Events Sanction Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of questions pertaining to Event Sanctions. For the entire Event Sanction Terms & Conditions, click here.

Why do I need to sanction an event?
The General Liability Insurance policy that comes with USAWP Club Membership only covers club practices. Any events other than club practices are not covered under your USA Water Polo General Liability Club Insurance.

What events need to be sanctioned?
Any water polo competition your USAWP Club is hosting other than a regular practice.

Do I need to sanction a practice scrimmage?
Practice scrimmages with two teams or less are covered with your club membership insurance policy. Any practice scrimmages with three or more teams need additional insurance (Event Sanction).

What is required to sanction an event?
You must have a current USAWP Club membership. A club admin can either fill out a Sanction Application or you can submit an event sanction online, through a club administrator. You can mail or fax your applications to the National office; 2124 Main Street, Suite 240, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 or (714) 960-2431.

How can I submit an Event Sanction Request?
If your club would like to sanction an event there are two ways to submit a sanction application...

1) Download an Event Sanction Application Get Acrobat Reader, fill out and mail/fax to the National Office.

2) The club administrator can log in to his/her personal USAWP Membership account and fill out an event sanction request by looking within the "Club Admin Area" tab on the left column and clicking on the "Event Sanction" option.

* If you are not sure of who the club administrator(s) are for your club, contact the National office by phone (714) 500-5445 or by email Some Zones may have additional sanction requirements. Please check with your Zone/Zone Chair for more information.

Can a single event sanction cover multiple dates?
Yes, as long as the event dates are relating to the same event, and all dates are included on the sanction application. Example: A league that spans over the course of three weekends where results continue to accumulate until the final competition weekend. Tournaments should consist of no more than a 7-day span and Camps/Clinics/Leagues should not exceed 12 weeks in duration unless previously approved by USA Water Polo.

What if an International team wants to participate?
International teams are allowed to participate, but are not covered under USAWP Insurance.

The team will need to fill out the International Player Participation Waiver form prior to entering the water. The form can be found by clicking here. Get Acrobat Reader.

Is there a fee to sanction events?
Yes, if you sanction the event...
90+ days before the start of the event, the sanction costs $25
8-89 days before the start of the event, the sanction costs $50
7 or less days before the start of the event, the sanction costs $100
Note: Fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

What is covered when I sanction an event?
Your event is covered with USAWP General Liability Insurance...
General Aggregate Limit: NONE
Products-Completed Operations Aggregate Limit: $1,000,000
Personal Injury Limit: $1,000,000
Each Occurrence Limit: $1,000,000
Excess Liability: $2,000,000
Damage to Premises Rented to You Limit: $300,000
Medical Expense Limit: $5,000 (Excluding Participants)

In order for this policy to be active, all clubs, athletes, coaches and referees participating in the event must be currently registered with USAWP, unless approved by USAWP beforehand.

Who is providing this policy?
The insurance is provided by National Casualty Co.

How do I show proof my event has been sanctioned?
You can request a copy of your insurance certificate on the sanction application. You can also request copies to be sent to your zone chair and other organizations that require a copy of your insurance certificate.

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