Cal Baseball Camps
Improve Your Skills And Have Fun at Cal Baseball Camp
Come join the winning tradition of the California Golden Bears Baseball Program by attending one of their outstanding camps. The goal at every Cal Baseball Camp is for every camper to take their game to the next level and create lasting friendships while having a good time.
Cal Baseball Camps provide a unique experience for campers that includes an educational and fun-filled baseball experience at a historic baseball venue with Pac-12 baseball coaches. Camp Director, Michael Neu will lead camp at Evans Diamond, home of Golden Bears Baseball.
All Cal Sports Camps are open to any and all entrants. For your safety and benefit, we recommend you choose a camp that fits your level of development. All events are subject to change based on NCAA and Covid-19 restrictions. Due to high demand and limited capacity, prices are subject to increase as camp exceeds 25%/50%/75% capacity.
- Professional Instruction by the California Golden Bears Staff
- Individual and Group Instruction by Position
- Daily Scrimmaging
- CAL Camp T-Shirt and Prizes
- Extended Care is available after the "Full Day Program"
- Speed, Agility and Quickness Sessions Offer (Advanced Camp)
- College Style Workouts (Advanced Camp)
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Camp Director Michael Neu
California baseball called on a familiar face to write its next chapter as former Golden Bear pitching coach and major league pitcher Mike Neu agreed on July 5, 2017 to become the 11th head coach in program history.View Mike's Bio ⟩
California baseball called on a familiar face to write its next chapter as former Golden Bear pitching coach and major league pitcher Mike Neu agreed on July 5, 2017 to become the 11th head coach in program history.
Since taking the helm of the Cal baseball program, Neu has established a culture of player development and guided the Bears to 98 total wins and 48 Pac-12 victories in four seasons. After posting back-to-back 32-win seasons and 33 combined conference wins in his first two years, Neu was awarded and agreed to a five-year contract extension in October 2019 that will keep him in Berkeley through the 2024 season.
Neu’s Bears most recently went 29-26 overall and 15-15 in Pac-12 action in 2021, narrowly missing out on a second NCAA postseason berth since ‘19. Cal took seventh in the Pac-12 standings and played itself into the NCAA at-large picture late in the season with impressive series wins against #12 Stanford and at #18 UCLA. Neu’s 2021 squad was packed with star power, as four Bears ended up as top-10-round selections in the MLB Draft while returning outfielder Dylan Beavers and pitchers Josh White and Paulshawn Pasqualotto earned All-America honors.
Cal was 5-11 in the COVID-shortened 2020 campaign. Neu oversaw a youth movement that included 11 freshmen earning playing time, three of which have developed into three-year position starters and another three that are expected to anchor the weekend rotation in 2022. Right-hander Joseph King was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball and outfielder Brandon McIlwain signed a non-drafted free agent contract with the New York Mets organization after the season concluded.
The 2019 campaign was capped by Cal’s first trip to an NCAA Regional since 2015. The Bears punched their ticket as an at-large bid and the No. 2 seed at the Fayetteville (Ark.) Regional after finishing fourth in the Pac-12 and carrying a No. 31 RPI ranking at the conclusion of the regular season. Cal’s 2019 success continued into the summer when seven Bears were selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft, including first-round picks Andrew Vaughn (No. 3 overall, White Sox) and Korey Lee (No. 32 overall, Houston). Vaughn and Lee - both of which went undrafted out of high school - became the first duo in school history to be taken in the first round of the same draft. Vaughn, who was the program’s highest-drafted player ever, was also named a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award for the second straight year.
In year one as the Golden Bears’ skipper, Neu guided the Bears to a 32-22 overall record and 16-14 mark in the Pac-12. The 2018 season was highlighted by the emergence of Andrew Vaughn as one of the nation’s top players. With Neu on hand in Los Angeles, Vaughn became the first Cal baseball player ever to win the prestigious Golden Spikes Award as the country’s top amateur baseball player.
