Tennis Camp at Yale University
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We are excited to be hosting camp at Yale University this year! This tennis camp is geared towards boys and girls ages 7-17 who are excited to have fun while also advancing their tennis skills. Yale has a great staff that is energetic and eager to connect with campers and help them develop their skills and technique in a fun and friendly environment.
Campers will receive tennis instruction, utilize Yale's awesome tennis facilities and have the opportunity to hit a ton of balls and make new friends.
- Instruction from Yale University's Head Women's Tennis Coach, Rachel Kahan, and Men's Head Coach, Chris Drake and their expert staff
- Low camper to coach ratio
- Campers receive Tennis Camp T-shirt and prizes
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Camp Director Rachel Kahan
Rachel Kahan, who coached Middlebury College to two NCAA Tournament semifinal appearances and was a successful student-athlete at Duke, was named the Swensen-McMahon Head Coach of Women's Tennis at Yale in July of 2021. Kahan enjoyed remarkable success in four seasons at Middlebury, including one that was cut short by the pandemic. The Panthers posted a 40-10 overall record, won six NCAA Tournament matches and advanced to two NESCAC Championship matches during her tenure.View Rachel's Bio ⟩
Kahan was named the head women's tennis coach at Middlebury in the spring of 2018. She had served in an interim role since July of 2017 and was an assistant coach with the program for the 2016-17 season. During the 2017-18 season, Kahan guided the Panthers to the NCAA semifinals, finishing with a then program single-season tying 17 wins (17-4). Middlebury also advanced to the NESCAC Championship match. In 2018-19, Middlebury returned to the NESCAC Championship match and made its fourth-straight appearance in the NCAA semifinals with a program single-season record 19 wins (19-3). The Panthers also had two doubles pairs play their way into the NCAA semifinals. In her one season as an assistant coach, Middlebury finished with a 17-5 record and reached the NCAA semifinals. Kahan is a 2015 graduate of Duke University where she enjoyed an incredibly successful tennis career, earning the second-most Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) singles wins (36) of any student-athlete in Duke history. In her first season, she posted a record of 31-1 and a perfect 11-0 mark in conference play on her way to being named the ACC Rookie of the Year. She had a singles record of 26-5 as a sophomore and helped the Blue Devils win the ACC championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament semifinals. In her senior campaign, she had a 20-6 singles mark and was the National Indoor Champion after missing her junior year due to injury. As a Blue Devil, she accumulated an overall singles record of 77-12 and a 44-22 mark in doubles. Kahan was ranked as high as 77th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) at the conclusion of her rookie year. Originally from Unionville, Connecticut, Kahan is familiar with Yale’s tennis facility. She participated in the Pilot Pen Professional Tournament at Yale as an amateur in 2009. Her other success on the junior circuit included winning the New England United States Open Qualifier Tournament in 2010, posting wins against International Tennis Federation (ITF) juniors ranked No. 1, No. 10 and No. 40 in the world and being the top-ranked player in New England from 2005-07. In addition to earning her undergraduate degree as a sociology major at Duke, Kahan attended Duke’s Graduate School in the Master’s and Liberal Studies program in 2014-15 and earned a Master’s degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from American Public University in 2020.
