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Junior High School – 2022 Semester 2 Competition Information (Term 3 & 4 2022)

Waikato Water Polo Junior High School Competition

Water Polo Series 2022

Updated 26 July 2022

This event will be run during school terms 3 & 4, 2022, at Te Rapa pools and will be on Monday and Wednesday nights between 6pm and 8:55pm (starting Monday 12th September 2022 and completed by Wednesday 30th November 2022). There will be no play during statutory and school holidays.

The fees for the competitions are $650 (inc GST) per team entered.

If you require training please contact for times available.

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 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 13 players may play for the team in any one 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. (ie 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)

For the Junior Secondary Schools championship/grading there will be only one division for pool play splitting into a mixed/boys and girl’s division for playoffs. (Waikato Water Polo reserves the right to adjust this format as required.)

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 complete/check the team list on the score sheet 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.

On the draw, the team playing in white caps will be named as the duty team for the next game. The duty team must provide at least 4 people for duty (2 on table and 2 as goal judge) The duty team will perform goal judging and table secretary duties. Tuition in these duties will be provided by Waikato Water Polo if required. Points will be deducted for unsatisfactory execution of duty team duties.

All: players, officials and spectators must abide by the rules of Te Rapa Pools 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


Unsatisfactory execution of Duty Team duties – minus 2 points from the highest ranked team from that school.

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 Four periods of time as follows:

All Divisions:

  • Four quarters of 6 minutes running clock with shot clock (in close games the refs have the discretion of stopping the clock in the last minute)
  • 1 minute between 1st and 3rd quarter
  • 2 minutes half time
  • There will be NO timeouts in pool play
  • The semis and finals will be played with shot and stop clock

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.