FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
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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 US Water Polo?
Yes! This is a requirement for insurance purposes. (Bronze level membership is sufficient.) For international teams, coaches and players must be actively registered with their US Water Polo partner agency.
Will I have to pay to park at the competition venues?
For games held at Kamehameha School, Punahou School and `Iolani School; no. Parking is free. For games held at the University of Hawai'i, a nominal fee may be assessed.
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 is the minimum number of players my team must have to enter the tournament?
Ten. (There are six active field players plus one goalie.) The Tournament Committee may waive this minimum player requirement on a case-by-case basis.
What are the age requirements for each division?
A player cannot be over the maximum age as of the first tournament day of the respective boys and girls at the USAWP's Junior Olympics from the previous week. For example, if the JO's boys tournament begins on July 23 and a player turns 17 on July 24, that player may play in the 16U division at both JO's and the Hawaiian Invitational. If a player's 17th birthday is on July 22, he is not allowed to play in the 16U division in either tournament.
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 on July 31, 2017, at the Outrigger Canoe Club located at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki. Exact time is TBD, but 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.
Will tournament souvenir items be sold?
No. Commemorative t-shirts will not be sold since all teams will be provided with 12 t-shirts per team. Additional t-shirts may be ordered ahead of time through the tournament webpage HERE.
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.
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