Co-Director Chris Drake
Chris Drake was named the Cary Leeds Head Coach of Men’s Tennis in June of 2019. He began building the foundation for a very successful program in his first season. Yale won five matches, including impressive victories over Boston College and Navy. The positive momentum could be seen on the final day of competition when the Bulldogs knocked off both NJIT and Fairfield.View Chris's Bio ⟩
Shortly thereafter, the remainder of the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 public health threat. Prior to Yale, Drake spent nine years as the head coach at Dartmouth where he 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 mentored 2015 Ivy League Player of the Year Dovydas Sakinus and three Ivy Rookie of the Year selections – Sakinis (2014), Ciro Riccardi (2015) and Charlie Broom (2017). His overall record at Dartmouth was 136-79. His final season at Dartmouth 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. The Green also won the Rice Invitational following victories over Texas Tech, Utah State and Rice. Following a big 4-1 win over Harvard to end the regular season, Dartmouth received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, falling to Michigan in the first round. Drake helped Broom and David Horneffer to become the first Big Green duo to automatically qualify for the doubles tournament since 1976, while Broom also received an at-large bid to the singles tournament. Broom was named first team All-Ivy for both singles and doubles, Horneffer was first team for doubles and Dan Martin was first team for singles. Dartmouth had its most successful season in 2017-18, going 20-6 and winning its first-ever ECAC Indoor title by taking down Monmouth, Princeton and Harvard. His team went 6-1 in league play, winning its first Ivy title since 1997, and getting the automatic bid the to the NCAAs, while Drake earned Ivy League Coach of the Year honors for the second time. He was also named Northeast Wilson/ ITA Coach of the Year after helping to produce three All-Ivy players and one ITA Northeast Player to Watch. Before Dartmouth, Drake served as an assistant coach at Northwestern. The 2009 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Midwest Regional Assistant Coach of the Year, Drake was an instrumental force in elevating the men's tennis program at Northwestern as the Wildcats' recruiting classes in 2008 and '09 were ranked 12th and eighth in the country, respectively, by tennisrecruiting.net. In his second season with the Wildcats, Drake helped the squad improve to a 6-4 mark in the Big Ten to tie for fourth place. Overall Northwestern went 18-9 on the season, earning a national ranking as high as 48th, and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats were successful on and off the court during Drake's tenure, posting a team GPA of 3.5 in 2009 and a 1.000 APR in 2008 and '09. Drake also spent time coaching the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) doubles team of Eric Butorac (U.S.) and Ashley Fisher (Australia) in May and June of 2008 at the French Open and Wimbledon Championships. Before embarking on his collegiate coaching career, Drake was an accomplished player on the ATP doubles tour, achieving a world doubles ranking of 92. In all, Drake defeated 12 players who had been ranked in the top 50 of the ATP world doubles rankings and won six ATP Challenger doubles titles. A 2003 Brown graduate with a degree in modern American history, Drake was a two-time unanimous selection to the 2002 and 2003 All-Ivy teams. He was a two-time captain, leading the Bears to NCAA Tournament appearances each year he captained the squad, in addition to guiding the team to its first Ivy League title in the program's history in 2002.
2023 CAMP DATES
- July 17-21
- July 24-28
All sessions are open to players of all abilities unless otherwise noted. All participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.
There will be a player evaluation after check-in. Campers will then be sorted by ability first then age. Adjustments will be made throughout the camp when needed/appropriate to do so.
- All Skills Program: The All Skills program is designed for tennis players of any skill level and background. Campers will learn fundamentals and improve upon their game.
- Check-in: All campers check in at 8:45am on Monday at the tennis courts. Campers should come dressed and ready to play. Parents can park in the parking lot at 279 Derby Ave, West Haven, CT 06516.
- Full Day Check-out: Campers will check out at 4:00pm each day
- Half Day Check-out: Campers will check out at 12:00pm each day
- Full Day Camper Schedule: Monday 8:45am-4:00pm, Tuesday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm
- Half Day Camper Schedule: Monday 8:45am-12:00pm, Tuesday-Friday 9:00am-12:00pm
Lunch is not provided. Campers will need to bring their own lunch each day.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: 5-6 hours of daily tennis training, morning and afternoon sessions
- Supervision: Staff members participate in all activities
- Camp T-shirt: All campers receive a Tennis Camps t-shirt
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 5:1 camper-to-coach ratio
- Groupings: Campers are grouped by age, ability, and experience. There will be an evaluation on the first day of camp after check-in. From there, we will separate players based on ability first, followed by age if necessary. Adjustments can be made during camp.
- Equipment Needed: All campers must bring a tennis racquet, tennis shoes, and a water bottle.
- Facility: 12 court outdoor facility and 8 court indoor facility on Yale University's campus.
- Inclement Weather Plan: We will use indoor courts if need
- Medical Protocol: Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist. All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
- Athletic, on-court tennis clothing
- Tennis Racquet(s)
- Tennis shoes (no running shoes)
- Sweatshirt/warm-up jacket and pants
- Water bottle*
- Signed Health & Release forms and waivers (forms completed online do not need to be printed and turned in at camp)
ADDITIONAL REQUIRED FORMS
In addition to US Sports Camps' online Health and Release forms, the following additional required documents MUST be completed and brought to camp on the first day. Campers will not be permitted without the below documents. These documents can be found in the online portal under the 'Important Notes' section.
- Yale Waiver
- Kahan Tennis Academy Liability Waiver
- CT Youth Camp Health Exam Record: This form must be completed and signed by your child's physician and brought to camp. If you already have a copy of your camper's most recent physical with their physician's signature, you may bring that to camp instead of this form.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
TENNIS CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our tennis camps please see our FAQ page
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Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:45am Check-in
- 9:00am-12:00pm Tennis Instruction
- 12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch
- 1:00pm-4:00pm Tennis Instruction
- 4:00pm Pick up
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.