Cal Field Hockey Clinics
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Improve your field hockey game at Cal's Spring and Fall clinics and tournaments.
Through out the year, the Cal Field Hockey coaches host a variety of clinics and tournaments for youth and adults. Through innovative drills and game experience, players are given the tools to improve their skills. All programs take place at Underhill Field on Cal's Berkeley campus.
Camp Director Shellie Onstead
Shellie Onstead, a 2008 U.S. Olympic assistant coach and California Hall of Fame inductee, has put Cal field hockey on the map as a player and a head coach.View Shellie Onstead's Bio ⟩
Onstead is a pioneer in the sport of field hockey, particularly at the collegiate level, aiding in the West Coast development of a traditionally East Coast game. The San Jose, Calif., product has also made an impact in the game at the national and international levels through her work with USA Field Hockey. More notably, she served as an assistant coach to the U.S. women's team in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games.
The first All-American player for the Golden Bears, Onstead is now in her 20th year at the helm of her alma mater, which she has built into a West Coast powerhouse. Onstead has compiled a 218-135 career record and has led Cal to 11 conference titles, including guiding the 2011 squad to the NorPac Tournament championship. The six-time NorPac Coach of the Year has guided the Bears to five NCAA Tournament appearances.
Cal has posted some impressive firsts over the past few seasons. In 2007, the Bears upset then-No. 4 Michigan, 1-0, for their first victory against a top-five team in Onstead's tenure. During 2006, the Bears had one of their most successful seasons, earning their then-highest ranking ever at No. 12 and an appearance in the first round of the postseason. The Bears 2011 reached a new high in the national rankings, rising to No. 11 in the national rankings, a place they held for two weeks during the season as well as returning to that ranking in the final season poll.
Onstead, who earned her latest NorPac Coach of the Year honor in 2006, also coached two-time NorPac Player of the Year Valentina Godfrid to her 200th career point, oversaw the Cal star as Godfrid topped the nation in goals (33) and coached Rachel Moffitt towards becoming Cal's all-time assist leader (36) and the NorPac Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.
Onstead won the 200th game of her coaching career on Oct. 23, 2011 in a thrilling come-from-behind 4-3 overtime victory at UC Davis.
Aside from Cal, Onstead has served in numerous coaching capacities at the national and international levels. She was an assistant coach for the U.S. women's team that competed in the 2008 Olympics. Onstead is one of the few females on the U.S. men's national team coaching staff and was the first woman ever to be named head coach of the men's under-16 national team.
In April of 2012, Onstead was a member of the coaching staff for the U21 Junior National Squad took on the England U21 squad in four matches from April 3-7 at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire, England. In March 2010, she coached the Under-17 U.S. National team at the 2010 Pan American Youth Championships in Montevideo, Uruguay. In April 2009, Onstead led the U.S. U-17 National team to a 6-2 record at the 22nd DOMO International Easter Tournament in Hod Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. Her keeper was named the Goalie of the Tournament.
In 2005, she served as an assistant coach for the U.S. under-21 men's national team. The U.S. team competed in the Junior Pan American tournament held in Havana, Cuba, where it finished fifth.
In April 2004, she was an assistant coach for the U.S. men's national team on a tour of Malaysia. In May, she served in the same capacity at the Pan American Cup in Ontario, Canada, where she also attended the Pan American Federation Coaching Clinic. In May 2002, Onstead coached the men's under- 21 and men's senior national teams at the California Cup, an international tournament contested in Moorpark, Calif. Also in 2002, Onstead was a video analyst for the U.S. Women's World Cup team that competed in Perth, Australia.
Onstead was the head coach of the U.S. men's under-16 national team from 1999-2001, earning the 1999 U.S. Field Hockey Association's National Coach of the Year. Onstead served as an assistant coach on the men's senior national team in 2000 at the America's Cup Tournament in Cuba and a 2001 World Cup Qualifier in Scotland.
A member of the U.S. national team in 1985 and 1986, Onstead also competed at the Veteran National Team World Cup in the Netherlands in the spring of 1998. She played for Jailbreak in 2006 and for the Rush in the 2008 Cal Cup and in the 2007 Super Division.
