Nike 5meter Water Polo Camp at UC Santa Cruz
TRAIN. COMPETE. IMPROVE.
AT NIKE 5METER WATER POLO CAMP
The Nike 5meter Water Polo Camp at the University of California, Santa Cruz is designed to provide youth and high school water polo players with the fundamentals, latest drills, in-water scrimmages and position specific training (Divers, Shooters, Goalies and 2 Meter Offense & Defense) essential for improvement. Come join USA Water Polo Olympian Genai Kerr and get better this summer!
Instruction will take place at Santa Cruz High School this summer due to construction at the UC Santa Cruz pool. Campers will be shuttled to and from the campus to the pool each day. UC Santa Cruz is an easy drive from the Bay Area and beyond. The campus, defined by rolling meadows and towering redwoods, is a perfect environment for the Nike Water Polo Camp and has always been a camper favorite!
- Position Specific Training for Divers, Shooters, Goalies and 2 Meter Offense & Defense
- Directed by USA Olympians and College Coaches
- Low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
- Two daily water sessions; one daily dry-land session
- Fun evening activities
- Every camper receives a Nike Camp T-shirt
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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 & Water Polo Tips ⟩
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
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, Santa Cruz is offering one session of overnight with a day camp option (9:00am-4:00pm) for ages 10-18 in June. Upon arrival at camp, campers are placed in groups with other players having similar abilities and goals. Our camp staff will do their best to accommodate your needs, keeping in consideration your experience and desire to improve.
OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES
• 3 nights lodging • All meals
• Nightly recreational activities
• Nike Camp T-shirt
DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Nike Camp T-shirt
• Camp hours: WED 3:00PM-6:00PM, THURS-FRI 8:45AM-4:00PM, SAT 9:00AM-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.
- Check-in takes place between 1:00pm-2:00pm on Wednesday, June 26th at Cowell College Circle.
- Check-out takes place at 12:00pm on Saturday, June 29th at Cowell College Circle.
HOUSING & ROOMMATES
Campers stay 2-4 per room in Cowell College 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!
DORM: Cowell College Res Hall Parkman
LINENS: Not provided
SUGGESTED SPENDING MONEY: $40
MEDICAL FACILITY: a certified trainer will be on staff at all times
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.
- Check-in takes place between 2:45pm-3:00pm on Wednesday, June 27th at at the pool.
- Day Campers should arrive dressed and ready to play.
- You will be assigned a counselor and given a complete schedule of all events during the week.
- Check-out takes place at 12:00pm on Saturday, June 30th at the pool.
- WEDNESDAY: Day Campers will depart at 6:00pm after the first pool session.
- THURSDAY-FRIDAY: Day Camper Hours (9:00am-4:00pm). Lunch is provided.
- SATURDAY: Day Camper Hours (9:00am-12:00pm). Check-out is after the closing ceremony.
TEAM DISCOUNT: 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.
Santa Cruz High School
Campers will train each day at the Santa Cruz High School pool while residing at UC Santa Cruz with it's ocean views, comfortable dormitories, and an excellent dining hall. Santa Cruz is located at the top of the Monterey Bay on the Central California coast, just south of San Francisco. Getting here is easy since several major highways run to Santa Cruz and the San Francisco, San Jose, and Monterey International Airports are all nearby.
Swim Camp at UCSC
UC Santa Cruz is also hosting a Nike Swim Camp - Sunday, June 23rd through Wednesday, June 26th.
1). This 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.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Great First Experience!
July 1,2018: I would totally recommend this camp to anyone who is just starting water polo. Fundamentals are a main focus at this camp and I found that they made me a better player. The coaching staff was always there for the campers and always had a smile on their face. This was my first water polo camp and I really enjoyed it and I would definitely return.
— Jason L., Camper
July 23, 2017: I loved this camp and would definitely recommend it to my teammates! Highlight of the camp was meeting Genai, I really enjoyed his attitude and instruction. Learning offense and defense for 2 meter defenders and learning 6 on 5 formations with throwing was also great.
— Chloe P. Camper
July 9, 2017: My daughter loved the drills and instruction...she definitely increased her sense of confidence in the pool and her skill level improved. She loved her head coach as well as the staff!
