The Nike Tennis Camp at Amherst College

The Nike Tennis Camp at Amherst College
The Nike Tennis Camp at Amherst College

The Nike Tennis Camp at Amherst College is one of the most successful summer tennis camps in the United States. This summer camp is designed for tennis players of all levels looking to improve their game and have fun while doing it! Come join the fun on the courts and elevate your game!

Since 1994, Amherst has been the “flagship” for tennis specialty camp programs throughout the country. Amherst’s “state of the art” tennis program uses the latest teaching techniques including detailed stroke breakdown, "live" drilling, coached match play, strategy sessions, and weekly team tournaments. This popular overnight tennis camp location attracts campers from all over the world and there is a Day and Extended Day option available as well. Come as a team or come individually, this is a great way to gear up for your high school team season!

Highlights Include

  • Instruction, coaching & training from Professionals, National Championship Coaches, College Players, and Skilled teachers.
  • 10 & Under Tennis (Quick Start) Mini Camp Option (selected weeks)
  • SAT/ACT Prep option offered during the High School Only week
  • 5-6 hours of daily instruction, match play, fitness training with a maximum 6:1 student/teacher ratio... (much of tennis has even lower ratio)
  • "Night on the Town" (Campers & staff eat at local Amherst restaurants.)
  • Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers including a movie night, team skits, a camp dance, pool party and "Night on the Town"
  • Comprehensive post camp player evaluation
  • Nike Tennis Camp t-shirt

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Mike Gardner
Camp Director

Mike Gardner

In his 27th year as a Nike Tennis Camp Director, Mike Gardner brings years of experience and dedication to junior tennis development.

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USPTA Level 1 Certified, Coach Gardner’s experience includes:

• 2012 and 2013 Massachusetts Division 1 State Championship Coach.
• 30 plus years Professional Junior Training Coach.
• Director of Nike/Amherst since its inception in 1994.
• Trained hundreds of top New England and National level players.
• Many of Coach Gardner’s students have earned Division 1 College Scholarships.
• State Championship High School Coach.
• Tennis Director, Orchard Hills Athletic Club in Lancaster, MA

Camp Details

2015 Camp Information 

Amherst offers eight weeks of camp with Overnight, Extended Day (9:00am-9:00pm) and Day (9:00am-5:00pm) options. Most sessions are geared towards players of all ages and ability levels with certain sessions offering tournament training and high school programs.  We are also offering an Overnight High School Only College Tour in association with Williams College.

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Camp Program Offerings

2015 Programs by Week

June 14-19 (All Skills)
June 21-26 (All Skills & Tournament Training)
June 28-July 3 (All Skills & Tournament Training)
July 5-10 (All Skills)
July 12-17 (All Skills)
July 19-24 (All Skills)
July 19-31 (High School Only College Tour)
July 26-31 (High School Only) 
August 2-7 (All Skills & High School)

All Skills Program

All sessions are open to players of all abilities, unless otherwise noted. The All Skills program is designed for tennis players of any skill level and background. Campers will learn fundamentals and improve upon their game. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.

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 19 - 31, 2015)

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 separartely and not stay over during the weekend.

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.

Check-In/Out

Check-In
  • 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.
Check-out
  • 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.

Courts

Campers will 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.

Dorms

2015: Dorms TBD | 2014: Campers reside in the ideally situated Moore 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.

Meals

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 a 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.

Weekend Stayover

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: $250/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!

Designated Airport

Logan Airport

Travel

Nike Tennis Camp does not provide any transportation to/from camp from airport, train stations or bus depots. If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly into Logan Airport. Airport transfers to Amherst College can be arranged through World Sports Camp by calling Adam Shand at 401-608-2605 or by emailing addam@worldsportscamp.com. 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.

Registration Packet

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.

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.
Happy Camper

Thank you very much for the experience! I enjoyed every minute of it. The staff was incredible, they were very nice and had so much passion for tennis. I made new friends and I will definitely come back next summer!

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  • 5/5.
Eager to Return

My girls had a fantastic time! Didn’t want to come home and have asked to come again this summer and stay longer next summer too. Your staff has done a fantastic job of instructing, motivating, and still letting the kids have fun. We love the camp and will be returning again very soon.

  • 5/5.
Pleased and Proud Parent

My son had a great time at camp this summer. Next summer he will be going for 2 weeks and we will be sending his younger brother. We thought it was a great learning experience as well as a great group of tennis pros working with the kids. Jordan seems to be much more focused on the game and driven hard to try and make the Varsity tennis team.

  • 5/5.
Best Camp Ever!

Best camp ever! Lots of tennis (6-7 hours daily) with great instructors. Plenty of free time to hang with friends (I came to camp alone and made great connections that will last). Adding the swimming, movies, etc. was just right. I'll be back. Wish I could come for the high school week, but I already committed elsewhere.

  • 4/5.
Experience of a lifetime!

Thank you Coach Gardner for the great experience of a lifetime!

  • 5/5.
Year to Come!

My son had a WONDERFUL time at camp... he is back for a second week... I know that Nike camp will be a part of his experience for years to come. Thank you for all your hard work.

  • 3/5.
Good Food!

Food was good and that makes a difference to me in camps! Dorm could have been better. Otherwise, good experience!

  • 5/5.
Loved my experience!

I loved my experience at this camp; through meeting new people, improving my tennis, and doing their off-campus activities, I had the time of my life. I wish I had stayed longer and I hope that others could have the same amazing experience that I had

  • 4/5.
Tennis improved!

The kids had a blast, and their tennis definitely improved! My ONLY criticism is that when I picked them up they were very sunburned. They said the staff did remind them to put on sunscreen, but perhaps the staff should be spraying the younger kids multiple times per day so that it gets applied and reapplied routinely. Thanks!

  • 5/5.
Wonderful experience!

My son had a wonderful experience both on and off the court with exactly the right balance of guidance and supervision from counselors. Mike Gardner provides excellent leadership and was extremely responsive to our concerns. Our son will be back again next year. Thank you!!

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Extended Day 9:00AM - 9:00PM $675.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $1,095.00
Availability: Open

Day 9:00AM-5:00PM $575.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Extended Day 9:00AM - 9:00PM $675.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $1,095.00
Availability: Open

Day 9:00AM-5:00PM $575.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Extended Day 9:00AM - 9:00PM $675.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $1,095.00
Availability: Open

Day 9:00AM-5:00PM $575.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Extended Day 9:00AM - 9:00PM $675.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $1,095.00
Availability: Open

Day 9:00AM-5:00PM $575.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Extended Day 9:00AM - 9:00PM $675.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $1,095.00
Availability: Open

Day 9:00AM-5:00PM $575.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Extended Day 9:00AM - 9:00PM $675.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $1,095.00
Availability: Open

Day 9:00AM-5:00PM $575.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: High School
Age Group: 13 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight $2,545.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: High School
Age Group: 13 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Extended Day 9:00AM - 9:00PM $675.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $1,095.00
Availability: Open

Day 9:00AM-5:00PM $575.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,, High School
Age Group: 13 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Extended Day 9:00AM - 9:00PM $675.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $1,095.00
Availability: Open

Day 9:00AM-5:00PM $575.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.