Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hell Week starts in one week on 04 August

Welcome to the 2014 Carmel water polo season. If you know of any freshman who are joining the team please pass the following information on and make sure they and their parents subscribe to the blog so they get the word directly.

The schedule for 2014 is on the blog as we currently know it. If there are changes they will be posted to the blog and you will be notified.

For Monday the 4th the most important requirement is that you MUST bring a completed Summer Activities Liability & Medical Release/Consent Waiver form. If you don't you can't participate until we have one. The form can be found on the CHS website under Sports and then Summer Sports. Print out the form, have your parents fill it out and bring it to Coach Rodger when you arrive Monday early enough to be ready to start activities at 07:00. As is dictated by league rules  practice until 15 August will be without any polo equipment so be ready for running, swimming and calisthenics. That means tennis shoes, running shorts and t-shirt, swimming suit and your own water source.

In addition you should be working on filling out the Athletic Department sports package. If you don't already have a physical they will be given again on Saturday 16 August at CHS. If you have your forms completed the athletic office will be open starting on 05 August to process the forms. They can also be turned in on Arena Day. Avoid the rush on the first days of school and get your forms in early. Starting Monday 18 August you will not be able to practice unless you have brought the team copy of the Emergency Form to practice. Again bring it to Coach Rodger.

This year we are going to do the roster input online. As those who have participated in polo before we use the web and email extensively to communicate since at times there is not much lead time on changing issues. Be sure you have an email address (freshman if you don't have one you can use the one you will get at school) and it is your responsibility to check the blog and your person email at least once/day. We will distribute the URL for the online roster input next week. Please enter your input at your earliest convenience so we have access to your person information and have an accurate roster.

As the schedule says,  there is a mandatory parents meeting on Thursday 21 August from 6:30 to 7:30 in the CHS Cafeteria. At this meeting we pass on critical information on what to expect from your son's participation in water polo. You will learn that water polo is a family activity because there is so much that needs to be done that we need parents support also but it gives you a chance to be actively involved in your son's activities. I expect there will be signup sheets also.

As was posted a few days ago, on Saturday Aug 9th at 6pm at the Catalina pool Cal Bears and  Davis Aggies will play an exhibition game. Plan on coming and seeing how the college players play the game.

If you have any questions please email Coach Rodger at and we will get your questions answered.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Cal "Bears" vs Davis "Aggies" August 9th at Catalina

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NCAA #5 ranked Cal "Bears" play #11 UC Davis "Aggies" in an exhibition game for Legacy Water Polo!! 
Don't miss it!! 


Legacy Water Polo Hosts
Cal men's club team, lead by coach Kirk Everist, in an exhibition game against UC Davis men's club team, lead by Coach Daniel Leyson.      
Coach Everist                        Coach Leyson

Join Legacy Water Polo Club on Saturday, August 9th, 6:00pm at Santa Catalina School pool, Monterey.
Legacy will host the #5 ranked CAL men in an exhibition game against the #11 ranked UC Davis men's team. 

Head Coach for the University of California Berkeley's Men's Water Polo team, Kirk Everist has proven to be the perfect individual to perpetuate the tradition of excellence that defines California water polo. Everist has twice led the Golden Bears to the pinnacle of the sport; directing his alma mater to its NCAA-record 13th national crown with a 8-6 win over USC in 2007 after a thrilling 7-6 last-second national championship victory over the Trojans in 2006.
A 1990 Cal graduate, former three-time All-American, 1988 NCAA Player of the Year and two-time United States Olympian, Everist, 45, earned the 2002 MPSF Coach of the Year honors in his inaugural season when he guided Cal to the MPSF Tournament title and a national runner-up finish. Then in 2004, he was inducted into both the Cal Athletic and the USA Water Polo Hall of Fames.  

"Kirk has been an Olympian and an All-American, but I believe he is now a better coach than he was as a player," said four-time NCAA Coach of the Year Pete Cutino, Everist's former Cal mentor who passed away in  
September of 2004. "He is a very intense person who has always been a student of the game. Kirk is everything we would want in a coach."  
Legacy Water Polo is honored to host this visit and Legacy is grateful for use of Santa Catalina's exceptional aquatic facility.

Daniel Leyson, who brings more than 25 years of high-level coaching and playing experience at the collegiate and international levels, was announced as UC Davis men's water polo head coach on May 22, 2013.
Leyson's experience features roles as assistant coach at perennial powers UCLA (2011-13) and USC (2000-02), as well as serving as an assistant for the U.S. men's water polo national team when it participated in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
He has worked alongside 10-time national coach of the year Jovan Vavic at USC and assisted legendary coach Ratko Rudić, coach of four Olympic gold medal teams. Leyson was a three-time All-America player at USC from 1990-92 who went to play for the U.S. National Team in 1994-95 and later internationally in Barcelona, Spain.

