LEGACY WATER POLO JUNIOR OLYMPICS 2018
One of Legacy Water Polo Clubs main goals this summer is to qualify as many of our Travel Teams as possible for the USAWP Junior Olympics. For more information about Summer Travel Teams, please see the "Travel Team" tab on our website. Here is more information about the Junior Olympics:
What are the Junior Olympics ?
The USA Water Polo Junior Olympic Championships are the largest age group water polo tournaments in the United States. Athletes and teams come from across the country to compete on the national stage. Teams compete over a 4-day period within their respective age category. The age categories are 10U Coed, 12U Boys, 12U Girls, 14U Boys, 14U Girls, 16U Boys, 16U Girls, 18U Boys, and 18U Girls.
Junior Olympic Finals Dates and Location:
12U, 14U, 16U, and 18U Boys: July 21st - July 24th in San Jose, CA.
10U COED, 12U Girls, 14U Girls, 16U Girls, and 18U Girls: July 26th - 29th in San Jose, CA.
How does a Team qualify for the Junior Olympic Finals ?
To attend the Junior Olympic Finals, teams must first qualify through their respective zones. Legacy Water Polo Club is a member of the Pacific Zone, and thus Legacy teams must qualify through the Pacific Zone's qualification tournaments which are held in the East Bay Area. The dates of the qualifying tournaments are as follows:
Junior Olympic Qualifiers:
10u Co-ed - June 22 - 24
12u Boys - June 22 - 24
14u Boys - June 16 - 18 and June 22 - 24
14u Girls - June 15 - 17
16u Girls - June 9 - 10 and June 22 - 24
16u Boys - June 9 - 10 and June 22 - 24
18u Boys - June 15 - 17 and June 22 - 24
18u Girls - June 15 - 17 and June 22 - 24
What is the commitment level required ?
Participating on a Junior Olympic Travel team requires a strong player commitment. Athletes will be expected to attend practice on a regular basis, as well as participate in ALL qualifying tournament dates. Previous Legacy Junior Olympic hopeful teams have been hampered by athletes missing qualifying weekends.
What is the process of joining a Junior Olympic Travel Team ?
The process of joining a Junior Olympic Travel Team is as follows:
1: Fill out the following form to express interest by March 30th -----
2: After March 30th, we will decide which age groups we will attempt to send teams to the Junior Olympics in.
3: For these age groups, we will hold a parent and player meeting (sometime in early-mid April) where we will discuss details such as cost, practice schedule, tournament schedule, coaches, team gear, roster selection process, etc. We will also hand out the official Junior Olympics player declaration form at this meeting.
4: This Player Declaration Form will be due by May 1st.
5: Junior Olympic practices will start in Mid-late May and run through the Junior Olympic Finals in late July.
History of Legacy Junior Olympic Qualification
The following Legacy teams successfully qualified for the Junior Olympics:
2017: 18U Boys
2016: 18U Boys and 12U Boys
2015: 18U Boys and 16U Boys
2014: 16U Boys
2013: 14U Boys
2012: 16U Girls
2011: 16U Girls