UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA – Columbia, SC
The Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp at The University of South Carolina breaks 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 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.
Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps are the premier camps for young players who strive to learn the game, improve their skills and/or 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
Carolina Tennis Center
1316 Heyward St
Columbia, SC 29208
- Commuter campers enjoy all the benefits of the overnight campers, but do not have a room at night. Pick up for commuters can be immediately following tennis around 8pm nightly or after social activities at 10:15pm.
– Session I : 2020 TBA
– Session II: 2020 TBA
- – Overnight: 2020 TBA
- – Commuter: 2020 TBA
- – Full Day: 2020 TBA
Our USC location hosts one of our 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 1pm – Thursday 1pm
- Commuter Option:
- – Sunday 2pm – 8pm
- – Monday – Wed 9am – 8pm
- – Thursday – 9am – 1pm
- Full Day Option:
- – Sunday 2pm – 8pm
- – Monday – Wed 9am – 4pm
- – Thursday – 9am – 1pm
- Overnight – All meals from Sunday dinner – Thursday lunch
- Commuter – All lunches and dinners from Sunday dinner to Thursday Lunch ( no breakfast provided)
- Full Day – Lunch provided Monday – 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
Airport transportation is available upon request for those flying into camp. To arrange for a pickup, please email prior to making flight arrangements. Airports nearby are the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE – 20 minutes from campus) and the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT – 1.5 hours from campus). Pick up from the Charlotte Airport is not available. The best times for arrival are Sundays before noon and departures Thursday after 3:00 pm.
None at this time.
- Overnight campers: Check-in is 1pm-2pm on Sunday at the camp dorm (TBA)
- Commuter campers: Check-in is 12:30pm – 2pm on Sunday; 8:30am – 9:30am remainder of the week at the Carolina Tennis Center.
- Full day campers: Check-in is 12:30pm – 2pm on Sunday; 8:30am – 9:30am remainder of the week at the Carolina Tennis Center.
- Overnight campers: Check-out is at 1pm on Thursday
- Commuter campers: Check-out is Sunday 7:00pm; Monday-Wednesday 8:00pm; Thursday 1:00pm
- Full day campers: Check-out is Sunday 7:00pm; Monday-Wednesday 4:00pm; Thursday 1:00pm
TBA – Please check back.
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
HEAD WOMEN’S TENNIS COACH
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
The Kevin Epley was named the women’s tennis head coach at the University of South Carolina on June 11, 2012. In 12 seasons as a head coach, Epley owns an impressive 215-101 record, seven top-25 finishes and six conference championships. His teams have reached the NCAA Tournament in each of those 12 years and 10 times has won at least one round. In four seasons with the Gamecocks, Epley has upheld a winning tradition while moving the program toward even great heights with an influx of diverse players who are just as committed to helping South Carolina achieve at the highest level.
Prior to joining the Gamecocks, Epley served as the head coach of the women’s program at William & Mary from 2003-2008. In his five seasons with the Tribe, Epley led the squad to a 96-40 record, including four Colonial Athletic Association Championships and five NCAA Tournament appearances. His teams finished among the ITA’s top 25 three times, including a No. 15 ranking in 2007. On four occasions, he was named the CAA Coach of the Year and in 2008 he garnered the Wilson/ITA East Region Coach of the Year award.
HEAD MEN’S TENNIS COACH
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Josh Goffi wasted little time cementing his reputation as an elite recruiter with a solid strategic mind and excellent player development skills. Six seasons into his tenure, the Gamecocks’ program is a reflection of his clear view of the culture that breeds success, signing two top-three recruiting classes (2011, 2014), leading the program to its highest final ranking in nearly a decade (18th in 2013) and developing two All-Americans, seven All-SEC selections and the program’s first SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while earning SEC and ITA Carolina Region Coach of the Year honors (2013).
In his second season (2011-12), Goffi turned a team that routinely played with three freshmen and two sophomores in the singles lineup into one that finished the season ranked No. 41 in the nation, earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament and boasted two entries in the final singles rankings as well as a top-30 doubles tandem. The youthful group doubled the team’s overall and SEC win totals from the previous season, including seven wins over ranked teams with five of those coming on the road. The team grew steadily into its success, closing the regular season by winning five of its last 10 matches before heading into postseason action.
Goffi joined South Carolina after just four seasons as an assistant coach, the last two of which were spent at Duke University with head coach Ramsey Smith, son of tennis legend Stan Smith. The duo wasted little time in returning the Blue Devils to national prominence, turning Duke’s sub-500 record in 2008 into a 16-9 mark in 2009 and a No. 14 final ranking in 2010, the program’s highest ranking in three years. The Blue Devils’ 20-9 overall record in 2010 included a 10-2 ACC mark, which slotted them second in the league and propelled them to the ACC Cham-pionship final match.
The coaching staff of the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp at the University of South Carolina is one of the strongest and most well respected in the country. 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 responsible manner.
The coaches and the staff were amazing. They cared so deeply about each and everyone of those campers.Parent of Nathan P.
The kids loved the balance of drills and games as well as the coaches. They really enjoyed it and felt better about their skills after.Parent of Mary S.
My daughter had a terrific time! She wanted to stay another week. She said the counselors were very helpful, very personable and made you feel comfortable. She said there was always something to do so she never got bored.Definitely plan on returning next year!Parent of Kate D.
The camp was a great experience for my daughter. The communication of start time and logistics could have been better; it seemed like Wilson communicated standard information, when local information should have also gone out well in advance. But once we were in the swing, the camp was great.Parent of Maggie L.
My son had fun and felt like he was challenged each day, which he loves. Coaches were very involved with the kids. A great camp for sure.Parent of Carter J.
My daughter had a great time and learned a lot. They also took really good care of her while she stayed overnight.Parent of Hayden M.
My daughter had fun and learned a lot during the week!Parent of Audrey H.
My daughter thoroughly enjoyed the experience.Parent of Juliette B.
CAROLINA TENNIS CENTER
The Gamecock men’s and women’s tennis teams opened Carolina Tennis Center for the 2012 season. The new Carolina Tennis Center is located in the heart of the Athletics Village at the Roost. Previously, the women played at Maxcy Gregg Tennis Center, while the men were located at Sam Daniel Tennis Center.
The Gamecocks’ new tennis stadium features 12 courts with lights and scoreboards on each one. Each side of six courts also has a master scoreboard so fans always know what is happening on each court. Video cameras are mounted behind each court as well to record matches so the coaching staff can review film with the student-athletes. Seating is available for 670 fans with room to spare for standing room. The stadium has 400 square feet of court-side storage and 900 square feet of dedicated restroom facilities.