Oregon Elite Polo (OEP)
Welcome to Oregon Elite Polo (OEP), a cooperative agreement between multiple Oregon Water Polo Clubs.
This is a unique opportunity for athletes from these clubs to create competitive Junior Olympic (JO) teams in as many age groups as possible, all while still practicing and playing for their home club team. OEP will be forming teams for both Boys and Girls in
• Boys (18U, 16U, 14U, 12U)
• Girls (18U, 16U, 14U, 12U)
Below is a basic outline of what OEP entails — please feel free to contact your coach(es) with additional questions.
How do I play on a JO team?
- Athletes will attend try outs, at the Albany Community Pool, Salem Kroc Center, and/or Tualatin Swim Center pool
- Coaches will evaluate players and select athletes to create the best teams possible in each age group:
(18u boys, 18u girls, 16u boys, 16u girls, 14u boys, 14u girls, 12u boys, 12u girls)
What is the cost?
- $25 Camp/Tryout. Registration Open for February 25th’s or March 4th’s event
- If selected for a JO team:
- $400: non-refundable deposit once selected for a team.
- Additional cost for travel, tournament fees, hotel, etc related to JO trip
- $TBD: JO qualifying tournament fees (boys: May 11-13; girls: June 22-24)
- $TBD: Foster Lake tournament fees
- USAWP Gold membership required for events
- Effort will be made to keep cost down and fundraising opportunities will be offered
What club would the athlete play for?
- Athletes continue to play for their home team in local competitions and practices.
- Athletes will be required to change club affiliation prior to the JO Qualifying tournament (this only affects the team they play for at national events aka: JO’s and JO Qualifiers).
What is the time and travel commitment?
- Once chosen, athletes will need to participate in OEP practices arranged by their age group’s head coach, number of teams in each age group will depend on number of athletes:
- Expectations are high but realistic!
U12/U14 – February 25 (Tualatin Swim Center)
U16/U18 – March 4 (Kroc Center Salem)
- Boys JO qualifying tournament (May 11-13, 2018 – Mount Hood Community College)
- Girls JO qualifying tournament (June 22-24, 2018 – Curtis High School, Washington)
- Foster Lake July 9 – 11, 2018
- Junior Olympics
- Boys: (July 21-24, 2018) in San Jose, California
- Girls: (July 26-29, 2018) in San Jose, California
What is required?
- Athletes will be required to change their club affiliation at tryouts to match that of their age group’s head coach. We will assist in this process to assure everyone gets this done correctly.
- Athletes and their parent/guardian are required to sign an OEP Code of Conduct, Substance Abuse Agreement, and Consequences for Violations Policy. These are part of the OEP Registration Form (will be made available later).
- USAWP Gold Membership required for events.
- Athletes are asked to work hard and be ready to play.
- Parents are asked to assist their player’s coaches in every way possible and to SUPPORT all the teams!
Please take the time to talk with your club team’s head coach about the commitment and expectations, as well as ask any other questions you may have!
Gary Muzzy – Blue Crush Water Polo
Steve Sessa – Willamette Valley Water Polo