UC Santa Cruz Nike Tennis Camp

UC Santa Cruz Nike Tennis Camp
UC Santa Cruz Nike Tennis Camp

This summer, choose a summer tennis camp with the ultimate combination of athletics and fun at the Nike Tennis Camp in Santa Cruz, California. By offering a perfect mix of match play, drill work, strategy sessions and on-campus and off-campus activities, campers will create memories to last a lifetime at this junior summer tennis camp!

Nike Tennis Summer Camp in Santa Cruz, CA

UC Santa Cruz, located just south of San Francisco, has been a favorite Nike Tennis Camp venue for over 30 years. This top tennis camp offers general, high school and national tennis training camp sessions for juniors, as well as a new College Prep Component. All week long tennis camps consist of a core tennis program that includes technical, tactical, physical, and mental aspects of tennis. Mornings focus on the technique while afternoons are geared towards match-play situations. 

Highlights Include

  • Daily on-court tennis instruction from renown former Slugs men's tennis coach, Bob Hansen, and his expert staff (see "Coaches" tab)
  • All Skills, Tournament Training, High School Training & College Prep Programs Offered!
  • Every camper will receive a Nike Tennis Camp t-shirt
  • Fun off-court evening activities including a sports night with a climbing wall, Casino Night and concludes with a camp dance on the last night
  • 5-6 hours of tennis training daily with a 6:1 student to teacher ratio
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Camp Director

Director will be announced soon for 2017!

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Jason Ringstad

Jason Ringstad

Jason Ringstad was named the head men's and women's tennis coach at Washington College in July 2015. 

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Formerly the interim head women’s tennis coach at UC Santa Cruz, Ringstad most recently served two seasons as an assistant women’s tennis coach at Washington and Lee.

Ringstad was named the 2015 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Atlantic South Assistant Coach of the Year as the Generals won their 13th consecutive and 25th overall Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. In his two years on the Washington and Lee staff, the Generals saw their national ranking rise from 21st to fourth. Ringstad coached in three ITA Fall National Championship Finals and saw two singles players and one doubles team selected to play in the 2015 NCAA Division III Singles and Doubles Championships. The 2015 Washington and Lee recruiting class was ranked ninth in Division III by TennisRecruiting.net. 

During the 2012-13 academic year, Ringstad served as interim head women’s coach at UC Santa Cruz, improving the Banana Slugs’ final national ranking from 30th to 14th. The Banana Slugs posted a 10-8 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. He also had one singles player and one doubles team advance to the NCAA Division III Singles and Doubles Championships and had that same doubles team finish fifth at the ITA Fall National Championships.

Ringstad has spent each of the past five summers as an instructor at the Nike Tennis Camp at UC Santa Cruz, working with head coaches from Middlebury, Washington and Lee, and Whittier. 

A four-year player at Stevens Institute, Ringstand was a three-time All-Empire 8 first-team and two-time All-Empire 8 second-team selection for the Ducks. He graduated with the second-highest win total in school history.

Ringstad graduated, with honors, with a B.S. in Business and Technology from Stevens in 2011. He was a Dean’s List student every semester. He is currently completing his M.B.A. from Stevens and is on track to earn that degree with highest honors this summer. 

Camp Details

2016 Santa Cruz Nike Tennis Camp Information

This year we are offering four weeks of Overnight, Extended Day (8:30am-9:00pm) and Day (8:30am-5:30pm) tennis camps for kids ages 9-18 of all skill levels. We offer All Skills, Tournament Training, High School Training and College Prep Programs to suit every camper's level! Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.

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Camp Program Offerings

2016 Programs by Week 

July 10-15 (All Skills & Tournament Training | Ages 9-18) 
July 17-22 (Tournament Training & College Prep | Ages 9-18)
July 24-29 (All Skills & High School Training | Ages 9-18) 
July 31- Aug 5 (College Prep | Ages 13-18) 

All Skills Program

All sessions are open to players of all abilities, unless otherwise noted. The All Skills program is designed for tennis players of any skill level and background. Campers will learn fundamentals and improve upon their game. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.

