Cal Girls Basketball Camp
Improve Your Skills And Have Fun
at Cal Basketball Camp
Train with the highly accomplished Cal Women's Basketball staff and players for an unforgettable summer 2019! The Cal Girls Basketball Camp offers collegiate style basketball instruction for players looking to take their game to the next level. Participate in individual and team skills training, unique drill stations, and competitive scrimmages.
The Cal Basketball Camps will feature sessions for players of all abilities and ages. All camp sessions will take place on the Cal Berkeley campus!
- A tenacious approach to defensive skills training and improvement
- Advanced skill development drills with a strong emphasis on fundamentals
- Official California Basketball team t-shirt and other great prizes!
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Camp Director Lindsay Gottlieb
Lindsay Gottlieb has shown the ability to find the perfect balance. In eight years as the head coach at California, Lindsay Gottlieb has shown the ability to find that perfect balance in Berkeley and has taken the program to unprecedented heights since being hired on April 25, 2011.View Lindsay's Bio ⟩
Since Gottlieb earned her first head coaching job in 2008-09, only 14 coaches have taken their team to an NCAA Final Four appearance, with Gottlieb becoming the eighth coach on that list after leading her 2012-13 California squad to a 32-4 record that included the program’s first Pac-12 regular season championship as well as the first Elite Eight and Final Four bids in 40 years of California women’s basketball. Doing so in her second season in Berkeley, Gottlieb became just the seventh coach since 1990 to coach her team to the Final Four in her first two seasons at the helm of a program. The Bears followed the success of the historical 2012-13 season with an NCAA Tournament bid in four of the next five seasons.
Gottlieb enters the 2018-19 campaign – her eighth in Berkeley and 11th overall as a Division I head coach – with an overall record of 215-115, including a mark of 159-76 in her seven seasons at Cal. Gottlieb’s 159 wins are the second-most by any head coach in Cal women’s basketball history.
Gottlieb’s most recent season saw the Golden Bears continue to establish themselves as a contender, both on the conference and national level. For the sixth time in seven seasons, the Cal women’s basketball team earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament, receiving a seven seed to the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Cal opened the year with a challenging non-conference slate that featured matchups against top-ranked Connecticut and SEC-powers Missouri and Kentucky. The Bears went on to record their most successful conference campaign in three seasons, posting an 11-7 record in Pac-12 play to earn a five seed in the conference tournament. Cal capped off its home slate in thrilling fashion, upsetting 14th-ranked Stanford, 78-66, in a senior day sendoff for Mikayla Cowling and Penina Davidson. The Bears were led by junior forward Kristine Anigwe, who earned All-Pac-12 and All-America honors for the third consecutive season and led the team in both scoring and rebounding. Cal ended the season with an overall record of 21-11, its sixth 20-win season under Gottlieb.
The 2016-17 season saw the Bears re-write the Cal record books. The Bears started the season 13-0, including an undefeated non-conference campaign, setting the mark for the best start to a season in program history. Sophomore center Kristine Anigwe, an All-Pac-12 and All-America selection for the second consecutive season, set the school single-game scoring record on December 8, scoring 50 points in just 24 minutes of action against Sacramento State. Angiwe’s 50 points marked the most by any player – male or female – in a single game in school history. The Bears registered key upsets over No. 20 Oklahoma and No. 13 UCLA, and earned an at-large bid to the 2017 NCAA Tournament, Cal’s fifth tournament appearance in six seasons under Gottlieb. The nine-seed in the Waco Regional, the Golden Bears upset eight-seed LSU in the First Round, before falling to top-seeded Baylor on the Lady Bears’ home court. Cal ended the season with an overall record of 20-14, Gottlieb’s fifth 20-win season at Cal.
In 2015-16, a youthful Bears squad posted a 15-17 record, highlighted by a magical run to the semifinals of the 2016 Pac-12 Tournament. Kristine Anigwe was the near-consensus National Freshman of the Year, earning USBWA and CollegeSportsMadness.com honors, while also being named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
The 2014-15 Bears logged another 20-win campaign after finishing at 24-10 overall and 13-5 in Pac-12 play. Cal tied for third in the Pac-12, reached the championship game of the conference tournament, and earned a second-round berth in the NCAA Tournament. The season also saw Gottlieb notch her 100th Cal win, becoming the quickest coach in program history to reach the 100-win mark. She also became the third active Pac-12 coach with at least 100 wins at his or her respective institution.
