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Off Season Polo Opportunities Multiplying in Michigan


The Michigan Water Polo Association (MWPA) has always been associated, to a degree, strictly with High School Polo itself.


That said, the MWPA is a strong advocate for athletes that want to play polo during other parts of the year. Whether athletes want to go to Junior Olympics, practice with a club team that may go to a tournament or two, or just get some late night or early morning outdoor polo in, we've gathered a number of a varying range of opportunities.


Many options include Splashball, an introductory water polo-like session encompassing kids as young as five and as old as sixth grade, which helps teach water skills and introduces the sport of water polo at the same time.


Grand Rapids, Lakeshore (Lake Michigan), Birmingham/Troy and Ann Arbor areas are ALL offering some form of water polo this summer.


CLUB AND SESSION BASED POLO


Forest Hills Summer Session

Home Pool: Forest Hills Community Aquatic Center

Age Range: Middle school and up

Opportunities Offered: Skill Development

Date Range: June 14-24, M-Th each week. July Camp Dates Pending.

Website: https://enjoylearning.fhps.us/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=21UMSPOLOC1


Great Lakes Aquatics Whitecaps

Home Pools: Grandville High School, East Kentwood High School

Age Range: 5-11 (Splashball), Middle School and Up

Opportunities Offered: Splashball, Skill Development, Junior Olympic Competition

Date Range: June 14-July 30

Website: https://glaquatics.com/


Jenison Summer Session

Home Pool: Jenison High School

Age Range: Grades 7 and Up

Opportunities Offered: Skill Development

Date Range: June 7-July 29

Register: www.jenisonaquatics.org


Rockford Aquatics Club (RAC)

Home Pool: Rockford High School

Age Range: 5-9th grade (Co-Ed), High School (Boys)

Opportunities Offered: Skill Development

Date Range: June 21-July 30

Website: https://www.rockfordwaterpolo.com/rac-polo.html

Third Coast Thunder Dragons

Home Pool(s): Hudsonville High School

Age Range: Middle School and Up

Opportunities Offered: Skill Development, Junior Olympic Competition

Date Range: June 14 - July 27

Website: https://www.thirdcoastaquatics.com/


Wolverine Water Polo

Home Pool(s): Ann Arbor Skyline

Age Range: 5-11 (Splashball) Middle School and Up

Opportunities Offered: Skill Development

Date Range: June 14 - July 23

Website: https://wolverinewaterpolo.com/


YOUTH/SPLASHBALL ONLY


Beachwood Recreation Association

Home Pool: Beachwood Recreation Association (Troy, Michigan)

Opportunities Offered: Splashball (Introductory polo and water skills)

Date Range: Sundays, 11-12 am

Contact: Kellie Howe, kwahowe9@gmail.com


Zeeland

Home Pool: Zeeland Recreation Pools

Age Range: 1st Grade-6th Grade

Opportunities Offered: Splashball (Introductory polo and water skills)

Date Range: See link

Website: https://www.zps.org/z-recreation/youth/water-polo/


OPEN POLO


Beachwood Recreation Association

Home Pool: Beachwood Recreation Association (Troy, Michigan)

Opportunities Offered: Open Polo/Scrimmages ($5)

Date Range: Wednesday Nights

Contact: Kellie Howe, kwahowe9@gmail.com

East Grand Rapids

Home Pool: East Grand Rapids

Age Range: High School

Opportunities Offered: Open Polo/Scrimmages

Date Range: Wednesdays throughout summer

Contact: Raheem Brown, eastwaterpolo6@gmail.com


Holland State Park

Home Water: Holland State Park, as in the Lake (cool right?!)

Provisions: Waves must be under one foot tall

Age Range: Inquire with contact person

Opportunities Offered: Open Polo/Scrimmages

Date Range: M-F, 6-8 pm weekly

Contact: Zac Geschwendt zgeschwendt@gmail.com

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Have an offseason playing opportunity? Put it in the comments below and we'll reach out!




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