USA Water Polo

USA Water Polo, Inc is the National Governing Body for the sport of Water Polo in the United States. Turlock Water Polo Club is a member club (#354) of USA Water Polo andUSWP’s Central Zone region. All athletes and coaches wishing to participate in any Turlock Water Polo Club events are required to have an USWP Athlete membership. Turlock players wishing to participate in 16U JO Program MUST have a Gold Athlete membership. All non-JO athletes can participate with a Silver membership.

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Gold Athlete $120 : “Elite” athlete membership; eligible for ALL USAWP athlete activity, including club practices, sanctioned events, National Championship Events (i.e. Junior Olympics) and all Olympic Development Program (ODP) participation including Zone Teams and ODP National Championships.

Silver Athlete $82 : “Enhanced” athlete membership; eligible for club practices, local and regional sanctioned leagues and tournaments, and ODP Camps only (excluding Holiday Camp). Not eligible for participation in National Championship events (i.e. Junior Olympics, ODP Zone Team or Holiday Camp). Eligible to upgrade membership within current membership year only.

Bronze Athlete $40 : “Basic” athlete membership; eligible for club practices, local/regional league play, SplashBall, some local sanctioned tournaments. Not eligible for participation in National Championship events (i.e Junior Olympics), any ODP program, or large-scale sanctioned tournaments. Eligible to upgrade membership within current membership year only.

Mission of USWP
The Mission of USA Water Polo shall be to grow the sport of water polo throughout the United States and win medals in Olympic, World Championship, and Pan American Games.

USA Water Polo, Inc. is a non-profit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) as the National Governing Body for the sport of Water Polo in the United States. USA Water Polo oversees our Olympic water polo program, including senior, junior, youth and cadet national teams, as well as 20 different championship events annually, including the Junior Olympics, the US Open of Water Polo, and the Masters National Championships. With nearly 40,000 members, USA Water Polo is also the sanctioning authority for more than 500 Member Clubs and more than 400 tournaments conducted nationwide each year. USA Water Polo has a rich tradition of success at every level including World Championship, World Cup, World League and Pan Am Gold Medals, and most recently, Olympic Gold for our women’s program. USA Water Polo is committed to the development and promotion of the sport throughout the US and to providing the best possible experience for all participants. It fosters grass-roots expansion of the sport, providing a national system of affiliated clubs and leagues, certified coaches and officials, educational materials, and background screenings, as well as developing programmatic materials and undertaking initiatives to generate greater awareness of the sport.

General Membership Information
USA Water Polo is the largest organization in the United States that sanctions non-scholastic water polo competition. USA Water Polo has around 500 clubs and offers multiple playing opportunities including our National Championship events and the ability to sanction events at the zone level. In order to compete in a National or sanctioned event with one of our registered clubs, athletes, coaches, and referees must be current members of USA Water Polo.

There are many benefits of being a USA Water Polo member. Once you become a member, you will have your own online account. Within your account you can perform multiple functions including; keeping your contact information up to date, renewing your membership, printing a temporary membership card, upgrading your membership, changing club affiliation, and creating your own recruitment profile. Please note ALL memberships are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Founded in 1978, USA Water Polo is the National Governing Body for water polo in the United States of America. Originally governed by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) with assistance from the YMCA, the organization was formed following the passage of a federal law designating the US Olympic Committee as the coordinating body for all Olympic activity in the United States. Based on a volunteer structure, USA Water Polo moved to a more formal corporate model in 2006 consistent with reforms championed by the United States Olympic Committee.

USA Water Polo is a member organization with nearly 500 high performance club programs across America, and 45,000 active participants annually. The organization hosts a variety of national championships to serve the clubs, including Junior Olympics, Masters Nationals, the US Open of Water Polo, Champions Cup, the Rock-tober PCA 12 & Under Classic and more. The US Open of Water Polo, formerly the Indoor and Outdoor National Championship along with the Junior Olympics are the two oldest membership events and started in the time of AAU governance.

USA Water Polo’s mission includes governance of the U.S. Olympic Men’s and Women’s Water Polo Teams and the development pipeline of future athletes for the Olympic Games. Toward that end, USA Water Polo launched an official Olympic Development Program in 2009. The program serves approximately 3500 athletes from throughout the US, who are introduced to high performance methods and may be identified to participate in elite level training and competition opportunities. Some of these athletes are selected to join Junior, Cadet, Development and Youth National Teams by virtue of their participation in our ODP Championship and National Team Selection Camp events.

USA Water Polo includes a high performance division, which collects and shares information to help each club and athlete reach their potential through sport. The high performance group shares learning from Olympic and international competition with clubs, athletes, coaches and officials through a special Team USA app and a proprietary YouTube Channel. USA Water Polo is also a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance and the US Olympic Committee “SafeSport” programs, both designed to provide encouragement to athletes within a safe environment. USA Water Polo also maintains a Hall of Fame, honoring greats in the community, founded in 1976 and revamped in 2010, inductions are held annually. In 2009, the organization launched Splashball, a program designed to introduce water polo and water safety to children ages 5-9.

For the history of USA Water Polo’s participation in the Olympic Games and other major international championships, please visit the Team USA section of this website.