Following Cal’s 2014-15 NCAA Tournament run, seniors Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray became the first Golden Bear duo to be selected in the same year of the WNBA Draft, with Boyd going No. 9 to the New York Liberty and Gray selected by the Minnesota Lynx at No. 16.
In her third season in Berkeley, 2013-14, Gottlieb guided Cal to a 22-10 record and a third consecutive NCAA Tournament berth after finishing as the conference runner-up. With another 20-win season under her belt, Gottlieb became the winningest Cal women’s basketball coach over a three-year period, notching a 79-24 record.
The 2012-13 season was a record-breaking season for the Golden Bears that culminated in Gottlieb being named a finalist for the prestigious Naismith National Coach of the Year award in addition to the media selecting Gottlieb as the Pac-12 Coach of the Year after she led her team to a 17-1 conference record.
Earning praise for her ability to gameplan and make in-game adjustments, 2012-13 also marked the year that Gottlieb became just the fifth coach to win a Pac-12 title in her first two seasons as a head coach in the conference. She was the first active coach in the conference to lead her team to a road victory at Stanford’s Maples Pavilion, a feat she accomplished with a 67-55 victory on January 13, 2013 that ended the Cardinal’s 81-game winning streak against conference foes and announced California’s ascension into the conference and national championship discussions.
Gottlieb’s Bears reeled off a program-record 16 consecutive wins to end the regular season and earn a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. In a run that surpassed the combined NCAA Tournament win total of all previous California head coaches, Gottlieb led her team to victories over Fresno State, South Florida, LSU and Georgia to reach the 2013 Final Four. She holds a career NCAA Tournament record of 7-5 in five appearances – once as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara and four times at California.
Leading teams to success in the postseason isn’t her only specialty though. In her five seasons at California, Gottlieb has amassed a 118-51 record – more California-bests by setting new marks for most wins in a two-year, three-year, and four-year period in Berkeley. Already the first coach to win 20 games in her first season with the Bears, her program-record 32 wins in the 2012-13 marked just the 12th time in conference history that a team surpassed the 30-win barrier.
Utilizing an up-tempo, attractive brand of basketball, Gottlieb’s approach has helped revitalize West Coast women’s basketball. In total at California, Gottlieb has five coached players to seven All-America seasons in five years with Layshia Clarendon earning honors in 2012 and 2013, Gennifer Brandon in 2013, Boyd in 2014 and 2015, Gray in 2015, and Anigwe in 2016.
In her first season at the helm in Berkeley in 2011-12, Gottlieb took Cal back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009 with her Bears advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Gottlieb also led the Bears to a second place Pac-12 finish in her inaugural season, just the third time since joining the Pac-10 in its inaugural season (1985-86) that the Bears finished in second place and it was only the second time that Cal has finished with sole possession of second.
Getting A Start At UCSB
Before returning to Cal where she spent three years as an assistant to Joanne Boyle, Gottlieb spent three seasons as the head coach at the University of California at Santa Barbara from 2008-11. In her three seasons with UCSB, Gottlieb led the Gauchos to two postseason berths and a pair of Big West Conference championships, amassing a 56-39 (.589) record. Previously, she spent two seasons as a Cal assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach in 2007-08.
In 2010-11, Gottlieb guided the Gauchos to their second Big West title in her three seasons at the helm, amassing a 19-12 record (12-4 in the Big West) before falling in the first round of the WNIT to USC. Gottlieb's first team in 2008-09 amassed a 22-10 overall record and a 15-1 mark in the Big West, claiming the conference's regular-season and tournament crowns to earn an NCAA Tournament appearance. As a result, she was named the 2009 Big West Coach of the Year. Gottlieb was the first-ever coach at UCSB to win 20 games in her first season and became one of only seven active coaches nationwide to win 20 games in her first year and also be named Coach of the Year.
Other accolades for Gottlieb include becoming the first coach in UCSB history to win her first 11 conference games and the first coach in school annals to finish her inaugural season with a winning record.
