UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA – Columbia, SC
5 Stars – Based on 8 User Reviews
Full Day Camp
One of the most popular tennis camps in the country, the University of South Carolina offers three exciting weeks of camp this coming summer. Featuring world-class coaching led by the USC Head Men & Head Women’s coaches Josh Goffi & Kevin Epley, this tennis camp truly offers young players an opportunity to get more involved with playing tennis.
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.
* In 2023, we are offering a “Tiny Tot” option for boys and girls ages 4-8 years old using the USTA red ball guidelines. This camp will be hosted indoors regardless of weather at the brand new Carolina Tennis Center.
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 5-9, 2023
- Session II: June 12-16, 2023
- Elite Training Camp: June 10, 2023
- Full Day – $545 per week
- Future Stars – $270 per week (Red Ball)
Elite Training Camp:
- Full Day – $250
- Full Day – 9am – 4pm daily
- Future Stars (ages 4-8) – 9am – Noon daily
- Elite Training Camp – June 11: 2022 – 9am – 5pm
- Full Day option: Boys and Girls ages 7-18.
- Future Stars option: Ages 4-8.
- Elite Training Camp – Grades 7-12.
* Camps are open to any and all entrants.
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.
- Lunch provided for full day campers Monday- Thursday June 6-10 and June 13-17.
- In the case of inclement weather camp will move to the new Carolina Indoor Tennis Center located at 523 Superior St. Columbia, SC 29205
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.
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: 8:15-9am on Monday; 8:45-9:00 remainder of the week for all campers
- Check-in / Drop off Location: Carolina Tennis Center
- Check-in / Drop off Address: 1316 Heyward Street Columbia, SC 29208
Check-out / Pick up:
- Check-out / Pick up Time: 4:00pm Monday – Thursday; 12:00pm on Friday
- Check-out / Pick up Location: Carolina Tennis Center
- Check-out / Pick up Address : 1316 Heyward Street Columbia, SC 29208
- Lunch provided Monday-Thursday for full day campers
- Tennis Racket
- Tennis Shoes
- Sun Screen
- Hat / Visor
- Water bottle
- Snack (if desired)
- First Day check-in/ Registration for all camps will be at our outdoor facility next to the Carolina Softball Stadium weather permitting. Parents should park and walk their kids in on Registration day. There is a parking lot located at 197 S Marion St.
- If weather is bad registration will move to the new Carolina Indoor Tennis Center at 523 Superior St which also has its own parking
MEET YOUR COACHES
HEAD WOMEN’S TENNIS COACH
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Kevin Epley, the 2019 ITA National Head Coach and SEC Coach of the Year, was named the women’s tennis coach at the University of South Carolina on June 11, 2012. In 17 seasons as a head coach, Epley owns an impressive 299-137 (.686) record, 10 top-25 finishes and seven conference championships. His teams have reached the NCAA Tournament in every season, and 13 times they won at least one round. Epley’s squads have reached the NCAA round of 16 four times including three consecutive appearances in the round of 16 from 2017 to 2019, as well as a quarterfinal appearance in 2019. Additionally, Epley guided the Gamecocks to their first SEC Championship in school history in 2019 by winning the SEC Tournament in College Station, Texas. In nine seasons with the Gamecocks, Epley has upheld a winning tradition while moving the program toward even greater heights with an influx of diverse players who are just as committed to helping South Carolina achieve at the highest level.
Epley guided the Gamecocks to their 26th NCAA Appearance in a row last year, tied for the eighth longest active streak in the nation. South Carolina also earned its 30th NCAA bid in 39 chances, making it one of only 13 schools in the country with at least 30 appearances. The Gamecocks also advanced to the SEC Tournament semifinals after upsetting No. 2-seeded Florida in the quarterfinals.
Epley helps players reach new heights from the get-go at South Carolina. Epley coached Sarah Hamner to her ITA All-American National Championship as a freshman as she became the first Gamecock to reach the semifinals and win the title in program history. In 2019, he also coached Ingrid Martins to three ITA awards, including ITA National Senior Player of the Year, ITA Carolina Region Senior Player of the Year and ITA Carolina Region Most Improved Senior. She also earned the title of SEC Player of the Year and was the SEC Tournament MVP, clinching the win for the Gamecocks.
HEAD MEN’S TENNIS COACH
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Josh Goffi was named to the head coach position at the University of South Carolina in July of 2010. Since then, he has led his teams to seven NCAA Tournaments and coached both an NCAA singles champion and runner-up. Over the last four regular seasons, Goffi’s teams have averaged 18.75 wins per season and have finished each of those seasons in the ITA Top-25. He has produced four All-Americans and 15 all-conference selections. In 2019, Goffi coached Paul Jubb to an NCAA National Championship where he won and received a wildcard bid to Wilmbledon. In 2021, Goffi coached Daniel Rodrigues to the National Championship where he was runner-up and finished the season with a program best final ranking of No. 3 in the nation. Rodrigues’ run to the Singles National Championship match made South Carolina the first program to have back-to-back finalists since Baylor in 2004-2005.
Goffi’s most recent season was one that filled the record book. With a record of 17-10 on the year, the team was selected to the NCAA Tournament and made it to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2005. The team ended the season with a final ranking of No. 13, the program’s best final ranking since 1988-89. Three Gamecocks earned All-SEC status, including a pair of first-team selections for the second time in as many seasons. Goffi’s team also boasted the ITA Carolina Region Rookie of the Year (Toby Samuel) for the second time in the last three seasons. These accolades earned Goffi his second ITA Carolina Region Coach of the Year honors to go along with his prior SEC Coach of the Year recognition.
ASSISTANT MEN’S TENNIS COACH
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In four solid seasons at South Carolina, playing just three career matches lower than third in the singles lineup, Adams was an All-American (2014) and a two-time All-SEC selection (2013, 2014).
Adams holds three school records in doubles – two career and one single-season – and ranks among the program’s top 10 in five other career standings and six other single-season lists. Ranked as high as No. 25 in singles during his career, his best final ranking came in 2013-14 at No. 39. Adams was the second Gamecock in program history to earn regional ITA Player to Watch honors (2013) but the first to do so after being named the region’s Rookie of the Year (2012).
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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.