Cal Boys Water Polo Winter Camp
Come Join Us This December!
USSC is proud to partner with Cal Water Polo Head Coach, Kirk Everist, this winter 2023 to bring you the Cal Water Polo Winter Camp! The camp will be held on the beautiful UC Berkeley campus, located on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay with the central campus resting on 178 acres in Berkeley, California. Camp will take place each day at the Spieker Aquatic Complex that was just host to the 2022 NCAA Championship, where the Bears became back-to-back National Champions.
The focus of the program will be in-water instruction on the fundamentals of the game. Fundamental passing, shooting, team and individual defense along with tactical discipline and individual aspects of the game will be discussed. Don’t miss this opportunity to work with the top players and coaches in the country.
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 Men's Water Polo coaching staff and current players
- Low camper to instructor ratio
- Daily emphasis on fundamentals, position training, drills and scrimmages
- Position Specific Training for Drivers, Shooters, Goalies & 2 Meter Offense & Defense
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Camp Director/Head Coach Kirk Everist
Directing the Cal Water Polo Camp this summer is, Kirk Everist, the Cal Head Men's Water Polo Coach.View Kirk Everist's Bio ⟩
Producing five NCAA titles, two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation crowns (2002, 2006), 93 All-Americans and numerous academic honorees, Kirk Everist has proven to be the perfect individual to perpetuate the tradition of excellence that defines California water polo.
In 21 seasons (436-129, .772) Everist has led the Golden Bears to the pinnacle of the sport on five occasions, most recently in back-to-back 13-12 NCAA Championship victories over USC to give his alma mater its NCAA-record 15th and 16th national titles. Everist also led the Bears to a stirring 11-8 overtime win over USC in 2016, an 8-6 win over USC in the 2007 title game and a thrilling 7-6 last-second national championship victory over the Trojans in 2006.
A three-time All-American, 1988 NCAA Player of the Year and two-time United States Olympian, Everist was named the ACWPC National Coach of the Year for the second straight time and fourth overall in 2022. The Bears finished that year with a 23-2 record after pulling off a legendary comeback in the national championship game in which saw they outscored USC 5-0 over the final six minutes of the 13-12 victory. They defeated 12 top-10 nationally ranked teams on their way to posting the program's highest win percentage (.920) in 30 years. A third straight conference regular season title saw Everist become the first coach to win three consecutive MPSF Coach of the Year awards. He also combined with star center Nikolaos Papanikolaou to become the second duo to repeat as ACWPC Player and Coach of the Year.
In 2004, Everist was inducted into both the Cal Athletic and the USA Water Polo Halls of Fame. In 2006, he was selected USA Water Polo’s Elite Co-Coach of the Year after leading the Bears to both the MPSF and NCAA titles. Everist also coached the United States’ World University Games team that competed in the summer of 2009 in Belgrade, Serbia, mentoring five Bears on the squad.
On July 29, 2002 Everist returned to his alma mater and was named the MPSF Coach of the Year in his inaugural campaign, immediately leading the Bears to a 20-7 mark and Cal’s first MPSF title and national runner-up finish since 1995. After guiding the Bears to the school’s first back-to-back NCAA trophies since the early ‘90s with wins in 2006 and 2007, Everist again guided the Bears to the top of the sport in 2016 when an overtime win over UCLA moved Cal into the national title match. There, Cal rallied from a late deficit to force overtime and the Bears took over in the extra periods to beat the Trojans. Finishing with a 23-4 record, Cal’s historic season earned Everist his second National Coach of the Year award (2006) from the ACWPC.
With all of his team’s accomplishments in the pool, Everist has also fostered excellence in the classroom. In September, 2009 his team was awarded the 2008-09 Newmark Award for the most improved cumulative team GPA among all of the Cal 27 sports. The team earned that award again in the fall of 2018, this time from a group of 30 sports.
Before his successful return to Berkeley, Everist had contributed to eight CIF North Coast championships as an assistant coach at Miramonte High School. During Everist’s 11-year tenure at Miramonte, the school also produced nine league titles and three third-place finishes in the California State Tournament. He helped develop 22 high school All-Americans, and three of his former players went on to earn NCAA All-American recognition, while two of his ex-pupils played on NCAA championship teams.
In addition to his work at Miramonte, Everist served as water polo commissioner at San Francisco’s Olympic Club from 1999-2001, a period that produced a gold medal and two silver medals in FINA World Masters competition. Also, since 2000 he has been co-head coach for the Lamorinda water polo team, leading that club to the 2001, 2004 and 2005 USA Water Polo 20-Under national championships, and the 2002 Northern California Zone Junior Olympic title. In January of 2005, Everist added to his duties the position of treasurer of the College Water Polo Coaches Association.
