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  • 25 Apr 2017 11:00 AM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    Please note the following dates, deadlines and important information as changes have been made since last year’s qualifier and National Junior Olympics.


    Younger JO Quals Hosted by Kahuna/SET
    June 1-4
    Entry Fee - $750

    Qualifier AND National Junior Olympics Entry Deadline: Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 9:00PM
    *Your club/team must register for both events – JO Qualifier and NJO Championships – by the deadline listed as this tournament has two registrations. An incomplete registration, i.e. missing an entry from either event, will disqualify your club/team from participating this year.   

    Qualifier Roster Deadline: Thursday May 18, 2017 @ 9:00PM

    Seeding Conference Call: Sunday, May 21, 2017

    Schedules Released: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    Qualifier Roster LOCKDOWN Deadline: Monday May 29, 2017 @ 9:00PM
    *Any roster changes made between May 18th and May 29th will incur a $100 later roster fee. No roster changes will be made after May 29th, no exceptions. 

    All athletes competing in the Southern Pacific Zone Youngers (10U, 12U &14U) qualifier must have the following requirements completed by May 29th at 9:00 PM (PT) – the roster lockdown deadline.
    -Affiliated with the club she/he is participating with in JOs
    -Birth date verified
    -Current gold member


    Older JO Quals Hosted by CHAWP
    June 23-25
    Entry Fee - $700

    Qualifier AND National Junior Olympics Entry Deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2017 @ 9:00 PM 
    *Your club/team must register for both events – JO Qualifier and NJO Championships – by the deadline listed as this tournament has two registrations. An incomplete registration, i.e. missing an entry from either event, will disqualify your club/team from participating this year.

    Qualifier Roster Deadline: Thursday, June 8, 2017 @ 9:00 PM 

    Seeding Conference Call: Sunday, June 11, 2017

    Schedules Released: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    Qualifier Roster LOCKDOWN Deadline: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 9:00 PM 
    *Any roster changes made between June 8th and June 19th will incur a $100 late roster fee. No roster changes will be made after June 19th, no exceptions.

    All athletes competing in the Southern Pacific Zone Olders - (16U and 18U) qualifier must have the following requirements completed by June 19th at 9:00 PM (PT) – the roster lockdown deadline.
    -Affiliated with club
    -Birth date verified
    -Current gold member


    SPA Hosted by Kahuna/SET/CHAWP

    Entry Fee - $595




  • 30 Mar 2017 9:23 AM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    OC REGISTER ARTICLE

    The following is written by Nicole Huszcz who played at Irvine HS for Scott Hinman.

    "Yesterday we lost one of the all-time greats. If you knew him, you knew he was SO much more than a coach. He taught us the fineness of the sport, taught us to be students of the game, taught us to appreciate athletics in a way most of us had never been exposed to, but above it all, he taught us to be the best version of ourselves. He was an incredible coach with the accolades and championship wins to prove it, but it was his unique and unparalleled ability to connect with each of us on such a personal and individual level that made his impact so meaningful and long lasting. Whether you were the star athlete, the troubled teen or just the average kid, he not only took the time and made the effort, but had the incomparable ability to connect with every single one of us and make us believe that what we did mattered.

    He changed my life. He played an enormous role in shaping my character and developing me into the person I am today, and I know that I’m only one of thousands who he influenced in such a positive and meaningful way. If you’ve bothered to take the time to read this far it’s probably because Scott Hinman meant that much to you too. I’m hoping to put together a small token to offer his family to show them that while we will forever miss his charisma, crass jokes and heartfelt wisdom, his spirit and legacy will live on because of the profound influence that his character had on all of us.

    I’d like to compile a book of memories, anecdotes, photos, and snippets of love and appreciation to share with Barbie, Cory, Crystal and Chase so that they know just how far his reach extended. Whether it’s a sentence, paragraph or page, please email me any moments or words of kindness that you remember him by along with your name, class year or how you knew our beloved Hinman so that his memory will be forever preserved. Please share the idea of this compilation to anyone who knew him so that we can involve as many as possible.

    Please send pics and memories to Nicole.nnh@gmail.com

    Rest in Peace Hinman, your work here is done, and done so incredibly well. We love you so very much."


  • 28 Mar 2017 12:24 PM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    USA Water Polo Referee Certification School

    Hosted by the Southern Pacific Zone

    Earn Extra $$ Working in the Sport You Love!!

    WHAT:  USAWP Referee Certification School

    WHEN:  10 AM – 6 PM PDT, Saturday, May 27, 2017

    WHERE:   Irvine High School Room HLG

    4321 Walnut Ave, Irvine, CA 92604

    COST:  $10 USAWP Members / $20 Non-Members

     

    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.

    ATTENDANCE MEETS INSTRUCTIONAL CERTIFICTION CRITERIA FOR NEW AND RETURNING REFEREES.

    • Registration: Click Here
    • Coaches and Brand New Referees Welcome!
    • High School and College aged athletes interested in becoming referee members are encouraged to attend!
    • No experience necessary!

    How do I become a USA Water Polo Referee?

