Nike 5meter Winter in the Tropics Water Polo Camp
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at Nike 5Meter Water Polo Camps
The 9th Annual Nike 5meter Winter in the Tropics Water Polo Camp will be held December 27th - 30th, 2017 in Miami, Florida. Don’t miss this opportunity to work with the top players and coaches in the country.
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.
*Goalies will work with Genai Kerr on all aspects of protecting the cage.
- Superior instruction from USA Olympians and College Coaches
- Olympians get in the pool with you to demonstrate and lead drills
- 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 Genai Kerr
Genai Kerr is a USA Water Polo Olympian, coach, mentor, and true ambassador of the sport. Genai was a member of the United States Men's National Water Polo Team for 12 years and played in the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2003 & 2007 Pan American Gold Medal games, and multiple World Championships.View Genai Kerr's Bio ⟩
He is one of the only athletes in history to compete internationally as a goalie and as a field player. Most recently he was named MVP of the 2012 US Open after he helped Newport Water Polo Foundation win the national championship. Genai has coached at every level, from age group to Division 1 college programs. Over the last 15 years he has run hundreds of camps and impacted thousands of lives.
Surprisingly, Genai got involved in water polo by accident, following the whistles to what he thought was a basketball game and ended up at the pool. He excelled at both water polo and basketball at Coronado High School and received a water polo scholarship to UC Irvine to play under Coach Ted Newland. Genai went on to become a NCAA All-American in 1998 and 1999 and was awarded Big West Conference Male Scholar Athlete of the Year his senior year.
Genai remains active in his community and has become a great role model for aspiring water polo players. He has been a US Ambassador for the USADA (U.S. Antidoping Agency) since 2003 promoting clean sports for young athletes. He was a founding faculty member of the Sage Hill School where he was the Dean of Students, taught art and physical education, and started the aquatic programs. Genai has also created several community outreach programs to help mentor children in lower income households.
USA National Team
- 2012 US Open, Irvine, California, 1st Place - MVP
- 2010 Volvo Cup, Hungary, 3rd place
- 2009 FINA World Championships, Rome, Italy, 4th place
- 2009 FINA World League Super Final, Podgorica, Montenegro, 4th place
- 2007 FINA World League Super Finals, Berlin, Germany 5th place
- 2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1st place
- 2007 FINA World Championships, Melbourne, Australia, 9th place
- 2006 ASUA Cup, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1st place
- 2006 FINA World League Super Finals, Athens, Greece, 5th place
- 2004 Olympic Games, Athens, Greece, 7th place
- 2003 FINA World League Super Finals, New York, NY, 3rd place
- 2003 Pan American Games, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1st place
- 2003 FINA World Championships, Barcelona, Spain, 6th place
- 2003 U.S. Cup, Stanford, CA, United States, 2nd place
- 2002 FINA World Cup, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 7th place
- 2001 FINA World Championships, Fukuoka, Japan, 7th place
- 2001 World Championships Qualifier, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1st place
- 1998 First Appearance on the Men’s National Team, Long Beach, CA
- 1995 Jr. North American Games, Calgary, Canada, 2nd place
Staff John Abdou
John Abdou, a veteran collegiate and national team coach, is currently the High Performance Director for USA Water Polo. In this position Abdou oversee's the Olympic Development Program inView John Abdou's Bio ⟩
John Abdou, a veteran collegiate and national team coach, is currently the High Performance Director for USA Water Polo. In this position Abdou oversee's the Olympic Development Program in addition to coach and referee education and development. Abdou also assists in implementing the technical vision throughout ODP and the USA Water Polo club system.
John was formerly the Associate Head Coach for men's water polo at the University of California-Santa Barbara and Director/Boy's Head Coach of the Santa Barbara Water Polo Club. Prior to his time in Isla Vista, Abdou spent five years at Bucknell University, the last two serving as Head Coach of both the men's and women's programs. Within USA Water Polo, Abdou has remained active in the National Team pipeline in his position as ODP East Region Technical Director since 2008. Since 2010 he has also been a part of the coaching staff of the Men's Senior National "B" Team.
Staff Felix Mercado
Felix Mercado has been the Head Men's and Women's water polo coach at Brown University since he was hired in the summer of 2007. Mercado spent the two seasons prior to coming to Brown at theView Felix Mercado's Bio ⟩
Felix Mercado has been the Head Men's and Women's water polo coach at Brown University since he was hired in the summer of 2007. Mercado spent the two seasons prior to coming to Brown at the helm of the MIT men's varsity and women's club teams after one year as an assistant.
Directing the program is USA Water Polo Olympian, Genai Kerr. A true ambassador of the sport, Genai was a member of the United States Men's National Water Polo Team for 12 years, playing in the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2003 & 2007 Pan American Gold Medal games, as well as multiple World Championships.
DAY CAMP AMENITIES
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If five or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $25 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. Campers may then register through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.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.
Check-in takes place at 8:45am on Wednesday, December 27th at the Ransom Everglades School.
Camp will conclude at 2:00pm on Saturday, December 30th.
LIST OF THINGS TO BRING
• Health & Release Forms
• Weather appropriate clothing
• Dryland Training Gear (Running shoes, t-shirt, athletic shorts)
• Healthy Lunch/Snack
• Water Bottle
• Swim Suit
• Swim Cap(s)
• Sandals/Flip Flops
Team Discount: If ten or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $100 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. Campers may then register through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.
Sibling Discount: $50 off each player. You can call 1-800-645-3226 to receive the sibling discount over the phone or you can indicate that you are eligible for the sibling discount in the “comments” field when registering via our secure website.
*Sibling discount cannot be combined with any other discount.
Ransom Everglades Aquatic Center
Since its opening in 2012, the state-of-the-art facility is in use year-round for Physical Education classes, competitions, special events, camps and community service.
1). This camp is open to any and all entrants. 2). Drugs, alcohol 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.
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January 22, 2017: The camp was professionally organized and the setting was wonderful. We can't wait for next year’s camp and the next step in our son's development as a water polo player.
— Caroline M. Parent
January 19, 2017: Watching a drill with 4 Olympic water polo players and several college coaches in the water with the kids was an unforgettable experience for every kid at this camp. The thrill for my son of playing with Olympic water polo players was the highlight of our holidays!
— Juliette L. Parent
January 20, 2016: Genai Kerr is really an excellent camp director and coach. My son is from Brazil and he could understand everything with no problems of communication. Congratulations also to Felix and all the staff on a great week of camp. We look forward to attending another camp soon.
— Elizabeth S. Parent
January 19, 2016: We loved everything about the camp!
— Nicole M. Parent
January 29, 2015: Director Genai Kerr, and the staff, made it fun and taught both of our kids new skills and techniques. Thanks so much!!
— Andrew R. Parent
We Will Be Back!
January 12, 2014: Very pleased with Coach Kerr and his management and communication for early arrival overnight campers. My son said it was a great experience and he wants to return next year.
— Eric B. Parent
January 9, 2014: Great instructors and facilities! We couldn't have asked for a better holiday camp.
— Daniella F. Parent