June 30, 2014
LAKERIDGE WATER POLO
Seattle Summer Water Polo League
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 about 11 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.
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.
July 4th Special
Saturdays July 12th- Aug 2nd 9:30-11 AM All Ages
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 (6-8 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!
August 6th – 28th
Mon thru Thur 8:30 - 10am 8U/10U/12U/14U/15&Over
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.
8/10&U Coed/Girls Fridays 9am – 12noon (some Sat ams) Starting August 9th
12&U Coed/Girls Fridays 9am – 12noon (some Sat ams) Starting August 9th
14&U Coed/Girls Tues/Thurs nights (some Fri/Sat ams) Starting August 9th
15&Over Coed/Girls Tues/Thurs nights (some Sat ams) Starting August 10th
Basic League Game Schedules and other info is available online at www.seattlesummerwaterpolo.org 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, 13-14 yr olds to play 18&U games. 6-8 yr olds will play mostly 10&U games depending upon which other clubs can field an 8&U team.
CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK AUGUST 24 – 28th
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!
15&Over Coed Sunday, Aug 24 4-10pm
12&U Coed Monday, Aug 25 8am – 1pm
14&U Coed Monday, Aug 25 4-10pm
10&U Coed Tuesday, Aug 26 8am – 1pm
12/14/15+ Girls Tuesday, Aug 26 4-10pm
Girls Finals Wednesday, Aug 27 4-10pm
Coed Finals Thursday, Aug 28 4-10pm
Doc Zimmer, who has coached local summer teams and collegiate teams for the past 30 years is the head coach. Lakeridge Alum and all around awesome person Jillian Chong, is the assistant coach. Doc is available 24/7 if you have any questions, need information or help.
Nonmembers are welcome, and encouraged to join in the fun on a space available basis.WE REALLY NEEDas many of your friends from school, sport teams or the neighborhood to help supplement all of our teams.
$50 per participant or $75 per non-member participant. 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 email@example.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 hesistate 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. Kids of any age are welcome anytime but the priorities will be with the ages scheduled. 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.
Doc Zimmer 206-999-6624 cell firstname.lastname@example.org 206-524-9120 hm
Jillian Chong email@example.com