Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July,

I hope you have a wonderful and safe 4th of July. I just wanted to remind everyone that practices start July 11th. I have received a few emails asking about practice tomorrow July 5th. There is no practice tomorrow. Practices start July 11th. 

If you have any questions about the schedule you must download the Team App. I look forward to seeing everyone next week.

Thank you

Coach Graham

Monday, July 3, 2017

Summer Practices start July 11th.

Happy 4th-

Water Polo practices start July 11th. They will run from 3:30-5. Please try and make as many of these practices as possible. They are Non-Mandatory but a great way to start getting back in shape. The release form needed to participate is on the Team App or you can go to the Carmel High School website. I have a a link on the Team App and the forms must be given to me.

The date of the first summer practice did change from July 5 to July 11th. These changes are all being communicated through the new Team App. Please download TeamApp and search Carmel High School Water Polo.

I will not use the blog anymore once the season starts to communicate. Please have a great 4th of July and I look forward to our first summer practice on July 11th.

Coach Graham.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


I can't believe how fast water polo season is approaching. There have been some changes to the Non-Mandatory Practices. Non Mandatory Practices will start Tuesday, July 11th. They will run Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5pm. Those that are participating in Legacy Water Polo will be excused in time to make the practices. These practices are non mandatory but extremely important. We have a "dead period" from July 23-Aug 3. The coaches are not allowed to have any contact with players during that period. We then start school Aug 8th. With the "dead period" it leaves us very little time to get prepared for our season. Please try and come to the non mandatory practices starting July 11th. I've included a link that must be filled out in order to participate during the summer. I must have this in order for you to participate.


Season practices:  The times have changed from previous years.

Monday-Friday (consistent)

Varsity-   4-6 pm

JV/Freshman. 5:30-7:30 pm. (Students will be dismissed at 7:20 to get covers on and excused by 7:30)

In previous years the times of practices were different on certain days. This year all practice times are consistent throughout the week. As always we encourage students to use their time wisely. The JV and Freshman have plenty of time to get homework started by 5:30.

Please sign up for the Team App if you haven't already,

Thank you

Coach Graham

Friday, June 9, 2017

New Practice Schedule

I hope everyone is having a great summer. I have published a new practice schedule on our team app. 

Please download the app in order to see the new practice schedule. 

Carmel High School Water Polo now has their own Smartphone App. It's 100% FREE. 

It'll keep you up-to-date with news, events, schedules and much more. 

To get the full features of this App you need to download Team App onto your smartphone (www.teamapp.com/app). 

Launch Team App, then: 
1. Sign-up to Team App. You'll be sent an email to confirm your registration. 
2. Log in and search for Carmel High School Water Polo to become a member. 

Coach Graham

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Carmel Water Polo,

Please sign up on our new app as soon as you have time. We are still working out the practice schedule for the school year but the games and summer schedule are up. Please use the link below.


Thank you

Coach Graham

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Carmel Water Polo App

Carmel High Water Polo Family-

We are launching a new water polo app that will increase our communication. This App is completely free and will allow you to use your smart phone to quickly keep track of our schedule, news and announcements. I will publish our schedule for games and practices this week along with other important information. Please take the time to download this app. The blog will still be up and running but not updated regularly. I've included a link below.  If you have trouble with the link at all you can goto TeamApp and search Carmel High Water Polo.

The season will be here before you know it. We start non mandatory practices in July. These practices are extremely important. Another great opportunity is to participate in Legacy Water Polo. As you know from my previous post we are capping only 14 on the Varsity. The Junior Varsity is also going to be very competitive this year. Coming into the school year out of water polo shape will greatly affect a players chances of earning playing time.

Coach Graham


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Coaching Philosophy

I wanted to share with you part of my coaching philosophy and what this means for the upcoming season. Coaching provides the opportunity to teach not only the skills to succeed in water polo, but the character skills necessary to be successful in life. These life lessons have been ingrained in our water polo program over the years and will remain a major component of our coaching style. 

A lesson that I feel is incredibly important to teach is that of earning your spot by showing hard work, dedication, and respect. This translates in and out of the pool.  This year the Varsity will only be dressing 14 athletes for games. The others will be on the practice squad. The two teams will always practice together under the same Varsity umbrella, and the two groups are fluid. Each week the coaches will be evaluating the team and making recommendations based on hard work, dedication, skills and attitude. The caps must be earned each week. Players from the practice squad have the ability to move up as much as the players who have caps have the ability to move down. 

I believe this accomplishes two things. The first is earning your spot. Practices will become more competitive. The second is not having to make cuts. We struggle every year with this dilemma. This program has grown considerably. We have never cut before and by creating two groups we wont have to. This gives the athletes the ability to compete by working hard to earn their spots. We will conduct one on one meetings with each athlete to let them know what they have to achieve to earn a cap. I want to also encourage players to come to the coaching staff and ask what they need to do to keep or earn a cap. This instills accountability and is a great life lesson. When practices start everyone is on a level playing field. 

Practices will start July 5th. They will be every Monday and Wednesday from 4-5 pm until July 26th. We also have the pool reserved on Tuesdays and Thursdays during those same hours for special practices and clinics. These practices are NOT MANDATORY but strongly encouraged. These practices are open to all water polo players that are Carmel High Students. A waiver will have to be signed to attend. I encourage all players to adjust their schedules as much as possible to attend. Once again, they are not mandatory but will help us gain the edge we need to achieve our goals. 

Lastly, participation in The Legacy Water Polo Club is strongly encouraged. The Junior Olympic Tournament is held in July and is an incredible opportunity to experience high level water polo. Encourage your teammates to participate in Legacy this summer. If you know any new freshman planning on playing for Carmel High get them evolved. Lets get as many players playing water polo this summer as possible.

Coach Graham