Nike Tennis Camp at Butler University Indianapolis, Indiana
Nike Tennis Camps welcomes a new overnight summer camp at Butler University this summer. This junior tennis camp is co-directed by Tayo Bailey and Parker Ross, head tennis coaches for Butler University's women's and men's teams. They are offering three sessions of overnight and day camp this summer. Join the fun and elevate your game!
Nike Tennis Camp at Butler University will host one week of Overnight and Day camp for High School students (ages 13-18) followed by two weeks of Day Camp open to players of all abilitiy levels (ages 7-18). This youth tennis camp consists of a core tennis program that includes technical, tactical, physical, and mental aspects of tennis for various skill levels. Mornings focus on the technique while afternoons are geared towards match-play situations, giving each camper a positive learning environment to enhance their skills and enjoy the game.
- Daily on-court instruction from head coaches, Tayo Bailey and Parker Ross, and their experienced staff
- 5-6 hours of tennis daily with a 6:1 student to teacher ratio
- Every camper will receive a Nike Tennis Camp t-shirt
- Gain self-confidence through tennis success
Campers will utilize the Butler University outdoor tennis courts as well as the indoor Butler Tennis Bubblewhere the Butler men's and women's tennis teams play throughout their regular season. Located near Varsity Field and the Butler Softball Field, the outdoor complex boasts 6 courts. The Butler Bubble provides 4 hard courts for indoor play in harsh weather conditions.Meet your coaching staff
Tayo Bailey, a former all-conference player for the Bulldogs, was hired as head women's tennis coach at Butler University in June 2012. Bailey returned to her alma mater after professional coaching stints in Chicago and Miami.Read Full Bio
Bailey, a 2006 Butler graduate, was a three-time first team All-Horizon League standout for BU. She is one of 25 players in that conference's history to earn first team honors at least three times. Additionally, she helped Butler to three appearances in the conference tournament final.
The inner-city Chicago, Ill., native replaced former long-time coach Jason Suscha, who coached the women's program for 13 seasons.
Bailey sported a 74-46 singles record at Butler, including a 25-10 mark as a junior in 2005. She had a winning record in each of her four seasons as a college tennis player.
After her playing career, Bailey stayed around the program as Suscha's women's assistant coach for two seasons. Butler advanced to the Horizon League championship match in both seasons she was on staff. She then spent time as a tennis professional and fitness trainer at various spots in Miami and Chicago before spending the last two years as a pro at the Goldfine-Smatt International Tennis Academy in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Bailey earned her degree in biology in 2006. She also earned a master's degree from Nova Southeastern.
Parker Ross, a former tennis standout for the Bulldogs, was hired as men’s tennis coach at Butler University in 2012. Prior to taking over the program, Ross spent two seasons as men’s assistant coach under long-time head coach Jason Suscha.Read Full Bio
Ross, a native of Libertyville, Ill., began his college tennis career at the University of Iowa before transferring to Butler in 2004. He was twice named second team All-Horizon League as a player and was a co-captain on two Butler teams that won league championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. In his two seasons at Butler, Ross posted a 36-29 singles record and a 39-27 doubles record.
Ross takes over the men’s tennis program at Butler after stints as a coach at Five Seasons Tennis Club and the Lawrence Township Tennis Association in Indianapolis. While at Five Seasons, he managed and organized junior tennis player programs and he mentored high school players in the USTA Junior circuit. At Lawrence Township, he coached children and introduced the sport to beginning players.
Ross earned his degree from Butler in media arts in 2006. He is married to the former Sarah Myer and lives in Indianapolis.
2014 Camp Information
(Camp Code: TNXRBU)
This year we are offering two weeks of Day (9:00am-3:00pm) camp for kids ages 7-18 of all skill levels. We will also be offering one week of Overnight and Day camp for High School students (ages 13-18). Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.
High School High Performance Session:
In addition to the All Skills program, this year we are offering a High School High Performance Camp during the first week of camp, June 8-12, 2014. This session is provided for players (age 13-18) currently on their high school team and wanting to move up the ladder. It is also geared towards tournament level and ranked players looking to improve their tournament results, learn winning strategies, and work on mental toughness. These key components of the game at the higher level will be focused on throughout the week.
Check-in and Check-out times for 6/8 High School High Performance Camp:
• Overnight Camper Check-In: Sunday at 2:00pm at the dorms (TBD for 2014).
• Day Camper Check-In: Monday at 8:45am at the courts.
• Check out: Thursday at 4:00pm for all campers.
Check-in and Check-out times for 7/7 and 7/14 All Skills sessions:
• Check-In: Monday at 8:45am at the Tennis Courts
• Check-Out: Thursday at 3:00pm at the courts.
Day Camp Program Schedule & Information
• Day Camp runs 9:00am to 3:00pm (Monday through Thursday).
• Meals: Lunch is provided for all campers.
Campers will utilize the 6 outdoor courts as well as the 4 hard courts in the indoor Butler Tennis Bubble.
Campers will stay in the dorms (name TBD) on campus. Campers can request roommates, otherwise they will be placed in rooms based on gender and age.
All meals are provided for overnight campers starting with dinner on check-in day. Lunch is provided for Day campers Mon-Thurs.
Overnight campers will participate in a variety of fun evening activities which may include pizza and movie nights, talent shows, games and free play at courts, scavenger hunt and a karaoke contest.
Weekend Stayovers: Weekend stayovers are not available at this location
Designated Airport: Indianapolis International Airport
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 Indianapolis International Airport and schedule a shuttle from the airport to camp.
If you have a camper arriving by air and is deemed an “unaccompanied minor” by the airlines and must be met by a camp staff or shuttle company employee, there may be a fee that needs to be paid in advance of camp. You will still have to arrange transportation to/from camp. Please call 1-800-645-3226 two weeks prior to camp to provide camper’s flight and shuttle information.
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. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:00am Breakfast
- 9:00am Day Campers arrive
- 9:00-9:30am Stretching / Warm-ups
- 9:30am-12:00 noon Tennis Instruction, Drills, Skill Work & Strategy sessions
- 12:00 noon - 1:00pm Lunch, Rest, Optional Tennis
- 1:00pm-3:30pm Tennis Program, Match Play, Doubles and Drills
- 3:30pm Day Campers depart
- 3:30-5:30pm Free time, optional tennis, showers
- 5:30-6:30pm Dinner
- 6:30-9:00pm Evening activities
- 10:00pm Lights out