Welcome.

Celebrating 25 years of world class squash coaching.

The Talbott Squash Academy continues offering juniors across the country the opportunity to train in a nurturing environment with the finest assemblage of coaches in the world. Founded in 1991 by squash legend, Mark Talbott, the TSA began with just 16 top ranked junior men and women training for two weeks at the Newport Squash Club. Over the years, TSA has trained over 2000 juniors. Our international team of coaches covers all aspects of the game including physical and mental training and nutrition.

Summer Session Information

The TSA will offer six one-week sessions this summer. Camps will be located in two of the most beautiful locations in the United States, Newport Rhode Island and Palo Alto California:


In Rhode Island, students will be housed on the spectacular campus of Salve Regina College, with magnificent views of the ocean. Training will be held on the eight air conditioned courts at St. George’s School.

In California, sessions will take place at the world renowned Stanford University.

A typical day at camp includes


  • Meals!
  • Drills and technical practice
  • Off Court Training, stretching
  • On Court Training- competitive games
  • Free Beach or Relax Time
  • Fun Evening Activities *

* including bowling, miniature golf, sightseeing in Newport and San Francisco

This summer's sessions

No. Description Status Dates Ages
1Overnight @ Stanfordopen June 20 - June 26 13-17
2Overnight @ Stanfordopen June 27 - July 3 13-17
3Overnight @ Stanfordopen July 4 - July 10 13-17
4Overnight @ Rhode Islandopen July 19 - July 25 13-17
5Day Camp @ Stanfordopen August 3 - August 7 8-12
6Day Camp @ Stanfordopen August 10 - August 14 8-12

Further Information

Overnight sessions at Stanford begin on Saturday with registration between 1:00-3:00 and end on the following Friday at 10:00 AM. The session in RI will begin on Sunday with registration between 1:00-3:00 and end on the following Saturday at 10:00 AM. Day camp sessions run Mon-Fri from 9:00-3:00. On court work will include individual and group instruction, drills, and match play. There is a 1 to 4-instructor student ratio. Off court training is composed of aerobic and anaerobic exercise, stretching, plyometrics and a variety of fun games. For the overnight camps, leisure activities include; visits to San Francisco and Newport, going to the movies, mini golf, bowling and taking in the sites and sounds of California and Rhode Island. Our experienced staff closely supervises all activities.

Costs

Cost per session for overnight camp (Sessions 1-4) is $1900. Cost per session for day camps (Session 5 and 6) is $475. Multiple week enrollments are welcome with no charge for the extra nights stay. Airport pickups are from San Francisco and in CA and Providence RI. To guarantee your spot, please mail back forms and balance within six weeks of receiving email confirmation as available spots will fill up and participation is limited.

Mark and TSA

Bringing out the best and the most each individual has to offer is a trademark of the TSA. Founder and Director, Mark Talbott, is truly “shaping the future of squash”.

Coaching at Stanford

Mark's move to the west coast as Director of Squash at Stanford has significantly impacted the national development of squash on every level. Eight years ago, Stanford announced that they were elevating the women's club squash program to varsity status for the 2006-07 season. This is the first women's or men's varsity squash program on the west coast. He is Head Coach of both the Men’s and Women’s programs at Stanford. Mark came to Stanford after his 2003-2004 undefeated season as coach of the Yale Women’s squash team.

Sporting Past

Squash Hall of Fame Inductee Talbott is recognized for his unmatched tournament record during his twelve year reign as the #1 ranked squash professional in North America. Talbott, who won 70 percent of the tournaments he entered as the World Hardball Champion and American Softball Champion, was the World Professional Squash Association Player of the Year (1983, '86, '87, '88, '89, '90, '91, '92) eight times and an Olympic Athlete of the Year (1991, '92, '95) on three occasions.

In addition, he captained the first USA Team to compete in the Pan Am Games (1995), earned the Sharif Khan Award for Sportsmanship (1991) and won the USSRA President's Cup (1989). He was featured in numerous magazines during his illustrious playing career, among them Gentlemen’s Quarterly, New Yorker, Esquire and twice in Sports Illustrated. His major titles among more than 250 career tournament victories include five North American Opens, six World Professional Championships, three Canadian Opens, two U.S. Opens, three Boston Opens, three S.L. Green Softball Nationals and a pair of North American Open Doubles titles.

A word from Mark

“I would like to dedicate this summer’s Talbott Squash Academy sessions in memory of my father George Douglas Talbott who shared his love of the sport with our family. We grew up in a house with six children in Dayton Ohio. My grandfather, Nelson Talbott, built the house which included a squash court. I enjoy passing on to the campers my passion for the sport. I share many personal stories with them of my experiences on and off court from 40 years of playing and traveling. The past couple of summers have been extra special for me to have my son Nick join us in coaching and story telling with the students.

It is rewarding for me to teach the kids the simple techniques and steps that I have learned to help improve their swings and ball control and also to relate to them what it was like mentally to compete at the highest level for 17 years. I find by the third day of camp, the entire group is focusing and executing what I like to call the “shake and bake”. I believe in a simple, clear approach that I see works with all of the camps and our Stanford Squash teams. The biggest reward though for me is that I know each and every one of the students that comes to our Academy has fun and enjoys the week while learning the most effective ways to compete. They also make new friendships at camp which lasts for many years. This represents to me what squash camp should be about.”

Apply for Camp

Please fill out this form if you would like to join us, you will receive an email confirmation.



Which session(s) are you interested in?

Forms And Documents

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Contact TSA

Mail

Talbott Squash Academy
P.O. Box 60742
Palo Alto
CA 94306-0742

Phone

650-725-8699

Email

talbottsquash@gmail.com