Frequently Asked Questions

1.) Why should I play water polo?

Water Polo is arguably the most exciting, challenging and demanding of all team sports.  It combines a swimmer’s endurance with a wrestler’s strength while incorporating elements of soccer, football, basketball and baseball. However, unlike soccer, there’s no downtime (everyone plays offense and defense); unlike football, size isn’t the most important factor; unlike basketball, height isn’t the most important factor; unlike baseball, everyone touches the ball. If you like to swim, enjoy constant action and love team sports, water polo is the perfect sport for you.

2.) Why should I play for Rain City Water Polo?

You should choose our program because of our experienced, knowledgeable and supportive coaching staff. We believe that their passion for teaching, coaching and mentoring young athletes will result in a lifelong love for the sport.

3.) What basic skills do you need to play water polo?

Prospective athletes must be able to swim 100 yards and tread water for at least 2 minutes without stopping.

4.) How do I register?

To register for the current session, please click here.

5.) Do you offer a drop-in option?

No.  At this time we do not offer a drop-in option. However, we offer a free two-trial practice to any new athlete that is interested in trying out the sport. Please email Coach Thor at thor@raincitypolo.com for more information.

6.) I missed the current session, but I want to join the next one.  What do I do?

If you are interested in participating in future sessions, please email Coach Thor at thor@raincitypolo.com.

7.) Can I try it out before I commit?

Yes!  We offer one free trial practice to prospective new athletes. Please email us at thor@raincitypolo.com for more information.

8.) What equipment should I bring to my first practice?

All you need is a swimsuit and towel!

9.) What is USA Water Polo?  Why do I need to join?

USA Water Polo (USWP) is the national governing body for the sport of water polo. All athletes must register with USWP prior to joining Rain City Water Polo because USWP provides important insurance coverage for our club and athletes. Memberships range from $60-$80 per calendar year. Click here to learn more about USWP registration or click here to register.

10.) Which USA Water Polo membership is right for me?

Silver Membership is perfect for the majority of our athletes, including beginners. However, athletes that are planning to compete at Junior Olympics and/or in the Olympic Development Program should choose a Gold Membership. If you are not sure which level you need, contact Coach Thor at thor@raincitypolo.com.

11.) Who will Rain City Water Polo play?

Teams will compete in at least one tournament per session. Most tournaments will require travel.  However, tournaments are optional — athletes are not required to attend. We will also attempt to schedule scrimmages with other water polo clubs in the Pacific Northwest. Most practices include intra-squad scrimmages.

12.) What tournaments will Rain City Water Polo attend?

Rain City Water Polo will attempt to attend at least one tournament per session. Athletes are not required to attend tournaments, but are strongly encouraged to do so. Tournaments are always the most fun part of each session! For more information about tournaments, click here.

13.) Will you offer one-day clinics for beginners?

Yes!  We plan to host periodic one-day clinics for beginners and athletes younger than 10 years old. For more information, please email Coach Thor at thor@raincitypolo.com.

14.) What is Splashball?

Splashball is a USA Water Polo-designed program to introduce the sport of water polo to children 5-9 years old. The intent is to provide basic skills and understanding of the sport in a fun, easy-to-learn recreational format. Rain City Water Polo offers a Splashball program in North Seattle and plans to create Splashball programs across the Puget Sound in the near future. If your son/daughter is interested in Splashball, please contact Coach Thor at thor@raincitypolo.com.

15.) I still have questions.  Who should I contact?

Contact Coach Thor at thor@raincitypolo.com or (206) 999-5686.