Cal Volleyball Camps
Improve Your Skills And Have Fun
at Cal Volleyball Camp
Join UC Berkeley Head Volleyball Coach Jennifer Dorr and her coaching staff for an outstanding volleyball camp experience at Cal this summer!
With multiple programs to choose from at our kids volleyball camps at Cal, you are sure to find the camp to fit your needs. We offer Youth, Intermediate, and Advanced programs for boys and girls.
- Excellent training facilities
- Six hours of daily instruction
- 1:8 coach to camper ratio
- Players grouped by ability then age
- Personal evaluations from your coach
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Co-Director Jennifer Dorr
Jennifer Dorr, a former award-winning standout setter at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, was just named Head Coach for Cal.View Jennifer Dorr's Bio ⟩
Dorr shares recruiting duties and directs the program's summer camps, overseeing and promoting the sessions which draw about 400 players each summer.
Promoted to assistant coach in January of 2011, she was originally hired as Cal's Director of Operations on Feb. 5, 2009. In that role, she was responsible for planning team travel and maintaining the program's budget while serving as the team liaison with the academic, financial aid, and business offices. Dorr has also served as a co-head coach for the Golden Bear Volleyball Club 14-1 squad from 2009-10.
In April of both 2010 and 2011, Dorr worked the Junior National Team and High Performance Tryouts. Dorr was instrumental in the USA A2 team tryout in February 2011 as part of the statistical analysis team. Additionally, she served as an assistant coach and technical coordinator for the USA Junior National Team in July 2010 for the NORCECA Championships in Tijuana, Mexico, where the US team won Gold.
Prior to arriving at Cal, Dorr served as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. Working primarily as the offensive coordinator, she helped guide the Yellow Jackets to back-to-back 20-win seasons with a 21-10 record in 2008. Dorr was responsible for developing scouting reports and game-day offensive play sets as well as the technical development of outside hitters and middle blockers.
In addition to her coaching duties at Georgia Tech, Dorr provided direction as a recruiter, travel coordinator, and as an assistant camp director. During her tenure, her efforts helped the Yellow Jacket program raise over $12,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation as a part of Dig for the Cure breast cancer initiative.
Dorr arrived at Georgia Tech by way of Texas A&M, where she was the director of volleyball operations from 2005-06. During her time in College Station, Texas, she also worked as the tournament director for the 2005 NCAA College Station Regional and other home tournaments for the Aggies.
While living in College Station, Dorr served as the head coach of the Brazos Valley Volleyball Club from 2005-06. Her coaching experience extends further as she held a post as head coach for the Saddleback Valley Volleyball Club in Lake Forest, Calif. from 2004-05.
In 1999, Dorr was the starting setter for the Rainbow Wahine as a freshman where she earned All-Western Athletic Conference second-team honors. She helped lead Hawai'i to a 29-2 record, an NCAA regional semifinal appearance and a No. 8 final AVCA ranking in her first season. In her four-year career, Dorr took the Rainbow Wahine to two NCAA national semifinal appearances, two No. 3 rankings, and a 123-12 record. She earned All-WAC second team honors three times and finished her career ranked fourth all-time for Hawai'i with 3,540 assists. Dorr was selected to the WAC All-Academic team in each of her four years with the Rainbow Wahine.
Dorr's first collegiate match was a 3-0 (15-8, 15-7, 15-5) win against Cal on Sept. 1, 1999, at the Recreational Sports Facility in Berkeley, Calif. She had 33 assists to go along with 12 digs and three kills on five attacks. The match was also the first at Cal for former head coach Rich Feller.
Dorr graduated from Hawai'i with a degree in business administration in marketing in 2003. She then worked as a sales and marketing executive for KHNL and K5 Television in Honolulu before leaving the islands to play professional volleyball in the fall of 2004 with Brandenburg VCO in Berlin, Germany.
Dorr resides in Danville, Calif. with her husband, John, a former All-American swimmer at Cal. The couple has twin daughters, Lily and Piper.
Coach Spencer McLachlin
Spencer McLachlin, a former All-Conference outside hitter at Stanford who helped the Cardinal win the 2010 NCAA Championship, is in his first season as an assistant coach for the Golden Bears.View Spencer McLachlin's Bio ⟩
McLachlin landed in Berkeley after two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach for the men's program at UCLA, where he helped the Bruins reach the NCAA Tournament in 2016. Previous to his stint in UCLA, McLachlin served as a full-time assistant coach for the men at the University of Hawai’i.
During his one season with the Rainbow Warriors, McLachlin helped Hawai’i qualify for the NCAA Tournament – the program’s first postseason berth in 13 years.
McLachlin ended his career at Stanford ranked third on the program’s all-time kills list in the rally-scoring era with 1,288. As a senior, he served as team captain and earned All-MPSF Second Team recognition. McLachlin was a three-time MPSF All-Academic selection and earned his degree in Political Science in 2011. McLachlin also earned a Master’s degree in education from Stanford in 2012.
McLachlin played professionally in Greece for Mas NIKI Aiginio from 2012-14 and also competed professionally on the beach, representing the U.S. on the NORCECA Tour.