Leyson  served as UCLA's assistant coach during the 2012 and 2012 seasons, helping them to a championship in the powerful Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and a pair of runner-up finishes at the NCAA Championships.  
Gate Fee: $8/person $25/family  
Donations towards this event are welcome.  Legacy is committed to bringing high quality water polo to the Monterey Peninsula every year! Your donation will help us to continue this effort along with contributing towards the equipment that we use year-round in the youth program. 
As a 501(c)3 your contributions are tax deductible. 
Cal Bears, photo above.         UC Davis, photo below.


Hi, just a reminder that you're receiving this email because you have expressed an interest in Legacy Water Polo. Don't forget to add to your address book so we'll be sure to land in your inbox!
Visit for the our session practice calendar. 
Legacy Water Polo Thanks You!
Thank you for your continued participation and positive feed back on how to make our program better.  You can always contact us at Legacy Polo or phone: 831-625-2120.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Summer Lagacy Program

LEGACY sent three teams to the National Junior Olympic qualifiers over the past three weekends and all three teams had very good results!  The 16U Boys Red & Blue Teams competed against 28 other bay area teams, including powerhouses: Stanford, 680, Diablo, and LaMorinda. Both teams played exceptionally well, especially considering that they had only one or two subs for most games!  Blue missed qualifying for finals by one loss and Red placed 11th among the 28 Pacific Zone teams, earning them a spot at the JO finals at the Gold level at the end of July.  15 Legacy boys will represent our club at the USA Water Polo National Junior Olympic finals in the Stanford/Bay area. 

The 14U boys had their work cut out for them, competing against some of the bay area's top water polo teams, with a young squad that included some 11 and 12 year-old Legacy players participating for their very first time.  They stepped up their play and really pulled together as the weekend progressed. 14Us also only missed a spot qualifying for finals by one loss. It was an all 'round great effort, good fun, and a tremendous learning experience.

Congratulations to all, a very solid showing by our
three Legacy teams.

 Next year we are virtually guaranteed success in 14U and 16U age groups because we will have so many returning players with another year eligibility in their
respective age groups!  Legacy is fully committed to expanding our effort of sending USAWP JO teams each year!

Congrats for a super effort: 16U & 14U Legacy boys!

And, thanks to our Legacy coaches, Nate Cohen, Tim Auger, Dave Akers and especially Coach Austin Auger, who coached the 14U team, and Coach Carl, who coached both 16U teams and assisted with the 14Us! 

Thanks to parent Ken Doo for the following photos. 
Check out more on Facebook!  (Be sure to "Friend" Legacy Water Polo!)

Stay tuned for more results from the 16U boys  
as they prepare for the USAWP Junior Olympic Finals!


And, for those of you that have missed my prompt replies and emails, I am now back from a business trip (other job!) to the National Marine Sanctuary in Thunder Bay Michigan.
My apologies for slow responses over the past 12 days!
Legacy Water Polo Thanks You!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Legacy starts today!

Have you signed up for Legacy summer polo??  Some will state conflicts with a summer job or vacation...I'll bet you can squeeze in a few polo practices around those things.  In fact I'm positive most can.  Come on boys and parents.  The more work you put in the better the result, plus don't forget it's fun :) 

Get off your butts.  Speedos on.  Get to the pool today.  You will thank me for this motivation to play summer polo when hell weeks roll around :)


Coach Gaily

Monday, April 28, 2014

Junior Olympics with Legacy...Get on board!

Time is of the essence if you want the best summer water polo experience.  Legacy has gone through great lengths to send multiple teams to JO's this summer.  A large group of Carmel boys went last year.  Let's up that number this year.  You will get better...Believe me :)

Coach Gaily


Sign-up by MAY 1st for 
We are almost there!
  • We have one 16U boys team, and it is looking like we will have two!
  • We have one 14U boys team, we just need a couple more commitments this week.
  • 12U boys is uncertain. We need 5 more players.  If you are on the fence please contact Legacy.  This doesn't have to be a strong team, just interested in improving and having fun!
  • 16U Girls - we will be combining with Wax-Em Water Polo. Please contact Legacy for more information 

Your decisions need to be made in the next week, or at minimally contact Legacy to indicate your strong interest. 

