Archived News

Spring 2004 Session

May 1, 2004

Dear Athletes and Parents,

We hope you can find a few moments to come out and see your son play in his final tournament of the Spring Session on Sunday, May 2.  The players have developed new skills over the past few months, and it will be fun to see them showcase their talents in the stadium pool.  Feel free to ask questions and talk to the coaches afterwards.  We are getting excited about the summer competition coming our way.  For this Sunday's schedule, please check the website at and click on "Calendar".

The 2004 Summer Session Registration information will be available online in the very near future.  We hope to have it launched this weekend. See you at the pool. 

To:       All Stanford Water Polo Club Athletes and Parents

From:  Coach Vargas & the Coaching Staff

ARE YOU READY FOR IMPACT WEEKAs we head to the final stretch of the Spring Program, we hope you will make every effort to attend Coach Vargas' Impact Week May 3 - 5.  Parents are welcome to come out and watch!

During this week, Coach Vargas and some cool Stanford players will personally supervise practices that are designed to have an impact on each athlete's game.  Each of our club athletes will walk away with a few ideas for personal growth in the sport, with an emphasis on offensive play.  For very advanced players Coach Vargas will point to techniques that are used at the Olympic level, where Coach Vargas has played and coached.  For example, can the advanced player master at least eight types of shots?  For younger players, Coach Vargas and the coaching staff will explain what the player has to accomplish to move to the next level.

The goal of Impact Week is to put a few thoughts in each player's mind, and with summer tournaments rapidly approaching there will be some great opportunities for each athlete to "try their new moves".  A few thoughts of preparation as you head toward Impact Week:

1. Arrive 20 minutes before practice and begin stretching immediately.  It will do no good to show the coaches your best 6-meter shot if you are not warmed up.

2. Get good sleep during the week.  Studies have shown that athletes can not focus on learning what it takes to advance to a new level unless the athlete is listening intently and has the focus to attempt the change with full energy.

3. During Impact Week write down 1, 2, or 3 things that you want to change in your game this summer.  Write these items on an index card and put it in the top drawer of your desk.  Be proud as you experiment with what it takes to make these changes.  Each time you look at the index card, ask yourself if you have worked hard enough to try these new aspects of your game in a tournament.

4. Think of what you want to ask Coach Vargas.  He and the coaches are available before and after practices to answer your individual questions.

5. Bring a notebook and pencil.  You might want to take notes during the chalk talk portion of the practice.

6. Get excited.  The Sydney Olympic Head Coach is about to challenge our Stanford Water Polo Club athletes.

P.S.  Parents, use Impact Week to assess your own role in your son's development.  Are you happy with his sleep, strength training (if old enough to start it), nutrition, swim technique and mental outlook on the sport. Do you have questions for the coaches or the Stanford players?  Do you want to know when strength conditioning should kick in?  If your son really wants to improve his arm speed when shooting then ask Coach Vargas and the coaches what strategies they believe in for younger players.  If your son is left-handed, do you want to know how Coach Vargas is coaching his All-American left-hander Peter Varellas?  Is your son a tenacious driver?  Then maybe you want to know what tricks Thomas Hopkins is using as one of the most creative drivers in the country.  And Coach Vargas has known Tony Azevedo for most of his life, so if you want to know how Tony trained at the exact age that your son is at, please ask.  The Coaching staff wants to get as many questions answered as possible "prior" to the start of the Summer session when the Stanford Water Polo Club wants to begin tournament play with explosive play!

The SCHEDULE for Impact Week is as follows:

Monday, May 3rd - High School Drivers and High School Goalies 7:00-9:00 PM
Tuesday, May 4th - Age Group Drivers and Age Group Goalies 7:00-9:00 PM
Wednesday May 5th - All 2M players (offense and defense) and all Goalies 7:00-9:00 PM

Note:  All athletes should come to one night, goalies should come to two. Thursday and Friday schedules (May 6 and 7th) will stay the same (see club calendar)

See you at the pool,


April 17, 2004
Good morning,
Below is the schedule for tomorrow's games. Sorry for the delay in getting this information to you and we hope to see all of you (and parents) tomorrow. 

Noon       HS 1 vs. HS 2
1:00pm   HS 3 vs. HS 4

2:00pm   AG 1 vs. AG 2
3:00pm   AG 3 vs. AG 4

April 3, 2004

Dear Athletes and Parents,

We have changed our practice schedule for Spring Break. Please note that there will be no practice April 5 - April 11. Practice will resume on April 12th. Please check the calendar by clicking on the navigation bar to the left.

Thank you.

