Nike Tennis Camp at Amherst College - International Programs

Nike Tennis Camp at Amherst College - International Programs
Nike Tennis Camp at Amherst College - International Programs

Join us this summer at the NIKE Tennis Camp at Amherst College. You'll improve your Tennis game, meet new friends from all over the world and with our new Sport and Language programs, you'll improve your English too!

Come join the fun at Amherst College this summer. In 2014, we will offer a 2-week combined tennis and language program beginning July 6, 2014 through July 18, 2014. This program combines the best of a language and a Nike Tennis program in one comprehensive two-week camp.

International campers will have language classes in the morning, and then participate in a specially created Nike Tennis program in the afternoon. Qualified instructors will help improve campers's accent, grammar and vocabulary (including the latest words and phrases.) In addition to classroom training, campers will have the chance to learn and practice their English when meeting new friends, sightseeing and playing sports.  Class size is small and classes are offered Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 12:00pm.


 

Highlights Include

  • 2.5 hours of language classes each day during the initial language week followed by fun multi-sport activities each day
  • Private Lessons: All campers will receive a free private lesson for each week in attendance.
  • 5-6 hours of daily instruction, match play, fitness training with a maximum 5:1 student/teacher ratio
  • Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers including a movie night, team skits, a camp dance, pool party and "Night on the Town"
  • Free NIKE Camp t-shirt
  • Comprehensive post camp player evaluation

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Camp Director

Mike Gardner

In his 25th year as a Nike Tennis Camp Director, Mike Gardner brings years of experience and dedication to junior tennis development.

Read Full Bio

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

• 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

More Coaches
Coach

Chris Gardner

Head Men's Coach at Amherst Former All-American at University of Georgia Chris Garner-Tennis Director. Coach Garner, a former All American from the University of Georgia as...

Read Full Bio
  • Head Men's Coach at Amherst
  • Former All-American at University of Georgia

Chris Garner-Tennis Director. Coach Garner, a former All American from the University of Georgia as well as a former world class player, is currently the Men’s Tennis Coach at Amherst College. Under Coach Garner, Amherst College Men’s Tennis won the National Championship in 2011 and reached the NCAA finals in 2009. Coach Garner has successfully coached college tennis at The Ohio State University, and The University of Colorado. As a junior player, Coach Garner was ranked as high as no. 1 in the U.S. Coach Garner brings a “world class” level of training to the Nike National Training Program at Mt. Holyoke.

Camp Details

(TNXIAC)

Nike Sport + ELS Language Program

Program dates: In addition to our seven weeks of  Nike Tennis sessions which start on June 15, 2014, we are pleased to offer a 2-week combined tennis and language program beginning July 6, through July 18, 2014.  Campers attending the two-week language and tennis camp may add additional sessions of Nike Tennis Camp to increase the length of their camp program. The last Nike camp session at Amherst is August 3rd through August 8.

Check-in July 6, 2014 Camp check-in starts at 2pm, but International campers may check-in when ever their flights arrive.  
Check-out Friday July 18 - 12:00 Noon.   

Program Overview 

International campers will participate in language classes in the morning from 8:30-12:00 pm, and then participate in a specially created Nike Tennis program in the afternoon which will incorporate both drilling and match play.  Qualified licensed instructors will help improve the camper’s accent, grammar and vocabulary. In addition to classroom training, your child will have a chance to practice their English when meeting new friends, sightseeing and playing tennis.  Class sizes are small – no more than 15 per class.  The combined ELS/Nike Tennis camp program is specifically designed for all sport and English skill levels.

In the evening, campers will participate in social activities with the rest of the camp.  A weekend trip into Boston will be organized for those who want to explore the Boston downtown area. International campers will have the opportunity to improve their language skills, visit one of the oldest and most prestigious academic institutions on the East Coast and meet hundreds of American campers who share a passion for the game of tennis.

