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Where do I find water polo programs in my area and how do I get started?

Q:  Is there a water polo program in my area?

A:  If you live in Greater Vancouver or Greater Victoria, chances are there is a year around or at least seasonal water polo program near you.  Use the Contact form below to reach us at BCWPA, and based on your geographical area, we can point you in the right direction.

Q:  Does my child need to be an excellent swimmer to start water polo?

A:  Typically the best age to start is between 7 and 12, and rest assured the water polo program itself will make your child an excellent swimmer.

Q:  What equipment will my child need to start water polo?

A:  Your club will have its own spirit wear and team wear requirements.  Typically, while a child can start playing in recreational type bathing suits, if they want to play more seriously, you will need to invest in your club's team wear.  Generally equipment consists of a Team T-shirt, and a Team bathing Suit.  

Q:  I heard that water polo was a "tough sport". How dangerous is water polo activity for my child?

A:  Water Polo is a physically demanding sport, but the benefits far outweigh any potential danger. Water polo makes kids fit, flexible and contributes greatly to their water safety.  It is a contact sport, but since it takes place in the water, there is no potential for life threatening injuries or major limb fractures.  BC also has an abundance of nationally certified coaches with ample experience in keeping children safe.

Q:  How long is the water polo season?

A: That really depends on the age, experience and ambition of your child.  Normally, water polo programs in major clubs around the Province are run on a year-round schedule, with maybe 4 - 6 weeks off in total throughout the year.  However most clubs offer seasonal or introductory programs, where you only make a commitment to 3-4 months.  The BCSSA - BC Summer Swimming Association runs seasonal water polo programs in conjunction with the Summer Swimming program May, June, July, August.  Often these programs introduce active kids who love the water to water polo through their community summer swim club.  Google the BCSSA to find the closest summer swim club offering water polo options.

About Ethics

Q  What is Ethics?

A  Ethics, also called moral philosophy, the discipline concerned with what is morally good and bad and morally right and wrong. The term is also applied to any system or theory of moral values or principles.

Q  What does Ethics Deal with and at what levels?

A Ethics deals with such questions at all levels. Its subject consists of the fundamental issues of practical decision making, and its major concerns include the nature of ultimate value and the standards by which human actions can be judged right or wrong.

Q  Who must read and understand the codes of ethics and other support documentation.  

A  All members, players, coaches, judges and volunteers should read and understand this topic and if you have any questions feel free to contact any Board member?

About planning

Q - What is a strategic plan ?

A – Strategic planning is an organization's process of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy. It may also extend to control mechanisms for guiding the implementation of the strategy.

Q – Why do we need a strategic plan?

A – For BCWPA our strategic plan has inputs, activities, outputs and outcomes for us to achieve and to support our members, but like all processes, has constraints. Strategic planning provides BCWPA inputs for strategic thinking, which guides the actual strategy formation. This strategic plan provides our mission and strategic issues to strengthen current practices and determine the need for new, if required. The end result is BCWPA’s strategy, including a diagnosis of the environment and competitive situation, a guiding policy on what the organization intends to accomplish, and key initiatives or action plans for achieving the guiding policy.

Q  What is a business management plan?

A  A business plan is a guide, a roadmap for a business that outlines goals and details how BCWPA plan to achieve our goals.  It gives vital information regarding the people that are responsible for the management of the organization. It describes how the BCWPA Board will manage the Association and also highlights the external resources that the business uses in its operations.  This plans co-exists with the strategic plan.

Q  What is a financial planning?

A   Financial planning is a process of setting objectives, assessing assets and resources, estimating future financial needs, and making plans to achieve monetary goals. Many elements may be involved in this process, including asset allocation, and risk management.

Q  Does BCWPA have a financial plan?

A  Presently BCWPA is working of its financial worksheet, but full intends to develop a financial plan that co-exist with the strategy plan for going forward.

Q  Can anybody provide input to any of the plans mentioned?

A-  The BCWPA Board welcomes any inputs to help make the success of the Association.  If you have any suggestions or recommendations, we encourage you to use the contact page to place your comments there.

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