In 2010-11, Gottlieb led the Gauchos to their 18th consecutive winning season and the team won at least 20 games for the 12th time in the past 14 years. The Gauchos led the Big West in both field goal percentage (43.2 percent) and field goal percentage defense (35.4 percent) as well as being tops in the conference in rebounding (40.2 per game).
Under her tutelage, UCSB ranked in the nation's top 10 in field goal percentage defense and the top 20 in points allowed per game while setting a school record in free throw percentage in the 2008-09 season.
Following her time at UCSB, Gottlieb became the ninth head coach for the California Golden Bears women's basketball program by replacing Boyle, who resigned her position to take over the head coaching duties at the University of Virginia.
First Run In Berkeley
Gottlieb initially joined the Cal staff as an assistant coach in 2005-06, a position she held for two seasons before being elevated to associate head coach in 2007-08. During her time in Berkeley, she worked with all aspects of the program, including recruiting and scouting, and served as the team's academic liaison.
Gottlieb was integral to the development of Cal's post players, including Devanei Hampton, the 2006-07 Pac-10 Player of the Year and a two-time All-Pac-10 selection, and Ashley Walker, an All-American and Cal's first player to be selected in the first round of the WNBA draft.
In Gottlieb's inaugural year as an assistant in Berkeley, Cal posted its first winning record (18-12) in 13 years and received its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1993. In 2006-07, Gottlieb helped Cal register a 23-9 mark - one win shy of equaling the school's win record at the time - and earn another bid to the NCAA Tournament. Cal's 2007-08 squad made the program's first-ever appearance in the Pac-10 Tournament championship game and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
East Coast Beginnings
Gottlieb spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Richmond under Boyle before the two came to Cal. The Spiders posted 20-plus wins each year and advanced to the postseason three times. In 2004-05, Richmond finished with a 23-8 record and earned the program's first NCAA Tournament berth in 14 years. The Spiders were invited to the 2003 and 2004 WNIT.
Prior to Gottlieb's stint at Richmond, she served as an assistant coach at New Hampshire in 2001-02 under head coach Sue Johnson.
Before joining the New Hampshire staff, Gottlieb was an assistant coach for two years at Syracuse with Marianna Freeman at the helm. In addition to her coaching duties for the Big East program, Gottlieb was the assistant director of the school's girls' basketball camp. While at Syracuse, she earned her Master's degree in Philosophy of Education.
Gottlieb obtained additional coaching expertise with the Westchester Basketball Association AAU program and Kutsher's Sports Academy.
The Scarsdale, N.Y., native graduated from Brown in 1999 with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Political Science and was a member of the women's basketball team. Gottlieb was a student assistant coach during the 1998-99 campaign and received the Team Heart and Soul Award in 1999.
Assistant Coach Charmin Smith
Charmin Smith is the longest-tenured coach on the California bench and has been instrumental in turning the Golden Bears into one of the premier programs on the west coast and in the country. The 2018-19 season marks Smith’s 12th season in Berkeley.View Charmin's Bio ⟩
Of the 14 McDonald’s All-Americans in California women’s basketball history, Smith has signed 12 of them since joining the California staff in 2007, including an impressive haul when she put together the 2009 class of four All-Americans that served as the foundation to California’s 2013 NCAA Final Four run.
The Bears have put together five Top 20 recruiting classes in Smith’s tenure which includes the current incoming class that is ranked No. 14 in the nation and the 2009 and 2011 classes that were both top five classes.
On the court, Smith has been instrumental in coaching the Bears to the top three individual seasons in program history. In her first two seasons in Berkeley, Cal set then-school records for wins in a season, finishing both years with 27-7 marks before Cal pushed itself into elite status with the record-breaking 32-4 Final Four campaign in 2012-13. The Bears also recorded their best Pac-12 record (17-1) and won their first conference regular season crown that season. Smith has helped lead the Bears to the post-season in each of her seven seasons in Berkeley, including trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2007-08 (Second Round), 2008-09 (Third Round) and 2012-13 (Final Four). She was also part of the staff that led the Bears to the 2010 WNIT Championship.
With the Bears, she led the development of guard Layshia Clarendon who became the No. 9 pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft by the Indiana Fever.
