Water Polo (Coed)
June 24- 28
July 1, 2, 3,
*Open to the public
Water Polo is a fun, intense Olympic team sport. Water Polo is a true total-body sport and one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S! It is a great way to learn to swim while having fun with teammates! Learn, develop and train in the sport of water polo this summer!
Jones Water Polo Summer Training Camp will provide participants quality training and an opportunity to learn and build fundamental water polo and swimming skills. Build endurance, mental and physical strength and skill. We will work on fundamentals, passing, catching, shooting techniques and individual positional work to play into offensive and defensive game strategies. Participants will also take part in dry-land strength training.
Players will develop a better feel for the water, build skills to compete, improve their strength and have fun!
Coaches Jim Cortez & Mac Varilla
Jim Cortez, Boys Head Coach
Jim Cortez has been coaching for over 20+ years and has mentored and developed many city, regional, state and national qualifiers in swimming, and all-city and all-sectional water polo players. Jim founded the Jones-Payton Swimming, Diving & Water Polo program and started the Iguanas Swim Club. Jim has served as a leader within the aquatic community for many years, mentoring many scholar athletes that excel in the pool, classroom, and in their communities, and guiding young coaches with their respective programs.
Jim's vision has been to help and inspire athletes to become better versions of themselves, in and out of the pool.
Mac Varilla, Girls Head Coach
Mac Varilla serves as the Head Water Coach for the Jones-Payton Girls Program and directs player skill development for both boys and girls programs. His coaching philosophy is athlete-centered, helping develop athletes as players and as people to realize their potential, discover opportunities and find the beautiful joy of the sport.
In 2018, he was awarded Sectional Coach of the Year. He had guided the team to three consecutive City Championship games and two IHSA sectional finals, including Jones-Payton's first CPS City Championship title in 2018. He has been honored as Illpolo.com Coach of the Year Honorable Mention and recognized in Honoring Excellence by Chicago Public Schools for his positive and heroic act within the CPS community. He is a supporting partner of the Positive Coaching Alliance and is active in the water polo community, promoting and developing the next generation.