FAQ

When can I join Arroyo Grande Water Polo Club.

We welcome you to AGWP anytime. Go to our website www.eagleaqautics.com, and sign up online. Look on the calendar and find the pool where your age group is practicing and introduce yourself to our friendly staff. Or go to the "Programs" section of the AWPC homepage to find detailed contact information. Our water polo seasons and fees are split into four quarters throughout the year. Join anytime. All athletes


What are the seasons?

AWPC has divided its sessions into Four quarters: FALL from September to November, HOLIDAY is the month of December, WINTER from January to March, SPRING from March to May, and SUMMERr from June to August. These quarters jive with our competition schedule. Youth compete quite a bit in the autumn and summer. Winter is more about development for youth and less about competition. High school players, especially those from NEWPORT BEACH, CORONA DEL MAR, & IRVINE can find a home in the off-season at AWPC. We encourage our players to swim competitively to improve their water polo. Just check the Calendar section of our web site for practice times and get a sense of the flow. Feel free to show up at the practices and say hello to the coach. Many of our coaches biographies and contact information are at the website.

What is the difference between scimmages and tournaments?

Scrimmages are typically one day, or during evening practices. Scrimmages are set up usually between coaches to develop their players. Scrimmages are usually refereed by coaches, and no score is taken. Players typically all get the same amount of playing time, in order to develop each individual player. We recommend all players attend scrimmages.


Tournaments are typically entire weekend events organized with referees, score tables, and the use of clocks. Each team competes for a championship finishe. AWPC enters its teams with the goal to do our best. Often times some players see more playing time than others on a game to game basis. We will only enter if we have enough full time participants able to make the commitment. There is a universal fee involved in participating. There is usually a limit of players placed on a roster, and they are invite only, and not guaranteed to all participants. Each participant of a tournament must be registered with USA Waterpolo. All information about tournaments are posted on the website, and communicated by emails beforehand.


How do I join AWPC?

Start by contacting us or visiting us on the pool deck. We will walk you through our automated sign up process and warmly welcome you. Please click on the "Register" link on AWPC's Home Page to register and get going. But first, please obtain a membership for your player in our National Governing Body, USA Water Polo (http://www.usawaterpolo.org) at the least expensive membership level to protect us for liability reasons. Armed with your new USA Water Polo membership number, go ahead and register at our web site.

How much does AWPC Cost?

Fees are subject to change. Generally, we charge approximately $450 per quarter but it varies. The total investment in water polo per year is about $2,000 including gear. Trips and travel can add to this. All AWPC athletes are members of USA Water Polo which has annual dues. In addition, AWPC STRONGLY encourages and supports our players to be on swim teams.

What if our family can't afford to be members of AWPC?

AWPC has always been fortunate and supportive of the community. No player has been denied playing because of true financial difficulty. If you have trouble with the dues and fees, please approach Jesse Briggs for a scholarship application. Jesse will handle any special payment request discretely. Scholarships are approved by the directors of AWPC. There are many creative ways to work payments. We have a group of anonymous and supportive donors who make sure that no players are denied participation for lack of ability to pay. Many of our athletes who are on scholarship participate by assisting with coaching, working the pool, or jumping in the water and showing new athletes fundamentals of the game. Parents can repay the club with the gift of their time, helping organize events, and being at tournaments AWPC hosts.

Does my child have to play for the high school's club team at their future high school?

The answer is no. Public or private, when a team is not competing in a high school CIF season, they are allowed to compete and practice with whatever club they prefer. The development of your childs skills to prepare them for the next level is the most important thing. A child will get playing time in high school if they are good enough to play, no matter where they played youth water polo. AWPC's long list of qualified and high level coaches, surpass many high school coaches in experience of the game and experience of coaching young developing athletes.

Does the club or High School make cuts?

Yes and No. Yes we do make cuts at the varsity level. We will cut the varsity training group down. No we do not cut at the lower levels.

Do you teach kids to swim?

No, we teach them to play water polo. Beginning swimmers can go to Newport Hills Swim Team located in Newport Hills to learn how to swim. Contact Jesse Briggs for more information regarding a swim team. Swimmers who are more advanced than beginners may join our conditioning program for an excellent base. See your water polo coach to learn about which option might be best for you.

