Events Calendar

IWP Meeting @ Fenwick High School Library
Nov 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2017 Dave Perry Classic @ Fenwick High School
Nov 18 – Nov 19 all-day
The required entry fee is $400, but the Beached Whales are asking for $425 as an optional scholarship donation. Any amount paid over $400 will be used as a donation to the Dave Perry Scholarship.
Started in 2013, the IWP Board of Directors is proud to offer the only scholarship of its kind in Illinois, The Dave Perry Scholarship in honor of legendary Coach Dave Perry.  Each spring, IWP will award money per student athlete per year, as determined by the Selection Committee in support of athletes attending college and playing water polo.  The program is intended to assist those aspiring boy and girl water polo athletes to pursue their dreams in College while honoring the long and storied legacy of Coach Perry.  To date, $15,000 dollars have been given in the form of scholarships to ten players from ten different high schools attend ten different Division I college and universities.
Illinois Water Polo (IWP) is a State and Federal not-for-profit 501(c)3 volunteer organization founded to support the development of water polo here in Illinois.
Our goal is to provide at least a $500 donation to the Dave Perry Scholarship. Beached Whales will plan to donate $100-$200 to this cause and appreciate any help your team chooses to provide.
ODP Boys Camp at Conant High School @ Conant High School
Nov 18 – Nov 19 all-day
USA Water Polo Olympic Development Camp @ Conant High School
Nov 18 @ 4:00 pm – Nov 19 @ 12:00 pm
ODP Camp Information
Midwest Zone Boys ODP Camp #1 – Illinois
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 (4:00 PM) – Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 (12:00 PM)
Conant High School
700 E Cougar Trail, Hoffman Estates, IL  60194
Sat: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm and Sun: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Additional Information:

IWP Meeting @ Fenwick High School Library
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
IHSA Classroom Clinic – New Officials & Level I and II Clinic @ Fenwick High School
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – Jan 28 @ 4:00 pm

Jan. 28th & Jan 29th, Level I & II , Fenwick 9-4 . Highly recommend this first clinic to all first year officials .

New officials with questions can contact Perry,

Pre-Season Water Polo Coaching Clinic @ Stevenson High School
Jan 27 @ 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Pre-Season Water Polo Coaching Clinic
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Speaker: Ashley Hill
Ashley is currently the head boys and girls swim coach at Cathedral Catholic High School in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Most recently she has been coaching boys water polo at the 12u, 14u, and 16u levels for Stanford Water Polo Club.  For the past 15 years she has been coaching and teaching at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, CA; where she was the assistant boys water polo coach, Head Girls Basketball coach, and assistant boys and girls varsity swim coach.    Ashley is in her 19th year as a highschool teacher and her 24th year as a coach.  Her passion lies in teaching and coaching young athletes to be leaders both in sports and in life.
Open to all coaches
Topics will include: planning a season/practice, drills, skills and of course x’s and o’s
Where: Stevenson High School, Room 7096
Time: 12:30-5pm
Cost: $30
***proceeds will go toward one of our local masters teams and the Dave Perry College Scholarship Fund
Or email:
Check can be made payable to Illinois Water Polo (IWP).
There will be a coaches social to follow, location to be announced.
Illinois Water Polo is also planning an additional coaching clinic the first weekend of March for anyone unable to attend this January clinic.  More details to come.
Midwest Zone Player/Coach Clinic – St. Louis @ Mary Institute Country Day School Steward Family Aquatic Center
Feb 3 @ 8:00 am – Feb 4 @ 12:00 pm

On February 3rd and February 4th, 2018 Midwest zone will host a clinic for both players and coaches as well as a referee certification school.  The program will begin on Saturday, February 3rd at 3:30 pm and run until 7:30 pm.  On Sunday, February 4th, the program begins at 8:00 am and concludes at 12:00 pm.  The event will be held on the campus of Mary Institute Country Day School 101 North Warson Rd St. Louis, MO  63124 in the  Steward Family Aquatic Center.  The staff includes USWP High Performance Director, John Abdou, 2004 Olympian and former US Men’s National Team member, Genai Kerr, Midwest Zone Head Referee, Nick Cargola and other coaches.

The cost for the Players Clinic is $100.  It is open to male and female players ages 11 and up.  Additionally there will be a free splashball clinic on February 3rd from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm for players 10 and under.  More info can be found here:

The cost for the Coach Clinic and Referee School is $10 for USWP members and $20 for non-members.  More info can found here:

Thank you to Missouri Water Polo for sponsoring this event.  Feel free to email me with any questions at and don’t forget to renew your USWP membership for 2018!

IHSA Officials Tournament @ Fenwick High School
Feb 9 @ 5:00 pm – Feb 11 @ 5:00 pm
Officials Training Tournament : Feb. 9th – 11th all weekend at Fenwick High School

This is a hands on tournament very important to the training process and is mandatory for all first year officials.  New officials with questions can contact Perry,


Tony Azevdeo and Kami Craig’s Athletes Clinic/Combine @ Hoffman Estates High School Pool
Feb 24 @ 8:00 am – Feb 25 @ 3:15 pm
NWC and Cardinal Water Polo clubs will bring Tony Azevedo and Kami Craig to Hoffman Estates on February 24 and 25th to run a clinic and combine. This clinic is a great way to kick off the 2018 season!
Here is Tony’s vision for the clinic directly from his website:
“I have created an athlete development system to monitor athlete’s progress over time. The program is standardized in a way that allows me to use specific tools to track development and offer personal feedback. My yearly clinic system has already produced three national teams athletes, six college scholarship athletes and many others playing at top high schools. This system allows me to test athletes, teach them and engage with them directly. I am able to watch them play and provide individualized feedback on performance strengths and weaknesses. By repeating the event every six months (or twice a year) I will be able to re-evaluate the athlete, understand his/her progress and continue working with them to reach key milestones.”
Coaches are free and encouraged to attend; Tony will be working with coaches at the combine. They have requested that we have 9 volunteer coaches per day to record data and then coach a team during the combine portion of the event. If you are interested in to volunteering, please email Marc Popovici at
General Clinic/Combine Information:
Cost: $150 – includes giveaways
Max: 50 athletes per day
Clinics: Saturday, February 24 – Female Athletes Clinic/Combine; Sunday, February 25 – Male Athletes Clinic/Combine
Times: 8:00am – 3:15pm
Athletes must provide their own lunch.