European Water Polo Academy Camp – Spring Break 2018


Dear Water Polo Community!

We are pleased to announce that the Surrey Orcas Water Polo Club is hosting it’s 2nd annual Spring Break European Water Polo Academy. This year’s invitation is open to athletes from any Club (must provide proof of WPC insurance) with the birth years of 2005, 2006 and 2007.

After this Academy, all athletes will have a better understanding of the technical aspects of the Water Polo game and will come away with sharpened skills ready to apply and improve their game!

This year’s academy training will be held at the Guildford Aquatic Center for 4 days from March 26 to 29. You will receive training from our Co-Head Coaches Vladimir Ushakov and Vlad Kruglikovskiy, assisted by Spartans NCL players.

Each training day will be composed of a 45-minute dry-land work out and over an hour in the water. This Academy is free to Surrey Orcas Water Polo Club members and only $60 for all 4 sessions for anyone joining from other Clubs.

Day 1:
* Leg Coordination & Strengthening
* Correct Body Position
* Passing Techniques.

Day 2:
* Counter Attack Training
* How to Choose the Position in the Attack
* Shooting Techniques

Day 3:
* Defense Positions
* Passing Techniques – Level 2
* Quick Thinking Development Tools.

Day 4:
* Time for FUN!!! We will have a friendly scrimmage between all members of the academy
* Detailed analysis of mistakes and advice from our coaches will be provided.

NOTE: During all four days of the Academy, specific Goalie training will be provided by high-performance goalie coach Vlad Kruglikovskiy.

Please register your child for the Academy on our web site as soon as possible. Spaces are limited.


Coca-Cola West Coast All-Stars Take First Place

Four members of the Orcas 18U team were invited to join the Coca-Cola West Coast All-Stars during the recent 21st Annual Valentines International Classic. Other members of team Coca-Coal were athletes from the Saanich Water Polo School 18U team, a proud member of our Orcas alumni, and a very versatile veteran Russian player.

Now in it 21st year, this international event attracts teams from far and wide who come together to compete in Saanich B.C.

The Coca-Cola West Coast All-Stars came through the preliminary round with three wins including a see-saw one goal victory over Team UBC. Team Coca-Cola faced the formidable home town Mavericks in the Open Division championship game. At the end of four action packed quarters our 18U boys were awarded their well deserved first place medals.

Our 16U Spartan boys team was entered in the uber competitive 17U category.

They finished the preliminary round with a hard fought 2 and 2 record. In the second round of the tournament, the boys saved their best for last and played a disciplined game that resulted in a 14-5 victory and a fourth place tournament finish.

Our 14U Orcas boys found themselves in water polo’s version of the group of death. Although they did not win any of preliminary games the boys narrowed the goal deficit with each successive match.

The boys played a balanced team game that resulted in a 14-12 victory to open the second round of the tournament. While their final game did not result in a victory it was, in coach Vladimir’s words, their most complete game.

Spartan Sixteens Strike Silver in San Diego

The Spartans 16U boys team recently returned from a very successful trip to the Pacific Winter Classic Tournament in San Diego.

The trip started with an exhibition game that allowed the team to adapt to the concept of playing in outdoor pools in the dead of winter. Day one of the 12 team tournament was very successful with victories of 13-4 and 14-4.

The competition got stiffer in the semi-finals. With the game tied and a trip to the tournament championship on the line, the Spartans sealed the deal by scoring the game winning goal with just 15 seconds left in the game.

We lost 10-5 in the final but were very proud to bring home the silver medal and some great California memories.

Spartans San Diego Jan 2018
A visit to the beach at Torrey Pines State Park was one of the highlights of the trip. A huge shout-out goes Coach Vladimir and Chaperone Eric for ensuring the boys had a first class experience both in and away from the pool.