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 currently on their high school team and wanting to move up the ladder or those planning on making the high school team.

College Prep

The College Prep Program is provided for players currently on their high school team and wanting to move up the ladder and those considering playing collegiate tennis. It will run similarly to the High School program, but will include a higher percentage of competitive juniors and informational lectures/discussion about the road to becoming a collegiate athlete.


  • All campers check-in Sunday between 12:30 - 2:30pm at the Cowell dorms. (All Day and Extended Day Campers will depart that evening after dinner and evening activities at 9:00pm.)
  • Graduation: 4:30pm at the dorms. (Parents invited to attend!)
  • Check-out is immediately following graduation at 5:15pm on the last day of the session.

Extended Day & Day Camper Schedule

  • Sunday: Day campers & Extended Day campers arrive at 12:30-2:30pm and depart at 9:00pm.
  • Monday-Thursday: Day campers arrive at 8:30am and depart at 5:30pm.Extended Day campers arrive at 8:30am and depart at 9:00pm.
  • Friday: All campers have a graduation at 4:30pm. Check-out for all campers is immediately after the Graduation at 5:15pm.


All meals are provided 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 lunch on the last day.


The campus offers campers the opportunity to play in a perfect environment with 12 ocean view outdoor courts, playing fields, a gymnasium, and Olympic-sized pool. In the event of rain, campers will watch tennis videos and do off-court conditioning. 


2016: Campers live on-campus in the Cowell Dorms and the courts and dining facilities are an easy walk from there. Campers stay 2 per room and are assigned by age and roommate requests. Some triples may be available, but not guaranteed. There is no A/C in the dorms. Campers may bring fans.

Evening Activities

In addition to the Davis Cup competition during the week, evenings give the campers a chance to relax and enjoy fun off-court activities like a sports night with a climbing wall, Casino Night, a trip to the Beach and Boardwalk and concludes with a camp dance on the last night.

Weekend Stayovers

2017: Weekend stayovers are available between all sessions. Campers attending multiple sessions, and those who stay over the weekend will be fully supervised. They'll also enjoy fun activities like movies and ice cream,visiting downtown Santa Cruz, the beach or the Mystery spot in Santa Cruz. There is a charge of $300/weekend. Additional spending money is required.

International Camper Options

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 this link. International campers seeking a Sport Only program, a multi-week sport camp experience, can easily combine any of our individual Tennis Camp sessions together with a weekend stay over to create the right camp program to fit your needs!

Designated Airport

San Jose International Airport

Airport Transportation

Nike Tennis Camps does not provide transportation from airports, train stations, or bus depots. Transportation services can be arranged from the San Jose Airport or San Francisco International by using the service below:

Early Bird Airport Shuttle: 831.462.3933 | http://www.earlybirdairportshuttle.com

Call and mention UCSC Nike Tennis Camp for discounted rates of: 

$76.50 each way to/from San Jose Airport before driver tip (1-3 passengers)

$112.50 each way to/from San Francisco Airport before driver tip (1-3 passengers)

Recommended to book at least 3-4 days in advance of travel.

Please schedule your arrivals and departures to provide plenty of time to get to/from the SJC or SFO.

Let us know your plans! Please call 1-800-645-3226 two weeks prior to camp to provide camper’s flight and shuttle information so we know when to expect your child's arrival to camp.

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.

Camp Code: TNXRSC

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 Rest, Shower, Dinner
  • 7:15pm Evening Activity
  • 9:00pm Extended Day Campers Depart
  • 9:30pm Overnight Campers to Rooms
  • 10:15pm Lights Out

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.

