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.

New Rules Clinic 3/6/21

Illinois Water Polo is excited to host a clinic regarding the new rules on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

This event will be tailored towards high school and club coaches. USA Water Polo Coach Education Coordinator and Boys Development National Team Coach Ian Davidson will be directing the clinic.

Join us on 3/6/21 from 10:00am – 1:00pm via Zoom.  Click HERE [] to register.

Zoom information will be sent out on the morning of the event to registered participants only.

Coaches, please forward this information to your assistants!

If you have questions please contact Kyle Perry at

College Water Polo Virtual Meet and Greet Event Coming Up!

There is a college water polo Virtual Meet and Greet event over the weekends of January 16th/17th and January 23rd/24th, 2021 with the purpose of connecting high school water polo recruits with college coaches.

The Virtual Meet and Greet will consist of live, group video calls hosted by Division II and Division III coaches. Each participating college coach will conduct their own 30-minute calls. During the calls, coaches will talk about their schools and water polo programs, then take questions from the athletes. The sessions are interactive and a great way for aspiring athletes to get a feel for coaches and schools. The sessions can also be very beneficial for coaches to engage with athletes of interest. Athletes are welcome to attend any – or all – of the video calls.

We received very positive feedback on the benefits of the virtual event held in early August of 2020, and we are excited to do it again. For the upcoming event, we have lined up coaches from nearly 20 separate universities to participate and that number could grow. There is no charge for participation and this event is for athletes whose high school graduation year is 2022 or later.

POLOVOLO will provide the hosting for this event. Polovolo is a digital platform that provides athlete profiling and social networking tools specific to water polo to help keep everyone in your network, including coaches, up to date on your water polo, academic achievements, and other activities. You will have the option to create a profile on Polovolo for the Meet and Greet Event, but it will not be required to participate.

Here is the schedule of participating schools that have committed to conduct live group sessions so far:

Saturday, January 16th
11:00 AM Austin College
11:45 AM Penn State Behrend
12:30 PM Mercyhurst University
1:15 PM Salem University Women
2:45 PM University of Toronto
3:30 PM Salem Men
Sunday, January 17th
11:00 AM Connecticut
11:45 AM Gannon
12:30 PM Fresno Pacific
1:15 PM McKendree University
2:00 PM Grove City College
Saturday, January 23
11:00 AM Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
11:45 AM Carthage
12:30 PM University of La Verne
Sunday, January 24th
11:00 AM St. Andrews University, Scotland
11:45 AM Washington & Jefferson College
12:30 PM MIT
1:15 PM Westcliff
2:00 PM Redlands University

Interested athletes that would like to participate in the Virtual Meet and Greet can pre-register using this Google form. No need to commit to specific calls, pre-registration is just to help us get a read on interest from the athlete community. We will then follow up with additional sign-up information and instructions next week. We look forward to another great event and hope that you will join us. Thank you.

For more information please visit Water Polo Combine Page 

Illinois Water Polo 2021 Meetings

Illinois Water Polo will hold meetings throughout 2021 via zoom.  The next IWP meeting will be on Monday, January 11 at 7:30pm via zoom.  An email link will be sent out.  If you are interested in participating in this meeting, please email Kyle Perry at or Elizabeth Timmons at
Complete IWP Meeting Schedule:

Monday, January 11 7:30 pm

Monday, February 8:30 pm

Monday, March 15 7:30 pm

Monday, May 16 7:30 pm

Sunday, June 13 7:30 pm

Monday, September 20 7:30 pm

Monday, November 16 7:30 pm

Water Polo rule changes 2020-2022

Coaching opportunity from USA Water Polo

USA Water Polo is proud to announce the 2nd Annual COACH ACADEMY will be held Virtually this year.

Girls’ Academy – December 4th – 6th, 2020
Girls’ Coach Academy Registration
Boys’ Academy – December 11th – 13th, 2020
Boys’ Coach Academy Registration
Continuing to build upon our coaches education platform, the Virtual Coach Academy will provide coaches from around the United States with over 25 hours of Virtual interactions and classroom time. Participating coaches will receive a certificate of completion to provide to supervisors proof of professional development.

Topics of Focus: 
Effective Coaching,  Mental Health of Coaches, Creating a Culture of Excellence Professionalism of Coaching, Age-Group Coaching 12u, 14uPanel Discussion ,Linking Concepts, Art of Creating Drills, College Talk, Nutrition, Strength/Cond, Performance Psych, Analytics .

Registration for this event will be done through our online event portal, where all interested coaches can register their interest for free. Then our High Performance Staff will make selections and send invitations to selected coaches to register for the Coach Academy.

Coach Academy Registrations of Interest will be accepted through 11/6/2020
Coach Academy size is limited to 25 coaches per camp allocated by ODP Zone.

Registrations of Interest are free.

If selected Coach Academy – $100

For questions on Coach Academy feel free to contact our Coach Education Manager,
Drew Clute at email