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IWP By-Laws Meeting Sunday April 30th, 7 pm

Illinois Water Polo is looking for all interested players, coaches, fans, and officials of water polo to consider becoming involved in IWP as the organization looks to restructure the by-laws so as to better help grow and develop water polo in Illinois. Our next meeting is Sunday, April 30th at 7pm in the Fenwick library. We will be creating a team to investigate the by-laws and make needed changes to ensure that Illinois Water Polo is set up in the best way to continue to provide direction and growth of the sport of water polo in the state of Illinois at the player, coach, club, and high school level. Any interested players, coaches, fans, and officials of water polo are encouraged to attend this Sunday’s meeting.

IWP’s Dave Perry College Scholarship Awareness Week

This week, Illinois Water Polo and the Metro Catholic Aquatic Conference are trying to raise awareness for the Illinois Water Polo Dave Perry College Scholarship.  This scholarship is for athletes graduating from high school and planning on participating in Division I water polo in college.  This is the only scholarship of its kind in Illinois.  Since 2013, eight student athletes from eight different high schools (who all went to eight different colleges and universities to study and play water polo) have been awarded the $1500 scholarship.  This year, IWP will again be providing two $1500 scholarships.  Illinois Water Polo is proud to sponsor this scholarship as a way to help Illinois athletes achieve their dreams of playing water polo in college as well as honoring the legacy of Dave Perry.

Click here to download this year’s flyer for the Dave Perry Scholarship Awareness Week.

 To learn more about the Dave Perry Scholarship and how to apply please visit the Dave Perry Scholarship Page.

Illinois Coaches and Official Honored by USA Water Polo

Two Illinois coaches and one official were recently honored by USA Water Polo ( as 2016 Midwest Zone Award winners.  On the coaching side, Doug Eichstaedt (Lyons Township High School boys’ water polo, USA Water Polo Midwest girls’ Olympic Development Program, and Lyons Water Polo club) earned the Doc Hunkler Distinguished Coaching Award, while Beto Garcia (IWP Vice-President, De La Salle High School boys’ water polo, and Chicago Park District Water Polo club) earned the Ted Newland Distinguished Coaching award.  On the officiating side, Nicole Lum earned the Aaron Chaney Distinguished Referee Award.  Congratulations to these Illinois award recipients.
For more information about USAWP or the Zone Award winners, please visit:

Apostles win the 2017 Officials Training Tournament

The Chicago Apostles went 3-0-1 to capture the men’s tournament title at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, IL this past weekend.  In the opening round, the Apostles defeated both the Glenbrook Gators and the Hippos (Madison, WI).  In the Championship round, the Apo read more

Four Illinois Girls’ Club Teams Participate in Florida Tournament

Four Illinois girls’ 18 and under teams, Lyons, NIPCS, TOPS, and West Suburban competed against eleven teams from Florida and one team from Michigan in the 2017 SEP Winter Open Championship Tournament held January 13-15 in Altemonte Springs, Florida.  Each team played 4 games, and all Illinois teams played competitively in this USA Water Polo event.

IHSA Officials Classroom Clinics Dates Set

The IHSA 2017 Classroom Clinics dates and Tournament have been set.

New Officials are encouraged to attend the first clinic on Sunday Jan 29th, and required to attend the Officials Training Tournament, Feb 10th – 12th.

Anyone who is eligible for promotion should continue to take the steps needed to move to the next level.  An Information letter about promotion comes in your IHSA packet or you can find out more on the IHSA web site in the officials center .

IHSA Classroom Clinics :

Sunday Jan. 29 Level I & II , Fenwick High School 9-4 . Highly recommend this first clinic to all first year officials .
Sunday Feb. 26 Level 1 & II , Fenwick High School 9-4 .
Officials Training Tournament : Feb. 10 , 11 , and 12 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,

Club of Chicago wins the 2016 Dave Perry Classic

Club of Chicago went 4-0 to win the 2016 Dave Perry Classic, defeating the Glenbrook Gators, Windy City Water Polo, the Chicago Park District and, in the Championship Game, the Apostles.  The Apostles with a 3-1 record finished second.  Windy City (pictured below) finis read more

ODP Boys Midwest Tournament Schedule Announced!

Midwest Zone Boys Tournament at Stevenson High School schedule has been announced and is available here.

All Illinois coaches are encouraged to attend the coaching clinic at Stevenson High School on Saturday, October 8 10:30-1:30pm

ODP Boys Midwest Tournament

Date/Time: Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 (4:00 PM) – Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 (8:00 PM)
ODP Club Tournament – Chicago, IL (USA Water Polo Bronze level membership needed)
Location: Stevenson High School
Cost: $550 per team.
Free Agents: $100 each (Please contact Tim Daniel at if you are interested in being being place onto a team)

Event Website:



Thank You Martino Family!

Thank you to Rocco and Roxanne Martino for being the 2016 Illinois Water Polo All-State Banquet Printing Sponsor.  We greatly appreciate their generosity and wish their son, Thomas Martino (Fenwick ’16), good luck as he heads off to the University of Notre Dame this fall.

USA Water Polo Referee Certification School

The Midwest Zone will sponsor a Referee Certification School in conjunction with the Midwest Zone Junior Olympic Qualifying Tournaments.  If you have ever had an interest in officiating or wanted to learn more about how officials are trained, here is an great opportunity.  Players, parents, officials, fans, USWP members and USWP non-members are all welcome.  Details and registration info are listed below.  



