We will be starting fall polo on September 19th open to all ages at the Albany pool 10 am to 12 pm. We realize with the postponement of the high school polo season there is a need for the kids to get in some much need physical activities as well as some mental relief. We will be managing these practices with all the current guidelines of the state of Oregon, Albany Pool and the CDC so as to maintain a safe and fun place for the kids to come each Saturday. These practices will be free to all current WVA members; for non-members wishing to get a little pool time or preparation for the “spring” High School season a $25.00 per month fee will be assessed.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me wvwpcoach@outlook.com.

Be safe,

Steve Sessa
Executive Director Willamette Valley Aquatics
Willamette Valley Water Polo and Albany Swim Team

For over 16 years Willamette Valley Water Polo club has provided a positive place for kids of all ages to learn and play competitive water polo in events all over the United States. As we move into the next chapter of our program, we are updating our name to Willamette Valley Aquatics (WVA).

It is with great joy that we expand our family to include competitive Swimming with the addition of the Albany Sea Turtles Swim Team (AST).

Albany Swim TeamFor years Babette (Babs) Romancier has been a fixture in the Albany swimming community coaching all ages and all levels.  Babs brings her commitment to excellence to the WVA family, and because of that, we will be able to expand our commitment to the aquatic world by offering two sports in the mid-Willamette Valley. Babs forty plus years’ experience in swimming balances the nearly 150 years water polo experience provided by the WVWP staff. Additionally, many of the WVWP staff have swimming backgrounds. It was a natural fit. Both programs will continue to offer competitive Water Polo and Swimming in both Albany and Salem as well as surrounding communities.  With a commitment to growing our sports and coach our athletes at the highest level, WVA will be a strong force for years to come.  As the programs merge the future looks bright.

WVA Swim Team
WVA Water Polo

2018 Spring League is here

Parent Meeting:

For any who might have missed the Parent Meeting on Saturday February 24th, you can review the presentation (PDF) shown during that gathering.  Some important take-aways:

  • Player Registration: before any game play is allowed, players must Register with WVWP and USA Water Polo. Details, steps for registration with links on the WVWP Learn More page.
    Dues cover pool costs for all practices throughout the season.
  • Parent Volunteering: each family is expected to contribute 5 hours volunteering time before Oregon Open Water (mid-July), as well as 5 hours WVWP volunteering time at Open Water. Volunteers are the only way the club can operate, and manage to keep dues as low as they are.
    Take a look at the Volunteers Sheet and place your name in a cell.  If you are not sure of a job’s duties but are willing to learn more about this sport, there will be someone to assist/train/work with you.
    Note:
    1. There are multiple tabs at the bottom of the Google Sheet.
    2. The sheet will change as we get closer to events, once there are schedules for games to determine needs. Check back frequently.
  • TruWest Oregon Open Water: July 8 (Sunday) – July 12 (Thursday).  Games are Monday-Wednesday, but some players and parents will be required to help with setup Sunday night; others with teardown Thursday. More info on the Oregon Open Water page on the site.
  • Junior Olympics and Oregon Elite Polo (OEP): the teams in our spring league are working together to assemble teams to go to Junior Olympics in San Jose at the end of July. Potential age groups are U12, U14, U16, & U18.  More on the OEP page.

Jamboree:

David Douglas is hosting the kick-off to the 2018 season tomorrow (March 3).  As mentioned above, players must be registered before play in the Jamboree (schedule on calendar).

TeamApp:

In addition to wvwp.org, and periodic emails such as this one, we recommend parents and players both get the TeamApp phone app for Android and iPhone. Once you install, look for WVWP and ask to join. You’ll be approved shortly thereafter.

We are happy to announce the first of our Zone Education & Development (ZED) Clinics. These clinics are designed to provide low cost training opportunities for members of our Zone. The first clinic will be Coach Ted Minnis, Head Coach of the Harvard University Men’s and Women’s teams.

Thank you!
Mike Wallen
Zone Chair, Pacific Northwest and Hawaii Zone

More info in the enclosed flyer

LOCATION
Curtis High School Aquatic Center
8805 40th Street West
University Place, WA 98466

DATES & SCHEDULE
Saturday, December 16th
12:00-12:45pm College Recruiting Parent/Athlete Talk
1:00-3:30pm Water Session #1
3:30-4:30pm Break (Pizza and beverage provided)
4:30-7:00pm Water Session #2