Cal Women’s Gymnastics Camp
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Cal Women's Head Coach and Jamaican Olympic Head Coach, Justin Howell, and Cal Women's Associate Head Coach, Liz Crandall-Howell, have built a strong foundation at Cal that has led them to national prominence. Camp will reflect their individual instruction, dedication, and passion.
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 9-17, but is structured towards gymnasts that have completed or are training in USAG levels 4-10.
- Opportunity to practice and train on the beautiful and historic UC Berkeley campus
- Strong focus on individual skill development and performance
- Exposure to one of the nation's top Division 1 gymnastics programs
- Spirit Days
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Camp Director Justin Howell
Justin Howell, a well-respected Bay Area club coach, took the helm of the Cal Women's Gymnastics program in June of 2012 and made an immediate impact, leading the Golden Bears to one of their best seasons in recent history.View Justin Howell's Bio ⟩
In 2017, Howell was recognized by RoadToNationals.com as the NCAA’s most impactful head coach among all active collegiate gymnastics coaches for his role in Cal’s ascension as a gymnastics powerhouse. Shortly before Howell took over the program, the Bears finished the 2012 season ranked 49th nationally. In just two years time, Howell led the Bears to a No. 16 ranking with a growing conference and national presence. Cal’s 33-spot rise from 2012 to 2014 marks the largest margin of improvement in NCAA gymnastics history, a feat only one other school has achieved (Maryland, 1997-99).
Most recently, Cal opened 2017 with its highest preseason ranking in school history at No. 10. Despite numerous season-ending injuries to several veteran competitors, the Bears earned their fifth consecutive team berth to NCAA Regional competition and sent a competitor to the National Championships for the fourth season in a row. Desiree Palomares became the first Golden Bear in school history to earn an NCAA Regional beam title, and the Bears posted six team totals that ranked among the program’s all-time best totals, posting a near-perfect 8-1 record in Haas Pavilion. Cal took care of business in the classroom as well, with five gymnasts earning Pac-12 All-Academic honors.
As the Head Coach for the Women's Jamaican National Team, Howell joined Cal Gymnast Toni-Ann Williams as her coach at the 2016 Rio Olypmics.
Shortly before Howell took over the program, the Bears finished the 2012 season ranked 49th nationally. In just two years time, Howell has led the Bears to a No. 16 ranking with a growing conference and national presence. Cal’s 33-spot rise since 2012 marks the largest margin of improvement in NCAA gymnastics history, a feat only one other school has achieved (Maryland, 1997-99).
In 2014, the Bears rewrote the Cal Women's Gymnastics record books, improving in areas across the board. Among the many milestones:
Cal posted a 196.0 or better SIX times, more than any other squad in program history. The team advanced to NCAA Regionals for the second consecutive season and 19th time in program history. It was the first time Cal claimed two individual berths to the NCAA Championships in program history, and the first time Cal sent gymnasts to the NCAA Championships since 2003. The Bears finished third at the Pac-12 Championships, which was the program’s highest finish ever, and the team also posted its highest Pac-12 Championships score (196.550) The Bears claimed 34 event titles this season and 82 Top 3 finishes, up from 15 event titles and 60 Top 3 finishes in 2013.
The team opened the season with the highest score in a home opener in season history (196.27)
Team Event Highs in 2014:
V: 49.325 (second-highest score in program history)
UB: 49.275 (fourth-highest score in program history)
BB: 49.275 (second-highest score in program history)
FX: 49.300 (fourth-highest score in program history)
TOTAL: 196.725 (second highest score in program history)
Howell also guided the 2013 squad to its first NCAA Regional berth since 2007 and a season-high team score of 196.525, the second-highest score in program history and highest score since March 2007. For his tremendous accomplishments in his debut season as head coach, Howell was recognized as the 2013 Pac-12 Coach of the Year and 2013 NACGC West Region Coach of the Year.
Prior to becoming head coach, Howell was assistant coach with the Golden Bears for the 2012 season. Howell was elevated to the top post following a national search for the position following Danna Durante's resignation to become the head women's gymnastics coach at the University of Georgia.
In his first season on the Cal staff, Howell played a major role in guiding the squad to an average score nearly a full point higher than the year prior to his arrival. The Golden Bears saw measureable improvement across the board with 23 gymnasts recording personal high scores and eight student-athletes earning Pac-12 All-Academic honors.
Howell brings more than 15 years of experience as a head coach in the area, having served as the head coach and team director at Airborne Gymnastics in Santa Clara since 1997. In his club coaching career, Howell coached more than 40 gymnasts to NCAA scholarships at 19 different universities, while leading Airborne gymnasts to 30 state championships. He coached two Junior Olympics national AA champions, four JO National Team members and two U.S. National Team members. Howell was named the 2004 Northern California Coach of the Year, the 2008 Region I Coach of the Year, and was appointed a Visa Championships coach in both 2008 and 2010. He is the founder of the Rhythm Attic Dance Studio, a Zumba fitness studio in Santa Clara.
