Nike Cal Women’s Crew Camp

Nike Cal Women’s Crew Camp
Nike Cal Women’s Crew Camp

US Sports Camps is pleased to once again partner with the Cal Women's Crew Program to present another summer of the Nike Cal Women's Crew Camp on the UC Berkeley campus. Camp will be directed by the highly accomplished and experienced Cal Women's Crew Coaching Staff. Each individual session is designed for rowers of all ability levels and will cover technique, conditioning, strength training, video analysis, racing tactics, and the college recruitment process.

The Bears finished the 2016 regular season at #1 in the country and backed up this stellar season as the National Champions at the NCAA Rowing Championships. This is a program that has established a tradition of excellence at or near the top of the women's collegiate rowing. 

Highlights Include

  • Receive individual skill analysis from the Cal Women's Crew Coaching Staff
  • In depth view and experience at the top collegiate women's crew program in the country
  • Video technique analysis on the erg and on the water
  • Access to state-of-the-art training facilities
  • Competitive and encouraging atmosphere to train!
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

The Cal Women's Crew Coaching Staff
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The Cal Women's Crew Coaching Staff

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Al Alcosta
Coach

Al Alcosta

Al Acosta, a 1993 University of California, Berkeley graduate who became a five-time National Coach of the Year leading the Stanford women’s lightweight team, is in his second season...

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Al Acosta, a 1993 University of California, Berkeley graduate who became a five-time National Coach of the Year leading the Stanford women’s lightweight team, is in his second season as head women’s crew coach for the Golden Bears.

Acosta, who grew up in Berkeley, attended Berkeley High School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cal with a degree in fine arts in 1993, started the Stanford lightweight program in 2001 and guided the Cardinal for 13 consecutive years. He led the squad to four straight IRA national titles from 2010-13 before the school posted a runner-up finish this past spring. Acosta was honored as the National Lightweight Coach of the Year for the first time in 2008 when Stanford earned a bronze medal at the national regatta, as well as for each of the team’s national championships.

In 2013, Rowing Magazine named Stanford as the “Crew of the Year” as the top collegiate rowing program in the country. In addition to on-the-water success, Acosta’s student-athletes have achieved a 100 percent graduation rate during his tenure.

Prior to accepting his role at Stanford, Acosta worked with the country’s top junior programs, the Oakland Strokes rowing program, for eight years. He served as head girls’ coach from 1994-96 and as head boys’ coach from 1997-2001. His boys’ varsity eight captured California state titles in 1998 and ’99 and finished among the nation’s top three in 1997, ’98 and ’99. In addition, Acosta was the head men’s master’s coach for the Lake Merritt Rowing Club in Oakland from 1997-2001.

On the national level, Acosta served as chair of the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Lightweight Committee from 2007-09. He has also been a head coach and associate head coach at national team development camps for both high school boys and college women.

Acosta and his wife, Linda, have two children and reside in San Francisco.

Sarah Puddicombe
Coach

Sarah Puddicombe

A three-time All-American and Division II NCAA champion, Sarah Puddicombe joined the California staff as an assistant coach in 2008. She was elevated to Associate Head Coach prior to the...

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A three-time All-American and Division II NCAA champion, Sarah Puddicombe joined the California staff as an assistant coach in 2008. She was elevated to Associate Head Coach prior to the 2012 season. She begins her sixth spring with the Golden Bears in 2014.

Prior to arriving in Berkeley, Puddicombe spent one season as an assistant coach at UC Davis, her alma mater. A coxswain, Puddicombe won the Division II championship with the Aggies in 2002 under her maiden name of Sarah Whipple.

In 2010, Puddicombe was named the West Region Assistant Coach of the Year after helping the Bears achieve an undefeated regular season and a conference championship.

Her duties at Cal include working with head coach Al Acosta and the varsity squad as well as coordinating Cal's recruiting efforts.

Prior to returning to Davis, Puddicombe worked for two years as an assistant coach at Sacramento State where she guided Hornets' novice eight crew to a perfect 7-0 dual-meet record and a bronze medal at the 2006 Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships.

Before that, Puddicombe was the novice women's coach for Capital Crew, the noted Sacramento-area rowing club, and was a junior pre-elite rowing coach at the Sacramento State Pre-Elite Junior Development Camp. While at the latter camp, she led the women's pair to back-to-back gold medals at the 2004 and 2005 USRowing National Championships. She also coached the junior women's varsity four to a bronze medal in 2004.