    1.     Register with USA Water Polo as a "Referee" or "Referee/Coach" Member:  www.usawaterpolo.org

    2.     Register with USA Water USA Water Polo Referee Association:  FREE and required to be considered for assignment to USA Water Polo Sanctioned Events

    3.     Attend a Certification School and complete any associated testing.

    4.     Contact your ZONE HEAD REFEREE for details on completing your PRACTICAL TRAINING.

    5.     Once you successfully complete your "on deck" observation you are certified as a "Rookie-Level 1" Referee and are subject to assignment criteria and limits set forth by your Zone.


  • 24 Mar 2017 11:14 AM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    "Dear Friends,

    I am writing to report back to you regarding our efforts to partner with the City of Irvine on a new aquatic center at the OC Great Park. Thank you for your interest and support, and for being a part of the remarkable response from the Orange County community. Mayor Pro Tem Lynn Schott has put forward a proposal asking the City of Irvine to formally work with us at USA Water Polo on a concrete plan to move forward.

    Now the real work begins, and I am again asking for your help to keep our priority squarely before the City Council. On March 28 at 5:30 PM at the Irvine Civic Center, the City Council will consider whether to go forward with the process of defining exactly what a public-private aquatic partnership might become. Please come to the meeting on the 28th, register to speak on your way into the Council Chamber, and share with the City why more aquatic facilities are needed and the benefit they will have for the community. We want a 5-0 vote!

    Once the City Council takes this important first step of requesting a formal plan from the City staff for consideration, we will begin working through the details of how a new aquatic center could move forward. We anticipate that a new center can meet the needs of USA Water Polo’s Olympic training program, while also providing needed facilities for USA Water Polo national events and local water polo, swimming, diving, and other aquatic disciplines.

    Join me, Adam Krikorian, and national team players at the meeting on March 28, and wear your club and USA Water Polo gear so the Council can see firsthand why you are there. With your help, we can build a legacy for the Orange County aquatic community, which will meet the needs of tens of thousands of new residents searching for water safety and competitive aquatic programs at the Great Park, and also finally establish a new permanent home for USA Water Polo.

    Christopher Ramsey

    Chief Executive Officer

    USA Water Polo, Inc."

  • 08 Feb 2017 12:36 PM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    Alumni and SoCal dominated the standings with both going 2-0.  The game of the weekend was the Alumni vs LAAC matchup which ended in a shootout with Alumni taking the key victory.

    Santa Monica finished 1-1 while LAAC and Renegade both dropped to 2-0.

    Weekend 1 of the SoPac Super League was a terrific event that the everyone enjoyed, kicking their Super Bowl Sunday off some solid exercise.

    The next round of the SoPac Super League will take place on March 19th at Capo Valley High School.  Games start at 9am and the schedule can be found here: https://www.laacwaterpolo.com/sopac-league-schedule


  • 26 Jan 2017 11:03 AM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    There will be a meeting at 6:30 PM TuesdayJanuary 31st in Irvine (City Hall) to consider priorities for the Great Park. Some believe that the current aquatic facilities in Irvine are over-programmed, and that there needs to be a world class aquatic center on the eastern side of town to accommodate all the new homes being built (40,000 homes already approved). This meeting is the perfect time for those of us who care about aquatics to make our voices heard!

    WHEN: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

    TIME: 6:30PM - 8:30PM

    WHERE: City of Irvine City Hall

    1 Civic Center Plaza

    Irvine, CA 92606

  • 23 Jan 2017 11:46 AM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    Please see attached for the National Championship Qualification Event and Host Bidding Guidelines. 

    SOPAC Zone Event Bidding Guideline 2017.pdf


  • 23 Jan 2017 11:25 AM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    Zone Update

    The Sopac Zone Board held its first meeting on January  12, 2017 and elected officers for 2017/2018.  The new Zone Board and officers are:Mark Cousineau,       Chair

    • Mark Cousineau,        Chair
    • Haz Ortega                Vice Chair
    • Brad Schumacher       Secretary
    • Bahram Hojreh          Treasurer
    • Nick Baba                  At Large
    • Steve Carrera            At Large
    • Steve Redding           Zone Referee

    At the meeting, the Board reviewed the ongoing programs and initiatives for the year.  We are excited to announce that we will be offering some programs for our members including:

    • The Sopac Superleague, a competitive based masters/open league that will run from February through May.  Individuals not on a team can sign up as individuals and will be placed on a team. A flyer for the league is attached.
    • A series of splashball learn to play polo days throughout the zone;
    • A series of educational clinics for our members including coaches, referees, athletes and parents;
    • Changes to the zone calendar and website to provide more handheld options for access to schedules and events.

    The Zone is soliciting bids from our clubs to host our Zone events including JO Quals (Youngers and Olders) and Champions Cup Quals.  We will be announcing our hosts and locations by mid March.

    Keep an eye on our website for information on Zone activities and developments.

    Zone Update 1-12-17.pdf

  • 13 Jan 2017 9:44 AM | Lindsay Warkentin (Administrator)

    The new Zone Board has been selected and here are the new officers: 

    Chair: Mark Cousineau

    Vice Chair: Haz Ortega

    Secretary: Brad Schumacher

    Treasurer: Bahram Hojreh

    At Large 1: Nick Baba

    At Large 2: Steve Carrera

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