Cal Boys Water Polo Camp
Improve Your Skills And Have Fun
at Cal Water Polo Camp
USSC is proud to partner with Cal Water Polo Head Coach, Kirk Everist, this summer to bring you the Cal Water Polo 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.
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.
1). The Cal Water Polo camp is open to any and all entrants. 2). Drugs, alchohol and smoking are strictly prohibited and constitute grounds for immediate dismissal from camp. 3). For your safety and benefit, we recommend that you choose a camp that fits your particular skills and level of development.
- 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 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 NCAA titles in 2006, 2007 and 2016, two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation crowns (2002, 2006), 71 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 15 seasons (331-97, .773) Everist has led the Golden Bears to the pinnacle of the sport on three occasions, most recently a stirring 11-8 overtime win over USC in 2016 to give his alma mater its NCAA-record 14th national title. Everist also directed the Bears to 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 earned the 2002 MPSF Coach of the Year honors in his inaugural season when he guided Cal to the MPSF Tournament title and a national runner-up finish. Then in 2004, he was inducted into both the Cal Athletic and the USA Water Polo Hall of Fames. In 2006, Everist was selected USA Water Polo's Elite Co-Coach of the Year after leading the Bears to both the MPSF and NCAA titles. He 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 immediately led 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. In the spring of 2010, three of his athletes earned 4.0 GPAs.
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 High School, 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.
"Kirk has been an Olympian and an All-American, but I believe he is now a better coach than he was as a player," said four-time NCAA Coach of the Year Pete Cutino, Everist's former Cal mentor who passed away in September of 2004. "He is a very intense person who has always been a student of the game. Kirk is everything we would want in a coach."
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**
Total - 331-97 (.773)
***MPSF and NCAA Champions
Assistant Coach Jeff Tyrell
Jeff Tyrell, the hero of Cal’s 2006 last-second victory for the NCAA men’s water polo title, completed his second season as Cal's assistant coach in 2017 after two seasons as the volunteer assistant and in 2016 played a big part in the Bears bringing a 14th national title back to Berkeley.View Jeff Tyrell's Bio ⟩
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 (click here to view). 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 is currently working 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.
This summer, Cal is offering one session of overnight camp with with a day (Day Camp 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM) option available. 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.
OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES
• 3 nights lodging • All meals
• Nightly recreational activities
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Camp hours: MON 2PM-9PM, TUE-WED 9AM-5PM, THURS 9AM-12:00PM
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 prior to camp. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.
ADVANCED SKILLS CAMP: Designed for high school players (Ages 13-18). 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.
SKILLS CAMP: Designed for youth and incoming high school players (Ages 11-14). 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.
- Check-in between 1:00-2:00 pm on June 18th at Unit 1 dorms
- Camp meeting for campers and parents at 2:00 pm
- Day Camp hours: MON 2PM-9PM, TUE-WED 9AM-5PM, THURS 9AM-12:00PM
- A closing ceremony will be held on June 21st at 12:00 pm at the pool
- Check-out immediately following at Unit 1 dorms
HOUSING & ROOMMATES
Campers will be housed in single, double and triple occupancy rooms at the Unit 1 Residence Halls and are assigned by age and roommate requests. 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!
Unit 1 Dorm is located on 2650 Durant Avenue | Berkeley, CA | 94720
- DORM: Unit 1 dorms
- BATHROOMS: shared
- LINENS: Provided - The linen pack includes sheets, blankets, pillows, 2 face towels, and 1 towel for showering
- TOILETRIES: Guests should bring their own toiletries
- AIR CONDITIONING: No
- MEALS: All meals will be provided in the Crossroads Dining Hall
- SUGGESTED SPENDING MONEY: $40
- KEY DEPOSIT: Not required
- LOST KEYES: For lost keys you will be responsible for a $50 charge for regular rooms/$75 for suites
- MEDICAL FACILITY: a certified trainer will be on staff at all times.
SUPERVISION: Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
MEALS: All meals are included for overnight campers. Meals start with dinner on the first day and end with breakfast on the last day.
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.
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.
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I can't wait to come back next year!
June 30, 2017: 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
Camp Dates & Prices
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