Southern Pacific Zone
   of USA Water Polo 

NEWS

  • 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.


  • 30 Sep 2016 3:55 PM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    2016 1st ANNUAL BOB NEALY MEMORIAL CUP

    ONLINE ENTRY FORM

    HOSTED BY LA ATHLETIC CLUB
    EVENT OPERATIONS BY IRVINE YOUTH WATER POLO (KAHUNA)
    EVENT CONTACT: WES KADING laacwaterpolo@gmail.com (949) 842-7878
    EVENT OPS: NICK BABA nick@irvinewaterpolo.org (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 
    MENS OPEN
    WOMENS OPEN
    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)

    ABOUT BOB:
    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.

    ALL BREAKS, INCLUDING HALF-TIME SHALL BE 2 MINUTES IN DURATION.

    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.
    DEADLINE TO DECLARE INTENT TO ENTER: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016
    DEADLINE TO PAY ENTRY FEES (Credit Cards Only): THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016
    SCHEDULES RELEASED TO TEAMS FOR PROOFING: BY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4th, 2016
    FINAL SCHEDULES RELEASE AND POSTED ON WEB AT www.irvinewaterpolo.org: BY MONDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 5th, 2016 (evening)

    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 nick@irvinewaterpolo.org.


  • 12 Sep 2016 11:46 AM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    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.  


  • 12 Sep 2016 11:45 AM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    October 21-23, 2016 Mesa, AZ.  

    Please visit ROCK-TOBER information page regarding the upcoming PCA Rock-tober Classic.  

    This event is a 12 & Under Mixed tournament with a Positive Coaching Alliance emphasis.  It is designed to give our younger athletes an introduction to a national championship tournament, while providing a safe environment in which to learn. 

    Entry deadline is September 30, 20156.  

    Roster Deadline is October 7, 2016.  

    There is no affiliation requirement for Rock-tober PCA Classic, Gold membership and birthdate verification are required.  


  • 12 Sep 2016 11:41 AM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    The Zone will be nominating Coaching, Referee, Volunteer among other award winners who will receive a certificate from USAWP recognizing their work. National award winners will be invited to the USAWP HOF Awards Dinner. 

  • 07 Sep 2016 10:09 AM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    USA Water Polo’s is proud to announce the ODP Holiday Camp 2016

     

    Dates:

    Girls Holiday Camp - December 1-5, 2016

    Boys Holiday Camp - December 8-12, 2016

     

    Eligibility:

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

     

    Costs:

    Athlete - $500

    Includes campers’ housing, food, ground transportation and all camp materials.
    Airfare in NOT included.

      

    Camp Nominations will be accepted: 8/31/2016 through 10/15/2016

    Camp size is limited to 120 athletes allocated by ODP Zone

     

    All nominations will be done through online nomination form

     

    Click here to access 2016 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.

      

     Thanks,

    USA Water Polo


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