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US Sports Camps is pleased to once again partner with the top ranked Cal Women's Crew Team for another competitive summer of crew. The three camp sessions will be directed by the highly accomplished and experienced Cal Women's Crew Coaching Staff.

The Bears finished the 2016 regular season at #1 in the country and backed up this stellar season as the National Champions at the NCAA Rowing Championships. This is a program that has established a tradition of excellence at or near the top of the women's collegiate rowing. 

Highlights Include
  • In depth view of the top collegiate women's crew program in the country
  • Video technique analysis on the erg and on the water
  • Campers receive a Cal Camp Tank Top
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Camp Coaches

  • Al Alcosta

    Camp Director Al Alcosta

    Al Acosta, a 1993 University of California, Berkeley graduate who became a five-time National Coach of the Year leading the Stanford women’s lightweight team, is in his third season as head women’s crew coach for the Golden Bears.

    View Al Alcosta's Bio
  • Vanessatavalero

    Camp Director Vanessa Tavalero

    Vanessa Tavalero is in her sixth season with the California rowing program. She served as a volunteer assistant coach her first year on the staff before being elevated to her current role.

    View Vanessa Tavalero's Bio

Camp Details

High Performance Camp: July 29th-August 1st

Check-In: Sunday at 3:00 PM at T. Gary Rogers Boathouse
Check-Out: Wednesday at 11AM at T. Gary Rogers Boathouse
Daily Camp Hours: SUN 2PM-7:30PM, MON-TUES 9AM-5PM, WED 9AM-11AM

Racing Camp: August 1st-4th

Check-In: Wednesday at 3:00 PM at T. Gary Rogers Boathouse
Check-Out: Saturday at 11:00 AM at T. Gary Rogers Boathouse
Daily Camp Hours: WED 2PM-7:30PM, THURS-FRI 9AM-5PM, SAT 9AM-11AM

Both camps will focus on sweep rowing.

Please click on "More Important Camp Details" for specific information about each camp.

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High Performance Camp

Ages: 14-18
Suggested skill level: 3-6, out of 10

This camp is ideal for experienced rowers with at least one racing season completed who would like to take their rowing to the next level and experience what it is like to row at an elite Division I university. This camp is specifically designed to cover the breadth of rowing with a focus on skill development. There will be in-depth lectures and discussions of the rowing stroke, training regimens, and racing tactics. Coxswains will be given individual feedback and the opportunity to review recordings of their calls.

Racing Camp

Ages: 14-18
Suggested skill level: 5-10, out of 10

This advanced camp is designed for rowers with 1-2 racing seasons.  Athletes will get a first hand look at what it is like to train and race at the Division I level. Camp will have a high level of intensity, rowing instruction, conditioning work, and lectures with a racing focus, including seat racing, race strategy, starts, sprinting and erg testing. Coxswains will be given individual feedback and the opportunity to review recordings of their calls.

Overnight Campers

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.

Bathrooms: Shared
Linens: Not provided
Air-conditioning: No
Pool: No
Room Key Deposit: No
Suggested Spending Money: $30


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.


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).

Website: www.bayporter.com
Phone: 1-877-467-1800 (Local, Bay Area) 1-415-467-1800 (Long Distance, Outside Bay Area)

Website: www.supershuttle.com
Phone: 1-800-258-3826

All campers commuting from the airport should be dropped off at the Boathouse with their belongings. They will be transported to their dorm rooms on the UC Berkeley campus after the first training session.

Local Accommodations

US Sports Camps does not provide hotel accommodations for campers or parents. If traveling from out of town, we recommend the following hotels:

  • 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.

*This Camp is open to any and all entrants.

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, 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

Cal Crew Boathouse Facility

The T. Gary Rogers Rowing Center, the Bears home since 1924 and steeped in over 94 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 Reviews

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Overall Average Rating 4.71 / 5 Stars
    • 5/5.
    Terrific experience

    August 3, 2017: This camp helped my daughter in so many ways. The coaching and critique were terrific and having the exposure to college athletes was so positive.

    — Maureen C. Parent

    • 5/5.
    Loved the counselors

    August 3, 2017: I had an amazing time at camp! I love all of the new skills that I am now able to bring back home and share with my club!! I loved the counselors, they were very encouraging and knowledgable! I will definitely be going back next year and I can't wait!

    — Ella S. Camper

    • 4/5.
    Amazing experience

    August 25, 2017: It was an amazing experience to row with Cal rowers and to be coached by their coaches. Just training next to them pushed me to work harder.

    — Skylar N. Camper

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    • 5/5.
    Can't wait to go back!

    My daughter raved about camp and is so excited to go back next summer...she wants to know if she can do more than one camp! She talks about the connections she made the coaches and the camaraderie she felt at camp. Can't wait to go back!

    — Nicole K. Parent

    • 5/5.
    I loved being around and meeting so many new rowers!

    I loved being around and meeting so many new rowers! The girls were all wonderful, and I loved being around so many people that loved that same sport that I do

    — Shannon G.. Camper

    • 5/5.
    I cannot wait to apply what I've learned!

    I cannot wait to apply what I've learned at camp to the water this season at NBRC!

    — Brianna L. Camper

    • 5/5.
    I learned so much from watching myself on tape.

    Camp was great. I learend so much from Coach Sarah and the staff and it was so cool getting out on the water in the Cal Varsity boats. The video was also really cool, and I learned so much from watching myself on tape. The coaches did a great job of pointing out where I can improve. I can't wait till next year!

    — Camper


Cal Women’s Crew Camp

Al Alcosta, Camp Director
T. Gary Rogers Boathouse
2999 Glascock Street

Oakland, California 94601


Camp Dates & Prices

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