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Junior Olympics

Guy Baker, Executive Director
3x Olympic Medalist, 2x World Champion
7x NCAA/Collegiate Champion
GAIN AN E.D.G.E. Sports-Performance Consulting

The USA Water Polo National Junior Olympic Championships ("JOs") is the largest age-group water polo tournament in the nation. Teams come from all over the country to compete on a national stage. The tournaments take place over a 4-day period each July. The location alternates each year between northern and southern California. This year it will take place in Orange County. The dates are below. 

To earn a chance to compete in one of the two divisions - Championship and Classic - teams participate in one or two qualifying tournaments in June. These dates are also below.  Athletes must participate in the qualifying round(s) to be eligible participate in the championship tournaments.

We work hard all year to get ready for the JO Qualifiers in June. NOW is the time to really start preparing athletes and families to make the commitment to shoot for the JOs! 


  • Participation in Junior Olympics is not mandatory, but highly encouraged. It’s the culmination of months of hard work by the athletes and coaches, and is an amazing experience for the athletes and their families to compete against teams from all over the country.
  • Fees - there are fees in addition to the summer registration fee to take part in the Junior Olympics. A Commitment Fee to participate in the Qualifying Tournaments, and a Final Fee to participate in the Championship Tournament if the team qualifies.  If a player is not selected for a team, the Commitment Fee is refunded; otherwise the commitment fee is non-refundable. The Commitment Fee of $200 is due by MAY 22 for the 16U Teams and by MAY 24 for all other teams.
  • Qualifier Tournaments - Athletes must participate in the Qualifier Tournaments to be eligible to play in the Championship Tournament.
  • Gold Level Membership with USA Water Polo is required to participate in the Qualifier Tournaments and Championships.  Upgrade your child's membership by logging into his/her account.  The upgrade takes effect immediately and should be done at the same time the Commitment Fee is paid to ensure your child's spot on the roster. 
  • Birth Date Verification process with USA Water Polo must be completed to confirm age eligibility. This is a once-in-a-lifetime process with a $5 fee and takes several days to complete.  Expedited processing is available with an additional fee.  Login to your child's account to complete the process.
  • Transportation, accommodation, meals, and admission fees to the Qualifiers and Championship Tournament are the responsibility of each family.  Lamorinda Water Polo has selected a team hotel in Newport Beach and secured a block of rooms for each session of the JOs.  Links to book are on each team's home page in TeamSnap.
  • A Lamorinda team suit is mandatory for the Qualification and Championship games.  Click here to purchase.  Purchase team apparel and swag for athletes and their fans here.
  • Practice, Practice, PRACTICE!  DON'T MISS PRACTICE!
  • Lamorinda Roster Selection & Playing Time Policy

2019 Pacific Zone Qualification Tournaments

12U Coed
June 14 - 16

14U Girls
June 14 - 16

16U Girls
June 8 - 9:     Round 1
June 14 - 16: Round 2

14U Boys
June 14 - 16: Round 1
June 21 - 23: Round 2 

16U Boys
June 8 - 9:     Round 1
June 14 - 16: Round 2  

2019 Junior Olympics Championship Tournaments - Orange County
July 20 - 23: Boys
July 25 - 28: Girls and 12U Coed

2020 Junior Olympics Championship Tournaments - Northern California
July 18-26

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