FREQUENTY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Why water polo?

Water polo athletes are the best physical specimens in sports. No one is better conditioned than water polo players. Water polo is a niche sport with great opportunities in high school. There aren’t 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. Most of Davis’ athletes go on to play water polo in high school. Almost all of them had fruitful and memorable high school water polo careers. Many colleges offer water polo too. Some of Davis’ athletes have participated on National teams and have had successful college careers as student athletes.

On average, games last 45 minutes and are broken down by 4 quarters. Unlike many youth sports, parents are not required to volunteer. Although we encourage parent participation, we also want you to enjoy watching athletes play. On rare occasions, we will ask for parent volunteers but for the most part, you’ll have the opportunity to watch your child play during scrimmages and games. When the game is over, your athlete is clean, exhausted, and hungry. That’s not always the case with some other sports. And most importantly, it's FUN!

When can I join Davis Water Polo?

We welcome you to Davis Water Polo anytime. Go to our website and review our Calendar to find out what days/times your age group is practicing and introduce yourself to our friendly staff. Or go to the "Contact Us" section of the Davis Water Polo homepage to find detailed contact information. Our water polo seasons and fees are split into four quarters throughout the year. Join anytime.

How do I join Davis Water Polo?

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 “Registration” button on this website to get started. But first, please obtain a membership for your player with USA Water Polo. Once you have your new USA Water Polo membership number, go ahead and register at our website.

What are the seasons?

Davis has quarterly sessions: Fall from September to November, Winter from December to February, Spring from March to May, and Summer from June to August. These quarters coincide with our competition schedule. Youth compete often in the Summer. Winter is more about development for youth and less about competition. We highly encourage our players to swim competitively to improve their water polo. Just check the Calendar section of our website for practice times Feel free to contact our coaches directly with any questions.

How old do you have to be to play water polo?

Being comfortable in the water is the primary criterion for playing water polo. Davis has players as young as six years-old. Please inquire with one of our coaches to determine how to ease into our sport. Remember, we have a fun Rugrat, entry-leve program that gives young players a great foundation of the sport while they are doing other sports or getting ready for water polo.

What equipment do we have to purchase or wear?

Ideally,boys will wear either a speedo while girls wear competition or water polo suits. An athlete may acquire a team suit which can be purchased through our website. Girls will find it much easier to play water polo if they keep their hair in a swim cap. In addition, a pair of goggles will come in handy for the workouts that include swim sets. Rules dictate blue caps or white caps depending what color caps the teams is wearing for their game. Basic apparel and other merchandise are available by clicking on the Apparel button on our website.

What USA Water Polo Membership level should I sign up for?

Splashball: 9 and under who are new to water polo. Participation in practices only.

Silver: 10 and older and novice players who would like to practice and participate in local tournaments. Not eligible for National events.

Gold: The "complete" athlete membership; eligible for all USA Water Polo sanctioned activity, including practices, local tournaments, National events (Junior Olympics) and the Olympic Development Program.

Where do I go to sign up for a USA Water Polo Membership?

To sign up for USA Wate Polo memberships go to the following link: https://webpoint.usawaterpolo.com/wp/memberships/join.wp

Does Davis Water Polo accept players from out of Davis?

Absolutely. We welcome everyone.

How do I find information about the high school aquatic programs at Davis Senior High School?

Contact either Tracy Stapleton for the boys water polo program and boys and girls swimming. Contact Doug Wright for girls’ water polo. You can find Tracy and Doug's contact information under the Coaches section of this site or contact the high school's athletic director (Jeff Lorenson). Talking to other parents and athlets can also be helpful.

Do you teach kids to swim?

No, we teach them to play water polo. Beginning swimmers should check out Aquadarts, Aquamonsters or Swim America in Davis. Their websites can be found under “links” on our main tool bar.

Do I have to tryout or pass a swim test?

No, but coaches will assess your athlete’s ability to insure they’re placed with the proper group and level.

My player is not the best athlete, but he/she loves water polo? Are you just an Elite program?

Davis Water Polo Club caters to all ability levels and provides athletes with great training and team connections. We try our best to provide opportunities for all our players and carry teams of varying levels. If you ever feel your needs aren't being met, please address your coach privately. If your concerns are not answered, please contact a Board member.

When should we schedule vacations?

The best times for vacations are August (after Junior Olympics) and anytime from mid-November thru April. If you are on a team that is competing for a title, advise your coach about vacation plans months in advance of obligations and commitments.

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 “eggbeater” 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. Davis Water Polo Clubbelieves that understanding defense before 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 “power play opportunity.” In the worst fouls, a penalty shot is awarded. Sit back, relax, enjoy and learn. The player’s learn the rules faster than the parents!

I have a more questions, who do I ask?

Contact Program Director Jamey Wright at jrwright@ucdavis.edu and he will get you answers to your questions.