General Comments

We receive many requests from students who are interested in registering for a class for which they do not yet qualify.  We do consider exceptions.  However, we cannot grant all requests, because to do so would be to fundamentally change the nature of each level of class. The number of requests is simpl too numerous to grant them all.

Consideration of exceptions to the class requirements begins June 1.  Exceptions are then considered based on significant merit, strength and age fit, along with availability in the “target” class.  (If there is sufficient demand, an additional instructor may be hired.)

We wait until June 1 for several reasons.  First, there is a great deal of scholastic chess played from February 1 to June 1.  This includes state championships, national championships, various special scholastic events, and also special events such as the amateur team tournaments and Memorial Day tournaments.  This large number of events provides significant opportunity for ratings changes, and therefore the possibility of directly qualifying for the class.  We believe this can be a motivation for a student and quite rewarding if a student can qualify directly.  Additionally, this approach provides the first registration opportunity to those students who do directly qualify.

Purposes of Class Requirements

We believe it is important that students understand the purposes of the class requirements before they decide whether to apply for an exception. There are a few purposes for the class requirements:

  1. To ensure that a student is directed to the ‘best fit’ class opportunity,

  2. To ensure to other class students that all students in a class are prepared to contribute at an appropriate level with respect to the class material, and

  3. To allow instructors to appropriately plan for the class.

Please keep in mind that the class requirements are in place to assure all campers that they will receive the camp experience for which they registered.

To Apply for An Exception

To apply for an exception, you must do the following:

  1. Register for the camp, in the section for which you qualify. Players who register for an incorrect section will be moved to the correct section and will not receive a refund of the difference.

  2. On the registration form, in the Notes/Comments area, note that you are interested in an exception

  3. Send a confirming email the last week of May to  Include any relevant tournament results.  A recommendation from a chess coach is useful.

  4. If you are granted an exception, you will be notified, and then billed for the difference in registration fee.

Exceptions are made first from among students who are registered in the camp and have requested an exception, and only later from new registrants post June 1.