Stanford Water Polo Club
2016 Summer Session
May 16 - July 17, 2016
(All Groups)

(updated 5/23/16)

Registration for our 2016 Summer Session is now closed, as we have reached capacity for all groups. If you would like to be added to our waiting list please email Dawn (email).

Welcome to the 2016 Summer Session! The past year has once again provided us with many memorable accomplishments at Stanford WPC, highlighted by our numerous top 10 finishes at last summer’s Junior Olympics, and our 14&U National Junior Olympic Championship. We are looking forward to the start of our upcoming Summer Session where we will celebrate the successes of the past year and begin to forge new experiences and memories in and around the pool deck for our athletes, coaches and families.

Please read carefully the information below. Updates will be made as information becomes available.

High School 1, 2 & 3: May 16 - July 17, 2016
Age Group 1, 2 & 3*: May 16 - July 17, 2016

*Athletes interested in our Age Group 3 program will have three different participation options:
Summer Session (May 16 - July 17)
Summer Prep (May 16 - June 5)
Summer Six (June 6-July 17)

For select athletes the session will go as long as July 26. This will be based on an athlete's selection to and participation on a Junior Olympic team and whether that team qualifies for JOs (hosted by Stanford WPC, July 23 - July 26). Athletes who participate on a JO team will be charged an additional fee to cover the cost of the extra week of practice, which will be collected with JO costs.

Noteable Dates
May 3-May 13: Online Team Shop open
May 5: Summer Session Registration opens
May 10: Informational Meeting
May 13: Team Shop closes at 12:00 pm
May 13: Practice Groups posted
May 16: Summer Session practice begins
May 20: JO Declaration Forms Due
June 5: Club Day
June 6: Full time summer practice schedule begins
July 1-4: No practice for all groups
July 17: Summer Session Ends
July 23-25: 12&U-18&U Boys Junior Olympics (Hosted by Stanford WPC)
July 28-31: 10&U Boys Junior Olympics (Hosted by Stanford WPC)

Registration for our 2016 Summer Session is now closed, as we have reached capacity for all groups. If you would like to be added to our waiting list please email Dawn (email).

Note to returning members: Please set a reminder for yourself, as we will not be sending out returning member registration emails. Be sure to review and update your information before submitting your online registration form.

We encourage athletes to complete registration as soon as possible to ensure enrollment, as we will close registration as groups reach capacity. Once registration is closed, please email Dawn (email) to be put on the wait list. Individuals on the wait list will be added on a first-come first-served basis, based on availability in the appropriate group.

All athletes must be current members of USA Water Polo (Gold, Silver or Bronze Athlete Membership). To register or renew with USA WP, please visit

All athletes interested in participating at Junior Olympics must be Gold Athlete Members.

Important Note: Athletes wishing to be selected to a JO Team must be affiliated with our Club, Stanford Water Polo Foundation, club #570, Pacific Zone (#6) no later than 7 days prior to the commencement of the zone qualification tournament. USA WP is very strict on this, and there is no grace period.

Age Verification
USA WP has an age verification requirement for all athletes participating in National Championship Events. For those who have never completed the age verification, this is a one-time-charge of $5.00 paid online through TC logiQ Secure Website. Gold athlete members must complete this process prior to participating in any National Championship Event, in particular the Regional Junior Olympic Qualifier, which is fast approaching. This process can take up to seven (7) days to receive results so we urge all athletes to complete the verification right away, to avoid delays as the qualifiers get closer. We will not be able to verify and submit rosters until all athletes' birth dates have been successfully verified in the USA WP system. We encourage all of our members who have the intention of participating on one of our Club JO teams to complete the verification process as described by USA WP as soon as possible. If you have any follow up questions regarding the verification process please feel free to email Coach Barnea (email).

