Sunday, July 15, 2012

Youth Water Polo in Cary: TSA Coaches please pass along

For a third summer in a row, Triangle Aquatic Center & Triangle Water Polo Club will co-sponsor a summer youth team. The team will compete in an informal, 4-team league.  The other teams include Hertitage subdivision, Sanford Squids, and the Raleigh Seahawks. The season will begin after the TSA swim season ends (late July) and will run through late August (approximately 5 weeks).  You do not need to come to all practices or games to participate. This is informal and meant to be fun.  
 If you wish to start a team at your subdivision (Heritage did this last year), we have the balls, caps, and coaches.  Goals can be easily built for $150.  Heritage did this last year. For more information, please email:

Practice: Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 at TAC. Practice begin July 18.
Games: Saturdays (mornings or early afternoons). Game days: July 28 and Aug 4, 11, 18 & 25.
Not all games will be held at TAC. We will post game schedule later
Cost:  $5 per practice and $5 per game.  Pay at the front desk when you enter the pool facility.
Age:  11 to 17 (Girls and Boys)

Pre-requisites:  Participants should be able to swim 50 continuous yards freestyle and should feel comfortable treading water

Q: Why play water polo?  It is a fun, team sport and a great way to maintain aquatic shape during a slow time in the swim season.
Q: I can’t make all the practices or games, can I still play? A: Yes, this is an informal team and league.

Q: I have never played water polo before, would it be ok to play?  A: Yes, we will help you learn the game.
Q: Is there a crash course in water polo I can take before joining to the team?  A: Yes, we are running a 2 hour water polo clinic at TAC on Sat 7/14 from 1:00 to 3:00.  We will cover basic strategies and skills. The cost is $10.
Q: Do girls play water polo?  A: Water Polo is one of the fastest growing NCAA scholarship sports for women.  As a relatively new sport for women, it takes less experience to obtain a scholarship in this sport than others.  A decent swimmer with some knowledge of the game and natural athletic talent could earn a full ride to college. Trivia: The US men’s and women’s teams won silver medals in the 2008 Olympics.  Make sure to watch the Olympic water polo games on TV this summer!

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