Save the Date for our
2017 Spring Auction!!
Thursday, April 27rd
Support ARWPC in our 8th 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):
Cal Cup Tournaments-
12/14U Girls/Boys March 18th (& April 1st- if large participation, a need for a second date)
16/18 Girls/Boys - March 19th (& April 2nd- if large participation, a need for a second date)
Central California Spring/Summer tournament series- dates TBA
Cal Club State Finals- (Qualification necessary for participation)
12/14 Girls/Boys April 7-9 (Norco, CA)
16/18 Girls/Boys April 21-23 (Norco, CA)
Spring Parent Social/Fundraiser- April 27th
Junior Olympics Zone Qualification - All Boys - June 16-18 (Clovis)
Junior Olympics Zone Qualification - All Girls - June 23-25 (Modesto)
Central California and Bay area one day tournaments TBA
National Junior Olympics - All Boys/Girls 10U - July 22-25 (Orange County)
National Junior Olympics - All Girls/10U co-ed – July 27-30 (Orange County)
Parent Info Meeting - For All Competitive Team Families:
Sunday, February 26- 6:30-7:30p
Location- The Veteran's Memorial Hall @ Carmichael Park- 5750 Grant Ave, Carmichael
All families that have children intending to come out for the 2017 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.
2017 Spring/Summer Competitive Program
February 27th - July 30, 2017
AGE GROUP GUIDELINES
For Junior Olympics, teams will be age based: 10 & Under means you are still under 10 years old on August 1st, 2017, 12 & Under means you are 12 or 11 on August 1, 2017; 14 & Under means you are 14 or 13 on August 1, 2017; 16 & Under means you are 16 or 15 on August 1, 2017; and 18 & Under means you are 18 or 17 on August 1, 2017.
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 sooner 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 Tish Bevan at email@example.com
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 ($700 for 32 hrs) 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 $150 for the boys and under $300 per travel trip for the girls (Junior Olympics around $250 for the boys and $550 for the girls, because it is a longer tournament with 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, 27th – JUNE 8th
* Week of April 10-16 no practices for Spring Break
10U Co-ed – Tuesday/Thursday 5:30-7:15p @ Rio Americano HS
12U/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
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 5:30-7:15p
PRACTICE SCHEDULE - JUNE 12th- July26th
*No practice July 3rd and July 4th
10U Co-ed - Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 5:30-7:30p @ Jesuit HS
10U Girls - Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 5:30-7:30p @ Jesuit HS
12U/14U Boys - Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 5:30-7:30p @ Rio Americano HS
16U/18U Boys - Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs 7:30-9:00p @ Rio Americano HS
**& Jesuit if needed
12U/14U Girls - Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 5:30-7:30p @ Jesuit HS
16U/18U Girls - Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs 8:00-9:30am @ Rio Americano HS
**& Jesuit if needed
**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 the summer weeks; June 12-July 20th. All participants are strongly encouraged to compete on a USS swim team / rec team or your respective high school team.