SOVA Water Polo

SOVA Pool Locations

  • Golden West (GWHS) 1717 McAuliff Road Visalia, CA 93292

  • El.-Diamante (EDHS) 5100 W. Whitendale Visalia, CA 93277

  • Mt.-Whitney (MWHS) 900 South Conyer Visalia, CA 93277

  • Redwood (RHS) 1001 W. Main Street Visalia , CA 93291

  • Exeter (EUHS) 505 Rocky Hill Dr Exeter, CA 93221

  • Lindsay (LWCP) 860 North Sequoia Lindsay , CA 93247

  • Lemoore (LHS) 101 E Bush St. Lemoore, CA 93245


South Valley Water Polo Club - Announcements
  • SOVA JO Session Tournament Schedule

    Posted May 16, 2021

    2021 SOVA Tournament Schedule

    Boys 18U, 16U, 14U – Girls 18U/16U

    1st Tournament in just 3 weeks!

    Check list for tournaments:

    1. Current USA Water Polo, age verifed membership. (www.usawaterpolo.org)

    2. Gold Membership for JO Qualifier Tournament and JO National Tournament

    3. Summer Session Registration on www.sovawaterpolo.com

    Tournament

    Locations

    Start Date

    End Date

    Player Fee

    Arroyo Grande Summer K- Off

    Arroyo Grande

     Sat. June 5th

       Sun. June 6th

    $50.00

    Boys Hardcore Cup

    Fresno Area

    Sat.June 12th

     Sun. June 13th

    $70.00

    Girls Hardcore Cup

    Fresno Area

    Sat.June 19th

      Sun.June 20th

    $70.00

    USAWP Boys JO Qualifier

    Clovis West

    Fri. June 18th

      Sun June 20th

    $70.00

    There are four weeks between the JO Qualifier Tournament and the JO National Championship Tournament.   We will attend the HALE SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIP July 9th, 10th & 11th in the Inland Empire, or we will attend the CENTRAL COAST SUMMER CLASSIC, July 9th, 10th & 11th in San Luis Obispo.  We will either find additional tournaments or schedule scrimmages with other clubs between the Qualifier Tournament and the National Tournament.

  • Error Correction - COED 14U Saturday Practice

    Posted May 16, 2021

    COED 14U Saturday Practice Time May 22nd & May 29th

    7:00 PM to 9:00 PM*

    * Not 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM as listed in the previous update

  • Practice Schedule May 17th thru May 29th

    Posted May 16, 2021

    Practice Schedule:

    Monday, May 17th, through Saturday, May 29th

     

    Mt. Whitney High School Pool

    Age Group Week Day Practice Times Sat. Practice Times
    Boys 16U Tues & Thurs 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Boys 18U Tues & Thurs 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Girls 18U16U Mon & Wed 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    COED 14U & Below Mon & Wed 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    Friday Shooting & Goalie Clinics
    COED 14U + Girls 16U/18U 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    Boys 16U & 18U 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Junior Olympics Qualifier Tournament

    Posted May 14, 2021

    SOVA has entered three teams into three upcoming tournaments including the USA Water Polo Central Zone Qualifer Tournament for the JO National Tournament.  This is going to take off fast starting next week.  We only have three weeks of practice from May17th to June 5th for our first tournament at the Arroyo Grande Kick Off. The following week we play in the Hardcore Cup Tournament in the Fresno Area June 12th and 13th.  Then we have the Central Zone Qualifier Tournament at Clovis West on June 17th thru 20th.  

    The tournament registration fee payment links have been posted to the website.

    http://www.sovawaterpolo.com/tournaments

    Teams we have entered:  Boys 18U, Boys 16U, Boys 14U.  Girls 18U is pending.

    If we get more than 15 players per any team for the first two tournaments we will create two teams of 8 and take them both for maximum playing time.

