Practices begin February 10 for 18U,16U, 14U and on March 10th for 12U & 10U
Games run March through 2nd week of May 2020
South Davis Water Polo Teams
Fall Season teams differ from Spring Season teams. In the Fall, South Davis Water Polo (SDWP) participates in a Fall League at Kearns Aquatic Center. It is lower key than the High School Club season in the Spring (in Spring we play as Viewmont, not South Davis Water Polo). Because the structure of the leagues is different in Spring and Fall, we structure our team differently each season. Below is a description of our Fall Season teams. We strongly encourage serious players to play in the Fall to increase skills and competitiveness for Spring Season.
18U/16U Boys and Girls Teams
These teams are made primarily of high school players. They are essentially our Spring Varsity and JV teams. Players on these teams are experienced, skilled, and used to the physical nature of the sport. Our club has both a girls and boys team at this level.
14U (sometimes referred to as Junior High Teams)
This team(s) is primarily junior high school players. Depending on registration numbers, there may be boy-only and girl-only teams, or co-ed teams. Players at this level are still learning the game and developing experience and skills to compete at the next level.
12U and 10U (sometimes referred to as the Grade School Team) *Must be able to swim 200 yds and tread water for 3 min
Typically made up of players in the 4th – 6th grades, our grade school program is designed for those athletes who want to learn the sport in a fun atmosphere without the same level of aggressive spirit that comes with Junior High and High School level of playing.
This team is expected to play by the fundamental rules of no floatation device assistance and no standing on the pool floor. A certain level of swimming proficiency is expected in this age group.
Recreation Learn to Play Classes – Splashball/Learn to Play Water Polo : We hope to offer this program in the Spring. It will run in conjunction with the Saturday Learn to swim sessions that start on Feb 15th and then another session that starts on April 4th.
Ages: Grades K-4 and those in 5th & 6th grade new to the sport looking to build stamina and skills
*This is not an official SDWP team. Learn-to-Play-Water-Polo classes are offered with Learn-to-Swim sessions throughout the summer.
These classes are taught by former current members of our 18U team and focus on developing skills needed to play water polo, such as treading water, throwing and catching one handed, swimming with the ball, and other basics of the game.
Go to THIS link to Register on Team Snap (After January 6th 2020)
Fees have not yet been set for Spring. In years past the fee has been around $400 per player for the older group and around $175 for the younger group. We will post as soon as we have all info set from Rec. center, etc.
The team fees are as follows:
- Fall 2019 18U/16U Water Polo – SDRC Member –
- Fall 2018 18U/16U Water Polo – SDRC Non-Member –
- Fall 2018 14U, 12U, 10U Water Polo – SDRC Member- (For those ages 12 or younger on Aug. 1, 2018)
- Fall 2018 12U Water Polo – SDRC Non-Member –
Each player must have a USA Water Polo Membership. USA Water Polo (USAWP or USWP) is the governing entity for water polo play. A BRONZE LEVEL membership is required to play in any league game. Parents are responsible for getting their player registered, and maintaining a current status. Memberships are $40 and are valid for the calendar year. (However, USA Water Polo often runs a promotion for new Fall Memberships + 2019 membership at a reduced cost of approximately $55. This promotion will not be available until September 1st. If you are interested in the reduced cost for fall and spring memberships, please talk to Jill Norman at 801.783.7915.) A membership card will be sent in the mail to you. Please keep this and put it in the player’s game bag. Although we try hard to not need individual membership cards each game, it’s helpful to have you membership card at the game, in case something goes wrong. Players will not be able to be put on the game’s roster without this membership.
To help athletes earn money for their registration fees, we arrange a fundraiser. We sell oranges by the case that we get from a grower in California that delivers them to us fresh from the orchard. The fundraiser begins January 6th. More details about cost and procedure will be coming.
Send questions to this email and it will be routed to the right member of the team’s committee for an answer.
We Will also be using the app Team Snap . After registration, you can download the app and access Calendar and more team information.
The following gear is recommended for players.
- SUITS: In water polo, boys wear water polo swimsuits/speedos, and girls wear a water polo suit, which is high necked and zippered in back. Jammers are allowed during play for boys in the 14U and 12U divisions. Speedo style suits for boys are required during games for 16U / 18U / Varsity teams. Swim trunks or board shorts are heavily discouraged for practices and not allowed during games. Water polo specific suits are constructed to be more durable and to withstand the rigor of the sport better than regular swimsuits. It is the responsibility of the athlete to provide their own suit. Club suits are available for purchase through a link to our team store on our website. If you choose to buy a suit other than the team suit, purchase a suit that is 100% black. (with exception to possible stitching color difference)
- Water Polo Caps (not swim caps, but numbered caps with ear protection for games) will be provided by the team. Coaches will bring them to and from the games. They do not go home with players.
- Swim caps are recommended for those with long hair as the Water Polo Caps do not contain the hair well. Swim caps are worn underneath the water polo cap. If you require a swim cap, please purchase two white caps and two solid dark colored caps. Goalies wearing swim caps must have red caps. Please keep two of each color option on you at all times as these can break with normal wear and tear.
- Goggles are not worn in water polo.
- Mouth guards are strongly suggested for players, especially older ones. Moldable ones are preferred. Check with Bountiful Orthodontics to see if they have some available. Dani Fowler works at Bountiful Orthodontics and they are willing to sell us these awesome mouthguards for $25 each. Be sure to tell them you are with South Davis Water Polo. You may also buy them online at https://www.sisuguard.com/mouthguards. They are heat moldable up to 20 times, are easier to breath with, and they are the official mouthguards for USA Water Polo.
- Fingernail and toenail clippers: Nails must be neatly trimmed before each game. They will be checked by the refs before being allowed to play.
- USA Water Polo I.D. Cards: Players will be required to show proof of membership before each game. Until your official I.D. card arrives, print out a temporary membership card from the USA Water Polo website. Be sure to upload a CURRENT picture of your player each time you renew the membership or sign up for the first time.
Car Pooling Policy
Parents are responsible for getting their kids to the game. We encourage all families to come and support their players during the games. If carpooling, parents need to give permission to and verify with the driver individually that there is a seatbelt in the car for their player. There will be no dropping off players at the rec center without this prior permission and verification that there is room.
Each water polo family is asked to volunteer each season. In the fall we ask that at least 2 hours are donated per family. Volunteering opportunities include helping with team building events, service projects, games, and tournaments.