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Coaches education requirements from American Water Polo

American Water Polo is adopting a new policy, effective March 20, 2019. The purpose is to provide the safest possible environment for our athletes to enjoy the great sport of water polo.

Certification Overview

The certification process involves these elements:

A coach must complete and submit all three certifications to become AWP Safety Certified (AWPSC). As of March 15th, only coaches that are AWPSC will be listed as active members and covered by AWP insurance policies.

Send HEADS UP and SafeSport certificates via email to  or

Club Requirements

Every club is required to have at least one individual that is AWPSC on deck during an activity involving AWP member athletes. Teams without an AWPSC coach will be ineligible for AWP competition.

Time and Cost

We recognize that these certifications will take the following time:

  • Background Check                                        5 min
  • Safe Sport Training                                       90 min
  • HEADS UP Training for Concussions            60 min

We appreciate your efforts and want to partner with you to keep your athletes safe and healthy. That is why American Water Polo will pay all costs involved with obtaining background clearances and Safe Sport Training (HEADS UP training is free).

Thanks in advance for your participation!


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Water polo super power!

Women water polo players from CMU at Notre Dame

CMU women played five games at Notre Dame

The CMU Women Tartans had an intense weekend of water polo at the 2019 Irish Invitational hosted by the University of Notre Dame, where they went 1-4!

On offense, we saw goals from 6 different Tartans (Tori 14, Annalisa 5, Akari 4, Sofia 3, Claudia 2, Sam 1). The Tartans also had some great assists (Sofia 3, Aru 2, Annalisa 1, Claudia 1, Tori 1), and kick outs drawn (Tori 11, Annalisa 5, Claudia 4, Akari 2, Sam 2, Aru 1, Sofia 1). On defense, CMU totaled 44 steals (Annalisa 16, Tori 14, Aru 5, Akari 4, Claudia 2, Olivia 2, Alyssa 1). Our goalies had 30 saves (Annalisa 16, Alyssa 14).

Final scores:
  • vs. Purdue: 6-3 L
  • vs. Notre Dame Blue: 14-8 L
  • vs. Michigan State A: 8-3 L
  • vs. Michigan B: 8-4 W
  • vs. Notre Dame Gold: 11-7 L

Update via the team’s Facebook page.

Seven adult water polo players in Philly event

Good showing with Renegades and Hawks in the Main Line League this weekend

Squad that played together at Nova with members of Harrisburg Hawks and Pittsburgh Renegades.

March 23, 2019, is the last day to hook up with the team and play in this winter league this winter.

Updated: Out of town visitors joined for scrimmage on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at CV


Salem’s women water polo players came up Interstate 79 in a team van for a long-session of continual water polo play, scoreless, scrimmage-style. Salem had two on its bench. Renegades had three. Everyone got lots of action.

In the future weeks, Salem’s first games of the season include the opponents of Harvard and Bucknell.

Salem’s squad features three players from Australia (all from Brisbane area), and two from California, plus others from Italy, Greece, Romania, Ohio and The Netherlands. Nearly all of the Salem players are freshmen too.


The event is confirmed. Water polo practice on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, is going to include some out of town college players from Salem, WV. Get over to play, watch, help, cheer, or swim in the other pool from 7:30 to 9 pm.

If you are interested, give Coach Mark a call or text, 412-298-3432.

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Chartiers Valley — Colts know how to do water polo!

Doors to use for CV High School

Enter this door at the CV school, near the football field.

Hallway in the CV school.

When you enter the building, follow the signs. The swim pool is across from the gym. However, the doors at the cafeteria are now being used to enter the swim pool area too.

Open door to the swim pool.

Door to the swim pool at CV. See you on deck.


Event poster for water polo in Dubai

Invite to Dubai Tournament

Event poster for water polo in Dubai

First beach tournament in Dubai. Click for larger view.

Seven for the turnout for Tuesday night, December 11, at Chartiers Valley. Next, Dec 18.

We had seven players attend on December 11. We’ll  do it again on December 18.

New site,, has various invites for aquatic events in Pittsburgh.

Try to attend.

Pool to swim pool at CV.

Entry door to the swim pools at Chartiers Valley High School.


Practice Schedule for the start of this holiday season:

  • Tuesday, Nov 20, practice at 7:30 to 9 pm at Chartiers Valley HS pool.
  • Saturday, Nov 24 noon to 4 pm, water polo Game Day with NA Alumni at North Allegheny Senior HS pool. Just show up.
  • Next Tuesday, Nov 27 NO PRACTICE
  • Friday, Nov 30, 7:30 to 9 pm, SKWIM at Mt. Lebanon HS pool. $3 drop in fee.
  • Sunday, Dec 2, 2-4 pm at Moon HS Pool open from 12-2 for lap swimming. Could pass polo ball too. $2 drop in fee.
  • Tuesday, Dec 4 @ 6:30 pm: Ugly Sweater 5K Holiday Lights Fun Run/Walk with the Renegades. Starts at Buckhead Saloon in Station Square. Drinks to follow!

Please remember to pay your November dues!

Membership Dues: $5 dues can now be paid to Venmo as well as Paypal

  • Venmo: Joie-Marhefka
  • Paypal:

Photo update

Water polo cap with holiday run at Buckhead Saloon

Christmas sweaters and water polo caps

4 women water polo players in holiday sweaters in Pittsburgh in front of Christmas tree

Water polo players run city streets with running group to get into the holiday spirit.

Joining with the NA Alumni Game Day

The North Allegheny Alumni, Masters & HS Players are able to engage in a fun game day the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 24, 2018, from noon to 4 pm.

For those that haven’t participated in the past all the players come and hang around and enjoy some laughs and fun time together. The teams play intermittently throughout the tournament time. The HS players may play against the Alumni for a couple of quarters and then the Masters might play the Alumni. The players all have a fun time and most players don’t want to miss it and work their holiday plans around the event.

This is also a great time that the Parents of previous players get to connect and enjoy each others company as well just in time for the holidays.

There is no RSVP just show up and enjoy the company of those that have played for most of their lives and those that are just starting their journey in the World of Water Polo.

I hope to see all of you there.

P.S. If you know someone who might not have received this notice, please forward it to them.