Trojan Water Polo Club Makes a Splash
May 08, 2015 08:39AM ● Published by Jeanne Fratello
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"It's not just for the elite guys; it's not just for the beginners. It's a wide mix," says Erik Healy, the club's director and founder.
The club practices at Mira Costa High School and is open to all ages with teams forming for each age group.
Having a great coach is key to trying out a new sport, says Healy, who leads a staff of 12 coaches with a wide range of experiences, including NCAA champions, national team players, and Olympians. Healy, a Manhattan Beach native, was the co-captain of USC's 2003 NCAA National Championship water polo team. His brother Nik, who was another member of that national championship team, is also on the coaching staff.
Kids as young as age 7 start with "Splashball" - "a scaled-back version of water polo with an emphasis on fun," according to Healy. Beyond Splashball, the club's teams include Co-Ed 10 & Under, Boys 12 & Under, Girls 12 & Under, Boys 14 & Under, Girls 14 & Under, Boys 16 & Under, Girls 16 & Under, Boys 18 & Under, and Girls 18 & Under.
Healy says he understands that today's kids have many different extracurricular commitments, from sports to music to academic, which is why the Trojan program is flexible. There's a two-week free trial period; if a player decides to join, they pay a quarterly fee of $450 that gets a player in the water for up to 8 hours per week. The only prerequisite to signing up is that you must first register with USA Water Polo.
The club recently boasted medalists in the 2014 National Junior Olympics, four National Junior Olympic All-Americans, and nine 2013-2014 Academic All-American recipients. Older club members also participated in a trip to Montenegro, Croatia, for training and competition.
Healy adds that the club provides all of the equipment - potential players only need a swim suit and a pair of goggles. "With the crazy schedules kids have, they can just come when they’re finished with their orchestra and baseball or whatever," adds Healy. "We welcome kids joining at any time."