UPenn College Tennis Exposure Camp - June 24 -26, 2016
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Resident campers must be 12 years or older by first day of camp, No Exceptions!
Age Requirement: boys and girls entering grades 8 - 12 as of September 2016
Camps are open to any and all entrants that meet the listed age requirements.
About UPENN Camp
University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA
This camp is designed for competitive players entering grades 8-12 as of Sept. 2016. The camp includes 12 hours of on-court, collegiate style drills and matchplay, seminars and evening roundtable discussions with college coaches. Players will receive instruction and training by elite college coaches representing various levels of the college game. CLICK HERE FOR CAMP HIGHLIGHTS
The goal of the camp is to continue your development as a player while immersing you in and exposing you to a competitive college tennis environment. While technique will be evaluated and addressed, the aim of the camp is to focus on how to play and how best to prepare for college tennis.
the Hamlin Tennis Center is the home of the Penn men's and women's tennis teams and is one of the finest collegiate facilities in the country! We will have access to all 20 courts (12 outdoor & 8 indoor).
The Resident Program includes meals, 24-hour adult supervision and air-conditioned dormitory accommodations. All rooms are double occupancy. Specific roommates can be requested, or if no request is made, players will be assigned a roommate of the same gender and age. The Commuter Program, which does not include overnight accommodations, is also available.
Transportation & Airport Pickup Service:
A Regional Rail service (SEPTA), which includes an Airport Line that runs directly from the Philadelphia International Airport to the University City station. University City station is only a few steps away from Penn's campus. The cost is approx. $10 each way. Players must bring cash to pay for tickets.
Students flying unaccompanied by an adult can be met by a member of our coaching staff at the rail station in Philadelphia International Airport , according to the following schedule: Schedule your arrival into the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) on Friday, June 24 between 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. and your departure on Sunday, June 26 after 5:00 p.m. *If you encounter problems with flight scheduling - please contact us at before booking any flights.
Meet the Coaches:
The Camp is led by Coach David Geatz and staffed entirely by top men's and women's college coaches. All players will have an opportunity to work with all the coaches, as they put the players through high intensity drilling sessions and teaching singles/doubles strategies. Coaches are representing both mens and women's teams.
David Geatz - University of Pennsylvania
For 18 years, from 1988-2006, Geatz was the head coach of men's tennis at the University of Minnesota. During his tenure, the Golden Gophers won five Big Ten championships and put together a 45-match win streak in conference play (including four undefeated regular-season campaigns). Geatz was a three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year and also earned NCAA Regional Coach of the Year honors once. His teams had a streak of 12 straight NCAA Championship appearances, and he led the program to a No. 10 national ranking which was its highest ever. Individually, Geatz coached Harsh Mankad to the No. 1 position nationally in singles. FULL BIO
Brian Ward - University of Pennsylvania
Billy Pate - Princeton University
Pat Fisher - Northern Illinois University
Matt Brisotti - Drew University
Mehdi Rhazali - Drexel University
Steve Mauro - Temple University
Shawn Becker - Western Missouri State University
Jerome Simone - Mercyhurst University
Mike Sowter - Fordham University
James Berrigan - Babson College
Shawn Hyden - Arcadia University
Kyle Russell - Loyola New Orleans University
Ben Lamanna - Brandeis University
Ryan Carney - Missouri Valley College
Jeff Brandes - Fairleigh Dickinson University
Zach Remis - Rochester Institute of Technology
Bruce Myers - University of Delaware
Scott Thiekle - Kenyon College
Greg Kreitzer - St. Lawrence University
University of Richmond
College of St Elizabeth
*Coaches schedule subject to change
Fri June 24 - Camp Day 1
3:00-4:00 p.m. – Resident student check-in at Harrison College House.
3:30-4:00 P.M. - Commuter Check in at Penn Indoor Tennis Courts
4:00-4:30 p.m. – Welcome seminar
4:30-7:30 p.m. – Player evaluation training session/group activity
7:30-8:30 p.m. – Dinner for Residents and Commuters "Southern Style" BBQ at the tennis courts!
9:00-9:15 p.m. – Meeting for resident students
10:15 p.m. – Lights out
Sat June 25 - Camp Day 2
8:00-8:45 a.m. – Breakfast for residents
8:30-8:35 a.m. - Commuters Check in at Penn Indoor Tennis Courts
8:45:6:30 p.m. – Match play (singles & doubles) & fitness sessions
12:00-1:15 p.m. – Lunch/Rest at school cafeteria
6:15-7:00 p.m. – Dinner for Residents and Commuters
7:00-9:00 p.m. – College Tennis Presentation (parents welcome to attend)
“How to conduct a college search & communicate with coaches, Coaches Panel– All your questions answered” Led by Tarek Merchant.