Membership ID Check
Prior to each game, teams and athletes are now required to present verified rosters proving all athletes are current USA WP members, as well as photo IDs to match those listed on the verified rosters. We have the ability to produce copies of Stanford WPC USA Water Polo Membership IDs and provide them directly to the coaches prior to competition and ask that all summer athletes double check their USA WP Membership account to ensure there is a current headshot uploaded for very athlete. Uploading a headshot is a simple process, which is detailed in everyone's USA WP account, but if you have any questions please email Coach Barnea (email).

Early Registration
(submitted by May 10)
(submitted May 11 or later)
High School 1A, 1B, & 2 Summer Session
Age Group 1 & 2 Summer Session

Session Options
Option 1: Summer Session
May 16 - July 17 (9 weeks)
Option 2: Summer Prep
May 16 - June 5 (3 weeks)
Option 3: Summer Six
June 6 - July 17 (6 weeks)

25% of the Session Costs is non-refundable once any online registration is submitted. The balance is refundable at a pro-rate during the first three weeks of the session. After June 5, refunds will no longer be issued.

Additional siblings are $40 less than the regular fee. Be sure to register siblings using same account (Cannot be combined with the Girls' Club).

For a refund, please e-mail Dawn (email). Refunds are pro-rated from the date the e-mail is received.

If you are new to Stanford WPC and interested in our Club Trial, this is how it works:

  • Registration requirements are the same, so the athlete must register for a USWP Membership and also for Stanford Water Polo Club prior to attending any practices;
  • Register for a USWP Membership* ( first because you will need to enter your membership information when registering with the Stanford WPC.
  • Then, register for Stanford WPC’s Summer Session. Registration will be available online May 3.
  • Next, email Dawn (email) so she can add your son(s) to the Club Trial.  Be sure to include the athlete’s name, age, and USWP expiration date in your email.
  • Your son will have from May 16– May 29 to participate in practices before deciding whether to continue for the remainder of the Spring Session.
  • If your son chooses NOT to continue after the Trial, you will need to email Dawn again on or before 5/29/16 to request a refund, which will be for 90% of the Session Dues to be credited back to your card.  

*If you are new to the sport of water polo, you may use the USWP Trial Membership (click here). The trial membership is valid for first-time members only. Be sure to use May 16 as the "start date."

Age Group 3 Special Notes
- The Trial Membership for Age Group 3 is only available for athletes who sign up for the Summer Session (9 weeks).
- Only Age Group 3 athletes registered for the Summer Session (9 weeks) will receive a Team Suit, Team Shirt and enrollment into the June 5 Club Day/Stanford Varsity Clinic as a part of their registration dues.


Who: All Summer Session Athletes and Parents
When: Tuesday, May 10, from 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.
Where: Avery Aquatics Center at Stanford University

Mark your calendars for a fun-filled day of water polo for all Summer Session registered athletes and families!

Activites currently include:
- Team Suits and T-Shirts distribution
- Parents vs Kids Game
- Catered BBQ (no cost for athletes; additional charge for parents/families that would like to join)
- Silent Auction
- Raffle

In addition to being a great chance for athletes, parents and coaches to get together, Club Day will also be an opportunity for families to provide much needed funding to Stanford WPC to support our coaches. Stanford WPC has grown and prospered because we have attracted the best coaches in the area. Our coaches have a deep passion for teaching and the sport of water polo, and as a result, spend countless hours working with our athletes on the pool deck. In order to continue supporting their coaching, and in turn help strengthen Stanford WPC, it is important to provide additional financial support. To that end, Stanford WPC families have a great opportunity to provide just that support with Club Day, by participating in the following:

Club Day Underwriting: Another way to help support Stanford WPC and its coaches is to underwrite a portion of the Club Day costs. If you are interested in providing underwriting funds, please click here to donate via Paypal.

Silent Auction: As with last year, Club families will have the opportunity to bid on terrific items. We welcome and appreciate any other items that families are willing to donate (e.g. Stanford, Giants, 49er or Warrior tickets, access to a vacation home, etc.). Please contact Coach Barnea (email).