Smith came to Cal after serving as an assistant coach for three seasons at Stanford and spending six years playing professionally. During Smith's tenure as an assistant with Stanford, the Cardinal posted an 87-16 (.845) record and made a pair of NCAA Elite Eight appearances.
As a coach at Stanford, Smith played an integral role in the development of three of the Pac-10's top posts - Brooke Smith, Jayne Appel and Kristen Newlin - and in the spring of 2007, she switched her focus to working with the Cardinal guards, including three-time Pac-10 Player of the Year Candice Wiggins.
Smith was a star player for Stanford from 1993-97, helping the Cardinal to three NCAA Final Fours, as well as three Pac-10 titles. Following her playing career, she joined the professional ranks in the ABL from 1997-98 as a member of the Portland Power. She also played three years in the WNBA and one year in the Swedish Basketball League.
Smith began her coaching career in 2003 as an assistant coach at Boston College, helping the Eagles to one of their most successful seasons in school history. During her lone season, Boston College won its first Big East title and received a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Mideast Regional semifinals. A four-year letterwinner at Stanford, Smith earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in civil and environmental engineering from the school. The St. Louis, Mo., native was a two-time recipient of the Coaches' Award (1994, 1997) and was named the team's Most Improved Player in 1995.
Assistant Coach Kai Felton
The 2018-19 season marks Kai Felton’s seventh season with California women’s basketball team. In her seven seasons with the Golden Bears, Felton has been instrumental in the development of Cal’s guards.View Kai's Bio ⟩
Felton works extensively with Cal’s guards, helping develop a pair of All-Americans and First Round WNBA Draft Picks in Layshia Clarendon ’13 and Brittany Boyd ’15. Over the past two seasons, five Golden Bear guards have earned All-Conference recognition. Mikayla Cowling and Asha Thomas both earned Pac-12 Honorable Mention at the end of the 2017-18 season while freshman point guard Kianna Smith was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team. Guards Jaelyn Brown and Mi’Cole Cayton garnered Pac-12 All-Freshman Honorable Mention at the end of the 2016-17 season. Under her supervision, the Bears have also continued to excel in the classroom, being recognized for their overall improvements in GPA each of the last two seasons.
Felton came to Cal after spending the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons with the Oregon Ducks. During her time at Oregon, the Ducks were transformed into one of the most potent offenses in the nation, averaging 81.4 points per game in 2009-10. The Ducks earned a spot in the postseason for just the second time in the last nine years in 2009-10, advancing to the third round of the WNIT.
Prior to her time in Eugene, Felton spent five years as an assistant coach at the University of Southern California. She had a hand in recruiting seven McDonald's All-Americans in her five years with the Women of Troy, including the nation's top recruiting class according to USA Today and the All-Star Girls Report in 2006. That class included the 2006 co-National Player of the Year, Jacki Gemelos.
During her five seasons at USC, the Women of Troy compiled a 90-64 record and finished in the top half of the conference in each of those seasons. USC advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament twice (2005 & 2006) and most recently played in the Pac-10 Tournament championship game for the first time in program history.
Before joining USC, Felton spent one season at Pepperdine University, helping the Waves earn an invitation to the WNIT with a 17-12 record.
Felton also served as a volunteer assistant coach at California Polytechnic University, Pomona (2002-03) and worked as an assistant coach (2000-02) at Springfield College (Springfield, Mass.) At Springfield, Felton was with the Pride as the program advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2002 NCAA Division III Women's basketball Tournament. Springfield compiled a 49-9 record and claimed two NEWMAC conference championships during her time on the coaching staff, while helping develop conference players of the year in Kelly Thompson (2001) and Becky Kanupka (2002).
As a player, Felton was a standout guard at Randolph College (formerly known as Randolph-Macon Woman’s College) in Lynchburg, Va. During her four years, she set nine school records, including most career three-pointers (216), most three-pointers in a season (66) and most career assists (325). She finished her career ranked No. 3 on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,147 points.
She earned her bachelor's degree in biology in 2000 from Randolph and later attained her master's in physical education/athletic administration from Springfield in 2002.
