Sea Colony Beach Resort Nike Tennis Camp Bethany Beach, Delaware
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Nike Tennis Camps is proud to host a summer camp at the Sea Colony Beach Resort. Sea Colony, a premier family beach and tennis resort community, located in Bethany Beach, Delaware, is a great camp for kids ages 8-17 of all skill levels to enjoy their summer and take their tennis game to the next level.
The Sea Colony Beach Resort Nike Tennis Camp is a camp for young athletes to come and elevate their tennis game, work hard, make new friends and have a lot of fun. 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.
Dartfish video analysis offered at this camp! See details tab for more info.
- Named 2012 USTA Facility of the Year
- Daily instruction from top teaching pro, Thomas Johnston, and his experienced staff
- We offer a "10 and Under Tennis" program, featuring smaller courts and lighter, lower-bouncing balls
- 5-6 hours of daily instruction with low camper to staff ratio and constant supervision
- Safe, healthy and fun environment
Sea Colony Beach Resort was named 2012 USTA Facility of the Year. Click here to read more.
With 34 tennis courts, including indoor, outdoor, Har-Tru clay and hard courts, the tennis facilities are a haven for tennis enthusiast throughout the region. The private resort community, composed of 2200 oceanfront condo-miniums, spacious townhomes and private single-family homes, is within steps of the ocean and a great place to vacation with the family.Meet your coaching staff
Seasoned camp director, Thomas Johnston, is the director of tennis at Sea Colony Resort. He is former UVA men’s coach and director of tennis at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia.Read Full Bio
Thomas is a three-time collegiate All-American and former head mens' tennis coach at the University of Virginia. At UVA Johnston established himself as one of the most innovative and successful coaches in the country. In 1997, UVA qualified for the national team tournament for the first time in the school's history. In another first, Thomas led his team to the finals of the 1998 ACC championships and NCAA Regional Championships. Under his leadership, the team's NCAA national ranking improved from No. 95 to No. 15. Upon graduating, several of Johnston's students went on to achieve world rankings.
Before joining Sea Colony as the tennis director, Johnston headed an award-winning tennis program at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia for 10 years. Under Johnston's guidance, Tennis Resorts Online.com consistently rated Wintergreen as one of the top 15 tennis resorts and top five adult tennis camps in the world. Wintergreen also achieved TRO's No. 2 ranking for tennis instruction in 2009. In addition, Wintergreen is a perennially top-ranked resort according to Tennis Magazine.
A respected speaker offering seminars on the mental and strategic aspects of tennis, Johnston has also published numerous sports-related articles. With a master's degree in sports psychology, Johnston is pursuing a doctorate in sports psychology.
Thomas has two children, Robert Alexander, and Julianna Marie, ages 8 and 5. His wife Maureen, has taught college English for the past 8 years
(Camp Code: TNXDDE)
This year we are offering two weeks of General Day Camps (9:00am-3:00pm) for kids ages 8-17 of all abilities. In addition, we are also offering one week of Tournament Training camp (9:00am-3:00pm) and another week of Half Day (1:00-5:00pm) Tournament Training camp. The tournament training program is geared towards kids ages 10-17 who are tournament level and ranked players looking to improve their tournament results, learn winning strategies, and work on mental toughness.
10 and Under Tennis:
In addition, during the first two weeks of camp, we offer a “10 and Under Tennis” program for kids age 8-10, featuring the USTA’s successful new teaching format. This is an exciting new way kids 10 and under are learning to play tennis as well as compete. The courts are smaller and balls are low-compression so they are easier to hit, allowing kids to get to the ball and develop optimal swing patterns. It all makes it easy and fun for them to hit, play and score from the start, while developing skills that will last a lifetime. Please note: This program is optional and younger campers may opt to play regular tennis on the full courts. For more information on “10 and Under Tennis” programs nationwide, Click Here to check out the USTA website.
Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.
Dartfish video analysis will be used during the camp to analyze and improve your strokes and is provided at no extra charge for all campers. See your strokes compared to a top playing professional! Your Dartfish Mediabook will be posted to a private player locker on Dartfish.tv and reviewed with you by the staff at camp (click here for an example). The package includes:
- Stroke Analysis: Your Dartfish Mediabook contains videos of your strokes, plus side-by-side comparison with a pro, along with comments.
- Pro Stroke Library: Three months of access to Pro Stroke Library, featuring hundreds of strokes in both real and high speed.
- Camp highlights video*: This video of camp activities and friends all set to music will be something everyone will want to have and keep forever. (*Only offered at participating locations.)
Check-in and Check-out times
Check-in: Monday at 9:00am at the Sea Colony Tennis Center Pro Shop. (Campers will leave at 3:00pm on the first day.)
* Please Note: July 15 session: Check In: Monday at 1:00pm
Check-out: Friday at 12:00 noon at the Sea Colony Tennis Center Pro Shop
* Please Note: July 15 session: Check Out: Friday at 4:00pm
Daily Program Schedule & Information
Day Camp runs from 9:00am-3:00pm Monday through Thursday and 9:00am-12:00 noon on Friday.
* Please Note: July 15 session: Half Day Camp runs from 1:00-5:00pm Monday through Thursday and 1:00-4:00pm on Friday.
Full Day Campers bring their own lunch each day.
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 Stretching, Camp Meeting at Courts
- 9:15am Tennis Instruction
- 10:00am Break
- 10:15am Tennis Instruction and Drills
- 11:45am Lunch, Rest, Optional Tennis
- 1:00pm Tennis Program, Match Play
- 2:15pm Tennis Program, Doubles and Drills
- 3:00pm Conclusion of Daily Tennis Program