UC Santa Cruz Nike Volleyball Camp
Improve your game and have serious fun
at Nike Volleyball Camps
At our volleyball camp at UC Santa Cruz, our goal is to stimulate a love for the game in young athletes by showing them how to accelerate their own progress and success.
The coaching staff at our summer volleyball camp near San Jose completely immerses you in the sport, giving you the kind of focused, intensive training essential to improvement. On and off the court, you'll share an experience you will remember forever.
- Coach to camper ratio is 1:10
- Excellent residential, dining and training facilities
- Trip to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk
- All campers receive a Nike Volleyball Camps T-shirt and prizes!
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Director Josh Davis
Joshua Davis begins his second year as a college head coach. Davis joins the Banana Slugs as one of the top young coaches in the country, after one year as an assistant at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps under Kurt Vlasich.View Josh Davis's Bio ⟩
The Sioux Falls, SD native played collegiately at Calvin College in Michigan, earning a bachelor's in Kinesiology and Sports Management.
He started his college coaching career at his Alma Mater, serving as a volunteer assistant under Amber Warners as the Knights won the 2013 women's Division III championship. He then moved to California, serving a year at Occidental before moving to CMS.
This year we are offering Overnight and Extended Day (9:00am-9:00pm) camps for boys and girls of all ability levels. Campers can choose between All Skills (ages 10-18) and Advanced (ages 14-18) programs. See "More Camp Details" for further information.
2018 CAMP DATES
- June 25-29
- July 5-9
- July 10-14
- July 16-20
CAMP PROGRAM OFFERINGS
This camp is 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 geared towards girls, ages 10-18, of all skill levels. Campers will master the fundamentals and develop proper mechanics through a mix of drills, games and competitive play.
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.
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2018 SESSION SCHEDULES
Session I: June 25-29 (All Skills)
Session II: July 5-9 (Advanced)
Session III: July 10-14 (All Skills)
Session IV: July 16-20 (Co-ed All skills)
- Check-in: 1:00pm-2:30pm on the first day of camp
- Check-out: Graduation is at 11:30am on the last day of camp. Parents are invited to attend! Check-out will take place immediately after.
- Extended Day Camper Schedule: Day 1: 2:30-9:00pm, Days 2-4: 9:00am-9:00pm, Day 5: 9:00am-12:00pm
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.
- Complete Supervision: Staff members reside in the dorms with Overnight campers and campers are supervised at all times.
- Camp T-shirt & Prizes: All campers receive Nike Volleyball Camps t-shirt and prizes.
- Extra Activities: Campers travel via University buses to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk one evening during the week. The entire coaching staff attends and supervises the campers. *Permission form required!
- Volleyballs: Volleyballs are provided for each camper to use during instruction at camp, so campers do not need to bring their own. Campers do have the option of purchasing a Molten Volleyball for $15 at the time of registration. Balls will be given out on the last day of camp.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 1:10 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 Gym
- 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.
2017 HOUSING (2018 TBA)
- Dorm: College 8
- 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 on each floor
- Linens: Not provided. Bring linens or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase and towel
- Air Conditioning:
Nike 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 San Jose International Airport (SJC) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
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.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00am Wake-up, shower
- 8:00am-9:00pm Breakfast
- 9:00-11:30am Training Session I
- 11:30am-1:00pm Lunch and free time
- 1:30-4:00pm Training Session II
- 4:30-6:00pm Dinner and rest
- 7:00-9:00pm Open Gym/ Evening Activities
- 10:30 Lights out
UC Santa Cruz is located 75 miles south of San Francisco at the edge of the coastal community of Santa Cruz, the campus lies on 2,001 acres of rolling, forested hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Had a blast
August 1, 2016: With the help of the coaches at Nike Volleyball Camp, I got the help and feedback I needed to improve my skills as a player, as well as a teammate. Not only did the help from coaches improve my skills, but the encouragement of the many new friends I made at the Nike Camp boosted my enthusiasm for the game, and confidence to really have a good time on the court. I would highly recommend Nike Volleyball Camp to anyone considering about joining a volleyball team or just working on their skills. I really had a blast at this camp.