Onstead has coached at numerous USFHA development and elite camps during the offseason. In May 2007, Onstead served as an assistant coach for the U.S. women's national team that competed in a tournament in Chile as it prepared for the Pan Am Games. Also in the spring of 2007, she took the U.S. under-19 Olympic Development Select team for a slate of games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the spring of 2006, she coached the Elite under-16 team, which toured the Netherlands and took fourth at the International Easter Hockey Tournament in Valkenswaard. She led the U.S. U-16 team to a third-place finish in the same tournament in 2009.
As the head coach of the USFHA Western Region women's high performance training site, Onstead coached the California team at the USA Women's National Championships in Virginia Beach, Va., in the summer of 2006. In addition, she coached the men's Western Region Team at the 2006 USA Men's National Championship in Chula Vista, Calif., where it took second place. Locally, she is the director of California Field Hockey Camp at San Jose State and the Cal Elite Camp during the summer.
Onstead participated in an FIH coaching course that ran concurrently with the Champions Challenge in Virginia Beach, Va. in July 2005. In addition, she served a four-year term on the NCAA West Region Advisory Committee and was a member of the Division I Field Hockey Officiating Subcommittee.
Prior to taking over the reins at Cal from long-time head coach Donna Fong in 1995, Onstead was a first-team All-American for the Bears in 1982. She served as an assistant coach to Fong for 11 seasons. As a player, Onstead still ranks among Cal's all-time leaders in scoring. She is tied for eighth in career goals (26) and ranks seventh in career assists (18) and seventh in points (70). She was elected into the California Hall of Fame in 2008.
Onstead came to Cal in the fall of 1980 as a transfer from UC Davis. In her first season, she led the Bears to a runner-up finish in the 1980 AIAW national tournament, the program's best postseason showing. Onstead propelled Cal to a pair of fifth-place postseason finishes, first in 1981, in the AIAW Tournament, and in 1982, in the NCAA Tournament. She was a two-time all-conference selection.
Onstead graduated from Cal in 1983 with a degree in physical education.
Camp Director Austin Pile
Austin Pile enters his fourth season as an assistant coach at Cal in 2017.View Austin Pile's Bio ⟩
Pile previously spent four years at UC Davis in various roles. He joined the Aggies in 2010 as an assistant coach before being named the team’s interim head coach in July 2013.
Joining a program that was created just one year prior, the Aggies improved every season while Pile was on staff. The Aggies won their first NorPac game in program history with a 2-1 victory over Pacific in his first season and won seven conference games in his three years as an assistant.
Taking over as the interim head coach for the 2013 season, Pile led the Aggies to their first ever victory against Stanford with a 3-2 win, a game that also marked the first victory against a nationally-ranked program. UC Davis matched a program-record with a 3-3 NorPac record in his season in charge. Adding to a season of firsts at Davis, the Aggies also advanced to the NorPac Tournament semifinals for the first time in 2013.
Pile arrived at UC Davis following a three-year stint as an assistant coach for one of the top high school programs in Colorado, Cherry Creek High School in Englewood. He helped guide the team to the Colorado State Championship in 2007.
His coaching experience has included work as a Futures Coach with USA Field Hockey, and he also worked three years as a volunteer assistant at Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colo.
Pile was a member of the U.S. Junior National Men's Team where he played in several tournaments in eight different countries. One of his former U.S. Junior National teammates was current California assistant coach Malachi Mahan.
He graduated from Colorado State University in 2008.
Camp Director Malachi Mahan
Malachi Mahan enters his fifth season as an assistant coach at Cal in 2017.View Malachi Mahan's Bio ⟩
His first season in Berkeley in 2013 saw the Bears match a program-record with six All-NorPac selections, including West Offensive Player of the Year Lara Kruggel and West Defensive Player of the Year Courtney Hendrickson.
Cal advanced to the NorPac Tournament semifinals in Mahan's second season in Berkeley.
Mahan joined the Bears following a seven-year stint as a defender in the U.S. Men’s National Team organization from 2001-08. He earned his first CAP with the national team at the Mexico Four Nations Tournament in Salamancia, Mexico on August 10, 2002 where he played alongside former California assistant coach Arjen Reyatt. He was a member of the 2005 U.S. Pan American Junior Championship team that finished fourth overall in the tournament held in Havana, Cuba.
Mahan came to Cal after recently completing a degree in liberal studies at Arizona State.
