Cal Girls Water Polo Winter Camp
Come join us this December!
US Sports Camps and the Cal Women’s Water Polo Head Coach, Coralie Simmons, are excited to team up this winter 2023 to offer a two day training opportunity to players ages 8-18.
The Cal Water Polo Camp will cover all facets of the game and progress from core fundamentals to advanced techniques over the two days. Similar to a collegiate-level practice, the camp will also include dry-land strength and conditioning, video review and discussions on goal setting and nutrition.
All Cal Sports Camps are open to any and all entrants. For your safety and benefit, we recommend you choose a camp that fits your level of development. All events are subject to change based on NCAA and Covid-19 restrictions. Due to high demand and limited capacity, prices are subject to increase as camp exceeds 25%/50%/75% capacity.
- Instruction by Cal Women's Water Polo coaching staff and current players
- Skills Camp for Girls Ages 8-18
- Low camper to instructor ratio
- Shooting, drive defense, defending center, pressure passing, and other important skill sets
- Video analysis and Goal Setting sessions
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Head Coach Coralie Simmons
Coralie Simmons is in her seventh season as the head coach of the Golden Bears and has the program among the elitist of the elite in collegiate water polo.View Coralie's Bio ⟩
Simmons has led Cal to the semifinals of the NCAA Championship in four of her six seasons in Berkeley. The Bears have finished each of those seasons ranked in the top-4 nationally. Simmons has produced 24 ACWPC All-America selections and 78 ACWPC All-Academic picks, including a whopping 20 last season.
The Bears had another memorable season in 2022, finishing the year ranked No. 3 nationally after advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA Championship. Cal went 17-6, including wins over No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 UCLA.
Cal went 12-7 in 2021 and finished the season ranked No. 6 nationally. The Bears registered 11 victories over ranked opponents, and all of their losses came to teams ranked in the top-5.
The Bears went 11-7 in the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season, despite playing without three of their top players who each sat out the season to train for the Summer Olympics. Cal still managed to knock off four top-10 opponents along the way.
The Bears finished 2019 with a record of 17-9 after an overtime loss to No. 1 USC in the NCAA semifinals. In 2018, Simmons led Cal to its first No. 1 national ranking in 18 years.
Simmons also is heavily involved in the U.S. National Team program, having served in a variety of roles as a head coach and assistant coach. She has twice served as head coach for the U.S. Junior National Team at the FINA Junior World Championships - winning the gold medal in 2015 - and has been an assistant coach for the U.S. Senior Team and Youth National Team, each of which won gold medals at the World Championships. In 2019, she was an assistant at the U.S. Junior World Championships.
Simmons is simply one of the most respected figures in the water polo community, reaching lofty heights as both an athlete and coach. She is regarded as one of the greatest female American players ever, having led the United States to the silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia and twice being named the NCAA Player of the Year while a student-athlete at UCLA. She helped the Bruins win the first-ever NCAA Championship in 2001. She was named to the Pac-12 All-Century Team in 2016.
Her coaching career began in 2005 as an assistant at Hawaii, where she helped the Rainbows record their first-ever top-four finish at the NCAA Championships. She moved on to become an assistant at her alma mater, helping UCLA capture the 2007 NCAA title.
It didn't take long for Simmons to scale the coaching ladder. After one year each as an assistant at Hawaii and UCLA, she was named the head coach at Sonoma State University. She led the Seawolves program for nine years, twice being named the Division II National Coach of the Year.
Assistant Coach Heather Petri
Heather Petri, a two-time All-American as a student-athlete at Cal and the only four-time female Olympian in any sport in Golden Bear history, is in her sixth season on Cal's coaching staff. Petri has served as a volunteer assistant coach and a full-time assistant for the Bears.View Heather's Bio ⟩
Petri played at Cal from 1997-99 and 2001. She helped Team USA win the gold medal in 2012, the silver medal in 2000 and 2008 and the bronze in 2005. Petri was inducted into the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame in 2018.
Petri has extensive previous coaching experience with camps, clinics and private lessons. She also has spent time as an assistant coach at Long Beach State and Miramonte High School.
Petri was inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013, the same year she had her cap retired by the Cal women's water polo program. A former Olympic teammate of head coach Coralie Simmons, Petri also was named to the Pac-12 All-Century Team in 2016.
Assistant Coach Lance Morrison
Lance Morrison is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Cal women's water polo program.View Lance Morrison's Bio ⟩
Morrison, a former Division I student-athlete at the University of the Pacific, has enjoyed extensive success as a coach at both the high school and club level. Morrison was the varsity girls water polo head coach at local powerhouse Miramonte for four seasons, twice leading the Matadors to undefeated seasons that culminated in CIF Northern California championships. He also spent three seasons as the head coach for the 16-under girls at the Lamorinda Water Polo Club, registering top-25 finishes at the USA Water Polo Junior Olympics each year.
