Striving to instill discipline, teamwork, commitment and confidence
in our athletes.

 A Non-Profit
Water Polo Club

American River Water Polo Club

Save the Date for our

2020 Spring Auction!!
April 30th @ The Cannery

1651 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95816

Support ARWPC in our 9th Annual Spring Fundraiser!

Join us for our annual Spring Auction.  This evening is a fun social event for our parents to enjoy the evening and raise funds to help offset rising costs of running a club as well as scholarships that are offered. 

Tournament Schedule (***This is subject to change):
Much of the Schedule - TBA

Spring Parent Social/Fundraiser- April 30, 2020 @ The Cannery- 1651 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento

Junior Olympics Zone Qualification - All Boys - June 19-21 (Sacramento) *19th for large # of entries
Junior Olympics Zone Qualification - All Girls - June 26-28 (Modesto) *26nd for large # of entries

Futures Super Finals- June 26-28 (top boys team per age group upon qualification) 
Central California and Bay area one day tournaments TBA

National Junior Olympics - All Boys/Girls 10U - July 18-21 (San Jose, CA)
National Junior Olympics - All Girls/10U co-ed – July 23-26 (San Jose, CA)​

Parent Info Meeting - For All Competitive Team Families:
Friday, March 6th- Girls teams 6:00-7:00p and Boys teams 7:30-8:30p
Location- **Meeting has been moved to Rio Americano Cafeteria 

All families that have children intending to come out for the 2020 Competitive Program are asked to send one parent/guardian representative to this meeting.  The meeting will consist of an overview of the competitive program, including program goals and objectives, coaching and club philosophy, schedule, program cost, travel trips, athlete and family expectations, as well as discussions regarding team placement, playing time and conflicts with other activities.  Importantly, there will be time for questions and most of the Competitive Program coaches will be in attendance to talk with parents.

2020 Spring/Summer Competitive Program ​
February 24th - July 26, 2020

*10U will begin in May.  If your 10U would like to play now, please sign up with the 12U for their gender. 10U info will be displayed on a different page.

For Junior Olympics, teams will be age based: 10 & Under means you are still under 10 years old on August 1st, 2020, 12 & Under means you are 12 or 11 on August 1, 2020; 14 & Under means you are 14 or 13 on August 1, 2020; 16 & Under means you are 16 or 15 on August 1, 2020; and 18 & Under means you are 18 or 17 on August 1, 2020.

The Competitive Program is designed for boys and girls who have played at least one season of water polo and want to play at a more competitive level. Practices will be led by our most experienced coaches. Athletes are expected to commit to make ALL practices and games.

We will field teams per gender in each age group (10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U).

Who can/should join the Competitive Program? Anyone that has very good swimming ability and at least one season of water polo experience can try out the Competitive Program.  If you are selected onto the team, you will need to make a commitment to attend ALL practices and scheduled events (barring emergencies and approved absences). If you want a memorable experience with other hard working and accomplished young men and women, you should try out to play in this competitive program. All athletes must be Gold USA Water Polo Members (declare American River WPC - club number 85) and must complete the age verification process (one time only).

To Register
Please REGISTER for the program PRIOR to the first practice.
YOU WILL NOT BE BILLED DURING REGISTRATION.  We will not bill any earlier than March 9th.  Please update your account information (especially your current grade in school and t-shirt size).  If you have concerns about the fee and payment, please contact Rachel Ruano at . 

Participants must also be Gold members of USA Water Polo.  
USWP Registration can be found at
To verify your age with USWP (only one time) and must have a current photo of your athlete on their profile.

The PROGRAM FEE is reflective of the actual costs of running the 5+ month program (pool rental, coaches’ stipends for 140+ hours of practice and games, equipment, entry fees, administrative fees, etc. The program fee comes out to about $7/hr for practice time only, significantly lower when games/tournament time is factored in. When compared to other comparable water polo programs, such as the Olympic Development Program  or a typical college water polo day camp ($500+ for 30-40 hrs), the American River WPC Competitive Program is more than competitively priced considering the nationally/internationally recognized caliber of our coaching staff. Furthermore, when compared to other youth competitive sports, such as soccer, volleyball or softball, the ARWPC fee is as much as 1/5 of comparable programs.

*The program fee does not include travel trips.  Those tournaments will be billed at the time of the trip and will be charged only to those athletes playing in those tournaments.  These fees will cover: hotel, coach's fee, transportation and entry fee.  These fees are typically around $160 for the boys and under $300 per travel trip for the girls (Junior Olympics around $300 for the boys and $600 for the girls, because it is a longer tournament with significantly higher entry fees).  The girl's program travels as a team with the coach in a team van.  We have found this to be a successful formula that builds strong women's teams and has proved to be the most cost effective approach.  The boys programs will travel and stay with a parent or chaperone. 

Practices will be held as follows:

 All Practices are mandatory. We will be practicing TWO days a week from February to early June and THREE or FOUR days a week June-July. Our training schedule is designed to prepare our teams for competition against Nationally competitive clubs that are training 4-5 days week and playing more competitive games on a regular basis. 

        * Week of April 6-10 no practices for Spring Break

16U/18U Girls - Tuesday/Thursday 6:30-8:30p @ American River College  

16U/18U Boys - Monday/Wednesday 6:30-8:30p @ American River College


12U/14U Girls – Tuesday/Thursday 6:0-7:45p @ Rio Americano HS 

12U/14U Boys - Monday/Wednesday 6:00-7:45p @ Rio Americano HS  


Conditioning practices will be added from June 1st-11th 

           Girls Mon/Wed & Boys Tues/Thurs from 5:30-7:00 at Jesuit HS


       *No practice July 3rd, 4th and 5th

12U/14U Girls - Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday  5:30-7:30p
12U/14U Boys - Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 5:30-7:30p 

16U/18U Girls - Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs 8:00-10:00am @ Rio Americano HS
    **& ARC if needed
16U/18U Boys - Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs 7:30-9:30p @ Rio Americano HS

       & ARC

Summer Conditioning Practices for all AR Competitive Athletes 7-8am and/or 4-5pm M-TH

First week practice and player evaluation will take place:

    **Participants will be selected to this program based on the player evaluation as well as past club experience.

    **16/18 evaluations begin the week of February 24

    **12/14 evaluations begin the week of March 3rd - **Time change 6:00-7:45p

 12U/14U BOYS- Monday and Wednesday, March 2 & 4th - 6:00-7:45p@ Rio Americano HS 

  • 16U/18U BOYS- Monday/Wednesday, Feb 24 & 26 - 6:30-8:30p @ American River College AND possibly Rio Americano HS 
  • 12U/14U GIRLS- Tuesday and Thursday, March 3 & 5th - 6:00-7:45p @ Rio Americano HS
    • Regular practice- no evaluations unless athlete does not have the stamina to practice
  • 16/18U GIRLS- Tuesday and Thursday, Feb 25 & 27th - 6:30-8:30p @ American River College   

Please update your account - ESPECIALLY YOUR CURRENT GRADE!

Conditioning is a critical part of fielding truly “competitive” water polo teams. Competitive 16U/18U Program participants are all required to maintain their swim conditioning throughout the entire season. This year our swim conditioning fee will be waived for all competitive athletes.  We do ask that if you register in order to be included in all conditioning specific emails.  *Conditioning will be held during June 1-11 and  the summer weeks; June 15-July 17th.  All participants are strongly encouraged to compete on a USS swim team /rec team or your respective high school team.