Shellie Onstead Field Hockey Camp at UC Berkeley
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Get better this summer at our 2019 Cal Field Hockey Camp with Head Coach Shellie Onstead and her coaching staff. This summer camp for kids provides the opportunity for players to improve their field hockey skills and have lots of fun!
This bay area field hockey camp offers an overnight session for athletes of all skill levels. Come hone in on your skills and leave camp with a better understanding of and passion for the sport.
- Excellent residential, dining and training facilities
- Partner Camp of USA Field Hockey; sanctioned to make referrals to USAFH Futures program
- 6-7 hours daily field hockey training, with 1:10 staff to camper ratio
- Specialized goalkeeping training
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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.
This year we are offering an Overnight camp for girls and boys, ages 10-18, of all ability levels. See "More Camp Details" for further information.
2019 CAMP DATES
- July 11-14
This camp is open to girls and boys, ages 10-18, of all abilities. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff and placed into groups based on age and ability level. Campers will master the fundamentals and develop proper mechanics through a mix of drills, games and competitive play.
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2019 SESSION SCHEDULE
CAMP DATES: JULY 11-14
- Check-in: 1:00pm-2:00pm on Thursday at Clark Kerr
- Check-out: 12:00pm on Sunday from the dorms.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Daily field hockey instruction
- Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.
- Supervision: Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 1:10 staff to camper ratio
- Players Grouped by: ability, age, years of experience
- Equipment Needed: Hockey stick, water bottle, mouth guard, shin guards, court and turf shoes (goalies must bring full goalie protective equipment)
- Inclement Weather Plan: Indoor facility available
- Medical Protocol: Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
The information below is based on previous years and is subject to change each year. Final housing information for this camp will be provided in the Camper Registration Packets, emailed to all campers closer to the camp’s start date.
- Campers Per Room: 2-3 per room
- Roommates: Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. Roommate requests must be received no later than 14 days before the start of camp. If you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!
- Bathrooms: Shared
- Linens: All bedding lines are included. The linen packet consists of a pillow, a pillowcase, two sheets, a blanket, and a bedspread.
- Air Conditioning: Please refer to the Camper Registration Packet. A/C availability depends on our specific dorm assignment.
Cal Field Hockey Camps does not provide transportation from airports, train stations or bus depots. If you have a child flying to camp, please arrange a shuttle or taxi service. The closest airports to campus are Oakland International Airport and San Francisco International Airport.
If you have a group of eight or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a discount. Please have someone contact the US Sports Camps office at 1-800-645-3226 with the names of each camper in the group and we will create a unique discount code for your group. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the offer code during check out. *Discount amount varies by program. Please call for details.
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. Our health and release forms may require a doctor's signature (please reference your camp packet). All required forms will be collected on the first day of camp.
Camps are open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.
2017 CAMP STORE
If you would like purchase any Cal Field Hockey apparel, you can do so at this link:
https://stores.inksoft.com/uc_berkeley_field_hockey Orders must be received by June 1st and all purchases will be shipped by June 8th.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00am Wake-up, shower, breakfast
- 9:00am Stretching & Warm-up
- 9:15am Training Session I
- 12:00pm Lunch, rest
- 1:30pm Training Session II
- 4:00pm Free time, rest
- 5:30pm Dinner
- 6:30pm Training Session III
- 9:00pm Campers to rooms, free time
- 10:00pm Lights out
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship was established at Berkeley, on the San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a beautiful 178-acre central core in Berkeley, CA.
Campers train on field hockey turf at Underhill Field in the heart of Cal's campus.
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July 14, 2018: Professionally learning new skills throughout the day and applying them directly in games together with players from all over the world every evening was really a great experience for our child!
— Peter W. Parent
July 9, 2018: This was one of the best camps I have attended. The entire experience was lots of fun and the coaching staff was unbelievably helpful and friendly.
— Maddie K. Camper
July 31, 2017: She enjoyed the atmosphere, the fact that the staff were so passionate about the sport. She also enjoyed meeting other competitive athletes from many other countries. In my opinion there is nothing more to be done to improve the camp. Maybe having the dorms closer to the field but I know that the head coach is trying to make that happen :)
— Emma C. Parent
little time standing around!