Assistant Coach Wendale Farrow
A highly regarded up-and-coming coach with experience in both the Pac-12 and SEC, Wendale Farrow joined the Golden Bears as an assistant coach in 2016. Farrow previously worked in the basketball programs at UCLA and Vanderbilt prior to joining the Commodores. Wendale Farrow enters his third season as an assistant coach at California for the 2018-19 season.View Wendale's Bio ⟩
An energetic and dynamic presence on the recruiting trail, Farrow also works extensively with the Golden Bears’ guards. Under his guidance Mikayla Cowling and Asha Thomas both earned Pac-12 Honorable Mention at the end of the 2017-18 season while freshman point guard Kianna Smith was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team. Guards Jaelyn Brown and Mi’Cole Cayton garnered Pac-12 All-Freshman Honorable Mention at the end of the 2016-17 season.
Farrow joined the Bears after stints at UCLA and Vanderbilt, where he served in a variety of roles before rising to assistant coach for the Commodores.
“Across the world of women’s college basketball, it’s nearly impossible to find someone with something negative to say about Dale as a human being and a basketball coach. From players he’s coached to colleagues at the collegiate, high school and club level, everyone raves about his ability to connect with people, his deft ability with X’s and O’s, his on-court skill development of players and his presence in the community,” said head coach Lindsay Gottlieb.
During Farrow's one-year tenure in Nashville in 2015-16, the Commodores went 18-14, up from a 15-16 record in the season prior to his arrival, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. He helped the Vandy coaching staff haul in a six-member recruiting class that ranks as the best in the SEC, according to Blue Star Report.
“When you combine the academic prestige and athletic reputation that California has to offer, it is a formula for success that I'm proud to support," Farrow said. "The Pac-12 has never been better, and it is continually exhibiting its status as the Conference of Champions. To be able to compete in this conference, you must have student-athletes and coaches that are committed to excellence on and off the court, and I strongly believe Cal does exactly that.”
Farrow headed to Nashville after two seasons at UCLA under head coach Cori Close, where he served in a number of roles for the Bruins, including video coordinator, community service liaison, scout team adviser, camp director and interim recruiting coach. While he was on staff, UCLA signed the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class in 2013-14, as determined by ESPNW/HoopGurlz. Under Farrow’s leadership, the Bruins saw a 20 percent increase in their number of camp participants. In his final year at UCLA, he helped the Bruins claim a Women’s National Invitation Tournament title.
“When this process began, I got an immediate sense from Dale that he would be an amazing mentor to our young women, and someone that would help elevate Cal in our quest to be one of the nation’s top programs year in and year out,” Gottlieb said. “In getting to know him further, I also found that he is an up-and-coming star in women’s college basketball who can combine a keen grasp of the game – from analytics to creative offense and player development – with a genuine heart for people. He has an infectious energy and will add a great deal to our staff.”
A native of Sacramento, Calif., Farrow was a two-year basketball letterwinner at American River (Calif.) Junior College before he transferred to Eastern Michigan for his final two years of eligibility. He was named to the CoSIDA All-Academic District team and earned his bachelor’s degree in 2009. Farrow worked as a graduate manager for his alma mater from 2010-12, then served as an academic mentor at Michigan from 2012-13 while pursuing a postgraduate degree. He earned his Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Student Affairs from EMU in 2013.
Assistant Athletic Director Jill Culbertson
Jill Culbertson enters her sixth season as the Director of Basketball Operations in 2018-19 after a successful career in various roles in the WNBA. Culbertson, a 2008 graduate of Cal Poly, most recently spent two years as the Assistant GM of the NY Liberty.View Jill's Bio ⟩
Culbertson, a 2008 graduate of Cal Poly, most recently spent two years as the Assistant General Manager of the New York Liberty from 2010-12 where she was responsible for the daily operations under the direction of head coach John Whisenant, including team logistics, travel, scheduling and managing of budgets.
The Sacramento native has also spent time in various capacities with the Sacramento Monarchs from 2001-09, finishing as the Manager of Basketball Operations from 2007-09.