A 1990 Cal graduate, Everist propelled the Bears to national championships in 1987 and 1988 as a player. He earned NCAA All-American status from 1986-88 and was named the NCAA National Player of the Year in 1988. Everist went on to play for the United States National Team for nine years (1988-96) and was a member of the USA Olympic Team at the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Games. He also competed on America’s gold medal winning water polo teams at the 1991 World University Games and 1995 Pan American Games.
- 2002 - 20-7 !
- 2003 - 20-8
- 2004 - 20-10
- 2005 - 21-7
- 2006 - 31-4 !^
- 2007 - 28-4 *^
- 2008 - 19-9
- 2009 - 22-6
- 2010 - 24-4 *
- 2011 - 22-4
- 2012 - 17-8
- 2013 - 18-8
- 2014 - 22-7
- 2015 - 24-7
- 2016 - 23-4 ^
- 2017 - 20-4
- 2018 - 18-6
- 2019 - 14-11
- 2020 - 8-5*
- 2021 - 22-4 *^
- 2022 - 23-2 *^
Total - 436-129 (.772)
* - MPSF Regular Season Champions
! - MPSF Champions
^ - NCAA Champions
Associate Head Coach Jeff Tyrrell
Jeff Tyrrell, the hero of California’s 2006 last-second victory for the NCAA men’s water polo title, completed his seventh season as Cal’s assistant coach in 2022 after serving the previous two seasons (2014-15) as the volunteer assistant. Following the 2021 season, he was promoted to Associate Head Coach. The Bears boast a 137-36 record and have won two national championships ('21, '22) since Tyrrell joined Kirk Everist’s staff in 2016.View Jeff Tyrrell's Bio ⟩
Tyrrell earned experience as an assistant coach with the USA National Team during the summer of 2019, helping the Americans book their ticket to the 2021 Summer Olympics with a gold medal at the Pan American Games in Brazil. He represented Team USA again in December 2019 as an assistant coach for the Junior National Team at the FINA Men’s Junior World Championship in Kuwait City, Kuwait.
Tyrrell was a two-time All-American for the Golden Bears, helping Cal to back-to-back national titles in 2006 and 2007 over USC. In the ’06 final, he nailed a shot from 12 meters out as time expired to give the Bears a 7-6 win over the Trojans. Tyrrell helped Cal top USC, 8-6, in the 2007 NCAA final as well.
Tyrrell graduated from Cal in 2007 from the department of American studies with a degree in Urban Development and worked as a broker associate at Team Realty in Richmond. His younger brother, Jamie, lettered in swimming at Cal in 2013 and 2014.
A member of the USA National Team from 2006-12, Tyrrell also had a long career playing professionally in Europe. In 2008-09 Tyrrell played for Roma Vis Nova in Rome, from 2009-10 he played for VK Sibenik in Croatia, from 2010-11 for Rari Nantes Camogli in Italy, in 2011 for Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro and finally Sportiva Nervi in Italy in 2012-13.
Assistant Coach Jakov Belamaric
Jakov Belamaric completed his first season as a Cal assistant coach in 2022, a national championship-winning season which saw the Golden Bears post their highest win percentage (.920) in 30 years.View Jakov Belamaric's Bio ⟩
Belamaric comes to Berkeley from Cathedral Catholic HIgh School in San Diego, where he served as an assistant coach for the past three seasons. He also has extensive experience on the club level, having coached at Del Mar WPC in San Diego and Northwood WPC in Irvine.
Belamaric played collegiately at Concordia University from 2011-14. Prior to that, he spent several years in the Croatian National Team program, having won the gold medal at the 2008 European World Cup.
Belamaric is originally from Sibenik, Croatia. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration and management from Concordia in 2015.
This winter, Cal is offering one session of Day Camp (9:00 AM to 4:00 PM) for Middle School and High School campers ages 12-18. Camp will take place each day at the Spieker Aquatic Complex that was just host to the 2022 NCAA Championship, where the Bears became back-to-back National Champions.
- Dates/Age Group: December 16-17
- Gender: Boys
- Camp Type: Day Camp
- Schedule: 9:00am-4:00pm
- Check-In: 8:30-9:00am at UC Berkeley's Spieker Aquatic Complex
- Lunch: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch.
- Skills Camp Program: The Skills Camp program is designed for middle school and high school players (Ages 12-18). This program is designed to provide youth players with the fundamentals, latest drills, in-water scrimmages and position specific training (Divers, Shooters, Goalies and 2 Meter Offense & Defense) essential for improvement.
Spieker Aquatics Complex
2301 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 16th to Sunday, December 17th
- Check-in: will take place between 8:30-9:00am at Spieker Aquatic Complex.
- Check-out: camp ends at 3:00pm each day.
