Cal Men's Gymnastics Benefit Camp
Improve Your Skills And Have Fun
at Cal Benefit Camp
US Sports Camps and the Cal Men's Gymnastics coaching staff team up again for another fun summer of gymnastics! Join Head Coach JT Okada and Assistant Coach Mark Freeman at the historic UC Berkeley campus and experience elite collegiate gymnastics.
The Complete Skills Camp will help gymnasts improve their skill sets, further development, improve technique, and gain a deeper understanding of gymnastics. Camp is open to any and all participants ages 7-18, but is structured towards gymnasts that have completed or are training in USAG levels 4-10.
- Work and train with the Cal Men's Gymnastics Staff
- Opportunity to practice and train on the world renowned UC Berkeley campus
- Gain insight into what it takes to make it to and succeed at a top collegiate gymnastics level
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Camp Director Mark Freeman
Former Cal gymnast Mark Freeman returns to California as an assistant coach for the men's gymnastics program and is the first hire under head coach J.T. Okada.View Mark's Bio ⟩
Freeman competed for Cal from 2004-08 and was also a member of the Great Britain National Team. During his time in Berkeley, the Bears finished among the top five at the NCAA Championships on three occasions and notched an MPSF conference title. Freeman also coached the Golden Bears Club Team while he was still a student-athlete.
After graduation, Freeman spent six years as a Cirque du Soleil performer and acrobat where he traveled across the world performing before starting his own elite acrobatic consultancy. Freeman has developed programming for more than 500 clients and 30 facilities across athletic disciplines and has also conducted injury prevention and performance optimization clinics nationwide.
Camp Coach JT Okada
Cal Alumni and South African Men's Gymnastics Head Coach, JT Okada, was announced as the California Men's Gymnastics Assistant Coach in February 2013.View JT Okada's Bio ⟩
Okada, heading into his fourth season with the Bears, coached 2016 graduate and former Cal gymnast, Ryan Patterson, along his journey to Olympic qualification. For Patterson and Okada, it was their Olympic debuts, for South Africa it was the nation’s first appearance in the men’s competition in more than 50 years. Okada was an anthropology major and the president of National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs while a student and served as an instructor at Golden Bears Gymnastics, prior to his full time position with the team. Okada works as a Sport Psychologist for a variety of collegiate sports at Cal.
2019 CAMP SESSIONS
Session I: August 11th-13th
Session II: August14th-16th
Camper Check-in: 8:30AM
Camp Wrap Up: 3:20PM on last day followed by check-out at 3:30PM
Camp Hours: 8:30AM-3:30PM
Day 1: Coaches will evaluate the gymnasts' foundations and basics on events to determine if they are in the correct grouping and levels. Gymnasts will work on foundations and drills to learn new skills and increase understanding.
Day 2: Gymnasts will work on improving skills with individualized attention tailored to their needs. This is an exciting day to try difficult skills in a safe environment.
Day 3: Gymnasts will have the choice to take it a little easier and work on foundational skills or continue enhancing new skills. Gymnasts are more than welcome to work on basic movements.
Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week. Campers will be evaluated and split up into smaller groups according to age and ability and instruction will be tailored to each level's needs. Please see the Camp Structure for more information.
Lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch.
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)
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.
*This camp is open to any and all entrants
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:30 AM Warm up
- 9:00 AM Rotation #1
- 9:45 AM Rotation #2
- 10:30 AM Rotation #3
- 11:15 AM Rotation #4
- 12:00 PM Lunch
- 1:00 PM Rotation #5
- 1:45 PM Rotation #6
- 2:30 PM Free time (Gymnasts will choose which event they want to work on)
- 3:15 PM Cool down and stretch
- 3:30 PM Wrap up and departure
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Learned many new skills
July 27, 2017: Preston learned many new skills. He loved his coach and came home excited to return the next day even though he was exhausted. Definitely returning next year.
— Dynnel R. Parent
Super nice staff
July 26, 2017: Staff and Director was super nice. Approach to training was awesome. Our son is already talking about returning next year!
— Fritzi W. Parent
July 26, 2017: He enjoyed working out with other campers at his level.
— Kerilynne R. Parent
Liked the camp a lot
July 27, 2017: Kai really liked the camp a lot. It offered many hours of intense training each day. He was sore and tired in the evening but felt good. Maybe, had he focused more on a specific new skill or trick to learn, he could have used the time more efficiently. (parent's judgement)
— Antonia F. Parent