University of Minnesota Nike Tennis Camp Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Come join the fun and get better this summer! The University of Minnesota Nike Tennis Camp is a summer camp for kids to improve their tennis game. Beginner, intermediate, and tournament players come from all over to play at our beautiful 22 court facility to participate in this fun and challenging program.
Immerse yourself in tennis, new friends and off court fun activities for a week. 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 junior tennis camps combine technical instruction and drilling from a superb coaching staff, supervised match play, and a variety of evening social activities. Campers will work hard, make new friends and have a lot of fun.
- Instruction from University of Minnesota's head men's and women's tennis coach Geoff Young
- We offer a "10 and Under Tennis" program, featuring smaller courts and lighter, lower-bouncing balls
- 5-6 hours of daily tennis instruction with 6:1 student/teacher ratio
- The perfect mix of match play, drill work, strategy sessions and on and off-court activities
- Evening activities for overnight campers, including movie night, capture the flag, scavenger hunt and bowling
The Baseline Tennis Center is the sparkling home of Golden Gopher Tennis. Opened in the fall of 2002, the on-campus facility provides the University of Minnesota with one of the premier collegiate tennis venues in the nation. The facility features 22 signature maroon and gold courts, 10 inside and 12 outside. The indoor courts have 30-foot ceilings and are heated during the winter and air-conditioned in the summer. The courts have a plexi-type of pavement that provides more cushion than typical hard courts. The softer surface is designed to prevent injuries by causing less stress on the athletes' knees and other joints.
All camps are open to any and all, limited only by age and number of campers.Meet your coaching staff
- Two-time all-Big Ten player for Northwestern University
- Currently in his seventh season as head men's coach of the Minnesota Gophers
- Prior to Minnesota, was the head coach at the University of Denver for six years
Coming off four straight appearances in the NCAA tournament, Geoff Young has turned Minnesota into one of the premier teams in the Big Ten conference. The Gophers are only one of four Big Ten schools (Illinois, Michigan and Ohio State), who have played in the NCAA tournament four straight years.
Young, who is entering his seventh season leading the Gophers, will look to make it five straight years during the 2012-13 season.
Minnesota, which regularly played three freshman in the lineup, went 13-8 during the 2011-12 season and ended the regular season ranked No. 36 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The Gophers were 8-3 in the Big Ten, which tied them with Illinois for third place in the conference. Minnesota was especially strong at home, posting an 8-1 record at the pristine Baseline Tennis Center.
Seven of Minnesota's 13 wins were against ranked opponents and the team's highest profile victory was a 4-3 home triumph against No. 28 Michigan. The win allowed the Gophers to keep the Little Brown Jug, which Minnesota secured with a 5-2 upset win at No. 22 Michigan in 2011. Minnesota also won the Border Battle for the second straight year against Wisconsin with a 6-1 victory.
Minnesota's season ended in a gallant 4-2 loss to No. 20 and Round of 16 qualifier Tulsa in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
The Gophers were 19-6 during the 2010-11 season and ended the year ranked No. 23 by the ITA. Both of those accomplishments are highs of the Young era. Minnesota finished third in the Big Ten in the regular season and advanced to the Big Ten tournament final for the first time since 2003. Young was named the ITA Central Region Coach of the Year as a result of Minnesota's success.
Minnesota was 8-2 in conference play, and avenged a regular-season loss to Indiana to advance to the Big Ten tournament final. Minnesota's six defeats all came to teams ranked in the top 40. Five came to teams ranked in the top 30 and three defeats were to teams in the top six.
In addition to the upset win at Michigan, the Gophers also beat No. 18 Illinois on the road to pick up their first win--and snap a 19-match skid to the Illini--since 1996. Minnesota's season also included two wins (regular season and Big Ten tournament) against border-rival Wisconsin and a dramatic 4-3 road win at 25th-ranked Miami (Fla.). The Gophers' season ended when they were upset by Fresno State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
In 2009-10, Minnesota finished 14-11 overall and 6-4 in the Big Ten to finish fifth. The Gophers played a challenging schedule with all 11 losses coming to teams in the top 30 of the national rankings. Included in the schedule was a win against No. 24 Pepperdine and NCAA tournament participants Nebraska and Western Michigan. The Gophers opened the NCAA tournament with a win against Arizona before falling to third-ranked Texas in the second round.
In 2008-09, Minnesota posted a 19-8 overall record and 7-3 Big Ten mark, which came just one year after a 7-17 overall record and 4-6 Big Ten ledger the year before. The Gophers were ranked 30th in the final rankings and made their 14th trip to the NCAA tournament in the past 16 years and their 20th overall, beating New Mexico in the opening round before falling to eventual national champion and eighth-ranked Southern California.
For just the seventh time in school history, the Gophers had six different players post 20 singles wins during 2008-09, including Ishay Hadash, who reached the second round of the NCAA individual tournament and finished 50th in the final ITA rankings.
