Malibu Water Polo Camp

2015 Malibu Water Polo Camp
This summer at Pepperdine University boys and girls ages 12-19 will learn the best of both American and European water polo from Olympians and current Pepperdine coaches TERRY SCHROEDER and MERRILL MOSES.
One of a Kind
Malibu Water Polo Camp is a “one of a kind” water polo experience coached by two of the best in the water polo world - Olympians and Current Pepperdine Coaches Terry Schroeder and Merrill Moses. We guarantee that you will learn skills that will improve your water polo game! The camp is open to ALL boys and girls ages 12 - 19. Multiple sessions with overnight or day camper options are available for the summer of 2015.

Don’t wait to register... All sessions are expected to sell out!


June 14 - 18th

A 5-day camp with 13 in-water training workouts covering all aspects water polo.

June 24 - 28th

A 5-day camp with 13 in-water training workouts covering all aspects water polo.

July 7 - 11th

A 5-day camp with 13 in-water training workouts covering all aspects of water polo.

July 12 - 16th

A 5-day camp with 13 in-water training workouts covering all aspects of water polo.

Our Camp
  • Camp Structure
  • Camp Goals
  • Daily Schedule
  • Special Events
In our camps, the athletes will be divided into two groups; Field Players and Goalkeepers.

Field players will be coached by six-time Olympian Terry Schroeder. This program is very extensive and covers all aspects of the game. Since a good field player should be a “jack of all trades and a master of one” – the camp will include aspects of setting at 2 meters, posting up, attacker (driver) offense and defense, center defender work, counter attack positioning, 6 on 5 offense and defense, shooting and much more.

Goalkeepers will be coached by two-time Olympian Merrill Moses in an extensive program that will cover everything a goalie needs to know to improve his/her game. The skills learned will include conditioning drills, body positioning, shot blocking of all types, passing and becoming the leader on defense for your team.

All campers will also have a chance to hear Coach Schroeder and Coach Moses talk about their Olympic journey and the life lessons that they have learned along the way.

It is a primary goal of the camp to allow the campers to have fun and make friends while they improve their water polo skills. Through their dedication and efforts the camp coaches and staff will see that the following goals are attained:

• To encourage the campers to become the best that they can be, both in and out of the pool.

• To develop and improve individual and team skills of water polo.

• To help each individual to develop a winning attitude!

7:30 AM – Wake-up / Breakfast

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM – Group 1 Pool Time (Water Polo, Tactics and Fundamentals)

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM – Group 2 Pool Time (Water Polo, Tactics and Fundamentals)

12:00 PM – Lunch

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM – Group 1 Pool Time (Water Polo, Tactics and Fundamentals)

3:00 PM to 4:30  PM – Group 2 Pool Time ( Water Polo, Tactics and Fundamentals)

5:00 PM – Dinner

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM – Group 1 Pool Time (Scrimmage)

7:30 PM to 9:00 PM – Group 2 Pool Time (Scrimmage)

9:00 PM – Olympic and College Recruiting talk with Coach Schroeder or Coach Moses.

10:00 PM – Lights Out

Olympic talks, game film analysis, photograph and autograph sessions with Coach Schroeder, Coach Moses and other staff, movies and much more!

Personal “in-water” interaction and instruction from the best in water polo
This is a unique camp experience - blending the best of European and American water polo. Both coaches have played and coached at the highest level in the world!

One of the most iconic figures in the history of American water polo, Dr. Terry Schroeder returned to Pepperdine in 2013 for his second stint as the head coach of the Waves' program. He is in his 22nd season in 2014.

In his first 20-year term (1986-2005) as Pepperdine's head coach, Schroeder was one of the top collegiate water polo coaches in the nation. After coaching an unheralded USA squad to the silver medal at the 2008 Olympics and again leading the Americans at the 2012 Games, he earned the right to be known as one of the best coaches in the world.

He was also one of the best players the sport has ever seen, as he served as the U.S. team captain for a decade and helped the Americans to a pair of silver medals.

The Waves have enjoyed tremendous success under Schroeder. Pepperdine earned eight NCAA Championships berths and claimed the program's first-ever national championship in 1997.

