FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How many games per day can my team expect to play?
Teams should expect to play at least one game per day on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the tournament. Some teams may play two games during the advancement rounds on Friday and Saturday. Only teams that advance to a championship game will compete on Sunday. One exception is that 14 & under divisions will conclude competition on Saturday. For teams that play on Sunday, only one game will be played.
When can my team expect to get their schedule?
The tournament schedule will be promulgated approximately one week before the tournament starts. It will be posted on this website and emailed to all coaches.
Do players and coaches need to be actively registered with USA Water Polo? What about International Teams?
Yes! Coaches and players from USA-based water polo teams must be registered with USA Water Polo. This is a requirement for insurance purposes. (Bronze Level for USA Water Polo players).
International Teams seeking to enter must follow USA Water Polo guidelines. They are found at usawaterpolo.org. As of January 2023, requirements for International Teams are:
"International teams, confirmed through their host federation, are allowed to participate in USA Water Polo sanctioned events, but are not covered under the USAWP Insurance policy. The following are required to participate:
- International Team Participation Waiver form (per USA Water Polo) prior to entering the water for a practice, training, or game.
- A letter from the host federation, confirming the team is in good membership status with their host federation.
- A certificate of insurance naming USA Water Polo as additional insured."
Will I have to pay to park at the competition venues?
No. Parking at Kamehameha School, Punahou School and `Iolani School is free.
How will the teams be seeded in the tournament?
Seeding will be made by the Tournament Committee based upon input provided from senior US Water Polo administrators. The goal is to balance the strengths of the competition brackets as much as possible.
Do the players on our/my team need to registered with the same US Water Polo Team?
No. Players on a given team can be registered with different US Water Polo Teams.
Can my/our team register for more than one division?
Yes. For example, a girls 18 and under team is welcome to enter the women's open division as well.
What are the age requirements for each division?
The "Age as of Date" is 31 July. If a player was 15 years of age on 31 July, he/she would not be able to participate in the 14 & Under Division. But, if that same player was 14 years of age on 31 July and turned 15 on 1 August they would be able to participate in the 14 & Under Division.
My club plans to enter teams in the boys 16 and under and boys 18 and under divisions. Can a player who is 16 years of age play on both teams?
Yes. As long as players meet the age requirements, they can compete on multiple teams.
What referees will be used during the tournament?
Most of the referees for the tournament come from California and Hawai'i. All are registered and certified as USA Water Polo officials, and include some of the top FINA and National-rated U.S. referees.
Where and when will the coaches meeting be held?
The coaches meeting will be held at the Outrigger Canoe Club located at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki. The meeting usually occurs between 6:00 and 7:00 PM.
Will we have to bring our own practice balls?
In addition to the game balls, Hawai'i Water Polo always makes practice balls available for all the teams, so that they do not have to bring their own. Practice balls will be available at all pools.
How close to Waikiki are the competition venues?
All primary competition venues are within 5 miles of Waikiki. In the rare instances when an adequate number of pools are not available in the Waikiki vicinity, the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center, located in central Oʻahu, is utilized. This first-rate aquatics facility is located 40 minutes from Waikiki.
Can't find the answer to your question on the Tournament page or FAQ page? Submit any questions and comments through the contact form below and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
Be sure to take time for sightseeing and shopping, trying out eateries and the numerous fun activities that the island of Oʻahu has to offer!