This is the best run tennis camp of any camp my kids have ever attended. The coaches and staff are outstanding -- full of energy, enthusiasm and caring for all of the campers. That is what makes this camp so great! My son and his cousins attended last year and this year and had a blast. They chose the high school week since preferred only being around high school age kids. That worked out great. They have been improving so we weren't sure if there would be enough competition for them, but there was plenty of competition! The high school/tournament training week attracts some very good tournament/college level players, as well as high school level players. Overall a fantastic experience! Again, what makes this UC Santa Cruz camp special is the coaches, assistant coaches/counselors and directors!!! Most of them have been working together at this same camp (as well as college coaching together) for multiple years!! They are not only top notch and knowledgeable tennis coaches, but more importantly positive and caring people. They set the tone for a happy, productive, and positive week for all!!

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  • 5/5.

Everything about the Santa Cruz camp has been amazing. The instructors at this camp are what make it this way.

  • 5/5.

Bird is an outstanding coach and overall role model for the boys. His leadership brings the high quality experience. We hope he will be back next year.

  • 5/5.

Jake always comes home completely stoked about tennis after camp. I'm very pleased about his time at your camp, without a doubt it was money well spent, wish we'd known about it sooner. Hopefully he can come again next year one last time if he chooses to try to try to play at a JC. We will spread the word to the other kids on the team.

  • 4/5.

Thank you for a wonderful camp experience! I met some amazing people and my overall love for the game has grown.

  • 4/5.

Jake had a wonderful time in all regards. He's dabbled in tennis for years and what we hoped for, happened: he loves tennis!

  • 4/5.

The staff was terrific and the other campers were fun and respectful. they boys are hoping to attend next year and hope that Bird and the rest of the staff returns! thank you --

  • 3/5.

Thank you for a wonderful week-plus of tennis camp!

  • 5/5.

This camp far exceeded my expectations as a parent. My nephews went last year and loved it so this year my son joined in. He has had on and off enthusiasm about tennis for years. Well he absolutely loved the camp and now feels totally passionate and enthusiastic about tennis. He has been telling me everything he learned and practiced and wants to keep practicing. The coaches were highly energetic and knowledgeable and seemed to really care about the campers. Plus they had lots of fun with off-court activities. Maybe one way to improve would be to include more stretching and fitness activities -- more stretching and injury prevention than hard core fitness. Otherwise the camp is ideal and Jake will be back!

  • 5/5.

Maya thoroughly enjoyed camp and grew as a tennis player at UCSC Nike Tennis Camp. She found her instructors to be positive and encouraging. While at camp she was introduced to new techniques that she'll continue to build on and utilize to improve and strengthen her game. Overall, the camp for Maya was a great blend of learning, competition, and fun...perfect for her age and level! Thank you Nike Tennis Camp!

  • 4/5.

Great tennis camp experience year after year! Our three kids have attended UC Santa Cruz over the past 8 years and every year, the counselors, tennis instruction, and fun activities anties are simply outstanding! We could not recommend it more highly. Thanks Bob, Bird, Ben, and your amazing staff!

  • 5/5.
Positive Player

Bob Hansen and the entire staff were PHENOMENAL! – Very enthusiastic, competent, and fully engaged with the kids. My daughter left with extremely positive feelings about the state of her tennis game after the camp.

  • 4/5.
Veteran Camper Still Impressed

I had an awesome time at camp this summer, and though it was my fourth summer there, everything was still fun and exciting. I learned a lot while I was at camp and made some awesome new friends, as well as seeing old friends. Also, I got really close to some of the counselors and that was awesome. Thanks and keep up the good work!

  • 4/5.
Overcoming Nerves

I didn’t know what to expect coming to this camp. I was slightly worried because I didn’t go with any other people I knew. However, the counselors and staff were very nice and made it so I was not nervous to play. Although my week had its ups and downs, I improved greatly, and had a wonderful overall experience. When I got back home I signed up for a tournament and ended up taking second place in 16 and under Doubles. Without going to camp previously, I don’t think I would have taken a chance to play in a tournament like this. Because of this I would like to say thank you to all of the staff that made my week so memorable, and helped me to better my game.

  • 5/5.
Time of My Life!