Cal’s pitching coach from 2012 to 2015, Neu returned to Berkeley after two years as head coach at the University of the Pacific where he guided a rebuilding Tigers program to 40 wins over his two seasons. That turnaround started immediately in 2015 as Pacific won 12 games in the always-competitive West Coast Conference, the program’s second-most conference wins since 1999.
On the mound, the 2018 Bears showed dramatic improvement in Neu’s first season as head coach. Under his tutelage, Cal’s pitching staff lowered its collective ERA by almost a full run (5.17 to 4.20) from the year before. Aaron Shortridge established himself as one of the Pac-12’s top pitchers, compiling a 2.77 ERA with three complete games in 12 starts (17 appearances). Tanner Dodson moved to the back end of the bullpen and set the school single-season record for saves with 11.
Before making the move to Stockton, Neu established himself as one of the Pac-12’s top pitching coaches and recruiters under head coach David Esquer, who recently stepped down following his 18th season as Cal’s head coach. Under his tutelage, the 2015 Bears compiled a team ERA of 3.03, the second-best mark for a Cal pitching staff since 1976. That team reached the final of the Texas A&M Regional thanks in part to the contributions of three of Neu’s pupils – Daulton Jefferies, Ryan Mason and Alex Schick – who would go on to be selected in the Major League Baseball draft.
Prior to his arrival in Berkeley, Neu’s reputation in pitching circles was already well-known. Serving as head coach at Diablo Valley College from 2009-11, Neu led the Vikings to an 87-41 record and two Big 8 Conference titles. His 2011 squad was ranked No. 1 in Northern California and DVC pitchers led all California Community Colleges with a 2.13 team ERA.
As a player, the Napa, Calif., native enjoyed a standout career at the University of Miami before going on to play in the Dodgers, Marlins, A’s and Reds organizations. Neu was called up to the Major Leagues with the A’s on April 9, 2003, and compiled a 3.64 ERA in 32 relief appearances that season.
At Miami, Neu helped the Hurricanes win the 1999 College World Series and finished the year 3-1 with a 2.94 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 67 innings. Named a Collegiate Baseball All-American, Neu led the nation in strikeouts per nine innings (14.8) and was selected to the All-CWS team after earning three saves and appearing in all four of Miami’s games in Omaha.
Before to transferring to Miami, Neu starred at Sacramento City College where he was named Northern California Pitcher of the Year, Bay Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year and a junior college All-American after going 15-0 with a 1.44 ERA and 139 strikeouts. He was also a standout for the same Vintage High program that produced Cal pitchers Jared Horn and Aaron Shortridge, setting Monticello Empire League records for career wins (21) and strikeouts (196).
“We are extremely excited to welcome Mike Neu back to Berkeley as the head coach of our baseball program,” then-Director of Athletics Mike Williams said. “During his first tenure here, Mike displayed a keen understanding of what it takes to recruit and develop student-athletes for success both on the field and in the Berkeley community as a whole. That experience, combined with the time he has spent as head coach at Pacific, convinced us that he is the perfect fit to lead Cal baseball.”
“I’m unbelievably excited to be back,” Neu said. “I had such a great experience there for four years. I know how much of an important role I have and the challenge we have but I’m excited to be part of Cal again. It was a great experience at Pacific. I definitely feel like we had begun to build something special there. The administration and staff were great to me there. I really think that program is in a great place moving forward.”
Neu earned a Master’s degree in physical education from Ball State in 2011. He and his wife, Nicole, have two sons, Damon and Maddax.