The 1997 squad went 25-3 (.893) and posted the best winning percentage in school history. The campaign ended with an 8-7 overtime win over local rival USC in the NCAA title game, held at the International Swimming Hall of Fame Aquatics Complex in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Not only was Schroeder the 1997 National Coach of the Year, he also earned Mountain Pacific Coach of the Year honors in 1997 and 1998 and was the Big West Conference Coach of the Year in 1989.

He also led the Waves to a third-place NCAA finish in 1991, fourth place in 1989 and fifth place in 1987, 1990 and 1992.

Schroeder posted a record of 340-220 (.607) in his first 20 seasons as head coach, and is now 349-233 (.600) after 21 years.

Schroeder stepped down from his position as Pepperdine's head coach to join the U.S. National Team after the 2005 season. While he still contributed to the Waves' program over the years, he agreed to return as a volunteer assistant in 2012 before taking over as head coach again in 2013.

During his hiatus, the U.S. men's water polo squad became one of the top stories of the 2008 Beijing Olympics as he led a group that included Pepperdine alums Merrill Moses and Jesse Smith to the silver medal. His U.S. squad entered the Olympics ranked ninth in the world but the team won its group and defeated Serbia in the semifinals before falling to Hungary in the gold-medal game. He also coached the Americans at the 2012 London Olympics to an eighth-place finish.

Regarded as one of the world's all-time outstanding players, Schroeder was the U.S. National Team's captain from 1983-92 and was part of the team for 16 years. He was a four-time Olympian for the U.S. (including the boycotted 1980 Games), which won silver medals in 1984 and 1988 and placed fourth in 1992. He helped the U.S. win its first-ever major international competition in 1991, as the Americans captured the FINA Cup in Barcelona by beating longtime nemesis Yugoslavia in the title game.

Noted as a leading spokesman for the sport of water polo, Schroeder has been featured in numerous national publications, including Sports Illustrated and the New York Times. He modeled for a statue that was unveiled prior to the 1984 Olympic Games, which sits outside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. He also carried the U.S. flag at the closing ceremonies of the 1998 Seoul Olympics.

Schroeder was inducted into the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 2013, the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2005, the U.S. Water Polo Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame in 1985.

As a Pepperdine student-athlete, he earned All-American honors in 1977, 1978 and 1980 and is the school's leader in goals scored in a career (392) and a season (138 in 1978). The Waves finished fourth at the NCAA Championships three times with Schroeder. He graduated with honors from Pepperdine in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in sports medicine.

He completed his doctorate studies at the Palmer-West Chiropractic School in Sunnyvale, Calif., and operates a chiropractic office in Westlake Village, Calif.

He and his wife, Lori, have two daughters, Leanna and Sheridan.

Merrill Moses, a Silver medalist and a two-time Olympian, returned to his alma mater and joined the Pepperdine Waves as the interim co-head coach for the 2012 season. In 2013 he became the assistant coach for head coach Terry Schroeder in order to help the Waves regain their place competing for National Championships.

A native of Rancho Palos Verdes, California, Moses attended Peninsula High School and then played four seasons for the Pepperdine Waves between 1995-1998. He was named one of three Tri-MVPs of the 1997 NCAA Championships after Pepperdine defeated USC 8-7 in overtime for Pepperdine’s first-ever NCAA title in the sport.

Merrill is considered one of the most accomplished and exciting goalkeepers in the game. Known for his vocal leadership and defensive strategy in the pool, Moses has been playing for the USA National Team since 1997 traveling all over the world representing the country in international competition. He was named the starting goalkeeper for the United States at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. In 2008 Merrill was named to the All-World Team for the Olympic games after he and his team won the Silver medal.

Merrill also helped the USA to gold medals at the 2007 and 2011 Pan American Games and was part of eight top-five finishes in the FINA World League Super Finals, including a second-place result in 2008 and a third-place standing in 2003. Moses played professionally in Europe for many years. In 2008-2009 he played for Sibenik, Croatia and earned third place in the Croatian league. He was awarded the Yellow Cap award for being the most consistent player in the league. Moses also led this team in the Euro League championships for the first time in club history and made it to the final 8 in the Euro league.

