Southern Pacific Zone
   of USA Water Polo 

NEWS

  • 23 Jan 2017 11:25 AM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    Zone Update

    The Sopac Zone Board held its first meeting on January  12, 2017 and elected officers for 2017/2018.  The new Zone Board and officers are:Mark Cousineau,       Chair

    • Mark Cousineau,        Chair
    • Haz Ortega                Vice Chair
    • Brad Schumacher       Secretary
    • Bahram Hojreh          Treasurer
    • Nick Baba                  At Large
    • Steve Carrera            At Large
    • Steve Redding           Zone Referee

    At the meeting, the Board reviewed the ongoing programs and initiatives for the year.  We are excited to announce that we will be offering some programs for our members including:

    • The Sopac Superleague, a competitive based masters/open league that will run from February through May.  Individuals not on a team can sign up as individuals and will be placed on a team. A flyer for the league is attached.
    • A series of splashball learn to play polo days throughout the zone;
    • A series of educational clinics for our members including coaches, referees, athletes and parents;
    • Changes to the zone calendar and website to provide more handheld options for access to schedules and events.

    The Zone is soliciting bids from our clubs to host our Zone events including JO Quals (Youngers and Olders) and Champions Cup Quals.  We will be announcing our hosts and locations by mid March.

    Keep an eye on our website for information on Zone activities and developments.

    Zone Update 1-12-17.pdf

  • 13 Jan 2017 9:44 AM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    The new Zone Board has been selected and here are the new officers: 

    Chair: Mark Cousineau

    Vice Chair: Haz Ortega

    Secretary: Brad Schumacher

    Treasurer: Bahram Hojreh

    At Large 1: Nick Baba

    At Large 2: Steve Carrera

  • 09 Jan 2017 10:00 AM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    Laguna Beach Water Polo will be hosting the 3rd Annual 2017 SPA Winter League on the following dates: 

    Play dates for 18/16U boys are: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/25 & 3/4 
    Play dates for 14/12/10U are: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/26

    Click here for more information: SPA Winter League 2017.xlsx


    Rules of the SPA League

    1. 6 minute quarters on the :50 (5 minute Quarters on the :45 for 10U teams). 18's & 16's - 7 minute Quarters on the hour. 
    2. First team listed wears white caps and starts left of the score table. 
    3. Timer & Scorekeeper provided by host pool.
    4. One full timeout and one 30 second time out. 
    5. No Overtime! If 4th quarter ends in a tie score, the game finishes with a tie score. 
    6. USA Water Polo Rules (not including the 15 man roster rule & goalies may play in the field in support of development of players).
    7. Play dates for 18/16U boys are: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/25 & 3/4 
      Play dates for 14/12/10U are: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/26
    8. 18/16U boys cost $85/game or all 10 for $80
      14/12/10U cost is $70/game or all 8 games for $520
    9. Pool addresses are on the "Chicklets" TAB
    10. Help keep games on time and have parents cheer instead of coach from the side. 
  • 13 Dec 2016 12:23 PM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)
    Congratulations to the following people who were elected to the SOPAC Zone Board: 


    Nick Baba

    Steve Carrera

    Brad Schumacher


    They will be filling 3 open positions on the SOPAC Zone Board including Vice Chair and Members at Large. 

  • 12 Dec 2016 2:10 PM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    Tonights Annual Zone Meeting has been postponed. The meeting will be rescheduled for sometime in January (date pending) and will include the newly appointed Zone Board Members. Sorry for the inconvenience and we hope to see you in January! 

