Tennis Camps vs. Tennis Schools

You can improve the level of your tennis play with the solid instruction offered at a tennis camp. Camp does not require the full-time commitment of a tennis school or tennis academy, but it can still be extremely beneficial. College women’s tennis camps are a good choice, but there are also plenty of respectable private tennis camps that aren’t affiliated with colleges.

Tennis, similar to golf, is a sport that also offers intense, long-term instruction. At a tennis academy, like the well-known Nick Bollettieri IMG Academy, girl’s tennis players go to school full time, and work on tennis every day. The intense immersion in the sport can help you make great improvements in your game, but that kind of high school experience isn’t for everybody. 


What Are the Benefits of Women’s Tennis Camp?

Attending a camp or tennis clinic can be a big help during the tennis recruiting process. Camp can help a high school girl’s tennis player in many ways.

  • College women’s tennis coaches and former or current college women’s tennis players are great teachers to have when trying to improve your skills.
  • College tennis camps provide some exposure to college women’s tennis programs, but it’s important for recruits to realize that the chances of being “discovered” at a camp are very slim. However, coaches who are already familiar with you get a chance to evaluate your game more closely at tennis camp.
  • Women’s tennis camp can show how you compare to other high school girl’s tennis players, and it can let you know you what tennis skills you might need to work on the most.
  • A college tennis camp can give you glimpse into the college experience. You get a chance to live in college dorms, check out a school’s athletic facilities and experience aspects of campus life that might make it easier to choose a school when the recruiting process is over.


Choosing a Women’s Tennis Camp

Do your research when picking a women’s tennis camp, and decide if your goal is to work on technique, or to gain exposure.


If you’re reason for going to camp is to improve your technique, learn as much as you can about the coaching and camp staff. What’s their level of experience? Do they have a strong history of producing talented women’s tennis players? Ask about the level of quality from someone who’s been to the camp before.


If you’re hoping to gain exposure, it’s a good idea to go to women’s tennis camp at a college that’s recruiting you. Women’s tennis coaches don’t really spend much time scouting at camps, so go to camp at a college where they already know who you are. Find out which coaches will be there, contact them, and let them know you’re coming.


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