General News. USA Water Polo Golf Tournament & Reception Draws Supporters To Orinda Country Club

Huntington Beach, CA – October 22 – The USA Water Polo Golf Tournament & Reception, presented by Diablo Water Polo Club, took place this past Monday at the Orinda Country Club in Orinda, California. A host of supporters turned out to enjoy a day of golf while helping to raise funds for USA Water Polo. A special thanks to the golf tournament committee along with all the staff and volunteers that made the day possible. In addition, thank you to all of our partners and supporters that donated items for the silent auction and sponsored various elements of the tournament.

General News. Stanford Takes Over Top Spot In Varsity Top 20 Poll; USC Moves Back To Second Position

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — Stanford University, Whittier Collegeand Princeton University top the 2014 Men’s Varsity Week 7/October 22 National Top 20, Division III Top 10 and Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Top 10 Polls.For the third time in three weeks the position as the No. 1 team in the nation changes hands as Preaseason, Week 1 and Week 2 top-rated Stanford University dislodges Week 6 No. 1 theUniversity of Southern California following a one-week reign by the Trojans after toppling Week 3, Week 4 and Week 5 top-rated the University of California-Los Angeles. It marks the first time in recent memory that three teams have topped the National Rankings in three weeks. The change comes on the heels of an 11-10 victory by the Cardinal over USC at home in Palo Alto, Calif. to return Stanford to the top position after rating at No. 3 last week and dramatically shake up the Top Four positions in the rankings with Stanford, USC, UCLA and the University of California, formerly 3-1-4-2, now rating at 1-2-3-4.

General News. Maccabi USA Seeking Female Jewish Athletes For Pan American Maccabi Games In December 2015

Maccabi USA will send a women’s water polo team to compete in the Pan Am Maccabi Games in December 2015.The Games, which are contested every four years, include a slate of Olympic sports with opening and closing ceremonies and team and individual competitions. The trip also includes additional opportunities to see the host city and spend time with athletes from around the world, as well as engage in sports competition.

General News. Upper Arlington Girl’s Claim 2014 Ohio High School Water Polo State Championship

For 30 years Ohio Water Polo has hosted a state championship for high school girls. With its victory on Saturday, Columbus’ Upper Arlington High School has now won nearly half of all girl’s state titles since 1985 and will make a run for their 15th in 2015.The 2014 girls pulled away from runners up Napoleon in the championship to win 15-7 and cap a 28-2 season, both losses coming on the road to teams from Pennsylvania. Head Coach Dan Peterkoski now has a combined 16 Ohio prep championships and will attempt to win another with his U.A. boys at their state championship tournament beginning on Friday in Columbus.

YCF Winter Camp is 12/19-12/22


Featured clinicians will be Felix Mercado, Brenda Villa, Heather Petri, and Merrill Moses.  While this camp is open to 12-18 year olds, we will get the most focused positional, most in depth tactical, and the best opportunities to work 1 on 1 with the clinicians from experienced players.

We expect to cover, in no particular order:

  • 2M/Center Forward and Defense
  • Transitions, Counter Attack and Defense
  • Set Offense and Defense
  • Game Management: What is the coach thinking about right now?
  • Goalies will get seriously better during these three days.
  • Tactical knowledge every college bound player needs.
  • There will be scrimmages everyday.
  • There will be some surprise visits, some surprise contests
  • The camp is designed to be both fun and hard work.   Come prepared to learn!

Cost is $350, and will cover the 3 and 1/2 days of the camp.  If you are traveling into town, you will be coordinating your own hotel.  Try the Allure Hotel, we share a parking lot with it, they are at 407-345-0505.

Felix runs an amazing camp, and YCF and Central Florida water polo greatly appreciate every opportunity he gets to come down here and impart some of his wisdom to the kids that play here.  We are thrilled that he is here again helping our kids get into college and play polo when they are there.  Here is a great article featuring him.

merrill seeing out over his defense

Merrill Moses, Brenda Villa and Heather Petri are all friends of YCF and cannot wait to come back and help our kids get better!  These players are great teachers and great people.  There is no greater thrill than playing for and with an Olympian!


Comment below if you have any questions, or if YCF Water Polo can be of assistance in any way.

General News. Concussion Considerations Google+ Hangout

Youth sports don’t involve the same dangerous blend of power, size and speed as professional sports. They do carry risks of physical injury, however. As a result, certain safety precautions should always be taken to ensure maximum safety during competition.At Liberty Mutual Insurance Play PositiveTM we encourage parents, coaches and youth athletes alike to educate themselves on where to find information on preventing and identifying injuries – especially head injuries such as concussions.

General News. USA Water Polo/USOC Mobile Coaching App Now Available!

Introducing the Team USA Mobile Coach Platform! This platform is a coaching resource which delivers information on both a mobile application and a website desktop companion site. With your continued USA Water Polo membership, you will receive cutting edge information for coaching the sport of water polo from USAWP and additional resources from the experts at the United States Olympic Committee. Yes, this is a benefit only to current USA Water Polo members and your membership will give you access to top resources for coaching the great game of water polo, as well as access to amazing resources from Team USA in:

General News. Big Changes In Varsity Top 20 With USC Jumping To Number One; UC-San Diego Rises To Six

In the National Top 20 rankings, the Trojans of the USC rise from No. 4 to take over as the No. 1 team in the land thanks to a victorious run at the 2014 SoCal Tournament over the weekend at former No. 1-ranked the University of California-Los Angeles. The University of California (96 points), which finished second to USC at SoCals, joins the Trojans in moving up the rankings to take over the No. 2 slot, while Stanford University (91 points) and UCLA (86 points) drop back to No. 3 and 4, respectively, as the outcome of the SoCal Tournament sent shockwaves through the water polo national scene to radically change the Top 20.Whittier remains the top pick in the Division III ranks as the Poets garnered 99 points to top a Division III Top 10 Poll which looks eerily similar to the October 8 rankings.

General News. Norcross Boys Take Second Straight Georgia High School Water Polo State Championship

The outcome was equal to that of 2013’s but the score indicated a more dominant winning side. Norcross (Blue Devil) has won the 2014 GHSWPA Georgia State High School Boys’ Championship with a convincing 14-7 victory over Eagle Water Polo. The 2013 title match was a two-goal victory over SPX (St. Pius X).SPX finished the 2014 tournament in third place with a win over Southern Crescent.