Nike Tennis Camp at Iowa State University
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The 2019 Nike Tennis Camp at Iowa State University features top-notch instruction from Iowa State's tennis coaches and combines technical tennis instruction, drilling, competitive match play, development of strategy, fun off-court activities, interactive games and constant supervision.
Our tennis camps are designed to help players reach their maximum potential. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff and are then grouped according to age and ability level. The staff conducts this evaluation so that each camper’s instructional needs can be addressed throughout the camp session.
- Each boy and girl will be fitter, stronger, more skilled and more inspired to continue playing and improving at home.
- We feature a 4 or 5 to 1 “camper/staff ratio” for instruction and drills, and a 3:1 ratio for match play with lots of individual attention.
- Fun and exciting after-tennis activities.
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Camp Director Boomer Saia
Boomer Saia was named Iowa State head coach on June 14, 2018.View Boomer's Bio ⟩
Saia possesses a great familiarity with the Big 12 Conference, having spent much of his professional career in the league. He has been on staff as an assistant at Oklahoma (2014-16) and also worked in a volunteer role at his alma mater Kansas (2010-14), where both programs ranked inside the top-35 during his tenure.
Saia comes to Iowa State after helping Texas Tech to a 20-win season and an appearance in the Elite Eight in 2018, his first season with the Lady Raiders. The team ranked in the top-15 all season and finished second in the Big 12.
Saia helped coach Gabriela Talaba to All-America honors and the No. 2 ranking in the ITA College singles rankings. The Lady Raiders doubles duo of Sabrina Federici and Sarah Dvorak also ranked in the nation’s top 10.
A tireless recruiter, Saia helped sign the nation’s second-ranked class for Texas Tech in 2018.
The Arkansas City, Kan., native spent the 2016-17 season on staff at Vanderbilt, playing a key role in the Commodores’ SEC regular season and tournament championships before advancing to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.
He coached a pair of top-ranked Commodores in Astra Sharma (No. 2) and Sydney Campbell (No. 8) to All-America tournament semifinals and National Indoor quarterfinals and semifinals.
Saia has also been a Texas Team National Coach (2018) and Missouri Valley National Junior Team Coach (2016).
Saia earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management from Kansas in 2011. He received his master’s degree of education with an emphasis on sports administration at KU in 2013.
Saia played collegiate tennis at Cowley College (Kan.). He advanced to the semifinals of the NJCAA national tournament as a sophomore while being paired with Roger White. The Tigers finished No. 11 nationally in 2008 and No. 9 in 2009.
We offer Overnight and Day (9:00am-4:00pm) camp options for boys and girls, ages 8-18, of all ability levels.
2019 Camp Dates
- July 7-11
- July 14-18
All sessions are open to players of all abilities. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.
The All Skills program is geared toward the beginner/intermediate player of all ages. Campers will learn fundamentals and improve upon their game. Players in this group will focus on learning match strategies, fine-tuning their techniques and having fun, while being immersed in the OU philosophies.
- All Campers check in on Sunday between 1:30pm-2:00pm.
- All Campers check out of camp on Thursday at 11:30am.
Day Camp Schedule
- Sunday: Campers arrive at 1:30pm for a tennis evaluation and depart at 4:00pm.
- Monday-Wednesday: Campers arrive at 9:00am and depart at 4:00pm.
- Thursday: Campers arrive at 9:00am and depart at 11:30am.
All meals are provided for Overnight Campers. Lunch is included for all day campers Monday-Wednesday. Meals start with dinner on the first day and end with breakfast on the last day.
Campers will play on Iowa State's Forker Courts, which feature 8 outdoor tennis courts. In the case of rain, campers will utilize the indoor facility at Life Time Fitness in Urbandale, Iowa.
In addition to the on-court training, overnight campers will participate in evening activities including swimming, a movie night and sports activities (ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and soccer).
A weekend stay-over option is available between Session I and Session II for a $300 additional fee.
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 Des Moines Airport and arrange transportation to the camp from the airport.
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: TNXRWV
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The Nike Tennis Camp at Iowa State University will run for the first time in 2019.
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