1) Q: How long is a regular water polo season?

A: The water polo season normally starts in September and ends in May, which is about 9 months.

2) Q: How many training sessions are there per week?

A: This may vary depending on the availability of pools, the age of the players and the level of competition, if any, in which the Club is registered. We usually have 3 practices per week.

3) Q: What is the schedule for the weekly training sessions?

A: The schedule may vary from year to year depending on pool availability.  For the 2021-22 season, practices were held on Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Practices are approximately 75 minutes in length.

4) Q: Where are the practices held?

A: This year, practices are held at the École du Carrefour in Gatineau on Mondays and Wednesdays for the 7 to 12 year old group. The 13 to 17 years old group practices are held at the Cégep de l’Outaouais (Campus Gabrielle-Roy). The Saturday sessions take place at the Cégep de l’Outaouais (Campus Gabrielle-Roy) for both groups.

5) Q: What are the registration fees?

A: In 2021-22, the registration fees were $650 for the season when the Club was classified at the recreational level.   

6) Q: Are there any other fees or formalities associated with CWPG registration?

A: Yes, it will be necessary to register your child with the Water Polo Quebec and Water Polo Canada federations.  Fees vary depending on the Club’s ranking. In 2021-22, the club was registered as “recreational” and the registration fee with the federations was $15.

7) Q: What is the role of Waterpolo Quebec?

A: Waterpolo Quebec promotes, develops and regulates water polo in Quebec. Waterpolo Quebec structures and coordinates all activities related to the sport of water polo in the province. The federation has more than 1400 members in 25 clubs, supported by more than 120 coaches and 100 referees.

8) Q: What is the purpose of membership in the Waterpolo Quebec and Water Polo Canada Federations?

A: Membership in Waterpolo Quebec allows members in good standing to access services and take part in activities governed by the organization and those of Water Polo Canada (WPC). As part of the services, organizations and individuals in good standing have the benefit of Water Polo Canada’s insurance protection for all sanctioned activities. By paying the annual membership fee, newly registered organizations and individuals are granted MEMBER status with Waterpolo Quebec and REGISTERED status with Water Polo Canada for the current season. Waterpolo Quebec and Water Polo Canada each collect their membership fees through the RAMP Membership Management Service.

9) Q: What happens if there are new restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic?

A: The CWPG is following the recommendations issued by Public Health. Should training sessions need to be suspended again, a pro-rated credit for the duration of the suspension may be applied.

10) Q: Is there a deadline to register our child?

A: No, we accept registrations throughout the year. Fees are calculated and in proportion to the remaining months of the season.

11) Q: What happens if my child cannot attend all the practices?

A: Once registered, a child/athlete may attend one, two or all three practices per week, and this may vary from week to week.  However, the registration fee remains the same regardless of the number of sessions a child/athlete attends, as it covers the overhead costs of the club.

12) Q: Is there any equipment required?A: No equipment is required. water polo caps and balls are provided by the Club during training sessions.

13) Q: How many different groups are there?A: In 2021-22, there were 2 water polo groups, one group for 7-12 year old players and another for 13-17 year old players.

14) Q: How many children/athletes are in each group?

A: The number usually fluctuates between 8 and 15 children/athletes per group. However, the maximum capacity of the groups can go well beyond this number. In short, we always have room.

15) Q: How many coaches are there per group?

A: There is one coach per group.  All coaches are qualified as National Lifeguards.

16) Q: What are the requirements for a child to be admitted to the Club?

A: A child must be able to swim by himself for a distance of about 25 meters.

17) Q: Can water polo help my child improve his/her swimming skills?

A: Yes. The training sessions will significantly improve a child’s swimming ability as the different swimming techniques are taught and practiced at each training session. In addition, the children spend the entire 75 minute period swimming and playing games which helps improve their physical endurance in the water. 

18) Q: Does registration to the club mean mandatory participation in tournaments?

A: This may vary from year to year and depending on the Club’s registration level.  In 2021-22, the programs offered by CWPG were recreational programs. Tournament participation may be offered but participation in these events is completely voluntary. 

Interesting facts / Fun facts ! 

Q: What are the origins of water polo?A: Water polo is believed to have originated in ancient Rome. A variation of the game was very popular among the legionnaires. In its current form, water polo originated in the 19th century in England and Scotland.Q: Why do we say “water polo”?A: It seems that originally the players were riding on floating barrels imitating horses and hitting the ball with mallet-shaped sticks, similar to those used in equestrian polo, hence the name “water polo.Q: What are water polo players called?

A: In French, poloïstes or “joueurs de water-polo”. In English, “water polo player”.

Q: How many players are on a water polo team?

A: A water polo team consists of 7 players with 6 substitutes. A goalkeeper and 6 players play in the water at the same time for each team. The team has 1 goalkeeper who can have #1 and #13 for the substitute goalkeeper.

 Q: When did water polo become an Olympic sport?

A: Water polo became an Olympic sport in 1900.