COVID19 UPDATE (updated May 22nd, 2020)

Dear Athletes and Parents,

The purpose of this note is to provide you with an update on the status of the 2020 Water Polo Combine. We have rescheduled the Water Polo Combine and Combine Plus to July 31, August 1st and August 2nd, 2020. The main Combine Day (with all coaches in attendance) will be Saturday Aug 1st.  Combine plus registrants will also attend on July 31st and Aug 2nd.

As we sit today, we just do not have enough clarity to conduct the Combine as initially scheduled or to reschedule for any part of June and the bulk of July. This probably comes as no surprise. State-related health restrictions on group sizes, human interaction, and facility use are not yet at levels to permit programs like ours to properly proceed. In addition, there is still uncertainty surrounding the forward-looking duration of the NCAA Division I recruiting dead period (which is already mandated through June) and the Division II quiet period (also mandated through June). Both of these impact the ability of coaches to attend and have in-person athlete interaction.  Finally, the pool facilities suitable for our program have already announced closure through June and their plans for early to mid-July have not been announced.

We know that dealing with date changes is never convenient. And, even our new dates are subject to change based upon prevailing pandemic-related guidelines. But on the positive side of things, pandemic-related conditions seem to be improving in many areas and this gives us hope and confidence that we will be able to conduct the Combine and Combine Plus on the newly scheduled dates.  If you can attend on these dates and have already registered, you may keep your registration in place for the new dates. Your registration will automatically transfer and there will be no need for further action from you. If however, you would like to cancel your registration, please send us an email and we will take care of the cancellation and full reimbursement (if you have already paid) right away.

As additional updates come available we will pass them along quickly. We thank you for your understanding, we hope you can make it on the new dates and we look forward to a great event later this Summer.

If you have not already, CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Sincerely,

Jim Staresinic                                                                         Nikola Malezanov

724-544-7680                                                                        412-716-8247

[email protected]                                                     [email protected]


Two Options to Participate in Water Polo Combine 2020 (Greater Pittsburgh Area)

  • Combine Only—8am to 4 pm on Saturday, August 1st, 2020

  • Combine PLUS — Attend on Friday, July 31st through Sunday, August 2nd

    • Practice/Perform Combine skill measurements, drills, and scrimmage on the day ahead of the Combine
    • Participation in a 1-day Tournament vs teams made up of Combine PLUS athletes
    • Film analysis and feedback from Tournament Games

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Letter From the Hosts

Dear Water Polo Athlete/Parent,

On August 1st, 2020, we will again – for the 6th year in a row – connect the top male and female high school water polo athletes to many of the top college coaches/programs in a unique, one of a kind opportunity. We would like to invite you to showcase your skills and playing ability at the 2020 Water Polo Combine.  

One of the biggest challenges for high school water polo athletes and parents is gaining exposure to and making connections with collegiate coaches and programs. This is particularly true for male and female high school water polo athletes outside of the State of California. At the Water Polo  Combine, athletes will get the opportunity they so badly need; to showcase their abilities in front of coaches by whom they are rarely ever seen.  This is an opportunity to shine, to make contacts and most importantly to possibly open doors to the next level of education and athletic participation. For grade-eligible athletes and their parents, this is also an opportunity to directly interact with coaches.

The athlete fee for participating in the Water Polo Combine on August 1st, 2020 is $195 and we are certain that you will find the experience and value to be tremendous. Each athlete will participate in skills testing and demonstration, measurements and live scrimmages with the college coaches present on the pool deck. Many college programs have already confirmed their attendance at this year’s Combine. And, though the attendance plans of the coaches can change we are sure to have a solid lineup of attendees. Typically, we have between 15 and 20 colleges/universities in attendance. Coaches who attend the Combine receive a comprehensive Combine Program, complete with athlete bios and information. After the in-pool activities, parents, athletes and coaches gather for a meet and greet session where everyone has the opportunity for face time and discussion with the schools of their choice. You can register for the Water Polo Combine at this Registration Link

