Lakeridge Water Polo

Seattle Summer Water Polo League

INTRODUCTION / WELCOME

We encourage all boys and girls to come out and participate in the great sport of water polo. Boys and girls of all ages and abilities are encourage to participate (please feel free to come down and try it out anytime). We try to have as much fun as possible as we try to get in good shape and work on skills necessary to compete at water polo. If you don’t know much about the sport, it is a great team sport similar to soccer except instead of running and kicking you swim and throw the ball into a goal. Kids who love other sports, particularly basketball, soccer and baseball, usually have a great time playing water polo. We have various age groups, with both coed and girls teams as we compete against other SSSL swim clubs. Currently, we have 12 clubs participating.  Although we have introduction practices in July, our main season is in August between, the end of swimming and Labor Day.  We will need as many kids as possible to get involved so feel free to invite your any of your friends and teammates from other sports to join in as well.

PRESEASON PRACTICES

Monday, July 3rd                                               8:30-10 AM                         All Ages

Sundays, July 9th – 30th                                    10:30am-12 noon              All Ages

If anyone would like a private or small group intro I’m also available most days to stop by and introduce you to the game.

REGULAR SEASON PRACTICES

We start regular daily practices and games as soon as the All City Swim Championship Meet is completed.  Due to the relative shortness of the season, we start right away with games in the first  week. The younger kids (7-8 yrs old) we will try to keep entertained with a shallow end splash ball until they can handle the full length version of the game.  We welcome any and all kids whether its for one day/one week/one month or the whole summer!

July 31st thru August 31st

Monday through Thursday          8:30  – 10AM           10U/12U/14U/18&U

REGULAR SEASON / GAMES

Every week, games are scheduled for each age group during the block of times identified in the attached schedule. The game schedule is subject to change but generally the games are on the following days.

10&U  Coed/Girls             Fridays  8am – 12noon (some Sat mornings)          Starting August 4th

12&U  Coed/Girls             Fridays  8am – 12noon (some Sat mornings)          Starting August 4th

14&U  Coed/Girls             Tues/Thurs  nights, some Sat/Sun mornings         Starting August 5th

18&U  Coed/Girls             Tues/Thurs  nights, some Sat/Sun mornings         Starting August 5th

Basic League Game Schedules and other info is available online at http://seattlesummerwaterpolo.org/game-schedule (go to the bottom calendar and scroll over to August) To allow flexibility for new clubs to participate, specific games and times are scheduled about a week in advance.

We encourage all kids, if they want to play more, to show up for the other games in their age group so if a team is short players they may get a chance to play. Particularly, the south end teams are just getting started and lots of kids are needed to fill out their games.  Kids who are younger and want to “play up” to 12&U, 14&U or 18&U are free to do so also (providing space is available).  I would encourage 10 yr olds to play both 10 and 12&U games, as well as 11-12 yr olds to play 14&U games and 13-14 yr olds to play 18&U games.

CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK   AUGUST 27th – 31st

Nothing is more exciting and fun as championship week. The closest examples might be March Madness and the Super Bowl. All the league teams compete to determine each age group and girls champion. Sunday through Tuesday are the initial tournament style games that trim 8 or more teams down to 2 in each division. Wednesday & Thursday nights are the Finals that determine the Champions.  This is our most important week so if at all possible do not miss this week!    Final Awards Dinner is targeted for Sunday, September 10th from 5 – 7PM

15&Over  Coed                 Sunday, August 27th                        4-9 PM

12&U  Coed                        Monday, August 28th                       8am – 1 PM

14&U  Coed                        Monday, August 28th                          4-9 PM

10&U  Coed                        Tuesday, August 29th                      8am – 1 PM

12/14/15+ Girls                  Tuesday, August 29th                      4-9 PM

Girls Finals                         Wednesday, August 30th                5-9 PM

Coed Finals                         Thursday, August 31st                    4-8 PM

COACHES

Doc Zimmer, who has coached local summer teams and collegiate teams for the past 35 years is the head coach.  Lakeridge Alumni and all around awesome people Jillian Chong and Nate Burdick are potential assistant coaches.  Our senior players Tim Wetzel, Naftali Katsman and Eli Ginden may help coach as well if we are shorthanded.  Doc is available 24/7 if you have any questions, need information or help.