10:15 p.m. – Lights out
Sun June 26 - Camp Day 3
8:00-8:45 a.m. – Breakfast for residents
8:30-8:35 a.m. - Commuters Check in at Penn Indoor Tennis Courts
9:00-11:45 p.m. – "College Style" singles & doubles dual match
12:00-1:00 p.m. – Lunch/Rest
1:15-1:45 p.m. – Classroom presentation by coaches
1:50 – 2:45 p.m. Doubles drills and one point tournament
2:45 p.m. – Closing Ceremony; Camp concludes
Frequently Asked Questions:
The camp is for boys and girls entering grades 8-12 as of Sept 2016. We have Five-Star through One-Star players in attendance, players ranked in the top 50 nationally and players who are good high school players. Players fly in from all over the country and world to attend this camp.
Why Upenn Exposure camp?
You will be exposed to the college training system. The college coaching staff will train you just like we train the college player’s on our teams. The focus of the camp, like college tennis, is on how to play the game. So, every session and drill has a tactical framework and every shot will have a purpose. We also have presentations and you will learn a lot. For example: How much better do you actually have to get? Why small improvements can make significant differences? Exactly what do college coaches look for in prospects? What is the single most important factor in determining your future success both in life on the tennis court and in the classroom? How can mathematics make you a better tennis player?
Who will be on court with the campers?
Coach Geatz and the staff of Head College Coaches. Coach Geatz leads every session and he is on court with you every day, all day. You’ll see a lot of him and you will get to know one another. In addition, you will work with all the other college coaches staffing the camp and will get to know them too and sample various coaching styles.
Do other college coaches attend?
Yes. The goal is to provide each player with as much college exposure as possible. Having coached for over 30 years at the college level I have a good sense of where a player fits academically and with tennis. Therefore, we hand select the best coaches from all divisions and levels.
In addition, Coaches we invite many coaches across the country to visit the camp and we will have various coaches stopping by to recruit and observe the players. You can see an updated list on the website link as we get closer to the start of camp. *Remember that every coach knows another 50 coaches really well, so you are actually getting to build a a network of 100’s of coaches. Most importantly Tarek Merchant of ImRecruitable puts all the player profiles online for every college coach to view. The amount of exposure you get is invaluable!
What if I have a tournament coming up?
The camp is excellent preparation for a local, sectional or national tournament. You’ll be well prepared having played competitively during the camp but also having trained in a live-ball, disciplined, and structured environment.
Are campers ever recruited for Penn?
That is the goal for many of the campers and for me at Penn. There will be coaches attending from almost every level of college tennis who are also looking to recruit players. However, the opportunity to begin exploring and thinking about the college process and college tennis is invaluable for older and younger players alike. The recruiting process starts as early as 9th grade. The camp will definitely offer a purpose and give meaning for the players as they move through junior tennis career. The camp is a great tool for me to get to know your personality, see how you interact with peers, and how you train and compete.
How is the coaching staff selected?
We invite the best college coahes to work our camp. The selection process is based on aquiring coaches from locations, divisions and levels of the college tennis game. Therfore, ensuring that each player attending will find where they fit and have coaches actively interested in their abilities for their team.
How many players can participate?
The camp is designed to hold a maximum of 120 players. We keep a limited number to give each player lots of time on court. Each year the camp sells out very quickly. Since it is based on NCAA rules of first come first serve basis, we recommend you register ASAP to secure your spot.
Is the camp worth my time?
This camp is going to be one of the best (if not the best) experiences of your summer! Coach Geatz and Tarek Merchant are very energetic. They will make sure you work hard, but also create a motivating atmosphere that will empower players to develop and take their game to the next level. See what some of the past players and parents have said about the camp:
"Thank you very much for including Abbi in the camp this weekend. It really seems to have lit a fire in her. 4 weeks ago we were not sure she was gonna play anymore and now she is sitting next to me telling me she is going to academy in the morning! Old Abbi may have taken the day off. This one is not.
"I just wanted to thank you for putting together such a great event. It was an excellent opportunity. I enjoyed myself very much and had 3 very rigorous days of training. All the coaches were incredibly helpful and this was a very easy way to network. Once again thank you for everything.
"The camp helped me a lot with my college search. After going to the camp numerous coaches were interested me and I even received scholarship offers, but the most important thing I learned was how to communicate with coaches. Before the camp I wasn't really sure as to what coaches wanted to hear from you but after attending the camp and talking to many coaches 1-on-1, I learned what they look for, this gave me the ability and confidence to go and talk to any coach. I am now committed to play at Concordia College in New York, which is ranked #4 in Division 2. The exposure camp is easily the best way to network yourself and get yourself into college tennis."
