Sarasota United Masters Water Polo



 Schedule - Summer 2019

June 12 - July 31, 2019


All New College Practices will be held at VENICE HIGH SCHOOL until further notice!

Wednesday 6-8pm and Sundays 9:30-11:30am @ Venice High School

Our regular schedule will resume ASAP: 

Wednesday 6-8pm and Sundays 9:30-11:30am @ New College Pool


How do I register? 

You can register online or show up at practice and pay with a check.

How much does it cost?

The 2019 summer session is $75 for the whole summer (or $10 drop-in)

Can I try first before registering? 

YES! You don't have to be registered to come to a practice and try it out. Just show up! 

Do I need a USAWP Membership? 

We are a USAWP sanctioned club(insurance thing). So YES, you must sign up for at least a bronze membership($40 annually).  You get a little magazine and tons of emails.  Better yet, you are now connected to the water polo community here in the USA. 

Are we going to compete and play in tournaments or scrimmage other teams?  

I would hope that we can get a few hardy souls together that would want to go and test our skills against other teams (7 in the water, plus a few subs, very doable). The new beach rules (FINA approved) only require 4 in the water, so there are some more possibilities.  The good news is that because we are all USAWP, this is only a scheduling issue. If not, no problem, we can still enjoy ourselves and each others company at our practices. Let’s see where this journey leads.

What are we going to do at practice?  

First of all, as “Masters” athletes and adults you can do as much or as little as you feel comfortable with at any given practice. My plan was to break up the 2 hour session as follows:

Apx 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 is particularly weak at the moment.

How will we communicate?  

Right now I am leaning toward Group Me, could be talked into What’s App? Final decision soon! Or course, there is texting, email, phone, etc.  

From the Coach

Welcome aboard everyone!  My name is Mike Bergquist and I am honored to be asked to help launch and coach SUWP-Masters.  

A very brief bio on myself: Moved here permanently last year from Illinois(Lake County, north of Chicago), where I started playing in 1994 at the age of 38. A group was at the high school near my house and my kids were involved in the sport. I did not play water polo or swim competitively in high school or college. I started attending the practices up there, and then, poof!  Here I am today, 25 years later, in Sarasota, in the midst of this exciting kickoff of a Master’s water polo club. In Illinois, I officiated high school games for 10 years, and this spring had the privilege of coaching the Venice High School Boys water polo team(that means I have a FHSAA coaching certificate).  I also have a coaching/referee certification from USAWP, as well as a current lifeguard credential. I have a solid understanding of the game, but realize that 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! 

A new and very exciting chapter in my life, 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)!!

Mike Bergquist



 My vision is to provide a venue that welcomes any adult(18-80+) that is interested in playing this great sport, whether or not they have ever played or have played at the highest levels. As with any “Masters” program, my guess is that there will be a wide spectrum of abilities, experiences and conditioning that show up on deck. No problem! We are all on the journey together, some are farther than others. Everyone can learn something every day.