Cal Men’s Crew Camp
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at Cal Crew Camp
Join US Sports Camps and Cal Men's Crew for another great summer of rowing at UC Berkeley! Olympian and Head Coach, Mike Teti, and the Cal Men's Crew Staff have created an elite crew program focused on fundamentals, hard work, and dedication.
Cal Men's Crew continues to create a history of success as the top ranked program in the country. Our camp staff can't wait to instill its winning philosophy onto its campers this summer!
- Exposure to the top ranked men's rowing programs in the country
- Train at state of the art facilities at the world renowned UC Berkeley campus
- Individual video analysis on the erg and on the water
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Head Coach Scott Frandsen
A three-time Olympian, Scott Frandsen has been an assistant coach on the California men's rowing staff since 2012. An accomplished rower with more than a decade of experience, Frandsen...View Scott Frandsen's Bio ⟩
A native of Kelowna British Columbia, Canada, Frandsen is one of Canada's most highly-regarded Olympians. He competed in his third Olympic games in 2012 in London, rowing in the coxless pair with teammate Dave Calder. He and Calder earned a Silver Medal in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Frandsen also competed in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, where he helped the men's eight to a fifth-place finish.
Frandsen has also excelled as a competitor in various boats at six World Championships between 2002 and 2012. In numerous World Cup Regattas from 2004 to 2012, he captured three Gold Medals, two Silver Medal and two Bronze Medals and recorded four other top-five finishes. Frandsen also took home a Gold Medal in 2001 and a Silver Medal in 2002 at the Under-23 World Championships in Austria and Geneva, respectively. While completing his Masters degree at Oxford University, Frandsen was in the Blue Boat that won the tightly contested 2003 Oxford/Cambridge Boat Race.
Frandsen was a standout at California where he was part of three-straight Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) championship men's eight boats from 2000-02. The Golden Bear captain also guided Cal to the three-straight Pac-10 titles in the men's eight and was honored as a First Team All-Pac-10 selection as a senior in 2002.
While at Cal, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at the highly-regarded Haas School of Business in 2002, before earning his Masters at Oxford in 2003.
Camp Director Brandon Shald
Brandon Shald '09 enters his first season as an an assistant coach with the Cal men’s rowing team, joining Scott Frandsen’s staff in June of 2018.View Brandon's Bio ⟩
A 2007 IRA Champion and 2009 Cal graduate, Shald joins the Golden Bear staff as an assistant coach after spending the last three seasons at Penn, coaching alongside former Golden Bear coach Geoff Bond. As the Quakers’ top assistant, Shald worked with all the program’s boats and student-athletes, while also serving as Penn’s head of recruiting. Prior to his arrival in Philadelphia, Shald spent two seasons at Princeton, helping both the heavyweight and lightweight crews to top-five finishes at both the IRA and Eastern Sprints. In addition to his duties with Tigers' varsity programs, Shald also served as head coach of the Carnegie Lake Rowing Association from the spring of 2014 through the fall of 2015.
A three-year member of the Cal men’s rowing team, Shald helped the Bears’ novice eight to an undefeated season in 2007, winning both the Pac-10 and IRA Championships while also capturing the prestigious Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta. Shald then became a fixture in the Bears’ varsity eight, helping Cal to a Pac-10 title in the eight in 2009 and podium finishes at the IRA in both 2008 and 2009. During his time in Berkeley, Shald was also recognized for his leadership and teamwork, winning the program’s Dean Witter Award as a senior.
After graduating in 2009 with a degree in Classical Civilization, Shald spent time training with the U.S. National Team, winning a silver medal in the eight at the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup in Sydney. Shald also took part in selection for the eight for the 2012 Olympics and stroked the California Rowing Club eight to victory at the Royal Henley Grand Challenge Cup in 2012.
A Nebraska native, Shald began his coaching career in 2009, working as a coach at the Chesapeake Boathouse in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Shald coached the Scholastic Rowing Program, focused on making rowing available to underprivileged youth.
Prior to beginning his career in rowing, Shald spent four years training and performing with the San Francisco Ballet, the oldest ballet company in the nation.
Coach Sam Baum
Sam Baum enters his first season with the Cal men’s rowing team, joining Scott Frandsen’s staff in June of 2018.View Sam's Bio ⟩
A Berkeley native, Baum returns to the West Coast after spending the last seven seasons as an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator for the Yale Men’s Heavyweight program. Baum coached alongside former Golden Bears’ head coach Steve Gladstone and helped the Eli varsity eight to two consecutive national titles, including the first in program history. During his time in New Haven, Yale snapped a 30-year drought and captured four consecutive EARC championships from 2015 to 2018. Baum also guided his third and fourth varsity eights to two Yale-Harvard victories, and gold, silver, and bronze finishes at the Eastern Sprints Regatta. As recruiting coordinator, Baum helped evaluate and attract top talent from across the globe to New Haven, Connecticut.
Prior to his time at Yale, Baum began his coaching career at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, California, helping make marked improvements in his two years as head coach.
A 2009 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Baum was named the team’s most valuable rower after stroking the Penn freshman eight that won the Eastern Sprints and took bronze at the 2006 IRA National Championship regatta. As an upperclassman, Baum stroked the Quakers’ varsity eight during several spring cup races.