Puddicombe coached Capital Crew to a gold (novice four) and silver medal (novice eight) at the 2004 Southwest Junior Regional Championships. In 2005, her Capital Crew's novice four won a gold medal at the same championships.

The Orangevale, Calif., native earned her undergraduate degree in wildlife, fish and conservation biology from UC Davis after participating on the Aggies' rowing team from 1999-2002. She was a team captain and All-America honoree while helping the Aggies win varsity eight and overall team championships at the national regatta in 2002, the first year the NCAA sponsored a Division II title.

Puddicombe's twin sister, Mary, coxed the gold-medal winning U.S. women's eight at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and the silver-medal winning U.S. women's eight at the 2004 Olympics.

Vanessa Tavalero
Coach

Vanessa Tavalero

Vanessa Tavalero is in her fifth season with the California rowing program with the Golden Bears. She served as a volunteer assistant coach her first year on the staff before being...

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Vanessa Tavalero is in her fifth season with the California rowing program with the Golden Bears. She served as a volunteer assistant coach her first year on the staff before being elevated to her current role.

Tavalero is a graduate and former rower at Washington, where she also was an assistant coach from 2010-11. She rowed on the Husky varsity eight boat beginning in her sophomore campaign.

Rowing as a senior in 2000, Tavalero led the Huskies to a second-place team finish at the NCAA Championships, also claiming second in the varsity eight grand final. That boat also won the 2000 Pac-10 Championship and was victorious at the Henley Regatta. The conference championship was the third of three straight Pac-10 titles for Tavalero and the Huskies in the varsity eight.

During her freshman season, Tavalero also won the Pac-10 championship in the freshman eight.

Tavalero's efforts at Washington helped the Huskies garner back-to-back team NCAA Championships in 1997 and 1998, her freshman and sophomore seasons.

Tavalero also served as an assistant coach at UC Davis (2009-10), the novice coach at Sacramento State (2007-09) and the novice coach for Capital Crew (2004-07).

Prior to attending Washington, Tavalero was a member of the U.S. Junior National team from 1994-95.

A native of Fair Oaks, Calif., Tavalero graduated from Washington in 2000 with a degree in metals and jewelry.

Camp Details

Skill Development Camp

Camp Dates: TBD
First Day Check-In: 12:00 PM at T Gary Rogers Boathouse
Last Day Check-out: 5:00 PM at T Gary Rogers Boathouse
Ages: Entering grades 9-12

This camp is open to all high school aged athletes. The focus is to build a strong, skill based rowing foundation. This camp will help athletes develop a basic understanding of how to move a boat by improving rowing skills. The Cal Rowing Staff will focus on overall fitness, strength training, injury prevention, nutrition, and video analysis to help improve rowing stroke.  
 

High Performance Camp

Camp Dates: TBD
First Day Check-In: 12:00 PM at T Gary Rogers Boathouse
Last Day Check-out: 5:00 PM at T Gary Rogers Boathouse
Ages: Entering grades 9-12

This camp is ideal for experienced rowers with at least one racing season completed who would like to take their rowing to the next level and experience what it is like to row at an elite Division I university. This camp is specifically designed to cover the breadth of rowing with a focus on skill development. There will be in-depth lectures and discussions of the rowing stroke, training regimens, and racing tactics. 
 

Elite Racing Camp

Camp Dates: TBD
First Day Check-In: 12:00 PM at T Gary Rogers Boathouse.
Last Day Check-out: 5:00 PM at T Gary Rogers Boathouse.
Ages: Entering grades 9-12

This advanced camp is designed for rowers with racing experience.  Athletes will get a first hand look atwhat it is like to train and race at the Division I level.  Camp will have a high level of intensity, rowing instruction, conditioning work, and lectures with a racing focus, including seat racing, race strategy, starts, sprinting and erg testing. 

More Important Camp Details

Overnight Campers: All Sessions

Housing & Roommates

Session I and III campers will reside in Foothill Suites on campus. Session II campers will reside at the Clark Kerr Campus. Campers stay 1, 2, or 3 per room and are assigned by age and roommate requests. If you have a roommate request and have not already given it to us, please do so as soon as possible. Roommate requests are not guaranteed, if you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!

Bathrooms: Shared
Linens: Not provided
Air-conditioning: TBD
Pool: No
Room Key Deposit: TBD
Suggested Spending Money: TBD

Supervision

Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.

