New England Canoe Polo

2014 Season Begins

Our club officers for the year are:

  • President: Kara Greenfield
  • New Player and Equipment Coordinator: Michael Buonaiuto

A huge thank-you to Julie Downall, who served a record number of years as our club president!

We’re planning a big recruiting effort this winter season. Please contact us if you’re interested in playing!

New Officers and New Blood for 2011

Our club officers for 2011 are:

  • President: Julie Downall
  • Treasurer: Betsy Reynolds
  • Insurance Coordinator: Rebecca Sugarman
  • Equipment Coordinator: Michael Buonaiuto

We were delighted to have our largest turnout to date during the 2010-2011 winter season. Much of the growth came from a large number of talented and enthusiastic new players.

Many NECP’ers contributed time and energy to recruiting, coordinating, and mentoring new players. We’re thrilled to have so much fresh blood! (Er, not literally…well, at least not at most practices!).

Due to a combination of changing club demographics, consistent annual algae problems in Spy Pond, and the costs of goal construction and takedown, we decided not to build permanent goals on Spy Pond this year. Instead we’ve moved to the Charles River in Newton.

The Lasell College boathouse has been kind enough to allow us to launch off their dock, and the bridge next door is a very convenient place to hang a goal.

Meanwhile, dedicated club members John Corbett, Jason Kates, and Adam Kates have built us an additional floating goal, bringing our total to two. We’ve enjoyed a number of great full-court games on the Charles, and we expect the portable goals to save the club substantial time and money in building, maintaining, and taking down the permanent goals each year.

All in all, 2011 is off to a great start, and we’re looking forward to finishing out the year in style: by sending at least two (and possibly 3) teams to the US Nationals in Omaha, NE in September!

Celebrating A Decade of Polo!

As we ring in the new year, it’s amazing to reflect that NECP has been playing and promoting polo for over 10 years!

At our annual end-of-season celebration on December 13, NECP members had the opportunity to reflect on the past year’s successes and plan for an even brighter year ahead.

We welcomed many new players in 2009, and the year was marked by enthusiastic turnouts and the opportunity for both new and experienced players to gain experience in practices, training camps, and tournaments.

Longtime member Cheryl Crawford was selected to coach the US Women’s polo team, and we introduced a number of successful innovations, including several changes to the structure and facilities for our summer tournament and a brand new portable floating goal which will greatly improve our practice options next year. We enter 2010 with a record number of prospective players and great excitement for the new year!

We are delighted to welcome our officer corps for 2010. Nick Nagel leaves his position as Equipment Coordinator to take the reins as club President (or “El Presidente,” as he prefers to be called). The club is very excited to benefit from Nick’s expertise as one of our most experienced and dedicated club members.

Michael Buonaiuto, who earned our eternal gratitude in 2009 by allowing NECP to take over his garage for equipment storage, is making his role official by taking over as Equipment Coordinator.

Betsy Reynolds will continue on as club Treasurer, and Rebecca Sugarman will reprise her role as our Insurance Coordinator. Allison Corbett will continue as our Webmaster, and Luke Nagel will be pioneering a new position as our New Media Coordinator, where he will use his expertise in Facebook and other social networking sites to spread the word about NECP and kayak polo.

As we enter 2010, let’s raise a glass to another decade of competition, camaraderie, learning, and above all fun!

Annual Summer Tournament a Smashing Success

NECP held its annual summer tournament on June 13-14, 2009. Teams from Boston, New York, Montreal, and North Carolina (plus guest players from several other locations) competed in a weekend of fun, camaraderie and competition.

We had beautiful weather on Saturday, and the new tournament accommodations at the Arlington Elks Lodge (which feature a large banquet room with windows onto the Pond and a beautiful patio and lawn overlooking the pitch) are destined to become a new tradition. The day was capped with a delicious BBQ dinner at the Elks Lodge.

Despite uncooperative (to say the least) weather on Sunday, the teams powered through, with the PC Sharks of Montreal at last emerging victorious. A special thanks to the other teams who helped us move the pitch back to its normal location after a long weekend of polo. Looking forward to next year!

NECP Member Selected to Coach US Women’s Polo Team

We would like to extend our congratulations to NECP member (and former president) Cheryl Crawford, who was recently selected to coach the US Women’s National Kayak Polo team.

Cheryl has played on the US team for many years and served as the East Coach Regional coach before her selection as coach of the national team. Cheryl is taking on her new responsibility just in time to coach the team at the Pan-American games to be held in Edmonton, Canada in August.

Cheryl brings to the position a wealth of polo and other athletic experience. We are very excited that players around the country will have the opportunity to benefit from Cheryl’s experience and her highly positive and practical coaching style.