NON-MEMBERS

Non-members are welcome, and encouraged to join in the fun on a space available basis. WE REALLY NEED as many of your friends from school, sport teams or the neighborhood to help  supplement all of our teams.

COST

$60 per participant or $80 per non-member participant. Optionally, $30/40 per week for member/non-member, and/or $150/200 for 3 or more family members for the season.  Sign up/pay in the pool office please.  Everyone is welcome to come try it out for a few days or if you have a hardship please contact me. Again we are looking for all the kids we can get from 1 day to all season.  For more information please call/email Doc Zimmer at 206-999-6624 or doczimmer@gmail.com

PARENT INVOLVEMENT / HELP

Adults are encouraged to join in at any of the practices or special events. The biggest help we could use from the parents is providing rides for the kids to the away games. If you could drive anyone else, please don’t hesitate to let people know.  We would like to have a parent Rep volunteer to help coordinate the team activities and work with the pool board if someone is so inclined.  Each year we also look for one parent to represent our club on the SSSL Water Polo Board. Very little time is required if you are interested.

FINAL COMMENTS FROM DOC

I want the kids to have fun while learning to play a team sport and get some exercise. I encourage all the kids and parents to participate as much as they want. I am very open to adding some group activities after practices or games if there is enough interest as well.  My main reason for doing this is to support the kids who have a great time playing, so whatever I can do to help that happen, I’m up for. And, as much as I would love to have everyone around the entire season I expect that most kids will miss 1-2 weeks due to vacations or camp. If at all possible, however, I would like everyone to be available championship week.

Please call or email me anytime if you have any questions or need some information.

Thanks!   Doc

Doc Zimmer                         206-999-6624 cell      email:    doczimmer@gmail.com

Jillian Chong                        206-524-9120  hm     email:    jillichong@gmail.com

 

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FAQs about Water Polo

Q: How does water polo work for different genders?

A: It’s similar to swim team rules, however there are both girls and “coed” teams competing. The coed groups are mostly boys but some girls want to play with the guys and/or are needed to fill out teams. Mostly we want to give everyone an opportunity to play.

Q: What age kids can play?

A: Teams are usually:

8&U coed only (they play width-wise and with a reduced # of players), 10&U (coed mostly), 12&U,  14&U and  18&U.

Q: My swimmer has a group of friends that are all interested – but what happens if there aren’t enough interested players to make a whole team?

A: One of the great things is that a club can participate even if they have just one age group team. We don’t have to field all age groups. Only a few of the SSWPL clubs have 8U teams, about half have 10U, all have 12 and 14s and most have 18s. The “meets” are mostly age groups meets in the South End clubs (i.e. Tuesday & Thursday one pool hosts all the 14U and 18U games, Friday or Saturday morning 10U and 12U games are played a different pool).

Q: What’s the time commitment? When are games over for the season?

A: We’ll start up with some ‘I’m interested’ practices during the swim team season, then the water polo season starts in early August. The last week of competition is the Sunday thru Thursday prior to Labor Day weekend, when all the age groups play off in a tournament style format.

Q: How many kids need to show up to make this all work?

A: The number of kids needed is variable.  We understand that August can be a tough month with vacations, school coming up, etc. The biggest clubs have 50+ kids participating.  Half have between 20-50, but our league is basically set up where we offer some great flexibility.  Our club could participate with as little as 5-10 players or we could combine with another pool.  Teams are encouraged to combine, even for just a few age groups, so they can field some more age groups.

Q: My child has some friends who would like to play, but they don’t belong to LSC – what about them?

A: Eligibility-wise it is legal to have anyone participate*, so we could have all of Renton/South Seattle play for us if we wanted.

(* Players are excluded if they are a member of another SSSL Club with a water polo program)

For more details, check

SSWPL website http://seattlesummerwaterpolo.org/ for more info.