In 2009-2010 he played for Nervi, Italy having come to the team halfway through the season with the squad in danger of dropping to Division II. In the second half of the season he led his team to 17 points and brought the team to the playoffs. In 2010-2011 he played for Nervi again and helped his team stay in the first Division for a second straight year.

Moses was inducted into the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.

Merrill and his wife Laura have a daughter, Adrianna Nicole, and are expecting another baby girl in 2015. He looks forward to a long coaching career and is committed to teaching young people the fundamental skills he learned during his more than 16 years playing at the highest level of international water polo competition.

Camp Staff Makes the Difference
At Malibu Water Polo Camp our counselors are past and present Pepperdine water polo players. We take great pride in running the most well-behaved and well-supervised camp at Pepperdine.

Camp Info
  • Tuition
  • Room & Board
  • Transportation
  • Ages
  • Medical
  • Cancellation
• Overnight Camper – $685.00

• Day Camper – $525.00

• Early Bird Discount for registrations completed by February 15, 2015 :

• Overnight Camper –  $645.00

• Day Camper – $510.00

• Family Discount – $25.00 per sibling (2 siblings)

• Large Family Discount – $50.00 per sibling (3 or more siblings)

• Team Discount – $25.00 per camper (8 -14 campers per team)

• Large Team Discount – $50 per camper ( 15 or more campers)

• Requests for family or team discounts must be emailed to after completion of the online registration.

• Pepperdine Faculty/Staff Discount – 50% tuition discount

• Maximum discount (other than Pepperdine Faculty) – $50.00 per camper

• American Express, Master Card & Visa are all accepted with completed application and authorized signature.

• Housing accommodations will be on campus at the University dormitories and there will be 2-3 campers per room.

• Food and beverages are provided by the University food service and will be served buffet-style three times a day in the Pepperdine Dining Hall.

• BE SURE TO BRING suit, towel, goggles, sweatshirt, shorts, T-Shirts, spending money ($40-$50), daily snacks (Non-perishable), personal electronics, bedding (sleeping bag or blankets and a pillow), camera. (*We are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please be sure to label all your personal items.)

• Additional lodging in-between camp sessions is available at Pepperdine at a cost of $95.00 per night (includes room and board).

• Arrangements can be made between Los Angeles International Airport and Pepperdine University.

• Transportation will be provided by PRIME TIME shuttles.

• In addition to tuition, there will be a $50 one way trip fee or a $80 round trip fee.

• In order for us to organize and provide transportation, all flight information (airline, flight #, arrival times and departure times) must be received 10 days prior to the first day of camp. Please also provide your child’s cell phone number.

• A camp staff member (wearing a camp T-shirt) will meet each camper at the CURB IN FRONT OF YOUR BAGGAGE CLAIM AREA of his/her airline.

• In the unlikely event that the camp staff member is late, please have your child remain at the CURB IN FRONT OF YOUR BAGGAGE CLAIM AREA until we arrive.

• Also, in case of flight changes or any unexpected events, it is a good idea to have your child carry our direct camp phone (310) 506-4272 and Coach Merrill’s cell phone number (310) 704-3255.

• Your flight itinerary can be faxed to (818) 889-7368 — Click to view and print the Flight Itinerary form.

• Campers are generally between the ages of 12 and 19.
• Pepperdine Certified athletic trainers will be on duty throughout the camp.
• Your tuition, less a $125 non-refundable administrative fee, will be refunded without question if you cancel more than 30 days prior to your camp session date, refunds will not be granted to campers who voluntarily leave camp or are sent home for disciplinary reasons.

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Check-in / Check-out Information


Session check-in and pick up will be at the Pepperdine University Raleigh Memorial Pool. Lunch will not be provided on check-in day. No campers will be assigned to a room before initial check-in time. All sessions are co-ed (Boys and Girls are housed in separate dorms).


There will be a Championship Tournament prior to check-out starting at 12 PM on the last day of each session.  We encourage all parents to attend and cheer on their athletes. Coach Schroeder and Coach Moses will hold Closing Ceremonies in the bleachers after the Championship Tournament. Campers will be dismissed after the Closing Ceremonies.

All campers will receive a camp T-shirt, and a group photo as part of their participation in camp.

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