Southern Pacific Zone
   of USA Water Polo 


  • 22 Jan 2018 4:55 PM | Anonymous

    Southern Pacific (SOPAC) Zone of USA Water Polo, Inc. (USAWP)

    National Championship Qualification Event and Host Bidding Guidelines

    The National Governing Body (NGB), United States Water Polo, Inc. (USAWP) requires that the SOPAC Zone (“the Zone”) host annual Qualification Tournament Events (Qualification Events) for the USAWP National Championship Events (National Championships) including but not limited to

    • Regional Junior Olympics;

    • Autumn Champions Cup; and

    • SPA Championships

    The process for bidding, hosting, seeding and scheduling has evolved over the years. The current Zone model provides that qualified independent bidders (Host Bidders) in cooperation with the Zone, host the Qualification Events under these Zone guidelines. The Zone solicits bids for Qualifications Events throughout the competition year. The Host Bidders who win the bidding competition and are awarded to host the competitions are called the Hosts.

    The attached SoPac Bidding Specs have been developed to document the procedures and policies for Qualification Events. 


  • 17 Jan 2018 9:39 AM | Anonymous

    SoPac Super League

    Event Details

    The league will be a SoPac sponsored league run by the newly formed LA Athletic Club Waterpolo program serving as league manager. League play format expected to be 10  games over 5 Sunday play dates.

    Capistrano Valley High School

    February through May (1/21, 2/18, 3/18, 4/15, 5/13)
    For Schedule CLICK HERE

    ~ $1100 per team via PayPal OR $1050 via Venmo (@northernelitewpc) if signed up before January 1st, 2018. $1300 per team if signed up after January 1st, 2018.

    - $135/individual sign up via PayPal OR $125 via Venmo (@northernelitewpc).

    # Teams

    Must be silver USAWP member

    Basic USAWP rules; all games played to a win.

    Deadline to sign up is January 13th.

    All entries will be online with entry confirmed once payment is made. 

    Each team will be limited to a roster of 25 players that is locked down after the first play date. The club can list up to 15 players from this roster for any individual game.  Once a player plays for a team in a league game, they cannot play for any other teams during the season.

    A league championship game will be played at the end of the season for the teams with top two records.  In the event of a tie in standings, head to head will be used to break the tie.



  • 21 Nov 2017 4:17 PM | Anonymous

    Vanguard Boys & SOCAL Girls Win Gold At 2017 Champions Cup

    The 2017 Champions Cup wrapped earlier today at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center at Indiana University. Champions were crowned and it was Vanguard Water Polo taking gold in the boy's division and SOCAL Water Polo Foundation earning gold in the girl's division. In boy's division medal matches Vanguard edged Stanford 5-4 in the final with SOCAL downing CC United 9-2 to take bronze. On the girl's side SOCAL was one goal better than San Diego Shores at 7-6 to win the title with Rose Bowl defeating Santa Barbara 805 4-3 for bronze. For complete tournament results, click here. To watch replays of all medal round matches and all Course 1 matches from Saturday and Sunday, click here.   

    Prior to the first and third place games beginning, the Jody Campbell and Maureen O'Toole Sportsmanship Awards were presented to athletes from each team competing at the Champions Cup. Campbell and O'Toole have a storied history within USA Water Polo as Campbell helped the USA Men's Olympic Water Polo Team to consecutive silver medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games while O'Toole was a key member of the USA Women's Olympic Water Polo Team that won silver at the 2000 Olympic Games, the first to ever offer women's water polo. Congratulations to all the athletes selected.

