✴ Windy City Water Polo ✴

Fall 2020
2011 3rd Place 14&Under Girls Windy City Water Polo

Windy City Water Polo Club in Illinois serves Oak Park, River Forest, Chicago, and the entire Chicagoland area. The club began in 1987 by coaches Dave Perry and Jack Wagner.  Windy City Water Polo fields Senior/Masters level, 20 and Under, 18 and Under, 16 and Under, 14 and Under, 12 and Under, and 10 and Under teams for both boys and girls. We offer practices and competitions year round for athletes 14 years old and younger (12U and 10U), senior / masters women, and senior / masters men. We offer Summer and Fall water polo for high school athletes. Windy City Water Polo is unaffiliated with ANY high school or high school water polo program.  No high school athlete is required to participate with Windy City in order to participate with his or her high school team.  The club uses Fenwick High School's Dan O'Brien Natatorium for training (505 Washington Blvd., Oak Park, IL 60302). Please note that at this time, the HS Girls' Summer Team is invite only. The rest of our teams, 14&Under, 12&Under, 10&Under, HS Boys programs, and senior / masters programs for men and women, are open to all players.



Windy City Water Polo remains on a hold for the time being.  However, Fenwick High School is hosting a water polo camp in October and November for grades 2-8 on Monday and Wednesday nights.  Many familiar Windy City and Fenwick Coaches will be on hand.  Anyone that has done Windy City in the past is welcome to particiapte in this Fenwick High School water polo camp.  The registration link is: https://www.ultracamp.com/info/sessionDetail.aspx?idCamp=515&idSession=285984&campCode=fwi .  If you have any questions, please contact Coach Kyle Perry at kperry@fenwickfriars.com

Fall Practice Schedule:

Age Group (14&Under, 12&Under): Look into the Fenwick Water Polo Camp
Age Group (10&Under): Look into the Fenwick Water Polo Camp

HS Boys: Look into your high school's fall contact days

Senior Men (18+): TBD

Senior Women (18+): TBD

At the high school level, WCWP has had players compete at Fenwick, Morton, Oak Park River Forest, Br. Rice, St. Patrick, Loyola, St. Ignatius, Lockport, Juarez, Maine South, Lincoln Park, York, Riverside-Brookfield, Maine East, Taft, Little Village, Neuqua Valley, Lincoln-Way Central, Curie, Latin, Mother McAuley, Evanston, Lake Forest, Whitney Young, Glenbrook South, The Hill School (PA), Waubonsie Valley, Morgan Park, Hinsdale Central, Prosser, St. Charles East, Wilson (PA), Von Steuben, Steinmetz, DeLaSalle, Shepard, Stagg, Blackfriars Priory School (Adelaide, Australia), Northside College Prep, Bremen, and Mt. Carmel.

At the collegiate level, WCWP has sent players to Varsity programs at Harvard University, Princeton University, Mercyhurst College, Iona College, Fordham University, Bucknell University, UC Los Angeles, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Loyola Marymount University, Washington & Jefferson College, U.S. Naval Academy, Johns Hopkins University, Pennsylvania State University Behrend, UC Santa Barbara, George Washington University, Santa Clara University, Indiana University, Colorado State University, University of Michigan, Villanova University, Gannon University, University of La Verne, University of the Pacific, Monmouth College, Concordia University - Irvine, Pomona-Pitzer, Marist, UC Irvine, UC Berkeley, Carthage College, and University of St. Andrews, Scotland.  Matt Farmer recently helped UCLA win the 2014, 2015, and 2017 NCAA Championship.

At the club level, WCWP has sent players to Miami University, University of Michigan, Purdue University, Northwestern University, University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Western Michigan University, University of Iowa, University of Notre Dame, University of Dayton, Marquette University, Lewis University, St. Louis University, Western Illinois University, Colgate University, Syracuse University, Pepperdine University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Grand Valley State University, Tufts University, United States Military Academy, Illinois State University, Indiana University, Boston College, Lehigh University, Tulane University, Georgetown University, Texas Christian University, University of Chicago, Michigan State University, DePaul University, and University of Virginia.

Three of our athletes have gone on to play professional water polo in Spain, Italy and Australia.  Matt Napleton (Fenwick '09) competed for Rari Nantes Savona in 2013-2014, and Chris Wendt (Fenwick '09) competed for Roma Nuoto in 2014-2015.  Most recently, Matt Farmer (Fenwick '13) competed for the Hunter Hurricanes in Australian's National Water Polo League 2017-2018, Circolo Canottieri Ortigia in Italy 2018-2019, and CN Sabadell in Spain in 2019-2020.

