Athlete Policy & Requirements

Age Eligibility | Birthdate Verification | Club Affiliation Policy

To ensure fair, safe competition, USA Water Polo has some requirements for athlete participation. These requirements vary among the level of participation. After purchase or renewal of membership, the athlete must follow Age Eligibility guidelines, affiliate with a specific club entity, and verify birth date (birth date verification is currently only for National Championship events). Please follow links above to read details on each of these policies.

  • For Domestic Events (exception: ODP)
    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 or before August 1st, 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.

    For Olympic Development Program (ODP)
    ODP age groups are based on year of birth. An athlete participating in ODP shall attend the ODP Camp that corresponds with his or her year of birth. Athletes maybe moved up based on the discretion of the High Performance Director or National Team staff.

    For International Competition
    Age shall be determined as of December 31 of the year of competition.

  • Regardless of Age Eligibility requirement for domestic participation listed above, current U.S. 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.

    Ex: If you graduate in June of 2016 and will turn 19 on July 26th - you are still eligible to participate in the 18&U Division at the 2016 National Junior Olympics.

    To apply for this exemption - please complete the JO 18U Age Exception Form PRIOR to the applicable roster deadline (See roster deadlines HERE). Please allow for additional processing time before roster submission.

    Athlete must request an Official transcript from their high school (U.S. based schools only) sent to the USAWP National Office for arrival AT LEAST 1 WEEK PRIOR to roster deadline. This transcript must be mailed or hand-delivered to USAWP in a sealed envelope directly from school with official school seal - any transcripts that have been opened will not be accepted. Note: transcript will be used to confirm year in school only. This will not be used for any other purpose. International transcripts not accepted.

    USA Water Polo will contact coach and athlete with application status after receiving required information. 

    Please send official transcripts to:
    USA Water Polo
    Attn: Junior Olympics
    2124 Main Street, Suite #240
    Huntington Beach, CA 92648

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