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Club News NE Zone ODP Player Highlights Tournaments Uncategorized

CT Premier players selected to represent NEZ at ODP National Championships

Congratulations to the CT Premier athletes, and all the athletes, who were selected to represent the Northeast Zone at the 2022 ODP National Championships in March. Through their talent and hard work over months and years of practice, these players have earned an opportunity to compete against the best players in the country.

The National Championship Tournament brings the top players from each zone together to compete. These athletes will have the opportunity to play against the best players in the country in their age group. This is the next step in USA Water Polo’s annual process to identify talent from throughout the country to represent the United States on the Age Group National Teams. CONGRATULATIONS and GOOD LUCK in March!

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Club News Events NE Zone ODP Uncategorized

CT Premier players at ODP Eastern Regional Championships

Last weekend USA Water Polo hosted the ODP Eastern Regional Championships in Greensboro, NC. It was an exciting tournament with teams representing the Great Lakes, Midwest, Northeast and Southeast regions playing in the Boys and Girls Development, Cadet and Youth age groups. Congratulations to our CT Premier athletes, and all the players on their performances and for representing the Northeast so well!

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Club News Coaches Uncategorized

Scott Schulte, CT Premier Executive Director, on CWPA PoloCast Podcast

Check out the most recent CWPA PoloCast where our Executive Director, Scott Schulte, spends time talking to George Gross, Jr. about his water polo and life journey. Hear how it all started in Montclair, NJ, and about his playing days at Bucknell, with the US National Team and the New York Athletic Club. He tells amazing stories about the experiences that he’s had through water polo, both domestically and internationally. He also discusses how he continues to stay involved in the sport through coaching and why he wants to grow the game in the Northeast. A fascinating discussion and a great way to learn more about Scott!

CWPA PoloCast – Interview with Scott Schulte

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Club News Player Highlights

Jack Merrill signs NLI to play water polo at Stanford

November 11, 2021 – CT Premier Water Polo Club congratulates Jack Merrill on his commitment to play water polo at Stanford University in the Fall.  The CT Premier captain, Old Greenwich resident and Rye Country Day School student signed his National Letter of Intent to play at Stanford on Wednesday night alongside Scott Schulte, Executive Director of CT Premier Water Polo Club, and his longtime coaches Jimmy Ramaley and Paul Ramaley.  

“I’m super excited to play water polo at Stanford University. It’s got a long history as one of the best collegiate programs in the country, and it’s a place where I can thrive both as an athlete and as a student. Special thanks to CT Premier and Scott Schulte, Tony Azevedo and 6-8 Sports, Jimmy and Paul Ramaley, my first coaches, and my family for putting up with me bouncing a ball off the wall for years. There’s no way I could have accomplished this without them and countless others that pushed me to be a better player, student, and person every day.”

Scott Schulte added “CT Premier couldn’t be prouder to see Jack accepting admissions to Stanford University, one of the greatest schools in the country.  Jack epitomizes what every student- athlete, especially in the world of water polo, aspires to become when they start playing the sport.  Not only is Jack an amazing athlete and a great student. but he is also extremely hard working, a great leader and role model for all the players in our club, on the East Coast and in the country.  I have no doubt in my mind that the same success Jack has displayed up until now will just continue to grow at Stanford and beyond.  It’s an amazing accomplishment to be accepted to Stanford and we wish him all the best of luck going forward.”

Jack started water polo at the age of 12 in the Fairfield County Swim League with Coach Jimmy at Roxbury Club and soon joined CT Premier’s predecessor Chelsea Piers Water Polo.  He has played with them throughout his youth and stayed with the program when it re-emerged as CT Premier Water Polo during COVID.  Jack played at the 2019 UANA Pan American Youth Water Polo Championships for Team Canada and has also been selected to many Northeast Zone ODP teams.  Good luck Jack!  We can’t wait to see what you do next!

CT Premier Water Polo Club is led by Scott Schulte, our Executive Director and NY Athletic Club (NYAC) Men’s Head Coach, and is a 6-8 Sports Affiliate Club.  We have programs for boys and girls, ages 8 – 18. Our goal is for each player to develop teamwork, respect, sportsmanship, a love for the game, and confidence in themselves. Based out of Chelsea Piers Connecticut, we focus on fundamental skills, teaching and playing as a team, and help athletes fulfill their water polo goals now and in the future, all while having fun! Come see what we are all about!

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Club News Tournaments

USA Water Polo announces 2021 JO All-Americans

Congratulations to our players who were recognized by USA Water Polo as All-Americans at this year’s Junior Olympics in Dallas, TX! All our teams played their hearts out at the tournament and these recognitions are because of the coaching and teamwork put in by everyone at the tournament and over the year. Congratulations!!!

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Club News Events NE Zone Tournaments

18U and 14U Boys Win 2021 Junior Olympics Championships

Congratulations to all the CT Premier teams who played at the 2021 USA Water Polo Junior Olympics in Dallas, TX this year. It was a fun weekend for everyone and the training and hard work you all put in over the past year was on full display! It was an extremely strong showing for all five of our teams.

18U Boys – 1st Place Platinum Division

16U Boys – 4th Place Platinum Division

16U Girls – 13th Place

14U Boys – 1st Place Platinum Division

14U Girls – 4th Place

Thank you to all our coaches, Scott, Paul, Sam, Lauren, Miki and Matt, who made this tournament possible for the players! We couldn’t have done it without you!

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Club News Events The Olympians Series

The Olympians Series goes Virtual

The CT Premier WPC Olympians Series has gone virtual! Thank you to John Mann and Wolf Wigo for holding special Zoom sessions for our players. Our players really enjoyed hearing about John’s and Wolf’s water polo experiences as well as their mindsets both in and out of the water. Everyone learned so much from their insights and CT Premier is looking forward to hosting them for camps as soon as we can!

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6-8 Sports Club News

Tony Azevedo talks about the 6-8 Partnership with CT Premier WPC

On Tony’s podcast, he talks about the 6-8 Sports partnership with CT Premier Water Polo Club and how the partnership is set up to help coaches and players learn about themselves and how to improve. He also talks about their VR technology and how players can use it. Listen to the podcast here.

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Club News NE Zone

Scott and Chris elected to NEZ Board

Congratulations to Scott Schulte and Chris Judge on their election to their election to the USAWP NEZ Board! They were the top two vote getters in the NE Zone and are excited to work with the other Board members to grow and strengthen water polo in the NE!

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Club News Communication Player Highlights

Swimming World: East Coast Polo Report

See what’s happening in East Coast water polo! Including an interview with Scott Schulte and Tony Azevedo from when he was at CT Premier WPC. – Swimming World