    Make sure you are arranging your schedule to make it to practice. For each age group there are two weekday practices, plus a weekday shooting clinic (Fridays) plus a Saturday practice.  If need be, you can practice with other age groups until school is out if that helps with your scheduling.

    Get ready for summer Polo!

    SOVA Administration

    Michael Yenigues

    559-786-4453 (best text)

    myenigues@gmail.com

  • Correction - Tournament dates in June

    Posted May 4, 2021

    Correction to the prior message:

    The upcoming tournament dates are in June, not May.

    Arroyo Grande Summer Kick Off is June 5th and 6th.  The Hardcore tournament is June 12th & 13th.  Sorry for any confusion caused by the error.

  • SOVA Boys 18U JO Team

    Posted May 4, 2021

    SOVA BOYS 18U USAWP JO TEAM

    Some of our younger coaches will be leaving us as they move away and pursue careers. We are very thankful they were able to step in for us during the COVID-19 restrictions on coaching multiple teams.  Veteran JO Session Coaches Michael Yenigues, Michael Chapman and Rory Collinwood will be coaching the Boys 18U team this summer with a number of assistants. We are looking to create a team that works hard, displays sound fundamental techniques and is aggressive in pursuit of success.

    SOVA has invested in digital video technology and will be using video analysis for practice and game evaluation, correction and improvement.

    The Boys 18U JO Session starts May 18th at MWHS Pool. Online registration is open now. We have a tournament scheduled for Saturday, May 5th in Arroyo Grande and Saturday/Sunday May 12th and 13th at the Hardcore Cup. I am watching USA Water Polo daily for competitive tournaments where we can get some challenging high level competition.

    Tuesday and Thursday practice @ 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (plus scrimmage with Masters at 7:30 PM on Thursdays). 

    Friday nights 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM Shooting & Goalie Clinic only. 

    Saturday practice 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM unless we are at a scrimmage or tournament.

    Expect practice to be challenging and competitiv.  Our purpose is to get our players conditioned and trained to impress college coaches and programs. Success at the USAWP Junior Olympic National Tournament is the best way to get that recognition this summer.

    Let's get ready to play!

  • Summer Tournaments

    Posted May 2, 2021

    SOVA SUMMER SESSION & WATER POLO TOURNAMENTS

    Summer Session Online Registration will open online Monday, May 3rd.

    UPCOMING SUMMER SESSION TOURNAMENTS:

    Arroyo Grande Summer Kick Off

    JUNE 5th & 6th (Saturday & Sunday)

    Saturday, June 5th - 3 Games

    Boys 18-Under @ Arroyo Grande HS
    Girls 16-Under @ Nipomo HS
    Boys 14-Under @ Arroyo Grande HS

    Sunday June 6th - 3 Games

    Boys 16-Under @ Arroyo Grande HS
    Girls 14-Under @ Nipomo HS

    2021 Hardcore Cup 

    @ REEDLEY HIGH SCHOOL, SANGER HIGH SCHOOL, KINGSBURG HIGH SCHOOL, CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Saturday & Sunday June 12th & 13th

    Boys 18-Under 
    Boys 16-Under 
    Boys 14-Under

    Saturday & Sunday June 19th & 20th

    Girls 16-Under 
    Girls 14-Under 
    COED12-Under

     

  • 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

 
2021 Summer/Junior Olympics Session

2021 SUMMER JUNIOR OLYMPICS SESSION

Online Registration is Open Now

$250.00 Fee Per Session Per/Player


Summer/JO Session: May 17th thru July 30th

Practice Schedule for 1st 2-weeks of Summer/JO session:

Monday, May 17th, through Saturday, May 29th

Mt. Whitney High School Pool

Age Group Week Day Practice Times Sat. Practice Times
Boys 16U Tues & Thurs 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Boys 18U Tues & Thurs 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Girls 16U/18U Mon & Wed 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
COED 14U & Below Mon & Wed 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Friday Shooting & Goalie Clinics
COED 14U & Girls 16U/18U 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Boys 16U & 18U 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

 
SOVA ALUMNI: All American Grant Snyder
 

Welcome to South Valley Water Polo Club!

