Mission: To provide a fun & safe environment for athletes of all ages and experience levels to play, learn, and teach the game of water polo while adhering to the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, and Faith. We aim to provide a quality experience for all of our members and program participants.
Expectations: In order to succeed in our mission, we ask that all participants in Open Polo adhere to the following expectations:
Open Polo sessions are free for all and only current YMCA members.
Non-members may only participate provided that they pay a $10 fee to the Aquatic Center membership desk for one-day access to the facility.
Open Polo participants, whether members or non-members, are required to check in at the YMCA Aquatic Center membership desk before entering the building.
Participants may also be required on any given day to sign-in on the pool deck.
Participants are prohibited from entering the Aquatic Center through any means besides the main entryway located on the north side of the building.
Participants playing as the goalkeeper must wear a cap with ear guards.
This rule applies to warm-up, practice, drills, and all situations where an athlete will be attempting to stop shots in goal.
Groups larger than or equal to 6 may request to play together during a particular time slot.
Time slots cannot be reserved in advance. Requests can only be made to the Open Polo moderator on-deck during Open Polo times.
Groups of 12 or larger, composed entirely of female athletes, may request a time slot where men are prohibited from playing.
If there are 14 or more participants at an Open Polo session, athletes lacking prior water polo experience may be excluded from scrimmages. Final judgement in these situations rests with the Open Polo moderator.
Profanity will not be tolerated. Any use of profanity will result in consequences up to and including suspension from the YMCA Open Polo Program.
No changing on deck. Participants must use the appropriate locker rooms located off the pool deck.
All equipment must be used appropriately and treated with care.
Participants may not use or relocate any water polo equipment without first checking with YMCA staff.
Equipment must be returned to its original location in the same condition it was received.
Equipment cannot be removed from the YMCA Aquatic Center.
Participants must adhere to the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and faith while interacting with all staff, volunteers, and members.
Disrespectful behavior directed at game officials will not be tolerated and will result in consequences up to and including suspension from the YMCA Open Polo Program.
The Open Polo moderator or the senior Aquatic Center staff member, whichever applicable, has the final say in any and all disputes. If no moderator is present, lifeguards have authority over all activity on the pool deck.
Repeat violations of any of the above expectations will result in suspension from the YMCA Open Polo Program.
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