Save the Date for our
2019 Spring Auction!!
April 11, 2019
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 11, 2019
Junior Olympics Zone Qualification - All Boys - June 21-23 (Clovis) *15th for large # of entries
Junior Olympics Zone Qualification - All Girls - June 28-30 (Modesto) *22nd for large # of entries
Futures Super Finals- July 5-7 (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 20-23 (Irvine, CA)
National Junior Olympics - All Girls/10U co-ed – July 25-28 (Irvine, CA)
Parent Info Meeting - For All Competitive Team Families:
Friday, March 1st- Girls teams 6:00-7:00p and Boys teams 7:30-8:30p
Location- The 'Club House' Hall @ Carmichael Park- 5750 Grant Ave, Carmichael
All families that have children intending to come out for the 2019 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.
2019 Spring/Summer Competitive Program
February 25th - July 28, 2019
*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.
AGE GROUP GUIDELINES
For Junior Olympics, teams will be age based: 10 & Under means you are still under 10 years old on August 1st, 2019, 12 & Under means you are 12 or 11 on August 1, 2019; 14 & Under means you are 14 or 13 on August 1, 2019; 16 & Under means you are 16 or 15 on August 1, 2019; and 18 & Under means you are 18 or 17 on August 1, 2019.
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).
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 7th. 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 Tish Bevan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants must also be Gold members of USA Water Polo.
USWP Registration can be found at https://webpoint.usawaterpolo.com/wp/memberships/join.wp
To verify your age with USWP (only one time)
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 $290 for the boys and $575 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:
TIMES BELOW ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AS NUMBERS ARE FINALIZED
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.
PRACTICE SCHEDULE - FEBRUARY 25th – JUNE 13th
* Week of April 15-19 no practices for Spring Break
12U/14U Girls – Tuesday/Thursday 5:30-7:15p @ Rio Americano HS
16U/18U Girls - Tuesday/Thursday 7:15-9:00p (5:30-7:15p**) @ Rio Americano HS
**With large numbers an additional 16/18 practice will be added from 5:30-7:15p12U/14U Boys - Monday/Wednesday 5:30-7:15p @ Rio Americano HS
16U/18U Boys - Monday/Wednesday/Friday** 7:15-9:00p @ Rio Americano HS
**Friday practices will be added with large numbers.
Athletes will still practice 2 x a week
Conditioning practices will be added from May 20-June 13th
Girls Mon/Wed & Boys Tues/Thurs from 5:30-7:00 at Jesuit
PRACTICE SCHEDULE - JUNE 17th- JULY 23th
*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
**& Jesuit if needed
16U/18U Boys - Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs 7:30-9:30p @ Rio Americano HS
**& Jesuit if needed
Conditioning Practices for all AR Competitive Athletes 7-8am and/or 4-5pm M-TH
**Participants will be selected to this program based on the player evaluation as well as past club experience.
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 May 20-June 13 and the summer weeks; June 17-July 18th. All participants are strongly encouraged to compete on a USS swim team / rec team or your respective high school team.