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When can I join International Water Polo Club?

We welcome you to International WPC anytime.  Go to our website interwpc.com,
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
“Contact Us” section of the¬†International WPC ¬†homepage to find detailed contact
information.  Our water polo seasons and fees are split into four
quarters throughout the year.  Join anytime.  We will prorate your fees
if you join mid-session or later.

What are the seasons?

International WPC has divided its sessions into Four quarters: Fall
from September 1 to November 30, Winter from December 1 to
February 28, Spring from March 1 to May 31, and Summer from June 1 to
August 31.  These quarters coincide with our competition schedule.  Youth
compete quite a bit in the fall and summer.  Winter is more about
development for youth and less about competition. High school players
can find a home in the off-season at International WPC.  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.
Feel free to contact them directly.

Do I have to tryout or pass a swim test?

Our tryouts are based on a young person swimming proficiently 100 yards
of a pool, or four laps of a 25 yard pool, or four widths of the pool at
any of our pool locations. This just gives us an idea of initial swim proficiency/skill level. Of course an inability to swim the 4 laps continuously does not keep the athlete out of our club, it just gives us an indication of where the strengths and weaknesses are.
We gauge your ability by this ‚Äú100 yard test‚ÄĚ.¬† As a reference point,
Junior Lifeguards requires its youngest members to swim 100 yards in one
minute and 50 seconds.  The best water youth polo players nearing high
school swim 100 yards in about one minute.

How do I join International Water Polo Club?

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 ‚ÄúRegister‚ÄĚ tab¬†on International¬†Water Polo Club‚Äôs Home Page How much does¬†International Water Polo Club cost?

Fees are subject to change. Generally, we charge approximately $450(10&Us, 12&Us, 14&Us), $350(16&Us, 18&Us), $300(Splashball, Aquaball) 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 International
WPC athletes are members of USA Water Polo (insurance and national association) which has annual dues.
In addition, International Water Polo Club STRONGLY encourages and supports our
players to be on swim teams.

What if our family can’t afford to be members of International WPC?

International WPC has always been a fortunate and supportive community.  No player
has been denied playing because of true financial difficulty.  If you
have trouble with the dues and fees, please approach Bahram Hojreh for
details on how you can work out a different fonancial aid program .
Bahram will handle any special payment request discretely.  Scholarships/Discounts/Alternate Payment Methods/Financial Aid will be approved by the Managers/Directors of International WPC.  There are many
creative ways to work payments.  We have some 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, recruiting new paying members, help with fundraisers or
jumping in the water and showing new athletes fundamentals of the
game.  All parents are expected t o volunteer for the club with the gift of their time running
snack bars, helping organize events, and being at tournaments
International WPC hosts.

Do you teach kids to swim?

Yes & No, we teach them to play water polo. But most of the the basic water polo skills are also water safety and swim skills. We are not a swim team/club or swim lessons program. Some beginning swimmers wish to enroll in a swim school , swim club or private swim lessons. Some swimmers who are more
advanced than beginners may be interested to join our conditioning programs for an
excellent base or a number of local swim teams/clubs.  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, college and possibly national team/professional for a few. There aren‚Äôt tons of 8th graders vying for limited¬† training spots in high school their freshmen year like in other land sports.¬† Water polo is an Olympic sport.¬† Many colleges offer water polo. Some of International WPC/LOS AL WPC‚Äôs athletes have participated on the National and Olympic teams. Many of International WPC‚Äôs athletes play water polo in high school.¬† Almost all of International WPC‚Äôs 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 the best physical specimens in sports.¬† No one is better conditioned than water polo players. Games last 40-60 minutes.¬† When the game is over, your athlete is clean, exhausted, and hungry.¬† ¬†That‚Äôs much different than America‚Äôs other past times, where game times are longer, very sweaty, and sometimes not always active. 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.  International WPC has players as young as 3 playing with us, but usually 5.   Please
approach your coach and determine how to ease into our sport.
Remember, we have a fun Splash Ball(ages 3-9) & Aqua Ball(ages 10-14) program  that give young players a
great foundation of the sport while they are doing other sports or
getting ready for water polo.  Contact us for more information about
entry level programs.

 

What equipment do we have to purchase or wear?

International WPC’s colors are Navy or Blue with red/white/gold trim. We desire players wearing Navy or Blue 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 suppliers.¬† Click on the¬†Merchandise Store link¬†at International WPC’s homepage or wait for special sales announcements or ask coach/team rep at pool for gear.

Does International WPC accept players from out of area?

International WPC¬†is an open club, primarily headquarted in the¬†Los Alamitos, CA…with sattelite programs/ pool sites in Whittier, La Mirada & Long Beach.¬†¬†International WPC¬†will not deny club membership to anyone on the basis of location.¬† The long term success of¬†International WPC
is attributable to our local & commuting  athletes who participate with us.  International WPC believes that it providing its athletes the best training opportunities means having them practice with the best
athletes & coachings taff.¬† We have¬†some basic¬†goals:¬†learn process of team¬†success, develop athlete’s potential/skills &¬†¬†and to teach the life lessons of sports.

When are you told what team you will play on? My player is not the best athlete, but he/she loves water polo?  Are you just an Elite program?

Coaches will communicate with athlete/parents in person or via e-mail/website as far as team/age group rosters for training or specific events. Inter WPC has beginner, intermediate & advanced athletes/programs. As long as you are interested, then we are interested. You do not have to be the best to be a part of inter wpc. We have both recreationial and competitive programs. Parents in youth sports tend to forget that athletes continue to mature
into high school and beyond. International WPC is the launching pad for the sport of
water polo or a place where older athletes can find great training and
team opportunities.  International WPC tries its best to provide opportunities for
all of its players.  We carry numerous teams.  If you ever feel you are
on the short end of the stick, please address your coach privately.  If
your concerns are not answered, please contact Bahram Hojreh or any manager/director.

What are the age groups in water polo?

usually, 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 ‚Äúborn in‚ÄĚ 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?

What are the Attendance requirements for International  Water Polo Club?

Club water polo is active year round.  For the travel teams, those going for championships,
attendance requirements are strict and subject to the individual
coaches’ rules.
We recommend that players contact the coaching staff directly to arrange their
schedules.  This begins to develop maturity in the younger athletes.
All of our coaches are so crazy in love with water polo that we are
generally available to our players 24 hours per day, seven days per
week.

When should we schedule vacations?

Never take a vacation in July. The best times for vacations are August
(after Junior Olympics), Winter Recess (when school is out), Spring Break (when school is out-varies per school district)  If
you are on a championship level team that is competing in major competitions , advise your coach about
vacation plans months in advance of obligations and commitments.

My child wants to be a goalie, what should I do?

Talk to the coach.  The history of goalies at International WPC is unparalleled
anywhere in the world. Goalies are very athletic, have a special
mentality, and train differently than field players.  At International WPC, we
require every player who wants to be a goalie to have the ‚ÄúGoalie Talk‚ÄĚ
with your coach.

What are the basic skills of water polo?

Comfort in the water is 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 ‚Äúeggbeater‚ÄĚ 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.  International WPC believes that understanding
both defense and 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 ‚Äúpower play opportunity.‚Ä̬† 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 have a lot more questions, who do I ask?

Bahram  Hojreh can answer all your questions.

Give him a call or text message  @ 949-533-5216 .

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