Academy - This COED program introduces children ages 9 - 15 to competitive water polo. Emphasis is placed on the development of fundamental water polo skills, tactics and fitness required to succeed in competitive water polo. This program corresponds to the ‘training to train’ phase of the Long-Term Athlete Development model (LTAD). Team building, discipline, personal growth and elementary tactics are key learning objectives of this program. No water polo experience is necessary, but players should be very good deep water swimmers and be ready to train in a more structured environment. An evaluation of the player’s current abilities and overall potential will first be performed by the team Coach to ensure that the player is ready to participate in the Academy. Provided that COVID-19 restrictions are eased in time, Academy players will have the opportunity to participate in invitational and Provincial tournaments and championships. This program includes four (Academy A) or three (Academy B) 90-minute practices per week. Again, depending on COVID-19 restrictions, this program also offers Mini National Capital Water Polo League (Mini-NCWPL) games on some Sunday nights at the Nepean Sportsplex. It runs from September to May. New players are welcome throughout the year.
When (season starts on September 14):
Practice locations and times will change throughout the season as COVID-19 restrictions evolve and more pool time becomes available. The latest schedule can be found here (Academy practices are highlighted in cyan).
Academy A – $1650
Academy B – $1385
What is included: All practices, coaching, equipment (balls, caps, nets, ...)
What is extra: Team uniform is mandatory; Participation in Tournaments (5-7 times per season).