“The Navy has both a tradition and a future, and we look with pride and confidence in both directions.” -US Admiral George Anderson Jr.
ARMADA registration and training groups have been based solely on age divisions (ie. birth year) in the past. Many sports organizations utilize this approach. It works good for them because there is little movement for players between age groups. However, our competitive athletes play an age division up for PL events, provincials, and even NCL.
ARMADA has changed our competitive stream programming for 2019/20. Training groups will be finalized after the first week of practice in September. This process is multifaceted and is about more than just assessing athletes. Coaching staff take many variables into consideration when determining group placements. We ask that you respect & support their decisions.
Both the RWPA Board and coaching staff understand this is a mentality shift. However, there are benefits to it. For example, most of our evening practices last year were extremely crowded. Many of you voiced your concerns about these practices. The new programming model allows us to better utilize our existing pool space. This saves the club (and you) money by not having to pay for additional pool time.
Peer group is still an important consideration. We acknowledge friendship is part of sport and that mentorship by older athletes is valuable in keeping younger athletes in the club. This new approach better defines inter group practices. Carrier athletes will practice once a week with both the Elite group and the Admiral group. They get to watch the leaders & learn to lead. Learn more about these new groups in the menu bar above under Programs > Competitive.
Before registering your child, please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the new fleet program. You will select which program to register your child in, but must acknowledge they may be placed in a different group after the first week of practice. We expect you to sign your child up in the highest level you are willing to commit to, keeping in mind where you would expect your child to play.
For example, a child born in 2008 would be eligible for both Battleship or Admiral. If you do not want to commit to your child participating in 14U NCL, you would register them in Admiral. Or perhaps your child is born in 2006 is still playing another sport or isn’t quite confident enough to practice with the Elite athletes once a week, you would register them in Battleship.
Water Polo Sask events, including PLs & provincials, will still be based on birth year. Athletes born in 2008 & 2009 will be Atom (12U), 2006 & 2007 will be Bantam (14U), and 2004 & 2005 will be Cadet (16U). All competitive athletes will play their age division, plus up one age division.
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