About the Innisfail Hurricanes Water Polo Club
The Hurricanes Water Polo club formed in 2008 and is a not for profit amateur sporting club based out of the Innisfail Aquatic Center. The club offers instruction in water polo, community and competitive opportunities, and athletic training for males and females aged 6 to 18 years old. The Hurricanes are members of the Alberta Water Polo Association (AWPA) and governed by the bylaws of the AWPA and Water Polo Canada (WPC).
When does the club meet?
The club practices Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Innisfail Aquatic Centre. Practices are divided into two 1-hour time periods so that younger and less experienced players have their own training sessions. Ages 11 and under practice from 5 to 6 pm and 11+ practice from 6 to 7 pm.
Our community club program begins in mid-September and runs through until the end of March. There will be special events throughout the year that may include social gatherings, weekend clinics / competitions as well as a yearend party and awards ceremony. These will be announced on the team website and through email communications.
If your athlete is interested in competitive play, the Hurricanes will work with the AWPA to affiliate your athlete with a Calgary water polo club. This will provide opportunities to play in AWPA City League and Provincial League games. It is important to note that additional fees would be required to the Calgary club as well as a commitment to attend some practices in the city.
What does it cost?
Initial registration is through RAMP and this will register your athlete with the AWPA and WPC – the fee for this is $18. The Hurricanes registration fee for the 2022/2023 season is $441. Included in this fee is 6.5 months of training, a team water polo suit and team T-shirt for each participant. The Hurricanes also offer a discount if there is more than one family member registered in the club. The first athlete pays the full fee and each subsequent family member pays $413. We also offer a monthly payment plan.
Can I try water polo before registering for the whole season?
Yes! If you have an athlete that is undecided, we offer a TWO week try-it option to players that are new to water polo. Join us for a few practices and when your athlete discovers how much you love the sport you can register for the rest of the season. To take advantage of the trial period, register on RAMP by selecting “Free Trial”. The AWPA and WPC do not charge a fee for this program.
There is a $25 fee payable to the Innisfail Hurricanes Water Polo Club prior to the first practice your athlete plans to attend. This is to cover costs associated with pool time and coaching costs. If the athlete wishes to register for the remainder of the season after the trial period, the remainder of the Hurricanes registration fee will be applied.
Who is the coaching staff?
For the 2022/2023 season, Olivia Bergeron returns as the head coach of the Innisfail Hurricanes. Olivia is a former player with the Hurricanes and played competitively with the Edmonton Tsunami and Calgary Mako. Her 2019 Mako team won gold at Provincials and followed that up with a Gold Medal at the Western Canadian Championships. With the Hurricanes, Olivia has been a junior coach working with our younger athletes, became the assistant coach in 2020 and accepted the role of Head Coach in 2021.
Aubry Haldorson is returning as the Assistant Coach. Aubry is also a former Hurricane player has played competitive water polo through City League games and events. Aubry is an accomplished swimmer with the Innisfail Dolphins Swim Club. She has won numerous medals at competitive meets including provincials and holds a number of Club records for the Dolphins.
We also provide Junior Coach opportunities to our older athletes. Junior Coaches will work with our younger athletes from 5PM-6PM and receive direction and mentorship from the Head and Assistant coaches.
The club administration is done by parent volunteers who comprise the parent executive committee and who act in conjunction with the rules and regulations of the AWPA. You will find a list of the executive committee members and their roles in the management of the club on our website (www.hurricaneswaterpolo.ca). Any parent or legal guardian of a club member has the opportunity to be on the parent executive committee.
Fundraising and Volunteer Obligations
As with any youth sport program, we do our best to fundraise. The Club will undertake various fundraising initiatives throughout each water polo season. This may include bottle collection nights, raffles, or a fundraiser sale. All families are expected to participate in club fundraising initiatives.
The Club also requires each family to volunteer throughout the season on a few game nights (score keeping, running clock, etc.). The volunteer positions require no training and allow family to learn more about the sport of water polo. Details to be discussed at the parent meeting at the beginning of the season.
A $200 Fundraising and Volunteer Bond cheque will be required at the beginning of the year. This will be returned to you at the conclusion of season if all fundraising and volunteer requirements are met.
We have also been fortunate enough to be on the Alberta Lotteries approved list for casino fundraisers. Generally, we are awarded a casino about every 3 years. The casino is crucial to the operations of the club and allow us to offer this great sport to the community at a very reasonable cost.
Again, all families must pitch in and take at least one shift at the casino. In years that we have a casino, an additional Casino Bond Cheque will be collected in the amount of $250. This cheque will be returned to you following the casino if volunteer requirements are met. If volunteer commitments are not met, the cheque will be cashed.
We do not have a casino in the 2022/23 season.
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