The mission of the La Jolla Water Polo Club is to guide each water polo player to become the best they can be through hard work, dedication, and mental-toughness. La Jolla Water Polo is committed to developing champions both in and out of the pool. We believe a champion is one who strives for excellence in academics, athletics and personal character. This excellence includes commitment to the physical and emotional strength, dedication to sportsmanship and fair play, the development of individual and team skills, the exertion of best effort, the will to win, and conduct that brings a positive light to our club, our school and our community. Participating in La Jolla Water Polo is an honor. Players earn this honor through hard work and dedication in the classroom as well as in the pool. Students who participate in our water polo program will build self-esteem, confidence, and tools for success in adult life.
LA JOLLA WATER POLO CLUB PHILOSOPHY
Water Polo is one of the most physically demanding and mentally taxing of all team sports. Competing in our water polo program will develop the mental, physical and emotional strength of all the athletes involved. We will teach discipline, dedication, perseverance, commitment, accountability and competition. As much as we are competitors and love to win, we believe that regardless of the win/loss record, every athlete stands to become a better person by the lessons they will learn playing La Jolla Water Polo Club.
The La Jolla Water Polo experience will be a powerful learning opportunity. The measure of a successful program is not always winning, but we always want to compete fiercely in all our games. Our goal is to develop quality young people and prepare them for life. Water Polo may also be a tool for our players to gain access to the university they desire to attend.
We will teach each player the importance of the following qualities:
Dedication Our Water Polo players must be fully dedicated to our team. Each must dedicate a large amount of time and energy to the sport. A dedicated Water Polo player will improve every day. Coaches and teammates will rely on the dedicated player and together we will succeed
Honor Our Water Polo players will be held to a higher standard than other students. Leading a life, with honor in mind, will make for a person who has positive self worth and a good attitude. An honorable player will make good choices in and out of the pool.
Respect Our Water Polo players must respect their parents, teachers, referees, coaches and peers. When our athletes respect one another, it is easier to achieve our common goals.
Sacrifice Each player must do what is best for the team, even if this may mean they sacrifice their own agenda. This can be one of the hardest, but also the most rewarding aspects about being on a team. We win as a team and lose as a team. Commitment to team play and personal sacrifice is critical for success.
Team Policies and Procedures
What We Expect From Water Polo Athletes:
Excel in class work and try to maintain a minimum of a 3.0 in citizenship and academics.
Understand our system of water polo.
Give a maximum effort in all things you are asked to do.
Practice as hard as you can.
Communicate with your coach.
Respect and be loyal to your team, club, school and coaches.
Perform to your full potential both in practice and in games.
Be prompt for all practices and games.
Play a team-first game.
Have a positive attitude about your team, coaches and the game.
Playing time and team placement will be determined based on the following:
Knowledge of the game and our system - You must demonstrate that
you understand the fundamentals of water polo and the La Jolla team system of play.
Swimming Ability - You must be able to swim fast to succeed in water polo. Swimming
speed and year-round dedication to improving your swimming is critical.
Effort - We demand maximum effort of all players in practice and games. Anything less is not acceptable.
Team Chemistry - You must fit into the team - you must adapt your game to fill in where the team needs you. The individual who motivates their teammates to do better, and is always enthusiastic and ready, will make a greater contribution than one who does not possess these qualities.
Physical Strength and Toughness - Water Polo is a contact sport and must be played with physical strength and mental toughness.
The head coach will determine what the best tactical line up is and which players will play according to the above criteria. These evaluations will determine who the starters will be, how much playing time they get, and who makes the various teams.