UC Santa Barbara Nike Tennis Camp

UC Santa Barbara Nike Tennis Camp
UC Santa Barbara Nike Tennis Camp

Come join the fun at the UC Santa Barbara Nike Tennis Camp. Gorgeous weather, superb instruction and fun off-court activities make this a wonderful youth summer camp experience. Our goal is for every camper to take their game to the next level, create lasting friendships, and have a good time.

Known all over the world for its exceptional beauty, Santa Barbara boasts stunning scenery and glistening, palm-lined beaches. Our goal is to give players the opportunity to hit thousands of balls, improve their tennis technique, and be challenged by some of the best players in their peer group. The UC Santa Barbara Nike Tennis Camp is a camp for young athletes to come and vastly improve their tennis game, work hard, make new friends and have a lot of fun.

International Campers Welcome!
International campers seeking a Sport and Language program can find a list of camp sessions and a detailed description of our new programs by Clicking Here.

Highlights Include

  • Daily instruction from UCSB head and assitant coaches and their experienced staff
  • Every camper receives a Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt
  • 5-6 hours of daily instruction with low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
  • Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers
  • Experience campus life and create lasting friendships

Dates & Prices

Camp Details

2014 Camp Information

Program Info
(Camp Code: TNXRUC)
This year we are offering two weeks of Overnight, Extended day (8:30am-9:00pm) and Day camp (8:30am-4:30pm) for boys and girls ages 9-18 of all abilities. Overnight campers must be at least 10 years old. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.

Tournament Training and High School Sessions:
In addition to the general camp sessions, this year we are offering tournament training and high school sessions during certain weeks of camp. Make sure to note that you would like to participate in these programs when you register.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Check-in and Check-out times:

Check-in: Overnight campers 1:00-2:00pm on first day of session at the Sun Deck of Tropicana Gardens (2014).
                  Day campers 1:30-2:00pm on first day of session (Sunday) (All Day campers will depart that afternoon at 4:30pm.)

Graduation: All campers at 11:00am Friday at the Rob Gym Tennis Courts. Parents are invited to attend! (Park at the lot on Stadium Road across the street from “new high rise” parking structure.)
Check-out: Immediately after graduation.

Day Program Schedule
• A complete schedule will be given to you at check-in.
• Monday-Thursday:
       Day campers: 8:30am-4:30pm
       Extended Day Campers: 8:30am-9:00pm
• Sunday: 1:30 Check-in  /   Friday: 11am graduation
• Lunch and dinner are included for Extended Day Campers. Lunch is included for Day Campers.

Campers will play on 14 courts. In the event of rain, campers will watch tennis videos and do off-court conditioning. 

Campers stay in Tropicana Dorms (2014). There are 2-4 campers per room and they are assigned by age and roommate requests. There is no A/C in the dorms, but it never gets too hot.

Evening Activities
Off-court and evening activities may include bowling, beach bbq, and movie night.

Weekend Stayovers: Weekend Stayovers are not available at this location

Designated Airport: Santa Barbara Airport

Travel/Airport Transportation
Nike Tennis Camps does not provide transportation to/from camp from airport, train stations or bus depots.  Transportation is not provided to/from the airport to camp. Transportation services can be arranged from the Santa Barbara Airport or Los Angeles Airport. Please call Yellow Cab at 805-965-5111. Or you can look up local taxis whose numbers you can find at www.flysba.com. Transportation from Los Angeles International Airport can also be arranged by calling Roadrunner Shuttle at (805) 389-8196. The cost is approx. $80 per person, and $10 each additional person. The Los Angeles Airport is approx.2.0 hours from campus. If your camper is arriving by air and is an unaccompanied minor or would like to be met by a staff member at the airport, please provide us with your flight information, at least two weeks prior to camp. (1-800-645-3226)

Registration Packet
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.

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UCSB, with low humidity and mild, sunny weather, sits at the ocean’s edge and looks out on the Pacific Ocean. UCSB offers an amazing tennis environment with state-of-the-art athletic facilities and 14 tennis courts.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 2:30pm-3:00pm Introduction, Photo
  • 3:00pm-4:30pm Evaluation
  • 4:30pm-4:45pm Day Camper pick up
  • 4:30pm-5:30pm Shower/Clean Up
  • 5:30pm-6:00pm Dinner
  • 6:00pm-9:00pm Dorm Orientation, Camper Tour, Free Time
  • 9:00pm-10:00pm Quiet Time
  • 10:00pm Lights Out
  • 7:00am-7:30am Wake Up
  • 7:30am-8:15am Breakfast
  • 8:15am-8:30am Day and Extended Day Campers arrive
  • 8:30am-9:00am Stretching, Warm-Up, Daily Preview
  • 9:00am-11:15am Instruction, Drills and Video Analysis
  • 11:30am-1:30pm Lunch Break, Swimming and Activities
  • 1:30pm-4:30pm Instruction, Drills and Video Analysis
  • 4:30pm-4:45pm Day Camper Pick Up
  • 4:30pm-5:30pm Shower/Clean Up
  • 5:30pm-6:00pm Dinner
  • 6:00pm-9:00pm Evening Activities (Bowling, Movie Night, Beach Party, Video Night)
  • 9:00pm-9:15pm Extended Day Pick Up
  • 9:00pm-10:00pm Free Time
  • 10:00pm Lights Out
  • 7:00am-7:30am Wake Up
  • 7:30am-8:15am Breakfast
  • 8:15am-8:30am Day and Extended Day Campers arrive
  • 8:30am-11:00am Team Competition
  • 11:00am-Noon Graduation
  • Noon Check Out

Meet Camp Coaches

Simon Thibodeau
Camp Director

Simon Thibodeau

Simon Thibodeau was named the women’s tennis head coach for UC Santa Barbara June 12, 2012. Thibodeau came to the Gauchos after heading the women’s tennis program at Fresno State for nine years where he accumulated six Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year awards.