This summer we are offering one session of Overnight and Extended Day (9:00am-9:00pm) camp for girls, ages 14-18 with 2-3 years of competitive experience. We are also offering several sessions of Day (9:00am-4:00pm) camp for boys and girls, ages 8-18, of all ability levels. Campers can choose between Youth (ages 8-14), Intermediate (ages 10-17) and Advanced (ages 14-18) programs. New this Fall, we are offering two 1-Day Clinics for high school and club level girls (ages 14-18) with 3-4 years of competitive experience. See "More Camp Details" for further information.
2018 CAMP DATES
- July 5-7 (Youth)
- July 9-11 (Intermediate)
- July 12-14 (Intermediate)
- July 15-18 (Advanced | Overnight)
- July 19-21 (Intermediate & Advanced)
- September 23 (1-Day Clinic)
- October 14 (1-Day Clinic)
CAMP PROGRAM OFFERINGS
All sessions are open to players of all abilities, unless otherwise noted. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff and placed into groups based on age and ability level.
This program is designed for young players, ages 8-14, who are just starting out or in the first year of learning the basic skills for volleyball. Campers get a jump-start with their volleyball skills and work on a solid base to build upon after camp.
This program is a full-day camp designed for intermediate players, ages 10-17. Campers receive instruction on all volleyball skills - Attacking, Setting, Passing, Defense, Serving, and Blocking in a variety of individual, small group and team settings. All Intermediate sessions are designed for players of all skill levels.
This program is geared towards high school and club level players (ages 14-18/grades 9-12) with 2-3 years of competitive experience. This intense, challenging program stresses position play, advanced team techniques, physical conditioning, and a higher level of competitive play.
These clinics are geared towards high school and club level girls (ages 14-18/grades 9-12) with 2-3 years of competitive experience. This intense, challenging program stresses position play, advanced team techniques, physical conditioning, and a higher level of competitive play. Clinics will include a campus tour and staff Q&A for all attending athletes.
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2018 SESSION SCHEDULES
- Youth: July 5-7 (Thursday-Saturday)
- Intermediate I: July 9-11 (Monday-Wednesday)
- Intermediate II: July 12-14 (Thursday-Saturday)
- Intermediate III & Advanced II: July 19-21 (Thursday-Saturday)
- Daily Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm
- Check-in: 8:00AM on the first day of camp
- Check-out: 4:00pm each day
- Lunch: Lunch is not provided. Campers should bring a sack lunch with them each day. Pizza is available for purchase for $2 a slice.
OVERNIGHT & EXTENDED DAY CAMP
Advanced: July 15-18 (Sunday-Wednesday)
- Check-in: 2:00-3:30pm on Sunday at Unit 1 Dorms
- Check-out: Graduation is at 11:30am on Wednesday at Haas Pavilion. Parents are invited to attend. Check out will take place immediately after.
- Extended Day Camper Schedule: Sunday 3:30pm-9:00pm, Monday & Tuesday 8:45am-9:00pm, Wednesday 8:45am-12:00pm
September 23 & October 14 (Sunday)
- September 23 Hours: 5:00pm-7:30pm
- October 14 Hours: 4:00pm-6:30pm
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Daily volleyball instruction
- Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.
- Extended Day campers: Lunch and dinner are provided.
- Supervision: Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities
- Cal Volleyball & Prizes: All summer campers receive a Cal volleyball and prizes.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 1:8 staff to camper ratio
- Players Grouped by: ability, age, years of experience
- Equipment Needed: Players should supply their own kneepads and have at least one pair of well broken-in volleyball (court) shoes. Campers do not need to bring their own balls.
- Facility: Indoor courts at Haas Pavilion
- 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.
- Dorm: Unit 1 Putnam
- Campers Per Room: 2
- 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: Not provided
- Air Conditioning: No
Cal Volleyball 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.
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.
DAY CAMP SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE
- 9:00am Day Campers arrive. Stretching & warm up.
- 9:15am-12:00pm Training Session I
- 12:00-12:45pm Lunch and rest
- 12:45-1:30pm Demonstration and lecture
- 1:30-4:00pm Training Session II
- 4:00pm Day Campers depart.
The Walter A. Haas, Jr. Pavilion is the home of the University of California Golden Bears men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, and men's and women's gymnastics teams. The arena is located in the middle of the main University of California sports complex, overlooking Evans Diamond and Edwards Stadium.
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Learned a lot!
August 2, 2018: The highlights of my experience included the other girls that were on my court, as they made everything more fun and we bonded really quickly. They helped me learn how to play with girls that I'd never seen before and how important communication is. Another highlight was listening to the college girls talk about what it was like to play at Cal, especially with a large amount of schoolwork. That was so fun to listen to because it really helped me get another perspective on college athletics that isn't always talked about as much but that is equally as important.
— Sarah O. Camper
July 27, 2018: My daughter's highlights were the ability to increase touches on the ball and her confidence. She was able to meet new friends and continues to grow in the sport.
