Big Bear Tennis Camps

Big Bear Sports Ranch

Big Bear Lake, CA 92314


Located close to Redlands and only a short drive from most areas in Southern California, the Big Bear adidas Tennis Camp offers junior players of all levels an authentic camp experience, free from the distractions of the city in the beauty and tranquility of the San Bernardino National Forest.  Surrounded by centuries-old redwoods, the historic mountain resort known as the Big Bear Sports Ranch has eight tennis courts and a dining/entertainment facility. Lodging will provided by Big Bear Escape ( in beautiful condominiums in the heart of Big Bear City, close to the movie theater and Alpine Slide. Meals are home-cooked and feature a variety of delectable desserts, perfect after a long day of tennis in the fresh, mountain air.

About Our Coaches

Eric Jacobson

Coach Eric Jacobson brings with him a wealth of coaching knowledge that spans the last 26 years. Twenty-one of those years came as a high school tennis coach working with tournament players in Southern California as well as taking true beginners and turning them into All-City players.

In 21 years as a high school coach, Eric has amassed a winning percentage of 90% (98% in league) including 21 league titles (combining boys’ and girls’ teams) and 14 seasons undefeated in league.

For the past 18 years, he has been certified as a United States Professional Tennis Association at the Elite Level. Coach Jacobson has directed and coached summer tennis camps in Park City, Salt Lake City, and different sites in California for 14 years.

Eric played collegiate tennis at the University of California, Santa Cruz, which was ranked #2 in the nation all four years he was there.

Terry Mak

Terry Mak has been teaching tennis his entire adult life.  After playing tennis at Eagle Rock High School, he started his career working at NIKE tennis camps in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah.  Thus began a 17-year span of co-coaching the Eagle Rock High School tennis team, one of the top teams in Los Angeles, specializing in technique, strategy, and mental toughness.  Since then, Coach Terry has worked in Pasadena at iTennis teaching all levels, from red-dot beginners to elite-level juniors and advanced adults.

In 2015, he was certified as a United States Professional Association teaching pro and advanced to Assistant Director at one of iTennis’ most popular sites.  This is his third year at the Big Bear adidas Tennis Camp where he hopes to help hard-working, motivated juniors and adults reach their potential in the great game of tennis.

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Camp Details

Players will receive top-notch instruction that blends the modern game and timeless basics with the goal of making your child into the most complete, balanced, and mentally-tough player possible.  The mornings will be filled with exciting drills and games emphasizing proper stroke production, movement, and singles and doubles strategy, along with video analysis, tennis-specific stretching and footwork drills, and lessons on goal setting, and other mental principles to help your child improve and enjoy the game fully.  The afternoons will feature singles and doubles match play under the close direction of several coaches.  Although competitive, improvement and sportsmanship will be emphasized.  Players will be coached to implement the strategies and mental techniques they learn in the morning during these afternoon matches. The nights will be spent off court enjoying fun activities with our lively staff, including a trip to the famous alpine slide in Big Bear City. We promise more instruction, match play, and fun times in the evenings than other camps, resulting in a more complete and productive camp experience.  Of course, campers will be supervised at all times by our fully-trained and screened tennis camp staff.

Overnight Campers: Check-in is on Sunday between 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM on the first day of camp (6/17 or 6/24) at the Ranch tennis courts. Check-out time is 3:00 PM on Friday (6/22 or 6/29). Please plan to arrive by 2:00 as camp staff will help you load your car.  Then please plan to stay for our 30-minute graduation ceremony that begins at 2:15 on Friday.

Note:  All Overnight campers should plan to bring a day bag with them to the courts every day that includes: racket, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, chapstick, water bottle, swimsuit, towel, sweatshirt, and perhaps an extra shirt or change of clothes.

Extended Day campers: Check-in is on Sunday between 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM on the first day of camp (6/17 or 6/24). Daily check-in time (Monday-Friday) is 9:15 AM at the Ranch tennis courts.

Pick-up times and locations for Extended Day campers are as follows: Sunday 8:30 PM at the Ranch courts, Monday 9:30 PM at the condos, Tuesday 8:00 PM at the Ranch courts, Wednesday 8:30 PM at the Ranch courts, and Thursday 8:15 PM at the Ranch courts. On Friday, we invite parents to join us for our 30-minute graduation ceremony that starts at 2:15 PM at the Ranch tennis courts.

Note:  All Extended Day campers should plan to bring a day bag with them to the courts every day that includes: racket, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, chapstick, water bottle, swimsuit, towel, sweatshirt, and perhaps an extra shirt or change of clothes.


Friday, June 22nd

3:00 PM               Extra Tennis Instruction and Games

5:30 PM               Dinner

7:30 PM               Camp-style games with staff

10:00 PM             Lights out

Saturday, June 23rd

9:00 AM               Breakfast

10:00 AM            Special Off-Court Activity

12:30 PM             Lunch

1:30 PM               Tennis Instruction/Drills/Games

4:00 PM               Camp-style games with staff

6:00 PM               Dinner/Movie with staff

10:00 Lights out

Sunday, June 24th

9:00 AM               Breakfast

10:00 AM            Camper Choice:  On-court games or Camp-style off-court games

12:00 PM             Lunch

1:00 PM               Welcome Week #2 Campers!

This includes all activities, tennis, housing, food and supervision. If you are interested, please email us at as you need to be confirmed with Coach Eric.


Check in is on Friday, June 22nd, at 4 PM. Check out is Sunday, June 24th, at 2pm. Adults will get a minimum of 10 hours of tennis over the course of the weekend. The emphasis for the camp is on doubles and will include instruction on all major strokes, doubles drills and games, along with discussion on doubles strategy, mental toughness, and ways to enjoy tennis more! Bedding and all meals are provided. This camp is subject to a minimum 6 adults.


Reviews (6)

reviews-10 Parent of Camper at Big Bear

The directors and junior coaches were great. My kids came back with a renewed love for tennis. They enjoyed the individual attention to their game. They also benefited greatly from the attention to the importance of goal setting and the mental aspect of the game. They are actively working on getting friends to come back with them next summer.

reviews-10 Camper at Big Bear

My favorite part of camp was the individual practice sessions with our team coaches. The coaches kept it fun, but pushed me to do better, and I did. I thought the camp was the best one I have ever been to!

reviews-10 Parent of Camper

My kids had a great time at camp. The staff and director were very accommodating to our requests. I just wish it was a day or two longer. We are looking forward to sending our children back next summer.

reviews-9 Camper At Big Bear

I had such a fun time at camp. I met new friends and cant wait to for next summer!

reviews-10 Camper At Big Bear

My overall experience at camp last year was very good. I chose this camp because of the quality of staff and they were awesome and taught me a ton. Thanks Coach Eric!

reviews-9 Parent of Camper

My son went with a friend to camp and they both came home with a new love for tennis. The coaches did a great job keeping them together and mixing up the games and drills.

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