Eight Windy City Water Polo Coaches have been inducted into the Illinois Water Polo Hall of Fame: Laura Coffman (1999), Joe Wendt (2000), Dave Perry (2002), Brian Pendergast (2003), Jack Wagner (2005), Mike Gruszeczki (2008), Brigitte Kusevskis (2011), and Steve Vongluekiat (2019).

Any questions please call Kyle Perry at Fenwick, 708-386-0127 ext.346 or email kperry@fenwickfriars.com .

Windy City Water Polo Calendar

Quick links:

Fenwick High School's Dan O'Brien Natatorium

  • News and Announcements for Windy City Water Polo
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  • Fenwick High School Water Polo Camp (October & November)
    While Windy City Water Polo is still on a bit of a hiatus, Fenwick High School is offering a water polo camp for grades 2-8!  Any interested Windy City age group players should check it out:

    MISSION: To train youth athletes in the game of water polo and develop specific skills that will allow them to have FUN and great success in future competition in a safe, no contact pool environment.  The Fenwick Water Polo Skills and Drills Camp will train athletes in swimming, body position, leg strength, and ball handling.

    DATES & TIMES: Monday, October 12-Wednesday, November 1.  Mondays and Wednesdays 6-7 pm for ages 7-10 and 6-7:30 pm for ages 11-14.  **All times subject to change**
    **Participant temperature and symptom check-in will take place starting 15 minutes prior to start time

    ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS:  All grade school-aged athletes between 2nd and 8th grade who are interested in general fitness, swimming speed and agility, body position, leg strength, and water polo position-specific work.

    COST:  1 Child = $120, 2 Children = $220, 3 Children = $300, $80 for each additional.

    COACHES (Receive training from a rotating list of coaches who have played and coached at the highest levels of water polo):
    3. Fenwick Boys’ Assistant Water Polo Coach Ben Gronwold (Illinois State University)
    4. Fenwick Boys’ Assistant Water Polo Coach Jim Lock (former Lincoln-Way Central Boys’ Water Polo Head Coach)

    Posted Oct 6, 2020, 7:44 AM by windycitywaterpolo@yahoo.com
    While water polo opportunities are just around the corner (DEFINITELY WORTH THE WAIT!), we wanted to alert our budding water polo writers about a spooky story contest being organized by Fenwick High School's student newspaper, The Wick.

    All students in grades 6-8 are invited to compete in The Wick’s Halloween Writing Competition!  Send us your original spooky story in 300-500 words. We are excited to read your creepy cliffhangers, ghastly ghost adventures and
    terrifying twists!  Winning submissions will be featured in an upcoming edition of The Wick, Fenwick High  School’s award-winning student newspaper.  

    Deadline for submission is October 30, 2020.  

    Email us your finished haunted tale to thewick@my.fenwickfriars.com.  Make sure to include your full name, grade and school.

    Water Polo update coming soon (in the next few days...) - GET EXCITED!
    Posted Sep 30, 2020, 8:02 AM by windycitywaterpolo@yahoo.com
  • High School boys are going outdoors!

    Windy City Water Polo will be starting up on Monday, June 29th, 7-9am at the River Forest Country Club (15W468 Grand Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126).  We will continue to practice on Monday mornings throughout the summer (end date still TBD).  Any interested high school boys should be signed up online at: https://sites.google.com/site/windycitywaterpolo1/home/forms .  The cost for the summer program is $100.  Accepted payment is cash, a check made out to Windy City Sports, or Chase QuickPay / Zelle to windycitywaterpolo@yahoo.com .  Coach Kyle will be running the workouts, though Coach Jimmy, Coach Ben, and Coach Elizabeth will also likely make some special guest appearances!

    While scrimmaging and contact will not be allowed at this point, there's still plenty of swimming and water polo drills that we'll be able to do in the RFCC outdoor pool while maintaining a healthy and safe environment.  We have the pool for two hours, but we are limited on the number of participants in the pool, so we may run two workouts if needed.  Players should arrive in their suits, have their own water bottle, goggles, and towel.  We will not be using the locker room facilities, and we will not be changing on the pool deck; arrive in your suit and plan to leave in your suit.  Masks should be worn when you enter the pool area.

    Contact Coach Kyle at kperry@fenwickfriars.com if you have questions.

    Posted Jun 27, 2020, 8:54 PM by windycitywaterpolo@yahoo.com
  • Spring Season Canceled & WP "meet up" scheduled for 5/12
    While we had been hoping to salvage at least part of the spring season, that will not be possible.  We will begin working on refunds for the largely cancelled spring season for everyone that paid.  Please know that this will likely be a slow going process.