USA Water Polo Referee Certification School

Hosted by the Midwest Zone

Earn Extra $$ Working in the Sport You Love!!


WHAT: USAWP Referee School

WHEN: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM CT, Saturday June 11, 2016

WHERE: Hoffman Estates High School

1100 W Higgins Rd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

COST: $5 for USAWP Members and $10 for Non-Members

(There will also be optional supplemental training available on Sunday, June 12 at Adlai Stevenson High School from 9 am – 1 PM CT)



The school will highlight current USA Water Polo Rules and interpretations, including modifications for younger age divisions, “You Make The Call” Exercises, and presentations by your local referee leadership in regard to training and evaluation opportunities in your zone.  We will also discuss the responsibility and accountability associated with being a Certified USA Water Polo Referee.

To register copy this link into your browser:

Boys 2016 All State Team

Boys 2016 All State Team FIRST TEAM Name YR. # School Shane Hughes SR 13 St. Ignatius Andrew Shashin JR 21 Stevenson Nick Walker SR 6 Naperville Central Sam Szcepaniak SR 3 Lyons Kent Emden FR 1 Naperville Central Henry Yavitt JR 13 New Trier George Lundgren SR 9 Lyons read more

Girls 2016 All State Team

Girls 2016 All State Teams FIRST TEAM Name YR. # School Catie Wallace SR 16 Fenwick Allison Travetto SR 8 Stevenson Kaela Codo SR 2 Naperville Central Kelly Frumkin JR 17 Fenwick Diana Fernandez SR 3 St. Ignatius Lauren Burns SR 1 Stevenson Jennifer Stelnicki SR 1 St. I read more

Illinois High School All Star Games and Age Group Clinic

Illinois High School All Star Games & Age Group Clinic

Sunday, June 5th @Stevenson HS
Illinois High School All Star Games HS Girls All Star Game at 12:30 (warm up at noon)

HS Boys All Star Game at 2:00 (warm up at 1:30)
An Age Group Clinic is being sponsored by Illinois Water Polo & Stevenson HS prior to the All Star Games from 9:30 to 12 pm noon at the Stevenson High School Aquatic Center.
• This clinic is for girls and boys in 8th grade and under (ages 6 to 14)

• All clinic participants will get free admission into the All Star games

• Registration Link: •

• Cost will be $25 for the clinic • Cash or checks (made out to Stevenson H.S.)

• Questions? Call or email

• Head Girls’ Water Polo Coach, Jeff Wimer at 847-8338767

• Head Boys’ Water Polo Coach, Sean Wimer at 847602-2273

Download Event Flyer

2016 Chicago Water Polo Showcase

2016 Chicago Water Polo Showcase Saturday, Jun. 18, 2016 (9:00 AM) – Sunday, Jun. 19, 2016 (3:00 PM) Host: NWC Water Polo Club at Conant High School (700 E Cougar Trail Hoffman Estates, IL 60194) The Chicago Water Polo Showcase is entering its 10th year of existen read more

Oldest living IWP Hall of Fame member, Ronald “Scotty” MacLagan, passes away at 96.

Illinois Water Polo is sad to announce the passing of Ronald “Scotty” MacLagan.  MacLagan was the oldest living Illinois Water Polo Hall of Fame inductee.  He was inducted into the IWP Hall of Fame in 1993 along with Fred Springer and Wee Barry.
Ronald R. (Scotty) MacLagan, of Lombard, passed on January 31st; Born June 1919 in Lumphinnans, Scotland. Beloved husband of Marie. Loved son Ronald J. and daughter Ann. Preceded in death by wives Elaine and Evelyn. Grandchildren Ryan, Brent, Elizabeth, and Andrew. Great grandchildren Jack, Amara, and Skye. He was an accomplished athlete, a US All-American, and on the Water Polo National Championship Team of 1947. Ronald also participated in the Pan American games in 1959 as an official and was part of organizing committee. He served in the Navy and was a WWII Veteran.
(Obituary published by Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Feb. 5, 2016.)

Chicago area hosts needed for 2016 USAWP Junior Olympic Qualification Tournament

In an effort to simplify the coordination and travel requirements for teams & officials participating in Junior Olympics, the Midwest Zone board of directors have approved a new approach for the zone qualifier tournaments:  Starting with Chicago in 2016, all age divisions competing in the JO Qualifier will travel to the same general market or “host market” over the same weekend.  The host market will make every effort to establish qualified competition pools that are as closely situated as possible so coaches, officials & parents can comfortably attend games in multiple age brackets and teams can benefit from simplified travel/hotel coordination.
The host market will rotate each year to another area within the zone.  At this time, the next few years are assigned as follows:
2016: Chicago area (June 10-12)
2017: Michigan
2018: St. Louis area
2019: Ohio
At this time, USAWP would like to start taking bids from clubs in the Chicago area for this summer’s JO Qualifier.  If you have an interest in hosting, please contact Miguel Miguel Figueras via email at byFebruary 10th.

Illinois Teams at the 2016 SEP Winter Open Championships

Four Illinois girls 18 and under teams participated in the 2016 SEP Winter Open Championship Tournament held January 15-17 in Altemonte Springs, Floria. The teams were associated with the following clubs: Lyons, NIPC, TOPS, and West Sub.

Each team played 4 games. The results were as follows: NIPC-3rd place, Lyons-4th place, TOPS-9th place and West Sub-10th place.

Congratulations to all of the players and their coaches for the excellent results.