    2017 Champions Cup Final Standings
    1. Vanguard
    2. Stanford
    3. SOCAL
    4. CC United
    5. Greenwich
    6. 680
    7. San Diego Shores
    8. Rose Bowl
    9. LAWP
    10. Chelsea Piers
    11. Chicago Parks District
    12. NIPC

    1. SOCAL
    2. San Diego Shores
    3. Rose Bowl
    4. Santa Barbara 805
    5. 680
    6. Lamorinda
    7. Commerce
    8. Stanford
    9. Greenwich
    10. Diablo
    11. Chicago Parks District
    12. So-Cal Stars

    Jody Campbell Sportsmanship Award Recipients
    680 Red (A) - Tim Kerr
    CC United Black (A) - Nathaniel Rego
    Chelsea Piers Water Polo - Peter Durkovic
    Chicago Park District - Kenan Kalabic
    Greenwich Aquatics - Luke Apostolides
    Los Angeles Water Polo - Gavin Hanover
    NIPC - Jack Bradbury
    Rose Bowl - Caden Kuritani
    San Diego Shores - Mark Stone
    SOCAL Black (A) - Avery Stovner
    Stanford - Will Swart
    Vanguard Aquatics - James Rozolis-Hill

    Maureen O'Toole Sportsmanship Award Recipients
    680 Water Polo - Sam Marovich
    Chicago Park District - Mikaela Hulliberger
    Commerce Aquatics - Jade Cuevas
    Diablo Alliance - Marilynn Hassett
    Greenwich Aquatics - Olivia Peters
    Lamorinda Water Polo - Anna Painter
    Rose Bowl - Sophia DeMattia
    San Diego Shores - Alexandra Scafidi
    Santa Barbara 805 - Madison Sparre
    SOCAL Black (A) - Annabella "AB" Storar
    So-Cal Stars - Lauren Schneider
    Stanford - Jackie King

  • 12 Oct 2017 10:39 AM | Anonymous

    Legendary Hornet Aquatics coach Ernie Polte, and father of SCSB Lifeguard alumni Larry Polte, passed last Thursday night at his home in San Clemente. Coach Polte was 90 years old and had been fighting advanced stage liver cancer for several months. 

    A FLC gradute, Polte coched and taught at Fullerton from 1962 to 1990 winning 12 conference titles, 6 SoCal titles, and 3 state championships. Ernie was one of the first watermen to swim, play water polo, scuba dive, compete in lifeguard (LA County) competitions, and open water swims right up to his 90th. 

    Fullerton College has posted a tribute to Ernie HERE

  • 04 Oct 2017 9:36 AM | Anonymous

    2017 Evan Cousineau Cup 

    Hosted by Irvine Kahuna

    Entry Form Click Here

    October 14-15, 2017

    Girls - 18U / 16U / 14U / 12U
    Boys - 14U / 12U
    Coed - 10
    Age determination August 1, 2017

    ENTRY FEE: $695

    PERIOD LENGTH: 7 minute quarters for 18U/16U, 6 min for 14U/12U 5 min for 10U
    AWARDS: individual medals (15) for top three teams in each flight of each division

    TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR: Bradley Schumacher,, (949) 874-2265

    COMPETITION DIRECTOR: Nick Baba, (949) 689-0500

    Hosted at Woollett AC and surrounding area

  • 02 Oct 2017 11:49 AM | Anonymous


    Entry Form Click Here

    Location:Las Vegas/Henderson (book hotel in Henderson area if you want to be close to the pool. 310 S. Racetrack Road, Henderson 89015

    Date: January 20-21, 2018

    Times: Saturday 8-5pm
    Sunday 8-3pm

    Event: Drills - Positioning Stations
    Mini Tournament Females Only

    VIPs: Will have special guest as our VIP coaching staff

    Cost: $125/person
    Sign up a new person to water polo and get a $20 refund at the event. Bring another person, get a $10 refund at the event. 

    Includes:  Lunch on Saturday and Sunday

    Send your entry to: (Due January 3rd, 2018) 

    Sandy Nitta
    59 Desert Sunflower Circle
    Henderson, NV 89002

    Pay by check, payable: Team Vegas Water Polo
    PayPal: Team Vegas -

  • 11 Sep 2017 4:06 PM | Anonymous

    ODP Holiday Camp 2017

    Girls Holiday Camp - November 30th - December 3rd, 2017

    Boys Holiday Camp - December 7th - December 10th, 2017


    This camp is grade based - all campers must be in the 8th grade or under and must be at least 12 years of age.

    Athlete - $525
    Includes campers’ housing, food, ground transportation and all camp materials.
    Airfare is 
    NOT included.

