Illinois Water Polo is saddened to hear of the passing of Boys Water Polo Coach, Joe Lewandowski. Lockport families have recently set up a go fund me page to support his family during this time: gofundme.com/f/The-Passing-
American Water Polo is compiling a list of information about clubs returning to play. To see more about the rules, regulations, and procedures that clubs are putting in place as they return to the pool, please visit:
Hoping your club has a safe return soon!
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.
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
Meeting ID: 816 3669 5560
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Please view this video from USA Water Polo for an explaination of the Olympic Development Midwest Zone Team Explained.
The Two Daves tournament which serves as a training tournament for new and veteran Illinois High School Association water polo officials will take place at Fenwick on Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16. Nine teams will compete including eight teams from Illinois and one team from Wisconsin.
On February 23rd and February 24th Naperville Central will be hosting education programs.
February 23rd will be a New Coach Orientation. For additional information see our event posting – http://illinoiswaterpolo.net/event/new-coach-orientation/
February 24th will be an NCAA Eligibility & Recruiting session for all Coaches, Athletes, and Parent. For full information see our event posting – http://illinoiswaterpolo.net/event/ncaa-eligibility-recruiting/
Questions about either event can be sent to Jeff Plackett – email@example.com
USA Water Polo is seeking applications for their Olympic Development Program. The Midwest Zone is seeking quality applicants for all coaching positions. If you are interested, please see the attachment for the application process.
All resumes and inquiries must be sent to Bryan Lynton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Illinois Water Polo will meet on Sunday, January 26 7pm, Sunday, March 8 7pm, Sunday, April 26 7pm, Sunday, September 13 7pm, and Sunday, November 15 7pm. All meetings will take place in the Fenwick High School Library (505 Washington Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60302). Anyone interested in promoting water polo in Illinois is welcomed to attend. In November, elections for the president, secretary, and two board of director positions will be up for election. There are attendance requirements for nominations and voting privileges as stated in the IWP By-Laws. Hope to see you at our next meeting!