Currently we have:
  • five 12U Legacy boys signed-up, 
  • eight  14U boys signed-up,   
  • thirteen 16U boys (we are hoping to have 20 players & two 16U teams)   
Please remind friends to sign-up soon! 
Your player does not have to be a star water polo athlete.  The USAWP National Junior Olympics encourages development at all levels of play. 
Participation allows for growth in the sport and significant maturity in overall play, teamwork and sportsmanship.
The time commitment and costs involved are not small, so please read the materials carefully to be sure of your family commitment to this event. 

 Sign-up Now!   


Any questions please call 831-625-2120!! 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Summer Legacy

  Water Polo Ball on deck 
For the second year in a row,
LEGACY is taking multiple teams to the USA Water Polo
National Junior Olympics (JO's)
this summer!! 
Legacy is entering teams in the
12U, 14U & 16U boys and 16U girls brackets!

Your decisions need to be made in the next three weeks. 
 Cost will be $350 per player for each 16U and 14U team that is entered into the JO Qualifiers
Cost will be $300 per player for the 12U team participants.

Checks are due by May 1 to hold your space and ensure that we enough players per team.

72+ teams from across the country will compete in the 14U Boys Div Finals
AND . . .
Between 84-108 teams from across the country will compete in the 16U Boys' and Girls' Div Finals
13+ teams from 12U boys will be selected from the Pacific Zone
18+ teams from 12U boys will be selected from the Pacific Zone
and 16+ teams each from from the 16U Girls and 16U Boys will be selected from the Pacific Zone!
We need fast action from those families that think that their son or daughter would like to participate in this National water polo event.   
Your player does not have to be a star water polo athlete.  The USAWP National Junior Olympics encourages development at all levels of play. 
Participation allows for growth in the sport and significant maturity in overall play, teamwork and sportsmanship.
The time commitment and costs involved are not small, so please read the materials carefully to be sure of your family commitment to this event. 

 Sign-up Now!   


We currently have 27 players who have expressed interest in one of the teams below!!! 
Most enthusiastic are the 16U Boys and we may end up with two teams. 

I have taken the liberty of inserting several names especially in the 12U boys category.  These are only here as a suggestion, players that I see have done Legacy for more than one session or a friend has suggested their name. 

In order to be signed up, you must send in a check and follow all of the steps in the links above.

12U Boys 14U Boys 16U Girls   16U Boys 
Charles Conner
Wyley Dale
Jasper Dale
Luca Bozzo
Wesley Hill
Borman, Bohdi
Hubbard Avery
Christou, Sebastian
Natha White
Hunter, Heger
Meheen, Michael
barstad, caleb
Dampier-Beard, Adam
Aaron Georis
Zach Rodriguez
Eli Willis
David Daniels
Isidoro Cosentino
Will Morgan
Nathaniel Pettas
Bohdi Borman
Billy Lynch
Kelly Rice
Megan Rice
Emma Morgan
Ella Schwirzke
Megan Brady
Sophia Franklin
John Fletcher
Ian Hubbard
Alex Rodriguez
Anthony Gnibus
Parker Costa
Parker Fisher
Brian Frost
hunter schurman
Jack Margolis
Téo Sanico
Kevan Auger
Connor Goodson
Alex Johnson
seth chavez
Kyle Hertsch
Carter Whitaker
David Molina
Henry Eason

Checks are due by May 1 to hold your space and insure that we enough players per team.

Any questions please call 831-625-2120!! 

Legacy Water Polo Thanks You!
Thank you for your continued participation and positive feed back on how to make our program better.  You can always contact us at Legacy Polo or phone: 831-625-2120.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Saturday Scrimmages!! and Swim Conditioning

Please read both sections.  If you chose not to swim for CHS you still have options to get in shape and improve.  Read below and put in the work.
Coach Gaily

This is strongly encouraged for all CHS polo players.  
If you are planning on going out for Legacy's Junior Olympic Team this summer these scrimmages are incredibly important.

Spring HS Saturday ScrimmagesFees: $75  
Ages 14 & Up 
   *HS: Sign-up and Pay 

  • Saturdays 3:30-5:00pm

First practice: March 15
Last practice: May 17

Don't miss this opportunity! Legacy is offering all of our High School participants Saturday scrimmages this Spring. Stay in polo shape and get ready for summer. Planning to go to JOs? You should consider this practice required! Ages 14 & up. Must be experienced HS player. 

Swim Conditioning Spring 2014

Swim Conditioning schedule, March 4, 2014 to May 29, 2014:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00-7:30pm  
(Please check Legacy's Calendar for time changes.)

$100 for the session, 26 swim practices.  $3.85 per 1.5hour practice!


Are you serious about water polo?  Want to play in high school and maybe beyond?  
Here is one serious suggestion on what you should be doing in order to perfect your play and be the best local player that you can be.