Colgate University Nike Tennis Camp
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This junior tennis camp in New York is held on the beautiful campus of Colgate University in Hamilton. A top summer tennis camp in NY, we offer exceptional overnight and day camps for kids with All Skills and Tournament Training programs.
Our NY tennis camps deliver technical tennis instruction and drilling from a top notch coaching staff, supervised matches, and plenty of fun evening social activities.
- Instruction from Colgate Tennis Coach Bobby Pennington and his experienced staff
- 5-6 hours daily tennis instruction; 6:1 camper to staff ratio
- Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers
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Camp Director Bobby Pennington
Named head coach of both the men’s and women’s teams in July 2006, Pennington has coached a Patriot League Player of the Year, two Rookie of the Year honorees and 25 All-Patriot League performers.View Bobby Pennington's Bio & Tennis Tips ⟩
Last season, Pennington registered his 100th Colgate men’s tennis coaching victory and guided the Raiders to a second consecutive 14-7 record. Seven Raiders have earned Patriot League Player of the Month during Pennington’s time on the Colgate courts. Picked for sixth in the 2016 preseason polls, Colgate entered the Patriot League tournament as the fourth seed after going 4-2 against conference foes.
Jacob Daugherty again highlighted the individual efforts by earning All-League First Team honors one season after being named Patriot League Rookie of the Year. Daugherty went 16-4 at No. 1 singles and partnered with Tom Hale to go 15-3 at No. 1 doubles. Pennington called the duo the “best doubles team in the league.”
Pennington on the men’s side at Colgate is now 100-95. His women’s coaching record is 84-107 for a combined mark of 184-202. The Colgate women went 8-11 in 2015-16, including a 2-3 mark against Patriot League foes. First-year Lauren Hyland’s outstanding debut season landed the Colgate rookie on the All-Patriot League Second Team. Hyland played the No. 1 position for the Raiders and was a part of 10 singles victories and 11 doubles triumphs.
Pennington arrived on the Colgate scene in 2006-07 and immediately pushed both teams over the .500 mark. The men finished 11-10 for their best record in three years, and the women were 11-8 for their top mark in four seasons. The men’s team achieved a program first when three Raiders were named to the All-League teams.
Martin MacIntyre earned 2007-08 Patriot League Player of the Year for the men, while the women began 6-0 for their best start since 1993-94. MacIntyre repeated as an All-Patriot League First Team selection in 2008-09 when the men went 12-8 overall and finished second in the conference. Included was a victory over Army for the first time in seven years and advancement to the tournament semifinals. Elise DeRose earned an All-League First Team spot on the women’s side.
The 2009-10 teams both finished in the top four in the Patriot League’s regular season, with the men knocking off eventual top-seed Army for the second straight year. Luke Gensburg in 2010-11 was the Patriot League Rookie of the Year after going 4-1 in conference play and 12-6 overall. The women reached the tournament semifinals for a fifth consecutive season and Pennington earned the Patriot League’s Award for Good Sporting Conduct.
In 2011-12, Gensburg was named first team All-Patriot League for the second straight year. The women finished third in the league and made the Patriot League semifinals for the sixth consecutive year. Pennington also recorded his 100th Colgate combined victory with a home win over St. Bonaventure.
The 2012-13 season saw Pennington coach the women to a great turnaround, finishing the year 12-6 and earning their seventh straight appearance in the Patriot League tournament semifinals. The women started the year with a seven-match winning streak and Kelsey Shea was named All-Patriot League Second Team. Pennington took over second place in Colgate women's tennis coaching victories and third on the men’s chart. Gensburg was named first team All-Patriot League for the third consecutive year.
The 2013-14 men's squad knocked off Navy for the first time since 2006 and Bucknell for first time since 2009. Individually, Gensburg became just the third player in Colgate history to earn All-Patriot League First Team honors all four seasons. A highlight of 2014-15 was an eight-match winning streak for the men that was the program’s longest since 11 in a row way back in 1996-97. The team’s 14 victories – highlighted by a 7-1 home mark – were the most of the Pennington era and most for a Raider men’s squad since 1997-98. Jacob Daugherty was named Patriot League Rookie of the Year.
Prior to taking the job at Colgate, Pennington spent two years as head coach of the men and women's tennis teams at Division III Juniata in Pennsylvania. In his two years with the Eagles, Pennington coached six All-Conference selections and two league rookies of the year.