Why would I ever want my child to play water polo?

Water polo is a small sport with great opportunities in high school. Water polo is an Olympic sport. Many colleges offer water polo. Many of AWPC's athletes choose to play water polo in high school. Almost all of AWPC's athletes have splendid high school water polo careers. Water polo is a great background for participating as a lifeguard at pools or the beach during summers. Water polo athletes are some of the best physical specimens in sports today. No one is better conditioned than water polo players. Games last 45 minutes. When the game is over, your athlete is clean, exhausted, and hungry.... Oh, and it's FUN!

How old do you have to be to play water polo?

Being comfortable in the water is the primary criterion for playing water polo. AWPC has players as young as six playing with us. Please approach your coach and determine how to ease into our sport. Contact us for more information about entry level programs.


What equipment do we have to purchase or wear?

AWPC's colors are navy blue and gold. We desire players wearing team swim suits and team apparel that helps build unity and pride. Girls will find it much easier to play water polo if they keep their hair in a bathing cap. Rules dictate dark caps or white caps depending what color caps the teams is wearing for their game. Basic apparel and other merchandise like sweats, towels, etc. are available through our supplier and website.

Does AWPC accept players from outside the area?

AWPC is an open club located on the campus of UC Irvine. We are the only club run out of the university, and feed many areas and high schools. AWPC will not deny club membership to anyone on the basis of location. Out of season, our local area athletes affiliate with AWPC for their year round training needs. The long term success of AWPC is attributable to our local athletes and the athletes who commute to participate with us. AWPC believes that providing its athletes the best training opportunities means having them practice with the best athletes. We have two goals: to win and to teach the life lessons of sports.

What are the age groups in waterpolo?

Quite simply, your age in water polo is determined by the year you were born. Subract the current year from your birth year and you know your water polo age. For example, in 2010, someone born in December 1997 is considered to be water polo age 13. It does not matter what month you were born, only what year. In the United States, age groups are currently divided into 18&under, 16&under, 14&under, 12&under, and 10&under. So every player spends two years in one age group. So if your child is water polo 11, for example, she will be playing with 11 and 12 year olds for two years.

On the USA National Teams, age groups are determined by born in ODD years, such as born in 1991, 1993, 1995…. so a player is always associated with his “born in” year. Even year birthdays are always behind by a year. Someone born in January of an odd year may have a physical advantage over a December even year birthdate. That’s the way age groups are determined for international play so the USA adopted that for its national teams?

When should we plan our vacations?

Never take a vacation in July. The best times for vacations are August (after Junior Olympics) and anytime from mid-November thru April. If you are on a team that is competing for a title, advise your coach about vacation plans months in advance of obligations and commitments.

What are the basic skills of water polo?

Comfort and balance in the water are the most fundamental water polo skill. Swimming is part of that but swimming is considered to be "horizontal." Being able to stay high above the water "vertically" using a leg skill called the “eggbeater” is vital to success. We teach the eggbeater. Learning to handle the ball with one hand is another skill that is important. Water polo is like soccer and basketball played in the water. The object is to score the ball in the goal on offense and prevent the ball from going in the goal on defense. AWPC believes that understanding defense before offense is vital to a player’s ultimate success.

How do I learn the rules of water polo?

Unlike other sports, water polo action does not stop when the whistle blows. Action begins when the whistle blows. The object of the game is to throw the ball in the goal. Goalies can touch the ball with two hands. All other players can only touch the ball with one hand. Fouls create free throws for the person fouled. In some instances, when the person fouled is grossly impeded, the defender has to leave the game for 20 seconds and the offense has a “power play opportunity.” In the worst fouls, a penalty throw is awarded. Sit back, relax, enjoy and learn. The player’s learn the rules faster than the parents!!!!!

I What is USA Water Polo? Do they have a trial membership?

USA Water Polo is our secondary Insurance.

Trial Membership Link - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B87X5PjteOn-Z0tvWlFObFlzbEk/view?usp=sharing​

I have more questions, who do I ask?

Steven Allen can answer all your questions.

email: agpolocoach@hotmail.com

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