Boys Water Polo
We are so excited about the upcoming 2023 water polo season! Please make sure you are ready by completing your forms, clearances and paying your fair share donation in advance of our season start in August (checks can be turned in at practice times, season kick off dinner or the windows at the office).
** All players joining our program for Fall 2023, please click on the following link to add your info: Foothill Water Polo 2023
** New and returning players please be sure to order your suit and polo. Suit Links and polo shirt info below.
Pre-Season Practices Start Aug 7 - Mandatory for returning Varsity and anyone trying out for Varsity, JV optional but encouraged. Dry land conditioning and Pool conditioning - pack accordingly.
Morning practices start on: 8/14/23 (stay tuned for more news!)
(Varsity: Mandatory; JV: Optional, but highly recommended for non-Freshmen).
- Full practice schedule and what to bring to each practice here.
- Dryland clothes/running shoes are required for every practice
Mornings - Rise and Grind Practice:
Mon/Fri 6:30-8:00am, Wed 6:45-8:15am; possible make up morning practice - Thursdays 6:45-8:15am.
Weight training for 45-50 minutes on M/W/F followed by swimming, passing and shooting.
All times are subject to change.
Important Info - PLEASE READ:
1) FHS Athletic Clearance aka The Sports Packet must be completed ASAP (links included).
Sports Packet includes:
A doctor-signed Sports Physical School Form (upload to website)
Athletics Emergency Form Try to add one/two of the parents on your team as Emergency contact, this will make it easier for Carpool if parents are not cleared early enough through PUSD. (Transportation & Online Volunteer Clearance Forms)
2) We appreciate your Donation of $450.
The team needs this help as athletic programs receive no financial support from the district or state.
Your Fair Share Donation is fully tax deductible. Our team is completely funded by parents, sponsors and fundraisers. Fair share funds provided by parents are necessary to cover your players' coaches' stipends and the officials' fees for games. Fundraisers help the team buy necessary equipment. Donations can be made by check (payable to "Foothill High School"; be sure to write "Boys Water Polo Fair Share / Your Player's Name" in the memo line). Checks can be handed to the coaches or to our Team Mom, Lisa Thordsen. You can bring checks to the Kick Off Parents' Info Meeting Tuesday August 15, 5:00-5:45PM. On-Deck Meeting for New & Returning Parents. You are also welcome to bring your check to our Team Kick Off Taco/Burrito Bonanza Wednesday August 16 from 6-8p.
We will happily accept checks any time. If you need to pay your fair share in multiple payments, that's great too!
**Bonus points if your company matches! Please look into company matching - this is a great opportunity for our team to raise much needed funds for equipment replacement, etc. If you have matching fund questions, please check in with Luree Jones.
Thank you in advance for your donation and for supporting your players!
3) Driver's Clearance:
Transportation to Away games will rely on PUSD-cleared parent drivers (we do not have team buses). This year most of our games are home but still having as many cleared parent drivers as possible is absolutely crucial for tournaments and away games. Please complete the below 2 items ASAP (even if you are unsure if you can drive) as it takes a long time for PUSD to clear drivers (last year it took about 3-9 weeks!). If possible please hand this in before 2023-24 school year starts.
Transportation form (attach to online clearance)
Online Volunteer Clearance form 2023-24 link - complete ASAP as clearance takes several weeks to process
Please note that if there are not enough cleared drivers to transport players to a particular Away game, families will be responsible for making arrangements to get their player to the game.
4) Please consider volunteering on deck. Our program needs parent volunteers helping to make it work!
We have jobs for everyone and every skill level. In order to have a successful season, we need parents on deck helping with set up, take down, stats and spotter, run our table - book, spotter, shot clock/score board and there are always odd jobs. Water Polo is small and tight knit family. We need parents helping at each home game. Getting involved & learning the game is fun and you'll become part of a family. We will train for any more technical jobs and don't worry, you won't get tossed into the "deep end".
We will also need breakfast for our boys after morning "Rise & Grind" practices - this is another way to get involved. Our boys love their breakfasts and we love to send them to school after practice with happy tummies! Be sure to watch out for the sign up genius.
5) Team Snap for communications - the Boys Water Polo team uses Team Snap for all team communications. If you need to be added to Team Snap, please send us your email address, your son's grade and your son's first and last name, and we'll send you an invitation to join (please be sure to accept the invite in order to receive team communications).
**Also, stay easily connected by downloading the TeamSnap app!
6) Team Suits - REQUIRED.
Please watch for store open/close dates. There will be two opportunities to purchase team suits. Returning players are advised to order in the first store for early delivery to have their suits by the first week of practice. All suits will have players last name only on them. Suits from all orders will be handed out as orders are received. Please click for shipping option: "Bulk Shipping to 1 Address".
Store 1 for returning players, closed 7/10/23 (Bulk shipment but asks for your address anyway)
Store 2 for new and JV players, closed 8/13/23 (Bulk shipment but asks for your address anyway)
Store 3 for anyone who hasn't purchased a team suit or wants an extra, closes 8/19 11:00pm. FHS Water Polo Team Suit Order Link (Bulk shipment but asks for your address anyway)
7) Team Polos - REQUIRED for new and returning players.
Team polos: Varsity - black, JV - royal blue. Please be sure to advise your player's shirt size - order will process Monday 8/14.
Team Spiritwear: optional but encouraged for players and families! Please see below for store dates and details.
8) Team Pictures - required uniform = Team polo, Khaki Pants (not shorts)
Wednesday August 30 at 5:30pm on deck, practice to follow. For both JV and Varsity players. Please have photographer's form filled out (link below) and have check ready or cc info completed. There is no online form of payment. Individual photos will start at 5:30p sharp followed by team photos at 5:45p.
Revised - Tue. August 15 Seniors Pics for Water Polo Banners (on deck 3:30PM) in team suit
Watch for updates regarding:
Ordering Team Suits/Polos, please order from store now.
Suits: Deadline Store 3 - 8/19/23
Suits: Deadline Store 2 - 8/13/23
Suits: Deadline Store 1 - 7/10/23
Polos: check TeamSnap for details on paying
SpiritWear - link SpiritWear Store store 2 - closed 8/21. This is not for team polos only for player, family Falcon SpiritWear.
Team Kick Off Dinner - August 8/16 6-8p Taco/Burrito Bonanza! Please RSVP Yes/No. Links for RSVP, payment & signup genius to bring items (plates, forks, napkins, waters, cookies/brownies) sent via TeamSnap - chk your emails.
For Practice - Speedo/not game water polo suits:
Suit should fit very snug (think "Spanx"), sit at hips
Elsmore Swim Shop, Walnut Creek
Sports Basement, San Ramon
Dick's Sporting Goods, Dublin
Thank you for supporting your players and Go Falcons!