The Tradition Continues
Now in its ninth year, The Trabert Tennis Camp returns to the prestigious campus of Stevenson School in scenic Pebble Beach, California. Using the same legendary teaching methods pioneered by former Wimbledon, French and U.S. Open Champion Tony Trabert, this tennis tradition now continues with former Pebble Beach Director of Tennis Mike Trabert, who will teach and manage the camp along with his wife and former Stevenson faculty member, Dinny Trabert. There are two sessions for boys and girls of all ability levels ages 10-17, for Day and Resident Campers.
Our Spectacular Setting
Founded in 1954, Stevenson is one of the finest private schools in the United States. With its location on the famous 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach behind the guarded gates of the pristine Del Monte Forest, Stevenson’s surroundings are spectacular. Easy to reach from almost anywhere, Stevenson is two hours south of San Francisco and five hours north of Los Angeles. Shuttle busses from San Francisco, and San Jose Airports take campers to Monterey where we will pick up your child.
In addition to the eight teaching courts used by the camp, other amenities on the Stevenson campus include spacious dormitories and common areas, grassy athletic fields, a swimming pool, gymnasium, fullyequipped weight room, a ropes course and an auditorium for movies, talent nights and camp dances. The professional Stevenson kitchen staff employed during the school year provides excellent food and assures you of delicious and nutritious meals.
Tennis Staff and Teaching Philosophy
We hire only experienced male and female instructors, many of whom are former or current college players and coaches. Directors of Tennis from various clubs are also on staff. In addition to teaching assignments, staff members live in the dormitories with the campers to insure compliance with camp rules. Using the proven techniques taught to him by his father, Tony Trabert, Mike and his staff will provide first-rate instruction to all campers regardless of ability. Whether you are a beginner or tournament player, your stroke production, overall skills and understanding of the game will improve at our camp. Areas of emphasis include high percentage tennis, stroke production, strategy, match play and good sportsmanship. Our teaching philosophy is that tennis is a game best learned in an atmosphere of fun and enjoyment rather than one of military discipline. Accordingly, we place students in groups by ability first, then by age. The goal is keeping students challenged and motivated, while being particularly careful to avoid situations where they are overmatched or undermatched and thus frustrated.
Our daily schedule features a minimum of four hours of small group tennis instruction. This includes exercise, fast-paced drills, points, games, match play, and demonstrations. More playing time is possible during free time and evening activities. Dances, movies, and other sports round out the evening entertainment. Off-campus fun includes field trips to the beach, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, or nearby Carmel. On Saturday night campers return to the dorms at 10:30 PM with lights out at 11:00. On Sundays transportation will be provided to area church services (optional), other field trips and special activities to be determined.
Video equipment is used as a teaching element to help analyze strengths and weaknesses in each student’s stroke production and overall approach to the game. Ball machines and other instructional tennis equipment will also be on site to optimize learning. By being able to see their individual game style and technique during on-court video replays, campers are able to quickly understand what areas of the game they excel in and what areas need improvement..
Camp Safety and Rules
The school infirmary will be staffed by a nurse. Should serious emergencies arise, the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is only minutes away. In addition to learning sportsmanship on the court, it is expected that all campers will be wellbehaved and abide by camp rules. Therefore, drug, alcohol, or tobacco use is strictly forbidden. Campers using or possessing any of these items will be expelled and sent home immediately with no tuition refund. Similarly, those campers whose behavior has been deemed disruptive and detrimental to the orderly functioning of the camp will be expelled without refund.