Camp Program Offerings
Most sessions are geared towards players of all ages and ability levels with certain sessions offering tournament training and high school programs. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week. If you are interested in the tournament training program, please make sure you register here: Nike Tennis Tournament Training Camp at Amherst College.
All Skills Program
The All Skills program is designed for tennis players of any skill level and background. Campers will learn fundamentals and improve upon their game.
High School Program
The High School Program is provided for players ages 13-18 currently on their high school team and wanting to move up the ladder or those planning on making the high school team.
College Tour Program for High School Players (2 weeks | July 23 - August 4, 2017)
This year we are offering an exciting way for high school (ages 13-18) players to experience two separate beautiful college campuses while working on their tennis game and making new friends. Campers will check-in and spend the first week at Williams College and then be transported by bus after the first week to Amherst College, where they will spend the duration of their time. Campers may also choose to sign up for each week separately and not stay over during the weekend.
High School Only Doubles Exposure Clinic - Girls Only (July 1-July 2) Co-Directed by Jackie Bagwell and Mike Gardner
As a coaching staff we decided to make doubles the focus of our Amherst Exposure Clinic, firstly because doubles has been such an integral part of our team’s success, and secondly we felt that junior tennis does not do justice to the camaraderie that playing on a college team provides. Nothing builds team cohesiveness better than doubles! The Amherst College Women’s Doubles Program has a record-tying six NCAA Doubles Titles under Coach Bagwell. Doubles has been key to the Amherst Women making 23 straight NCAA appearances!
Campers will focus on honing their doubles skills, improving tactical and strategic knowledge and implementing all into match play. This Clinic is designed to make you an asset to any college tennis team by using doubles specific drills and instruction to improve your ability to communicate and play with a wide variety of different players. Learn to be the X factor on your team, the player who can set up a wide variety of players with different strengths as well as the player who routinely finishes with the correct play. Bring your partner!
Doubles Exposure Clinic Highlights include:
- Professional doubles tactics, strategies and positioning sessions from Coach Bagwell, considered one of the top doubles experts in college tennis.
- Lecture series from experts in nutrition, fitness and mental toughness, as well as discussions from Amherst Alumni Team players. Handouts will be provided.
- “How to develop your own college video”. We will discuss when and where to send your college video.
- Detailed post camp player evaluation.
Tournament Training Program
The Tournament Training Program is geared towards tournament level and ranked players looking to improve their tournament results, learn winning strategies, and work on mental toughness. Click the link for information about the Nike Tennis Tournament Training Camp at Amherst College.
- Overnight campers check in on Sunday from 1:00-2:00pm at the dorms.
- Day and Extended Day campers check in from 1:30-2:00pm.
- Day and Extended Day Campers will depart the first day at 9:00pm after dinner and evening activities.
- Graduation: All campers: 12:00 noon Friday at the dorms. Parents are invited to attend!
- Check-out immediately follows Graduation.
Day & Extended Day Camper Schedule
- Sunday: Day and Extended Day Campers arrive at 1:30pm and depart at 9:00pm.
- Monday-Thursday: Day campers arrive at 9:00am and depart at 5:00pm. Extended Day campers arrive at 9:00am and depart at 9:00pm.
- Friday: All campers have a graduation at 12:00pm. Check-out is immediately after Graduation.
Check In/Out for July 1-July 2 Session only
- Check-in at 9:00am on Saturday (7/1) at the Moore dorms. Come dressed to play.
- Friday will be spent assessing their skill level, doubles demo and etc.
- Evening will be spent having dinner and lectures with Amherst Alumni tennis players.
- Graduation: Sunday at 12:00pm (7/2) at the tennis courts. Check-out will follow immediately after.
Campers will utilize Amherst's new "State of the Art' facillty and play on the 28 hard and clay courts on campus. Indoor courts are also available on campus in the event of rain. The camp has use of the Amherst College athletic fields, swimming pools and gymnasiums for off court training and activities.
