Southern Pacific Zone
   of USA Water Polo 


  • 09 Jan 2017 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous
    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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

  • 04 Nov 2016 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    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

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 if you are interested in representing the SOPAC Zone at the USAWP General Assembly. 

  • 31 Oct 2016 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    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.

  • 30 Sep 2016 3:55 PM | Anonymous



    EVENT CONTACT: WES KADING (949) 842-7878
    EVENT OPS: NICK BABA (949) 689-0500

    Details & Rules (please read carefully before entering):

    DATES: DECEMBER 10, 11, 2016

    LOCATION: Pools in Orange County. Capistrano Valley HS, San Juan Hills HS, San Clemente HS, Dana Hills HS

    DIVISIONS: We are using August 1st, 2017 for age determination 
    40+ CLASSIC

    GAMES: 7-minute quarters for OPEN, 6-minute for 40+ CLASSIC. 4-5 games per team; no Friday games.

    ENTRY FEE: $600 per team entered (Portion of net proceeds to go to Lymphoma Cancer Research)

    1st Annual 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.
    Never giving up on his passion for water polo, Nealy would periodically drop by the high schools’ practices and get in the pool with the aspiring young athletes.
    After retiring from CUSD, Nealy kept surfing and got back into playing masters water polo.
    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. He leaves his wife, Sara, and son, Trevor, behind. Bob had found a way to turn his passions into a business. His company SURFMORE has been a leader in the development of surf leases and has become a worldwide giant in the surf accessory industry.

    USAWP/FINA Rules as stated and with exceptions:
    The first team listed shall wear white caps and sit to the left of the score table from the vantage point of someone sitting at the score table.

    Teams shall switch ends at halftime; the rules do not allow for switching ends each period.


    Possession Clocks shall be set for 30 second possessions for OPEN and 35 seconds for 40+ CLASSIC 
    The women's size ball will be used for the WOMENS OPEN and 40+ CLASSIC; Men's size for MENS OPEN.

    All games must have a winner, going directly to shootout after regulation if necessary.
    Point System for bracket play:
    4 points: Regulation win
    3 points: Shootout win
    2 points: Shootout loss
    1 point : Regulation loss
    0 points: Forfeit 

    RED CARDS: Any COACH receiving a red card shall be required to sit out the next game for that team in that division, AND ALL GAMES IN BETWEEN IN THE EVENT THAT COACH IS COACHING ANOTHER TEAM IN ANOTHER DIVISION.

    RED CARDS: Any PLAYER receiving a red card shall be required to sit out the next game for that team in that division, AND ALL GAMES IN BETWEEN IN THE EVENT THAT PLAYER IS PLAYING IN ANOTHER DIVISION.

    BRUTALITIES: Any PLAYER receiving a brutality shall be required to sit out the next game for that team in that division, AND ALL GAMES IN BETWEEN IN THE EVENT THAT PLAYER IS PLAYING IN ANOTHER DIVISION.

    ENTRY FEES: $600 per team for all divisions

    ROSTERS: All rosters must be verified using the USA Water Polo roster verification online system. Log in to your USA Water Polo club admin account, then click on Rosters, then find the event in the non-national sanctioned events drop down.

    You must also hand in a score sheet along with your verified roster prior to each of your games. You are able to print a score sheet from the USAWP roster verification system.

    DEADLINES: Please read carefully.

    Please enter below, then click continue. On the next page you will be asked to verify and enter or come back to this page to change anything before going back to verify once again and continue on with the entry process.

    All entries are subject to availability.

    If you need additional information or have a question that is not answered above please contact

  • 12 Sep 2016 11:46 AM | Anonymous

    November 11-13, 2016 Honolulu, HI.  

    Please visit CHAMPIONS CUP information page regarding the upcoming 14 & Under Champions Cup.  Tournament take place on the campuses of The Punahou School and The ‘Iolani School.  

    Entry Deadline is September 30, 2016.  

    Roster deadline is October 28th. 

    Gold Membership, birthdate verification and club affiliation is required for this tournament.  

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