Upcoming Clinics and Tournaments at UC Berkeley
2018 Fall Cal Adult Team Clinic Series:
- 10 sessions on the following dates: 9/9, 9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/10, 11/18, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15
2018 Cal Spring Clinic and Tournament:
- 14 and Under & 16 and Under: March 10
- 12 and Under & 19 and Under: March 11
2018 Cal Spring Tiny Tourney:
- U6, U8, U10, U12: March 17
For details on these programs please click on the more details button below.Show Less See More Camp Details
Individual & Team Registrations
(I): Individual registrations are welcome for the One Day Fall Clinic and the Spring Clinic.
(T): For team registrations coaches or team representatives should use their own name to fill in the attendee information on step one. If you are registering multiple teams for the same age bracket please add a number to your last name in order to create a new account. We will collect player information after you have registered.
Please feel free to call us at 1-800-645-3226 to register over the phone if you prefer.
ADULT TEAM CLINIC SERIES (TEAM)
- Directed by Cal Assistant Coaches Austin Pile & Malachi
- 10 sessions taking place on Sundays from 8:00-11:45am
- Coed, Ages 18 & up 2018
- Dates: 9/9, 9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/10, 11/18, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15
- One registration per team, 15 members allowed on each team $1800 per team
Spring Clinic and Tournament (Team and Individuals)
- Directed by Cal Head Coach Shellie Onstead
- 2018 dates: March 10 & 11
- Games are 15 minutes long.
- Please use the player's age as of 1/1/2018 to determine the division. True Age standards are being used.
- Tournament Rules
- Each team must have a goalkeeper. Goalkeepers can play on two teams if necessary.
- Field players may only play for on team per age group.
- Fouls within the restraining line:
- a "power play" shall be taken by the attack on the restraining line when the defense fouls.
- a free hit shall be taken by the defense anywhere on the restraining line when the attack fouls.
- A power play will replace a penalty corner. Details will follow with a game schedule.
- Balls intentionally hit over the end line by the defense will be a power play by the offense.
- Tournament Rules
- Age Cut Offs:
- 12 and Under - Birthdate Cut-off 1/1/2006
- 14 and Under- Birthdate Cut-off 1/1/2004
- 16 and Under- Birthdate Cut-off 1/1/2002
- 19 and Under- Birthdate Cut-off 1/1/1999
Additional rules will be provided at the clinic.
- 14 and Under captains/coaches meeting is at 7:45am on Saturday, March 10
- 16 and Under captains/coaches meeting is at 12:45pm on Saturday, March 10
- 12 and Under and 19 and Under captains/coaches meeting is at 7:45am on Sunday, March 11
- Instructional Clinic begins right after each meeting.
- Tournament follows clinic.
After the team representative(coach) registers online, he or she will receive a roster form to complete. Applications are accepted on a first come basis.
Each participant will need a light and dark jersey that includes a jersey number. They will also need to turn in a three page health and release form in advance. Details will be emailed to the team representative after we have received the teams registration.
Coaches register their teams for their division. Teams are encouraged to sign up for both days to maximize the weekend. Each day starts with an instructional clinic before beginning tournament play.
Spring TINY TOURNEY (TEAMS)
- Directed by Cal Head Coach Shellie Onstead
- 2018 Dates: Saturday, March 17th, 12:00-5:00pm
- Check-in at 11:45am
- U6, U8, U10 and U12 team registrations
- Coaches will be responsible for umpiring their games in U6, U8, and U10. You may designate a knowledgeable parent.
- 5v5 format
- Goal Keepers are welcome, but not required
- No soccer cleats allowed, only turf or flat shoes are to be used. Surface will be damp
- No tents or coolers
- $150 per team
ONE DAY FALL CLINIC (INDIVIDUALS)
- Directed by Cal Assistant Coaches Austin Pile & Malachi Mahan
- 2017 Dates: Sunday, September 3rd, 3:00-7:00pm
- Check-in at 2:45pm
- Girls & Boys, Ages 12-18
- Athletes receive a mix of drills and coached play
- $100 per camper
These programs are only limited by age and gender. First come, first served. Waiting list will be maintained after divisions fill up.
All programs take place at Underhill Field which is an artificial turf field that is the home field of the Cal Women’s Field Hockey team. Underhill Field is on the corner of College Ave and Channing Way.