Nike Tennis Camp at Soka University
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The Nike Summer Tennis Camp at Soka University is among the top Southern California tennis camps. With overnight and day camp options and All Skills, High School and Tournament Training programs, this junior tennis camp near LA has it all!
In the heart of Orange County, our Aliso Viejo tennis camp delivers technical tennis instruction and drilling from expert coaches, supervised match play, and fun social activities.
- Instruction from tennis pro, Ross Duncan, and his experienced staff
- 1 point tournament, drills, matches, conditioning, team and individual awards/awards ceremony
- 5-6 hours daily tennis training; low camper to staff ratio
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Camp Director Ross Duncan
Ross Duncan is in his thirteenth year as camp director at Nike Tennis Camps. He was the #1 ranked junior player in South Africa. Duncan coached on the professional WTA tour (pro level), at the University of Oregon, and is currently developing juniors in Southern California. He is a also a USPTA Certified Tennis Professional.View Ross Duncan's Bio ⟩
Ross Duncan was the #1 junior tennis player from South Africa before coming to the U.S. on a full ride tennis scholarship to Pepperdine University. After studying sports management and graduating, he played professional tennis earning ATP points in both singles and doubles. Ross then went on to coach as the Interim Head Coach at UC Santa Barbara and the Associate Head Coach at the University of Oregon. In addition, he also coached professionally on the WTA tour (top 30 player in the world).
Currently Ross is ranked #1 in the nation in the Men’s 35 Singles Division and has back to back National Hard Court Championships in singles. He represented Team USA as the #1 singles player in the World Championship. Ross is currently ranked #9 in the world. In addition, Ross owns Peak Performance Tennis and is the director of the Tennis Division for Norton Sports Management. As a Tennis Agent he is responsible for managing,coaching, and directing the professional tennis career of its clients. Ross has been the director of Nike tennis camp programs in both California and Oregon during the last ten years.
Staff Camp Staff
Christine Duncan is the camp administrator who is on site during all camp sessions. She is a school psychologist and is fully trained/certified in CPR and other emergency situations.View Camp Staff's Bio ⟩
Another one of our counselors is a Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
We offer Day (9:00am-5:00pm) camps for boys and girls, ages 8-18, with All Skills, 10&Under Tennis, Tournament Training, and High School programs.
2019 Camp Dates
- July 7-12
- July 14-19
Camp Program Offerings
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.
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. Open to any and all players.
High School Program:
The High School Program is provided for any and all players currently on their high school team and wanting to move up the ladder or those planning on making the high school team.
10 and Under Tennis
The “10 and Under Tennis” program features the USTA’s successful teaching format. This is an exciting 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.
- Extended Day Campers: Check-in Sunday from 5:00pm-6:00pm at the dorms. Depart at 9:00pm.
- Day Campers: Check-in on Monday (July 8 and July 15, 2019) at 9:00am at the tennis courts
- All Campers: Awards Ceremony on Friday at 11:00am by the dorms. Parents are welcome to attend.
- Check-out is immediately following the awards ceremony at the dorms.
Day Camper Schedule
- Monday-Thursday: Camp runs from 9:00am-5:00pm
- Friday: Camp runs from 9:00am-11:30am
Day Campers can either purchase a lunch card for $35 or they can bring their own lunch each day.
Campers play on Soka University's 6 outdoor courts.
2018 Dorms: Campers stay 2 per room in the dorms on campus. Some triples may be available, but not guaranteed. Roommates may be requested, otherwise they are assigned by age and gender. The Dorms have A/C!
Evening activities may include pizza party, talent show, camp dance, optional swimming, and other surprise activities.
Weekend stayovers are not available at this location
John Wayne (Santa Ana)
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 John Wayne (Santa Ana) Airport and schedule a shuttle/bus from the airport to camp. To arrange shuttle bus transfer from the airport to the university please call Primetime shuttle at 800 733-8267 or go online at Primetimeshuttle.com/
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.
Adult Tennis Camp at Soka
We're excited to also bring you an Adult Nike Tennis Camp at Soka! Click the link for details.