— Suzanne M. Parent
July 23, 2018: Working with the Cal players and coaches was extremely positive and rewarding. The camp staff made every effort to get to know all of the girls regardless of skill level - a very positive environment!
— Jennifer G. Parent
July 20, 2018: Awesome....please let us know in advance when camp is next year....count my daughter in....she learned so much in such a short time. Thanks!!
— Gaby P. Parent
July 20, 2018: She loved the drills and the tournament and the camaraderie. Loved playing in an actual college gym.
— Jack V. Parent
Loved it for the second year!
July 11, 2018: This is the second year that she has attended this camp; and this time she was apprehensive that she would not know anyone. However, she made friends immediately when she found out that other campers play for other volleyball clubs and that they remember her. She even learned how to serve the ball another way that she hadn't tried before. It would be more helpful for my daughter if the camp was more than three days; it's possible that when she joined next year for the intermediate level 2, that it may be more challenging and have more skill orientation for her.
— Regan Y. Parent
July 11, 2018: My child recognized friends from previous years, her confidence grew - she felt like she got excellent instruction and attention!
— Molly R. Parent
July 22, 2018: Wonderful experience for my daughter. She said everyone was friendly and supportive. Excellent coaches helped her improve her game. Thank you!
— Sherri G. Parent
July 20, 2018: Cal’s Elite camp was fantastic!!! Incredibly well organized and the competition was great. Long active days that gave the players a sense of what it would be like to be a Cal athlete. We highly recommend the camp to competitive players as well as younger players who want to better their game. The coaches are amazing!!!
— Maya R. Camper
July 17, 2017: The coaches were very involved with each player. The music playing was very motivational and made the camp very fun.
— Gilberto L. Parent
We will be back!
July 17, 2017: This was the first 'sleep away' camp for our daughter so was a little concerned. Asked her via text how the camp was and she texted back '10 out of 10! Love it.' Extremely well organized from registration thru drop off and pickup. Natalie had a great time. Will definitely be back next year. Thank you and all your staff for a great experience!
— Laura H. Parent
Met new friends!
July 17, 2017: Our daughter gained valuable experience and knowledge from your qualified staff. She was also able to meet new friends and increased her passion to play volleyball.
— Jerry D. Parent
Learned new skills!
July 13, 2017: She liked making friends, playing in the tournament, and learning new skills.
— Megan D. Parent
Loved the new friends!
July 12, 2017: It was fun for her, to meet new people, that love volleyball as much as she does. Also to practice on the Haas Pavilion court.
— Hector R. Parent
July 11, 2017: My daughter loved meeting new people, having fun, coaches teaching skills and explaining why. It's too short! I think my daughter would benefit from a week of volleyball camp.
— Regan Y. Parent
July 10, 2017: The camp staff taught my daughter the fundamentals of volleyball in a fun and encouraging way. The camp experience was very positive; it not only build her interest but gives her the confidence to continue in the sport.
— Diane L. Parent
July 10, 2017: A highlight of camp was that they built my confidence on the court. The coaches were very friendly and encouraging.
— Molly R. Camper
I would ten out of ten recommend this to any one who wants to go beyond the level of High School and Club volleyball! The best part is that the Assistant coaches get really involved with the teams! Such a great atmosphere and the staff and players are just amazing!!
— Cal Camper '16
Cal Nike camp was an excellent camp for all levels. All the camper's energy was high and coaches instructed them with enthusiasm and passion. Well organized by staff and great location!
— Camper '15
Experienced and relatable coaches, intense competition, wonderful people, and tons of reps. incredible experience, would recommend to any volleyball player looking to interact with new players and coaches and get lots of practice over the summer.
— Parent '15
They remember the campers, create a fun experience, are super positive and teach the kids where they are skill wise. I have been so impressed with how my child is remembered year after year.
— Parent '15
Liked the drills and scrimmages
Excellent combination of skills/drills, and scrimmage/play to apply the skills/drills. Coaches are very knowledgeable, and know how to impart their knowledge.
— Parent '15
Go if you want to improve
This camp is very fun but challenging. You definitely sweat a lot and learn a lot as you go. The coaches are super nice but they know how to give good advice for the whole team as well as one on one. You should go to this camp if you want to improve or keep your skills up.
— Camper '14
Can't wait to do it again
I had such a great time at the Cal Berkeley camp, I can't wait to do it again next summer. I'm so happy I learned to hit, set & block better and I really feel I have a better understanding of the game. I can't wait to try my new skills out on the court back at school:) I was really inspired by the Berkeley team coaches. I've always felt a little awkward cuz of my height ( I'm tall for my age), it was really awesome to see how tall the real players are and how athletic and strong they are. Thank you for the fun experience!
— Camper '14
Loved the Coaches
Personally, the coaches are one of my favorite parts when I go to camp. I've never had coaches who care about you so much and want you to improve. They take so much time to instruct us on everything.
— Camper '14
They have excellent coaches and instruction. They create a sense of camaraderie amongst the players and they care for each student individually. They are always available to answer questions for me as a parent if I have any and they are very easy to reach if I need to contact them immediately.
— Parent '14