SOVA is committed to helping our players learn the game and then prepare to play the game at the college level. We have partnered with Olympian Tony Azevedo and 6/8 Sports to support our SOVA College Ready Program with his Player Showcase Event. This year's event is especially important because high school players missed a year of competition and have had limited to no visibility to potential college programs and coaches. This player showcase event (6-8 Series) is an invitation event to 16U & 18U players in the South Valley. It is currently scheduled for Saturday, May 1st, 2021.

It will include the skills challenge with 7 core water polo skills tests with the results recorded to the player profile and added to the mobile application and national database. There will also be drills sessions and/or 3-man/women team tournament that is video taped and a formal evaluation drafted for the players and provided to college coaches. We will update the site often with additional details and registration links. MARK MAY 1ST ON YOUR CALENDAR.

No Tournaments currently cleared in California

College Ready College Showcase coming May 1st @ Lindsay Community Pool

Great information here for parents and new players.

SOVA BOYS 18U TRAVELS TO SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

SOVA GOES 4-1 AT SALTY SPLASH CLASSIC - OCT. 5th thru 7th

Nice work gentlemen! See game videos below.

 
Salty Splash Classic Tournament - B18U SOVA v. ZILLA
 
Salty Splash Classic Tournament - B18U SOVA v. VAWP
 
Salty Splash Classic Tournament - B18U SOVA v. Olympus
 
USA vs Serbia - December 18th 2019 @ Cathedral Catholic HS - San Diego
 
USA Women's Team sinks Spain for three-peat at World Championships
 
SOVA Players Earn High School Honors!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SOVA PLAYERS

FOR THEIR 2019 HIGH SCHOOL SEASON HONORS

These SOVA players had a great high school season:

(Please contact us if we have missed a SOVA player so we can update - director@sovawaterpolo.com)

Kingsburg High School - Undefeated in Central Sequoia League play. CIF Central Section D2 Semi-Finalists

Seiji Shinkawa - Kingsburg: CSL Defensive Player of the Year, 1st Team All CSL

Shoji Shinkawa - Kingsburg: CSL Offensive Player of the Year, 1st Team All CSL

Jace Peterson - Kingsburg: 2nd Team All CSL

El Diamante Coach David Mitchell will coach the SOVA Boys 18U Team in 2020 (El D won the D2 Central Section Championship and advanced to the D3 State Semi Finals)

Thomas Contreras - El Diamante: D2 Central Section Championship, 2nd Team All WYL

Collin Chase - El Diamante: D2 Central Section Championship, 1st Team All WYL, 1st Team D2 All CIF

Robert Perez - El Diamante: D2 Central Section Championship, 1st Team All WYL, 1st Team D2 All CIF, East-West Senior All Star Game

Aidan Mills - El Diamante: D2 Central Section , East-West Senior All Star Game

Redwood High School - WYL League Champions & Advanced to 2nd Round D1 Playoffs

Logan Parsley - Redwood: WYL League Champions, 1st Team All WYL

Mt. Whitney High School Coach Michael Yenigues will coach SOVA Boys 18U team in 2020 (MW advanced to the D3 Central Section Finals)

Johnny Northcutt - Mt. Whitney: D3 Central Section Runner up, 1st Team D3 All CIF, WYL MVP, 1st Team WYL, State Scoring Leader, East-West Senior All Star Game

Travis Applegate - Mt. Whitney: D3 Central Section Runner up, 1st Team D3 All CIF, WYL Honorable Mention

Ethan Bennett - Mt. Whitney: D3 Central Section Runner up, WYL Honorable Mention, D3 2nd Team All CIF

Jack Hohne - Mt. Whitney: D3 Central Section Runner Up, WYL Honorable Mention, D3 All CIF Honorable Mention, East-West Senior All Star Game