Click here for more information on Club Day, including RSVP, timeline for the day, a list of silent auction and raffle items and payment information for parents/family members who would like to attend the BBQ.

All 2016 registered Summer Session Age Group and High School athletes will receive a new Stanford Water Polo Club team suit and T-shirt which are included in the cost athlete's registration, and we ask that all athletes wear their Stanford Club suit and T-shirt to all games.

All Team Shop orders need to be placed online directly through Kap 7. Our online Team Shop will be open for orders May 3-May 13*. All orders will be shipped directly to your home beginning June 6.

*A limited number of items will be available following the order deadline, so be sure to place your order by May 13 at 12:00 pm.

Note: Age Group 3 athletes that sign up for the Summer Prep (3 weeks) or Summer Six (6 weeks) will receive a team T-shirt only. Summer Prep or Summer Six athletes are welcome and encouraged to purchase/wear a team suit, but it is not mandatory.

Please see our Club Calendar (click here) for tournaments, practices and other important dates. It is helpful to check the Calendar each week for any updates or changes.

Group assignments will be made by the coaching staff and posted on the Practice Groups and Schedule page of our web site by Friday, May 13. Each athlete's group placement is based on, but not limited to, age, position, ability/skill level, experience, eligibility to participate on a JO team, and longevity with Stanford WPC.

There may be some changes to practice group assignments during the first few weeks of the session while coaches assess athletes in their pre-assigned practice groups.

The division between the Age Groups and High School groups is based on birth date. Athletes born August 2, 2001 and later will be assigned to one of the Age Groups: AG 1 AG 2, or AG 3, while athletes born August 1, 2001 and earlier will be assigned to one of the three High School groups: HS 1A, HS 1B, or HS 2.

If you have questions regarding practice group assignments, please e-mail Coach Barnea (email).

The table below contains general information on practice days, times, and locations, as well as a brief description of each group. Please note; Practice schedules change for all groups on Monday, 6/6, except for Age Group 3.

Practice Group
Practice Schedule: 5/16-6/5
Practice Schedule: 6/6-7/17
Group Description
High School 1A
Tuesday & Thursday: 6:15-8:15 pm
Sunday: 9:00am-11:00 am
at Stanford

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 2:00-4:00 pm at Gunn High School

For athletes who have competed at the Varsity High School and 18&U Club levels.
High School 1B
Tuesday & Thursday: 6:15-8:15 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am-11:00 am
at Stanford
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 3:00-5:00 pm
at Sacred Heart Prep (16&U A & 16&U B Teams)
For athletes who have competed at the Varsity High School and 16&U Club levels.
High School 2
Monday & Wednesday: 6:15-8:15 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am-11:00 am
at Stanford
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 2:00-4:00 pm at Menlo-Atherton High School (16&U C & 16&U D Teams)
For athletes currently in high school who have competed at the Varsity High School, JV High School and 18&U/16&U Club levels.
Age Group 1
Monday & Wednesday: 6:00-7:30 pm
at Sacred Heart Prep;
Friday 6:15-8:15 pm &
Sunday: 11:00 am-1:00 pm
at Stanford

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 6:00-8:00 pm at Stanford.

For Pre-High School athletes who have displayed a solid base of water polo fundamentals.
Age Group 2
Monday & Wednesday: 6:00-7:30 pm
at Saint Francis High School
Friday 6:15-8:15 pm &
Sunday: 11:00 am-1:00 pm
at Stanford

Tuesday, Thursday: 6:00-8:00 pm
Monday, Friday: 5:45-7:45 pm
at Saint Francis High School

For Pre-High School athletes, with varying experience, who are looking to develop a better understanding of water polo fundamentals.
Age Group 3*
Tuesday & Thursday: 6:00-7:30 pm
at Stanford
Tuesday & Thursday: 6:00-7:30 pm
at Stanford
For athletes born in 2006 and younger who are just getting started in the sport of water polo.