Assistant Coach Noah Jackson
A proven leader and recruiter, Noah Jackson is in his sixth overall season on Mike Neu's baseball staff at California and his first as the program's associate head coach in 2023. Jackson, a 2003 graduate of Cal, was promoted to associate head coach on Aug. 8, 2022, and serves as the Golden Bears' recruiting coordinator while overseeing the team's hitters and outfielders.View Noah Jackson's Bio ⟩
Over the past five seasons, Jackson has been instrumental in establishing Cal's culture of player development while helping Neu guide the Golden Bears to an NCAA Regional appearance in 2019 and 127 total wins. With Jackson on the bench, the Bears have totaled no less than 29 wins in all four full seasons (2020 season canceled after 16 games due to COVID-19).
Cal has seen 22 players taken in the Major League Baseball Draft during Jackson's tenure since 2018, including six this July. The Bears set a program record last month for the most players selected in the first five rounds of a single MLB Draft (4). Cal has also had three first-round picks – Andrew Vaughn (No. 3 overall, 2019), Korey Lee (No. 32 overall, 2019) and Dylan Beavers (No. 33 overall, 2022) – with Jackson on staff, all of which were undrafted out of high school. Jackson mentored Vaughn, the 2018 Golden Spikes Award winner, and helped Beavers emerge as one of the top power-hitting players on the west coast with 36 career long balls, the seventh most in program history. Vaughn and Lee became the first duo in school history to be taken in the first round of the same draft, and Vaughn additionally became the program's highest-drafted player ever.
Cal posted consecutive 32-win seasons in Jackson’s two seasons as a full-time assistant coach (2018-19). The 2019 campaign was capped by Cal’s first trip to an NCAA Regional since 2015 as the Bears punched their ticket as an at-large bid and the No. 2 seed in the Fayetteville (Ark.) Regional. After the Bears played just 16 games in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jackson helped over see a pair of 29-win seasons in 2021 and 2022. Four Bears – Dylan Beavers, Caleb Lomavita, Nathan Martorella and Keshawn Ogans – picked up All-Pac-12 Team honors in 2022 while Lomavita earned Freshman All-America accolades from Collegiate Baseball following a standout rookie campaign.
It is Jackson’s second stint on staff for his alma mater, having spent the 2015 season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Golden Bears. In 2015, Jackson helped the Bears go 36-21, finish third in the Pac-12 standings, and reach an NCAA Regional (College Station, Texas). Prior to joining the Cal staff in 2015, Jackson was a professional scout for the San Diego Padres.
Between his two stints at Cal, Jackson spent two seasons (2016, 2017) in Stockton as an assistant coach for Neu at the University of the Pacific.
Jackson played in 48 career games for the Bears, primarily as a first baseman and outfielder, from 2001-03 after transferring from Arkansas. He was a member of the 2001 Cal team that went 34-25 overall and reached the NCAA Baton Rouge (La.) Regional. He went on to play two years of minor league baseball for the Chicago Cubs organization.
Off the field, Jackson turned his love of baseball into a force for positive change. In 2003, he co-founded the First Base Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to making travel baseball more affordable and transforming lives through mentorship, development of leadership skills and building self-esteem.
Jackson earned his undergraduate degree in American Studies from Cal in 2003. A native of Mill Valley, Calif., Jackson attended Marin Catholic High School (Kentfield, Calif.) and is the godson of Dusty Baker, who spent a decorated 41 years in Major League Baseball as a player and manager. Jackson’s father, Sylvester, served as a radio broadcaster for the Oakland Athletics from 1987-92.
Assistant Coach Chad Highberger
Chad Highberger enters his fourth year on the Golden Bears Baseball Coaching staff. 2024 will mark his first as a full-time assistant coach after being promoted from the position of volunteer assistant coach he held for the previous three seasons.View Chad's Bio ⟩
Highberger joined the Cal coaching staff as a volunteer assistant in 2022 and has been in charge of catchers, infielders, and coaching at third base. Two Bears – Cole Elvis (2022) and Caleb Lomavita (2023) have been named to the Buster Posey Award Watch List under Highberger's tutelage. Lomavita, a rising junior, has earned back-to-back all-conference honors and was the first freshman to earn First Team All-Pac-12 honors at Cal since Andrew Vaughn in 2017.