— Reagan W. Parent
I plan to return every year!
July 10, 2016: They pay great attention to you as a group, they work on individual and team skills. They also made sure that while they pushed you hard, they didn't push you too far to the point of injuring ourselves - safety and skills are both goals. I plan to return every year.
— John P. Camper
I loved it!
July 7, 2016: It was my second year at UCSC and loved it. There are three sessions in the pool and Genai always gives great talks about the game and beyond. Like college and nutrition. It was my first year and I loved it. The coaches were really nice and helped me with my game. I definitely want to come back.
— Ethan W. Camper
Coaches really care about learning process!
July 7, 2016: Lovely environment, coaches really care about learning process. They teach the skills and techniques of the game very well. THey also help with strategy and understanding of the game.
— Clay R. Camper
July 6, 2016: My son attended the camp at UC Santa Cruz, summer 2016. He is 12 years old and has been playing Water Polo for 6 years - competitively for 3 years. He found the camp very useful and inspiring. He loved meeting the Olympian players and found the whole experience very rewarding. He will be back next year - for sure. Thank you for a wonderful time.
— Sharon B. Parent
Highlight of the summer!
July 17, 2015: Last summer when my daughter was 12, she attended the Nike Water polo day camp, she was one of the younger players, but it didn't matter - the kids and coaches were awesome, and she couldn't wait to go back each day. Megan begged to go back again this summer and had the same awesome experience - thanks for making this the highlight of her summer!!
— Kiara T. Parent
July 16, 2015: In this camp, great food, experienced instructors, and tons of great water polo are all there is to find. You learn many new tricks, and you perfect your techniques, whether you are an advanced player, or just learning to throw the ball. I definitely recommend this camp to Water Polo players of all levels.
— Jackson H. Camper
Fun, positive experience.
July 15, 2015: My daughter was apprehensive about going to camp because she had a "not so good" experience earlier in the summer. WOW, she was so impressed with the coaches, their kindness and instruction, and besides that, it was a whole ton of fun!!!! She can't wait to go back next year.
— Ted T. Parent
July 15, 2015: Nike's Water Polo Camp was the highlight of my daughter's summer! Because she was only 12, we were a little nervous sending her to the overnight camp but the staff and counclers were so great, our apprehensions were gone the first day! She improved so much that her home coaches noticed a difference right away. I'd recommend this camp and we'll be back next year!
— Reis E. Parent
Exceeded our expectations!
July 12, 2015: The Nike Water Polo camp exceeded our expectations. My son mentioned that he worked hard during the four day camp but had fun each day. As a parent I listened to the Day One introductory speech by Genai and the closing discussion on Day Four. What stood out in both of these discussions were advice on Nutrition, advice on techniques to stay focused and to continue to improve individual athletic skills, goal setting for Academic and athletic achievement, Motivational life examples and techniques to use in everyday life, the struggles and triumph of sticking with a sport that can lead to success through perseverance and hard work. Additionally, keeping things "real" by having fun each day during camp. Good job Nike Water Polo camp and Genai for being a good Mentor to these young athletes.
— Tatum S. Parent
Safety was a high priority!
July 10, 2015: This was our first camp...I liked that safety for the children was a high priority. I liked that Day One assigned each child to a partner and instructions were given about the rules associated with going to dining hall etc...Always in "2's" I think the administrative and operational process was simple.
— Janelle M. Parent
July 9, 2015: Well worth it. My daughter loved the staff and especially learned a lot from the Olympian Genai Kerr. He was very inspirational!!
— Alyssa W. Parent
July 11, 2014: Great instruction and staff!! They diagram on the white board different waterpolo plays which is helpful in a game setting.
— Ellie H. Camper
July 8, 2014: My son (14) loved the instruction from the Olympic coach!
— Cater W. Parent
Will definitely return next year!
July 8, 2014: My 12 yr old son enjoyed so much the overnight camp. Made new friends and learned a lot of water polo skills. UC Santa Cruz has a very beautiful campus and his first dorm experience was positive. Will definitely return next year to improve his skills.
— Jenna C. Parent