2017: Campers reside in the ideally situated Charles Pratt dormitories equipped with TV lounges and WiFi. The entire camp resident staff, including the Director, live in the dormitory with the campers, providing safety and security 24 hours a day. Roommates: 2 per room (some triples may be available) based on requests and then by age and gender. There is no A/C in the dorms, but they don't get too hot. Campers may bring fans.
All meals are included for overnight campers. Lunch and dinner are provided for all Extended Day campers. Lunch is provided for all Day campers. Meals start with dinner on the first day and end with breakfast on the last day. Meals will be served at the award winning Valentine cafeteria. This air conditioned venue serves an excellent “all you can eat” variety of health hot and cold meals. This all you can eat cafeteria includes a full service salad bar with fresh fruits and vegetables, a large variety pizza bar, a dessert bar including ice cream "soft serve," cookies, and cakes, with drinks such as juice, milk, soda, athletic drinks, coffee and tea.
Off Court Activities
At Nike/Amherst, we take social activities serious. Activities include: Supervised trips to Amherst town center with its fun shops & restaurants, movie night at the local mall, pool and pizza party night, camp dance featuring professional DJ, team skits and “ice breaker” activities.
* We are also offering the SAT Prep as an alternative to evening activities on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings during the Amherst HIGH SCHOOL WEEKS (ONLY). The SAT prep will run about 2-2.5 hours a night and be held on campus. This program will only be offered during the high school week. It will be taught by a certified SAT prep teacher from Yale. There is no cost to participate; it will take the place of an evening activity.
Multiple week campers that elect to stay over the weekend will participate in organized “off campus” trips including fun parks, mini golf, bowling and the mall. Campers are supervised by camp staff throughout the entire weekend. Cost: $300/weekend.
International Camper Options
International campers seeking a Sport and Language program can find a list of camp sessions and a detailed description of our new programs by clicking this link. International campers seeking a Sport Only program, a multi-week sport camp experience, can easily combine any of our individual Tennis Camp sessions together with a weekend stay over to create the right camp program to fit your needs!
Nike Tennis Camp does not provide any transportation to/from camp from airport, train stations or bus depots, but we do have some options below for you. If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly into Logan Airport.
- For campers attending sessions BEFORE June 24, 2017: Airport transfers to Amherst College can be arranged through T&L Limo Service by calling 617-296-1512 or 1-800-338-1512 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Round trip: $490. One-way $245. If you have a camper arriving by air and is deemed an “unaccompanied minor” by the airlines and must be met by a shuttle company employee, let them know ahead of time. There is no additional charge for unaccompanied minors.
- For campers attending sessions FROM June 25, 2017 on: Airport transfers to Amherst College can be arranged through World Sports Camp by calling Adam Shand at 617-519-3810 or by emailing email@example.com. Boston, MA Logan (BOS): Round trip: $490, One-Way $245 and Bradley, Hartford, CT Bradley (BDL): Roundtrip:$350, One-Way: $175. If you have a camper arriving by air and is deemed an “unaccompanied minor” by the airlines and must be met by a shuttle company employee, let them know ahead of time. There is no additional charge for unaccompanied minors.
Adult Nike Tennis Camp at Amherst
We're excited to also bring you an Adult Nike Tennis Camp at Amherst College for ages 18 and over! Click the link for details.
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. PLEASE NOTE: Our health and release forms require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.
Camp Code: TNXRAC
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:45am Wake up by Camp Staff
- 8:00am Breakfast at Valentine
- 8:55am Meet at courts, warm up, stretch, morning demo, stroke breakdown and court assignments
- 9:20am Instruction, drills technique development
- 11:55am Morning wrap up, review, mail call
- 12:10pm Lunch, supervised town trip
- 1:30pm Meet at courts, warm up, stretch, strategy session, match play, sport activity
- 4:55pm Afternoon review, wrap up
- 5:10pm Dinner, free time
- 7:00pm Evening activity
- 9:30pm Free Time
- 9:45pm Lights out campers under the age of 11
- 10:30pm Lights out for all campers.