Before joining Neu's staff in 2022, Highberger served as an assistant coach at Holy Names in Oakland. During his first season with the Hawks (2019) he helped the Hawks' catchers allow 20 fewer stolen bases than the previous year while also cutting down on past balls. The HNU offense produced a program-record 24 home runs in the same season. In 2017-18, Highberger was an assistant coach at Los Medanos College, serving as the first base coach while working with the catchers and hitters. The Mustangs reached the playoffs in Highberger's two seasons with the program, and he was instrumental in recruiting the 2019 Mustang team that went on to win the program's first Bay Valley Conference title and reached the NorCal Final 4.
Prior to his coaching career, Highberger played three years of independent professional baseball with the Pittsburg Diamonds (2016-17, 2018) and the Gary Southshore Railcats (2017).
An East Bay native, Highberger started his collegiate playing career at Los Medanos College in 2012-13. He later transferred to Eastern New Mexico (2014-15), where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Community Physical Education with a minor in coaching. He earned a masters degree in Education from Holy Names University in 2017.
Highberger currently resides in the East Bay with his wife Stephanie.
Assistant Coach Chris Bodishbaugh
Chris Bodishbaugh, an East Bay native, is entering his second year with the Bears and his first as pitching coach. He was named the team's new pitching coach on August 3, 2023. Last season, he served as the team's director of player development, where he oversaw the team's analytics and supported the Cal coaching staff – specifically head coach Mike Neu.View Chris's Bio ⟩
Bodishbaugh began his coaching career in 2012 and has worked with pitchers at all levels. Before joining the Cal coaching staff, he served as the pitching coach and strength and conditioning coach at Los Medanos College from 2021-22. While at LMC, he oversaw 50 pitchers move on to four-year schools and helped the Mustangs capture three league titles while advancing to the CCCBA playoffs eight times. His pitching staff led the Bay Valley Conference in earned-run average six times and he saw two pitchers earn Bay Valley Pitcher of the Year honors. In his last year at Los Medanos, his squad led the league in strikeouts.
A graduate of Chico State, Bodishbaugh pitched for one season for the Wildcats before embarking on an eight-year professional career, which most notably included pitching in the minor league system for the Florida Marlins and Chicago White Sox.
Bodishbaugh and his wife Kristina reside in Brentwood with their daughter Savannah (6) and son Nolan (5).
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
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2023 CAL FALL/WINTER/SPRING CAMPS AND CLINICS
The Cal Baseball Program offers a variety of camps and clinics during the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Games Camps, Identification Camps, Skills Camps, and Specialty Hitting and Catching programs are offered for a variety of ages. Dates and hours of camp are posted on a continual basis, so check back frequently to see the latest offerings!
CAL BASEBALL TUESDAY NIGHT HACKS (STU GORDON BATTING CAGES)
- Dates: October 17, 2023 | October 24, 2023
- Age Group: 10-17
- Schedule: Tuesday. 5:30 pm-7:00 pm
CAL BASEBALL THANKSGIVING BREAK CAMP
- Dates: November 20-22, 2023
- Age Group: 8-13
- Schedule: Monday- Wednesday. 9:00 am-12:00 pm (12:00-1:30pm Aftercare-$60 for the 3 days)
CAL BASEBALL CHRISTMAS BREAK CAMP
- Dates: December 26-28, 2023 | January 2-4, 2024
- Age Group: 8-13
- Schedule: Tuesday-Thursday. 9:00 am-12:00 pm (12:00-1:30pm Aftercare-$60 for the 3 days)
CAL BASEBALL PITCHERS/CATCHING CAMP
- Dates: January 13, 2024 | January 20, 2024 | January 27, 2024
- Age Group: 13-18
- Schedule: Saturdays. 9:00 am - 11:00 am
CAL BASEBALL HIGH SCHOOL PROSPECT CAMP
- Dates: October 14, 2023 | November 04, 2023
- Age Group: 13-18
- Schedule: Saturday. 10:00am-12:30pm| 2:00pm-4:30pm
Parking Suggestion: Oxford Garage (2165 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA 94704)
The Cal Baseball Games/Combo Camp is an All Skills Camp which covers the basic fundamentals of the game in the morning and games in the afternoon each day. Instruction will cover the fundamentals of Infield play, Throwing, Base running, Outfield Play, Hitting and Pitching. In addition to skill and drill stations, the campers will also have the opportunity to play games which will emphasize the skills taught earlier in camp. Cal Baseball believes in a combination of serious skill development as well as drills devised to enjoy the game and enjoy the process of getting better. Campers will be broken up into drills and teams based on AGE (not ability level). Teams for any game play will change throughout the week.