April 3, 2004

Dear Athletes and Parents:

 The Stanford Water Polo Club 2004 Summer Session tentative schedule is now posted on the website (below). The complete registration information will be available very soon.  We wanted to get these tentative dates to you as soon as possible to assist in your summer planning.  
This year we will be offering two add-on programs to our summer session that are optional.  A brief description of the two are below:  
One and one-half hours of water polo conditioning.  Including, but not limited to: swimming, dry land, plyometrics, and in-water leg work.  Designed for athletes who would like to improve their individual swimming strength and skills.  At least one hour of each practice will be dedicated to swimming.  Swim sets will be geared towards water polo conditioning and each athlete's ability.  Cost:  $135 per athlete
At the Riekes Center, they not only help you define your goals, they show you how to achieve them. Sometimes even exceed them.  They can be anything. Training to be a better athlete in a specific sport. Gaining flexibility. Building explosive power. Overall fitness and better nutrition. Rehabilitating an injury.  You can do all this in a state-of-the-art facility using proven training methods and learning under the guidance of an expert staff that will give you the resources and knowledge to reach your goals.  Our athletes will have an individual evaluation and program designed for them.  See club calendar for training dates and times.  More information at  Cost:  TBD  
Below are the tentative dates of our two planned travel trips for the summer session:
  LONG BEACH FINA TOURNAMENT & TRAINING TRIPWe will be travelling as a club to the Long Beach FINA Tournament from July 15 - 18, 2004.  We will train with SoCal teams during the day and attend the FINA tournament at night.  More details to come.  Cost will be approximately $250-300 per athlete. 
This year the Junior Olympics will be held in the greater Ft. Lauderdale area of Florida.  We will be staying as a team at the:

Doubletree Suites – Ft. Lauderdale Galleria
2670 East Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33304
Telephone# (954) 565-3800

The boy’s portion of the tournament will be from July 24 – 27.  We will be traveling on July 22nd and returning on the 28th.  Cost will be approximately $800 per athlete.

If you have any questions, please don't hestitate to email  Thank you.


Workout Group Pre-Summer
Game Night At Stanford
Varsity Tues and Thurs
6:30-8:30 PM
at Stanford
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs
6:30-8:30 PM
at Stanford
6:30-8:30 PM
HS I AM Tues and Thurs
6:30-8:30 PM
at Stanford
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri
8:30-10:30 AM
at Sacred Heart
6:30-8:30 PM
HS I PM Tues and Thurs
at Stanford
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs
6:30-8:30 PM
at Stanford
6:30-8:30 PM
HS II Tues and Thurs
6:30-8:30 PM
at Stanford
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri
10:00 AM-Noon
at Sacred Heart
6:30-8:30 PM
Age Group I Tues and Thurs
6:30-8:30 PM
at Sacred Heart
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri
3:00-5:00 PM
at Sacred Heart
6:30-8:30 PM
Age Group II Tues and Thurs
6:30-8:30 PM
at Sacred Heart
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri
1:30-3:30 PM
at Sacred Heart
6:30-8:30 PM


Workout Group Summer (6/13-7/25)
All Groups Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri
5:00-6:30 PM
at Stanford


Workout Group Summer (6/13-7/25)


Mon, Wed, Fri
1:00-2:30 PM
HS I AM Mon, Wed, Fri
1:00-2:30 PM
HS I PM Mon, Wed, Fri
1:00-2:30 PM
HS II Mon, Wed, Fri
3:00-4:30 PM
Age Group I Mon, Wed, Fri
10:00-11:30 AM
Age Group II Mon, Wed, Fri
10:00-11:30 AM

March 26, 2004

Dear Athletes and Parents,

Just a quick note to let you know that we encourage our water polo families to come out and cheer on your son's team at this Sunday's inter-squad tournament at the Avery Aquatic Stadium at Stanford University.  The weather is again supposed to be spectacular!  Check out the game times in the March 25 announcement (shown below). 

The clothing orders have arrived and will be available for pick-up at this weekend's tournament.  This is the best way to receive your order.  If you cannot make the tournament maybe you know another member of the team that could pick it up for you.  A few of the clothing items in selected sizes will be available for sale this Sunday if you were not able to order early. 

If you have any questions, or would like to reserve a particular clothing item, please do not hesitate to email me.

See you Sunday at the pool!

March 25, 2004

Dear Athletes and Parents,

Below please find the schedule for the remainder of our inter-squad tournaments.  All games will take place at the Avery Aquatic Center, Stanford University.  The team rosters are posted on the website at  Just click on "Practice Groups and Schedule" on the navigation bar. 

Sunday, March 28th
12:00pm   HS2 vs HS4
1:00pm     HS 1 vs HS 3
2:00pm     AG 2 vs AG 4
3:00pm     AG 1 vs AG 3

Sunday, April 11th
No practice, holiday

Sunday, April 18th SEMI-FINALS
12:00pm  HS 1st Place vs  HS 4th Place
1:00pm    HS 2nd Place vs HS 3rd Place
2:00pm    AG 1st Place vs AG 4th Place
3:00pm    AG 2nd Place vs AG 3rd Place

Sunday, May 2nd FINALS
12:00pm  HS 3rd place game
1:00pm    HS 1st place game
2:00pm    AG 3rd place game
3:00pm    AG 1st place game

If you have any questions, please feel free to email

March 10, 2004

Dear Athletes and Parents:
Our inter-squad tournaments will commence this Sunday, March 14th.  All games will take place at the Avery Aquatic Center, Stanford University.  The team rosters are posted on the "Practice Groups and Schedule" navigation bar. 
The following is the game schedule for March 14th:
12:00pm   HS 1 vs HS 4
1:00pm     HS 2 vs HS 3
2:00pm     AG 1 vs AG 4
3:00pm     AG 2 vs AG 3
Families are encouraged to come out and cheer on your team and the weather forecast is again wonderful.  See you at the pool!

