Nike 5meter Water Polo Camp at CSU Bakersfield

Nike 5meter Water Polo Camp at CSU Bakersfield
Nike 5meter Water Polo Camp at CSU Bakersfield

Centrally located on a 375-acre site in the southern San Joaquin Valley, California State University, Bakersfield is pround to host a Nike 5meter Water Polo camp in July.

Instruction takes place each day at the John S. Hillman Memorial Aquatic Center, located on the California State University, Bakersfield campus. 

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.   

Highlights Include

  • Superior instruction from former Olympians and College Coaches
  • Genai Kerr gets in the pool with you to demonstrate and lead drills
  • Low camper to instructor ratio and 24 hour supervision
  • Daily emphasis on fundamentals, position training, drills and scrimmages
  • Special instruction provided to goalies
  • Campers receive a mini autographed Water Polo ball or Nike Camp T-shirt
  • Every camper is eligible to receive merit-based prizes during camp

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Genai Kerr
Co-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. 

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He is one of the only athletes in history to compete internationally as a goalie and as a field player.  Most recently he was named MVP of the 2012 US Open after he helped Newport Water Polo Foundation win the national championship.  Genai has coached at every level, from age group to Division 1 college programs.  Over the last 15 years he has run hundreds of camps and impacted thousands of lives.

Surprisingly, Genai got involved in water polo by accident, following the whistles to what he thought was a basketball game and ended up at the pool. He excelled at both water polo and basketball at Coronado High School and received a water polo scholarship to UC Irvine to play under Coach Ted Newland. Genai went on to become a NCAA All-American in 1998 and 1999 and was awarded Big West Conference Male Scholar Athlete of the Year his senior year.

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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Jason Gall
Co-Director

Jason Gall

Jason Gall will begin his seventh season as head coach at CSU Bakersfield in the Spring of 2014. Gall became the all-time winningest coach at CSUB on Mar. 25, 2012 when the Roadrunners defeated Redlands 9-6. Gall is 104-124 at the helm of the CSUB program.

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Gall won his 200th match as a head women’s water polo coach Mar. 27, 2011 against Cal State San Bernardino. Gall is 239-227 as a women’s water polo coach.
  
Gall led the Roadrunners to a pair of third place showings at the WWPA Tournament in 2009 and 2010, a program best finish. For his 2009 efforts, Gall was named WWPA Coach of the Year. Between his first and second seasons, he doubled his current squad size and guided CSUB to some of the biggest wins-to-date in program history. 

In 2008, he helped give CSUB its first NCAA Division I All-American water polo honorees as Amanda Ortiz and Veronica Campbell each received honorable mention accolades.

With Gall at the helm, four Roadrunners have earned five All-American certificates. 16 times CSUB players have been selected All-Conference with Roadrunners being selcted the WWPA’a All-Freshman team six times. On 23 occasions CSUB players have been named Academic All-Conference and 23 times Roadrunners have been named to the ACWPC All-Academic Team.

Prior to arriving in Bakersfield, Gall spent three seasons (2006-08) as head men’s and women’s coach at Ivy League powerhouse Brown University. Gall built the Brown women’s program into a nationally-ranked squad. The Bears spent much of the 2007 near CSU Bakersfield in the national rankings and finished the season with a fifth place finish at the Eastern Championships. At season’s end, Brown finished 23-10 and was 18th in the national rankings despite not have a home pool for nearly the entire season. The Bears were 53-41 during Gall’s stint in Providence while men’s squad at Brown posted a 60-33 record.

Prior to stint at Brown, Gall was the head coach of the women’s polo squad at Pomona-Pitzer from 1998 to 2004, adding the coaching duties of the men’s team at Pomona-Pitzer in 2002.

Gall’s women’s team won the NCAA Division III championship in 2003 as he was named the Division III Coach of the Year. Pomona-Pitzer won the 2004 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title and placed second in the Division III championships.

In his six years as the head coach of the women’s program, Gall led Pomona-Pitzer to a 82-52 record. In three seasons with the Pomona-Pitzer men, Gall’s squads were 21-41.  

Gall’s combined record as a collegiate water polo coach is 320-301.

Gall also worked as an assistant coach with the CHAWP club team while at Pomona-Pitzer, and spent three years as the assistant coach with the ORCA club team. Both teams have competed in national championship events including the Junior Olympics and National Age Group Championships. In 2003, Gall helped lead CHAWP and ORCA to silver and bronze medals at the National Junior Olympics.