*Age Group 3
Age Group 3 is for younger athletes who are just getting started in the sport of water polo. The group is mainly comprised of athletes born in 2006 or later. However, if your child was born in 2005 and has little to no water polo experience, he may sign up for this group.

To ensure the highest quality for our program, we will be limiting the number of participants in each practice group. Groups will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We are expecting all groups to be full this summer, so please register at your earliest convenience to ensure a spot.

10&U athletes (born August 2, 2005 & after)
12&U athletes (born August 2, 2003 - August 1, 2005)
14&U athletes (born August 2, 2001 - August 1, 2003)
16&U athletes (born August 2, 1999 - August 1, 2001)
18&U athletes (born August 2, 1997 - August 1, 1999)

Below you will find a list of tournaments that are currently scheduled for the 2016 Summer Session. We will be adding more local tournaments to the list as we get closer to summer so please continue to check back for updates. These can also be found on our Calendar.

June 5: Stanford Club Day (Stanford, CA) for all Summer athletes and families
June 10-12: Junior Olympic Qualifier (Bay Area) for select 16&U
June 17-19: Junior Olympic Qualifier (Bay Area) for select 14&U, 18&U
June 24-26: Junior Olympic Qualifier (Bay Area) for select 10&U, 12&U, 14&U, 16&U, 18&U
July 1-3: US Club Championships (Southern California) for select 12&U, 14&U, 16&U and 18&U
July 8-10: Ironman Superfinals (Orange County, CA) for select 18&U, 16&U
July 23-26: Boys Junior Olympics (Stanford, CA) for select 12&U, 14&U, 16&U, and 18&U
July 28-31: 10&U Boys and Girls Junior Olympics (Stanford, CA)

The boys' Junior Olympic Tournament will take place July 23-July 26 and will be hosted by Stanford WPC. Our aim is to qualify as many teams as possible in each age division. In order to participate at the Junior Olympics, teams must first qualify through our Pacific Zone qualifying tournament. See dates above for each age group's qualifying dates and note all 14&U, 16&U and 18&U teams that do not finish in the top 4 of the first weekend of the qualifying tournament are required to come back for the second weekend of qualifying, June 25-28.

Selection to a JO team is based on, but not limited to, the following criteria: position, ability/skill level, experience, and attitude, and availability for the Qualifying Tournaments. Rosters for athletes selected to Junior Olympic teams will be posted on our web site no later than 7 days prior to the start of each athlete's respective Junior Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Responsibilities for athletes selected to one of our Junior Olympic Teams include:

  • Paying “fair share” of tournament expenses
  • Volunteering for at least one shift of desk work at the Avery Aquatic Center during the girls Junior Olympics, July 28-31. A volunteer sign up form will be distributed later in the summer.

Athletes wishing to be considered for a JO Team must commit and declare themselves eligible by submitting their Junior Olympic Commitment Packet postmarked no later than Friday, May 20, which MUST include:
1)  JO Declaration of Commitment (signed and dated by both athlete and parent);
2)  $100 deposit (check payable to NCWPC —no cash. Deposit checks will be shredded once final JO payment is made.)

Please mail Junior Olympic Commitment Packet to the following address: (Please do not hand in packets to coaches)

SWPC/JO Packet
PO Box 60662
Palo Alto, CA 94306-9991

Please Note: Athletes who would like to be considered for a JO Team must be affiliated with our Club, Stanford Water Polo Foundation, club #570, Pacific Zone (#6) no later than 7 days prior to the commencement of the Zone Qualification Tournament, must have a photo headshot uploaded onto their USA WP Membership, and have your age verified via USWP/TC logiQ.

The JO Declaration of Commitment can be downloaded by clicking here.

Per USA Water Polo's Conduct of Championships, an athlete's age for USA Water Polo Zone Qualification Tournaments and National Championship events will be determined by an athlete's age on August 1.

We are looking forward to a great Summer Session!