Pinnacle squash camps provide a unique opportunity for young athletes to immerse themselves in the sport and focus on training, receiving expert instruction, and developing their squash skills. Whether they are beginners or seasoned players, these camps offer a supportive and challenging environment to help participants reach their full potential on the court
BRADY SQUASH CENTER
YALE UNIVERSITY, NEW HAVEN CT
About The Academy
The Academy is suitable for young athletes aged 9 to 16 who are at the beginner through bronze level, as well as those at the intermediate through silver level. The camp’s primary focus is on developing fundamental techniques and acquiring the necessary skills to enhance participants’ gameplay. Whether a beginner or an intermediate player, this program is tailored to help participants take their game to the next level.
This program is designed for players at different levels:
For Beginners through US Squash Bronze – Green:
- Introduction to Squash: Learn the basic rules of the game and the scoring system.
- Basic Technique: Develop proper grip technique, swing technique, and footwork for basic squash movement.
For Intermediate through US Squash Silver – Blue:
- Advanced Technique: Receive an in-depth discussion on the swing and follow-through technique to improve your shots.
- Drill Sessions: Participate in drill sessions with playing partners to practice and enhance your gameplay.
- On-court Movement: Master proper lunge and recovery techniques to move efficiently and effectively around the court.
- Game Strategies: Learn tactics to elevate your game, including how to create openings and finish points with finesse.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:45am – Day Campers check-in at Lobby of Payne and Whitney Gym
- 9am – 11:45am : Squash – Session 1
- 12pm – 1 pm: Lunch (included)
- 1pm – 1:30pm: Workshop
- 1:30pm – 3pm : Squash – Session 2
- 3pm – session ends, pick up at lobby of PWG
About Peak Performance
The Peak Performance caters to students from grades 6th to 12th, regardless of their level of expertise. This camp is designed to teach advanced squash training methods and philosophies, enabling participants to improve their skills and achieve peak performance on the court.
During the program, participants will learn how to create a more effective training plan, train efficiently to reach their peak performance, and make informed choices about nutrition and lifestyle. The program also provides guidance on how to optimize training for tournaments, helping participants to compete at their be
- Sports Psychology: Learn about the growth/fixed mindset, mental toughness, and peak performance strategies to take your game to the next level.
- Squash Talk: Engage with coaches and fellow players to discuss tactics, game plans, and techniques to improve your skills.
- Individual Video Analysis: Receive personalized feedback and analysis of your gameplay to identify areas of strength and opportunities for improvement.
- Classroom Sessions: Participate in group discussions to learn about squash strategies, game plans, and mental preparation techniques.
- Strength and Conditioning, and Flexibility: Understand the importance of cross-training and developing flexibility for squash, including exercises and stretches to improve your game.
- Nutrition and Lifestyle Choices: Consult with a certified sports nutritionist to learn about the best nutrition and lifestyle choices to fuel your body for success on the court.
“Strive for Excellence”
Lynn Leong, the Brooks G. Ragen Director of Squash, Head Coach of Men’s and Women’s Squash at Yale University, and Principal of Pinnacle Squash, directs and oversees the Academy and Peak Performance Camps
Our COACHING TEAM comprises seasoned coaches, accomplished mentors, and former collegiate players, all driven by a common passion and enthusiasm for achieving excellence both 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.
Pinnacle Squash Summer Team
Camp Program Director, and Principal; Brooks G.Ragen Director of Squash, Yale University,
As the Principal of Pinnacle Squash, Lynn Leong directs and oversees the programs at Pinnacle Squash. Additionally, Leong is the Brooks G. Ragen Director of Squash and currently serves as head coach for both the women’s and men’s teams at Yale University. She joined the Bulldogs in 2017 as a senior assistant coach and was later promoted to associate head coach in 2019 and interim head coach in 2021. Leong is the second Ragen Director of Squash after Talbott, and the first-ever woman to coach Yale’s men’s squash team as well as the first Asian-American squash head coach at Yale. She is the third woman to direct the women’s program.
Lead Coach, Pinnacle Squash; Assistant Coach, Yale University
Campbell Grayson, a former professional squash player with 14 titles in his 17-year career on the PSA World Tour, joined the Yale Squash Program as an assistant coach for both teams in July of 2021. Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, Grayson won two of those championships, the Cannon Kirk Irish Squash Open and the Northwestern Mutual LifeTime Houston Open, a year before retiring in 2020. As a junior player, he won multiple New Zealand age-group national titles, including the U-19 New Zealand International Open, Australian International Open, and Scottish International Open. Grayson also won a bronze medal at the 2006 World Doubles Championships in Melbourne, Australia, earning him a position in the 2006 New Zealand Commonwealth Games. After retiring from professional play, he received the NZ Prime Minister’s High-Performance Scholarship and earned a degree in Sports Management from Unitec Institute of Technology. Grayson was named Unitec’s 2006 Sportsman of the Year and Squash Auckland’s 2009 Sportsman of the Year.
Coach, Pinnacle Squash; Assistant Coach, Yale University
Tate, a recent graduate of Haverford College with a degree in International Studies, has been playing squash since he was 12 years old in his hometown of Philadelphia, PA. He achieved his highest US ranking of 50 in 2016 and continued to hone his skills after graduating from William Penn Charter School. While at Haverford, Tate played a pivotal role in helping the men’s squash team win the Chaffee Cup in his first year, a title that had eluded the team since 2011. Tate consistently held a top-four position on the ladder and finished fourth on Haverford’s all-time win list. He also holds the records for the most wins and highest win percentage in a single season for his standout performance in the 2018-19 season.
After graduation, Tate began his coaching career at Haverford College, offering squash lessons to juniors in the area and assisting Head Coach Niki Clement in running summer camps to further develop his coaching skills. He then joined SquashSmarts, a Squash and Education Alliance program in Philadelphia, as the Community Programs Director. In this role, Tate introduced more than 700 students in Philadelphia Public Schools to squash and provided coaching assistance to the Squash Directors during practices and tournaments. In 2022, Tate earned his Level 1 Coaching Certification from USSquash and plans to obtain his Level 2 certification in early 2023.
Frequently Asked Questions
When and Where is Check-In for Camps?
- Overnight campers check-in is on Sunday between 3 pm – 4 pm
- Location check-in for Overnight Campers – The Courtyard by Marriott hotel camp staff will direct you to the Pinnacle Squash Camp check-in center. Parents and Campers must check in with Pinnacle Squash Camp Staff to get the room assignments.
- Overnight campers will play squash from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm to determine groupings for the week. Please have your gear ready and be prepared to play.
- Day Campers – campers check in Monday morning at 8:30 am 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 Peak Performance camp will conclude at 1:30 pm on Thursday.
- The Academy camp will conclude at 3 pm 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 chaperoned by counselor or coaches to and from the hotel regardless of age.
- Coaches and counselors will be on the same floor as campers.
- Laundry services available at the 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
- flip flops
- water bottle
- Running shoes
- Rain Jacket
- Towels and linens are not necessary
- Meals provided
- 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.