The program includes an intensive “off court” program including: Goal setting meeting, Strategy sessions including shot selection, offense and defense tactics,and Mental toughness training with tennis specific Sport Psychologist.
This year, the program will be divided into 2 leveled areas of training, Tournament “A” and “B”. Each player will be evaluated prior to the beginning of the camp program. Placement into specific programs will be at the discretion of the Director. Our goal is to put the student into an environment that will allow him/her to improve the fastest.
If you are not a tournament player, click the link for information about the All Skills and High School Programs offered at The Nike Tennis Camp at Amherst College.
Tournament Juniors ranked at the National Level or Upper Sectional Level will train in the “A” Division. The “A” level Tournament Training program will include the following:
- Players “pick” the skill they wish to focus on most for the morning. More attention will be paid to that skill, providing a custom program for each individual. (eg. If the player feels as if their serve needs more attention, he/she can select to do extra work on it each day. If after 2 days the same player wishes to work more on the volley, for example, he/she can elect to do it.) Drills are intensive and include fed balls and live hitting.
- Daily lectures will be provide by a Director with topics including but not limited to shot selection, match preparation, nutrition and hydration concerns. A mental toughness seminar will be provided by Dr. Elisabeth Young, Sport Psychologist and former professional tennis player.
- Each afternoon, each participant will compete in 2 coached matches.
- Following the tennis program each day, “A” Level tournament participants will partake in a tennis specifically designed cross training fitness program.
The “B” level Tournament program is a hybrid type program designed to help players make the transition into world of competitive tournaments. Campers will participate in select tournament training activities while at the same time, join the general camp in several of its activities.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Bradley International – Hartford, CT
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 Bradley International Airport and schedule a shuttle/bus from the airport to camp. Information about shuttle transportation can be found on the airport website: www.bradleyairport.com or massport.com.
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 maybe 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.
If you are international camper requiring transportation assistance at Logan International Airport, please contact Mike Gardner directly at 978-618-9254.
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: TNTRMH
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:30am Stretching, Camp Meeting at Courts
- 8:45am Tennis Instruction
- 10:00am Break
- 10:15am Tennis Instruction and Drills
- 11:45am Lunch, Rest, Optional Tennis
- 1:15pm Tennis Program, Match Play
- 2:45pm Break
- 3:00pm Tennis Program, Doubles and Drills
- 4:00pm Conclusion of Daily Tennis Program
- 4:15pm Groups or Private Extra Help, Optional Tennis, Swimming
- 5:00pm Day campers Depart - Rest, Shower, Dinner
- 5:00pm Evening Activity
- 9:00pm Extended Day Campers Depart
- 9:30pm Overnight Campers to Rooms
- 10:15pm Lights Out