No stranger to the Bay Area, Baum attended Berkeley High School and rowed for the Oakland Strokes, winning three state titles and placing second at the US Rowing Youth National Championships in the eight. Baum is a lifelong Cal fan having attended his first Cal basketball game at two years of age in the old Harmon Gym.
2019 Elite High Performance Camp
Session I: July 16-19
Check-In: Tuesday at 12:00 PM at the Boathouse
Check-Out: Friday at 4:30 PM at the Boathouse
Daily Camp Hours: TUE 12PM-4:30PM, WED-FRI 8:30AM-4:30PM
Session II: July 22-25
Check-In: Monday 12:00 PM at the Boathouse
Check-Out: Thursday at 4:30PM at the Boathouse
Daily Camp Hours: MON 12PM-4:30PM, TUES-THURS 8:30AM-4:30PM
On the last day, campers will head to the boathouse for a row, head back to the dorm for lunch/check out, and bring bags back to boathouse in the afternoon.
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Elite High Performance Camp
Ages: Entering grades 9-12
Suggested skill level: This camp is open to participants of all ability levels
This camp is geared towards experienced rowers with at least one season of racing who want to get a feel for what it is like to row at an elite Division I university. There will be in depth education and discussion of the rowing stroke, training regimens, and racing tactics. Conditioning, strength training, and video analysis will take place, as well as exposing camp athletes to the collegiate recruitment process. Coxswains will be given individual feedback and the opportunity to review recordings of their calls.
Both camps will focus on sweep rowing.
HOUSING & ROOMMATES
If you have a roommate request and have not already given it to us, please do so as soon as possible. Roommate requests are not guaranteed, if you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age.
Linens: Not provided
Room Key Deposit: No
Suggested Spending Money: $30
The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in all activities, providing constant supervision. Drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
Due to University and NCAA Policies, we are not allowed to offer any transportation to and from camps. The airport closest to the Berkeley campus is Oakland International Airport; San Francisco International Airport is also within a reasonable distance. There are several options that we suggest. There are a few shuttle services that offer transportation to and from Oakland & San Francisco International Airports. Reservations must be made at least a few days in advance, you can make reservations over the phone or online (see below).
Phone: 1-877-467-1800 (Local, Bay Area) 1-415-467-1800 (Long Distance, Outside Bay Area)
For those traveling in from out of town and need a place to stay near camp, see the recommended list below.
- Hotel Durant (Please call 510-845-8981 to reserve your room)
- Hotel Shattuck Plaza (Please call 510-845-7300 to reserve your room)
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Berkeley (Please call 510-548-1700 to reserve your room)
- Double Tree by Hilton Berkeley Marina (Please call 510-548-7920 to reserve your room)
- Berkeley City Club (Please call 510-848-7800 to reserve your room)
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. Campers must bring their health and release forms with them to check-in 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.
If five or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $20 discount. If 10 or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $40 discount. Teams can register online or via mail/fax.
To register your team online: Please have a team contact reach out directly to the USSC office at 1-800-645-3226 to receive a discount code to identify your group. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.
*Please note, this information is subject to change. Camps are open to any and all entrants and only restricted by age and number of campers.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 AM Breakfast
- 8:00 AM Depart for first workout
- 11:30 AM Return from workout
- 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Lunch
- 2:00 PM Depart for second workout, lecture, and row
- 5:30 PM Return from workout
- 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Dinner
- 9:00 PM Evening activities with counselors
- 10:00 PM Lights out
The T. Gary Rogers Rowing Center, the Bears home since 1924 and steeped in over 75 years of tradition, is a virtual Olympic museum. In fact, the Boathouse is believed to be home to more Olympic gold medalists than any other facility in the world. No fewer than 27 Olympic gold and nine World Championship gold medals have been won by Cal oarsmen who trained at the T. Gary Rogers Rowing Center.
Located at 2999 Glascock Street in Oakland , the T. Gary Rogers Rowing Center lies between the Park Street and Fruitvale Avenue bridges.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Strong and legitimate technical instruction.
Solid instruction, good group of rowers and coaches. Strong and legitimate technical instruction as well as relative elaboration on college admissions process. Nice boats, comfy beds, good food. All of the sightseeing and the campus tour were pleasurable and memorable.
— Bryce P. Camper
My son really enjoyed working with Cal's coaches and rowers.
My son really enjoyed working with Cal's coaches and rowers (a highlight) and the fact that they changed up the camp based on the needs and interests of the camp attendees. Coaches, Cal Rowers, level of intensity increased for the needs of the rowers that attended. Boat house was great. Camp leaders were fun, interesting and took the campers around to great places.
— Lorraine C. Parent
Excellent coaches and nice small group.
— Avery H. Camper
The Cal Men's Rowing staff was tough yet encouraging.
My son had an awesome time at camp this year! The Cal Men's Rowing staff was tough yet encouraging and extremely helpful in working on my son's fundamentals and knowledge of the sport. He felt challenged and pushed beyond his limits. He made a few friends with the other rowers and developed a great rapport with the coxswains he worked with. Looking forward to next year!