Tennis camp can be a great experience for kids. These targeted camps offer unique skills in a fun and educational environment. While there is a widespread appeal for such camps, it is important to realize that each one is different. Therefore, when looking into a tennis camp for your child, be sure to take the following factors into consideration.
1. Ability levels. Tennis camps are not necessarily a one-size-fits-all event. To provide directed instruction, camps need to conduct some grouping by ability level. However, how this grouping is done may vary from camp to camp. Some camps will group participants based on age. Other camps will take this a step further and group participants also by their performance level. This further differentiation allows camps to help kids at any level. Ability levels may be determined in a variety of ways. In some cases, prior experience may be taken into consideration. The most respected camps, however, often have an initial screening time during which all campers are evaluated. This evaluation then dictates what ability level each camper will be grouped with throughout the course of the camp.
2. Type of play. A tennis camp should have quality instruction or it is probably not worth the money. Therefore, look at what type of play experience is provided. Most camps will offer specific technical drills that help participants with elements of their game. It is best if these drills can be tailored to the unique needs of each player. While drills are important, it is also worth seeing how much time is set aside for actual matches, since most players enjoy this type of action. While most camps will conduct group training, some may also provide additional one-on-one training, which can be a great way to dramatically improve a child’s game.
3. Commitment. There are tennis camps of all sizes, which is great for the diverse range of families who may wish to participate. Consider the time commitment involved with any given camp. Some camps may only be a week long while others may stretch over the course of the summer. For longer camps, it is worth seeing if sign ups can be for shorter periods or if students must attend the entirety of the program. Even beyond these broad commitments, camps may be for several hours or last the entire day. There are even some overnight camps to consider. This commitment should be decided based on interest, availability and cost.
4. Comprehensive experience. All tennis camps are ultimately about tennis, but some offer much more than that. Some camps may also provide meals and other recreational activities. In fact, some overnight camps will have entire supplemental social programs that support team building and promote friendship. These comprehensive experiences can make camp much more memorable, but they often cost more and take much more time.
There is no right or wrong when it comes to tennis camp. Consider these variables to make the best choice for you and your favorite young tennis player.