The Three Concepts of the Rod Schroeder National Tennis Camp
Students that attend The Rod Schroeder National Tennis Camp learn the master the three concepts of the tennis game - technique, strategy, and mental game. The first is technique, which is taught through the Start Rite Tennis grip trainer (U.S. Pat. 7,896,762). This grip trainer helps students develop the correct grip and stroke technique, necessary for a solid foundation for a successful tennis game. The next concept is strategy which is taught through the Stop 'n Go Tennis Teaching System. The last concept is the tennis mental game which is taught through characters and demonstrations by Rod and the rest of the staff in addition to daily match play. The biggest opponent in a tennis match is not the person standing on the other side of the net, but you! The mental game of tennis can either make or break a player which is why it is taught so extensively.
The Start Rite Tennis Grip trainer and Stop 'n Go Tennis Teaching System are created, developed, and patented by Rod Schroeder. The student can improve faster by learning HOW to hit the ball and WHERE to hit the ball at the same time. The entire Stop 'n Go Tennis Teaching System is visual, color coded, and is always present. This allows the student to continue to learn even when the teacher is not instructing.This unique tennis training system allows every rigorously trained instructor to teach stroke technique and strategy simultaneously. No other tennis camp in the whole world can say the same thing!
Camp Curriculum Information
Every morning starts out with a lesson focusing on technique, stroke development of three basic strokes patterns. Each of these lessons is creative and entertaining with many visuals to help every student understand the concept. The morning is where the Start Rite Tennis Grip trainers come into play, especially when practicing volleys, serves, and backhands. Afterward, drills are performed to stress different parts of previously discussed stroke development and tennis game strategy using the Stop 'n Go Tennis Teaching System. This double exposure aides students in grasping important concepts faster so that their game can tremendously benefit.
Camp Program Offerings
All sessions are open to players of all abilities unless otherwise notes. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.
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.
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.
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.
Extra Camp Options
For all camps, Overnight camp fee includes lodging, meals, all tennis instruction, and on-campus recreation. Extended Day camp fee includes lunch and dinner, all tennis instruction, and on-campus recreation. Day camp fee includes lunch and all tennis instruction.
Camp Tournament/Weekend Stayover Option
On the weekends between consecutive camp sessions, we hold a camp tournament and our fun karaoke and camp dance nights. Want to stay for the weekend tournament but can’t do the full second week? Great news! Simply add on the weekend for $200 and stay through Sunday (check-out between 1:30-3:30pm). Weekend stayover is ONLY offered between sessions 1&2 and 3&4.
1:30-3:00pm first day of session (Day Campers will depart that afternoon at 8:00pm.)
1:30-3:00pm last day of session
Day & Extended Day Camper Schedule
- With the exception of Sunday (check-in), Day & Extended Day campers should be dropped off at the tennis courts by 8:00am each morning.
- Day camp concludes at 5:00pm each day (except check-out day).
- Extended Day camp concludes at 9:00pm each day (except check-out day).
- Day campers should be picked up at the courts.
- Extended Day campers should be picked up at the residence hall.
Campers play on 10 outdoor courts. In case of rain, indoor courts are available.
Lakeside residence halls provide modern, comfortable rooms accommodating two to a room. Boys and girls are separated by floor. Instructors and camp directors live on the same floors with the campers. Reasonable bedtimes and rising times are required for all campers.
Our remodeled cafeteria now offers food-court style dining with 5 different restaurant type serving areas. Meals are served 3 times daily overlooking picturesque Lake Michigan. All meals are wholesome and nutritious. The campus Snack Bar, open evenings 'til 10:30, allows campers to grab a snack before bedtime. All meals are taken very seriously, especially breakfast. Breakfast is an essential meal of the day, as it provides the energy and nutrition necessary for optimal performance later in the day while playing and learning tennis. That's why everyone diets are monitored, so that no one skips out on meals.
Tennis is foremost in our schedule, but rest times and evening hours are filled with other leisure enjoyments. There are lounges for games of all sorts, pool tables, table tennis, card games, and video games. There is also a camp-wide karaoke night and a camp dance at the end of the first week. Everyone becomes closely acquainted with each other, so these activities are full of laughter and fun. In addition, our program includes organized softball, basketball, volleyball and soccer games each evening.
Milwaukee Airport (45 hr from campus) O’Hare (1 hour from campus). Milwaukee is the easier airport to chose.
Nike Tennis Camps does not provide transportation to/from camp from airport, train stations or bus depots. If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly into the Milwaukee or O'Hare Airport and take the airport shuttle from the airport to camp.
Airport Shuttle: Transportation to campus can be arranged through Go Airport Connection at 1-800-236-5450 or fax 414-769-0209. Reservations are required. www.goairportconnection.com. MKE approximate cost: $49 one-way, and $5 each additional person. Chicago ORD approximate cost: $142 one way, $150 for 2 people person). There is a 5% discount if you book online.
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.
Camp Code: TNXRSO
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00am Breakfast
- 8:00am Day campers arrive, warm up, stretching
- 8:30am-10:00am Tennis program: lessons focusing on technique, stroke development of three basic strokes patterns
- 10:00am Break
- 10:15am Tennis Program: drills stressing different parts of previously discussed stroke developement and tennis game strategy using the Stop 'n Go Tennis Teaching System.
- 12:00 noon Lunch, rest, fun activities
- 1:30pm-4:30pm Tennis program: mental preparation, drills and match play
- 4:30pm Rest, fun activities
- 5:00pm Day campers depart
- 5:30pm Dinner
- 6:30pm-8:00pm Fun social/leisure activities
- 8:00pm Extended Day campers depart
- 9:30pm Lights out