Cate Sports Academy

Cate School

Carpinteria, CA 93013


Located Just 15 miles east of Santa Barbara, and 2 hrs north west of Los Angeles, Cate Sports academy is the ideal spot for an adidas Tennis Camp.

Campers will play on the beautiful 8 court tennis complex at Cate School.

Other Facilities:

Community Center – Cate’s Community Center is a hangout area on campus that offers ping pong tables, foosball, couches for relaxing and a TV room. The Community Center is open during camper’s free time and is always supervised by one of Cate Sports Academy’s counselors.

Blue Ewe (Campus School Store) – The Blue Ewe is open from 12pm – 1pm Monday through Friday, and 4pm – 8pm Tuesday and Thursday. Each camper has an account that is billed to a credit card on file. The store carries emergency toiletries, limited items for class use, snacks, and a broad selection of Cate School clothing.

Recreation Pool – Cate’s recreational pool is open to campers during free time under supervision of our staff.

Indoor Basketball Courts – Basketball courts are available for camper use during free time. Courts are also utilized for group evening activities such as dodgeball, human bowling and other team building activities.

About Our Coaches

Erik Hansen

Erik Hansen is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Cate School where he oversees the strength and conditioning programs for all 13 CIF sports. In 2014 Hansen had the privilege of renovating the Harcourt Fitness Center to accommodate team practices. The first team to participate in the program was the girls’ volleyball, the second was football. Girl’s volleyball won a CIF title that year and, for the first time in Cate’s history, the football team did not lose any practice time in the pre-season due to injury and went on to be ranked first in the state.

Prior to being the head strength and conditioning coach at Cate School, Hansen was the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Buenaventura Swim Club, assisting many swimmers to the division one level, the strength and conditioning coach for the Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team at Santa Barbara High School and a volunteer assistant for UCSB’s strength and conditioning program from 2006-2008 where he worked with men and women’s soccer, men and women’s volleyball, softball, men’s baseball, men’s and women’s swimming and track and field.

He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has his Master’s in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University.

Shannon Desgrosiellier - Athletic Trainer

Originally from Central New York, Shannon began pursuing her career at Elmira College where, as an undergrad, she was a student athletic trainer with various athletic teams and an intern at St. Mark's School in Massachusetts. While at Elmira she created her own major geared towards graduate school requirements and graduated with her BA in Pre-Physical Therapy in 2008.

Following graduation, Shannon went on to pursue her Masters in Athletic Training at Seton Hall University where she completed semester long clinical rotations at The Lawrenceville School, at Lenape Valley Regional High School, and with The Somerset Patriots Minor League baseball team.

She also presented a two-year-long group research project at the National Athletic Trainers Association annual meeting in 2010. After graduation in 2010, Shannon moved to Massachusetts to take a position as the Athletic Trainer at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School and as a personal trainer at The Body Workshop in Dedham, MA. Shannon is Cate School's athletic trainer during the academic year, and she is excited to join CSS as well. When she's not in the athletic training room, you can find her hitting the field hockey ball, working out, or at the beach!

Katya Welborn

Katya grew up in Ojai, California and currently resides there. Growing up she was a pretty active child playing any sport she could get her hands on. In high school she was a avid basketball and tennis player. She was the number tennis player for her varsity tennis team all four years of her high school career. She helped her team go to CIF two out of four of those years.

After graduating in 2008, Katya pursued her college education majoring in Communication of Arts at her local community college. While attending she played position number two singles and number one doubles for their tennis team. In 2010, Katya was recruited by Sonoma State University to play for their  tennis team. She transferred and played for their DII tennis team during the two years she attended SSU. While attending SSU she majored in Graphic Design.   During her college summers Katya worked as the assistant tennis summer coach for her local Athletic Club in Ojai, Ca, and has been part of the summer tennis program since 2010.

After her college career Katya had the opportunity to the take the position at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club as the Tennis Pro and had been teaching since. Katya is a part of the Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament committee, one of the oldest tennis tournaments going. She still manages on her free time to get out on the court and play some tennis for fun.

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Camp Details

Additional Ad-Ons:

EXOS Strength & Conditioning Morning Session:  $275 per week

LAX Airport Round Trip Transportation:  $250

SBA Airport Round Trip Transportation:  $100

SB Airbus Round Trip Pick Up in Carpinteria:  $25

Weekly Linen Rental:  $30

About EXOS:

Cate Sports Academy offers an exciting opportunity for athletes looking to enhance their camp experience.  Campers will be woken up a little earlier than their peers and with have a 90 minute strength and conditioning session Tuesday - Friday with our EXOS Certified Trainers. This program has been implemented at Cate School for their athletes this past year and not only have they seen increased performance, it has also drastically reduced the number of injuries during season across all sports.

Evening Activities:

Evening activities are planned and supervised by Cate Sports Academy counselors and may include dodgeball, kickball, human bowling, capture the flag, ultimate frisbee, outdoor movie night, trips into Carpinteria, wiffle ball, ice breakers, ping pong tournaments and more!

Traveling to Cate

If you are driving to Cate, the School is easily accessible off Highway 101. If you are flying first to Southern California, the Santa Barbara airport (SBA) is a 30 minute drive from the Cate campus and the Los Angeles airport (LAX) is a 2 hour drive from Cate.

If you are accompanying your child to camp, please plan to arrive to Cate between 9 and 10 am for boarding campers and 10 and 10:30am for day campers on the first day of the session and between 4 and 5:30pm on the last day of the session.

