Illinois Water Polo 2022 Meetings

Illinois Water Polo Meetings:

Sunday, January 30 7:30pm
Sunday, March 13 7:30pm
Sunday, May 1 7:30pm
Sunday, June 26 7:30pm
Sunday, September 18 7:30pm [nominations for President and Secretary]
Sunday, November 6 7:30pm [Elections – President and Secretary]

In order to take on a leadership role with Illinois Water Polo, you need to attend at least three meetings within the calendar year.

All meetings will be on zoom. Please email President Kyle Perry if you are interested in participating in IWP’s activities.

Club of Chicago Undefeated at the 2021 Dave Perry Classic

Dave Perry Classic Results:
9:00am Team Chicago 16 Outlaws 9
9:45am Club of Chicago 15 Windy City 7
10:30am Beached Whales 12 Brew City 6
11:15am Outlaws 13 DePaul 4
12:00pm Club of Chicago 12 Team Chicago 2
12:45pm Beached Whales 7 Apostles 15
1:30pm Outlaws 10 Brew City 8
2:15pm Windy City 11 Gators 10
3:00pm Apostles 19 DePaul 10
3:45pm Team Chicago 16 Brew City 11
4:30pm Gators 13 DePaul 7
5:15pm Club of Chicago 12 Apostles 9
6:00pm Windy City 9 Beached Whales 5
Final Records:
Club of Chicago 3-0
Windy City 2-1
Apostles 2-1
Team Chicago 2-1
Outlaws 2-1
Beached Whales 1-2
Glenbrook Gators 1-1
Brew City 0-3
DePaul 0-3
(Windy City Men’s team pictured)

2021 Dave Perry Classic

Entry fee will be $350 this year. Pool pricing has gone up considerably so this does not include any extra donation to the scholarship. Anything given over 350 will be considered a donation to the scholarship. Ideally if each team gives 375 we can still make a marginal donation this year.


We have all been off a while. Let’s have a good event where we can all be happily back in the water and playing the sport we love.


COVID rules: Masks everywhere for everyone all the time unless in the water.


6-8 Sports Chicago Clinic 10/30 & 10/31

Hello Coaches,


My name is Jimmy Heard and I am the Club Director and Head Coach for East Side Water Polo. In addition, I was recently appointed as the ODP Midwest Zone Girls Co-Head Coach alongside Miguel Figueras. Outside of my responsibilities to the local area, I also serve as the Director of Events & Sport Growth for 6-8 Sports


Co-founded by Maggie Steffens and Tony Azevedo, 6-8 Sports works to accelerate growth & exposure in water polo through a revolutionary development system that unites standardized metrics, live-game tracking & advanced data analytics (see more below under “The 6-8 System”).


I am excited to invite you and your athletes to attend a special 6-8 clinic in Chicago on October 30 & 31. The clinic sessions will include review of technical and tactical gameplay (pressure passing, driving, passing, shooting) and athletes will pass through the 6-8 Challenge skill assessment ( After the challenge, teams will be created for scrimmages based on the skill testing results and rankings. 


The clinic will be coached by Olympians and gold medalists Amanda Longan and Jamie Neushul along with Dani Jackovich, an Illinois native (Lincoln Way Central ’13), Stanford graduate/ professional athlete and Lead 6-8 Data Analyst. 


Before each pool session, the coaches will run a Q&A. Additionally, there will be a photo opportunity (with the Olympic gold medals from Tokyo) following each clinic.


Additional information and formal registration will be released next week, however I encourage you to save the date and share the opportunity with your student-athletes as soon as possible.


The 6-8 System

Our Coach Technology Seminars will allow you to learn more about how the 6-8 System can benefit your club and spur more effective long-term growth. 


The 6-8 system combines data collected from the 6-8 game desk and 6-8 Challenge to provide an accurate and cohesive analysis of an athlete’s strengths/ weaknesses, game IQ and overall performance.


Benefits for athletes/ parents:

  • Clearly understand strengths, weaknesses and overall performance

  • Access individual game results, statistics and analytics over time (mobile app)

  • Track progress & begin building college resumes with verified game statistics and skill test analytics


Benefits for coaches/ clubs:

  • Better understand your athletes and what specific areas they need to improve

  • Immediately see why you lost or won a game and how each athlete performed

  • Use the 6-8 standardized metrics and objective statistical reports to communicate with your athletes and parents about their progress, growth and potential

  • Create a collective dataset (footprint) of your club over time


Please check out the attached presentation for more details. 


Clinic Schedules:


14U Clinic 

Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201

Saturday, October 30 

5:30pm – 7:30pm 



High School Clinic

FMC Natatorium, 275 Plaza Dr, Westmont, IL 60559

Sunday, October 31

Boys 9:00 am – noon

Girls 1:00 – 4:00 pm



6-8 Sports Coach Technology Seminar (An introduction to the 6-8 game desk, 6-8 mobile app and 6-8 Challenge)

Two sessions: 

Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201

Saturday, October 30, 4:00pm – 5:00pm 


FMC Natatorium, 275 Plaza Dr, Westmont, IL 60559

Sunday, October 31, 12:00pm – 1:00pm


Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions on what should be covered during the 14U and HS clinics.

All the best,

Jimmy Heard
6-8 Sports & Azevedo Water Polo 

Chicago Wolves Illinois Water Polo Day

Join Illinois Water Polo players, family, and friends for an afternoon of fun at a Chicago Wolves hockey game.

Everyone will be seated together in the same section and receive a free Chicago Wolves hat.

