SOVA Water Polo

SOVA Coaching Opportunities

SOVA is committed to the long term process of creating and contstantly improving an involved, enthusisatic and growing water polo community of parents, players, referees and coaches in South Valley region of the San Joaquin Valley.

A foundational pillar of achieving long term success is the recruitment and development of quality water polo coaches. Our goal is to maintain consitency with our long term head coaches with significant coaching experience at the club, high school and college level.

To maximize the value to our players we recruit post-high school, college and master's players to fill the assistant coach positions. We also extend an invitation to parents and coaches from other sports to participate as coaching assistants as we mentor them to become experienced, effective and motivated water polo coaches.

Coaching Resources

USAWP Coaching Manual

SOVA current age groups teams; Boys and Girls 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U. On some teams we have enough players to send two separate A and B teams to tournaments. As we grow we expect A and B teams for each of our age group teams. Our region has a long history of outstanding water polo programs and we look forward to providing interested community members the opportunity for continuing their participation in the sport as mentors to our young players.

Experienced Coaches

If you have coached water polo or been a certifed CIF/USA Water Polo/FINA referee, we encoruage you to register here on our website as a coach and we will contact you discuss your experience and potential participation with SOVA.

New Coaches

If you are a former player or parent and are interested in becoming a coach we would like to hear from you. We encourage you to register on our website as a coach and we will contact you to discuss your interest in coaching.

Time Commitment for Coaching

SOVA operates from January through July for most age groups. Girls and Boys 12U and 14U teams also play September through December. During the SOVA Winter/Spring Session (Jan - April) practices are on weeknights betweem 7:00 PM to 10 PM depending on the age group and Saturdays between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Most teams have one weeknight practice and one Saturday practice. In general the time commitment is two 2-hour practices per week. There are four tournaments during the Winter/Spring Session which are generally two day events out of town.

For more information contact: info@sovawaterpolo.com

 
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    Announcements
    • Boys 18U Roster for JO Quals Tournament

      Posted June 16, 2021

      Roster for JO Qualification Tournament this Weekend. These players are are roster eligible through USA Water Polo and have registered 

      @ https://www.secure-sam.com/www.sovawaterpolo.com/sam/store/item.php?itemID=40552

      Cole Costa

      Aidan Apgar

      Travis Applegate

      Aidan Champagne

      Brett Hanke

      Duncan Champagne

      Braden Rohman

      Oliver Hunt

      Cyrus Hill

      Cohen Cotten

      Wyatt Daniels

      Jared Ojeda

      If your name is not on the list and you plan on attending, please register here before 8:00 PM:

      https://www.secure-sam.com/www.sovawaterpolo.com/sam/store/item.php?itemID=40552

    • SOVA Suits have arrived

      Posted June 15, 2021

      SOVA Suits have arrived in time for the JO Qualifier Tournament

      The SOVA suits arrived today.  I will have them at practice and I will make sure the 14U Coaches have them at tomorrow's practice.

      Thanks!

      SOVA Administration

      Michael Yenigues

      559-786-4453 (best text)

      myenigues@gmail.com

    • Scrimmage Wednesday at El Diamante High School

      Posted June 15, 2021

      4:30 PM Wednesday, June 16th: Boys 16U & 18U Scrimmage at El Diamante

      We have scheduled a scrimmage with El Diamante High School on Wednesday to help us prepare for the Quals Tournament this weekend.  There is no practice at MWHS Wednesday. Both 16U and 18U will meet at El Diamante High School at 4:30 PM.  Scrimmage is scheduled for two hours: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

    • Jo Quals Game Schedule 14U & 18U

      Posted June 15, 2021

      JO Qualifier Tournament - Saturday Game Schedule

      Boys 14U:

      Saturday - Clovis East High School

      8:50 AM v Royal Red

      11:20 AM v Ripon

      1:50 PM v ARWPC A

      6:00 PM v Sacramento

      Boys 18U

      Buchannon High School

      9:00 AM v Bakersfield WPC

      1:00 PM v TBD

      Remaining Saturday games depend on win/loss record

       

       

       

    • JO Qualifier Rosters

      Posted June 14, 2021

      16U Team has been divided between 18U and 14U for JO Qualifier Tournament

      Boys 16U did not have enough eligible players to submit a roster for the JO Qualifier Tournament. All eligible players have been moved to the 14U and 18U teams. If those still awaiting age verification clear with 48 Hours I can add them to the roster. If you applied for age verification in the last two days, please make sure you selected the "expedited" option so it clears ASAP.

      18U Roster: (Waiting for Jared Ojeda & Andres Ramos to clear age verification)

      Cole Costa

      Aidan Apgar

      Travis Applegate

      Aidan Champagne

      Brett Hanke

      Gabriel Maillard

      Anthony Yepez

      Duncan Champagne

      Braden Rohman

      Oliver Hunt

      Cyrus Hill

      Cohen Cotten

      Wyatt Daniels

      Boys 14U Roster: (Waiting for Kelan Anderson, Cohen Swanson, Zion Sears, Beau Swanson, Azad Toor & Reece Phillips to clear Age Verification)

      David Ross* (Not sure he will be attending)

      Samuel Feierbach

      Samuel Noricumbo

      Caiden Wallace

      Jake Muth

      Tyson Phillips

      Caleb Solis

      Parker Cotten

       

    • Boys 14U JO Roster Requirements

      Posted June 14, 2021

      12 Players listed for Boys 14U JO Team.  If you are not on the list and plan on going to JOs with Boys 14U contact me ASAP (559-786-4453 *** myenigues@gmail.com).  Roster submission deadline is tonight at 9:00 PM.

