Water Polo

 

CLWPC 2019-2020
 
Chicago Latin Water Polo Club (CLWPC) is a water polo club based out of the Latin School of Chicago. We offer a USA Water Polo Splashball, 10U, 12U, & 14U age programs during the school calendar year. All athletes will be registered with USA Water Polo as part of their registration to the club.
 
Practice Times
Age restrictions are applicable for safety reasons. All children must be of age BEFORE the first practice to be eligible to participate. Birth date verification may be requested. Please see below practice times for the 2019-2020 Season.
 
9:15-10:00am – Co-Ed Ages 6-8
9:30am-10:30am – Co-Ed Ages 9-10
10:30am – 12:00pm – Co-Ed Ages 11-12 & 13-14
 
Practice Dates:
October: 26
November: 2, 9, 16, 23
December: 7, 14
January: 11, 25
February: 1, 8, 22, 29
March: 7, 14
 
Cost: $335 – includes USA Water Polo Membership
 
What to Bring:
Swim Suit
Swim Cap
Towel
Enthusiasm
 

 

What is Splashball?
Splashball is an excellent segway into learning teamwork and sportsmanship as well as developing important swimming skills. Just like Baseball programs have T-Ball, our equivalent to that type of programming is SplashBall.
   
FUN! – Splash Ball is FUN; participants, coaches, referees and parents alike will have a blast with our program!!!
  • Friendships – Athletes will make new friends and learn to work together
  • Sportsmanship –Team sports build respect amongst teammates and opponent
  • Leadership –Through team sports, leadership qualities and traits are developed  
  • Teamwork– Splash Ball provides a foundation to teach participants that working together towards a common goal can lead to positive outcomes, win, lose or draw
  • Water Safety – Learning to swim through Splash Ball will enhance a participant’s ability to tread water, and improve their confidence in the water all while learning fundamental swimming strokes and techniques    
  • Culture building – Water Polo is a global game! Through the Splash Ball curriculum, participants will learn about the history of the sport and a little bit about other countries who participate in it on the world stage
 
 
Frequently Asked Questions
What Skills should I expect my child to learn?
Each player will learn vital swimming skills and will learn head down and head up style freestyle, how to tread water and stay afloat in the water while holding, passing and shooting a ball. Other skills they will learn will be:
  • Water Polo Lunging and Blocking
  • Non contact Water Polo Defense and strategy
  • Water Polo Offensive movements and strategies
  • Shooting, Passing and Goal Keeping
  • Rules and Regulations of Water Polo and SplashBall
 
Does my child have to swim unassisted the entire time?
For Splashball age 6-8, they are allowed to jump off the bottom and use flotation devices to assist them staying afloat during practice and games. Our Goal is teach vital swim skills so that the kids don’t require the assistance, however it is not a requirement of the official game. For U14 and HS level, all swimmers are required to swim unassisted for the entire time.
 
 
What are the Rules of Splashball? Is it as physical as Water Polo?
All the Rules of Splashball are located on the USA Water Polo website (usawaterpolo.org/splashball) and are similar to Water Polo except for the physical contact. Splashball is an introductory level to Water Polo and the game is meant to be non contact. However, the players will learn how to steal and block in a manner that does not require traditional water polo contact.
 
What if I can’t make all the practice sessions?
All practices are not mandatory. We have a very limited number of spots to participate in the program and we encourage you to attend as many sessions as possible. We do not prorate the total cost due to missed sessions.
 
 
Questions? Please email us aquatics@latinschool.org