Connor Bruton - Mt. Whitney: D3 Central Section Runner Up, WYL Honorable Mention, D3 All CIF Honorable Mention

Sam Dean - Mt. Whitney: D3 Central Section Runner Up

Hanford High School - Advanced to D3 CIF Playoffs

Camden Hampshire - Hanford: 1st Team WYL

Tulare Western High School - D3 CIF Central Section Champions (Advanced to State playoffs)

Zach Schoneau - Tulare Western: D3 Central Section Champions, 1st Team All CIF, 1st Team All EYL

Joseph Machado - Tulare Western: D3 Central Section Champions, 1st Team All CIF, 1st Team All EYL

 
SOVA BOYS 12U, 14U & 16U TEAMS EARN JO CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET

SOVA BOYS 16U & 14U & 12U FINISH JO QUALS TOP SIX FOR USA WATER POLO: CALIFORNIA - CENTRAL ZONE

The South Valley Water Polo Club (SOVA) entered boys teams in three divisions at the 2019 USA Water Polo Central Zone Junior Olympic National Championship Qualifier Tournament held in Clovis, CA June 21st thru 23rd. The 2019 SOVA teams made club history as SOVA has qualified all three age group teams for the Championship bracket of the Junior Olympic National Tournament July 20th to July 24th in Orange County.

We are so proud of the effort, commitment and sportsmanship of our SOVA players. Parents and coaches are thrilled to have these deserving players not only represent SOVA but also their families and the entire South San Joaquin Valley water polo community. The core value of SOVA is the knowledge, dedication and commitment that our coaches invest in the success of our players.

Congratulations to all the players, their parents and our coaches. Well done!

SOVA BOYS 12U TEAM

Coaches: Breanne Phillips, Jason Feierbach, Matt Hopper

SOVA BOYS 16U TEAM

Coaches: Rick & Sawyer Nordell

SOVA BOYS 14U TEAM

Coaches: Matthew Hatcher & Joey Gendron

 
Boys 16U Red & White Team - 2019 Golden Eagle Summer Bash
 
16U Boys - K7 Tournament - Irvine Ca.
Posted Apr 18, 2019

SOVA 16U Boys team at the K7 Tournament in Irvine, Ca.

Great job boys!


 

Calendar of Events

South Valley Water Polo Club - Visalia

SOVA is South Valley Water Polo Club. SOVA offers teams for boys and girls from ages 8 to 18. We are a registered USA Water Polo club and we attend water polo tournaments throughout the state. Our focus is on the development of basic and then advanced water polo skills and techniques for the individual and the team. Our SOVA players come from Visalia, Three Rivers, Exeter, Strathmore, Tulare, Hanford, Lemoore and Kingsburg. SOVA boys and girls players represent 30 different South Valley schools. Players are welcome from any city and school in the South Valley.

Current South Valley Water Polo (SOVA) players attend the following High Schools, Middle Schools and Elementary Schools:

17 High Schools 12 Middle Schools 5 Elementary Schools

El Diamante HS

Redwood HS

Mt. Whitney HS

Golden West HS

Lemoore HS

Hanford HS

Hanford West HS

VTEC

Mission Oak HS

Tulare Western HS

Tulare Union HS

Sierra Pacific HS

Kingsburg HS

Strathmore HS

Exeter HS

Monache HS

Porterville HS

Green Acres

Sycamore Valley Academy

Valley Oak

Live Oak

Three Rivers Union

La Joya

St. Paul

Valley Life Charter

Central Valley Christian

Alpine Vista (TCSD)

George McCann

Sundale

Royal Oaks

Hurley

Waukena

Shannon Ranch

Oak Grove

2021 SOVA Summer

If you have questions or problems, please read our Troubleshooting Guide.

If you have questions or problems, please read our Troubleshooting Guide.

Board of Directors

  • Jeff Hohne Director

  • Michael Yenigues Director

  • Molly Niederreiter Director

  • Rick Nordell Director

  • Rory Collinwood Director