During his time at Juniata, Pennington founded the Attack & Defend Tennis Camp. Acting as camp director, Pennington helped instruct 50 children of all ages and ability levels.
While earning his master's degree at Clarion University, Pennington acted as the assistant coach of the women's tennis team from 2002-04 and took a winless team to nine wins in just one year. He earned his degree in communications and mass media technology in 2004.
Outside of college tennis, Pennington has been the head tennis pro at Toftrees Resort and Conference Center and a rally ball instructor at Blair Racquet Club. Pennington also spent time coaching boys and girls tennis at Hollidaysburg Area High School in 2001 and 2002.
Pennington also is the director of the Colgate Nike Tennis Camps, which started in 2011. He is a former member of the ITA Division I Men’s Northeast Rankings Committee and a past member of the Hamilton Chapter of the Rotary Club.
Pennington during his collegiate student-athlete days was part of "The Streak" – one of the most amazing dynasties in collegiate athletics. Pennington's alma mater, Kalamazoo College in Michigan, has won 78 consecutive conference men's tennis championships dating to 1936 (no titles presented during World War II).
Pennington was captain his senior season of 2001 and part of an All-America doubles team with partner Andrew Minnelli. He was a Rolex ITA finalist in the fall of 2000 and ranked in the top 20 nationally in doubles. Pennington and the Hornets advanced all four years to the NCAA tournament. During his freshman year he helped the team clinch the bronze medal with a doubles win over Emory. The following year, Kalamazoo finished second in the country. In Pennington's final two years with the Hornets, the squad finished with matching ninth-place finishes.
His wife, Jenny Sue Pennington, teaches nutrition courses at Colgate. She was a snowboarding instructor and professional at Whiteface Mountain near Lake Placid for seven years, and the couple met there in 2010. They now have a daughter, Mia Shanley, and a son, Clifford.
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We offer Overnight and Day (9:00am-4:00pm) camps for kids, ages 9-18, with All Skills and Tournament Training programs.
2018 Camp Dates & Offerings
- July 8-12 (All Skills | Sun - Thurs)
- July 12-15 (All Skills & Tournament Training | Thurs - Sun)
Camp Program Offerings
All sessions are open to players of all abilities, unless otherwise noted. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.
All Skills Program
The All Skills program is designed for tennis players of any skill level and background. Campers will learn fundamentals and improve upon their game.
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.
Session One (July 8-12) Check-In/Check-out
- Overnight campers:
- Check-in at at 4:00pm on Sunday at the dorms.
- Check-out at 11:30am on Thursday at the tennis courts.
- Day campers
- Check-in at 8:30am on Monday at the tennis courts and we will start promptly at 9:00am.
- Check-out at 4:00pm daily EXCEPT for the last day of camp on Thursday when check-out is at 11:30am at the tennis courts.
Day Campers Schedule for Session One:
- Day campers should come dressed to play as we will head straight to the courts after check-in.
- Monday-Wednesday: Check-in at 8:30am and Check-out at 4:00pm.
- Thursday: Check-in at 8:30am and Check-out at 11:30am.
Session Two (July 12-15) Check-in/Check-out
- Overnight Campers
- Check-in on Thursday at 2:00pm at the dorms.
- Check-out on Sunday at 11:30am at the tennis courts.
- Day Campers:
- Check-in on Thursday at 2:00pm at the tennis courts.
- Campers will depart on the first day (check-in day) at 4:45pm.
- Check-out will be at 4:00pm daily, EXCEPT for check-in day when they will depart at 4:45pm and the last day of camp, Sunday when they will depart at 11:30am.
- Check-in on Thursday at 2:00pm at the tennis courts.
Day Campers Schedule for Session Two:
- Day campers should come dressed to play as we will head straight to the courts after check-in.
- Thursday: Check-in at 2:00pm and Check-out at 4:45pm.
- Friday-Saturday: Check-in at 8:30am (we will start promptly at 9:00am) and Check-out at 4:00pm.
- Sunday: Check-in at 8:30am and Check-out at 11:30am.
Lunch is included for day campers!
Campers will play on the 9 regulation courts at the Joseph Abrahamson Tennis Courts. In case of inclement weather, campers will use the 4 indoor courts in the Charles H. Sanford Fieldhouse with 6 per court. Some drills/games that will be played indoors are space invaders, olympics, knockout, around the world and triples. Campers may also have the option of a College seminar talk.
