Southern Pacific Zone
   of USA Water Polo 

NEWS

  • 24 Mar 2017 11:14 AM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    "Dear Friends,

    I am writing to report back to you regarding our efforts to partner with the City of Irvine on a new aquatic center at the OC Great Park. Thank you for your interest and support, and for being a part of the remarkable response from the Orange County community. Mayor Pro Tem Lynn Schott has put forward a proposal asking the City of Irvine to formally work with us at USA Water Polo on a concrete plan to move forward.

    Now the real work begins, and I am again asking for your help to keep our priority squarely before the City Council. On March 28 at 5:30 PM at the Irvine Civic Center, the City Council will consider whether to go forward with the process of defining exactly what a public-private aquatic partnership might become. Please come to the meeting on the 28th, register to speak on your way into the Council Chamber, and share with the City why more aquatic facilities are needed and the benefit they will have for the community. We want a 5-0 vote!

    Once the City Council takes this important first step of requesting a formal plan from the City staff for consideration, we will begin working through the details of how a new aquatic center could move forward. We anticipate that a new center can meet the needs of USA Water Polo’s Olympic training program, while also providing needed facilities for USA Water Polo national events and local water polo, swimming, diving, and other aquatic disciplines.

    Join me, Adam Krikorian, and national team players at the meeting on March 28, and wear your club and USA Water Polo gear so the Council can see firsthand why you are there. With your help, we can build a legacy for the Orange County aquatic community, which will meet the needs of tens of thousands of new residents searching for water safety and competitive aquatic programs at the Great Park, and also finally establish a new permanent home for USA Water Polo.

    Christopher Ramsey

    Chief Executive Officer

    USA Water Polo, Inc."

  • 08 Feb 2017 12:36 PM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    Alumni and SoCal dominated the standings with both going 2-0.  The game of the weekend was the Alumni vs LAAC matchup which ended in a shootout with Alumni taking the key victory.

    Santa Monica finished 1-1 while LAAC and Renegade both dropped to 2-0.

    Weekend 1 of the SoPac Super League was a terrific event that the everyone enjoyed, kicking their Super Bowl Sunday off some solid exercise.

    The next round of the SoPac Super League will take place on March 19th at Capo Valley High School.  Games start at 9am and the schedule can be found here: https://www.laacwaterpolo.com/sopac-league-schedule


  • 26 Jan 2017 11:03 AM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    There will be a meeting at 6:30 PM TuesdayJanuary 31st in Irvine (City Hall) to consider priorities for the Great Park. Some believe that the current aquatic facilities in Irvine are over-programmed, and that there needs to be a world class aquatic center on the eastern side of town to accommodate all the new homes being built (40,000 homes already approved). This meeting is the perfect time for those of us who care about aquatics to make our voices heard!

    WHEN: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

    TIME: 6:30PM - 8:30PM

    WHERE: City of Irvine City Hall

    1 Civic Center Plaza

    Irvine, CA 92606

  • 23 Jan 2017 11:46 AM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    Please see attached for the National Championship Qualification Event and Host Bidding Guidelines. 

    SOPAC Zone Event Bidding Guideline 2017.pdf


  • 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! 

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