Huntington Beach High School Aquatic Boosters

ARE YOU NEW TO WATER POLO?

WHY PLAY WATERPOLO?

  1. There are many reasons to join a sports team.  Joining any athletic team is beneficial to the development of social skills, realizing the value of hard work, health and building self esteem.  What makes Waterpolo special among other sports?
  2. Sports Illustrated ranks waterpolo second (only to ice hockey) as the sport requiring the highest level of physical conditioning.  If you play waterpolo, you join the elite of the elite of athletes in the world in terms of conditioning.
  3. Waterpolo not only helps with physical conditioning but it also develops your basic eye hand coordination.
  4. Waterpolo is a team sport.  Your skills at communicating and working with teammates will be enhanced and developed.  Communication is tough for any team sport, waterpolo takes it a step further with the addition of water to the field of play.
  5. There is a reason the Olympic Stadium in Los Angeles has a waterpolo player's statue (Terry Schroeder, 1984 Olympic Holeman) out in front.  It's because waterpolo makes you ripped.  Most players notice their bodies toning and developing muscle, eg, 6 pack abs, soon after beginning our conditioning program.  (It's hard work, but you will notice immediately that hard work pays off.)
  6. The waterpolo community is cohesive like no other sport.  Team activities and support with academics is something special that you don't find in other sports. 
  7. The list goes on...Don't be intimidated or discouraged because of the work involved. 

WHY SWIM TEAM?

1.   Swim team teaches both individual and team skills 

There is a definite personal drive that needs to happen for your child to win races in their individual events.  Even though they are focusing on their individual performance, the team concept surfaces when your child’s points make the difference in their team winning or the extra kick in their last lap of their relay was the reason they pulled ahead for the victory.  Teamwork is a concept that will help them in their lives.

2.  Swim team is a healthy social outlet

Even if your child isn’t Michael Phelps or the fastest swimmer in their age group, swimming offers an instant social life.  There is so much downtime during the meets, that kids have time to goof around, play cards, and chat.  There is room for kids to learn to be leaders or be really good followers.

Timing the races or helping out with concessions help build relationships and community.

3.  Swim team offers a benefit for a lifetime

Swimming is one of those sports that offers benefits for a lifetime.  Getting the swimming bug as a small child can lead to a life of gifts from swimming that could include a scholarship to college or a job as a lifeguard. Later in life, good swimmers also have the edge in triathlon competitions or may choose swimming as the low-impact exercise they need to stay fit or to rehabilitate from an injury.

Swimming when you're  young gives you confidence in the water as an adult.Swimming when you’re young gives you confidence in the water as an adult.

4.  Swimmers may be smarter

In a 2013 study, The Griffith Institute of Educational Research in Australia suggests that children involved in swimming lessons at an early age reach important milestones sooner than their non-swimming counterparts. According to Griffith’s study, language development, confidence, and physical development are all achieved sooner in “swimming kids.”   I find that later in their teen years, these disciplined kids tend to be more focused, stay out of trouble and choose more challenging classes in school.

It’s not the times they achieved on a certain race that your kids will remember from their years on swim team.  It is the hamburgers, italian sodas, ‘decorating’ a rival pool’s  grounds with toilet paper in the middle of the night or the look on the coach’s face when the swimmers pushed him or her in the water after a victory.  All good stuff you don’t want to miss.