“Running an organization at the highest level necessitates that we surround ourselves with the most talented and dedicated people and empower them to contribute to the overall success,” Gottlieb said. “That being said, I’m happy to welcome Jill Culbertson to the Cal women’s basketball family. Jill has extensive experience with the WNBA, and her responsibilities were great because of her wide range of capabilities. Our Director of Operations has a huge impact on the efficient, progressive and innovative manner in which we operate. I have no doubt Jill’s contributions will allow us to continue in our quest to be one of the nation’s most elite women’s basketball programs."
Bear For A Day Camp: June 8 (Entering grades 7-12)
Jam Fest Team Camp: June 9 (Open to JV, Varsity, and Club teams)
Kids Camp: June 24-27 (Entering Grades 2-11)
2019 registration is opening soon! We are working diligently to finalize this camp and registration will be available shortly. If you haven't already, please join our email list at the bottom of this page to be notified when registration opens.
Bear For A Day Camp (Entering Grades 7-12)
Location: Haas Pavilion (115 Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 94720) and the Recreational Sports Facility's Gold Gym (2301 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)
Check-in: Saturday at 9:15AM
Hours: Saturday 10AM-4PM
Meals: Lunch is available for purchase ($5 - multiple options)
Bear for a Day is our most intensive Cal Girls Basketball Camp geared toward the most serious basketball players. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the day. In addition, campers will be evaluated and then split up into smaller groups according to age and ability. Campers will receive a camp t-shirt!
Jam Fest Team Camp (Junior Varsity, Varsity, and Club Teams)
Location: Haas Pavilion (115 Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 94720) and the Recreational Sports Facility's Gold Gym and Fieldhouse (2301 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)
Check-in: Sunday at 8:30AM for teams playing at 9AM
Meals: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch.
One day team camp for high school varsity, junior varsity and club teams. High intensity competitive team games that begin at 9am, length of day is dependent on the number of teams enrolled. Three game guarantee, certified officials, and skill instruction from Cal coaches. A skill session will take place during the last hour of camp, broken up by position with offensive skill building and defensive concepts. In addition, coaches will be providing skill instruction throughout the day. First come, first serve basis. Make sure to register your team before the slots are filled! Each Team Coach will register for his/her team. Coaches registering 2+ teams are eligible for a $45 discount per team. Please contact US Sports Camps at 1-800-645-3226 to register multiple teams. Each coach will be asked to fill out a team registration form and each team member must complete and bring health forms to camp. These forms will be emailed to the coaches upon completion of registration.
Cal Kids Camp (Entering Grades 2-11)
Location: Haas Pavilion (115 Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 94720)
Daily Hours: MON-THURS 9AM-4PM. Extended Care available from 4PM-5PM (see details below).
Meals: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch.
Designed for young girls who want to learn the fundamentals in a fun environment. Our staff and players will teach shooting, passing, ball handling and team play to girls, ages 7-16. Normal camp will run from 9am-4pm. Extended Care available from 4-5pm for an additional fee of $50 (for all 4 days).
Transportation is not provided by the camp to or from any airports. If you are flying to or from camp, we recommend using an airport shuttle service. Please schedule flights as close as you can to the check-in times on the first day and check-out times on the last day.
A detailed camper registration 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 US Sports Camps health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.
We cannot offer scholarships due to NCAA regulations. Our affiliation with NCAA coaches and schools puts us in a position where any scholarship money can be seen as an inducement to a future collegiate athlete. This puts our coaches and our host universities in jeopardy of damaging their status with the NCAA and incurring penalties at the hands of their organizing body.
*Please note, this information is subject to change.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 10:00 AM Welcome
- 10:15 AM Dynamic Warm-up
- 10:30 AM Demo Cal Transition Series
- 10:40 AM Transition Series
- 11:05 AM Team Practice - Learn and Run Cal’s Offenses
- 11:30 AM Game Time
- 12:15 PM Lunch
- 1:00 PM Demo Cal Guard/Post Breakdowns
- 1:10 PM Guard/Post Breakdowns
- 1:45 PM Basketball Discussion and Film Session
- 2:15 PM Warm-up
- 3:00 PM 3-on-3 Tournament
- 3:45 PM Skill Breakdown Drills and Competitions - Defense, Passing and Shooting
- 4:30 PM Game Time
- 4:45 PM Awards and Closing
- 5:00 PM Departure
Bear For A Day and Jam Fest Team campers will utilize Cal Berkeley's Haas Pavilion and Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) for basketball instruction. The newly renovated Walter A. Haas Jr. Pavilion is home to the University of California Golden Bears men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, and men's and women's gymnastics teams. The Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) is the University’s largest, most complete fitness center with over 100,000 square feet of activity space, including an Olympic-sized swimming pool, 3 weight rooms, seven basketball courts, seven racquetball/handball courts, six squash courts, treadmills, elliptical trainers, stairmasters, rowing machines and stationary bikes. Additionally, there is space reserved for volleyball, badminton, group exercise classes, martial arts, and table tennis.
