OUR WATER POLO AND SPLASHBALL CLUB
Since 2003, Santa Monica Water Polo Club has been teaching and coaching water polo and splashball in Los Angeles. Each of our coaches has college, international, or Olympic water polo playing experience and each is highly qualified to teach boys and girls between 5 -19 years old the intricacies and fundamentals of water polo and splashball (10U &8U).
Santa Monica Water Polo is open to boys and girls throughout the Los Angeles area with most of our kids coming from Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Culver City, Venice, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, and Santa Monica. Our players have gone on to play college water polo and represent their countries in international water polo tournaments.
Water Polo is a combination of soccer and basketball played in the water. Our club teaches skills, technique and game intelligence through tournaments, scrimmages and game situations at practices. Multiple coaches with international and college water polo experience on deck for each practice ensure individual attention of the highest standard. Weekly practices are held at Santa Monica Swim Center (1600 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica) and Santa Monica High School (indoor pool next to the track, 401 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica).
Santa Monica Water Polo has:
- Coached Los Angeles area water polo players since 2003
- Coaches with Olympic, college, and international water polo experience
- Specialized coaches at practices for goalies, sets, guards and drivers
- Water polo scrimmages, tournaments and practices
- Girls and boys water polo offered
- High School and Middle School water polo offered
- Elementary School Splashball (5-9 year olds)
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The Benefits of Water Polo for Kids:
- Children playing water polo and splashball are in better physical condition and are healthier than most other athletes because they exercise in water, typically burning over 1,000 calories per hour.
- Due to the low impact nature of playing a sport in water, injuries are significantly less common than in most other sports.
- Research indicates that kids that play water polo and splashball, especially young girls, are more likely to have a positive body image and higher self-esteem… and they eat a more healthy diet of foods.
- Kids involved in water polo are less likely to experiment with drugs or cigarettes because of the impact these activities have on their performance.
- Physical activities are proven to relieve stress and reduce depression.
- Statistics show that sports like water polo improve academic standing.
- The American Physical Therapy Association finds that water polo, and sports in general, help develop teamwork and leadership skills.
- Motor skills, strategic thinking, and even math skills are learned by playing sports like water polo.Students develop strategic thinking skills as they must figure out the best ways to move as a unit to score a goal.
- Children who exercise are more likely to continue the practice into adulthood.