YALE UNIVERSITY – New Haven – Ct

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Day Camp with Half Day Option

Brand new in 2020, The Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps are coming to New Haven! The Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps Yale University Camp is directed by Yale Head Men’s Tennis Chris Drake. The camp at Yale will provide young players with a fun and challenging environment enriched with an Ivy League Tradition.

Throughout the week each camper receives personal attention, advanced teaching techniques, intensive drill work and game/match play daily. Campers are broken into small instructional groups with those of similar age., ability and experience so each child is working in a group that is commensurate with their experience level. We tailor each program to the level of the players.

We tailor each program to the level of the players. Beginners would get a heavier dose of swing technique and fundamentals, while more advanced players would have more focus on strategy, point building, and percentage tennis, etc.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CAMP INCLUDE

  • Comprehensive instructional program with daily teaching progressions
  • Small instructional groups to ensure individual attention
  • Safety prioritized on and off court
  • Camp demo program with all the latest Wilson rackets
  • Great Wilson Raffle and prizes for all campers

CAMP DETAILS

CAMP DATES

  • Session I : TBA
  • Session II: TBA
  • Session III: TBA
  • Session IV: TBA

CAMP FEES

  • Full Day: TBA
  • Half Day: TBA

AGES

  • Full Day option: Boys and Girls ages 7-18 of all skill levels
  • Half Day option: Boys and Girls ages 7-18 of all skill levels

MORE INFORMATION

Camp Types

Our traditional tennis camps are designed to focus on the fundamentals and swing techniques of the modern tennis strokes. We tailor the instruction to the skill level and experience of each level of player. Some of the areas of focus for each level include:

  • Beginners: The beginning level player will be introduced to the basics of the game. Emphasis will be placed on stroke production and the technical aspects of the swing to teach these young players sound fundamentals from the ground up.
  • Intermediate: Intermediate level players will also focus on fundamental stroke production (to ensure proper technique), but will also be in put into game play situations to introduce these players to the competitive side of the game.
  • Advanced: The more advanced players will work with stroke production in a competitive environment, but will also be introduced to the basic strategies of the game.
  • High School / Tournament: Varsity high school and tournament players will focus on the strategic and competitive aspects of the game. Although there will be attention spent on the stroke fundamentals, more emphasis will be placed on point progression, court positioning, patterns and sequences, percentage plays and live ball drill work.

Times

Full Day Option:

  • TBA

Half Day Option:

  • 9am – Noon

Meals

  • Full Day Campers – No meals provided. Please pack lunch daily
  • No meals provided for Full or Half Day campers

FAQ's

Q: Are there Skill Requirements for this camp?

Per NCAA rules, our sports camps are open to all entrants. Enrollment is limited only by age, grade level, gender, and capacity restrictions as specified by each camp.

Q: What type of campers attend this camp?*

Our camps are open to any and all levels of tennis players. We have players from absolute beginner to  High School / Tournament level. 

We design our camps to teach the technical basics and love of the game to the beginning player, to introduce strategical decision making, and more advanced technique to the intermediate player, while building on their current stroke production, and to put the advanced players into pressured, strategical and competitive situations.

Q. What is the ratio of campers to staff?

Groups will be divided into small instructional groups of approximately 5-6: 1 campers to one coach. Some camps / sessions offer higher or lower ratios based on curriculum.

Q. If the camp is the full, do you have a waiting list?

We do have a waiting list for our camp weeks that sell out. In is not unusual for us to add campers from the waiting list due to late cancellations. To be added to the wait list, please    email the office.

Q. Should I purchase camp/cancellation insurance?

We recommend all families purchase camp / cancellation insurance if they are concerned about the investment they are making in the camp. Kids do get injured, sick and family plans change from the time of registration leading up to the camp. Camp insurance allows peace of mind and has many benefits in any of these events. Please review our   policies page for more information about camp/cancellation insurance. Click Here

Sample Schedule

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AIRPORT INFORMATION:

Airport transportation may be available upon request for those flying into camp. The closest airport is the Hartford/Springfield Bradley International Airport (BDL), 53 miles from campus in Windsor Locks, CT. LaGuardia International Airport (LGA), 72 miles from campus in New York City, NY. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), 80 miles from campus in New York City, NY. For more information please email the camp office before registering.

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PERTINENT INFORMATION

Check In

  • Full Day campers: TBA
  • Half Day campers: TBA

Check Out

  • Full Day campers: TBA
  • Half Day campers: TBA

Camp Forms

All our camp forms, including the required liability form and medical form can be found HERE

PACKING LISTS:

MEET YOUR COACHES

Camp Director:

CHRIS DRAKE

Head Men’s Tennis Coach

Yale University

Chris Drake, who served as head coach of the Dartmouth men’s tennis team the last nine years, is Yale’s new Cary Leeds Coach of Men’s Tennis.

During his tenure in Hanover, Drake guided the Big Green to three NCAA Championship appearances, including the last two seasons, and a 2018 Ivy League title, the school’s first since 1997. He was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2018, and he also earned ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year honors in 2018.

Drake is coming off a season at Hanover that included an NCAA Tournament appearance, part of a 15-9 overall (4-3 Ivy) campaign. His squad also took third at the ECAC Indoor Championships.

STAFF:

The coaching staff of the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp at Yale University is one of the strongest and most well respected in the country. Consisting of top collegiate coach-es and players, the staff is handpicked for their ability to teach and relate to young players in a friendly, thorough and responsible manner.

FACILITY

Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center

The Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center, made possible through the generous leadership gifts of the late Samuel J. Heyman ’60 and the estate of the late Joseph Cullman 3rd’35, is one of the finest intercollegiate tennis facilities in the nation.

The new building features eight courts surfaced in the famous US Open blue, team locker rooms, a team meeting room, coaches’ offices, digital scoreboards, great spectator viewing areas and the new Cary Leeds lobby which includes Yale tennis displays and banners, along with a comfortable gathering area for players and fans alike.

These features have earned the facility tremendous recognition and it now plays host to multiple collegiate and professional tournaments.

The finishing touches of the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center were completed in fall of 2010 with the installation of the new scoreboard system. Thanks in part to additional gifts from Donald Dell ’60, Robin Selati ’88, and Jonathan Clark ’59 the Yale tennis facilities now have the most state of the art scoreboard system in collegiate tennis. The scoreboards allow scoring to take place on individual courts but also to be compiled in one central location.