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Spring Tournament, April 7 and 8, 2018, a huge success

For the first time in decades, the tournament was co-hosted by the Masters water polo team. And, the Pittsburgh masters fielded two squads, Renegades 1 and Renegades 2.

CMU was to host a water polo tournament, April 7 and 8, 2018. Instead, it is was jointly hosted at Chartiers Valley High School swim pool by Pittsburgh Masters (also known as Renegades) and Tiger Water Polo of North Allegheny. Well done everyone. Tiger had great help at the table with scoreboard operators and results. The on-deck officials were great. The teams came to play and they all got lots of action.

Schedule, as of 3/30/18:
Sat, Apr 7th
Time Dark Caps White Caps
1pm Tiger Renegades 1
2pm Salem W&J
3pm Pitt GW
4pm Renegades 2 Presidents (W&J Alum)
5pm Salem Renegades 1
6pm W&J Pitt
7pm GW Presidents (W&J Alum)
Sun, Apr 8th
Time Dark Caps White Caps
8am Tiger GW
9am Pitt Renegades 1
10am Salem Presidents (W&J Alum)
11am Tiger Renegades 2
12pm W&J GW
1pm Salem Pitt
2pm Renegades 2 Renegades 1


Please sign up to volunteer for the tournament, such as running the clock / scoreboard.  Follow the event details on Facebook.

Presentation to Pacific Swim Coaches

Coach Mark traveled to Napa, California, and gave a one-hour talk to swim coaches and the audio, slides and associated videos, are published. See Thinking again about aquatic game play.

Pittsburgh Masters Water Polo squad has been enjoying some great scrimmages with CMU’s men at CMU on Wednesday nights from 9 to 11 pm. This photo was from November 8, 2017.

Water Polo practices in fall 2017 switched to South Park High School

Hometown hero holds the ball and gets the center position of the photo (see below) taken after at Tuesday evening practice at South Park High School. He is a lap swimmer at South Park on the other days, but stepped up and joined into the water polo practice and scrimmage on the first night. Also present in the photo is Christopher, the head coach of the South Park High School varsity and club swim teams. He is second from left in the photo. He had not played water polo with the Pittsburgh Masters and we were most happy to get the program off to a good start this fall.

Rookies welcome!

Others at the practice include some players from CMU, new and veteran.

Missing from the photo, high school players. Where are the high school swimmers. Triathletes too! Get in some fun water time at this time of the year.

Practices are slated for Tuesday nights, 8 to 9:30 pm, at South Park High School pool. Just show up. Directions: 2005 Eagle Ridge dr, South Park PA, 15129. When you enter the high school campus, drive around the buildings to the back entrance (#17). The pool is along the first hallway on your left. Enter through the office to get to locker rooms.

group photo of water polo squad
Masters Water Polo shows up to play at South Park High School in September 2017.

Summer water polo — outdoors at Citiparks’ Ammon Pool in Pittsburgh’s Hill District was better than ever in 2017

Masters Water Polo players in the year of the eclipse as we gather around our goalie in a summer evening practice at Citiparks Ammon Outdoor Pool.
Pittsburgh’s Masters Water Polo practice included final springs from deep to shallow end, with a break to take this photo. Welcome to David D, PPS Sci-Tech senior. Players from Morgantown, Bellevue, Lawrenceville, Shadyside, Pitt, CMU, Plum and many places around town.
water polo teams playing in the swim pool at Ammon
Community water polo happens in the summer at the Citiparks outdoor pool at Ammon in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.

Water Polo in Pittsburgh spans many sites, ages and abilities

The BGC truck hauls water polo goals around town. Here it is in the Pittsburgh Hill District outside the Thelma Lovette YMCA.

Teams from the eastern states, Canada and Erie often come to play water polo in Pittsburgh.

Olympians and champions from Europe, Serbia and Team USA come to Pittsburgh for clinics.

Pittsburgh Masters Water Polo

Mark and Mark at the pool at North Park. We’ll play against the college and high school squads, and realize that it great to have subs on our bench.

Most of the die-hard water polo players on the Pittsburgh Masters Water Polo squad have played the sport in college and have continued, off and on, to play in the decades that follow. But, many have not. Some just came to the sport later in life as they look for a team sport that is physical, fun and easier on the body than the land sports.

Throughout the academic year, the Pittsburgh Masters are often invited to play practices and games with the men’s team at CMU. Playing once a week, often on Tuesday nights, 9 to 11 pm, has been the norm in recent years. But, check the calendar.

water polo team
Pittsburgh Masters Water Polo squad in 2016 at the CMU water polo tournament.
water polo at Ammon
Summer water polo happens at Citiparks Ammon Swim Pool. Practices were held, weather permitting, at 6 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Pittsburgh Masters and CMU join together to play from 9 to 11 pm in spring 2017.
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