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Athlete Requirements

Membership
ALL athletes must have a current GOLD athlete membership to participate in Junior Olympics OR the Junior Olympics qualifier.

Birth Date Verification
All athlete members participating in Junior Olympics must complete Birth Date Verification. This is a ONE-TIME process. Please view the policy and instructions.

Affiliation
Athletes must select the proper club affiliation on or before the date of their zone qualifying tournament Roster Lock Down in which that athlete is to participate or July 1st, whichever comes first. Affiliation lock will open after close of Junior Olympic tournament. For important deadlines and club affiliation policy view the Affiliation Policy.
Athletes participating in the 10 & Under GIRLS division do not need to meet the affiliation requirement.
*Note: Lapsed members from the previous membership year who do not renew prior to the affiliation deadline will be automatically locked in to his/her previous club affiliation.

Age Eligibility
A player's age division is determined by the athlete's age on August 1st of the year in which the tournament is being held.
Example: If a player is 14 years old on August 1, they are eligible to compete in the 14&U division. If an athlete turns 15 on July 31, his/her age is 15 on August 1st and is therefore no longer eligible for the 14&U division. They are, however, able to participate in the 16&U division.
Example 2: If a player turns 15 on August 1, his/her age is 15 on August 1st and is therefore no longer eligible for the 14&U division. They are, however, able to participate in the 16&U division.

*Exception:
Regardless of Age Eligibility requirement for the National Junior Olympics, athletes who are 19 years old and in their high school graduating class of the year in which JOs is held may still be allowed to participate in the 18&U Division of National Junior Olympics. Subject to USA Water Polo approval
Click here for more details and how to qualify for this exemption.

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