Gall served as the head coach for the Inland Empire Women’s Youth Zone Team for a year as part of the Women’s National Team staff. He was also the head men’s water polo coach at Orange Coast Junior College in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Gall graduated from the University of Southern California in 1997 with a degree in exercise science and earned his Master’s Degree in physical education from Azusa Pacific University in 2001. His collegiate water polo playing experience includes being named a first-team All-American at Long Beach City College in 1993 as well as playing on the USC team which finished second in the nation in 1996.

Camp Details

We want our campers to come home with experiences that enrich both the quality of their play and their life through a better understanding and greater appreciation for the sport, as well as more developed techniques and a heightened level of self-confidence.

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. 

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Check-in
Check-in takes place between 8:30-9:00am on Monday, July 13th.

Day Campers
• Campers check-in between 8:30-9:00am 
• Campers will depart that evening at 4:00pm 
• Day Camp hours: MON 9AM-4PM, TUE 9AM-4PM, WED 9AM-4PM

Check-out
There will be a closing ceremony at 3:30am on Wednesday, July 15th. Parents are invited to attend both.

OVERNIGHT CAMPERS

Housing & Roommates
Campers stay 2-per room and are assigned by age and roommate requests.

Dorm: TBD
Bathrooms: shared
Linens: Not provided
Air Conditioning:  No
Suggested spending money: $40
Medical facility: a certified trainer will be on staff at all times

♦ Please bring a fan - Dorm does not have AC.

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

• Campers check-in between 8:30-9:00am 
• Bring your own healthy lunch or money for the market place
• Drop off 9:00 am on Monday 7/13,Tuesday 7/14 & Wednesday 7/15
• Day Camp hours: MON 9AM-4PM, TUE 9AM-4PM, WED 9AM-4PM
 
What To Bring
• Tennis shoes
• Hat
• Sunscreen
• Water bottle
• 2 bathing suits
• Goggles

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.

Facilities

CSU Bakersfield

The beautiful John S. Hillman Memorial Aquatic Center, located on the California State University, Bakersfield campus. The aquatics center was completed in April of 1983 and contains an eight-lane, 50-meter competition pool with a 10-lane short course, and a separate six-lane 3-foot deep training pool. There are one- and three-meter diving boards, and the pool is heated year-round.

1). This camp and clinic are 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 CSU Bakersfiel Camper

  • 5/5.
We will be back!

My 11 year old son, Marco from Las Vegas, attended the 2013 Bakersfield, CA Nike Camp. I was so impressed with the professionalism, safety, and excitement that the camp brought to my sons smile each and everyday. We will be back every year.

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Parent of CSU Bakersfiel Camper

  • 5/5.
We will be back!

My 11 year old son, Marco from Las Vegas, attended the 2013 Bakersfield, CA Nike Camp. I was so impressed with the professionalism, safety, and excitement that the camp brought to my sons smile each and everyday. We will be back every year.

Parent of CSU Bakersfield Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Highlight of the summer!

Nike's Water Polo Camp was the highlight of my daughter's summer!  Genai Kerr and Jason Gall along with the rest of the coaching staff was great! They made the camp a fun, positive experience.

Parent of CSU Bakersfield Camper

  • 4/5.
Thank you!

It is rare to find this level of coaching in Central California. We are fortunate to have college coaches and Olympians working with our kids.

Parent of CSU Bakersfield Camper

  • 4/5.
Great Camp!

This was an incredible experience for my daughter. She was so excited to fill me in on the day’s activities and more excited to tell us what she was learning. I’ve never heard this type of excitement about any camp or activity she has done in the past as we did with this camp. She now has a new spark for water polo and she can’t wait for her fall season to start. She had a blast.
 

CSU Bakersfield Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Highly recommend.

The camp was a big success, my son enjoyed the instruction, the camp leaders, and learned so much about the sport. They not only had fun in the water while learning new techniques, but also had a blast when they were outside the pool....he can't wait to go again next year!

CSU Bakersfield Camper

  • 5/5.
Well done!

They are organized and the are good about separating the kids into skill level groups. They also make sure that if you are more advance that there is special instruction to help you.

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Skills Camp
Age Group: 10 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Day 9:00AM-4:00PM $300.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $450.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.