      If your name is listed below and you are not “Cleared”, please resolve the issue ASAP.  It must be resolved tonight by 8:00 PM.  My submission deadline is 9:00 PM and I need an hour to resolve any submission issues should they arise.

       Cleared:

      David Ross

      Samuel Feierbach

      Samuel Noricumbo

      Caiden Wallace 

      Tyson Phillips    

       Caleb Solis         

      These individuals have a Bronze Athlete membership and are not eligible to compete in this National Tournament. Please upgrade to Gold.

      Kelan Anderson

      Cohen Swanson

      Zion Sears

      Beau Swanson  

       Azad Toor

      Age Verify:

      Kelan Anderson

      Jake Muth

      Zion Sears

      Beau Swanson  

      COVID-19 Return to Play Waiver

      Azad Toor

    • Boys 16U JO Roster Requirements

      Posted June 14, 2021

      10 Players listed below for Boys 16U JO Team.  If you are not on the list and plan on going to JOs with Boys 16U contact me ASAP (559-786-4453 *** myenigues@gmail.com).  Roster submission deadline is tonight at 9:00 PM.

      If your name is listed below and you are not “Cleared”, please resolve the issue ASAP.  It must be resolved tonight by 8:00 PM.  My submission deadline is 9:00 PM and I need an hour to resolve any submission issues should they arise.

       Cleared:

       Wyatt Daniels  

        Cyrus Hill           

        Joseph Ross    

      These individuals have a Bronze Athlete membership and are not eligible to compete in this National Tournament. Please upgrade to Gold.

      Parker Cotton

      Kelan Anderson

      Adam Hohne

      Zachary Chapman

      Jared Ojeda

      These individuals need to have their birth date verified through USAWP.

      Jared Ojeda

      Cohen Cotten

    • Club Affiliation must be SOVA for JOs

      Posted June 14, 2021

      PLAYER CLUB AFFILIATION MUST BE SOVA FOR JO ROSTER

      Some of our players are associated with other water polo clubs in their USA Water Polo accounts. That is fine for the tournaments we have attended.  To be on the roster for JO Qualifier Tournament and the JO National Tournament - YOU MUST BE AFFILIATED WITH SOVA.  For the JO Qualifier and National Tournaments, USAWP does not allow anyone on the rosters unless they  are affiliated with the registered club.

      Also, please make sure you are AGE VERIFIED.  That is mandatory for JO Qualifier and JO National Tournaments.

      TONIGHT IS THE ROSTER DEADLINE FOR THE JO QUALIFIER TOURNAMENT.

      Please check your USAWP account and make sure you are completely current and meet all eligibility requirements.  I must submit the rosters BEFORE 9:00 PM TONIGHT.

      Thanks!

       

      SOVA Administration

      Michael Yenigues

      559-786-4453 (best text)

      myenigues@gmail.com

    • Hotel Block Reservations for JO Tournament

      Posted June 13, 2021

      SOVA Hotel Block Reservations for JO Tournament in Irvine, CA

      Starting this evening I will begin verifying team rosters for both the JO Qualifier Tournament next weekend and the JO National Tournament June 16th thru 20th in Irvine, CA.

      JO Qualifier Registration: 

      https://www.secure-sam.com/www.sovawaterpolo.com/sam/store/item.php?itemID=40552

      JO National Tournament Registration:

      https://www.secure-sam.com/www.sovawaterpolo.com/sam/store/item.php?itemID=45584

      We will want to get the JO National Tournament Roster verified ASAP so our SOVA families can reserve a block of hotel rooms with the USAWP discount in Irvine.

      USA Water Polo Hotels (reservetravel.com)

      We will start planning and organizing now to help make JOs a blast for everyone.

      Thanks!

      SOVA Administration

      Michael Yenigues

      559-786-4453 (best text)

      myenigues@gmail.com

    • SOVA Families BBQ Planning

      Posted June 13, 2021

      Planning SOVA Families BBQ for Saturday, June 26th

      Our Summer JO Session has taken off with three tournaments in a row and barely time to breath after a year of COVID induced inactivity. After the JO Qualifier Tournament next weekend in Clovis (June 19th & 20th), we finally have a free weekend (June 26th and 27th) before July 4th and then one more tournament weekend before the USAWP Boys Junior Olympics National Tournament in Irvine, July 16th through July 20th.

      Let's start planning a team event for our families to meet, have some fun and relax before the push toward JOs.  We can plan an event for all three teams, 14U, 16U  and 18U or each team can plan team events.  If I could get at least one parent from each team to contact me as a volunteer organizer, I will work with you to faciliate communications and make sure everyone can connnect.

      Thanks!

      SOVA Administration

      Michael Yenigues

      559-786-4453 (best text)

      myenigues@gmail.com

    • Lodgings for Junior Olympics - July 16th thru 20th

      Posted June 12, 2021

      USA Water Polo Discounted Hotel Rooms for 2021 Junior Olympics

      Irvine, California - June 16th thru June 20th

      USA Water Polo Hotels (reservetravel.com)

       

    • CONGRATULATIONS TO GRANT SNYDER

      Posted April 23, 2021

      SOVA ALUMI NAMED COLLEGE WATER POLO ALL AMERICAN

      Grant Snyder, playing for the US Air Force Academy, has earned 2nd Team All American by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC).

      Read the story here: 

      https://goairforcefalcons.com/news/2021/4/22/grant-snyder-earns-all-america-honors.aspx

      A note to SOVA from Grant's father:

      Coach Mike

      Thanks for the email.  Wanted to share that one of your ex South Valley Water polo players received All American status for water polo at the Air Force Academy.  Thank you for providing the opportunity for Grant to play water polo for your program.  South Valley water polo opened many doors for Grant and planted the seed for his success with Air Force Waterpolo and his All-American status.

      Sincere thanks

      Gregg Snyder