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What is CDM Aquatics Federation?

Please see "About CDMAF" and CDMAF's Mission Statement. As indicated, CDMAF is a non-profit corporation, established to foster and promote the amateur sports of water polo and swimming in our community.

How do I register for a trial program with CDMAF?

Select "Registration" from the navigation bar on the website. Complete the online registration form. After completing the online registration, a CDMAF representative will contact you within 48 hours. You may also come to the pool deck before your desired practice begins and arrange a "trial program" with your age group head coach.

What if I’ve never played water polo before?

It’s always a good time to start playing water polo! CDMAF water polo has an excellent coaching staff that has competed at all levels of play and that understands the progression of how water polo is learned and understood. CDMAF's coaches are experienced at conditioning and educating new players about the game and are always looking to introduce more people to this great sport.

Do I have to play water polo in my own age group?

Most participants will find that their age group is the best fit for their skill and experience level. There are, however, always exceptions. For those athletes who feel as if they would be better challenged by playing up an age group, it is important to discuss that possibility with the CDMAF coaching staff. If the CDMAF polo coaches determine it is the right decision, an athlete may be permitted to practice and/or compete with a higher age group.

Why do I have to be a member of USA Water Polo?

USA Water Polo insures all CDMAF facilities, practices, leagues, and tournaments that club members participate in throughout California and the United States.  CDMAF and all of its coaches are registered with USWAP (Club 26). For a participating athlete to be covered during play and to be eligible for competitions, he or she must be a current USWP member. A USWP membership also keeps you updated on all the recent water polo news around the globe.

How do I sign up for USA Water Polo?

Signing up for USA Water Polo takes about five minutes. Visit https://webpoint.usawaterpolo.com/wp/memberships/join.wp, select the appropriate membership level (usually Gold), and follow the steps from there. Once you have signed up, print a copy of your confirmation so that you have your USA Water Polo number. You must also complete the age group verification process--visit http://www.usawaterpolo.org/Clubs/birthdateverification.aspx.

What kind of equipment do I need for water polo?

The bare minimum gear necessary for all water polo players is a swimsuit and goggles (and swim cap for water polo players with long hair). CDMAF provides water polo balls and water polo caps for all practices and games. It is recommended that all suits be ordered from the club, which will provide you with the suit styles and cuts best suited for water polo. Most regular swimsuits will not hold up as long as a suit specifically designed for water polo. Additionally, the club recommends cold weather gear (clothing) for cold (and possibly rainy) evenings.

What do my CDMAF user fees pay for?

CDMAF fees are calculated to cover actual operating expenses, such as coaches’ salaries, pool rental,  equipment expenses, tournament fees, referee fees, and the like. They may fluctuate based on the length of the session, and take into account the number of practices, the number of tournaments/games, and other similar factors. All tournaments and travel are paid by and prorated among the participants.  All tournaments and travel are entirely self-funded and in addition to registration fees, unless specifically indicated otherwise.

What happens if I miss a water polo practice?

As with any sport, the more practices you attend, the more likely you are to improve. Thus, if you miss a practice you may be missing out on a key concept or experience. That said, CDMAF and its coaches understand that most athletes are involved in a number of activities and will occasionally need to miss practice in case of a school conflict, or for another activity or family event. If an athlete is repeatedly absent, he or she may receive diminished playing time in games since priority is given to those members who have shown the greatest dedication. Please also see CDMAF's Peformance Standards and Code of Conduct.

Do we practice and play water polo in the rain?

Since water polo is played in the pool, rain does not affect our ability to hold practices. Practices will only be cancelled for weather reasons in case of thunder and lightning. Rain or shine we’ll be out on deck ready to train!

Do CDMAF teams travel?

Yes.  Travel is based on age group and season. They will compete for all major USA Water Polo events such as TYR Champions Cup, Rock-tober, National Junior Olympics (JO’s), and other local, regional, and national tournaments and events.

How are youth travel teams selected?

For TYR Champions Cup, Rock-tober, National Junior Olympics (JO’s), and other local, regional, and national tournaments and events, CDMAF coaches select a team consisting of 12-15 players (depending on event roster limits).  An alternate may be selected as well.   Attendance at practices is important, and the coaches will consider players’ attendance records when creating rosters for tournaments. The second criterion is daily performance in workouts and in games.  No decision is based solely on a single performance at any one tournament.  Athletes are evaluated every workout and during every game and the decisions are based on their overall abilities. Please also see CDMAF's Peformance Standards and Code of Conduct.

Do the age group water polo players sign a Code of Conduct?

Yes.  All CDMAF athletes and their parents are required to sign the CDM Travel Code of Cnduct and Team Travel Policy which are included in CDMAF's registration materials.

Who chaperones the CDMAF water polo trips?

Youth athletes typically travel an stay with their parents during "away" tournaments. In some cases, older athletes may travel with their coaches and chaperones. In such case, coaches will ask for volunteers to assist on each trip.  The chaperone may help with travel arrangements (transportation, hotel, meals) prior to leaving and daily activities like driving and arranging meals while on the road.  Chaperones must pay their own trip expenses.