Huntington Beach, CA – December 18 – The USA Water Polo Men’s Senior National Team coaching staff and select athletes will be hosting a clinic at Newport Harbor HS prior to the start of the USA-Italy exhibition match set for 2pm on December 28. The clinic, limited to only 80 athletes, will take place from 9am-11am. The clinic will focus on fundamental skills: passing, shooting, body positioning in the water, along with offensive and defensive positioning. It is open to all ages.
Water polo is an incredibly demanding sport. The best players are both versatile and tenacious. Given the unique composition of contact and racing that occurs during any game, water polo players must take a holistic approach to their strength and conditioning. They require excellent strength, power, speed, and endurance. Moreover players must develop land-based athleticism and coordination for better coordination in the water.
Nominations are open now through December 31, 2014 for PCA’s Double-Goal Coach Award, given to 25 youth and high school sports coaches from throughout the U.S. who embody the ideals of the Double-Goal Coach, striving to win, while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports.
Huntington Beach, CA – December 16 – The final match of the upcoming three game series between the USA Men’s Senior National Team and the Italian National Team has been announced. USC’s Uytengsu Aquatic Center will play host to the final match of the series on January 3 at 2pm pst. The series will begin on December 28 at Newport Harbor High School at 2pm with the middle game slated for Pomona-Pitzer’s Haldeman Pool on December 30 at 7pm.
The S & R Sport Coach of the Month for December 2014 is Derrick Timmons of Rio Mesa HS/Titans WPC. For winning Derrick will receive a $50 gift certificate to S & R Sport. Here is his anonymous nomination.
Water polo is not the only passion of Team USA member Tim Hutten — he’s also inspired by music and is ready to dive in headfirst.Hutten grew up in a musically gifted family and vividly remembers how his grandmother’s voice and piano playing could bring a smile to his face. At age 12, he received his first drum set and found it difficult to walk away. Hutten spent hours hidden beneath his headphones, letting his own creativity run wild. He started a rock band in high school, played at his church on Sundays, and surrounded his family and friends with his music.
San Jose, Calif.—– Bruce Watson, a five-time California Community College Coach of the Year with more than 600 coaching victories in 31 seasons, accepted the position of head coach of the San José State University men’s water polo program. Gene Bleymaier, the Spartans director of athletics made the announcement.
It’s not too late to sign up your organization for the Winter season of the Liberty Mutual Insurance Play PositiveTM Pledge.This is a great opportunity to recruit your family, friends, coworkers and community to help you earn $2,500 all while promoting good sportsmanship.$2,500 can go a long way – in the past, teams have used the monies to fund player scholarships, purchase new uniforms or equipment, pay for team travel expenses, or create opportunities for underprivileged kids in the area who want to play.