BRADY SQUASH CENTER
YALE UNIVERSITY, NEW HAVEN CT
About the Camps
The Peak Performance Camp is open to all levels from grades 6th – 12th. Peak Performance camp teaches advanced squash training methods and philosophies so that they can improve and attain peak performance on the court:
- Learn how to create a better training plan
- How to train efficiently to PEAK
- Nutrition and Lifestyle
- How to peak for tournaments
The Academy Day Camp is appropriate for beginners through the bronze level to intermediate through the silver level, ages 9 – 16. Focusing on developing proper techniques and learning the appropriate skills to improve their game.
Beginners through US Squash Bronze – Green
- basic technique on how to grip the racket
- swing technique
- basic squash movement
- learn the rules of the game
Intermediate through the US Squash Silver level – Blue
- An in-depth discussion about the swing and follow-through technique
- In-depth drill sessions with playing partners
- On-court movement technique – proper lunge and recovery to the T.
- tactics on how to play a better game of squash
- Growth/Fixed mindset, and peak performance.
- Individual video analysis
- Classroom session to discuss strategies and game plans.
Strength and Conditioning, and Flexibility
- The importance of cross-training
- What is flexibility and its benefits for squash?
Nutrition and Lifestyle choices
- Certified sports nutritionist – eat to succeed, you are what you eat.
Overnight Camp Details
“Strive for Excellence”
THE PEAK PERFORMANCE camp is organized and directed by Lynn Leong, Brooks G. Ragen Director of Squash, Head Coach Men and Women’s Squash at Yale University, and Principle of Pinnacle Squash.
THE TEAM of Coaches leading this year’s Peak Performance camps are Lynn Leong and Campbell Grayson. In addition, we also have a team of experienced coaches, mentors, and collegiate players who share the same passion and enthusiasm: to “strive for excellence” on and off the court.
Accommodation: overnight campers, coaches, and counselors will lodge at The Courtyard by Marriott New Haven. (click on the link for more information about the hotel). The hotel is a convenient 3 minutes walk to the Payne and Whitney Gym.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided by Yale University Dining Halls. The dining halls provide a nutritionally balanced and versatile menu every day. Campers can take the opportunity to visit the college grounds and to dine with other summer school campers.
Brooks G.Ragen Director of Squash, Head Coach Men and Women's Squash, Yale University, Camp Program Director, and Principal, Pinnacle Squash
In May of 2021, Lynn Leong was promoted from interim head coach to Brooks G. Ragen, Director of Squash, and will serve as head coach for women’s and men’s teams. She joined the Bulldogs in 2017 as a senior assistant coach and then promoted to associate head coach in 2019 and interim head coach in 2021.
Leong also serves as the Yale Athletics Community Engagement & Events Subcommittee chair.
She helped build the rosters for both teams since her arrival, and her efforts and coaching aided the women’s team in its rise to a No. 3 national finish in 2019-20 and two All-American selections for the men’s team in 2020.
Leong becomes the second Ragen Director of Squash after Talbott. She is the first-ever woman to coach Yale’s men’s squash team. Leong is the third woman to direct the women’s program and the first Asian-American squash head coach at Yale.
Leong won two national team championships as a player at Trinity College, from where she graduated in 2005. Since coming to the U.S. from Malaysia in 1999, she has been a two-time Interscholastic individual champion at St. George’s School (R.I.) and a three-time, first-team All-American at Trinity.
The former photography major in college started playing squash at her father’s club in Malaysia at the age of four and achieved a world professional ranking of 40 by 16. She was the Asian Women’s Champion (Jordan, 1996), a finalist in the U19 British Junior Open, and a finalist in the World Junior Championship (Belgium, 1999).
Leong began her coaching career at the Apawamis Club in Rye, N.Y., in August of 2007, working under Hall of Fame squash legend Peter Briggs. She has also served as the Squash Director at the New Haven Lawn Club (NHLC) from 2007-to 2017. While at the NHLC, she nurtured numerous players to achieve top U.S. junior rankings, including future Yale student-athletes.
Leong, who received her level 3 squash coaching certification from U.S. Squash in 2015, helped coach two runner-up U.S. junior women’s teams at the World Junior Championship (2013 and 2015) while serving as the assistant coach.
Leong, a Davenport College Fellow, lives in Branford, Conn., with her husband, Yiming, and daughter, Blake.
