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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 kperry@fenwickfriars.com or Elizabeth Timmons at etimmons@fenwickfriars.com.
Complete IWP Meeting Schedule:

Monday, January 11 7:30 pm

Monday, February 8:30 pm

Monday, March 15 7:30 pm

Monday, May 10 7:30 pm

Monday, June 14 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.

Dates:
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.
Costs:

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 dclute@usawaterpolo.org 

 

Our apologies.

IWP is sorry for cutting the zoom call with USA Water Polo’s Matt Farmer short this afternoon.  We apologize for the interruptions and disruptive behavior of some of the participants.  We appreciate Matt’s professionalism and all those active, respectful, and interested participants, but as we were unable to fully curb a few unruly participants, the meeting had to be ended earlier than we had hoped.  While we plan on having more zoom meetings in the future on a variety of topics, we will looking further into the technology and implementing much better controls for when we try this again.

Q&A with USA Water Polo’s Men’s National Team Member, Matt Farmer (Fenwick HS ’13 / UCLA ’17)

Illinois Water Polo is happy to announce that Matt Farmer (Fenwick HS ’13 / UCLA ’17) will be participating on a zoom meeting open to all interested Illinois Water Polo Fans 3:00pm Central Time on Monday, June 29.  Matt was the Illinois Player of the Year in 2013 and won three IHSA State Championships with Fenwick.  Following Fenwick, Matt attended UCLA and won three NCAA Championships.  Upon graduating from UCLA, Matt has continued to play water polo at the highest level in Australia, Italy, and Spain.  Currently, he is a member of the USA Men’s Senior National Team and is training for the Toyko Olympics.  Matt will speak briefly about his water polo experience over the years as well as answer any questions that the audience may have.

Hope to see you there!

Time – 3:00pm Central Time on Monday, June 29

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