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Junior High School – 2021 Semester 2 Competition Information (Term 4 2021)

Waikato Water Polo Junior High School Competition

Water Polo Series 2021

Updated 12 September 2021

This event will be run during school term 4, 2021 (Starting 18th October 2021 and finished by 1st December 2021). We haven’t confirmed details of pool space but are hoping for the following:

  • Te Rapa Pool between 7:30pm and 8:55pm on Monday and Wednesday; and
  • St Peters School Pool between 7:30pm and 9:30pm on Monday and Wednesday.

There will be no play during statutory and school holidays.

The fee for the competition is looking like $625 (inc GST) per team entered due to increases in costs. We are planning for 8 games per team minimum.

Sadly, there will be no training options with Waikato Water Polo but if you would like to train there may be options you can get individually at HBHS, St Peters or the new Cambridge Pool.

Every player in a team must be registered as a student in Year 10 or below at the School they are representing, at the time of the match being played. The only exception is where Waikato Water Polo have officially placed players in another school’s team, in which case the players must be registered at a Waikato School that has not entered a team. If your school cannot enter a team, but has players interested in playing in a composite team, please note this in the comments field on the entry form at https://waikatowaterpolo.co.nz/competitions/junior-high-school/junior-high-school-entry-form/. Waikato Water Polo will place players into other team solely at their discretion. Composite teams can win the championships.

If a team has fewer than 5 players for the start of a game, they will lose by default. A maximum of 12 players may play for the team in any one game, apart from when a team has a second goalie, and then 13 players may play. (Note: If a team has two goalies then those players identified as goalies may ONLY play in goal during the game). There is no maximum limit to the number of players who may play for a team over the course of the championships.

Players can only play for one team in each division of the competition. (eg If a School enters a Mixed/Boys team and Girls team, then girls may play in both teams, although boys cannot play for two teams in the boy’s division)

No player may wear: jewellery, watches etc. while playing. All players must have their fingernails and toenails clipped as short as possible while playing. Nail checks will be done by the refs.

All teams will be required to provide team lists prior to the competition and any changes at least 10 minutes prior to the start of their game. Team Lists must be legible, correct as to cap numbers and display each player’s first and family names clearly.

If possible, the Team lists should be forwarded to Waikato Water Polo also so that we have listing in case of Covid19 requirements.

Due to Covid19 requirements, Waikato Water Polo will cover the table duties and there will be no goal judges.

All players, officials and spectators must abide by the rules of Te Rapa Pools, St Peters School and Waikato Water Polo as displayed on the website.

Points will be awarded in the Championships as follows:

Win                                                                        4 points

Draw                                                                      2 points

Loss by 3 goals or less                                             1 point

Loss                                                                       0 points

The championship will be conducted in accordance with the rules of FINA and the New Zealand Water Polo Association, with the following specific exceptions:

Duration of Game is Four periods of time as follows:

Junior Secondary All Divisions:

  • Four quarters of 5:00 minutes running clock with a shot clock
  • FINALS (Gold Medal Games) will be played with 5-minute quarters and shot and stop clock
  • Referees have the discretion of stopping the clock in the last minute of play in close games
  • 1 minute between 1st and 3rd quarter
  • 2 minutes half time
  • There will be NO timeouts in pool play

Disputes and protests must be in writing to the Waikato Water Polo appointed pool controller within 30 minutes of the completion of the game to which they relate. The disputes committee shall comprise: the appointed pool controller, a Waikato Water Polo committee member and one of the match referees. All refereeing decisions will stand, and no matches will be replayed, either in whole or part.