Approximately 125 universities in America offer scholarships to water polo athletes who want to combine water polo with their studies. College water polo is the ultimate way to become a better water polo athlete, both physically and mentally, to create a network of international friends, and to develop yourself to the fullest. Additionally, you’ll earn a recognized diploma that will lay the foundation for a successful career.
How does college water polo work?
College water polo is different from the ‘normal’ water polo you’re used to in the Netherlands, both in organization and atmosphere. In America, you don’t play for a club team but for a school or university. In America, this is the highest achievable competition for youth players.
On average, a team consists of about 19 people, and you train together every day. With your team, you compete against other universities in the conference. The ultimate goal? Become national champions!
The biggest difference is the atmosphere during the games. Teammates and fans make a lot of noise, encourage each other, and often shout encouraging words to each other. So, don’t be surprised if there’s suddenly shouting in the middle of the game, and thousands of fans and students are watching; the energy level is very high!
College water polo fun & facts
Did you know…
- Water polo is one of the fastest-growing sports in the USA?
- Unlike ‘normal’ water polo, the college version has a golden goal rule in overtime?
- Most universities where college water polo is played are located in California?