    Summer water polo may be a possibility LATE this summer.  We have typically started in late May and run our program through late July.  Depending on the state of this crisis, we are hoping to provide some water polo in July and August if the current situation improves and we feel that we can provide water polo in a healthy and safe environment.  This may or may not coincide with our fall age group season which typically runs late August through early November.  At this time, like seemingly all things, everything is up in the air.

    Lastly, Coach Elizabeth Timmons and I will be running a zoom meeting next week on Tuesday, May 12 at 4pm.  We don't have much planned, but we know that some of our water polo players haven't seen each other in a while and we are happy to facilitate this "meet up."  We are also hoping to have Coach Elyssa on the call.  She moved to California and is coaching out there but says she misses her Windy City players!

    Zoom information is as follows:
    Topic: Windy City Water Polo
    Time: May 12, 2020 04:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/92624358373?pwd=bmJiVVZmeDduM3AvWlZBZ0JvR21mUT09
    Meeting ID: 926 2435 8373
    Password: 8giZbv

    We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!  We also hope to see you in the pool again soon!
    Posted May 11, 2020, 8:38 PM by windycitywaterpolo@yahoo.com
  • Spring Season Update
    With all of Illinois under the stay-at-home order, our spring season will look to resume in May.  As the situation continues to change, we'll continue to provide updates.  If we are unable to practice this spring, we will refund our spring participants, but we also hope you will be able to join us this summer.
    Posted Apr 2, 2020, 7:48 PM by windycitywaterpolo@yahoo.com
  • Spring Season postponed
    With the closing of Fenwick High School, our home pool, and Oak Park currently under a shelter-in-place order, all Windy City Water Polo activities have been postponed through at least April 3.  14&Under, 12&Under, 10&Under, and senior men practices will hopefully return in early April.  As we find out more information, we will continue to post updates.

    Please stay safe and healthy!
    Posted Mar 19, 2020, 9:47 AM by windycitywaterpolo@yahoo.com
    Windy City Water Polo will be offering a water polo spring season in 2020.  We will be teaching the fundamental skills of water polo.  It is for boys and girls age 6-14, who are not yet in high school, and will be held at Fenwick High School in Oak Park.  It will run from March 4 through May 6.  Practices will be held in the evenings on Wednesday nights from 7:15-8:30pm and Sundays 11:30am-1pm) at the Fenwick H.S. pool.  Cost for the clinic is $175.00 for 14&Under and 12&Under players and $100 for 10&Under players; acceptable payments are cash, a check made payable to Windy City Sports, or payment via Chase QuickPay or Zelle to windycitywaterpolo@yahoo.com.  Please mail checks to Kyle Perry at Fenwick High School, 505 Washington Blvd. Oak Park, Il. 60302 or bring your payment with you on the first day, March 4.

    The clinic is open to any girl or boy in grades 1 through 8.  The purpose of the clinic is to teach the youngsters how to pass, catch, dribble and shoot a water polo ball.  We will also be teaching the basic play of the game.  We will try to have some scrimmages in house or with other teams as well.  These can really help provide an introduction to the exciting game of WATER POLO!  Returning players will continue to sharpen their skills during our spring clinic.
    For the 6-10 year old beginning level participants we will offer H2O Ball.  It is a fun way to introduce youngsters to the sport of water polo.  

    Spring Practice Schedule:
    Age Group (14&Under, 12&Under): Wednesdays 7:15-8:30pm & Sundays 11:30-1pm
    Age Group (10&Under): Sundays 11:30-12:45pm

    SIGN UP TODAY AT: Registration Forms
    Posted Feb 27, 2020, 10:43 AM by windycitywaterpolo@yahoo.com
  • Two Daves Tournament coming up!
    Windy City Water Polo will have a senior men's team and a senior women's team for the 2020 Two Daves Tournament at Fenwick on February 14, 15, and 16.  Anyone interested in playing for the men's team should contact Kyle at kperry@fenwickfriars.com .  Anyone interested in playing for the women's team should contact Elizabeth at etimmons@fenwickfriars.com .
    Posted Jan 29, 2020, 8:08 AM by windycitywaterpolo@yahoo.com
  • Age Group Sunday Scrimmages
    Happy Thanksgiving!  Age Group Sunday scrimmages start this Sunday, December 1 at Fenwick.  Complete schedule:

