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Summer Tennis Camp at St John's University

St.John's Summer Camp

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Ages 5-6, who have little or no tennis experience.  This level will introduce the child to racquet and ball control through techniques that I have developed over my 25 years of experience.  This includes the French concept of “bringing the game to children,” much like baseball and soccer.  The children will use shorter racquets, slower balls, and smaller courts to more efficiently improve their techniques and movement.  These development drillswill be incorporated into games in a nurturing group setting. 

Rookies Advanced
Ages 6-7, who have played for at least 1year.  This group will focus on continued stroke improvement, rallying, and the beginnings of serving from the baseline.  Volley drills and short court rallying will be utilized everyday to better develop racquet control and footwork.  This group’s skill drills will be incorporated into games to develop tactics and technique.  The hope is that this group plays tennis in the fall and winter to keep up and improve their game.

Ages 8-11, who have played at least 1 year of tennis but usually only play in the summer.  This group will focus on learning the ground strokes, serve, and volley in order to have fun with the game of tennis.  We will also focus on the development of social skills including team play, reliability, and persistence and how these aspects can impact each player’s self esteem. 

Advanced Juniors
Ages 12-16, who have begun or currently playing tournaments.  Tennis for them is an important part of these players' lives.  The session starts each day with an intensive program including running on the track, sprints, and plyometrics, as well as a daily stretching routine.  After the intense warm-up, it is onto the court for two hours of dead-ball drilling.  Dead-ball drilling will focus on stroke production through hitting the same shot over and over to get the groove needed to establish that particular stroke.  Then the group will hit serves and returns for the remainder of the morning session.  The afternoon session will focus on match play for both singles and doubles as well as group strategy sessions designed by Eric Rebhuhn in which the group will begin to understand the different game styles - serve and volley, grinder, aggressive baseliner, and the all-court game.  These strategy sessions will help the players to clarify what kind of game they want to play and why.  Match play practice will be similar to a tournament setting with the primary goal of being able to deal with the pressure of an actual match.

Eric Rebhuhn

Academy Director

As the Director of our summer program Eric Rebhuhn strives to make the summer a meaningfully rewarding experience for those who pass through the program. Through his own path of training, playing and coaching he has developed an understanding of the physical and mental preparedness that leads to both a satisfying tennis experience and good life preparedness. It is that physical and mental strength that he works to develop within our tennis program.

Eric is also the Men’s Head Coach of our St. John’s Tennis Team. Since his first season in 2001 he has led the Red Storm team to ever greater successes within Big East play. In 2011 he was named Big East Coach of the Year.

Prior to arriving at St John’s, Rebhuhn spent four seasons as the head coach of both the men’s and women’s tennis programs at the University of Northern Iowa. During his last season, the women’s team was ranked as high as 68th nationally.

Rebhuhn played tennis for four years at Concordia College in New York, winning more than 150 matches. Following graduation he spent six months leading an ITA tennis development program in Zambia.

A Great Neck, NY native, Rebhuhn earned his B.S. in psychology from Concordia while on a tennis scholarship. He earned his master’s degree in physical education with a specialization in sports psychology at the University of Northern Iowa. He currently resides in Westchester, NY, with his wife, Jackie, and their sons, Jake and Dylan.

Support Staff

The support staff for the summer programs consists of current and former College players with the interest and experience to provide the mental and physical training required for a satisfying tennis experience. The training is organized around the age and tennis level of each child and includes development of stroke technique, movement, coordination and tactics. Note that our instructor to student ratio is on average 5:1 in order to give each participant concentrated attention in support of our quest for high quality technical skills along with strong mental and physical development.

The Courts at St. John's serve as home to both the men's and women's tennis teams. Located adjacent to Taffner Field House, the tennis courts are open daily throughout the year and are operated by the Recreational Sports Department. In addition to serving as the home to the Red Storm tennis teams, The Courts at St. John's also provide students with an opportunity to participate in tennis as a recreational activity. Courts are closest to gate 5 near 173rd and Union Turnpike

From Manhattan: LI Express Way to Utopia Parkway, drive 1/2 Mile South on Utopia towards Union Turpike Grand Central- get off at Utopia St. Johns exit, turn left at Utopia and follow signs From: Long Island LI Expressway West and exit Utopia Parkway turn left unto Utopia drive 1/2 mile south towards Union Turpike Public Transportation Q30, Q31, Q46, QM1,2,3,4,5,6 all drops off by campus E to Union Turnpike F to 169 Street