Oregon Elite Polo (OEP)

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Welcome to Oregon Elite Polo (OEP), a cooperative agreement between Blue Crush, Lake Oswego, Bend, and Willamette Valley 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.

Below is a basic outline of what OEP entails — please feel free to contact any of the head coaches with additional questions.

How do I play on a JO team?

  • Athletes will attend a one day try out, likely at the Albany Community 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 coed)

What is the cost?

  • $30.00 tryout fee to cover pool time and coaches fees (includes a free OEP t-shirt)
  • If selected for a JO team:
    • $200.00 non-refundable deposit once selected for a team.
    • Additional coast for travel, tournament fees, hotel, etc related to JO trip
    • $TBD: JO qualifying tournament fees
    • $TBD: Foster Lake tournament fees
    • 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 Quals).

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:
    • 18u Boys: Steve Sessa (WVWP)
    • 18u Girls: Gary Muzzy (Blue Crush)
    • 16u Boys: [TBD]
    • 16u Girls: Morgan Jones (LOWPO)
    • 14u Boys: Bobby Deroest (COPS)
  • Expectations are high but realistic!
  • Girls JO qualifying tournament is May 2 -3, 2014 Tacoma, WA
  • Boys JO qualifying tournament in May 9 – 11, 2014 Kroc Center, Salem, OR
  • Foster Lake July 14 – 16, 2014
  • Junior Olympics
    • Boys: July 26 – 29, 2014 in California
    • Girls: July 31 – August 3, 2014 in 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 (listed above). 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.
  • 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. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions!

Thank You

Gary Muzzy –  Blue Crush Water Polo
Alison Gregorka – Lake Oswego Water Polo
Bobby DeRoest – Madras Water Polo
Steve Sessa – Willamette Valley Water Polo