    Sunday, December 1 4:30-6pm 14&Under, 12&Under, and 10&Under Sunday Scrimmage at Fenwick
    Sunday, December 8 4:30-6pm 14&Under, 12&Under, and 10&Under Sunday Scrimmage at Fenwick
    Sunday, December 15 4:30-6pm 14&Under, 12&Under, and 10&Under Sunday Scrimmage at Fenwick
    Sunday, December 22 4:30-6pm 14&Under, 12&Under, and 10&Under Sunday Scrimmage at Fenwick
    Sunday, December 29 4:30-6pm 14&Under, 12&Under, and 10&Under Sunday Scrimmage at Fenwick
    Sunday, January 5, 2020 11:30am-1pm 14&Under, 12&Under, and 10&Under Sunday Scrimmage at Fenwick
    Sunday, January 12, 2020 11:30am-1pm 14&Under, 12&Under, and 10&Under Sunday Scrimmage at Fenwick
    Sunday, January 19, 2020 11:30am-1pm 14&Under, 12&Under, and 10&Under Sunday Scrimmage at Fenwick
    Sunday, January 26, 2020 11:30am-1pm 14&Under, 12&Under, and 10&Under Sunday Scrimmage at Fenwick
    Sunday, February 2, 2020 11:30am-1pm 14&Under, 12&Under, and 10&Under Sunday Scrimmage at Fenwick
    Sunday, February 9, 2020 11:30am-1pm 14&Under, 12&Under, and 10&Under Sunday Scrimmage at Fenwick
    *Sunday, February 16, 2020 **OFF**
    Sunday, February 23, 2020 11:30am-1pm 14&Under, 12&Under, and 10&Under Sunday Scrimmage at Fenwick
    Sunday, March 1, 2020 11:30am-1pm 14&Under, 12&Under, and 10&Under Sunday Scrimmage at Fenwick
    Posted Feb 5, 2020, 12:46 PM by Kyle Perry
  • Age Group News 11/4/19
    Great job to our 12&Under team this past weekend!

    While all the games are completed, we still have two more practices this week for EVERYONE.

    We will practice Monday and Wednesday in the pool 6-7pm.  We will try to make a few Christmas ornaments for our Christmas tree from 7-7:30pm.  Why are we decorating a Christmas tree in early November?  We will once again be decorating a tree for the Brookfield Zoo!  All players are encouraged to join us after getting dressed to create a few Christmas ornaments for our 2019 Christmas tree.  You can see some pictures from this year's tree tree at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/windycitywaterpolo/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2202096860048930  On Sunday, November 24, we will go to the zoo to hang our ornaments.  We will meet at 10am at the north parking lot entrance, enter the zoo together, decorate our tree, explore the zoo, probably eat lunch, and then have everyone picked up about 1pm.  We have 20 free tickets and 5 free parking passes.  See one of the coaches at practice tonight or Wednesday if you want tickets or the parking pass.  Tickets can be used for kids or adults, but we are only giving tickets to adults to handle so that they will, hopefully, be less likely to be lost.  If you do not get a free ticket from us, you can still join us but will have to pay the zoo's regular rate.  In the past, we have had lunch at the zoo, so please give your kids some lunch money.

    Colorado group will meet on Friday at 3:30pm outside the Southwest Ticket Counter at Midway Airport.  We'll go through security together.  Looks like this is going to be a great trip!  Expect an email or two about this as we get closer to Friday!

    Saturday, November 30, Illinois Water Polo and the Chicago Wolves have teamed up and are doing an Aquatics night at the Chicago Wolves game.  In addition to a ticket for the game, athletes will receive a free Chicago Wolves hockey themed swim cap and a free Wolves winter hat.  Tickets cost $25.  If interested, please contact Elizabeth Timmons at etimmons@fenwickfriars.com and let her know how many tickets you want.  We'll do a group order so that we can all be sitting in the same section!  Deadline for our group order is Monday, November 25th at 7pm.  If you have questions, just let us know.

    What's next for Windy City?
    Sunday Scrimmages at Fenwick in December 4:30-6:00pm.
    Sunday Scrimmages at Fenwick in January and February 11:30-1pm.

    Spring Season at Fenwick in March, April, and early May.  10&Unders: Tuesdays 7:15-8:00pm and Sundays 11:30-12:30pm.  12&Under and 14&Under: Tuesdays 7:15-8:30pm and Sundays 11:30-1pm.

    Summer Season at Fenwick in late May, June and July. 10&Unders Monday and Wednesday 6-7pm. 12&Under and 14&Unders Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 6-7:30pm.

    Posted Nov 4, 2019, 1:36 PM by windycitywaterpolo@yahoo.com
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