Transportation

Due to University and NCAA Policies, we are not allowed to offer any transportation to and from camps. The airport closest to the Berkeley campus is Oakland International Airport; San Francisco International Airport is also within a reasonable distance. There are several options that we suggest. There are a few shuttle services that offer transportation to and from Oakland & San Francisco International Airports. Reservations must be made at least a few days in advance, you can make reservations over the phone or online (see below).

BAYPORTER EXPRESS
Website: www.bayporter.com
Phone: 1-877-467-1800 (Local, Bay Area) 1-415-467-1800 (Long Distance, Outside Bay Area)
Pricing: (All Prices are Approximate)
To/From Oakland International Airport/Campus $25.00 (One Way)
To/From San Francisco International Airport/Campus $29.00 (One Way)

SUPER SHUTTLE
Website: www.supershuttle.com
Phone: 1-800-258-3826
Pricing: (All Prices are Approximate)
To/From Oakland International Airport/Campus $32.00 (One Way)
To/From San Francisco International Airport/Campus $35.00 (One Way)

All campers commuting from the airport should be dropped off at the Boathouse with their belongings. They will be transported to their dorm rooms on the UC Berkeley campus after the first training session.

Local Accommodations

US Sports Camps does not provide hotel accommodations for campers or parents. If traveling from out of town, we recommend the following hotels:

  • Hotel Durant (Please call 510-845-8981 or go to hoteldurantberkeley.com to reserve your room)
  • Hotel Shattuck Plaza (Please call 510-845-7300 or hotelshattuckplaza.com to reserve your room)
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Berkeley (Please call 510-548-1700 or go to https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/berkeley/bekca/hoteldetail to reserve your room)
  • Double Tree by Hilton Berkeley Marina (Please call 510-548-7920 or http://www.doubletreeberkeleymarina.com to reserve your room)
  • Berkeley City Club (Please call 510-848-7800 or http://berkeleycityclub.com/hotel/ to reserve your room)

Facilities

Foothill Suites are located at 2700 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720. The Clark Kerr Campus is located at 2601 Warring Street, Berkeley, CA 94720.

The T. Gary Rogers Rowing Center, the Bears home since 1924 and steeped in over 94 years of tradition, is a virtual Olympic museum. In fact, the Boathouse is believed to be home to more Olympic gold medalists than any other facility in the world. No fewer than 27 Olympic gold and nine World Championship gold medals have been won by Cal oarsmen who trained at the T. Gary Rogers Rowing Center.

Located at 2999 Glascock Street in Oakland, the T. Gary Rogers Rowing Center lies between the Park Street and Fruitvale Avenue bridges.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00 am Breakfast
  • 8:00 am Depart for first workout
  • 11:30 am Return from workout
  • 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 2:00 pm Depart for second workout / Lecture / Row
  • 5:30 pm Return from workout
  • 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner
  • 7:00 pm After dinner activities with counselors
  • 9:00 pm Quiet time
  • 10:00 pm Lights out

Camper Reviews

Nicole K.Parent

  • 5/5.
Can't wait to go back!

My daughter raved about camp and is so excited to go back next summer...she wants to know if she can do more than one camp! She talks about the connections she made the coaches and the camaraderie she felt at camp. Can't wait to go back!

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Page T.Camper

  • 4/5.
Fabulous counselors!

Kate and Hannah were fabulous counselors! Coach Sarah and Coach Vanessa were very encouraging and helped me learn and improve a lot. I loved the activities every night. One of my favorite parts was shopping for Cal Berkeley gear and seeing the High Performance Center.

Shannon G..Camper

  • 5/5.
I loved being around and meeting so many new rowers!

I loved being around and meeting so many new rowers! The girls were all wonderful, and I loved being around so many people that loved that same sport that I do

Brianna L.Camper

  • 4/5.
I cannot wait to apply what I've learned!

I cannot wait to apply what I've learned at camp to the water this season at NBRC!

Sandra A.Parent

  • 3/5.
The coaches were very friendly and I felt my daughter was safe.

I thought the coaches were very friendly and I felt my daughter was safe experiencing the overnight camp.

  • 5/5.
I learned so much from watching myself on tape.

Camp was great. I learend so much from Coach Sarah and the staff and it was so cool getting out on the water in the Cal Varsity boats. The video was also really cool, and I learned so much from watching myself on tape. The coaches did a great job of pointing out where I can improve. I can't wait till next year!

Camp Dates & Prices

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