Santa Clara University Nike Tennis Camp Santa Clara, California
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Come join the fun and get better this summer! The Santa Clara Nike Tennis Camp is a summer camp for young players to improve their tennis game, work hard, make new friends and have a lot of fun. Top quality tennis instruction, this tennis day camp features 'Stroke of the Day' and Davis Cup match play.
The Santa Clara Nike Tennis Camp is a great day camp for kids of all skills levels ages 9-18 to come enjoy their summer while working on their tennis game. Our goal is to give players the opportunity to hit thousands of balls, improve their technique, and be challenged by some of the best players in their peer group. Our camps combine technical tennis instruction and drilling from a top notch coaching staff, supervised match play, and a variety of evening social activities. The Santa Clara Nike Tennis Camps will be utilizing the "10&Under Tennis" program for campers ages 10 and under.
- Daily instruction from head women's coach, Ben Cabell, and his expert staff
- 5-6 hours of tennis daily with a 6:1 student to teacher ratio
- Every camper receives a Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt
- Safe, healthy and fun environment
University of Santa Clara, is located five minutes from downtown San Jose and 50 minutes south of San Francisco.
The Degheri Tennis Center is the home of Santa Clara tennis. The facility features nine fully lighted championship courts with new benches, electronic scoreboard, and umpire chairs. Campers also have use of the campus swimming pool during the lunch hour.Meet your coaching staff
Ben Cabell was named head coach for the Bronco women's tennis team on July 16, 2007. The 2012-13 season will mark his sixth year as SCU women's head coach. Cabell served as interim head coach during the 2006-07 season and also served as an assistant coach from 2004-06.Read Full Bio
"Ben did a phenomenal job with the women's tennis program on an interim basis," said Santa Clara Director of Athletics and Recreation Dan Coonan. "He is highly respected by his fellow coaches and an excellent fit for our department. The players made great strides individually and as a team under his guidance last year and we believe he will continue to make this program stronger."
"I am very excited to be named the head coach at Santa Clara," said Cabell. "SCU is a great fit for me and I think that we have everything in place to build a great program. There is no limit as to how far this program can go so I am looking forward to continuing my work here."
Over his two seasons at the helm of the women's tennis program, Cabell has coached six All-West Coast Conference selections in Erika Barnes, Kim Daniel, Myra Davoudi, Casey Knutson, Lindsay McBride and Carmen Pham. In 2007, Daniel became Cabell's first ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection and WCC All-Academic honoree.
"I'm very proud of the players I've had the chance to work with," said Cabell. "They have been supportive of me and the program from the start. I'm very fortunate to have worked with such quality individuals and athletes."
Despite finishing the 2007-08 season with a 5-18, the Broncos made vast improvements both individually and as a team. Seniors Davoudi and McBride teamed up to become a threat in every doubles match, while freshman Pham stepped up and contributed points in singles and doubles right from the start.
Santa Clara made out with a number of big wins during Cabell's first official season. In the beginning of women's dual action, the Broncos defeated then-No. 22 UC Santa Cruz, 6-1. Later in February, the Broncos dominated the San Jose State Spartans in a Rivalry Series match, 6-1. Nearing the end of the regular season, the team fell in a WCC road match against Portland but faced the Pilots again in the WCC Championships and came out with a clutch win, 4-3, to put the Broncos in position for fifth place. While at the conference championships, Pham prevented a sweep by then-No. 18 Pepperdine in the first round match-up as she defeated Anete Bandere at the No. 4 spot (6-3, 6-2). It was the first time since 1995 that a Bronco won a singles match against the Waves.
In 2006-07, Cabell led the Broncos to an 8-12 mark in the dual season, including wins over San Francisco, San Jose State and previously unbeaten Fresno Pacific. The Broncos peaked at the end of the year with an excellent performance at the WCC Championships. After losing in the first round, SCU defeated Portland to move into the fifth-place match against USF. The Broncos ended up splitting fifth with the Dons after rains cancelled the match with SCU leading in the day's final match.
Cabell's vast knowledge and solid coaching style helped a number of players have standout campaigns in 2007. Under his tutelage, seniors Barnes and Knutson were named All-WCC Second Team in doubles, as they put together one of the top doubles seasons in school history. The pair tied the school record for wins with 16, while also pulling out a number of memorable victories. Barnes and Knutson defeated the nation's No. 39 team of Renata Kucerkova and Anastasia Petukhova of Fresno State 9-7 in one of the program's biggest wins ever. Knutson and fellow senior Kim Daniel both earned All-WCC honors and finished in the top 10 all-time in singles wins at SCU.
Prior to taking over as interim head coach last year, Cabell spent the two seasons as an assistant under Damon Coupe. He was involved in training on the court, while also serving as the strength and conditioning coach. He has also worked as an assistant pro at the Los Altos Golf & Tennis Club.
As a player, Cabell began his collegiate career at Foothill College before transferring to San Diego State University. He also spent time at Santa Clara as a member of the men's tennis team. He still competes in a number of local tournaments and played competitively in challenger matches and tournament qualifiers for professional tournaments following his collegiate career.
(Camp Code: TNXDSU)
This year we are offering five weeks of Junior day camp (9:00am-3:00pm) for kids ages 9-18 of all skill levels. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.
QuickStart / 10 and Under Tennis
This year we are also offering a "QuickStart" or "10 and Under" program for those kids ages 10 and under who are just learning the sport. This program provides a positive introduction to tennis fundamentals and low key match play situations for younger campers. 10 and Under Tennis is tennis sized right for kids. Designed around the same concepts as other youth sports such as soccer and baseball, 10 and Under Tennis is played with slower-moving/lower-bouncing balls and shorter, lighter racquets on smaller courts. Balls are low-compression so they are easier to hit, allowing kids to get to the ball and develop optimal swing patterns. Racquets are sized to smaller hands for better grip and control. Courts are smaller and easier to cover so that kids can focus on developing tactical and technical skills—with more success and less frustration. Full-sized courts can be reconfigured to accommodate up to six 36’ courts—so instead of waiting in line, kids can spend their time playing, learning and having fun.
Check-in and Check-out times
Check-in: All Campers: Monday at 9:00am at the Degheri Tennis Courts.
Check-out: All Campers: Friday at 3:00pm at the Degheri Tennis Courts.
Daily Program Schedule
Day Camp runs 9:00am to 3:00pm (Monday through Friday).
Meals: Lunch is NOT provided except for Friday. Campers should bring their own lunch daily or money to purchase on campus.
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
- 9:00am-9:20am Warm-Up and Activation
- 9:20am-10:40am Stroke of the Day Demo and Court Drills
- 10:40am-Noon Video Analysis and Match Play
- Noon-1:00pm Lunch
- 1:00pm-2:00pm Court Drills and Nutritional/Sports Medicine Workshop
- 2:00pm-3:00pm Match Play and Conditioning