***Schedule will alternate daily so the half day campers receive equal Skill/Drill and Skill/Game sessions
Baseball Games Camp
The always popular Games Camp will include game play both in the morning and in the afternoon. Campers will be divided by age and placed on teams to compete. Cal Baseball believes that this low pressure atmosphere with an emphasis on game play is important for learning. This camp is popular for those looking to learn by continuous play. Campers could play as many as 4 or 5 games per day. This fun environment provides opportunities to improve game speed skills and practice game situations. Teams will be changed daily and from morning to afternoon. Coaches will allow campers to team with a maximum number of friends as well.
The Cal coaching staff hopes that in addition to developing baseball skills the campers continue to develop a love for the game.
In order to offer breaks, there may also be hitting stations in the batting cages or video breaks.
Advanced Baseball Development Camp (Ages 13-16)
This camp is perfect for players in this age group that looking to improve and advance their game as they look to compete in high school. This camp has been especially valuable for those players transitioning to the 90 ft diamond. The atmosphere is station and drill oriented in addition to controlled scrimmages. Players will be run through position specific drills and a hitting circuit in the morning. The afternoon will include a drill circuit and controlled scrimmage.
The optional Speed and Agility Program is offered for the Advance Camp Only and runs from 3:30pm-5:00pm each day. The cost for this program is $65 for the week.
Premier Prospect Camp (Ages 14-20)
This camp is designed to give prospects the opportunity to show off their skills in all areas of the game to Cal staff and to be coached and evaluated at the same time. Campers will receive exposure to the Cal baseball culture and philosophy, be coached by Cal staff and personnel in all areas of the game, and also have the opportunity to play in games and compete with other prospects on the same field that the Golden Bears compete on. Campers will receive a Cal Baseball t-shirt.
Mini Camp (Ages 14-20)
This camp is designed to give prospects the opportunity to show off their skills in all areas of the game to Cal staff and be evaluated at the same time. Participants will receive exposure to the Cal baseball culture and philosophy, be coached by Cal staff, and compete with other prospects on the same field that the Golden Bears compete on.
A detailed camper information packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. The USSC/Cal Sports Camps health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature, and they will be available to complete online.
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING:
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
Small gym bag/backpack
Athletic clothing: t-shirt, shorts, baseball pants (recommended)
Cleats & sneakers
Catchers gear (if applicable)
Packed lunch and snacks
Skills/Games Combo Camp Sample Schedule
- 9:00am Coach’s Address
- 9:20am Stretch
- 9:30am-12:00am Morning Stations - May include, Infield, Throwing, Base running, Outfield, Hitting, Pitching
- 12:00pm End of session remarks and Half Day Dismissal
- 12:15pm-12:45pm Lunch & Afternoon Check In
- 12:45pm Coach’s Afternoon Address and Stretch
- 1:15pm-4:00pm Game Play
- 4:00pm Final Remarks and Dismissal
- 4:00pm-5:30pm Extended Care (optional)
Advanced Baseball Development Camp Sample Schedule
- 9:00am Coaches Address
- 9:15am Stretch
- 9:30am-10:30am Position Defense (players may change daily)
- 10:30am-12:00pm Hitting Circuit
- 12:00pm-12:30pm Lunch (Players bring their own Lunch)
- 12:30pm-12:45pm Coach’s Afternoon Address
- 12:45pm-1:00pm Stretch
- 1:00pm-3:30pm Drill and Controlled scrimmage Circuit
Evans Diamond has served as home for the Golden Bear baseball team since 1933.