March 9, 2004

The teams for the 2004 Spring Session of the Stanford Water Polo Club have been announced and are now posted on the website.  See the "Practice Groups and Schedule" navigation bar. 
The inter-squad tournaments will be held during an already scheduled Sunday practice time.  Dates and times will be announced soon.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact  Thanks and see you at the pool.
Note:  The clothing ordering is being held open until tonight, March 9th.  If you would like to order any team clothing please do so on-line at the Team Shop.

February 27, 2004

Good morning,

The Practice Groups for the 2004 Spring Session of the Stanford Water Polo Club have been announced and posted on the website.  Please click on the "Practice Groups & Schedule" button on the navigation bar.  

If you don't see your name or if you have any questions/concerns, please don't hesitate to contact

We are looking forward to a very productive season - see you at the pool!

February 22, 2004

Dear Athletes and Parents:

We have two important announcements regarding the 2004 Stanford Water Polo Club Spring Registration:

1.   The practice groups are filling up fast and you must be registered to ensure participation.  Registration is now available on-line and should simplify the process for you.  Registration is due by this Wednesday, February 25th or there will be a $25 late fee.  Please make sure that you are registered with USWP before you complete the form.  You can update/confirm your membership by clicking on and go to their membership section. 

2.    Our 2004 Clothing Line is now available on-line.  Please go to the club website at and click on the "TEAM SHOP" navigation button on the left.  The on-line form will calculate your total for you.  All you need to do is print out your order confirmation and send it in with your check.  The clothing orders will be due Sunday, March 7th.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact

February 19, 2004

Due to an unforeseeable emergency, the Pacific Zone Development Team tryouts will be hosted at Acalanes High School in Lafayette instead of Miramonte High School . Undoubtedly, some athletes will be affected by this last minute shift of venue and may be late to the tryout. As a result, we will not be making any cuts after the first tryout and ask that all participants attend both tryouts on the 21st and 28th of February.  The times as originally published will remain the same.  Please pass this information along to any interested parties.  We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may have caused.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Jon Barnea
Pacific Zone Development Head Coach


February 15, 2004

Dear Athletes and Parents:

Our spring session will begin Monday, March 1st and end Friday, May 7th.  To ensure the highest quality of our program, we will be limiting the number of participants in each practice group.  They will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  The enrollment period will close on Wednesday, February 25th, so please complete the application at your earliest convenience to secure a place on the team.  There is a $25 late fee for applications received after February 25th.  Workout groups will be posted on the website on Friday, February 27th.  This session we will be conducting our own inter-squad competition league.  We will hold tournaments on selected weekends culminating with a championship tournament on May 1st and 2nd.  Tournaments will take place at Avery Aquatic Center, Stanford University.

During the spring session the coaching staff will be evaluating athletes for the summer Junior Olympic teams.  Summer session begins the week of May 24th.

Registration must be filled out on-line using the Spring Session Registration Form.   If you need assistance, please email  You will be able to print out a signature page that must be submitted with your check.  The cost of the spring session for HS I & II is $275, Age Group $315.  We expect all HS I & II groups to be participating in either their high school or club swim teams.  Age Group will increase to three - four practices per week with the add-on of selected Tuesdays and an optional Friday water polo conditioning.  Siblings are $30 less than their regular fee.

The practice times will be as follows:

HS I (Varsity Athletes) 6:30pm – 8:00pm on Thursdays, Noon – 2:00pm on Sundays 
HS II (JV/Frosh-Soph Athletes) 6:30pm – 8:00pm on Mondays, Noon – 2:00pm on Sundays
Age Group (Pre-High School) 6:00pm – 8:00pm on Selected Tuesdays*
6:00pm – 8:00pm on Wednesdays
6:00pm – 7:30pm on Fridays (Optional WP Conditioning)**
2:00pm – 4:00pm on Sundays
*  There will be no Age Group Tuesday practice on 3/2, 3/16, 3/30 and 4/13.  Please consult the calendar for complete information on each practice groups’ dates & times.

** This practice will be water polo conditioning only.  It is optional but we recommend that any athletes who do not train in their off days with swim teams or other sports come to this practice.  This practice is open to all athletes not in high school.

There will not be practice April 9th – 16th due to Easter Vacation.  Practice will resume on Sunday, April 18th.  All practices will be at Avery Aquatic Center, Stanford University.

We are launching a new team clothing line for 2004. The on-line catalog will be available on our website very soon.  We have a new design for the team t-shirt and sweatshirt.  This line will also be available during our summer session. 

We have added an area on the registration form for those of you who would like to contribute to a scholarship fund that would help an athlete participate in our program but might not be able to due to financial hardship.  This donation would be tax-deductible as we are a non-profit organization.

See you at the pool!

John Vargas Brian Kreutzkamp
Head Coach Assistant Coach
Stanford Men’s Water Polo Stanford Men’s Water Polo