Kids Camp campers will utilize Cal Berkeley's Haas Pavilion for basketball instruction. The newly renovated Walter A. Haas Jr. Pavilion is home to the University of California Golden Bears men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, and men's and women's gymnastics teams. Haas Pavilion is located at 115 Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 94720.
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A Great Week!
July 1, 2018: We did both the boys and the girls camp and the women running the girls camp did an amazing job. I loved that there was aftercare and the drop off and pick up in back of the gym were super helpful. My daughter was excited to go everyday and came home wanting to do her homework. Thank you for a great week!
— Amy C. Parent
She Will Be Back!
July 3, 2018: My camper had so much fun and learned a ton! The counselors were all enthusiastic, strong role models. She will be back!
— Michele B. Parent
Ready For More Camp Next Year!
July 3, 2018: Zinnia was so excited to have met the women's basketball team players. She also loves playing basketball so the combo was great. She is ready for more camp next year! And of course she is excited to see the players compete this fall.
— Kate W. Parent
Add another week!
June 29, 2018: The camp was amazing once again! My daughter had a wonderful time and didn’t want to leave at the end of each day. Each evening she had a new homework assignment that made her think, research, and learn. Coach Jill is super organized and extremely responsive. The coaches are warm and welcoming in the mornings and super fun throughout the day. Maleika and I both wish there was another week of camp! We will be back next year!
— Naima R. Parent
This camp was a terrific experience for my daughter
June 10, 2018: Got a chance to experience basketball environment at a college level and meet Cal players and coaches. Camp provided a terrific experience for Chloe.
— Marcus T. Parent
My daughter really enjoyed this camp
June 10, 2018: She came out of the Gym smiling and said she had fun. That’s Big!!!! Milan enjoyed the Video portion at the end
— Jon T. Parent
My daughter loved her interaction with the Cal staff and players
June 10, 2018: My daughter loved her interaction with the Cal staff and players. Seeing girls who have already gone the path which she wants to go was very encouraging that she can make it too. Though the camp is only 1 day it was organized well and provided great instructions around offensive movement and defense. I highly recommend this camp to all girls in the Bay Area wanting to play basketball at a higher level
— David R. Parent
Jocelyn came home raving about what she learned.
August 09, 2017: Jocelyn came home raving about what she learned and is excited to go back next year. Her excitement is exactly what I wanted.
— Jocelyn B. Parent
Scrimmages during lunch, Drills and End of Week Contests
August 08, 2017: My daughters highlights were scrimmages during lunch, Drills and End of Week Contests. camp definitely improved her basketball skills.
— Olivia R. Parent
Camp helped her improve her skills while having fun.
August 08, 2017: Camp helped her improve her skills while having fun. Camp was organized and staff encouraging.
— Rina H. Parent
Great Experience for us!
UC Berkeley, CA hosted a camp named "Bear for the Day" What a wonderful experience for the girls and parents! UC Berkely's Head Coach, Director, Cal Bear Women Players, staff and facilities were beyond our expectations! My daughter had a blast and has not stopped talking about it more than a week later! She loved the interaction with the actual Cal Women team members, playing on the courts with girls from all different ages and areas and touring the campus and having a "awesome" dinner on campus. Great Experience for us!
— Sylvia G. Parent
WE LOVE THE CAL BERKELEY GIRLS.
THE STAFF- THEY ARE AMAZING! CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THEM AGAIN NEXT SUMMER!!!! WE LOVE THE CAL BERKELEY GIRLS. MY DAUGHTER LOVES GABBY AND COURTNEY (HER FAVORITE COACHES)!!!!!!!!!!!! THANKS AGAIN FOR THE WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE. WE WILL SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR!!!!!!!!
