Nike 5meter Water Polo Camp at UC Santa Cruz

Nike 5meter Water Polo Camp at UC Santa Cruz
Nike 5meter Water Polo Camp at UC Santa Cruz

The Nike 5meter Water Polo Camp at the University of California, Santa Cruz is designed to provide youth and high school water polo players with the fundamentals, latest drills, in-water scrimmages and position specific training (Divers, Shooters, Goalies and 2 Meter Offense & Defense) essential for improvement. Come join USA Water Polo Olympian Genai Kerr and get better this summer!

UC Santa Cruz is an easy drive from the Bay Area and beyond. The campus, defined by rolling meadows and towering redwoods, is a perfect environment for the Nike Water Polo Camp and has always been a camper favorite! UC Santa Cruz offers an Olympic-sized pool with an ocean view, comfortable dormitories, and an excellent dining hall. 

Highlights Include

  • Position Specific Training for Divers, Shooters, Goalies and 2 Meter Offense & Defense
  • Directed by USA Olympians and College Coaches
  • Low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
  • Two daily water sessions; one daily dry-land session
  • Fun evening activities
  • Every camper receives a Nike Camp T-shirt

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Genai Kerr
Camp Director

Genai Kerr

Genai Kerr is a USA Water Polo Olympian, coach, mentor, and true ambassador of the sport.  Genai was a member of the United States Men's National Water Polo Team for 12 years and played in the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2003 & 2007 Pan American Gold Medal games, and multiple World Championships.  He is one of the only athletes in history to compete internationally as a...

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Genai remains active in his community and has become a great role model for aspiring water polo players.  He has been a US Ambassador for the USADA (U.S. Antidoping Agency) since 2003 promoting clean sports for young athletes. He was a founding faculty member of the Sage Hill School where he was the Dean of Students, taught art and physical education, and started the aquatic programs. Genai has also created several community outreach programs to help mentor children in lower income households.

USA National Team
2012 US Open, Irvine, California, 1st Place - MVP
2010 Volvo Cup, Hungary, 3rd place
2009 FINA World Championships, Rome, Italy, 4th place
2009 FINA World League Super Final, Podgorica, Montenegro, 4th place
2007 FINA World League Super Finals, Berlin, Germany 5th place
2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1st place
2007 FINA World Championships, Melbourne, Australia, 9th place
2006 ASUA Cup, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1st place
2006 FINA World League Super Finals, Athens, Greece, 5th place
2004 Olympic Games, Athens, Greece, 7th place
2003 FINA World League Super Finals, New York, NY, 3rd place
2003 Pan American Games, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1st place
2003 FINA World Championships, Barcelona, Spain, 6th place
2003 U.S. Cup, Stanford, CA, United States, 2nd place
2002 FINA World Cup, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 7th place
2001 FINA World Championships, Fukuoka, Japan, 7th place
2001 World Championships Qualifier, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1st place
1998 First Appearance on the Men’s National Team, Long Beach, CA
1995 Jr. North American Games, Calgary, Canada, 2nd place

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Jeff Tyrell
Assistant Coach

Jeff Tyrell

Jeff Tyrrell will be joining the camp as a guest instructor. Jeff has been a member of the USA Water Polo National Team since 2006. He played collegiate water polo at Cal where he won...

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Jeff Tyrrell will be joining the camp as a guest instructor. Jeff has been a member of the USA Water Polo National Team since 2006. He played collegiate water polo at Cal where he won back to back National Titles in 2006 & 2007. Jeff scored the game winning goal as time expired in the 2006 National Championship to lead the Cal past USC. After graduating from Cal Tyrrell played professionally in Italy (Roma Vis Nova, Rari Nantes Camogli) and Croatia (VK Sibenik). 

Camp Details

This year, Santa Cruz is offering one session of overnight and day camp (9:00am-4:00pm) for ages 10-18. Upon arrival at camp, campers are placed in groups with other players having similar abilities and goals. Our camp staff will do their best to accommodate your needs, keeping in consideration your experience and desire to improve. 

OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES

• 3 nights lodging • All meals
• Nightly recreational activities 
• Nike Camp T-shirt 

DAY CAMP AMENITIES

• Lunch 
• Nike Camp T-shirt 

More Details

A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers prior to camp. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.

