Competitive Youth Polo (Summer)

Our summer competitive water polo program runs from May 28 through July 23/28. This program is designed to teach all athletes, intermediate to advanced, the technical and tactical water polo skills needed to compete at the highest level of play. Athletes will learn the individual fundamentals of mobility, passing, shooting, and defending. Athletes will also learn the tactical water polo strategies of front-court offense and defense, transition/counter-attack, 6v5 and 5v6. Goalkeepers will learn fundamental movements in the goal and how to defend specific tactical situations.

All participants must be registered as a “Gold” member with USA Water Polo for the 2019 calendar year and affiliated with California Republic SC (#26152). Athletes who wish to participate in Jr. Olympics must also go through the USAWP age verification process. Go to USA Water Polo for more information.

Mandatory Parent Meeting – Sunday, May 26 – 6:00-7:00pm at Granite Bay High School (Room 921)

Practice Dates, Times, and Location

May 28 – July 23/28
Ages 11-14
All Boys & Girls
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
All practices at Casa Roble High School
(no practice on Thursday, July 4)

Tournament Schedule

June 2 – West Valley Tournament (Saratoga, CA) – ALL

June 21-23 – Jr. Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Clovis) – BOYS ONLY
June 28-30 – Jr. Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Modesto) – GIRLS & 12U COED

July 14 – West Valley Tournament (Saratoga, CA) – ALL

July 20-23 – National Jr. Olympics (Orange County)* – BOYS ONLY
July 25-28 – National Jr. Olympics (Orange County)* – GIRLS & 12U COED

*JO athletes only, selected by the head coach (max 15 per roster) – more info below

Other local tournaments and scrimmages will be added to the schedule. Families will be emailed before each tournament with details. Please let the coaching staff know your tournament availability as soon as possible.

Jr. Olympics in Orange County, CA

Each year we culminate our summer season by competing in Jr. Olympics, a four-day national tournament hosted by USA Water Polo. The tournament is comprised of the top 70+ teams in each age group (14U, 12U) from all across the country. Teams that wish to participate in Jr. Olympics must first qualify at their zone’s qualifying tournament. Typically, the top 10-12 teams in each age group will qualify for Jr. Olympics. The age groups and divisions include: 14U boys, 14U girls, 12U boys, 12U girls, 12U co-ed, 10U co-ed. We need a minimum of 10 athletes per team in order to participate. If you’re interested in participating in Jr. Olympics, please be sure to let us know on the registration form below.

Our zone’s qualifying tournament is June 21-23 for boys (Clovis) and June 28-30 for girls & coed (Modesto/Oakdale). Please note, Jr. Olympics is not included in the summer program fee and requires a separate participation fee in order to play (see “Program Cost & Payment” below for more info).

All families are responsible for their own travel and lodging accommodations for all tournaments.  Families are not required to stay in the team hotel and may make any travel arrangements necessary.  Here’s some info on hotels for JO tournaments….

Boys JO Quals in Clovis:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fresno Hwy 41
7115 N. Howard St.
Fresno, CA 93720
(559) 577-1350
Check-in: Fri, June 21
Check-out: Sun, June 23
**Hotel Reservation Link**

Jr. Olympics in Orange County:
USAWP is using an online reservation system for many hotels in the Orange County area. In order to choose a hotel and book a room, visit their website: The coaches will be staying at the following hotel…
Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County
3131 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 557-3000

Coaching Staff

Head Coach – Donny Mata (Granite Bay HS, Johnson Ranch Head Coach)
Assistant Coach – Jake Bowers (Oak Ridge HS, ARC)
Assistant Coach – Mikayla Deblaquiere (Granite Bay HS ’19)
Assistant Coach – Hannah Thrash (Granite Bay HS ’20)

What to Bring?

All you’ll need is a swim suit (brief for boys and one-piece for girls), latex cap (long hair), a towel, and great attitude! Goggles will only be allowed during warm-up. We’ll supply the water polo balls, goals, and game caps.

How to Register

Please start by filling out this athlete registration form below and clicking submit (new and returning athletes). Payment not due upon registration (due after 1st week). Scroll down for information about the program cost and instructions on how to make payment.

Program Cost & Payment

Our program fee is reflective of the operational costs associated with running a competitive water polo program (pool rental, coaches’ wages, equipment, admin fees, etc.).  The summer water polo program fee is $450/athlete (payment arrangements must be made by 2nd week of program).  This fee covers all practices, all tournaments (except JO’s), and a program t-shirt.  If you have concerns about the fee or wish to set-up a payment plan, please contact us at  We want to make sure every athlete has an opportunity to play!

Please note, this program fee does not include the Jr. Olympic tournament in Orange County.  All those who wish to participate in Jr. Olympics (July 25-28) will also need to pay a participation fee of $215/athlete (due July 9).  This will help cover the tournament entry fee and coaches’ travel expenses.  Athletes/families will be responsible for their own travel & lodging accommodations at Jr. Olympics.

Payments can be made online or via check at practice. To pay online, click “Add to Cart” for one or both items, then go to click on “Shopping Cart” at the top of the page to complete payment. If paying via check, please make it payable to California Republic WPC. Reminder, payment plans are available.

Summer Youth Competitive Water Polo Program $450

Jr. Olympics Participation Fee $215


If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to email us at