— Reagan T. Camper
Great for all levels
August 2, 2015: Santa Cruz Nike camp is great for all levels. Very well organized and an energetic camp. Going to boardwalk is fun. My daughter made many friends too!
— Shulin S. Parent
Good learning experience
July 30, 2015: The camp gives your child the opportunity to play the sport they love a lot, while being able to have some independence, and learning to be more responsible for their time and property.
— Ann B. Parent
July 21, 2015: This camp is EXTREMELY fun! The coaches are very nice, energetic and encouraging. The dorms are really nice and the food is pretty good. I learned a lot from this camp and made a lot of new friends as well.
— Mary G. Camper
Grouped by Ability
I really enjoyed this camp. The coaches made sure you were right in your ability level, that also challenged you. They had drills to match your abilit and they made them fun:)
Fun and Hard Work
In less than a week, this camp reminded me why i play volleyball and how much I love this sport. I improved so much and had fun while working very hard.
Overall, this camp was a great experience for me. I feel that I improved my volleyball skills and I played in a setting that ws more advanced than what I usually play in.
Returning Next year
My second year at camp, I had a blast! Training and coaching helped me for the upcoming volleyball season at school. I will definitely return next year!
It is fun, the coaches are good, and you can really improve on your volleyball skills.
Fun and exciting
Nike Volleyball Camp was a truly fun and exciting experience. I got to spend an good amount of time with my friends but I also enjoyed making new friends. My skill level went up so much because I played with other volleyball players almost exactly my level. The best thing they did, though, was letting me have one of the best weeks of my life!
Gets you in shape
This camp was really fun and informative at the same time. You really get in shape over the course of the week while making new friends.
Awesome camp! My daughter learned great volleyball fundamentals while enjoying a week on the California coast.
This camp is very safe. The coaches are experienced and fun to be with. I already knew the basics of volleyball but this camp taught me how to improve my skills and feel confident about them.
As an advanced player, they evaluated me pointing out the area of weakness in my game. They stressed on what areas I need to work on to improve my game and to strive to be an outstanding person and player. They provided information on what colleges are looking for in a player, stressed that good grades too are a factor in awarding scholarships. The Santa Cruz camp was a great experience. I have participated in lots of camps locally, but found the UCSC camp the best so far. The size of campers to coaches was just right. I was at a camp that had 40 girls at my playing level, so individual instruction was limited. I made so many friends at this camp. More so than any I have attended. We keep in touch and plan on keeping in touch during our volleyball season. I hope I can again attend one of these camps. Thank you Nike VB for the camp at UCSC.
The overall experience was very positive, every area was very well organized and fun.
I had a great coach, the staff kept us very safe, and the food was delicious.
"Nike volleyball camp at uc santa cruz was an awesome camp. It was really well organized and i learned a lot and improved so much during the week. The dorms were really nice too and the food was really good. Also the campus was amazing and the trip to the beach and the boardwalk was sooo much fun. i also met alot of great friends at the camp and of course i loved playing volleyball and the coaches were really helpful. I would totally recommend this camp to anybody with a passion for volleyball."
Great for International Players!
"I heard through my daughters stories and she had a blast. For an advanced volleyball player, the level was good and the coaches pushed the team to try harder. I highly recommend this camp to all volleyball players of all levels. They always improve. And the coaches were amazing and so fun! Coming from Europe I was impressed by the organization of the camp. For international volleyball players it was a great experience."
Fun and Challenging!
"I had a blast at Nike camp! The coaches and players all made for an exciting learning experience. I definitely thought that staying overnight really contributed to the team chemistry, and positive attitude throughout the entire camp! I recommend this camp to anyone who loves volleyball, is willing to learn, and can endure sore muscles!!"
This camp was really fun for me. I made loads of new friends, the coaches were really friendly, and the dorms were really nice too! The instruction at this camp was great, and I ended up taking away many new skills and drills to practice at home. I've been going to this camp for two years now, and it's like it gets more and more fun every year!
My daughter came back from Nike camp full of enthusiasm and confidence in herself and her volleyball skills.