Each athlete will also receive a Chicago Wolves silicone swim cap.

Details and registration in flyer – Chicago Wolves Illinois Water Polo Night

AWP Coaches Clinic August 28th

AWP will be hosting a coach’s clinic on Saturday August 28th from 9am-2pm at Portage Park.  The clinic will be geared towards 14U age group skill development, building a successful club, practice structure, game tactics and much more.  The clinic will be a combination of in water practice demonstration and white board discussions.

All coaches are welcome to attend.  14U skill development is certainly transferable to the JV and Varsity level athletes.

We are excited to have Eric Gordon share his passion for water polo and his commitment to teaching. Eric is currently the head coach and program director, of Carolina Water Polo. Eric has over 20 years coaching experience.  A longtime head coach with San Diego Shores and The Bishop’s School, Eric led 14U, 16U, and 18U Boys’ teams and Girls’ teams to multiple National and High School (CIF) Championships.  Many athletes went on to compete at the nation’s top collegiate programs and others were selected for the U.S. National and Olympic teams.

  • 10 Time NATIONAL CHAMPION (San Diego Shores 14U, 16U, 18U Boys & Girls)
  • 17 Straight CIF CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES (Bishop’s Girls 1997 – 20013)
  • 6 Time PRESIDENT’S CUP WINNER – U.S.A. Water Polo’s Most Elite Club (San Diego Shores)
  • ELITE WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR – Pacific Southwest Zone – 2002


Please RSVP with the link below

Coach’s Clinic RSVP.  by August 25th

If you have any questions, please reach out to Damon Newman,  


This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and hosting meets during the 2021 IHSA Water Polo seasons.  The guidelines explained in this document are intended to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets and potential for illness through safe practices such as social distancing, proper hygiene, and appropriate protective equipment.  This is not an exhaustive list, and school officials may take additional measures based on requirements set forth by their school district and/or local health officials.  Please understand that even with this guidance, there is still risk of transmitting an illness at Water Polo practice and contests events.  Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may be modified.
Modified Season:
  • On January 27, 2021, the IHSA Board of Directors modified the IHSA Water Polo seasons along with all other sport seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified boys and girls water polo season is as follows:
    • March 15 – Practice May Begin
    • After 7 days of practice – First Contest May be Held
    • May 29 – End of Season (with or without a state series)
  • Note: Avoid scheduling regular season games after May 17 in order to allow open dates for potential postseason events.
  • If your varsity water polo team has difficulty meeting the 6-contest IHSA By-law requirement due to circumstances surrounding the pandemic, you may contact IHSA Executive Director, Craig Anderson (, to inquire about a waiver.
  • Currently, schools can compete against other schools within their region with respect to their COVID-19 regional status of Phase 4. In addition, schools may compete against non-conference opponents within a 30-mile radius of their facility and whose region is also in Phase 4. For further guidance refer to
  • Teams still must follow IHSA By-laws 5.160 and 5.330 Contest Limitations
General Requirements and Considerations:
  • All teams must adhere to the guidelines of IHSA Return to Play Phase 4.
Social distancing between individuals of at least 6 feet must be maintained at all times.
  •  Handshakes, fist bumps, hugging, etc. are not permissible.
  • Dual contests are most effective at maintaining fewer competitors, school personnel, officials, and spectators. Dual contests make it easier to space those in attendance to the appropriate social distancing. Contests must adhere to the event capacity guidelines outlined in IHSA Return to Play mitigations.
Multi-team Contests
  • If schools have scheduled larger meets than a dual, or invitational, hosts must ensure that ALL event attendees are held to the capacity guidelines outlined in IHSA Return to Play Phase 4.
  •  Per IDPH guidelines, competition is limited Phase 4 or Tier 1 mitigations. (See IDPH COVID EMS-Region Map link below in resources). 
  •  For transportation to and from extracurricular events, schools may adhere to the same guidance provided by ISBE regarding transporting students to and from school.
  • Practices are solely intra-team.
Requirements and Considerations for Game Managers and Officials. 
Pool Facilities:
  • Consider increasing water sanitation level, i.e., keep chlorine closer to 2.0 PPM.
Team Benches (2-2-1, 2-2-2, 4-2)
  • Teams should be seated on opposite sides of the pool and away from the officials’ table.
  • Suspend the protocol of teams changing ends. If possible, place team benches opposite the spectator seating.
  • Additional chairs or rows may be added to allow bench personnel to observe social distancing of 6 feet or greater between bench personnel.
  • Players not in game must wear a mask and MUST be separated by 6 feet in bench area.
  • During time outs, players and coaches should maintain social distance.
  • To promote social distancing, substitute players may be in the water behind the goal line outside the re-entry area, at least 2 meters from the goal, provided this is possible on both ends of the field of play.
  • Head coaches shall sit or stand behind the goal line in the team area when the team is on defense and shall maintain 6 feet of distance from players and officials.
  • Players not in game must wear a mask and MUST be separated by 6 feet in bench area.
  • During time outs, players and coaches should maintain social distance.
Pre-game Captains Meeting (2-5-2)
  • Decrease number of participants or hold one conference with officials and coaches and one meeting with officials and captains. The referee can use P.A. system or starting-system microphone to allow participants to hear but keep them properly separated.
Game Officials (3-1-1, 3-1-2, 3-14, 3-17, 3-18, 3-20, 3-21)
  • The officials include two referees, a scorekeeper, exclusion secretary, game timer and shot clock timer.