Attending a men’s water polo camp or water polo clinic is a good idea during the recruiting process. Camp can help a high school water polo player in a number of ways.
- Instruction provided by water polo experts like college coaches and even former Olympians is a great way to improve your water polo skills.
- Men’s water polo camps offer some exposure to college water polo programs. Recruits need to realize that it’s nearly impossible to be “discovered” at a camp, but water polo coaches who are already familiar with your water polo ability may evaluate your skills more closely at a camp.
- Camp lets you compete against other high-level water polo players. Seeing how others play the sport can help you improve your game.
- Going to a college water polo camp can offer a good feel for what campus life is like. You can stay in the dorms, check out a school’s athletic facilities and experience aspects of the college that might help you decide if the school is a right fit for you.
Choosing a Men’s Water Polo Camp
There aren’t as many water polo camps to choose from as there are for sports like basketball and football, and many are on the West Coast. But despite having more limited options, you still need to do your research to find the camp that’s right for you. Before looking, decide if you’re going to camp mainly to work on your water polo skills, or to gain familiarity with a college water polo program.
If your goal is skills development, learn as much as you can about the coaching staff. How experienced are they? Do they have a history of producing winning teams and talented water polo players?
If you’re going to camp to feel out a college water polo program, go to a camp at a college that’s recruiting you. It will give you a good chance to see what the men’s water polo scene is like there.
How to Choose as a Freshman/Sophomore
Coaches don’t really spend time evaluating the talent of younger campers, but that doesn’t mean that water polo camp can’t be extremely valuable for underclassmen. Besides learning skills from college water polo coaches, you get a first-hand idea of what campus life is like and a glimpse into the men’s water polo program at the college where the camp is held. It’s a good idea to attend a water polo camp at a school that you’re already interested in.
How to Choose as a Junior/Senior
It’s a good idea to ask specific questions when choosing a water polo camp as a junior or senior. Find out what water polo programs are the most interested in you and need to fill the position that you play. Contact the men’s water polo coach at the camp you’re considering to find out if you are being seriously recruited, or if the coaching staff has taken the time to look at your recruiting profile or skills video.
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