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Age Eligibility FAQs

What exactly does "age as of" date mean?
What is the difference between domestic, ODP and international age eligibility?
What is the current domestic "age as of" date?
What is the current ODP age eligibility rule?
What is the current international "age as of" date?
What are the international age as of dates for each USA Water Polo pipeline?
What was the reason for the domestic August 1 age as of date?
What were the deciding factors that went into choosing the August 1 age as of date?


Q: What exactly does "age as of" date mean?
The age as of date is a specified date that athletes must be of a certain age in order to be eligible to participate in a particular age group in a league or tournament. There is a domestic age as of date and an international age as of date.

Q: What is the difference between domestic, ODP and international age eligibility?
The domestic age as of date is a fixed date that regulates the eligibility of athletes in most sanctioned leagues and tournaments in the United States.

The international age as of date is a fixed date that regulates the eligibility of athletes in international competition.

The domestic age as of date and the international as of date are not the same.

Q: What is the current domestic "age as of" date?
The current domestic age as of date is August 1st of the year in which the event will be 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)

Q: What is the current ODP age eligibility rule?
ODP age determination is based on year of birth. Athletes shall attend the ODP Camp that corresponds with his or her year of birth.

Q: What is the current international "age as of" date?
The current international age as of date is December 31 of the year of competition.. The age an athlete reaches during the calendar year of the international competition will serve as his/her competition age.

Q: What are the international age as of dates for each USA Water Polo pipeline?
2016 Pipeline National Team Age Groups:
Junior National Team, born 1996 & under
Youth National Team, born 1998 & under
Cadet National Team, born 2000 & under
Development National Team, born 2002 & under

Q: What was the reason for the domestic August 1 age as of date?
The primary reason that the age of date is August 1, is to align with the majority of water polo competition which takes place in the summer season.

Under the previous regulation (age as of December 31), a water polo athlete who turned 13 in August, September, October or November of the current year (total of 4 months) would have to compete in National events in the 14& Under Division as without having actually reached his or her 13th birthday. Under the current regulation, such a player will compete in the 12 & Under Division throughout the summer season.

Q: What were the deciding factors that went into choosing the August 1 age as of date?

  • Alignment of athlete age with start of National Junior Olympics tournament
  • Coach & club administrator suggestion, input, and discussion
  • 3-year trial period and reevaluation and discussion.


NOTE: After three years, we revisited the topic through discussion at 2012 Zone Chair Summit, Survey sent to all coaches and club admins, and breakout session at 2013 General Assembly Majority voted to maintain August 1st age as of date.

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