Highlights

  • Instruction, coaching & training from Professionals, National Championship Coaches, College Players, and skilled teachers.
  • 3 hours of daily instruction, match play, drills with a maximum 6:1 student/teacher ratio
  • 30– 50 minute English lessons during the two week camp – 3 classes per day held on Amherst Campus.  
  • 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

 

Logistics and Travel: Roundtrip transportation from Logan Airport (BOS) to Amherst College is provided as part of the tuition costs.  All campers arriving will be met by staff from World Sport Camps - our transportation service provider.  They will meet campers outside the customs area (with a sign saying Nike Sport Camps) and drive them to Amherst.  A drink and snack will be provided for the 2 1/2 hour ride. If a child is an UM, our staff will meet the camper at the gate and on the return will wait with the camper at the gate until the child is able to board the airplane. Travel forms are located in our registration packets (available in the spring), and will need to be completed 3 weeks prior to camp in order to be scheduled for pickup at the airport.  

Early arrival and late departures.  International campers are welcome to add an extra night stay to accomodate international flights, or a weekend program to their camp stay $250 to extend their camp program/or add multiple sessions.There is a $125 fee per day to accommodate campers arriving early or staying beyond the final day of their registered session.  This fee includes housing and meals.  Please note that our camp staff can't receive early campers prior to Sunday June 15th, nor may campers stay past Friday August 8th (The final day of our last session.)  Please note, there are no late departures allowed on the last session.  All campers must depart camp by FRIDAY August 8th, 2014. At the conclusion of their camp program, all campers will be driven back to the airport .  This transportation is included in the costs of you camp tuition.Transportation:

Meals are served in a dining hall located nearby the dorms. This is an all you can eat cafeteria featuring nutritous food options including vegetarian and vegan.  Also most food allergies can be accomodated with notification. 

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.

Dorms: Campers will reside at Amherst College during their camp stay. Campers stay two to a room and are matched with an American camper the same age and gender (unless other requests are made). All camp facilities, meals, dorms, and playing fields are within walking distance. There is no A/C in the dorms. Campers may bring fans.

Evening Activities: During the evenings, campers will participate in activities which may 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 a professional DJ, team skits, and “ice breaker” activities.

Designated Airport: Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)

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.  Travel forms will need to be completed 3 weeks prior to camp in order to be scheduled for pickup at the airport.

More Details

Other Details

  • Safety: 24-hour supervision is an important feature of every NIKE Sport Camp. Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities
  • Medical Staff: Trainer on call at all time
  • Rain Plan - In the slight chance of rain we watch and analyse movies primarily tennis videos of college and pro matches.
  • Instruction: 6:1 camper to coach ratio during tennis instruction.  Language class size is max 15 students.  Supervision ratio during evening and all activities is 10:1 student to staff ratio.
  • Recommended Spending Money: $100 per week
  • Housing: Campers stay 2 to a room/shared bathroom. Genders separated by floor.
  • All-inclusive tuition: Covers language instruction, sport instruction, housing, meals, roundtrip airport transfers, weekend stayover(s), and activities.
  • USSC offers camper supplemental health insurance. Please email international@ussportscamps.com for more details.  It is $50 for a 4-week coverage period. 
  • Registration Packet: A detailed camper registration packet containing check-in location, health & release forms, emergency contact info, and a packing list will be emailed to all registered campers in spring 2014.


  

Facilities

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!

Amherst College, nestled in the small New England town of Amherst, is located in central Massachusetts. It is approximately 90 miles west of Boston and 165 miles north of New York City. While attending Nike/Amherst, campers will play on the 28 hard and clay courts situated 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.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:30 am Wake up by camp staff
  • 7:30-8:30 am Breakfast
  • 8:45 am Campers to Classroom
  • 8:55 am Classes start - Grammar, listening, discussion and vocabularly
  • 9:50 am Break
  • 10:00 am-11:50 am Conversational activities, art, music and writing
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch Break
  • 1:00 pm Meet at courts, warm up, stretch,
  • 1:15-2:50 PM Nike Tennis Camp drills and demonstration
  • 2:50PM Break
  • 3:00-4:50 PM Afternoon strategy session, match play - wrap up
  • 5:10 pm Dinner, free time
  • 7:00 pm Evening activity
  • 9:30 pm Free time
  • 9:45pm Lights out for campers under the age of 11
  • 10:30pm Lights out for all campers

Camp Dates & Prices

2015 camp dates and prices coming soon. Subscribe now to receive camp updates or call 1-800-645-3226.

For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.