July 12, 2017: The camp went at a great pace. My daughter was always learning and active, with very little time standing around because the activities were designed well and run well by the staff. She also liked the mix of instruction and game play. She was able to learn and practice a skill during drills and then get a chance to try it out in scrimmage play.
— Brent W. Parent
Loved the Q&A!
July 11, 2017: A highlight of camp was the Q & A with coaches and parents.
— Sydney N. Camper
July 10: 2017: Our daughter called us from camp to rave about how much better shooting skills were now. The skills training was wonderful and she felt very safe in the camp environment. She was paired up with a very nice roommate of her age and skill level. We are very appreciative for the professionalism of you camp and care of our child. Everything was wonderful and the student athletes were great with the kids. We actually drove up Alexandra Grabow, who is on the Berkeley field hockey team and helps at the camp. She had initially recommended this camp to us because it really focused on field hockey. That is what Isabella was looking for. We had heard that this camp really focused on field hockey skills. Rather than a field hockey themed camp that is more of just a summer overnight camp. This camp really helped our daughter hone her skills. My only thought for improvement and we had heard from other parents - that it would be a good idea to advise the campers to bring their own snacks for the later practice sessions in the evening. Since there is no food available after dinner. Other than that the camp and the staff were wonderful. Again, we were very impressed.Thanks again!
— Anthony T. Parent
July 10, 2017: Well organized, Intuitive, High-Paced, and Competitive Camp. Great experience, knowledgeable Staff evaluates every single player gave valuable feedback.
— Sandeep S. Parent
July 10, 2017: Best camp we've been to for any sport. Value for the cost was incredible.
— Gene B. Parent
Players from all around the world
My daughter loved the camp! Meet players from all around the world!
— Shellie Onstead camper '16
Highly recommend this camp
I would highly recommend this camp to all the other Field Hockey Parents. My daughter came home with full confidence. This is her first overnight camp . I never noticed her talking much about her hockey experience. Coaching staff is very approachable, excellent stick skills instructions, evaluating each and every player, full 11v 11 scrimmage based on players skill set. She is for sure coming back again next year.
— Shellie Onstead camper '16
Want to come back
Nike Field Hockey Camp is an all-around great experience. Attending the camp allowed me to develop skills and learn new techniques. Would definitely come back!
— Shellie Onstead camper '15
Recommend this camp
I would recommend this camp to all my teammates and friends. This camp is good to increase your skills and play intense hockey.
— Shellie Onstead camper '15
Well organized, excellent instruction, great camp experience!
— Parent of a Shellie Onstead camper '15
Great for improving skills
I highly recommend this camp to any field hockey player looking to improve their skills. You will learn to play with unfamiliar teammates and opponents as well as focus your energy on the sport. Under the guidance of the UC Berkeley coaches, you will learn a variety of new skills and tactics. It was the highlight of my summer.
— Shellie Onstead camper '14
The Nike camp was a great experience. The coaching was outstanding and I learned a lot. The Berkeley campus was really cool. The tour of the campus was great. I liked seeing how the D-1 athletes live!
— Shellie Onstead camper '14
Had a blast
This was my daughter's first Nike FH Camp under Coach Onstead's leadership. She had a blast! The passion, intensity and fun will make her and her friends come back.
— Parent of a Shellie Onstead camper '14
Can't wait to do it again
I would recommend this camp to anyone because it offers a little taste of what the college game is like and how college life works. My game really improved during this camp, and I was able to improve on skills that I don't often work on. The coaching staff was very nice, and intense, and they were able to help me one on one when I needed it. I definitely loved the camp, the coaching, and the campus and can not wait to go again!
— Shellie Onstead camper '13
I had a great time at Shellie Onstead's field hockey camp. I learned a lot of new skills and was encouraged by the positive coaching. I really enjoyed the campus tours and hearing personal testimonials from current players. Really inspired me to continue my pursuit of becoming a collegiate Field Hockey athlete/student.
— Shellie Onstead camper '13
I made a lot of friends and learned a lot. I really liked the format because there was a good mix of drills and scrimmages.
— Shellie Onstead camper '13
I loved this camp! The field is unbelievable, the coaching was outstanding, and it was awesome getting such great advice from the coaches on how to improve my play! I am definitely a better player as a result and can't wait to return to camp again!
— Shellie Onstead camper '13