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“I had a great journey at Fresno State, but I couldn’t pass up such a great opportunity,” Thibodeau said.  “This is a dream job for me.  To coach in a place as beautiful as Santa Barbara and in a system with academics as great as the UC system, is perfect.  I want to thank Mark (Massari) and UCSB for this tremendous opportunity.”

Thibodeau has already gained seven WAC titles; nine All-Americans; seven individual national title appearances for players under his supervision; five appearances in the Round of 16 in the NCAA tournament; the highest year-end ranking in program history and a winning percentage of .750.

While at Fresno State, Thibodeau helped the Bulldogs accumulate a record of 159-80. His teams finished five seasons ranked among the nation’s top-20, including an all-time high of 13th in 2004.  In 2009, Fresno State won a school record 24 matches and finished the season ranked 16th in the nation.  In all, Thibodeau’s teams won 20 or more dual matches on five occasions.

He also brought individual attention to his players in his nine seasons at Fresno State. Melanie Gloria gained four consecutive WAC Player of the Year awards and a career high Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) ranking of No. 2 in the nation. Overall, his teams produced seven WAC Players of the Year, one ITA National Rookie of the Year, five WAC Freshmen of the Year and nine All-Americans. Nationally, his players have regularly finished ranked in the nation’s top-100 and as high as No. 4 in singles and No. 1 in doubles.
Thibodeau has coached numerous players into the NCAA Individual Championships and in 2004 one of his players, Jelena Pandzic, reached the title match.  In 2005, the Bulldogs’ tandem of Lucia Sainz and Katarina Winterhalter reached the championship match in the All-American doubles competition and in 2006 they reached the NCAA doubles final. In 2006, Melanie Gloria appeared in the All-American singles championship as well as the Indoor Semifinals. Gloria paired with Tinesta Rowe reaching the NCAA doubles championship in 2008. That same year, Anastasia Petukhova and Renata Kucerkova reached the NCAA doubles semifinals, the All-American final, and won the ITA Indoor doubles championship. In 2009 the doubles duo ended the season ranked No. 1 in the ITA doubles rankings and Petukhova won the All-American singles consolation.

Thibodeau’s Fresno State teams not only excelled on the court, but in the classroom as well.  The Bulldogs earned ITA All-Academic Team honors five times, achieving a collective grade point average over 3.20.  In 2009, the team achieved a cumulative 3.60 GPA, had five players named to the Academic All-WAC team and one to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District and All-American teams.

Before becoming a bulldog, Thibodeau was the assistant coach for the University of Arizona women’s team for three years, helping to steer the Wildcats into the ITA top-25.

Thibodeau, originally from Repentigny, Quebec, graduated from the University of Sherbrooke in 1997, where he received his bachelor’s in specialized sports science. There he worked under the Canadian Tennis Federation as a national coach for Canadian junior players, where he traveled around the world gaining an abundance of knowledge on the junior circuit. He supervised national training camps, coached members of the national junior team and assisted with the Canadian Federation Cup team.

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Marc Vartabedian

Marc Vartabedian

Marc Vartabedian is in his first season as Marty Davis' assistant coach on the UCSB men's tennis staff. Vartabedian joins the Gauchos after spending one season as an assistant coach at Washington & Lee University in Virginia.

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A standout doubles player, Vartabedian currently holds an ATP Tour World doubles ranking.  As a collegiate player at UC Santa Cruz, he won the NCAA Division 3 doubles title in 2010 and helped lead the Banana Slugs to a pair of Division 3 National Championships.

Vartabedian earned his BA in economics from UCSC and during his time at the school he was recognized as both a CoSIDA Academic All-American and an athletic All-American.

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.
Enthusiasm and Learning

The UCSB tennis camp was great! Peter learned a great deal and has had more enthusiasm for the sport. He is looking forward to attending next year. Thanks for a great experience!

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  • 4/5.
Gaining Confidence

The staff was very helpful they helped alot wtih increasing the tequnique and pace of the ball. Camp gave me the confidence and skills i needed to enhance my game!

  • 5/5.
Fostering Friendships

I had a great time at the Nike Tennis Camp UCSB. I am planning on returning next summer to see the friends I made during my stay and to meet new friends as well. I also enjoyed how much I learned from the counselors as well as Coach's Davis and Kirkwood.

  • 5/5.

The camp staff was great. Marti Davis is awesome and inspiring. It was worth it just to meet him. It was an overall great experience on and off the court

  • 5/5.
Such a blast!

My son, age 12, had a blast. He swiftly joined the USTA upon arriving home from camp. Thank you for inspiring him to love tennis.

  • 5/5.
We'll Be Back

Jeremiah had a great time. And that was what his mom and I were hoping for. He is really enthusiastic about tennis again.  We will definitely have Jeremiah return in the near future. He loved being taught by Coaches Marty, Taylor, and Mike. He had a wonderful time.

Camp Dates & Prices

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