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: Spieker Aquatic Complex
- 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
- 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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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
SPIEKER AQUATICS COMPLEX
Campers will train each day at UC Berkeley's Spieker Aquatics Complex located on Bancroft Way, between Dana St. and Ellsworth St.
I would highly recommend the camp
July 19, 2019: The coaching staff is always excellent ... knowledgeable, fun, patient, instructive. The skills learned are different from year to year which is huge. The coaches provide physical and verbal explanations for what they are learning which increases knowledge of the game.
— Lisa M. Parent
I can't wait to come back next year!
June 30, 2018: It was so awesome to be coached by such high level coaches and players. They were very encouraging and made it a lot of fun. I learned some new things and will definitely put them to use on my club and high school teams. I can't wait to come back next year!
— Kyle M. Camper
Coaches were all FANTASTIC!
June 28, 2017: Our son learned a ton about playing goalie. He has much more confidence since this camp. He had a great time! The highlight of his camp was blocking a coach's shot during the scrimmage. He said he thought the shot broke his wrist, but he's really proud that he did it. Coaches were all FANTASTIC! Our son will be back next year.
— Dennis J. Parent
June 28, 2017: My son had a great time, and it was a very positive experience for him! We would have enrolled him for longer period or for more sessions if they were offered!
— Samantha B. Parent
Cal has a camper for life!
June 28, 2017: Cal water polo camp is very well balanced with targeted instruction in the pool and fun outside of the pool. The coaching and tips my son received have been invaluable. Upon returning to his club, his coaches noticed an improvement in skill and confidence. Cal has a camper for life.
— Michael V. Parent
June 24, 2017: As a water polo coach / Dad I was extremely impressed with Cal water polo camp. It started the moment my wife dropped my son off. Jeff introduced himself and asked for her name, without looking at the camp roster he knew my son's name. Any apprehensions my wife had about dropping her 11 year old son off at camp for the week were gone within a minute of meeting Jeff. Any time we talked to our son during the week all he could talk about was how much fun he was having, how great the players and coaches were, and how much he was learning. On Friday when I picked him up I went a little early so I could watch. They were scrimmaging and Kirk was coaching their group. He was hands on, stopping play to explain technique, strategy, awareness, and having fun with the kids at the same time. What an incredible time our son had, he can't wait to go back next year. Thank you Kirk, Jeff, and all the coaches (Cal Players) for giving our son an unforgettable experience.
— Chris T. Parent
June 24, 2017: This camp was amazing. All of the player/coaches and coach/coaches were positive and engaging with both the campers and the parents. The training was age and skill-level appropriate and challenged the boys to bring their games to the next level. Several of our players attended and their performance at JO qualifiers the following weekend demonstrated the new and improved skills they had learned.
— Megan S. Parent
Learns something new each camp year!
June 23, 2017: A huge highlight of the camp was that my child was able to use the new State of the Art Legends Aquatic Center for their Summer 2017 camp experience. He also got personal instruction from Coach Everest and Asst. Coach Jeff, of the CAL collegiate team, and from the collegiate players. It was a very well run camp with an emphasis on having fun, improving their skill set and knowledge of the game of water polo. At the end of the camp each child received a 2016 CAL Water Polo Championship poster. My son attended the 9 AM - 5 PM day camp for the second year in a row and he learns something new each camp year.
— Adrian C. Parent
The coaches were fantastic!
July 1, 2016: My son had a great experience at Cal Berkeley WP camp. The coaches were fantastic, and my son learned a lot of new skills while having fun too. We will definitely be coming back next year.
— William J. Parent
June 30, 2016: I would highly recommend this camp to anyone who loves water polo or wants to experience what water polo is all about. The instructors are awesome, the program is fun yet informational. Getting to meet new friends . Watching the Cal Men Water Polo game inspired the kids even more. It is well organized and my kid enjoyed every moment of it. Thanks for giving him a great experience.
— Jesse S. Parent
June 30, 2016: Great camp! There was lots of good food and fantastic instruction from not only the Cal Water Polo team, but from the Cal Coaches themselves! It was the highlight of my son's summer!
— Larry H. Parent
June 29, 2016: This camp was excellent at grouping quality boy players with very high quality coaches & staff. The facilities were top notch and so were the coaches! Right level of intensity.
— Martin B. Parent
June 29, 2016: This camp is a very helpful experience. All of the coaches are very hands-on and provide great examples of how to apply the new information gained. I will be coming back next summer!
— Dale W. Camper
June 29, 2016: This camp was organized and really fun. My son said the food was great and hanging out with the players was THE BEST!!! The friendly coaches, good WP instruction, great ratio of coaches to campers, and facility at Cal Berkeley made this an unforgettable camp!
— Morgan R. Parent
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