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Staff will include USA Olympian Genai Kerr, Miguel Figueras, and more elite coaches and referees.
Why Kids Love Splashball
Splashball is designed to introduce the sport of water polo to children 5-11 years old. The intent is to provide basic skills and understanding of the sport in a recreational format. Although water polo is known for its toughness and endurance, SplashballTM harnesses all the fun, dynamic aspects of the game in a safe, easy to learn aquatic experience that will motivate kids to swim and stay fit.
Founded in 1978, USA Water Polo is the National Governing Body for water polo in the United States of America. Originally governed by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) with assistance from the YMCA, the organization was formed following the passage of a federal law designating the US Olympic Committee as the coordinating body for all Olympic activity in the United States. Based on a volunteer structure, USA Water Polo moved to a more formal corporate model in 2006 consistent with reforms championed by the United States Olympic Committee.
USA Water Polo is a member organization with nearly 500 high performance club programs across America, and 45,000 active participants annually. The organization hosts a variety of national championships to serve the clubs, including Junior Olympics, Masters Nationals, the US Open of Water Polo, Champions Cup, the Rock-tober PCA 12 & Under Classic and more. The US Open of Water Polo, formerly the Indoor and Outdoor National Championship along with the Junior Olympics are the two oldest membership events and started in the time of AAU governance.
USA Water Polo's mission includes governance of the U.S. Olympic Men's and Women's Water Polo Teams and the development pipeline of future athletes for the Olympic Games. Toward that end, USA Water Polo launched an official Olympic Development Program in 2009. The program serves approximately 3500 athletes from throughout the US, who are introduced to high performance methods and may be identified to participate in elite level training and competition opportunities. Some of these athletes are selected to join Junior, Cadet, Development and Youth National Teams by virtue of their participation in our ODP Championship and National Team Selection Camp events.
USA Water Polo includes a high performance division, which collects and shares information to help each club and athlete reach their potential through sport. The high performance group shares learning from Olympic and international competition with clubs, athletes, coaches and officials through a special Team USA app and a proprietary YouTube Channel. USA Water Polo is also a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance and the US Olympic Committee "SafeSport" programs, both designed to provide encouragement to athletes within a safe environment. USA Water Polo also maintains a Hall of Fame, honoring greats in the community, founded in 1976 and revamped in 2010, inductions are held annually. In 2009, the organization launched Splashball, a program designed to introduce water polo and water safety to children ages 5-9.
For the history of USA Water Polo's participation in the Olympic Games and other major international championships, please visit the Team USA section of this website.
The Mission of USA Water Polo shall be to grow the sport of water polo throughout the United States and win medals in Olympic, World Championship, and Pan American Games.
USA Water Polo, Inc. is a non-profit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) as the National Governing Body for the sport of Water Polo in the United States. USA Water Polo oversees our Olympic water polo program, including senior, junior, youth and cadet national teams, as well as 20 different championship events annually, including the Junior Olympics, the US Open of Water Polo, and the Masters National Championships. With nearly 40,000 members, USA Water Polo is also the sanctioning authority for more than 500 Member Clubs and more than 400 tournaments conducted nationwide each year. USA Water Polo has a rich tradition of success at every level including World Championship, World Cup, World League and Pan Am Gold Medals, and most recently, Olympic Gold for our women's program. USA Water Polo is committed to the development and promotion of the sport throughout the US and to providing the best possible experience for all participants. It fosters grass-roots expansion of the sport, providing a national system of affiliated clubs and leagues, certified coaches and officials, educational materials, and background screenings, as well as developing programmatic materials and undertaking initiatives to generate greater awareness of the sport.
Want your kids to be personally trained and mentored by an Olympian?
5meter Water Polo Camps give them an unique opportunity to experience the lifestyle, nutrition and training of an Olympian. They also get practical training tips and drills designed by some of the best coaches in the world.
World class drills and training
Open to all genders and levels of ability
Complete immersion in Olympian lifestyle and training regime
Emphasis on game appreciation and fundamentals
Designed by the top coaches and athletes in the country, the camp provides in-water instruction to make an immediate impact on an athlete’s game. Young athletes will have the opportunity to learn first hand how Olympic Athletes train, meet their nutritional needs, and balance their lives.
We want our campers to come home with experiences that enrich both the quality of their play and their life through a better understanding and greater appreciation for sport. They will develope new techniques and a heightened level of self-confidence.