When I first got to the camp, the director told us campers that he wanted to make this "the best five days of our lives" and at first I laughed because I thought, "well this is just a tennis camp"... I was completely wrong! Those five days were the BEST five days of my life! I have never had so much fun and the people I met were amazing. All the counselors were awesome and also very helpful. I improved so much especially from just those little pep talks we got everyday. I am so happy I could share my experience in this comment box because it has only been five days since I was there and I CANNOT stop talking about what an amazing time I had. I asked my parents to let me go back every day! The staff couldn't get better, the tennis playing couldn't get better, the atmosphere just could not get any better than what it is. Next year, I am coming back for three weeks AT LEAST! I have made life long friends and the memories I have from that camp will never fade. Not to mention, everything was clean and the people in the kitchen were sooooo considerate to those with dietary issues. I was so impressed. They truly did do everything to make it the best experience of my life. I cannot wait till next year. I LOVE UC SANTA CRUZ NIKE TENNIS CAMP!!! I wish I could express my love for this camp more!!!! Now, I am SO in love with tennis I just want to play everyday for hours and hours, so I do! Every time I play a match, I will never forget that one thing Ben told everyone that helped me become undefeated in camp... "Stay in the present. Don't think about winning. Don't think about losing. Just play out that one point." I learned so many new formations and my friend and I came up with our own which worked! AMAZING! I would give just about anything to be back there right now! I already got 6 of my friends to come next year smile Well done Nike Tennis Camp! Thank you for giving me the most outstanding time of my life. DON’T CHANGE!!!! Long story short... UC Santa Cruz Nike Tennis Camp was the best 5 days I have ever had and NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING, could top that camp. THANK YOU!
Love, Camper of the Week (which was also pretty awesome receiving that award)

  • 3/5.
The Perfect Balance

My daughter had a great time. A good balance between independence and supervision. She felt trusted so could be trustworthy. The tennis was great and the friends wonderful. Amazingly, no food complaints. 

  • 5/5.
Coaches Take the Cake

The best sports camps I’ve ever been to. The counselors were awesome. Had such a great time… Bird and Coach Hansen are fantastic coaches and know what they are talking about. 

  • 4/5.
Great staff!

Great counsellors! Couldn't be a better balance between fun, funny and amazing tennis coaching. Go Chris and Bird and Bob! 

  • 5/5.
Most fun!

Santa Cruz Tennis camp was one of the most fun weeks that I've spent this summer. It highly helped me improve as a player and now I am way more eager to play and to practice the game. The counselors were kind and the college campus layout was nice. I can't wait to come back next summer for my second experience, and to show everyone how I have improved.

  • 4/5.

Amazing camp experience on and off the court. Bob's the best!

  • 5/5.
Highlight of summer!

Loved this camp so much!! It was the highlight of my summer!!

  • 3/5.
Great experience!

The food could have been better, but otherwise great experience!

  • 5/5.
Highly recommend!

Everything was great as expected for my daughter. I am sending both of my kids next summer. Great camp highly recommend to my friends!

  • 4/5.
My son never wants to leave!

My son had an awesome time. He was nervous going in, as he was a less experienced player and a first timer at the camp. The counselors and other campers made him feel totally welcome and he made so many friends. He loved it all and, even though we live nearby, he will probably do the overnight camp next year so he never has to leave. Thank you.

  • 5/5.
Awesome time!

I had an awesome time and all the counselors/directors make the camp great and help you improve while having a blast!

  • 4/5.

I really appreciated the passion our counselors had for the game of tennis and how helpful and kind they were while helping us become better tennis players.

  • 5/5.
Fabulous instructors!

Fabulous instructors, and great mix of tennis and fun activities. My two girls attended, and their passion for the sport has increased considerably. We will definitely come back next year. Thank you!

  • 4/5.

Great tennis camp experience year after year! Our three kids have attended UC Santa Cruz over the past 8 years and every year, the counselors, tennis instruction, and fun activities anties are simply outstanding! We could not recommend it more highly. Thanks Bob, Bird, Ben, and your amazing staff!

Camp Dates & Prices

2017 Dates and Prices Coming Soon! Join our email list to be notified when the program is available.

For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.