Nike Junior Tennis camp, is it good?

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  1. highsierra

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    My daughter who's 11 played at the summer camps of local tennis academies in the past. I'm hoping to get her into a more competitive camp this summer so she trains with other kids who are more serious about tennis than just casual plays. Is the Nike Junior Tennis camp good for that purpose? If your kids played it before please share your thoughts or any other suggestions are welcome.

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  2. tgtennisace

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    I was a coach (present D1 player) last summer at the Wilson junior tennis camp. I believe honestly all tennis camps are more for "fun" than serious tennis. Most kids get exhausted by the end of the week and the tennis level goes down. If you are looking at a real tennis camp, i would look at something such a Newks Tennis Academy summer camps but your daughter may be a little young for something like that and more of an idea for the future. Being so young, i would keep enrolling her in camps and make sure she is having fun and wont get burned out. Its all about just playing lots and match experience at that age. My 2 cents.....
     
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  3. highsierra

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    tgtennisaceļ¼Œ thanks a lot for the input. I was hesitating because of the much longer travel distance to this Nike camp. I think that I'll enroll her at the local tennis academy summer camp for now then. Another coach also suggested that playing as many matches as possible is the way to develop at her age.

    You mean the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch near San Antonio?
     
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  4. isingh

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    I second what tgtennisace said. I went to a Nike tennis camp last year. It was a fun experience but it wasn't really conducive to improving a lot like I hoped it would be. At your daughter's age, it might be good to put her in a camp that's more about fun than serious tennis. But if you're actually serious about improving, you might be better off at an academy or something like that.
     
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  5. Hmmmmm

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    If you haven't any other options.
     
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  6. atatu

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    Yes, he meant the Newcombe camp. Honestly, I think Newks is the best for combining "fun" with high level training (I'm talking about the regular camp, not the three week academy camp). My kids have gone every summer for the past three years and they love it !
     
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  7. rodrigoamaral

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    Dont expect to improve or receive personalized attention but a good avenue to get some hours on court..
     
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    Where do you live? A camp such as a Nike camp might be a great time for her and she could make some good strides. There is a Nike camp at Berkeley that runs all summer. I think sending kids off to tennis academies for prolonged periods of time can rob kids of experiencing childhood. That is just one opinion though based on my own experience as a former high level junior some time ago. If she can make some friends it will be a good experience. Make sure she is having fun. Never to early to watch out for burnout if she goes along in to top level competitive play as a Junior. At 12 just get her to play alot with many different kids, coaches etc etc. Good luck!
     
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  9. tennisbuck

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    What level players are usually at the nike junior camps? like 3 star recruits? 5 star? a large variety? just wondering
     
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    Unfortunately i have heard from multiple sources there has been quite a drug use problem at Newks. Came as a surprise to me.
     
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  11. tgtennisace

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    yes Newks tennis academy is located outside of San Antonio
     
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  12. tgtennisace

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    Tennisbuck....at most of these nike and wilson summer camps it is rare to find any good players let alone 3 stars or above. Most of the kids are just high school level looking to have some fun during the summer.
     
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  13. tgtennisace

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    in past i have heard rumors before but i cant speak for the state of the academy today
     
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  14. BMC9670

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    Can you guys elaborate on this? What kind of "sources"? People who have attended? People who have worked there? Are these rumors of first hand experiences? Also, what kind of drugs are they talking about and used by who?

    I know some kids who are looking at this camp for this summer.
     
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    I have two boys who are 13 and 14 and I send them both to Newks during the summer and also over Christmas break. We do the "regular" camp, not the academy (which is for the full time kids). I can say that I haven't heard anything about the problems mentioned above, the staff is excellent.
     
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  16. BMC9670

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    Thanks. What age did your boys first go? Are there many 12 year olds there or is it mostly mid-teens? Wondering if 12 is too soon for my son. Love the video on their website. Looks like fun and good tennis.
     
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  17. tennisbuck

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    Lots of weed a couple people who atttended told me
     
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  18. tennisbuck

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    Probably just with some groups. Im sure you can have a great and safe experience there
     
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    My kids started going around 11, there will be some 12 year olds but you're right that there will be more older kids. Actually it was really good for my kids, seeing the older kids and the work ethic some of them have.
     
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  21. tgtennisace

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    im sure newks is great....addressing rumors as i said are just rumors. the summer i spent in the academy i witnessed no drug use just alcohol here and there. its important to remember at Newks there is an academy portion and a summer camp portion. both are completely different and are meant for different groups of people. the academy is meant for older kids looking for serious tennis while the summer camp part is meant for younger kids looking to have a fun week at camp. hope this information can clear up some issues.
     
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  22. tgtennisace

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    as with any business, newks is looking to make money off there summer camps and arent going to turn away kids based on ability in the summer academy. lots of times the significantly better kids were in our own group that didnt practice with the normal kids. they very much so try and group people who are of there abilty but the range of abilities is VERY broad in the academy.
     
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  23. tgtennisace

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    The staff for both the summer camp and academy are completely different and there is usually little interaction by the 2 different groups of kids.
     
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  24. George Opelka

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    I used to send my kid to camp in South Florida for a week in the summer. We picked the camp based on low cost, decent players and friendships, not coaching. It was more about the fun and the matches than learning some new secret sauce.
     
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  25. watergirl

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    I would disagree about Newks not mixing the kids. It really depends on the level of your player and the level of the campers in comparison to your child. My son was with all the academy kids the last 2 times he was there and yes there is some good and bad but no more than you see at most schools. This was several years ago but getting to hit with Christian Harrison (Ryan Harrison's younger brother) was one of the highlights for my Newk's camper.

    I also found this to be a great place to send your kid if they are a little burned out on tennis. The combination of tennis and fun always put life back into my burned out player.
     
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