The 10 & Under Coed team is meant to be an introductory level of competitive club play. Open to boys and girls 4th grade & Under (10U). This is the youngest competitive team in our club and is open to introduce young water polo players to club water polo by laying a foundation of fundamental skills, character and value lessons, and plenty of water polo fun. We are not looking for the biggest and fastest kids at age 8, 9 or 10 (though we will gladly welcome them!), but rather kids that love the water and are looking for a fun, team sport to play while in the pool. Good swimming ability is essential, as water polo is hard to enjoy if you are barely able to keep up with the other players.
Prior experience with American River WPC is not required, though good swimming ability is a must. Athletes who are unsure if they will be able to keep up or if they will enjoy this level of water polo are encouraged to register and attend the first practice.
Who: Boys and Girls age 10 or under as of August 1, 2017 with good swimming ability eager to learn the tough but incredibly fun and rewarding sport of water polo
What: Two practices a week from mid-May through the end of July with several opportunities to play other 10U coed teams (scheduled to avoid Saturday rec swim meets)
When: May 15-July 24th -
*No practices May 29, July 3rd and 5th
May 15 through June 9th-
Practices Mon & Wed 6:00-7:00pm at Rio
June 12th through July 24th
Mon/Fri will be at the same time as Youth League and with scrimmage last 15-30 minutes
Where: All at Rio Americano High School
Cost: $200 including all practices and local games; includes no charge participation in Summer Youth League ($150 value)
Coach: The 10 and Under program will be led by Rafael Ruano. Raf is the American River WPC President and has 20+ years coaching experience working with boys and girls of all ages. He will be assisted by other ARWPC coaches and athletes.
NEED MORE INFORMATION: We will hold a parent meeting on Wednesday, May 10 at 7:00pm at Rio Americano. We will meet at the pool and walk off the pool deck to a quieter location for the short meeting. You can also address questions to Rafael Ruano, 10&U Coach, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior Olympics: July 27-30 in Orange County – American River Water Polo Club is planning to take a 10U Coed team to USA Water Polo’s marquee event, National Junior Olympics, for the 8th consecutive year. This is a great opportunity for our young athletes to compete against teams from across the country in a festival atmosphere. ARWPC’s goal in sending a team is to expose as many young boys and girls to national-caliber water polo and have a fun and memorable experience. Participation in Junior Olympics is not required to participate in the summer 10U program. There is a separate fee for participation in Junior Olympics to cover entry fee and coaches’ travel costs (estimated about $185 depending on number of athletes on team).