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Administrative victory from 10-years ago got water polo into Pittsburgh Public Schools

Schenley High School is gone. Sadly.

Schools that wish to play water polo in Pennsylvania need to send a similar letter to the PIAA. Then the games can be held among other high school teams within PA. 

Mt. Lebo’s clinic

The South Hills swimmers who are interested in regular water polo play are gathering!

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We had a great turnout for the September South Hills clinic this past Saturday at Mt Lebo.  Special thanks to Jocelyn, Tessa, Nick D, Will, Jim Staresinic (NA), Jillian Breckenridge (Grove City), and Mike Kristufek (Mt. Lebo pool director).  We are looking to expand and open up the pool for high school students the next time.  Youth on one side and high school on the other October 26th.  Stay tuned.  

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April 2019 practices — join in at Chartiers Valley HS on Tuesdays, 23 and 30 at 7:30 pm

Join in for the final water polo practices at the CV pool for the 2018-19 school year:

  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019,  from 7:30 to 9 pm
  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019, from 7:30 to 9 pm

Show up at Chartiers Valley High School. 

Team gathers for a photo after practices at the CV pool bulkhead.

Busy evening at the swim pool. First, we played SKWIM with 35 senior swimmers of PEAQ. Started with a game of 50 meters. Then split into two games, one side boys and other girls. Then came water polo with Renegades and a new players welcome practice. Kids to adults and even a new Triathlete Stephanie, who had departed by the ending photo. Thanks for attending and thanks for the help from all involved. Kids from Seneca Valley, Peters, Mt Lebo, Sewickley, USC. Adults from city, North Allegheny, Peters, Mt Lebo, Sewickley, etc.

The Lob Shot

Lob Shots

Not sure about when. The goalie in the above video wasn't that far out, and that lob had to thread such a narrow path that it had to be absolutely perfect to go in.

Is that really when to lob? It seems like faking the shot nearside moved the goalie just enough to lob far-side, but that there was no pre-existing aspect of the situation that invited a lob.

The shooter did not have time or space to improve angle.

The goalie was moving hard near side as a result of a very good dry pass. Off hand side for right arm shooter, so it takes touch. But when executed well, the goalie has no chance.

He lobbed because the goalie left the short side wide open as a bait. As you'd expect with a righty on the "wrong" wing, the defense wants him to take the shot. They're giving him time and space and the goalie's almost printing a formal invite for him to take a shot at the short corner. But, this leaves the goalie with only one option: to move quickly to close the gap at the short post when the shot comes.

The moment the shooter, Gocic, picks up the ball, he realizes this and takes advantage of the goalie being committed. Once the goalie moves toward the post there's no way he can stabilize and step back to reach a lob.

The offense use the goalie's movement momentum against himself. 

The shot looked like a last-second decision, but apparently it was planned by the shooter to work out that way, because he knew that near-side angle was goalie's responsibility. Very smart!

Fast arm action sold the near side. He didn't drop his elbow nor telegraph the lob to come. He did sell near side at the start of his shooting motion. This was a really skilled shot, almost a spin lob from the wrong side.

Opportunity in NY at Fordham

November 17, 2018, Fordham

Event Schedule

Saturday, November 17, 2018

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    8:30 Clinic Registration Opens
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    9:00-11:00 Water Polo Clinic
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    11:15-12:15 High School All-Star Game
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    1:30-7:30 Semi-finals of the CWPA Mid Atlantic Championship

Sunday, November 18, 2018

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    9:00-2:00 Final round of the CWPA Mid Atlantic Championship

Athletes Receive

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    CWPA Souvenir Mug
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    CWPA Championship Program
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    Four tickets to the CWPA Championship
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    CWPA and AWP Decals
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    Picture with Olympian, Brad Schumacher

American Water Polo and the Collegiate Water Polo Association are sponsoring a clinic on November 17, 2018 during the Men’s Mid Atlantic Championship. The clinic will take place at Fordham University from 9 AM to 11 AM and will feature Olympian Brad Schumacher.

Immediately after the clinic there will be a high school all-star game, followed by the second round of the Mid Atlantic Championship, involving the some of the top teams in the country.

We are offering an opportunity for your athletes to participate in the clinic at a group rate. Normal price is $65 and the discounted rate if a team registers three or more athletes is $50/athlete. Price includes four tickets to the collegiate competition, a picture with Brad Schumacher, and a souvenir mug ($180 value). This is a great chance for your athletes to meet an Olympian, watch high quality collegiate water polo, and enjoy a great clinic.

If you are interested in this opportunity, simply complete the registration form below and send it in with your check before October 29, or you can call the office and pay by credit card.

Online Registration and Clinic page.

American Water Polo
129 West 4th St
Bridgeport, PA 19405
610 277 6787