Overnight Campers

  • Check-in takes place between 1:00pm-2:00pm on Sunday, June 28th at Cowell College Circle.
  • Check-out takes place at 12:00pm on Wednesday, July 1st at Cowell College Circle.

Housing & Roommates
Campers stay 2 per room in Cowell College and are assigned by age and roommate requests. 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!

Dorm: Cowell College 
Bathrooms: shared
Linens: Not provided
Suggested spending money: $40
Medical facility: a certified trainer will be on staff at all times

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.

Day Campers

Check-in
Check-in takes place between 1:30pm-2:00pm on Sunday, June 28th at Cowell College Circle. Day Campers should arrive dressed and ready to play. You will be assigned a counselor and given a complete schedule of all events during the week.

Check-out
Check-out takes place at 12:00pm on Wednesday, July 1st at Cowell College Circle.

Sunday: Day Campers will depart at 9:00pm after the second pool session. Dinner will be provided.
Monday-Tuesday: Day Camper Hours (9:00am-4:00pm). Lunch is provided.
Wednesday: Day Camper Hours (9:00am-12:00pm). Check-out is after the closing ceremony.

Discounts Available

Team Discount: If five or more campers register together, as a group by mail or fax, each camper will receive a $25 discount. Click “Get Brochure” above and print the application. All applications must be received at the same time via mail or fax. If all members of your group pay with a Visa or MasterCard, feel free to fax your applications to 415-479-6061 to expedite processing. Late or individual registrations are not eligible to receive the group discount.

♦ UC Santa Cruz is also hosting a Nike Swim Camp Sunday, June 21st through Wednesday, June 24th.

Facilities

UC Santa Cruz

UC Santa Cruz offers an Olympic-sized pool with an ocean view, comfortable dormitories, and an excellent dining hall. Santa Cruz is located at the top of the Monterey Bay on the Central California coast, just south of San Francisco. Getting here is easy since several major highways run to Santa Cruz and the San Francisco, San Jose, and Monterey International Airports are all nearby.

1). This camp is open to any and all entrants. 2). Drugs, alchohol and smoking are strictly prohibited and constitute grounds for immediate dismissal from camp. 3). For your safety and benefit, we recommend that you choose a camp that fits your particular skills and level of development.

Camper Reviews

Parent of UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 5/5.
Highlight of the summer!

Last summer when my daughter was 12, she attended the Nike Water polo day camp, she was one of the younger players, but it didn't matter - the kids and coaches were awesome, and she couldn't wait to go back each day. Megan begged to go back again this summer and had the same awesome experience - thanks for making this the highlight of her summer!!

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Jackson H.UC Santa Cruz Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Loved camp!

In this camp, great food, experienced instructors, and tons of great water polo are all there is to find. You learn many new tricks, and you perfect your techniques, whether you are an advanced player, or just learning to throw the ball. I definitely recommend this camp to Water Polo players of all levels.

Parent of UC Santa Cruz Overnight Camper

  • 4/5.
Fun, positive experience.

My daughter was apprehensive about going to camp because she had a "not so good" experience earlier in the summer. WOW, she was so impressed with the coaches, their kindness and instruction, and besides that, it was a whole ton of fun!!!! She can't wait to go back next year.

Parent of UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 5/5.
Thanks!

Nike's Water Polo Camp was the highlight of my daughter's summer! Because she was only 12, we were a little nervous sending her to the overnight camp but the staff and counclers were so great, our apprehensions were gone the first day! She improved so much that her home coaches noticed a difference right away. I'd recommend this camp and we'll be back next year!

Parent of UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 5/5.
Loved it!

LOVED the coaches, very professional! My daughter had a fabulous experience.

UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 5/5.
Fantastic!

The camp was fantastic. Intense, but lots of fun. Counselors were very enthusiastic and the quality of the polo played was outstanding.

Parent of UC Santa Cruz Overnight Camper

  • 4/5.
Excellent!

Well worth it. My daughter loved the staff and especially learned a lot from the Olympian Genai Kerr.  He was very inspirational!!

UC Santa Cruz Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Great instruction!

Great instruction and staff!! They diagram on the white board different waterpolo plays which is helpful in a game setting.

  • 5/5.
Great Experience!

My son (14) loved the instruction from the Olympic coach!

Camp Dates & Prices

This camp is no longer available this season.
Please call us at 1-800-645-3226 if you would like help finding another camp, or join our email list to be notified of 2016 programs.

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