Q1) Why do I need to register for both USA Water Polo and for PV Water Polo Club?
A1) USA WP is our national amateur governing body. It sets the rules for eligibility and competitive play, it handles national athlete registration, and it provides us with our athlete insurance. If your athlete is injured during a sanctioned water polo activity there is a claims process through USA Water Polo to seek reimbursement for your out-of-pocket costs. Annual dues are paid directly to USA Water Polo to cover these services and insurance.
USA Water Polo does offer a 14-day “trial athlete” membership that is free of charge, but this can be used only once per athlete, ever. PV Water Polo has no ability to modify this policy.
PV Water Polo Club is our local, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, run by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. PV Water Polo collects quarterly dues, tournament registrations, and donations. We pay for professional coaches, tournament fees, pool time, janitorial fees, and equipment.
USA Water Polo registration is a pre-requisite for registering with PV Water Polo Club, and you will be asked for your USA WP membership number and expiration during signup.
We are not affiliated with nor subsidized by the cities of Palos Verdes or the school district, although we have an excellent relationship with the PVPUSD who rents us our pool time.
We also have no formal affiliation with PV Aquatics Club (PVAC), another 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, but we have a close informal relationship. PVAC provides us with an excellent program for water polo swim conditioning, and we both do our best to accommodate each other when our pool requirements overlap.
Q2) Why do you use an 8/2/2005 cutoff date for Free Trial Boys and an 8/2/2003 cutoff date for Free Trial Girls? Are there any exceptions?
A2) Age group water polo in the U.S. revolves around the “Junior Olympics cycle,” with a series of tournaments and leagues culminating in the massive National Junior Olympic tournament in late July of each year. To ensure that players do not change age groups during a JO cycle, USA Water Polo uses an “age as of” date of August 1 of that year for the tournament.
Age groups are separated every 2 years, e.g. “14U” is 14-and-under, “12U” is 12-and-under, etc.
So, for example, an athlete born on 8/1/2005 will turn 13 on 8/1/2018, and thus will be considered “14U” by USA Water Polo for the entire 2017/2018 season, even though he/she will not have turned 13 until the last day. That athlete would be ineligible for most of the important 12U tournaments and leagues that we play in as a club.
An athlete born one day later, on 8/2/2005, will still be 12 on 8/1/2018, and thus will be considered “12U” and eligible for the entire 2017/2018 season.
This is a nation-wide policy of USA Water Polo, enforced by its registration and age-verification system, and by the online rostering system for most important tournaments and leagues. There is no way for us as a club to waive or over-ride the age restrictions for tournaments that use the USA Water Polo roster registration system.
There are a few tournaments in the Fall that use a different “age as of” date, but since our club is geared towards building teams for JOs, our club adheres strictly to the USA Water Polo age group system throughout the year.
Q3) Can my athlete begin water polo if s/he is born before your cutoff dates?
A3) Boys born before 8/2/2005 must start in our Pipeline program.
This program is specifically designed to give this group of athletes a chance to train and compete at “bronze” level tournaments, and to give them an opportunity to try out for the 14U B team during the year and/or for the fall high school team in September of 2018.
We have just hired a new Pipeline coach for the 2017/2018 Season!
Miraleste Intermediate School offers a water polo club program during the school year. Other local programs are occasionally offered at the Torrance YMCA, the San Pedro/Peninsula YMCA, and Peck Park. These programs are more appropriate for beginning 14U boys, and can prepare your athlete for a tryout with PV Water Polo.
Our Girls 14U program generally has more roster slots available and a wider range of skill levels already, so it is more capable of giving beginning 14U athletes a meaningful competitive experience.
Q4) Why can’t my beginning 14U boy train with the younger, less-experienced kids?
A4) Our 12U program includes some kids as young as 8 or 9 years old. The difference in size, maturity, and physicality between an 8-yr-old and a 14-yr-old is not appropriate in a highly physical, contact sport.
The Girls game tends to be less physical than the Boys game at 14U, and we have found it appropriate to mix 12U and 14U Girls.
Q5) Why is there no 16U/18U Boys program in the Fall? Why is there no 16U/18U Girls program in the Winter?
A5) The Boys high school water polo season is in the Fall, and nearly all of our 16U- and 18U-eligible Boys are enrolled in high schools with water polo programs. Therefore we have no boys available to form a 16U/18U Boys Club team in the Fall.
The same is true for Girls in the Winter quarter.