    Non scholarship Coach/Referee - $250
    Includes coach/referee housing, food, ground transportation and all camp materials. Airfare in NOT included.

    Coach and Referee Scholarships
    Four (4) coach scholarships per zone (2 coaches per zone at each camp)
    Scholarship covers housing, food and ground transportation; airfare is NOT included.

    Two (2) referee scholarships per zone (1 referee per zone at each camp)
    Scholarship covers housing, food, and ground transportation; airfare is NOT included.

    Clubs are limited to 5 nominations and they must be ranked. If your club is controlling the nomination process, please inform your athletes and parents.


    Camp Nominations will be accepted: 9/11/17 through 10/15/17

    Camp size is limited to 120 athletes allocated by ODP Zone


    All nominations will be done through online nomination form

    Click here to access 2017 Holiday Camp Nomination Form


    The USA Water Polo Holiday Camp was started in 1985 and remains one of the USAWP’s greatest annual events. Each year athletes and coaches from across the country have convened at the USA Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado to learn from the top coaches in the country. In 2009, the Holiday Camp was moved under the auspices of the Olympic Development Program (ODP) with the intent of continuing the tradition of conducting the Holiday Camp with an emphasis on the long-term development of athletes and coaches. In 2009, referees were added to the Holiday Camp. 

    In 2010 the Holiday Camp was divided into a Boy’s and Girl’s Camp in order to increase the number of athletes, coaches and referees participating in this special environment conducted by the best in our sport at an Olympic Training Center.

  • 24 Aug 2017 1:48 PM | Anonymous

    Bob Nealy Memorial Cup

    Click here to Sign Up

    This is the 2nd Annual water polo event honoring Bob Nealy, who passed away September 1, 2016 from a long and exhaustive battle with lymphoma. Bob would have been 71 on Halloween of 2016.

    In 1959, he began playing water polo at Newport Harbor High School, which eventually led him to a collegiate career at Orange Coast College and then UC Irvine. Blending his passion for the pool and the surf, Nealy started teaching at San Clemente High School in 1970 and later at Capo Valley. He taught American Cultures, US History, Contemporary World Problems, and Wilderness Living. He was also involved in the surf and ski clubs at SCHS and CVHS. Starting in 1998, he coached the Frosh-Soph and JV girls and boys water polo teams at SCHS. In 2003, he moved to Tesoro High school and after 34 years as an educator, he retired in 2005.

    After retiring from CUSD, Nealy kept surfing and got back into playing masters water polo. Nealy would periodically drop by the high schools’ practices and get in the pool with the aspiring young athletes. His company SURFMORE has been a leader in the development of surf leases and has become a worldwide giant in the surf accessory industry.

    In 2011, Nealy received the Bryan Weaver Male Master of the Year Award from United States Water Polo (USAWP) for his involvement with masters water polo. He was also inducted into the UC Irvine Hall of Fame for swimming and water polo. “He cites water polo in giving him a psychological advantage in battling his illness, still being able to do what he loves—play water polo,” noted USWP when honoring Nealy. His grace and class will be greatly missed throughout the San Clemente community, where he spent most of his life.

    We are honored to host this event with the blessing of Bob's wife Sara and son Trevor. We hope you can join us! 

  • 22 Aug 2017 10:01 AM | Anonymous

    The 2017 Fall Promo will offer new and lapsed members who join at the Bronze or Silver level during the months of September and October, an option to extend their membership trough 2018. There is a prorated charge to take advantage of this. Members will also still have the option to purchase the standard 2017 membership if they do not want to extend through 2018. Below is the promotional pricing. PLEASE NOTE: Our regular renewal period for all members will continue to begin on November 1st. 

    2017 Standard (expires 12/31/17)

    Bronze = $35

    Silver = $75 

    Fall Promo (expires 12/31/18)

    Bronze = $50

    Silver = $100

    Promotion starts Sept 1, 2017!

  • 17 Aug 2017 11:55 AM | Anonymous

    Interested in the Fall SPA League? The league is almost full so register NOW! 

    Register HERE!

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