EAST, one Atlantic Coast Conference), was a 2013 CoSIDA Academic All-American and the winner of the 2014 National ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award.
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