Morrison was an All-American water polo player and swimmer at Santa Rosa Junior College before moving on to UOP. He then played internationally for two years in Germany and Australia.
Morrison and his wife, Brittany, live in Orinda with their dogs, Indy and Chester.
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
You can expect a high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early. This winter, Cal is offering a two day camp (Saturday 8:30am-3:30pm & Sunday 8:30am-2:30pm) for ages 8-18. Participants are strongly encouraged to have 2+ years of experience. Our goal is to engage and inspire each player at camp and to instill positive character traits such as confidence, self-motivation, and a passion for the sport.
- Dates: December 9-10
- Gender: Girls
- Camp Type: Day Camp
- Schedule: Saturday 8:30am-3:30pm & Sunday 8:30am-2:30pm
- Check-In: 8:00-8:30am at UC Berkeley's Legends Aquatics Center
- Lunch: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch.
- Program: The Skills Camp program is designed for age group and high school players (Ages 8-18). This program focuses on advanced skills, position specific training for divers, shooters, goalies and 2 meter offense & defense, team concepts and an overall intense level of competition. Campers also have the opportunity to compete daily in games against each other.
Legends Aquatic Center
2214 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
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Parking is available in the RSF Parking Garage as well as metered street parking. Please be aware of parking restrictions.
Saturday, December 9th to Sunday, December 10th
- Check-in: will take place between 8:00-8:30am at Legends Aquatic Center.
- Check-out: camp ends at 3:30pm on Saturday and 2:30pm on Sunday.
There is no supervision before or after camp hours so please make arrangements to drop off and pick up your child on time.
Lunch is NOT provided each day. Please bring a healthy lunch and snacks each day.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Morning and afternoon training sessions
- Supervision: Campers are supervised by staff during camp hours.
- Camp T-shirt & Prizes: Campers will receive a Cal Camps t-shirt and prizes.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 1:10 staff-to-camper ratio
- Groupings: Campers are grouped by age, ability, and experience.
- Equipment Needed: Please bring your water polo suit, swim cap, googles and towel(s)
- Facility: Legends Aquatic Center
- 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.
Instruction will emphasize:
- Shooting, drive defense, defending center, pressure passing, and other important skill sets.
- Goal Setting sessions
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist. All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
- Dryland Training Gear (running shoes, t-shirt, athletic shorts, sweatshirt)
- Warm jacket and sweats (for possible fog during morning training sessions)
- Water Polo Suit (zipper)
- Rubber Caps
- 2 x Towels
- Hat or Visor
- Sandals/Flip Flops
- Water Bottle
- Healthy Lunch and Snacks each day
- University of California Release Form (forms completed online do not need to be printed and turned in at camp)
- Signed Health & Release forms and waivers (forms completed online do not need to be printed and turned in at camp)
Transportation is not provided. Campers are responsible for getting to and from camp on their own. There is no supervision before or after camp hours so please make arrangements to pick up your child on time.
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TEAM DISCOUNT: If eight or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $20 discount. Please have a team contact reach out directly to the USSC office at 1-800-645-3226 to receive a discount code to identify your group and to provide us with a list of names. Campers may then register through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.
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 The camp is 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. Campers are responsible for their own transportation to and from camp.
CAMP LODGING - NO HOUSING PROVIDED
RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT BERKELEY
2121 Center St
Berkeley, CA 94704
THE CLAREMONT HOTEL
41 Tunnel Rd
Berkeley, CA 94705
2600 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
Hotel Main: 510-845-8981
DOUBLE TREE BY HILTON HOTEL BERKELEY MARINA
200 Marina Boulevard
Berkeley, CA 94710
Hotel Main: 510-548-7920
LEGENDS AQUATICS CENTER
Campers will train each day at UC Berkeley's Legends Aquatics Center, one of the newest and finest outdoor facilities in the United States. The main entrance to Legends Aquatic Center is on Bancroft Ave, one block down from Spieker Pool and RSF. Parking is available in the RSF Garage located on Bancroft or metered street parking.
Connor was provided with positive experiences
July 19, 2019: My daughter loved being able to work at the set position. The coaching staff was great and really encouraged each student to perform. The staff really made you feel like part of the Cal family. Thank you.
— Nick J. Parent
See you soon!
December 10, 2017: I really appreciated the smaller camp size and the individual coaching you were able to give me. I played a lot of defense this year so, of course, I was very thankful for the individual tips during the shooting drills. I hope you guys have more camps like that, I’ll attend as many as I can.
— Ava M. Camper
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.