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National Junior Olympics


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. In 2019, it will take place in Orange County in southern California. The dates are below. 

To earn a chance to compete within their respective age category in one of the two divisions - Championship and Classic - teams participate in one or two qualifying tournaments in June. These dates are also below.

Every year we plan to send all of our teams to the JO Qualifiers in June. The work starts with the winter season to build our teams and strengthen skills. NOW is the time to start preparing athletes and families to make the commitment to shoot for the JOs! 

Fees/Requirements:

  • 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 participate in the Junior Olympics. A commitment fee (usually $100 per athlete) is due prior to the Qualifying Tournaments. If a player is not selected for a team, the commitment fee is refunded; otherwise the commitment fee is non-refundable. The final fee is due before the Championship Games if the team qualifies. In  2018, the fee was approximately $200 per athlete.
  • Athletes must participate in the Qualification Tournaments to be eligible to play in the Championship Tournament.
  • Athletes must have a Gold Level Membership with USA Water Polo ($120) and must complete the Birth Date Verification process to confirm eligibility. This is a once-in-a-lifetime process with a $5 fee, unless expedited processing is required, in which case the fee is $8.
  • Families are responsible for their own transportation, accommodation, meals, and admission fees to the Championship Tournament.
  • A Lamorinda team suit is required for the Qualification and Championship games.  Click here to purchase.  Purchase team apparel and swag by clicking here.
  • Practice, Practice, PRACTICE!  DON'T MISS PRACTICE!

2019 Qualification Tournament Dates:

10U Girls
June 21 - 23 

12U & 14U Girls
June 14 - 16

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

18U Girls
June 14 - 16: Round 1
June 21 - 23: Round 2 

10U & 12U Boys
June 21 - 23 

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

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

18U Boys
June 14 - 16: Round 1
June 21 - 23: Round 2 

2019 National Junior Olympics Championship Tournaments - Southern California 
July 20 - 23: Boys
July 25 - 28: Girls 

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

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