Youth Polo (Rec Teams):
The youth program is for kids experienced or new to the sport. Come to the pool, bring your board shorts or wear anything and we will teach how to play.
No experience necessary, it is free to try-out!
Summer Session Dates:
Session #1 – May 23rd to June 24th
Session #2 – June 27th to July 29th
Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays at Aptos, Soquel or Santa Cruz High Schools and the Summer Practice times are:
Soquel HS: 5:30-6:30 pm Beginners and 5:30-6:50 pm Intermediate Level.
Santa Cruz HS: 6:00-7:00 pm Beginners and 6:00-7:20 pm Intermediate Level.
Aptos HS: 6:15-7:15 pm Beginners and 6:15-7:35 pm Intermediate Level.
Groups Info: We are not sure how the groups will shape up in each location until the first few weeks of the season. Your child is welcome to try out in any location to see the one he/she fits better and have more fun.
We need at least 10 players registered to run a group. If we don’t have 10 players signed up by the end of the first week we may consolidate the groups with another location and/or refund the season fees, if that doesn’t work for you.
IMPORTANT SCHEDULE INFO: Any revised info, pool closures or other new information will be distributed via email only. Click here to subscribe to the Recreational Polo email list: Santa Cruz WPC Rec Polo Google Group . Thanks for your understanding!
Youth Polo League Scrimmage Dates: June 10th, June 24, July 15 & July 29.
Youth Polo (Rec): Youth program is for kids experienced in water polo or new to the sport, but swim proficiently.
- Intermediate – Typically 8th grade or more experienced younger athlete.
Beginner – Typically 5th to 7th grade. Must be swimming proficiently.
- Splashball – Typically 4th grade or younger or kids 6-10. Kids required some swimming ability but not proficient. More info here: http://www.santacruzwpc.com/splashball/ . The next Splashball session starts July 5th at Soquel HS.
– Always defer to coach for group placements – these are only guidelines
Age is not the most important factor in deciding what group your child belong. They will like the sport and will have more fun if they are playing with others in the same skills and swimming ability. Although we never know who will sign up or how the groups will shape-up until after the first few weeks of the season.
WP vs Splashball:
Water polo is a fast-paced and contact game. Players can take small breaks but we keep the kids swimming, treading water and moving almost the whole time.
Splashball is a recreational easier paced game, with a smaller ball and no contact during the scrimmage. They work on basic aquatics skills and have lots of fun. We provide flotation devices and have lifeguards in the water helping them.
If your child it is not water safe please wait for the appropriated time to start. We lose many potential future athletes because they start too early.
Recreational Program Director: Marcelo Adas at firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Polo Schedule
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