ELS language and Nike Volleyball Academy at Cate School

ELS language and Nike Volleyball Academy at Cate School
ELS language and Nike Volleyball Academy at Cate School

ELS and Nike Volleyball Camps are proud to offer a combined language and sport program at the prestigious Cate School, located just south of Santa Barbara in beautiful Carpinteria, CA. Our combined sport and language program offers campers the opportunity to hone their volleyball skills and practice their English with some of the best collegiate coaches and players in the US.

The Cate School is an idyllic camp location, surpassed only by the exceptional training and experience participants will receive. The Volleyball program is designed to prepare athletes for competition at the highest level. Experienced coaches will provide individual and position based instruction.   

The ELS program is completely integrated into the camp day offering eight ELS classes each week designed to help campers improve their English conversational skills and speaking confidence.  

A second ELS option is also offered which combines the traditional ELS Youth camp program (held at Peperdine,) followed by Volleyball sessions held at Cate School. In this scenario, campers will  participate in the ELS youth language camp held at Pepperdine, then transfer to the Cate School to participate in a Nike Volleyball camp program.  This option provides a more intensive language experience offering 15 language lessons each week versus the 8 lessons offered with the Cate School program. ELS teachers supervise both langauge programs. Please see the options listed below.

International campers looking for a multi-week volleyball only option at Cate School should click here for available options. 

Highlights Include

  • 10 to 1 athlete to coach ratio
  • Excellent residential, dining and training facilities
  • Excellent coaching staff and professional ELS certified teachers
  • ELS Classes for beginner and intermediate levels. Eight 50-minute lessons per week
  • Position specific development
  • Structured game-like scrimmages
  • Sport specific conditioning
  • Fun evening and weekend activities for those staying multiple weeks like visiting Santa Barbara and the beach, playing games and watching movies
  • Official camp t-shirt
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Matthew Morphy
Camp Director

Matthew Morphy

Matthew Morphy began his collegiate volleyball career at Pepperdine University in 1985 and helped the Men's Volleyball team win back to back NCAA Championships in 1985 & 1986. 

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While in college he was a camp counselor for Marv Dunphy Volleyball Camp where he grew his love for coaching others.

Since college Matthew has been a member of various Club Volleyball Teams and AAA Beach Volleyball. He was 5B Volleyball Club Coach/President from 1993 - 1998. Cate School Boys Volleyball Coach from 2001-2007. Most recently Coach Morphy added Gold Medalist to his resume as a Two-Time USA Volleyball Adult Nationals Gold Medalist (45+ in 2014 & 2015) and USA Mens Masters Gold Medalist in 2015 Global Cup in Greece (45+ World Championship). This Spring Coach Morphy will be defending the 45+ National Championship in Orlando.

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Coach Morphy will be assisted at camp by a local staff of Volleyball coaches and professionals as well as collegiate athletes.. 

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Coach Morphy will be assisted at camp by a local staff of Volleyball coaches and professionals as well as collegiate athletes.. 

Camp Details

Campers looking for a volleyball only program - with no ELS classes, please click here

ELS Language Classes

Gain confidence in your conversational English skills. Classes focus on communication skills with their new friends at camp and on the courts. All levels welcome. Campers are evaluated at the first class and group according to skill. Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced level groups. General English practice with professional ELS Instructors. Ten 50-minute lessons per week. Monday – Friday afternoons (see detailed sample schedule under More Details.)

Our staff is comprised of motivated, experienced, and attentive coaches, a separate staff of trained counselors in the evenings, and diligent athletic trainers that oversee every sport with access to a fully equipped athletic training facility. As an additional value we offer our EXOS Strength and Conditioning program, which provides strength and conditioning for every sport.

Our talented staff and top notch facility creates an elite sports camp located in beautiful Carpinteria, CA. 

More Important Camp Details


The prices listed below include all Nike Volleyball Training, ELS English Language instruction and materials, on-campus housing, 3 meals a day, round trip airport transfers, weekend stayover(s), and predetermined activities such as beach days, visiting Santa Barbara, watching movies and playing games (Dodgeball, Wiffleball, Capture the Flage and more). If you are participating in the ELS Youth program at Pepperdine,all activities are also included during this program.   See 2017 ELS youth camp activity calendar.

24-hour supervision is an important feature of every NIKE Volleyball Camp. Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.


July 17-21
July 24-28


Overnight Campers Check-in on Monday from 9:00am-10:00am


All campers check out on Friday from 4:00-5:30pm.


Ratio: 1:10
Players Grouped by: skill, age, years of experience
Evaluation: Written by coaching staff
Equipment Needed: Volleyball shoes, knee pads and a water bottle.  


Dorm: Cook House
Campers Per Room: 1
Roommates: By request
Bathrooms: Shared
Linens: Provided. Please bring own towels
Air Conditioning: No
Spending Money: $50 per week


The weekend and activities are included.  See attached activity calendar (Cate School) 

TRANSPORTATION TO CAMP - round trip airport ransportation is included in fee from LAX. Transportation from Pepperdine is also included if participating in the ELS Youth Program before camp.. 

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00-8:30am Strength and Conditioning Athlete Training
  • 8:00-8:45 Breakfast
  • 8:45-9:00 Day and Extended Day campers arrive
  • 9:00-9:30 Roll call/Warm up
  • 9:30-11:45 Training session #1
  • 11:45-12:30 Lunch
  • 1:00-2:30 ELS Language Classes (M-TH) - ELS campers will rejoin sport instruction at 2:30 immediately following language classes.
  • 1:45-4:45 Training session #2
  • 5:00-6:00 Overnight and Extended Day campers prepare for dinner
  • 6:00-7:00 Dinner
  • 7:00-9:00 Evening activity
  • 9:00 Extended Day campers depart
  • 10:30pm Lights out

Camp Dates & Prices

2018 Dates and Prices Coming Soon! Join our email list to be notified when the program is available.

For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.