In 2007-08, Young's team won five of its last eight matches to set the foundation for the record-setting turnaround the following year. Minnesota had three wins and 16 losses coming against nationally-ranked opponents. The Gophers, who played 11 matches against NCAA tournament teams, were ranked as high as 40th in the country following the fall season, but early-season injuries got the team off to a slow start in the spring. The season came following a successful inaugural season to Young's tenure that saw the Gophers reach the NCAA tournament.
Young guided Minnesota to a 15-10 overall record and a 5-5 mark in the Big Ten in his first season in 2006-07. Minnesota was ranked sixth in the final Midwest Region rankings and lost to South Alabama in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
Young owns a 158-128 overall record in 12 collegiate seasons as a head coach. He won his 100th match on Feb. 22, 2009 against Binghamton and his 150th match on March 3, 2012 at Virginia Tech. Young is 87-60 in six seasons at Minnesota.
Off the court, Young's squads have also achieved success. This past year, his squad had the highest grade-point average of any men's sport at Minnesota. In 2009-10, the Gophers had the highest grade-point average of any small men's sport at Minnesota and senior Dino Bilankov was named the school's Outstanding Male Scholar Athlete. The 2008-09 and 2010-11 teams were also recognized with the school's award for most community service hours by a men's sport.
Prior to coming to Minnesota, Young spent six seasons as head coach at the University of Denver. During his tenure with the Pioneers, Young posted a 71-68 overall record. In his final season in 2005-06, he led Denver to a 13-9 record and then a program-best fourth-place finish in the Sun Belt Conference and a No. 66 national ranking.
While at Denver, he worked with the Pioneers' all-time winningest player Magnus Ramfelt, who totaled 71 singles wins from 1998-2002. He also coached Adam Holmstrom, who set a single-season school record with 28 singles wins in 2005-06. Holmstrom also became the first Pioneers' player to qualify for the NCAA championships in his rookie season.
Young served as the head women's tennis coach at Denver during the 1999-2000 season and during the fall of 2000. In his one season, the Pioneers finished 9-8 in Denver's second season at the NCAA Division I level. Prior to his stint at Denver, Young served as an assistant men's coach at the University of Alabama for three seasons.
A two-time all-Big Ten player at Northwestern, Young was the team's co-captain during his senior season in 1994 and collected 83 singles victories. He graduated from Northwestern in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in psychology.
A Marion, Ohio native, Young was also a successful junior tennis player. He was ranked No. 1 in singles in the Midwest region 18-and-under division in 1989 and No. 1 in doubles in 1990.
Young is married to the former Dana Peterson, a four-time letterwinner with the Gopher women's tennis team from 1993-96 and an assistant coach at Minnesota from 1997-99. Dana was also the head women's tennis coach at Denver for six seasons. They have three children.
(Camp Code: TNXRMN)
This year, Minnesota is offering three weeks of general overnight and day camp (8:45am-5:00pm) for ages 9-18 and all ability levels. We will also be offering a "10 and Under Tennis" program for those kids who are just learning the game (ages 9-10). There will be a special tournament training component during week 2 & 3 designed for tournament level or ranked players looking to improve their match play and strategy in a competitive environment. Lunch is included for all Day campers.
10 and Under Tennis:
In addition, we offer a “10 and Under Tennis” program, 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.
Check-in: Overnight campers 1:15-1:45pm on Sunday at the dorms (name TBD)
Day campers 1:45-2:15pm on Sunday at Baseline Tennis Center
(Day Campers will depart that afternoon at 5:00pm.)
Check-out: 5:00pm on Thursday. A Gradutation ceremony will be held at prior to check-out at Baseline Tennis Center. Parents invited!
Day Program Schedule
With the exception of Sunday (check-in), campers should be dropped off at the Baseline Tennis Center by 8:40am each morning. It is ok for campers to be dropped off before 8:40am, but no supervision can be guaranteed before then. Camp concludes each day at 5:00pm. Campers should be picked up in front of the Baseline Tennis Center (on 4th St.) and will be supervised at that location until 5:10pm.
Campers reside on campus in the dorms (name TBD) on campus. Camp dorms, dining halls and courts are all walking distance from each other. A beautiful campus, Minnesota boasts superb dorms with air-conditioning. Singles and triples may be available upon request, but cannot be guaranteed.
Evening activities may include movie night, capture the flag, bowling, and a scavenger hunt.
Weekend Stayovers: Weekend Stayovers are not available at this location
Designated Airport: Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
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 Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and take a taxi from the airport to camp.
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.
We have 10 indoor courts in addition to our 12 outdoor courts, so rain won't slow us down!
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
- 8:00am Breakfast
- 8:45am-9:30am Demo and Warm-up
- 9:30am-11:30am Instruction / Drills / Games
- 11:30am-12:30pm Lunch
- 2:00pm-4:30pm Dual Matches / Net Play Drills / Games
- 4:30pm-5:30pm Optional Tennis Instruction / Hitting
- 5:30pm-6:30pm Dinner
- 6:30pm Evening Activity
- 10:00pm Lights out!