If you are familiar with European handball, water polo is like handball in the water! If not, it is sort of like a cross between basketball and soccer. In BCSSA, water polo is played as in co-ed teams. Each team has a minimum of seven players: one goalkeeper plus 3 girls and 3 boys. The objective is to swim and pass the ball into the opponents end, and to score points by throwing into a net defended by a goalie.
Water polo is fast paced, exciting, and extremely fun to play! It takes good team skills as well as individual strength and endurance.
Cruisers water polo programs are open to swimmers of all levels and abilities. Participants are placed on teams and train with others in age groups, which are:
- P1 – 11 and under
- P2 – 12 & 13
- P3 – 14 & 15
- P4 – 16 to 18
- P5 – 19 and over
For actual age cut-off dates, please refer to the 2009 BCSSA Water Polo Age Locator.
In addition to these categories, Cruisers runs a novice program for swimmers who are 8 and under and want to try out the sport. The novice program is run in shallow water, and has the objective of developing fundamental game skills in younger swimmers.
P1-P4 have 3 practices a week, the novice program has 2, and there is a new girls only practice on Thursdays. We understand that many kids are involved in a number of different activities outside of Cruisers and cannot always make it to every practice. We do however ask that players attend as many practices as possible and for those who are ‘only doing water polo’ we strongly encourage to attend a minimum of 2 speed swimming practices. Water polo is a game of endurance. Since the water polo practices. The more they are involved, the bigger the improvement curve will be.
In the summer water polo season, there are a lot of tournaments. There are 2 early in May for kids to get a feel of the game and get a better understanding of what they are working towards. There are a few tournaments at the end of June and then July is a very tournament heavy month. As we move into June, players will be given a notice asking what tournaments they will be participating in for the rest of the season. This information is used by the coaches to prepare entries for tournaments.