Combine PLUS+

For an additional $195 per athlete, Combine Plus will allow participants to practice the Combine’s compulsory skill measures and timed activities ahead of Combine day. Additionally, athletes will participate in a program of very high level, focused instruction centered around games and scrimmages with/against other Combine PLUS athletes. We will utilize video of Combine Plus games in small group film study – after each game – to advise athletes on improvement opportunities and to help them with their performance on Combine day. Athletes outside of California have so few opportunities to play against top-level competition. We are proud to say that the  Combine PLUS+ games will be one such opportunity given the level of athlete assembled at our event each year.  Combine Plus+ will start on Friday evening, July 31st, 2020 and end on Sunday, August 2nd, 2020 at approximately 3pm. In between is the Combine Day on August 1st, as described above. To accept your invitation the Combine Only or Combine PLUS+, please click on this Registration Link.  You will receive a confirmation and, subsequently, additional program detail.

If you have any questions, please contact Jim Staresinic at 724-544-7680.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

 

Jim Staresinic and Nikola Malezanov

Program Hosts and Coordinators

Schools/coaches that have attended in the past and/or are planning to attend this year:

  • Long Beach State
  • Pamona Pitzer
  • Arizona State
  • University of Hawaii
  • Harvard University
  • Brown University
  • Naval Academy
  • Indiana University
  • Fordham University
  • St Francis Brooklin
  • St Francis PA
  • Mercyhurst University
  • Gannon University
  • Grove City College
  • Connecticut College
  • Penn State Behrend
  • Macalester College
  • Washington & Jefferson  College
  • University of Toronto
  • La Salle College
  • Salem International University
  • McKendree University
  • Lindenwood University
  • Bucknell University
  • VMI
  • Cal State Northridge
  • La Verne College
  • George Washington University

NCAA Compliance

Like institutional camps held on an NCAA institution’s campus, this non-institutional event is open to any and all participants and is only restricted by age, grade or enrollment numbers. No registrant of the camp will receive free or reduced camp tuition. The NCAA requires its member coaches to only participate in camps that are held to these standards. This includes camps held on their own campuses.

To register, please fill out this form

About the Hosts

Nikola Malezanov

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Since coming to the United States from the waterpolo powerhouse of Serbia in 2006, Nikola has established
himself as a premier coach at numerous levels. Through his coaching, he has established tremendous relationships at the youth, high school, collegiate and international levels. Nikola has developed a deep passion for creating
unique, high-value opportunities for young water polo players and works tirelessly to be involved in player development for his local club in Pittsburgh and across the country through his affiliation with USA Water Polo. The Combine is part of Nikola’s never ending search to make sure young players are getting every chance they can to succeed in the sport of water polo.

More on Nikola:

Nikola was recently named the Head Coach of Washington and Jefferson College. He is also the Head Coach of the
Unites States Cadet National Team. Nikola has also spent 6 years as the Head Water Polo Coach at Pittsburgh Water Polo Club and North Allegheny High School in Pittsburgh, PA where he has won two Pennsylvania State Championships. Prior to his current roles, Nikola was an Assistant Coach with the US Naval Academy Men’s Team under Hall of Fame Coach Mike Schofield and an age group coach with the renowned Naval Academy Aquatics Club. Nikola built his career as a player and coach in his home town of Nis, Serbia.

Jim Staresinic

As a father of two water polo players, Jim has had firsthand experience in navigating the recruiting waters for his sons and for many of the young players he has had the opportunity to coach/interact with. For the past nine years, Jim has been passionate about creating opportunities in the sport of water polo for youth of all ages and skill levels, particularly in the Eastern United States where he resides. Combining his experiences with his passion, Jim wanted to create a vehicle to help athletes and parents outside of the traditional water polo hotbeds achieve their dreams of playing collegiate water polo. He wanted to create a more direct connection between coaches, programs, athletes and parents. Hence the Combine was created.

More on Jim:

Jim is the President of the North Allegheny Tiger Water Polo Club, aka Pittsburgh Water Polo Club. He is currently also an assistant coach for the North Allegheny High School Water Polo Teams. Jim has coached for 5 years in USA Water Polo’s ODP program and was Coach of the Great Lakes Developmental Team this past season. Jim is also the Manager for the United States Cadet National Team.