Summer Camps 2022 at Yale University
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⇒Click here for SESSION 2: June 26 – July 1
⇒Click here for SESSION 3: July 24 – July 29
*Disclaimer – If Pinnacle Squash Camps at Yale University result in cancelation due to Covid-19, we will issue your refund.
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About the Camp
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
- 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.
“Strive for Excellence”
THE PEAK PERFORMANCE camp is organized and directed by Lynn Leong, Brooks G. Ragen Director of Squash at Yale, 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 Graduate Hotel. (click on the link for more information about the hotel). This newly renovated hotel is a convenient 8 minutes walk to the Payne and Whitney Gym.
Meals: Breakfast will be provided daily at the hotel, 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.
Pinnacle Squash Coaching Team
Principal & Program Director
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.
Pinnacle Squash Lead Coach ; Assistant Coach Yale Squash
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.
Head Coach at Denison University
Pam Anckermann enters her fifth year as Denison’s Head Men’s and Women’s Squash Coach in 2022-23, and it will be her 3rd season leading the varsity men’s and women’s squash programs transitioned to varsity status in 2020-21. Anckermann brings a wealth of world-class playing and coaching experience with her to our camps. She played No. 1 on the Guatemala National Team for 12 straight years and was a part of two Pan-American Games in 2-11 and 2015. She was the No. 1 player at Mount Holyoke College in all four years and helped her team rise from No. 27 ranking to 11th in the country.
Spencer is the visiting coach for Session 1 (June 19 – June 24) and Session 2 (June 26 – July 1)
Millie is the visiting coach for Session 1 (June 19 – June 24) and Session 2 (June 26 – July 1)
Millie Tomlinson is an All-American graduate from Yale University and a professional player.
She represented England and Great Britain at senior and junior levels. She has won 16 professional tour tiles, with notable PSA wins over Hania El Hammamy and Nicol David. Her highest ranking is 20 in the world.
Millie also studies law part-time at Nottingham Law School. She has her junior squash academy in Duffield and is the assistant squash coach at Loughborough University.
Follow Millie on Instagram: @millie_tomlinson
Head Coach, Wakefield School, Virginia
Mark is the visiting coach for Session 3, July 24 to July 29, 2022
Mark was a top-ranked junior player in England throughout his junior career, representing his county and region in the UK. He went to study at University in Liverpool, England, and graduated with an honors degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology before joining the PSA world tour in 2014.
Mark has been a professional squash player on the PSA tour for eight years. He is currently ranked 152 in the PSA world ranking and has won against numerous players ranked inside the top 100. Mark consistently trains and works with top world-ranked 50 players.
In recent years, he has focused more on his coaching. He has worked with various players recruited to top college Ivy League programs, and players ranked in the top 10 in their respective age groups. As well as Marks’s performance coaching experience, he has also worked with many beginner developmental players just starting in squash. He has a passion for the game and loves to work with players of all ages and abilities.
Mark is currently the Head Squash coach and a touring professional at Wakefield school in Northern Virginia.
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 – at The Graduate Hotel, 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 your hotel room assignment.
- Day Campers – campers check-in, 4 pm, at the lobby of Payne and Whitney Gym, 70 Tower Parkway, New Haven CT, 06411.
- Campers will play squash from 4:30 pm – 6:15 pm to determined groupings for the week. Please have your gear ready and be prepared to play.
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 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.
- All campers will lodge at The Graduate Hotel, located 1151 Chapel St, 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
- Breakfast will be provided at the hotel.
- Lunch and dinner 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.
Questions and Camp Director contact information
- If you have any other camp related questions that is not answered here, please contact Director of the program Lynn Leong
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- cell: 203.988.1870