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: TNXRSK
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30am Wake Up, Breakfast
- 9:00am Day Campers Arrive
- 9:15am Tennis Instruction
- 10:30am Break
- 10:45am Tennis Instruction and Drills
- Noon Lunch, Rest, Optional Tennis
- 1:15pm Tennis Program, Match Play
- 2:45pm Break
- 3:00pm Tennis Program, Doubles and Drills
- 5:00pm Day Campers Depart
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Prepared me for next season
July 16, 2018: All staff this year did an amazing job at making my experience worth while, and I left with better cardio and loaded with more skill, preparing me for the next season of my tennis team.
— Nick M. - Camper
He now loves tennis and wants to play every day!
July 23, 2018: My 14 year old son had an absolute blast at camp. He was not really in to tennis and really was not thrilled about a tennis camp. He now loves tennis and wants to play everyday! Fantastic job!
— Wendy F. - Parent
Combination of real skills and fun
July 23, 2018: Camp was outstanding. Not only did my 7 1/2 year old, who LOVES to play tennis, have a blast, his skills and confidence were greatly improved. I greatly appreciated the coaches attention to detail, their attention to maintaining a good positive attitude and pushing the kids to do better through various games, drills, competitions, etc. It is hard to keep a 7 1/2 year old engaged from 9-5, however, my son not only had fun, he loved it, grew in his skills and asked to go back week two as he wanted MORE! As a parent, I also appreciated the constructive positive feedback received at end of each session. I was looking for a real tennis camp not a fluff program, this program combined real skills and fun to engage my child and teach him, very pleased!
— Johanna A. - Parent
Loved playing in matches
July 19, 2017: Loved playing in the matches. The beach trip while it was fun, wasn't necessary.The food at camp was great
— Mari E. Parent
Easy to be engaged
July 21, 2017: The camp was very exciting, it kept him on his feet all day, the days were always eventful, it was easy to be engaged
— David M. Parent
July 24, 2017: My daughter raved on and on about how kind all the coaches were l, especially Coach Maddie and Coach Renee! She said that she was very impressed with the coaches resumes and how knowledgeable of the spoiler they were!
— Jennifer. Parent
Amazing overall experience
July 27, 2017: This was our daughter's first camp experience, so as a parent, I was a little concerned she might get homesick. The first night, my wife called to check on her. To our surprise, she said, "Mom, please don't call me, I will call you." Well that assured us, she was feeling right at home. The camp directors and coaches, not only provided a great tennis program, but make the camp experience fun. At the end of the camp session, I knew my daughter grew as a tennis player and matured as a person; gaining more confidence and independence. The physical conditioning, and long hours of tennis were intense, but she couldn't wait to get back for more. After, her second week, when she won, Most Improved, she was beaming. Thanks Ross, Christine, Stephen, Maggie, and everyone else for all you did.
— Scott S. Parent
July 25, 2017: We love Nike Tennis Camp!
— Robin Y. Parent
Enjoyed the whole experience
My daughter enjoyed the whole camp experience. Her best day was probably the last when she receivedthe Most Improved award.
— Michele J. Parent
a wonderful experience
July 27, 2016: The coaches were great! My son loved them. My son had a wonderful experience. It was a great break from his normal regimen, and it did wonders for his confidence.
— Rommel C. Parent
favorite part of the summer
July 27, 2016: Nike camp is my favorite part of the summer!!!
— Samantha K. Camper
Coaches are amazing!
July 27, 2016: Coaches are amazing!
— Spencer C. Camper
staff and director were very good
August 24, 2014: The staff and director were very good. However, my son was a better player than the other children.
— David H. Parent
appreciated personalized comments and assessment
August 16, 2014: I really appreciated all the personalized comments and assessment of my camper's skills. I could tell a lot of time was spent doing the assessment and I was impressed!
— Sandi K. Parent
Lovely facility and excellent location
August 14, 2014: Lovely facility in an excellent location. The food was very good, and he enjoyed eating it.
— Dwayne L. Parent
We'll be back!
August 14, 2014: My daughter loved it. We will be back!
— Marjorie M. Parent