Winter Session 2 Update

The early bird registration is extended to Saturday, January 18th. Register by Saturday at the $125 rate. After that, it will be $140. Payment is due by Tuesday, January 21.

Practice begins on Saturday, 9-12PM. There will be a parent meeting at the beginning for all athletes and parents.

Practice Times Updated:

14U: T/Th 6:30-8 PM

16U: T/Th 6:30-8:30 PM

19U: T/Th 6:30-8:30 PM

January 18 and February 8, 9-12 PM (All teams)

Winter Session 2 Registration

Session Dates:

  • Practices will begin January 18 and go through February 13.
  • Clovis Winter Tournament: January 25
  • Kap7 Tournament (Irvine, CA): February 15-16.

Teams: Age as of August 1, 2014.

  • 14U Boys (Coach: Elliot Cavale)
  • 16U Boys (Coach: Andrei Tsvirinko)
  • 19U Boys (Coach: Rick Nordell)

Practice Schedule: All practices will be held at Golden West High School.

  • 14U: 5-6:30 PM Tuesdays/Thursdays
  • 16U: 6:15-8 PM Tuesdays/Thursdays
  • 19U: 6:15-8 PM Tuesdays/Thursdays
  • All teams will also practice on two Saturdays, January 18 and February 8, 9AM-12 PM.

Cost: $125 if you register before January 15; $140 after January 15. Cost includes all practices and tournaments. Participation in tournaments is expected. Make checks out to Visalia United Water Polo. Payment is due by January 21.

USA Water Polo Membership: All athletes must be registered with USA Water Polo. Silver Athlete status is acceptable; club affiliation needs to be with Visalia United Water Polo. Please visit http://www.usawaterpolo.org for all the info.

January 18 will be a parent meeting. 9:00 AM at Golden West pool.

Registration: If this is your first time registering online, please fill out the entire form. If you’ve registered before, please fill out only the required fields.

Merry Christmas!

Last weekend we went to Commerce for the Holiday Invitational. I would dare say it was a successful weekend. The 16Us placed 9th overall, winning 4 of their 5 games. The 14U team had fewer wins, but the experience is invaluable, we are excited to continue to work with these boys. A huge thank you to all the parents that supported us this weekend by either letting your kid play with us, by driving down yourself, by getting us waters and granola bars, or by yelling at the refs when things weren’t going our way. I really appreciate all the parental support; it makes things so much easier and more enjoyable. Also, I’m proud to be working with these young men. I’m grateful for their willingness to work hard, their eagerness to learn, and their commitment to bettering themselves. It’s a fun group, a bit eccentric at times, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Have a beautiful Christmas and New Year! Enjoy the break. Get rest and spend time with those you love.

As we look ahead, we are planning to have a Winter Session 2, beginning January 14. Some of the details are still in the works, but I can say now that it will probably be two days a week, hopefully at Golden West, and we will work around swimming schedules, since I know a lot of the boys will be doing that. The main tournament that we will be training for is the Kap7 Tournament in Irvine, February 15-16. We will also have an optional, one-day, tournament in Clovis, January 25. We will run a 14U, 16U, and potentially an 18U boys’ team. Please check back around the new year for more details.

Also, there is a new page entitled Gallery. We will be posting pictures from our events, so feel free to peruse those and relive the exciting moments.

Happy Holidays!!

Commerce: Get Ready (Updated)

As we get ready for the tournament this weekend, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • All athletes need to have their USA Water Polo card with photo and photo ID with them. A printout is acceptable.
  • Club affiliation needs to be set to Visalia United Water Polo with usawaterpolo.org.
  • If your family is not going, please contact Brent or Hollie immediately, to arrange for rides and rooms.

This weekend, each team will play 5 games, 3 on Saturday, 2 on Sunday. Below are the pool locations and times of the first game. Further games will depend on how we do. Please communicate regularly with your coach about game times and locations. All players need to be on the pool deck, ready to go, 30 minutes before game time.

For up to date schedules and results, click here.

Please note the updated times and pool locations.

16U – Schurr High School (820 N Wilcox Ave // Montebello // 90640)

First game: 9:40 AM vs. Rose Bowl Red

Second game: 1:00 PM or 1:50 PM

Coach: Andrei Tsvirinko – 304 1286

14U – Commerce Bulk (5600 Harbor Street // Commerce // 90040)

First game: 11:15 AM vs. Commerce

Second game: 1:30 PM vs. Rose Bowl

Coach: Elliot Cavale – 967 2451

Hungary Update

We’ve had some development in preparing for the Hungary trip. We now have a group of seats confirmed on Lufthansa to and from Hungary. If you plan to travel with the group, we need a deposit to hold the seat and confirm your participation. I know there are a couple of people traveling separately; if that’s the case, please let me know, and keep in mind the flight times so you can plan accordingly. If you are only now learning about this opportunity and would like to take part, please fill out the form in the “Let’s Go, Hungary” tab and we’ll go from there.

$200 is due by Thursday, December 19, made out to Arvida Travel. Total flight price is $1551.38, due in April.

June 25 – LAX to BUD

Departing Los Angeles at 5:20 PM on June 25

LH 453 to Munich

LH 1678 to Budapest

Arriving in Budapest at 4 PM on June 26.

July 6 – BUD to LAX

Departing Budapest at 10:40 AM on July 6

LH 1337 to Frankfurt

LH 450 to Los Angeles

Arriving in Los Angeles at 4:40 PM on July 6