US Camps FAQ

Where does the program take place?

Williams College is a private institution that was founded in 1793. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,053, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 450 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Williams College’s ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 1.

Williams College—located in Williamstown, Mass., at the foothill of Mount Greylock in the Berkshire Mountains—is one of the oldest colleges in the country. The school was originally a men’s college until 1970, when women were first admitted. The college’s fraternities were abolished in 1962. The school has many unique student activities, including the semi-annual, school-wide trivia contest and the annual Mountain Day in October when students hike Mount Greylock. The Williams Ephs (named after the school’s founder Ephraim Williams) participate in NCAA Division III varsity sports in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Williams is also part of the unofficial Little Three athletic conference with Amherst and Wesleyan. The school requires freshmen to live on campus in any of six different residence halls.

How many courts does the “Simons Squash Center” have?

the Simon Squash Center has 12 courts, all of which will be used for camp. In addition, the facility has two private fitness centers, which will also be available to all campers.

Is the facility air-conditioned?

No; though the temperatures at the courts are always pleasant  (80 degrees on a hot day) due to the fact that the center is located on ground, and has several ventilation doors on each floor that provides fresh air.

How many hours of training per day are scheduled?

Not more than five hours per day, in two separate sessions. The quality of practice, not the quantity, matters. Since a ratio of two players per court is always maintained, campers never experience any waiting time during practices. The intensity of the program makes it unhealthy for the campers to practice more than five hours per day.

Do we have to attend the education program?

No, all education programs are optional and free of charge. We do encourage campers to attend one education program as it will improve the overall experience of our summer program.

How many campers attend each session?

On average, there are no more than 35 campers per session. Since there are twelve courts at the Simon Squash center the campers are divided into four training groups of ten for the week. The groups will rotate through four different training stations in the morning (fitness sessions, drilling sessions, technique sessions and video analysis). We guarantee a two for one campers/ court ratio at all time!

How many coaches will attend each session?

There are eight coaches for a 35 camper session: 2 head coaches, 2 assistant coaches, 2 junior coaches, 1 fitness coach and one video analysis.

Who are the head coaches for each session?

Squash and Beyond employs some of the best coaches and players in the world. The coaches for each session are listed on each session descriptions. A few of our regular coaches are Zafi levy (Head coach at Williams College), Dave Pearson (former English National coach),  Chris Simpson (World #20), Paul Hornsby (NZ national coach coach), Alister Walker (Columbia University), Fabio Cechin (Merion cricket club), Alex Stait (Agnes Irwin school), Jim Moore (Blair Academy), Ramsey Vehslag (Pingry school)

Where do the campers eat and sleep?

Squash and Beyond will use West dorm throughout the summer. Most campers will receive a private room in a dorm that features, a kitchen, TV room, library, a laundry room, and vending machines. Most meals throughout camp will be served in one of Williams Colleges’ dining halls and will be prepared by “Williams College Dining Services”. Dinners will be served in local restaurants in town to improve food variety. On Sunday night Campers and coaches will enjoy a Pizza night, on Monday night the campers will Enjoy a chicken and Salad dinner, on Tuesday, the campers will enjoy a pasta dinner in a local restaurant, on Wednesday the campers will Enjoy Burger and Salad night, and on Thursday the campers will Enjoy Mexican dinner.

What kind of supervision does the camp offer during the day?

During each day during the week,  Squash and Beyond employs a full time trainer that will supervise all squash sessions. Outside of the squash facility, campers will be supervised by our coaches during all night activities and at the dorm.

What kind of supervision does the camp offer during the night?

During the night, Squash and Beyond employs three counselors and one assistant coach who will sleep at the dorm with the campers and will supervise and assist the campers with any crisis during the night. Each floor at the dorm will host a coach and their rooms will be marked so that campers know where to seek help.

What is the male/female ratio for each session?

Our goal is to have a ratio of 1:1 between male and female campers for each session though most sessions have more boys than girls.

Is there a separation between male and female campers in the dorms?

Yes, male and female campers sleep on different floors in the dorms and use separate designated bathrooms. The camp employs at least one female counselor each week to assist female campers with any problems at the dorm.

Can we participate in two sessions this summer?

Yes, it is possible upon request. Campers are allowed to stay at the dorm during the weekend between two sessions for a fee of $165 which will cover all room and board costs for the extra two days.

How much do the night activities cost?

During the registration process on Sunday we will collect $100 from each camper to cover all costs of night activities during the week. The only expense which will not be covered during the week will be Ice-Cream and spending money at the movies. we recommend parents to leave 50$ to cover for all other minor expenses during the week.

What should the campers bring with them to camp?

Campers should be responsible to bring their own bed linens (single bed), enough clothes for twelve squash sessions, a bathing suit, towels, outdoor shoes, comfortable clothes for night activities, a small fan, and some spending money (no more than $50). please view the important information tab on the menu bar for more details information.

How can I find directions to Williams College?

Directions to Williamstown can be found here.

Peter Pan Company runs a daily bus from Boston and NY City to Williamstown. Albany International Airport operates flights for most major air-carriers and is only 50 minutes away from Williamstown. It is also possible to take an Amtrak train from NYC, Penn Station to Albany, NY or From Boston to Pittsfield, MA (a 20 min drive from Williams College). Squash and Beyond Camps, employ a full time driver which will provide low cost transportation from/to Albany airport and train station. Please contact Zafi Levy for more detailed information regarding ground transportation. Please view the important information tab on the menu bar for more detailed information.

Is each week of camp is catered toward a different age group?

At Squash and Beyond we designate each week for a specific age group. Super Elite and Advance Elite sessions are designated for older kids (age 14-18). Elite sessions are designated for younger kids (age 9-14). We are committed to improve squash players at all ages and levels. In order to qualify for any of the four Super elite sessions we offer during the summer, each player will have to maintain a predetermined standard. Our goal is to form a competitive environment for all players; therefore we guarantee to register players with similar standards of playing for each week.

What if my son/daughter has food allergies?

We deal with these issues frequently. During the first day of camp, our trainer will meet individually with each camper that has any food allergies and make sure the kid is aware of the problem . Most campers who has food allergies carry with them the necessary medication for emergency situation and are responsible to stay away from any food that will trigger a bad reaction. All foods at the dinning hall are properly marked so that campers can easily determine weather the food is appropriate for them or not. Our coaches and counselors at the dorm can assist any camper in need around the clock.