2014 NACGC West Region Coach of the Year
2013 NACGC West Region Coach of the Year
2013 Pac-12 Coach of the Year
2010 VISA Championships Coach
2008 VISA Championships Coach
2008 Region I Coach of the Year
2004 Northern California Coach of the Year
Howell and wife Elisabeth Crandall-Howell have three children -- Jacob, Noah and Greyson. He received an athletic scholarship at San Jose State University, graduating in 1999 with a B.S. in kinesiology.
regular_coach Elisabeth Crandall-Howell
Elisabeth Crandall-Howell - a distinguished international brevet-level judge, an internationally experienced gymnast, and a collegiate All-American - joined the Cal family as an assistant coach in September 2012, and was elevated to associate head coach in July 2014.View Elisabeth Crandall-Howell's Bio ⟩
Since joining the Cal women’s gymnastics staff, 2016 National Assistant Coach of the Year Crandall-Howell has been integral in Cal’s stellar ascent through the national rankings. The Bears finished the 2012 season ranked 49th nationally shortly before Crandall-Howell joined the program, and finished as high as 7th in 2017. Cal’s 33-spot rise from 2012-14 marks the largest margin of improvement in NCAA gymnastics history, a feat only one other school has achieved (Maryland, 1997-99). Under her tutelage, Cal has earned five consecutive trips to NCAA Regionals since 2013 and claimed its first team berth to the NCAA Championships in 2016.
As associate head coach, Crandall-Howell works with all aspects of the Cal women’s gymnastics program, including fitness and nutrition, academic support and character development both in and out of the gym. Additionally, Crandall-Howell lends her expertise as an international brevet judge to help strengthen Cal’s routines across the board.
Before Crandall-Howell joined the Cal coaching staff, the Bears were 47th on vault (48.620 RQS), 41st on bars (48.725 RQS), 44th on beam (48.285 RQS) and 58th on floor (48.330 RQS). In four years, she helped guide the Bears to the top 20 on four events, including a meteoric rise in one of Crandall-Howell’s primary areas of focus – the balance beam. Historically Cal’s weakest event, in 2016 the Bears improved from a No. 35 ranking and 48.770 RQS on the event in 2015, skyrocketing to No. 13 with a 49.205 RQS in 2016. Cal ranked 9th on vault (49.185 RQS), 19th on bars (49.150 RQS) and 11th on floor (49.295) in 2016.
In her time at Cal, Crandall-Howell’s leadership has been most evident on beam. After posting a 48.285 Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) on the event in 2012, Cal finished 2013 with a 49.015 RQS and a 49.275 season-high on the event, which was also the program’s second highest beam score in program history. In 2014, the Bears broke the 49.0 mark on beam for the first time since 2008, and continued to break it, posting four team scores of 49.0 or better. The beam team combined for nine of Cal’s 33 event titles. The 2016 beam team garnered praise around the nation for its improvement, twice setting the program record on the event – and both times outside of Cal’s home gym. The Bears shattered the previous program record (49.300) with a 49.325 at Arizona State, then followed it up with a new best 49.350 at UC Davis. At the 2016 Pac-12 Championships, three Bears matched their career-bests on beam.
In 2015, Crandall-Howell earned her first NACGC/W West Region Assistant Coach of the Year award. She helped guide the 2015 Bears to a program-record score of 197.325, along with program-record scores on vault (49.500) and floor (49.550). Cal turned in the second-highest bars score in school history (49.525). Cal’s 2015 floor lineup now owns four of the top five team scores on the event all-time.
The 2016 season saw Cal compete at the National Championships for the first time in over two decades thanks to detailed coaching from Crandall-Howell, who helped Cal post nine team totals that rank among the program’s all-time highest scores throughout the season. Crandall-Howell was named the National Assistant Coach of the Year.
Cal’s 2017 season saw the Bears improve their RQS on beam from 49.205 to 49.225 thanks to Crandall-Howell’s guidance, and the Bears posted their best NCAA Regional score in school history with a 196.300. She played a pivotal role in helping Desiree Palomares become the program’s first ever NCAA Regional beam champion, and for the fourth season in a row, Cal was represented at the NCAA Gymnastics Championships.
Crandall-Howell also sculpted Toni-Ann Williams as one of the nation’s top floor performers. In Williams’ freshman season, she checked in as the country’s fourth-ranked floor performer with a career-high 9.975 and 9.925 average through the regular season. Williams earned three NACGC/W Regular-Season All-America honors, was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and took home All-Pac-12 First Team All-Around laurels before being named the regional Gymnast of the Year. During Williams’ training for the 2016 Rio Olympics, Crandall-Howell’s international experience was essential in prepping Williams’ beam and floor routines for the world stage. Crandall-Howell assisted Williams in learning two new, high-level skills to meet her international goals – a double layout dismount on beam and a full-in third pass on floor. Williams successfully executed both in NCAA competition and was the only gymnast in the nation performing such difficult skills in her collegiate routines in 2016. Under Crandall-Howell’s tutelage, Williams also maintained her standing as one of the nation’s top floor gymnasts, ranking in the top 10 throughout the season.
