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2021 Junior Olympics, July 17 – 25 – Orange County, CA

Junior Olympics Overview:

  • The USA Water Polo Junior Olympics Championship (JO's) is the largest water polo tournament in the USA.
  • The tournament lasts 4 days, with two to three games per day. We'll play high caliber teams, especially from California.
  • Our objectives are to provide developmental experience for our athletes, as well as to play at the national level. JO is a great way to build team camaraderie and skils, and it's a lof of fun, especially with some likely beach time in SoCal!
  • In order to play in JO's, each team will need to qulify for a slot. The Qualifiier tournaments fro all age groups will be in Texas in June
  • To be elgigle to compete, all athletes must be USA Water Polo GOLD member for current with birth date verfication completed. The athlete's photo must also be uploaded to their USAWP account.
  • The 2021 COVID waiver must also be signed with in the USAWP account.
  • The Trident boys will be participating with Pegasus for 2021 JO's.

Key Dates, 2021:

  • June 11 – 13 – Junior Olympics Qualifier Tournaments in Texas. Location TBD.
  • July 17 – 20 – Session I BOYS Junior Olympics Championship in Orange County, CA.  Plan to arrive in Orange County on Friday, July 16, 2021, and depart after 6:00 pm on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.
  • July 22 - 25. Session II GIRLS and MIXED Junior Olympics Championship in Orange County, CA. Plan to arrive on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, and depart after 6:00 pm on Sunday, July 25, 2021.

Age Groups:

  • Session I: Boys 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U
  • Session II: Girls 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, and 18U as well as 10U Mixed and 12U Mixed
  • Athlete age is as of August 1, 2021 (for 19-year-old graduating seniors, they will make an 18U exception by completing an 18U Age Exemption Form)

Parent Coordinator:  Leslie Benners, [email protected]

Roster Size:  Maximum 15 boys per age group team.   If we have more than 15 athletes per age group who want to play, we'll take multiple teams. The coaches will determine the players on the roster.
Since this is a national tournament, no athlete is guaranteed a certain amount of playing time; it’s at the coach’s discretion.


  • A non-refundable deposit of approximately $450 per athlete to cover the Qualifier and JO tournament registration fees, coaching fees, plus coaches’ travel and food costs. We may need to adjust amounts once have final roster sizes.
  •  Non-binding registration by March 12.  Require firm commitment and a non-refundable deposit paid by April 20 through the Pegasus site.
  • Without a deposit, we cannot secure a spot for your athlete.  The deposit will be fully or partially refundable only if a team cannot complete a minimum size roster or if the team doesn’t qualify for a JO slot (if that happens, any refund will deduct Qualifier tournament team costs)

Hotel: TBD


Other Information:

  • No JO tryouts.  Any athlete who wants to go to JO's can play, assuming we can meet minimum roster sizes.  Coaches will determine rosters.  Coaches and team hotel are TBD
  • How to register for JO's? Login to your Pegasus account and go to Calendar, Events Calendar, scroll to July JO's event and select Attend. Commit your athlete to the event before March 31, 2021. We will send out an email on how to pay.
  • For any administrative questions, please email Laurie Dunlap.


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