If your child will be flying as an unaccompanied minor, please notify Jessica Seriano. We will pick up campers from the Santa Barbara airport for a fee of $100 and from LAX in Los Angeles for a fee of $250.

Driver Pick Up times:

LAX – Flights arriving Monday between 8am and 10am
SBA – Flights arriving Monday between 8am and 12pm

Driver Drop Off times:

LAX – Flights departing Friday between 2pm – 4pm
SBA – Flights departing Friday between 12pm – 2pm

For those taking the Santa Barbara Airbus from LAX to Carpinteria, we will pick up campers in Carpinteria for a fee of $25. Once you have arranged your travel information, please let Jessica Seriano know.

If you plan to spend any time locally, please check on the School's main admission visit page for local hotel information.

Anyone needing assistance with booking travel, we recommend contacting SB Travel for assistance. Cate School has worked closely with Santa Barbara Travel Bureau for many years, and they will be able to help arrange travel for students attending Cate Summer Institute. A ticketing fee of $40 per ticket covers researching the best times and fares and monitoring any subsequent flight schedule changes. Please contact Andrew Seligman at (800)


How is rooming determined?

Majority of the dorm rooms at Cate School are singles. Athletes are placed in gender and age appropriate dorms. We do our very best to accommodate every roommate request. If you have such a request, please let us know in writing.

How do you handle homesickness?

We understand that homesickness is normal for kids, especially for young children and those new to sleepover programs. We educate and train our staff on how to manage homesickness. Homesickness is most common in the first few days of the week. During this time, our directors and head counselors monitor all athletes closely. We believe in open and honest communication with parents if your child is homesick. We will call you, discuss the situation, and create an action plan.

How does my child communicate with us while at Cate?

Although cell phones are allowed during certain times, we encourage parents to send an email to their child through the CSA email box. The office will deliver all emails to dorms. There will be time during the day or evening for your child to respond via email or he or she may choose to send a letter or postcard. You are also welcome to send a care package and letters.

We will take many photos of all sports and activities through the week and post regularly on the Cate’s Facebook and Instagram page.

To send mail: 

Athlete’s Name

Cate Sports Academy

Cate School

1960 Cate Mesa Road

Carpinteria, CA 93013

How is laundry handled?

Campers are responsible for their own laundry. There are washers and dryers available in all dorms, operated with a laundry card that can be purchased at Cate. Counselors are available to help if necessary. We provide laundry detergent.

What is the technology policy?

We understand the role cellphones have in our society today and the ability to get in touch is comforting. Cell phones will be allowed during Cate Sports Academy in the dorms only. All campers will give their cell phones to the Counselor on duty at 10pm, and cell phones will be returned at 7:30am the following day.

Other than cell phones, we do not permit electronics while on campus. This includes video games, laptops, iPads, Kindle, etc… Cameras and devices that play music only, such as a radio or iPod/MP3 are acceptable.

Cate Sports Academy provides campers a unique opportunity to make friends with other adolescents from all over the world. By eliminating electronic consumption on campus, participants are able to focus on the program and create relationships and memories that will last a lifetime!

Will my child need money while at CSA?

We recommend approximately $25 per week. This can be used for snacks, drinks, or souvenirs from our Cate student store, the Blue Ewe. If you would like to open a credit to use during the week, we will take credit card information on the first day and bill your card at the end of the week.

How does the school store (Blue Ewe) work?

The Blue Ewe is open on Opening and Closing Days of each camp session, from 12pm – 1pm Monday through Friday, and 4pm – 8pm Tuesday and Thursday. Each camper has an account that is billed to a credit card on file. The store carries emergency toiletries, limited items for class use, snacks, and a broad selection of Cate School clothing. The Blue Ewe gives campers the opportunity to budget and plan for their purchases. We encourage each family to talk realistically with their camper(s) about their expectations for camp store usage.


What is the food like?

Aramark manages our camp dining room and most of our dining staff have been working at Cate for over 20 years! The food is organically and locally sourced when possible, and we do our best to provide healthy choices that also appeal to the tastes of our campers. Lunch and dinner comes with a choice of two hot dishes with sides, and we also have a well-stocked salad and sandwich bar with numerous toppings and condiments. Breakfast always features cold and hot cereal, egg dishes, fruit yogurt, and something from the griddle. We have fresh whole and sliced fruit at every meal, and our beverage bar is soda-free. If your child has a food allergy, please let us know so that we may alert the dining staff.

Daily Schedule - CLICK HERE

Check-In Overnight Campers:

Monday 9am-9:30am

Check-In Half Day & Full Day Campers:

Monday 9:30am-10:00am


Half Day Campers: 12:30pm (except last day)

Day Campers: 5pm daily (except last day)

Friday Check-Out (ALL CAMPERS): 11:30am-12:00pm

Reviews (3)

reviews-10 Carroll B. Smith

My kids came back with a new love for tennis and both of my boys showed a great improved their swing and serve. My boys are always telling me how much they want to go back and see the new friends they made.

reviews-10 Sofia Poulin. -Parent

My son had a great time at camp and is always practicing his swing now. It was also a great chance for me and the hubby to get a away and have peace of mind that he is having fun while being safe.

reviews-10 Jane Jones. -Camper

I loved all the games we played, it was super fun and the coaches were really energetic and always up for teaching us new skills.

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