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Water Polo Gift Ideas: Events

Since water polo is not played professionally in the United States, the best bet for attending a game is at the college, national, high school, youth, or masters levels. Below are some suggestions for how to support your athletes by taking them to watch the game played at a highest levels.

Events & tickets
National & Olympic
High School

National & Olympic
The highest level of play in the United States is at the national and olympic levels. Unfortunetly, there is only one national team, so games are infrequent. Check the USA Water Polo website to see when the national team might be in your area. College games occur much more frequently, but sometimes the national team will visit for tournaments. At the youth and high school level, an important event is Junior Olympics.

The top high school players in the country go on to play water polo at the college level. The level of play is high for NCAA college water polo teams and even many college club teams are very competitive. The top water polo colleges are all in California and recent winners of the NCAA tourney include UCLA, Cal, Stanford, USC, and Pepperdine for both the men's and women's teams. Attending a game or tournament with a player is a great gift idea. Men's games are held throughout the fall. Women's games are in the late fall and early spring. There are also opportunities to see some college clips and games on CSTV as streaming video over the internet.

High School
In California, the top games occur at the end of the fall for boys and winter for girls. Try to attend league playoff or championship games.

Junior Olympics occurs once a year in California for several different youth age levels. Try to attend this event as a gift to a water polo athlete.

Masters Clubs are for older water polo players (20+), and is a great opportunity to see experienced players play the game. There are opportunities to see the clubs play in regular games or at major tournaments such as the Masters Championship and the Masters Open where you can see the men compete in many age groups: 20+, 25+, 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+ and the women compete in 20+, 30+ and 40+. Visit USA Water Polo to learn more about Masters clubs and tournaments. Click on the "Masters" link on the homepage.

Clinics- There are also oppotunities to attend informational water polo clinics such as the P.A.C.E. clinics. Visit the USA Water Polo website to find out more about clinics.
Club games & championships- There are club water polo teams and games all over. You may be able to find some high level games (ex-college water polo players & coaches) in your area.