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National State Challenge Comes to Chicago on July 13-16

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — There will be plenty lot of people taking to the pool in July in the Windy City as the American Water Polo National State Challenge comes to Chicago, Ill. on ThursdaySunday, July 13-16, at Fenwick High School and Portage Park.  Membership Director of American Water Polo Damon Newman offered these words about the host city. “We are excited to host the 2017 National State Challenge in Chicago. Chicago is a world class city with a deep history of water polo excellence.”  Established in 2008, the tournament takes to the road to be hosted for the first time in the Midwest after a three-year stint in Upper Dublin, Pennsylvania.  One of the premier events of the year for both men and women, as many college coaches and scouts will be attending the tournament.  This year’s 18U men’s and women’s teams in addition to competing for attention will also be vying for the $1,000 prize for the winners after their five-game tournament.  The home state will be heavily featured as in both the men’s, women’s and the U14 coed division are all boasting several teams from not just the state but the city as well.  Windy City Water Polo has teamed up with Athletico Physical Therapy and American Water Polo to bring the event to the Midwest. Newman again lauded the host locations.

“We are thrilled to have the tournament played at the Chicago Parks Portage Park Pool, an institution of outdoor water polo in this great city. Perennial water polo powerhouse Fenwick High School will host games in their all deep facility.”  The schedule for the tournament is available at http://www.americanwaterpolo.org/nsc-general-info

Lively Water Bottle Official Sponsor of IWP

Lively Water Bottle, an industry leader in personalized sports water bottles, has joined Illinois Water Polo as official sponsor and sports water bottle supplier through 2020. As part of the agreement, Lively Water Bottle will provide exclusive discounts to Illinois Water Polo members, make contributions to Illinois Water Polo equal to 20% of purchases by IWP members, and provide advisory and graphic design assistance. Members can access the 10% individual discount by visiting https://livelybottle.com/ and using the code IWPOLO at checkout. The website has design tools that allow you to select from many backgrounds and add your logo and picture and name. Lively bottle will also offer 20% team discounts – contact gary@livelybottle.com. Lively Bottle will help you create personalized sports water bottles using your logo and team roster.
“We’re incredibly excited to be partnered with Illinois Water Polo”, said Gary Radville. Lively Water Bottle is owned by Gary and Lisa Radville of La Grange Park, IL. Gary is a member of the 1986 inaugural class of the Illinois Water Polo Hall of Fame a former co-captain of Loyola University teams that competed in three NCAA championships, and also a coach of four Brother Rice HS state championship teams. “Water polo is a demanding sport that requires continuous hydration. Our personalized sports water bottles make hydration fun – we help design team bottles that can be personalized so they’re never lost.”
“Illinois Water Polo is very much looking forward to this partnership with Lively Water Bottle,” Illinois Water Polo President Kyle Perry stated. “We support hydration and the environment, and Lively Water Bottle is a perfect product for our teams. We also are excited to be working with Gary Radville, an inaugural member of the Illinois Water Polo Hall of Fame.”
About Lively Bottle
Lively Bottle is a leader in sports water bottles. Lively Bottles are locally-owned and produced, are reusable, dishwasher-safe, BPA-free, offer 8 cool lid colors, and are made in USA, which makes them environmentally-friendly. We require no minimum order quantity for orders placed on our website, and offer discounts to IWP members for individual and team orders. Our personalized sports water bottles are shipped in about a week, and delivery is always free.
About Illinois Water Polo
Illinois Water Polo (IWP) provides direction and growth to the sport of water polo in the state of Illinois at the player, coach, official, club, high school, and collegiate levels. IWP works in conjunction with the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) to support the spring IHSA Boys State Finals and IHSA Girls State Finals. We are committed to the development of the sport throughout the state of Illinois.

Thank You 2017 All-State Banquet Sponsors!

Illinois Water Polo would like to thank the 2017 All-State Banquet Sponsors for their generosity and their continued support of IWP’s mission. This year’s Gold Sponsor were Stevenson High School and the Martino Family. Silver Sponsors included Chicago Apostles, John’s Hot Dogs, Lakeview Environmental, Homewood-Flossmoor Swim Club, Forest Park National Bank, Northern Illinois Polo Club, and Lyons Aquatics. Bronze Sponsors were Fenwick High School and Windy City Water Polo. We’d also like to thank our in-kind supporters, Classic Design Awards, Inc., Liberty Creative Solutions, and Lively Bottles.

Interesting in helping Illinois Water Polo 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? Donations are welcome throughout the year, and ads for the All-State banquet ad-book as well as All-State Banquet sponsorship opportunities will be available in early 2018. Visit our fundraising page (http://illinoiswaterpolo.net/about-iwp/fundraising/) for more information on how to help.

2017 IWP All-State Banquet Sponsorship Information

Please download this year’s 2017 Illinois Water Polo All-State Banquet Sponsorship form [link].  This is a great way to honor those that make an All-Sectional Team, All-State Team, are named Player of the Year, earn the Senior Scholastic Award, earn the Phil Stelnicki Award, or are inducted into the IWP Hall of Fame.  In addition, this is a great chance to purchase an ad for the ad-book to promote one’s business.  Deadline for ads in the ad-book is MondayMay 22, 2017.

Thanks for your support!

Dave Perry Scholarship Fundraiser May 6th @ Fenwick High School

British designer India Hicks’ line of affordable luxury jewelry, handbags, beauty and accessories products will be on display during Saturday, May 6th’s water polo matches at Fenwick High School.

20% of all sales donated to the Dave Perry College Scholarship

Download the Flyer here

Immediately following the Metro Catholic Aquatic Conference Championship 5pm boys’ water polo game, friends, coaches, officials are all invited to celebrate the end of the IHSA Water Polo regular season at O’Sullivan’s Public House (7244 Madison St., Forest Park, IL 60130).  There will be IWP representatives collecting any donations for the Dave Perry College Scholarship.  This scholarship is the only of its kind in Illinois and 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.  For more information on the scholarship, please visit: http://illinoiswaterpolo.net/the-dave-perry-scholarship/

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 (www.usawaterpolo.org) 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: http://www.usawaterpolo.org/genrel/010517aaa.html

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, pkorbakis@aol.com.

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 tdaniel@usawaterpolo.org if you are interested in being being place onto a team)

Event Website: https://webpoint.usawaterpolo.com/wp15/Events2/ViewEvt.wp?EventID=16983&isPopUp=true

 

 

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)

PRE-REGISTATION REQUIRED!!! SEE LINK BELOW!!!

 

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:

https://webpoint.usawaterpolo.com/wp15/Events2/ViewEvt.wp?EventID=16215

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: • https://stevenson.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&grp=58

• 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 jwimer@d125.org

• Head Boys’ Water Polo Coach, Sean Wimer at 847602-2273 srwimer@sbcglobal.net

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 eiznof@gmail.com 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.