Individually, Crandall-Howell was also crucial in the development of 2013 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Serena Leong, helping her to the third-highest beam score (9.90) and second-highest floor score (9.925) in program history, feats less than 10 Cal gymnasts have been able to accomplish. Jessica Howe wrapped up her freshman season with four beam titles and set a career-high 9.90 on the event alongside Leong.
Prior to her time at Cal, Crandall-Howell coached at the collegiate and club levels and spent six years as a member of the U.S. national team after which she was a student-athlete at BYU.
Just one of 16 active international brevet judging officials in the U.S., Crandall-Howell has judged each of the last three Olympic trials - including the 2012 trials in San Jose. From 2001-09, she was an official for U.S. Championships, and from 2006-07, she was the U.S. Apparatus Chairperson for uneven bars.
A seven-time U.S. National Team member from 1987-92, Crandall-Howell boasts a multitude of domestic and international accolades, travelling to Japan, Russia, Belgium, and Germany to represent the US. Most notably in 1991, she took home a gold medal at the USA Championships on uneven bars. Further, she also finished fourth on vault and eighth in the all-around. She was also a member of the silver medal winning team at the 1991 World Championships. Additionally, she finished 11th in the all-around at the 1992 Olympic trials. She medaled at the 1988 U.S. Championships on uneven bars and floor exercise, taking second in the all-around.
A full athletic scholarship student-athlete at Brigham Young University, Crandall-Howell was a two-time first-team All-American on the uneven bars. She helped the Cougars qualify to three NCAA Championships from 1994-96 and qualified on the individual level in 1993. In three of her four years in Provo, Utah, Crandall-Howell was the NCAA Regional uneven bars champion. She graduated in 1997 with a degree in physical education and health promotion.
She is married to Justin Howell, and they have three children - Jacob, Noah and Greyson.
2019 CAMP SESSIONS
- Session I: June 27-29 Thursday-Saturday
- Session II: June 30-July 2 (Sunday-Tuesday)
- Session III: July 3 (Thursday Only - Bars release moves & beam acro Clinic | 4:00pm - 8:00pm | Ages 11-18)
- Session IV: July 5-7 (Friday-Sunday | 2.5 Day Camp, Pro-Rated)
- Session V: July 26-28 (Friday-Sunday)
Camper Check-in: 8:30AM on first day of camp
Closing Ceremony: 12:30PM on last day of camp
Camp Hours: 9AM-4PM
Coach Liz will be offering her services to help campers clean up their current floor routine or help choreograph a new routine. These options are merely add-ons to the camp day, before or after a camp day or during lunch. The clean up routine option, about an hour, is $200 and choreographing a new routine, about two hours, is $450.
For those who participate in the Full Floor Routine Choreography (2 Hours), the Gymnast MUST provide her own copy of cut floor music.
Private Lesson Option
Campers have the option of participating in a private lesson with a senior staff member of the Cal Women's Gymnastics team for $100/hour. This option is merely an add-on to the camp day. You will have the option to purchase this add-on private lesson at the time of registration.
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.
Lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch.
Day 1: Cal Day- come decked out in your Cal Gear or Blue and Gold!
Day 2: Spirit Animal Day- what is your Spirit Animal?
Day 3: Super Hero Day
*Prizes will be given out each day for best costumes*
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.
*This camp is open to any and all entrants, restricted only by age and gender.
*According to NCAA rules- recruiting conversations are not allowed during camp.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:30 AM Check-in
- 9:00 AM Warm-up
- 9:30 AM Rotation #1
- 10:15 AM Rotation #2
- 11:00 AM Rotation #3
- 11:45 AM Rotation #4
- 12:30 PM Lunch
- 1:30 PM Rotation #5
- 2:15 PM Rotation #6
- 3:00 PM Free time (gymnasts will choose which event they want to work on)
- 3:30 PM Conditioning and stretching
- 4:00 PM Wrap-up and dismissal
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This camp will build confidence in your abilities.
My daughter went with a friend and they were able to workout together, meet others and most importantly build confidence in their abilities. Thank you!
— Kris N. Parent
My daughter had a wonderful time.
My daughter had a wonderful time learning from the coaches and meeting other gymnasts. It would be fun for the girls to stay in the dorms and have an overnight experience.
— Elizabeth H. Parent
I liked meeting new gymnasts and working with the coaches.
I liked being at the school with some of my teammates, meeting new gymnasts, working with the coaches, being on the campus.
— Nevaeh D. Camper
The coaching was excellent.
The coaching was excellent and my daughter had fun learning.
— Cythia B. Parent