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Junior Olympics

Guy Baker, Executive Director
3x Olympic Medalist, 2x World Champion
7x NCAA Collegiate Champion

 2021 Junior Olympics

The USA Water Polo National Junior Olympic Championships ("JOs") is the largest water polo tournament in the nation. Teams come to California from all over the country to compete over a 4-day period each July. The location alternates each year between northern California (Bay Area, headquartered at Stanford) and southern California (headquartered at Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine). 

To earn a chance to compete in one of the divisions - Championship, Classic or Invitational - teams participate in one or two qualifying tournaments held in June. These dates are also below.  Athletes must participate in the qualifying rounds ("quals")  to be eligible participate in the championship tournaments.

We work hard all year to get ready for the quals. NOW is the time for athletes and their 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.
  • Qualifier Tournaments - Athletes must participate in the quals to be eligible to play in the Championship Tournament games.
  • Fes- there are fees to participate in the Junior Olympics in addition to the summer registration fee.
    - A Commitment Fee of $200 is due prior to the Qualifying Tournaments. If a player is not selected for a team, the Commitment Fee will be refunded; otherwise the fee is non-refundable.
    -The Final Fee is due prior to the Championship Tournament. This fee covers entry fees and coach salaries and travel costs.  The fee varies and is based on the number of players on the team and the number of games played.  The fee ranges from $250-400 per athlete.
  • Gold Level Membership with USA Water Polo is required to participate.  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 with USA Water Polo is required 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 will secure a block of rooms at a hotel in the area.
  • A Lamorinda team suit is mandatory for JOs.  Click here to purchase.  Purchase team apparel and swag for athletes and their fans here.
  • Team JO Kick Off Event - TBD
  • Practice, Practice, PRACTICE!  DON'T MISS PRACTICE!
  • Lamorinda Roster Selection & Playing Time Policy

2021 Pacific Zone Qualification Tournaments
June 25-27 - 16U & 18U Boys and Girls

All Team Kick Off Event

2021 Junior Olympics Championship Tournament

Irvine - July 17-20 for boys and July 22-25 for girls

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