  • 22 Nov 2016 12:00 PM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    The Water Polo community morns the loss of Chuck Morris, University High School teacher, Water Polo and Swimming coach who passed away on December 10th unexpectedly and suddenly.  Morris had a teaching and coaching career that spanned over 30 years.  He was the first Water Polo and Swimming coach at University High School.  He started the program from scratch in 1971.  His first year, he conducted practices borrowing pool time from neighboring Tustin High School and location community pools until the campus pool was constructed in 1972.  The team went from forming to league champions in 2 years winning the Orange League in 1973 and 1974 and many years after.  Morris was the first coach in school history to win a CIF (3A) championship in 1974.   The 1974 team was the beginning of a long run for Coach Morris as a respected Water Polo powerhouse in Southern California.   The Morris program created Water Polo All-American's, National team members and Olympians, such as Peter Campbell who was a member of the 1988 silver medal Water Polo team.

    Morris retired from teaching and coaching in 2004 and led an active life in retirement.   His legacy is the hundreds of student-athletes that grew up in his program and credit Morris as a prominent person in their lives.  He is survived by his wife Kathy, his 3 kids and several grand kids.   

    A Life Celebration is planned for Morris on December 3, 2016 in San Clemente and will be well attended by those he coached in the 70's, 80's and 90s.   For More information contact Cameron Cosgrove (a member of the 1974 team) at Cosgrove.Cameron@gmail.com





  • 04 Nov 2016 12:00 PM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    The Southern Pacific Zone is currently preparing to hold its zone board election. There are currently three (3) board member positions to be filled and this is an opportunity for you to get involved with water polo at the local level. As outlined in the USAWP Zone Policies and Procedures, the new zone board will be elected by the zone membership.  Once online voting is complete, the new zone board will then meet and elect the needed zone officers. 

    At this time the Southern Pacific Zone Zone and USAWP is calling for nominations for the zone board. If you are a member and are interested in being a part of this important group, or would like to nominate a member, please send name along with a short bio (no more than 1000 characters) to: Claudia Dodson at  cdodson@usawaterpolo.org

    Deadline for nominations submission is Friday, November 11th.


    Important Dates and Deadlines:
    October 3, 2016 – Notice of Election and call for board nominations
    October 4, 2016 – Must be a member on or before October 4, 2016 to be eligible to vote
    November 11, 2016 – Nominations due in writing to USA Water Polo
    November 15, 2016 - Voting instructions and slate of candidates sent to eligible voting members in the zone.
    December 5, 2016 – Online voting opens
    December 11, 2016 – Online voting closes

    Eligibility to Vote
    In order to be eligible to vote in an election for a Zone Board:
    • an individual must: be 18 years old, or older, on the date of the election, 
    • be a current member of USA Water Polo sixty (60) days prior to the date of the election (on or before October 4, 2016) and on the date of the election:

    • be affiliated with a water polo club within the Zone in which the individual is voting or, if a member is not affiliated with any water polo club, have their principal place of residence within the Zone in which the election is being held. A member may vote in only one Zone in any election year.

  • 31 Oct 2016 1:43 PM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    The SOPAC Zone is calling for nominations for the following awards: 

    Men's Program Elite Coach

    Women's Program Elite Coach

    Men's Program Superior Coach

    Women's Program Superior Coach

    Men's Program Development Coach

    Women's Program Development Coach

    Elite Referee

    Scholastic Referee

    Development Referee

    Zone Volunteer

    Male Master of the Year

    Female Master of the Year

    Masters Club of the Year


    Nominations are due by November 11, 2016. Please see attached file for Nominations and their descriptions. 

    2016 Zone Awards Nomination form.xls

  • 31 Oct 2016 1:39 PM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    The SOPAC Zone is looking for 3 Delegates to send to the USAWP General Assembly in LA on March 4 & 5.  The Zone needs to send three members as well as a Zone Chair and Zone Ref. 

    Please contact mcousineau@usawaterpolo.org if you are interested in representing the SOPAC Zone at the USAWP General Assembly. 


  • 31 Oct 2016 10:00 AM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    The Sopac Zone will hold its Annual Meeting on December 12, 2016 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Lampost Pizza at 1829 E Chapman Ave in Orange California. The annual meeting is a chance to discuss what the Zone does on an annual basis and provide your input into our programs and events.  We will also be reviewing the sanctions and event calendar for the 2017 year.


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