"Luke really enjoyed the camp. Thank you!"
NOTE: For GPS purposes, Hecht Center's address is 240 South 31st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
From the Philadelphia International Airport and points south of Philadelphia
Follow I-95 North past Philadelphia International Airport towards downtown. Then merge from the left-hand lanes onto Exit #22 I-676 (Vine Street Expressway, Central Philadelphia, Independence Hall) Take I-676 cross-town and then merge from the right-hand lanes onto I-76 East (Int'l Airport, Schuylkill Expressway). Quickly enter the left-hand lane, and then exit on the left-hand side at Exit #346A (South Street). At the top of the ramp make a right onto South Street. Take South Street to the second traffic light (33rd Street) and make a right. There will be a blinking light about a half block up on the right hand side, turn right. This is the main parking lot for the athletic buildings.
From the New Jersey Turnpike and the New York City Area
Take the NJ Turnpike South Exit #4 (NJ 73, Camden, Philadelphia) to NJ 73 North and then onto I-295 South. After passing Exit 28 on I-295 South, stay to your left and then merge onto I-76 Exit #26 (Philadelphia, Camden). After merging, stay to your left and look for I-76 Walt Whitman Bridge (a toll bridge). Cross the bridge into Philadelphia and after passing Exit #346b (University Ave.), stay to your left. The exit is on the left-hand side, Exit #346A (South Street). At the top of the ramp make a left onto South Street. Take South Street to the second traffic light (33rd Street) and make a right. There will be a blinking light about a half block up on the right hand side, turn right. This is the main parking lot for the athletic buildings.
From the Pennsylvania Turnpike and points west of Philadelphia
Exit the Pennsylvania Turnpike at Exit 326 (Valley Forge) then merge onto I-76 East (Philadelphia). After passing Exit #345 (30th Street Station) stay to your left. You will exit from the left-hand lane at Exit #346A (South Street). At the top of the ramp make a right onto South Street. Take South Street to the second traffic light (33rd Street) and make a right. There will be a blinking light about a half block up on the right hand side, turn right. This is the main parking lot for the athletic buildings.
From the Ben Franklin Bridge and Camden
Take US-30 (Admiral Wilson Boulevard) to the Ben Franklin Bridge (a toll bridge). Then take I-676 West (Vine Street Expressway) to I-76 East (Int'l Airport, Schuylkill Expressway). Quickly enter the left-hand lane, and then exit on the left-hand side at Exit #346A (South Street). At the top of the ramp make a right onto South Street. Take South Street to the second traffic light (33rd Street) and make a right. There will be a blinking light about a half block up on the right hand side, turn right. This is the main parking lot for the athletic buildings.
From the Walt Whitman Bridge and the Atlantic City Expressway
Take the Atlantic City Expressway to NJ-42 North. NJ-42 will divide into Express and Local lanes. Take the Express lanes to I-76 East Walt Whitman Bridge (a toll bridge). Cross the bridge into Philadelphia and after passing Exit #346b (University Ave.), stay to your left. The exit is on the left-hand side, Exit #346A (South Street). At the top of the ramp make a left onto South Street. Take South Street to the second traffic light (33rd Street) and make a right. There will be a blinking light about a half block up on the right hand side, turn right. This is the main parking lot for the athletic buildings.
From Northeast Philadelphia and Northern Suburbs
Take US-1 South (Roosevelt Blvd) to I-76 East (Central Philadelphia). After passing Exit #345 (30th Street Station) stay to your left. You will exit from the left-hand lane at Exit #346A (South Street). At the top of the ramp make a right onto South Street. Take South Street to the second traffic light (33rd Street) and make a right. There will be a blinking light about a half block up on the right hand side, turn right. This is the main parking lot for the athletic buildings.
Questions About Registration
If you have any questions or would prefer to enroll by phone, please call us at 786 406 6737
Cancellation Policy: A refund (less a $110 processing fee) will be provided to anyone who cancels more than 60 days prior to the start of the enrolled camp session. Otherwise no refund will be issued due to any circumstances. There will be no credit or refund for any student who must leave the camp for illness, injury or any other reason, once the camp session has started. In the event of rain at any point during the camp, we will make every attempt at completing the on-court drills and matchplay program. We have 8 indoor courts. There will be no refund or credit in the event of inclement weather. In registering online, parent or guardian agrees to waive any claims to a refund.
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