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Can I join at any time?

New members are welcome to join anytime.


My child is not sure if he or she will like water polo. Can he or she attend practice before committing to the session?

Yes. We offer regular free trial weeks to any interested player. No water polo experience is required. We only ask that you complete a USAWP Trial Membership. Then register with SBU and we'll get you started.  

Do you teach kids to swim?

No, we teach them to play water polo. There are several local instructors/swim schools where children can learn how to swim. Swimmers who are more advanced than beginners may join our conditioning program for an excellent base. See your water polo coach to learn about which option might be best for your child.


My child is in middle school and is interested in playing water polo in high school. Should he start playing now?

Absolutely, like any other sport, the child with more experience has the advantage.


Re-joining the team?

Athletes who rejoin the team after departing (becoming inactive) must re-register with SBU. A $150 reinstatement fee must be paid prior to beginning practice. In addition, a returning athlete must have been “a member in good standing” at the time of departure from SBU.


Does my child have to try out for your team?

We offer water polo development to any child interested in learning the sport.


Are there any requirements?

Yes, your child should be able to swim a minimum of 100 yards (50 yards for Splashball) of freestyle without stopping and remove him or herself from the pool without help and ladder.


How old do you have to be to play water polo?

We have programs for 5-year-olds to 18.  Being comfortable in the water is the primary criterion for playing water polo. We have a fun Splashball program for the 5-8-year-olds and development programs, which provides young players a great foundation of the sport while they are doing other sports or getting ready for water polo.


What are the age groups in water polo?

Quite simply, your age in water polo is determined by your age as of August 1st of the next year. For example, in September 2017, someone born July 1st, 2007, is considered to be water polo age 11 and would need to play for the 12&Under team. Age groups are currently divided into 18&Under, 16&Under, 14&Under, 12&Under, and 10&Under.


Who should I contact for information about SBU?

Hit the Contact Us link at the bottom. 




How do I register with South Bay United Water Polo?

Click on the Registration tab.


Should I purchase the USA Water Polo “Gold”, “Silver” or “Splashball” membership?

Those players competing in the Junior Olympic Qualifier Tournament in May should register for a “Gold” membership. All other players, with the exception of Splashball, should purchase a “Silver” membership. You can upgrade your membership at any time during the year.


How do I update, upgrade, contact, and emergency information on the website?

Click on Member Login on the right column of our Homepage.




Where can I find the current practice schedule and locations?

Our Calendar lists the most current workout schedules posted. We practice at El Segundo Aquatics Center, El Segundo Plunge, Mira Costa High School and Hawthorne Municipal Pool.


What should I bring to practice?

A swim brief or water polo suit for boys, one piece suit and swim cap for girls, towel, and goggles (with name on them).




Who do I notify if my child will be missing a workout?

Competition players notify Coach and Team Parent.


My child has a lot of homework and may not be able to make the weekday workouts. Is that ok?

We firmly believe that academics are priority one. We are very flexible about workout attendance. As the players age up and are placed on competitive teams, the importance of consistent attendance increases, but academics should never suffer as a result of attending practice.



Competition Teams

How many tournaments will I be able to participate in?

Coaches in each age group will determine which tournaments their competition A & B teams will enter. On average, SBU enters 1-2 tournaments a month as well as participating in various leagues.


How much does it cost to enter tournaments?

The cost of each tournament varies. SBUWP takes the number of players per team and divides the tournament fee among the players.




What is Splashball?

Splashball is designed to introduce the sport of water polo to children in kindergarten - 4th grade. Although water polo is known for its toughness and endurance, Splashball harnesses all the fun, dynamic aspects of the game in a safe, non-contact, easy to learn aquatic experience that will motivate kids to swim and stay fit. Splashball also helps to create a water-safe child in a fun setting, effortlessly learning swimming and water safety principles as part of the Splashball coaching technique. Watch this video produced by USAWP to learn more about Splashball.


What are the benefits?

  • Develop water safety skills
  • Cultivate health and fitness
  • Sample a new sport for which you may have a special talent or passion
  • Meet new friends in a safe, fun environment
  • Build endurance and muscle tone


Are there any requirements?

Yes, your child should be able to swim a minimum of 50 yards (2 laps of a 25 yards pool) of freestyle without stopping and remove him or herself from the pool without help and ladder.




Do you have a girls program?

Yes. Please check our calendar for practice times.


Do you have a 10U coed team?

Yes. Please check our calendar for practice times.


Do you have a Splashball program?

Yes. Please check our calendar for practice times.



Swim Conditioning

Should my child also be swimming on a swim team?

Yes, we encourage all our players (even our youngest) to swim, in addition to attending water polo practices. We offer optional one hour swim conditioning practices to our members during the week on M/T/W from 7:30-8:30 PM at Hawthorne Municipal Pool. Fifty percent of water polo is swimming. The more endurance your child has the faster they will learn and more fun they will have playing water polo.



Team Uniform

Is there a team uniform?

For all competition teams, the team uniform is 1 Black SBU T-shirt, 1 White SBU Tshirt, Team Suit. Sweatshirt, Parka and backpack are optional.


How do I order team gear?

Click on Online Store and follow the instructions to create an S&R SBU Store account and purchase gear.



Coaching Staff

What type of experience do the coaches have?

Our program consists of paid and volunteer coaches that are currently or have played on the men’s and women’s USAWP Olympic and National teams, college teams (UCLA, USC, CSULB), and local high schools.



Understanding the Game

I have never played water polo, what are the basic rules?

Please click here for the answer.


There are so many water polo rules. Where can I find the official rule book for USA Water Polo?

Please click here for the answer.


Some Short but helpful videos to help understand the game:

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