2018: Campers will reside in single and double rooms in the 113 Broad Street dorms in the Shepardson and Whitnall Wings . Every 3-6 campers share 1 bathroom. There is no A/C in dorms. Campers can bring fans. Roommates are assigned by requests then by age and gender.
Weekend stayovers are not available at this location.
Nike Tennis Camp does not provide any transportation to/from camp from airport, train stations or bus depots. If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly into Syracuse Airport and schedule a shuttle/bus 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 of $50 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 a hospital adjacent to our athletic facilities. We have a team of EMTs on campus 24/7 in accordance with Children's Camp regulations. They hold medications (campers can't keep medication in their rooms) and establish med times, complete paperwork required for the Department of Health, and submit illness and injury reports if necessary. They can provide treatment in emergency situations.
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: TNXRCG
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 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
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
So much fun!
July 14, 2017: He had so much fun playing and especially appreciated the tips for his serve. He also really enjoyed the games at the end. He ate well at lunch also, which was appreciated since he was so active!
— Karen C.
Great time playing with different people
July 14, 2017: He had a great time playing with a group of different people. He was able to socialize with people outside of his normal friend group and was able to experience match play with other types of players.
— David S. Parent
Hard but fun!
July 14, 2017: Cameron was a day camper and enjoyed each day's experiences. Highlights-Cams statement that camp was "hard" but fun, not knowing that the camp slogan was "serious. fun."
— Sarah P. Parent
Enjoyed the camp
July 18, 2017: My child enjoyed every aspect of the camp and had a great time. Coach Pennington and his staff were great and made it a positive experience. Based on what I heard from my child, the coaching was directed in a more general "to the group" way; i.e. he received less critique during drills than expected. Perhaps more focus during the camp (on the items noted on each camper's assessment forms) could be more helpful. I think the camp staff were very friendly, encouraging, and their assessments correct. However, not having observed the camp teaching, I noted the staff teaching as "neutral".
— Michelle N. P
outstanding energy and positive attitude
August 1, 2016: Coach Pennington and his staff were excellent at the camp for my son Antonio. Their energy and positive attitude were outstanding!
— Mary M. Parent
Camp was amazing
July 30, 2016: Camp was amazing! My daughter had a wonderful time. She learned a lot and was able to have fun in the evenings through supervised activities. The coach was there in the evenings to join the group in their activities along with the counselors. My daughter felt very safe in her environment and is eager to return next year. One thing that can be improved is that she asked to be in the same room as her friend and initially they were not placed in the same room. Also, it was hard to find the tennis dorms because the Colgate camp is quite large it took 30 minutes of driving around and asking other students where the dorm was. Other than that - camp was perfect!
— Joanne R. Parent
I loved this camp
July 27, 2016: I loved this camp! However, I was slightly disappointed in that it is a relatively short camp in relation to cost. This in no way impacted my enjoyment of the camp.
— Alex S. Camper
positive 5 days at camp
7/27/2016 - Eliza enjoyed her experience at the Colgate Nike Tennis Camp very much. However, she plays tennis 5 times per week at home so we did not expect her to improve at the camp. Rather we wanted her to enjoy the away experience while also playing tennis. She seemed to play either her level players or below. It would have been a bonus for her to play her level or better and improve her skills Overall though it was a positive 5 days at camp and she received the MVP award.
— Sueann P. Parent
Thanks for a great week for my daughter
7/17/2015 - Dear Coach Pennington - Thanks for a great week for my daughter at Colgate! Highest compliments to you and your staff who really kept it FUN. It was the hottest week of the summer and you and your staff did a great job keeping the kids hydrated, laughing, and playing through it. Much fun was had off the court as well, and it was a great introduction to Hamilton and Colgate for my daughter. Thanks so much!
— Karen L. Parent
gained excitement for the sport
7/31/2014 - My kids very much enjoyed this camp. They learned a significant amount of tennis. They gained excitement for the sport. Consequently, we play more tennis as a family since the camp. However, the price of the camp was too expensive. You may wish to reconsider your pricing for next year.
— Astrid H. Parent
definitely will return next year
7/23/2014 - Loved the head coach. Appreciated the summary at the end. Wish it was a full week. I definitely will return next year.
— Amy L. Camper