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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 tournament takes 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 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! 

Expectations/Requirements/Costs:

  • Fees - there's a fee in addition to the summer registration fee to participate in the JO Qualifying Tournament(s) in June. Participation is not mandatory, but highly encouraged. It’s the culmination of months of hard work and is an amazing experience for the athletes and their families. In 2018, the fee was approximately $200 per athlete. Each team played 5 games at the Qualifiers.
  • If the team qualifies to compete in the JOs in July, there’s an additional fee per athlete similar to the amount for the Qualifying Tournament(s).
  • Athletes are required to have a Gold Level Membership with USA Water Polo (currently $115) and must complete the Birth Date Verification process to confirm eligibility. This is a one-time 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 Tournament.
  • A Lamorinda team suit is the required uniform for the Qualification and JO games (click here to purchase).
  • Practice, Practice, PRACTICE!  DON'T MISS PRACTICE!

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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