NEW HAVEN – New Haven – Ct
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Day Camp with Half Day Option
Returning to campus in 2022, The Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps are coming back to New Haven! The Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps – New Haven is co-directed by Yale Head Men’s Tennis Chris Drake and Assistant coach Alex Steinroeder. The camp in Connecticut 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
- Session I: July 18-22, 2022
- Session II: July 25-29, 2022
- Full Day: $575 per week
- Half Day: $325 per week
- Full Day Option: 9am – 4pm daily
- Half Day Option: 9am – Noon daily
- Boys and Girls ages 5-18 of all skill levels.
- Camp is open to any and all entrants limited only by age, grade level, or gender.
Discounts: Discounts are available for campers attending both weeks of camp and for Yale University Faculty and Staff.. To be eligible for the 2 week discount, a single camper must attend both weeks of camp. * Note – Campers that use the code and are not eligible will be responsible for the full amount.
The rates for campers enrolling for 2 weeks or more are as follows:
2 weeks of camp for any single camper:
- Full Day: $525 per week ($50 off per week)
- Half Day: $275 per week ($50 off per week)
Coupon Code: None Needed – Will be applied online
Faculty / Staff Discount:
- Full Day: $550 per week ($25 off per week)
- Half Day: $300 per week ($25 off per week)
Coupon Code: Please email office from a university email to receive the coupon code.
* Note – Campers that use the code and are not eligible will be responsible for the full amount.
ONLY 1 DISCOUNT CODE CAN BE APPLIED PER CAMP REGISTRATION!
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.
Note: A skills evaluation is done on the first day of camp and we will assign students to small instructional groups with kids of similar age, ability and experience level. Players will continue to be evaluated throughout the week and coaches will move kids into situations to push them and help ensure they are in a comfortable learning environment.
- Full Day Campers – No meals provided. Please pack lunch daily
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
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.
More Info / UTR
None at this time.
- Full Day campers: 8:45 am daily
- Half Day campers: 8:45 am daily
- Full Day campers: 4pm daily
- Half Day campers: Noon daily
All our camp forms, including the required liability form and medical form can be found HERE
- Tennis Racket
- Tennis Shoes
- Sun Screen
- Hat / Visor
- Water bottle
- Snack (if desired)
MEET YOUR COACHES
Assistant Women’s Tennis Coach
Emma Davis, who plays professionally on the ITF Circuit and enjoyed an outstanding collegiate career at Wake Forest, joined Rachel Kahan’s staff in the fall of 2021 as an assistant coach.
Davis, who began her professional career in 2019, has achieved career high WTA rankings of 630 in doubles and 670 in singles.
At Wake Forest, Davis helped lead the Deacons to four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. She notched 191 career singles and doubles victories, sixth all-time in Wake history, made two appearances in the NCAA Individual championships and was a two-time All-ACC selection.
As a senior, she served as team captain and was ranked as high as 16th nationally and finished the regular season 34th. In addition, she was the recipient of the 2019 ITA National Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award, presented to a Division I women’s player who displays inspiring dedication and commitment to her team, which has enhanced her team’s performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis.
Davis is a 2019 graduate of Wake Forest with a bachelor of science degree in business and enterprise management. In addition to success on the court, she also excelled in the classroom and was a three-time ITA Scholar Athlete selection.
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.
Assistant Men’s Tennis Coach
Eduardo Ugalde joined Chris Drake’s staff as an assistant coach in the summer of 2021
Ugalde spent one season as a volunteer assistant coach at Duke, helping the Bulldogs advance to the NCAA Tournament, conclude the 2021 season ranked No. 36 in the final Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll and seeing their top doubles team advance to the NCAA Doubles Championship.
Ugalde also served on the staff at the University of Alabama in 2018-19 where he helped the Crimson Tide win 16 matches and advance to the NCAA Tournament.
In addition, Ugalde has experience as the head coach for both the men’s and women’s tennis teams at the University of Texas Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas.
While gaining a master’s degree in sports management, Ugalde was a graduate assistant coach for both the men and women’s tennis teams at Jacksonville State from 2017-2018. During his time with the Gamecocks, he saw both programs achieve their highest rankings in school history in 2018.
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.