What does it mean?
No, we're not speaking a secret navel code. Below is a list of abbreviations frequently used by ARMADA and WPS.
AO is Alberta Open (annual event in Calgary that WPS attends)
BAP is Beginner Adult Polo
CAP is Competitive Adult Polo
RAP is Recreational Adult Polo
HC/DC is High Performance Centre / Development Centre (WPS Program)
HSE is High School Excellence (WPS Program)
JO is Junior Olympics (USA Water Polo event)
ILWP is I Love Water Polo
LAC is Lawson Aquatic Centre
LTAD is Long Term Athlete Development
MO is Minor Official
NCCP is National Coaching Certification Program
NCL is National Championship League
PL is Provincial League
PLM is Provincial League Minis (10U)
PLA is Provincial League Atom (13U)
PLB is Provincial League Bantam (15U)
PLO is Provincial League Open (16+)
RIS is Respect in Sport
RWPA is Regina Water Polo Association
UR is University of Regina
WPS is Water Polo Saskatchewan
WPC is Water Polo Canada
What is a Minor Official (MO)?
MO stands for minor officials and we couldn't run PLs or provincials without them!
During provincial events two minor officials, a game secretary and a time keeper, are needed for each game. If one ARMADA team is playing, our club is required to provide one MO. If two ARMADA teams are playing each other, our club is required to provide both MOs.
This responsibility is not a big time commitment, however it has a significant impact on both these events and our club. Games cannot be played without MOs. When MOs are organized & on time, these events run more smoothly. Volunteering to MO at these smaller events gives you an opportunity to practice and help you prepare to MO at NCL events. Most importantly, it demonstrates your dedication to the club as a parent.
MO training is currently only offered in the fall. It is an interactive four hour class. RWPA requires at least one parent from each competitive family be trained as a MO. You must complete the course before signing up to MO. Once you're trained, you'll receive a shirt and can sign up to MO on the Google Sheet.
Please Note: All MOs must be registered as a â€œRefereeâ€ with WPS on Goalline.
You too can get one of these coveted WPS Volunteer shirts! All you have to do is attend RWPA's Minor Official clinic!
"PL What?" is a common question we get. â€œPLâ€ stands for "Provincial League."
Here's what they all mean:
PLM stands for Provincial League Minis & is for players 11U (born 2010 & later).
PLA stands for Provincial League Atom & is for players 13U (born 2008 & 2009).
PLM & PLA events are held in Estevan, Regina & Weyburn.
PLB stands for Provincial League Bantam & is for players 15U (born 2006 & 2007).
PLO stands for Provincial League Open & is for players 15+ (born 2005).
PLB & PLC events are only held in Regina.
Each of these events are a round robin style tournament. There is a PL Finals tournament held towards the end of the season.
No exceptions will be made for an athlete to play below their appropriate age division.
What should I bring to Provincials?
Athletes, here's what you need to bring:
- labeled water bottle,
- extra towel to use when sitting on deck,
- shorts & club t-shirt to wear between games,
- small portions of healthy snacks (ex. fruit, veggies & hummus, sandwiches),
- NO NUTS or nut products (we have team members with allergies),
- a willingness to listen & learn!
Spectator stands in both the LAC & the Shaw Center can get quite warm. You might want to consider wearing or bringing cooler clothes.
Parents and fans, you are welcome to celebrate successes and encourage players. Your players will often look up to you after both difficult plays and successful plays. Clapping, thumbs up and big smiles are energy boosts to help motivate players, please be generous with your supportive gestures.
Coaches are excited to help these young players learn and develop in the game of water polo. Learning involves trying new things, making mistakes, trying again, celebrating success and learning how to work through new situations. During games, the pool environment can become very loud, and itâ€™s difficult for players to hear their coaches, they will do their best to have their voices heard by players. Please avoid shouting instructions to your children, so they can concentrate on what instructions the coaches are teaching them.
Coaches will spend time with the teams before, during and after games to discuss plays and teach. Please allow your coaches to have this important team time, immediately before and after each game. In the post game huddle, coaches will let players know when to meet before the next game. If time allows, players can visit with friends, rest, re-hydrate and replenish energy with snacks.
At provincials, only athletes and tournament volunteers/staff can access the pool deck. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
For competitive athletes playing in two age categories at provincials, should there be overlap between games, the priority is to play with their own age category.
What's the difference between RWPA Armanda and WPS Team Sask?
RWPA is provincial level and WPS is national level!
But, Yes both organizations are using the same coaches! Which is huge advantage and privilege for RWPA athletes. As Estevan, Weyburn and Saskatoon are coached by parents and would love to have WPSâ€™ coaches teaching their kids.
Why do I have to pay to register as Minor Official?
RWPA could give a credit of the same amount to families for each parents registering as MO. Don't worry it's just temporary!
Parents registering as Official in Community level - is VERY important to capture for membership purposes.