— Phuong N. Parent
It gave me new inspiration and love for the sport.
I loved that the UC Berekely basketball players, both from previous teams to the current team, attended and helped give guidance to future players. It gave me new inspiration and love for the sport. I also liked how it allowed parents and coaches to come watch and observe to be a part of the adventure. Thank you so much for this awesome experience, I can't wait to tell my coach and friends all about this awesome camp and my adventure.
— Margaret R. Camper
Our coaches pushed us to become better ball players.
Some of my memorable experiences were when our coaches talked to us and pushed us to become better ball players they told us their stories and let us know everyone makes mistakes so stop beating yourself up if you make one little mistake.
— Jewell P. Camper
Cal players and coaches all terrific. My daughter is still talking about them.
— Brian B. Parent
Great job to the coaches!
I would say great job to the coaches! Also, as a mother I absolutely loved that one of the coaches had her kids there and that all the other coaches worked together to watch them. It made me see that they are close and see each other as a family which is what I want my girls to understand your team will eventually be. The girls favorite part was interacting with the coaches and the older daughter likes to compete and play games as well so that was her favorite too.
— Nettie A. Parent
This camp created a spark in my daughter.
This camp created a needed spark that has been overdue in my daughter. I watched her perform at a level she hasn't displayed in over a year. Thank you for the opportunity.
— Loretta R. Parent
I loved the way the players engaged the kids.
I loved the way the players engaged the kids. My daughter has asked me at least 10 times to get her on a basketball team and given me a deadline for doing it. I just hope she doesn't quit playing tennis!
— Brian D. Parent
This camp inspired my daughter.
Inspired my daughter to practice the skill drills she learned at camp. She has been out to practice every other day and says she wants to be a basketball player!
— Caren H. Parent
Thank you all!
Had fun, coaches really taught me some things I didn't know. Thank you all!
— Derriona M. Camper
The whole day inspired me.
I think my favorite part of the camp was actually putting on the player jerseys and having a mini photo shoot. The whole day inspired me to continue to pursue basketball with excellence so that I can be a mentor like these women were for me that day!
— Savannah C. Parent
My daughter says she wants to be a basketball player!
Inspired my daughter to practice the skill drills she learned at camp. She has been out to practice every other day and says she wants to be a basketball player!
— Caren H. Parent
This camp created a needed spark.
The Bear for a Day Camp created a needed spark that has been overdue in my daughter. I watched her perform at a level she hasn't displayed in over a year. Thank you for the opportunity. The tour of the campus was completely unexpected and yet needed. I stingily support higher education and have discussed the possibility of touring various campuses. This was on time with the discussions taking place at home. Thank you!
— Loretta L. Parent
My favorite part of the camp was when we were able to watch film with the head coach.
My favorite part of the Bear for a Day Camp was when we were able to watch film with the head coach. I also enjoyed talking to the camp staff and players and asking them questions on how they became a Cal Bear. Lastly, I thought the strength and conditioning part was really good.
— Jordan V. Camper
She was so happy to meet real basketball players.
My daughter was not aware the coaches were members of the Cal B-ball team. She was so happy to meet real basketball players as she put it. She hung the poster on her wall in her bedroom.
— Ursula J. Parent
Inspiring and motivational.
It was so awesome, inspiring and motivational to be coached by actual girls from the Cal Berkeley team-so cool! It was just so much fun! and I could really be me here.
My favorite part of camp was being taught by UC Cal Players.
My favorite part of camp was being taught by UC Cal Players (Girls) who worked out, talked, taught and made it fun. Learning about the new rules for academics. Drills, chants..... and playing 3on3 and games!
The facility and staff were amazing!
June 14, 2016: My two girls absolutely loved every part of the day. The staff was so friendly and that made them feel very comfortable. They definitely improved on their basketball skills. This camp was good for all skill levels. I would definitely recommend and hope to be able to send my girls again next year. I loved seeing the smiles on my girls' faces at the end of the day .Cant say enough good things! The coaches pushed and encouraged the kids, but ultimately made them feel good about themselves. Definitely promoted a love for the game!
— Jodi N. Parent
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