The Tsunami Water Polo Club was officially established in January, 2020.

  • We are proud to be the first youth water polo club in the first state of Delaware.

Mission statement:  

The mission of our program is to grow the sport of water polo in our community, Delaware, and beyond.  It’s our goal to enjoy playing water polo and to develop competitive teams through: offering a continuum of programming including to young players; teaching and practicing water polo fundamental skills; and emphasizing teamwork and sportsmanship.  Ultimately, we want to cultivate nationally competitive teams and lifelong players who have opportunities to progress in their water polo careers.

Program & Player Development and Sustainability:

  • USAWP:  
    • Presently, we are excited to be working with USA Water Polo for program development!  
    • USA Water Polo is the primary governing body for water polo clubs in the United States and is recognized by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee as well as the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA)
    • We are applying to be an official USAWP club with Coach Anna and Coach Nicole as official coaches
    • To learn more about USA Water Polo click here
  • AWP:  
    • We are also in communication with American Water Polo for program development and competitive opportunities
    • Coach Nicole is an official AWP coach
  • NE Zone Club Outreach:
    • As water polo is based strongly in club teams, we are working with other Northeast Zone clubs to learn and play
    • NE Zone clubs are located in PA, CT, MD, NJ, DC, and VA
  • Program Plan
    • The development of our program is very dynamic, based on the growth and needs of the team.  We will potentially separate age groups in the future as well as add Splashball programming.  Here is the program model:
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    • Group Name

      Age range

      Cut-offs

      Grade

      Description

      18+/Masters

      18+ 

      Must have graduated from HS 

      NA

      Master’s league; in-house games; potential competition with other master’s leagues 

      18Us

      15-18 

      Turning 15 after August 1stof the 2019-2020 season

      9th- 12th

      Experienced players participating in competition; focusing on higher level skills and play

      14Us

      12-14

      Turning 12 after August 1stof 2019-2020 season

      *Must be able to swim 2 consecutive lengths of the pool

      7th-8th grade

      Focusing on further developing player skill, strength, and strategy, participating in competition

      12Us

      10-12

      Turning 10 after August 1stof 2019-2020

      *Must be “graduated” to 12U program from Splashball

      5th-6th grade

      Focusing on developing skills and fundamentals; select competition 

      Splashball

      6-12 

      Turning 6 after August 1stof 2019-2020 season 

      *Must be able to swim ½ length of the pool with noodle

      1st-6th grade

      Focusing on learning the sport and having fun in the water; players use noodles 

 

Team Gear & Equipment:

  • We are working with leading water polo equipment provider, Kap7, to create a team store. Use this link to access the team store: 
  • We are purchasing a deep end, regulation size floating goal as well as a set of light and dark caps! We are trying to figure out how to purchase (or build) a goal for the shallow-end soon.

 

Codes of Conduct:

  • We are a SafeSport Program
  • As a YMCA program, we follow the Y mission, procedures, and standards
  • Additionally, we are developing Codes of Conduct, specific to the sport of water polo, for coaches, players, and parents/guardians

 

Coaches:

 

Coach Anna Seiffert

Coach Nicole Woomer Garrity

Coach Nicole loves water polo and enjoys seeing the sport grow and gain momentum locally and nationally! She grew up watching water polo and began swimming and playing water polo at a young age. Since beginning her water polo career, Coach Nicole played in various water polo clubs, leagues, and scholastically; she also helped coach water polo and teach swimming with various aquatic programs.

In high school, Coach Nicole was a 4 year varsity letter winner in both swimming and water polo at the competitive and well-known Wilson School District (West Lawn, PA). Coach Nicole was also an Academic All-American and a recipient of a scholar-athlete award. Nicole’s most notable accomplishment in high school water polo was captaining the state championship women’s team in 2002. Additionally, during her senior year in 2002, Nicole was named Berks County Player of the Year, First Team All-State, and First Team All-American. She was recruited by multiple colleges and universities to play water polo and swim.

Coach Nicole continued her water polo career at The Pennsylvania State University. At Penn State, Coach Nicole lead the team to win the Mid-Atlantic Division Championships and consequently, participation in the National Championship Collegiate Club Tournament in 2005. At the National Championship Collegiate Club Tournament, Coach Nicole was a leading scorer. Also in 2005, Coach Nicole was awarded to the First-Team All Conference as well as named the Mid-Atlantic Conference Most Valuable Player.

Following Penn State, Coach Nicole enjoyed playing with the Lehigh University men’s club water polo team as a graduate student. During her tenure at Lehigh, the men’s team earned one of the highest finishes in school history to date as well as the highest rank for a co-ed team in a men’s league that year. During her graduate work, Coach Nicole also helped to coach the Wilson High School Women’s Water Polo team. Additionally, Coach Nicole was an assistant coach at the Princeton University Water Polo Camp.

Most recently, while living in San Diego, CA, Coach Nicole played with the women’s Old Mission Beach Athletic Club Water Polo Master’s team including enjoying playing with previous Olympians as teammates and competitors.

Outside of water polo, Coach Nicole enjoys spending time with her family including teaching her young children to play water polo, traveling, and going to the beach. Coach Nicole is so excited to be a part of the SFY Tsunami Water Polo Club and is passionate about providing the opportunity for players to have fun learning and playing water polo lifelong! 

Coach Keith Woomer