WHAT TO EXPECT
5meter Water Polo Camps and Clinics provide the highest level of individualized coaching for aspiring water polo athletes. Whether you are learning the rules of water polo and how to eggbeater or preparing for college level competition, we have the best water polo camp for you. Upon arrival at camp, campers are placed in groups with other players having similar abilities and goals. Our camp staff will do their best to accommodate your needs, keeping in consideration your experience and desire to improve.
Superior instruction from USA Olympians and College Coaches
Olympians get in the pool with you to demonstrate and lead drills
Daily emphasis on fundamentals, position training, drills and scrimmages
Position Specific Training for Divers, Shooters, Goalies & 2 Meter Offense & Defense
Water Polo specific dry-land training.
Genai Kerr is a USA Water Polo Olympian, coach, mentor, and true ambassador of the sport. Genai was a member of the United States Men's National Water Polo Team for 12 years and played in the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2003 & 2007 Pan American Gold Medal games, and multiple World Championships. He has coached at every level from Splashball to college and National Teams. He is a USAWP Sport Growth Manager, FINA Subject Expert, and consultant with a variety of countries.
COACH MIGUEL FIGUERAS
Miguel lives in St. Louis with his wife and two sons, both of whom he taught at Wilson. He is an accomplished water polo player and coach, serving as the Assistant Coach for the US Water Polo Men’s Development National team and the head water polo coach for Desmet Jesuit High School Club, Club Director for the St. Louis Area Polo and the USA Water Polo Chairperson, Midwest Zone.
COACH COLLEEN LISCHWE
Colleen Lischwe serves as the head coach of both the men’s and women’s water polo teams at McKendree University. After serving as the program Graduate Assistant in its inaugural year, she was named the head coach for the women's water polo program in February 2017 and in June of 2018, Lischwe was named head coach for the men’s water polo program. She is currently the only female head coach of a men’s NCAA water polo program.
On the women’s side, in her first season with McKendree, Lischwe was selected as the 2017 CWPA Midwest Division Coach of the Year. She took over the reins of the program as head coach in February 2017 and led the Bearcats to their first Midwest Division Championship match. The following season, Lischwe lead the Bearcats to a 9-16 record in their first season as a varsity program as a part of the WWPA Conference where they placed 7th overall. Lischwe coached Emily Westlove who was given the program’s first All-American nod. Most recently, Lischwe helped the 2019 Bearcats to an 11-15 record, their winningest season to date.
After serving as assistant coach to the men’s program for its first two seasons, Lischwe became head coach of the team in June 2018 and delivered the team’s most successful season in program history. Lischwe lead the team to their first winning season in 2018, finishing with a 15-13 record overall. During her first season at the helm, Lischwe earned the 2018 Coach of the Year Award at the CWPA DII Championships and was presented with the Dick Russell Coach of the Year Award at the 2018 MAWPC-West Conference Championships. Additionally, McKendree won their first MAWPC-West Conference Championship, ending the 20-game winning streak of Gannon University along the way and defeating Salem International University in the finals. Following the win, McKendree made their first appearance at the MAWPC Championship Tournament. Lischwe coached Joseph Mahan to earn the program’s first men’s All-American award. In 2018 Lischwe was honored with the 2018 Monte Nitzkowski Distinguished Coaching Award for the Midwest Zone by USA Water Polo.
As a player, Lischwe had a successful high school and college playing career. Named Missouri High School Female Player of the Year from 2005-2007, Lischwe was named to numerous All-Conference and All-District teams. Following her high school career, Lischwe starred at Marist College, a Division I program in Poughkeepsie, NY. As a starter and successful player for the Red Foxes, the attacker helped lead the team two MAAC conference championships. During her time at Marist, Lischwe competed in the NCAA National Championship tournament twice, finishing eighth in 2008 and seventh in 2009.
Prior to coaching at McKendree, Lischwe served as the head water polo coach at Kirkwood High School in St. Louis, MO. Additionally, Lischwe acted as the Midwest Zone Women's Cadet Coach for from 2010-2016 through the USA Water Polo's Olympic Development Program and will reprise this role in 2019. In addition to her collegiate coaching duties, Colleen also coaches both the boys and girls groups at St. Louis Area Polo, a club team in her home town of St. Louis, Missouri.
In 2018, Colleen received her masters of business administration from McKendree University.