Go to the SCHEDULE page for up-to-date information about practice schedules. See you on Sundays at North Port Aquatic Center! Saturdays are all-team practices at Arlington Park Pool.
The masters program is designed to provide training and playing opportunities for athletes with a variety of goals, from remaining competitive in practice and game situations, to staying fit, to enjoying the camaraderie of participating in a team sport. All levels welcome and encouraged, from beginners to seasoned veterans. Practices consist of warm-up, skills/drills, and scrimmaging, with players taking turns at refereeing play.
When possible, the group will enter masters level tournaments.
USAWP Bronze membership required.
How much does it cost?
Pay $8 drop in or $40 for an 8-session pass at NPAC.
At Arlington, it's a $10 drop in fee.
Can I try first before registering?
Yes, at Arlington you can just show up!
At NPAC you'll have to pay a drop-in fee for $8.
For questions contact Coach Mike.
(USAWP Membership required. 2-week free trial is fine to start.)
Do I need a USAWP Membership?
Yes, we are a USAWP sanctioned club, you must sign up for at least a bronze membership($45 annually). You get a little magazine and tons of emails, plus insurance. Better yet, you are now connected to the water polo community here in the USA.
Do you play in tournaments or scrimmage other teams?
I would hope a few of you hardy souls want to go and test our skills against other teams (7 in the water, plus a few subs, or 4 in the water for the new FINA beach rules, very doable, ). If playing in tournaments is not part of your goals, no problem, you can still enjoy playing with the team at our practices.
What are we going to do at practice?
As “Masters” athletes and adults you can do as much or as little as you feel comfortable with at any given practice. In general, expect a 2-hour practice to be approximately 30 minutes of swimming, 15 minutes of passing, 30-45 minutes of drills, remainder is scrimmage. Nothing is set in stone, all variable, contingent upon who, how many, and when everyone shows up, as well as any specific skill set that we want to work on.
We seek to provide a venue that welcomes any adult (18-80+) that is interested in playing this great sport, whether you have never played or have played at the highest levels.
As with any “Masters” program, there will be a wide spectrum of abilities, experiences, and conditioning that show up on deck. No problem! Everyone can learn something every day.
Coach Mike moved to Sarasota permanently in 2018 from Illinois (Lake County, north of Chicago). He started playing water polo in 1994 at the age of 38 because a group was at the high school near his house and his kids were involved in the sport. He did not play water polo or swim competitively in high school or college and has now played masters water polo for 25 years!
My name is Mike Bergquist and I am honored to coach the Masters Team for Sarasota United.
In Illinois, I officiated high school games for 10 years and played masters water polo for 25 years. In Florida I coach the Venice High School Boys water polo team, have an FHSAA coaching certificate, a coaching/referee certification from USAWP, as well as a current lifeguard credential.
I have a solid understanding of the game, but realize there is always something new to be learned. Water polo has taken me to numerous states(10) and a few countries(3). It is a great game filled with great people, and I love it!
I look forward to getting to know you and expand my circle of friends in water polo. Tell your friends and colleagues. Let’s play ball(and of course, have fun)!!