Assistant Men's and Women's Squash Coach, Yale University; Lead Coach, Pinnacle Squash
Campbell Grayson, a 17-year veteran of the Professional Squash Association World Tour with 14 titles, joined the Yale Squash Program as an assistant coach for both teams in July of 2021.
Grayson, an Auckland, New Zealand native, won two of those championships, the Cannon Kirk Irish Squash Open and the Northwestern Mutual LifeTime Houston Open, a year before he retired in 2020.
Ranked as high as 24th in the world in 2020, he also helped his country to its best finish in over a quarter of a century at the WSF Men’s World Team Squash Championships.
Grayson won the U-13, U-15, U-17, and U-19 New Zealand age-group national titles. In the final year of his junior career, he also won the U-19 New Zealand International Open, Australian International Open, and the Scottish International Open. He placed ninth at the prestigious British Junior Open and reached the last 16 at the 2004 World Junior Championships.
In Melbourne, Australia, Grayson also won the bronze medal at the 2006 World Doubles Championships. That performance earned him a position in the 2006 New Zealand Commonwealth Games. A year later, he began competing full-time on the PSA World Tour.
As a youth, Grayson was selected to be a part of Auckland’s elite tennis junior squad and won numerous titles while representing Auckland at the New Zealand Junior Tennis Nationals in 1996. Training at Titirangi Rackets Club, his attention shifted to his father’s game, squash, at age 11. He won his first U-13 New Zealand Nationals squash title in 1997.
In 2005, Grayson, awarded the NZ Prime Minister’s High-Performance Scholarship while studying at Unitec Institute of Technology and majoring in Sports Management. He was awarded the 2006 Sportsman of the Year Award at Unitec and Squash Auckland’s 2009 Sportsman of the Year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Covid-19 Vaccination Policy
- Pinnacle Squash requires all squash coaching staff and campers to be fully vaccinated.
- Proof of vaccination is required.
When and Where is Check-In for Camps?
- Overnight campers check-in is on Sunday between 2 pm – 4 pm
- Location check-in for Overnight Campers – The Courtyard by Marriott, hotel camp staff will direct you to Pinnacle Squash Camp check-in center. Parents and Campers must check-in with Pinnacle Squash Camp Staff to get room assignment.
- Overnight campers will play squash from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm to determined groupings for the week. Please have your gear ready and be prepared to play.
- Day Campers – campers check-in Monday morning 8:30am, at the lobby of Payne and Whitney Gym, 70 Tower Parkway, New Haven CT, 06411.
Required Camp Forms
Health and Medical – The Connecticut State law requires campers to submit the following forms to Pinnacle Squash in order to participate in Pinnacle Squash Camps.
- Proof of Vaccination – Covid19
- Health Assessment Record
- Youth Camp Health Exam Record
- Authorization for the Administration of Medication by School, Child Care, and Youth Camp Personel
- Individual Plan of Care
Release of Liability Form – Parents and campers are required to complete and sign the Pinnacle Squash release of liability form prior to or at camp check-in.
All forms will be provided to you after you complete our online camp registration.
When is Check-Out?
- The Overnight camp will conclude at Noon on Thursday.
- The Day camp will conclude at Noon on Friday.
- Day Campers – a parent or a guardian must sign out their children at the end of camp.
- Overnight Campers – Counselors will chaperone campers back to the hotel to change, pack, and check out.
- Parents can pick up their children at the squash courts or the hotel.
- Parents or guardians must sign out their children at the end of the camp.
Transportation to and from evening activities.
- Campers will be transported in a school bus to and from, for after squash activities.
- Campers will be supervised at all times during a planned Pinnacle Squash evening activities.
- There will always be coaches and counsellors on duty at all times.
- Overnight campers will lodge at The Courtyard by Marriott, located on 30 Whalley Ave, New Haven, CT 06511.
- Campers will be chaperone by counsellor or coaches to and from the hotel regardless of age.
- All rooms are double, two campers to a room.
- Coaches and counsellors will be on the same floor as campers.
- Laundry services available at hotel * not included in camp fees.
- Squash Gear – squash shoes, eyewear, rackets
- 2 Changes of squash clothes each day
- Daily non-squash clothes (5 evenings), include a sweatshirt for cool evenings
- Swim suit and flip flops
- water bottle
- Running shoes
- Rain Jacket
- Towels and linens are not necessary
- All meals will be provided at one of the colleges at Yale
- Campers will be escorted to all meals by coaches and counsellors regardless of age.
- Please email Pinnacle Squash if your child has any food allergies.