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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.

Highlights Include
  • 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 Coaches

  • Nike Tennis Camps Colgate Coach Pennington

    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. 

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Camp Details

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)
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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. 
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. 

Meals

Lunch is included for day campers!

Courts

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. 

Dorms

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

Weekend stayovers are not available at this location.

Designated Airport

Syracuse Hancock

Travel

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.

Medical Staff

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.

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: 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

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Overall Average Rating 4.36 / 5 Stars
    • 5/5.
    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.

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 4/5.
    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

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    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    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

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Colgate University Nike Tennis Camp

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Bobby Pennington, Camp Director
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, New York 13346

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Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight $895.00
Availability: Open

Day 9:00AM - 4:00PM $405.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills, Tournament Training
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Short Session: Thursday-Sunday
Overnight $685.00
Availability: Open

Day 9:00AM - 4:00PM $345.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-645-3226 we would be happy to help you.
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