Attending a water polo camp or water polo clinic is a good idea during the recruiting process. Camp can be beneficial to a high school water polo player in a number of ways.
- Skills instruction provided by experts like college women’s water polo coaches and former Olympians is a great way to improve your game.
- Water polo camps provide added exposure to college water polo programs. Recruits need to remember that it is nearly impossible to be “discovered” at a camp, but water polo coaches who are already familiar with your ability may evaluate your skills more closely at a camp.
- Water polo camp lets you compete against other talented water polo players. Seeing how others play the sport can help you improve.
- Going to a college water polo camp can provide a good idea of what campus life is like. You can check out the dorms, see a school’s athletic facilities and experience aspects of the college that might help you decide if the school is a right fit.
Choosing a Water Polo Camp
There aren’t nearly as many water polo camps to choose from as opposed to more common sports like basketball and volleyball, and many are on the West Coast. Despite having limited options, you should still do your research to find the camp that’s right for you. Before looking, you need to decide if you’re going to camp for water polo skills instruction, or if your goal is to gain familiarity with a college women’s water polo program.
If your motive is water polo skills development, find out as much as you can about the coaching staff. Do they have plenty of experience? Do they have a history of producing talented water polo players and winning teams?
If you are headed to camp to get a feel for a college water polo program, go to a water polo camp at a college that’s recruiting you. It will give you a good chance to see what the program is like.
How to Choose as a Freshman/Sophomore
College water polo caches don’t really spend time evaluating the talent of younger campers, but that doesn’t mean that camp can’t be valuable for underclassmen. You get the chance to learn skills from college water polo coaches. You also get a first-hand idea of what campus life is like and a glimpse into the women’s water polo program at the college hosting the camp. It’s a good idea to attend water polo camp at a school that you’re interested in.
How to Choose as a Junior/Senior
Ask specific questions when choosing a water polo camp as a junior or senior. Find out what water polo programs are the most interested in recruiting you and need to fill the position that you play. Get in touch with the women’s water polo coach at the camp you’re considering to find out if you are being seriously recruited, or if the coaching staff has had the chance to look at your recruiting profile or skills video.
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