Fans enjoyed changes in Evans Diamond in 2006, as construction was completed on the Carl J. Van Heuit Training Facility, a new patio area and grass bank was situated along the left field line, plus artwork, sponsored by Truitt and White, now graces the back of Edwards Track Stadium and the Recreational Sports Facility.
Evans Diamond's received a field facelift in the fall of 1992 at a cost of $275,000, which was completely paid for by Cal alums. RNT Landscaping of San Leandro, Calif. completed the renovation of the Evans Diamond playing surface, which included leveling the field, installing a new drainage system, replacing both the infield and outfield grass and placing a warning track around the entire field.
The playing surface at Evans Diamond features natural grass, along with a mixture of clay and crushed cinder infield surface. The outfield measurements at Evans are 320 feet down the lines, 365 to the power alleys and 395 to center field. The seating capacity is 2,500.
Evans Diamond is located on the southwest corner of campus, between Edwards/Goldman Field Track Stadium, Haas Pavilion and the Recreational Sports Facility. The easiest access to the field is off Cross Campus Road (Frank Schlessinger Way), which intersects Oxford Avenue near the north end of the track stadium.
June 18, 2022: That each age group had its space and the staff really worked with the boys to have a positive experience!
July 18, 2023: My son loved it and it deepened his love of the game.
June 20, 2022: Getting to talk with players/coaches and the awesome facility made for a terrific week.
July 10, 2023: The camp was very well organized and seemed very professional.
July 9, 2022: Playing a simulated and real game in front of the head coach for Cal was priceless.
June 9, 2023: Loved the meeting at the end and the encouragement the coaches gave to the players.
June 18, 2022: The facilities and memorable moments my child experienced due to the incredible staff.
June 16, 2023: My son meeting new friends and coming home each day with a smile on his face. Thank you!
July 25, 2022: My son loved everything about it! He came home with new skills and more passion for the sport.
July 22, 2022: My son loved the new skills & drills as well as playing the scrimmage games & being on a college campus.
July 17, 2023: My son said the highlight of the camp was being around college coaches and players all day. Also the tour of the campus was cool.
August 15, 2023: My kid loves this camp. He said the coaches are super professional and staffs are super friendly, and the facilities are super nice!
July 29, 2023: My son loved it and enjoyed being able to be in a group with his buddies but he said he would enjoy it even if he wasn't with buddies.
July 24, 2023: The camp counselors went out of their way to make my kid feel welcome. Their support of her made the camp an incredibly special experience.
June 9, 2023: The highlight was the rotations we had during the scrimmage. Everyone has something to do and all the stations helped the players get better at something.
July 22, 2022: My sons highlight were the extrema pickle and the HR derby. For me as the parent that stayed and watched was it was well organized and had stations so everybody had multiple chances at a particular station.
May 22, 2023: My son is a freshman in high school and it was his first prospect camp. He was impressed by everything from the stadium to his follow athletes, but he was encouraged by the pitching feedback he received and inspired to continue his work
June 17, 2022: We joined camp during our trip from Hawaii and it was such a fun experience. Everyone was super nice, the coaches were organized and took time to know the kids and seemed like they really enjoyed what they were doing; the rotation from each drill and practice area kept things fresh and not boring for the kids. A short break to watch a movie/bloopers relating to baseball also was a nice break also! Porter had a blast and we will be coming back next year and will highly recommend to our friends and family. Thank you!
We’d definitely recommend the camp
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.