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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Open Pools & Pre-season Conditioning Sessions

Q.  When do the spring Open Pool sessions begin?
A.   Our Open Pool schedule will be announced in February. Sessions will begin in late April.

Q.  My daughter has a very demanding schedule this spring/summer. Is it OK if she misses some Open Pools?
A.  Absolutely. The Open Pools are voluntary. No one is required to attend the Open Pools.

Q.  Why does Villa offer the Open Pools?
A.  The Open Pools provide a general introduction to the game of water polo for the novice player. For the returning player, the greatest benefit is undoubtedly the polishing of
     skills gained from previous seasons, and to participate in the establishment and development of the team's chemistry. 

Q.  My daughter will be freshman, she is a good swimmer, and she is considering playing water polo during high school. Will the Open Pools be beneficial for her?
A.  Definitely. Most of our freshman each year have had little, if any, exposure to the game of water polo. The Open Pools provide a glimpse of the demands and requisite
     skills of the game. This insight might make the decision to play water polo a little easier. If her decision is yes, then she is off to a good start when the
     the season begins in mid August.

Q.  My daughter is considering attending Villa in the fall. Can she participate in the Open Pools?
A.  All participants in our Open Pool must have been accepted for enrollment by Villa, and have made their tuition deposit.  However, if your daughter has not yet met these
     requirements, she is welcome to attend the Open Pools and to observe. School and PIAA rules prohibit her from actively participating until acceptance and registration
     requirements have been satisfied.

Q.  My daughter attends Villa, is considering playing polo in the fall, but did not play last year. Can she attend these Open Pools?
A.  Yes, definitely.

Q.  My daughter will not be able to attend any of the Open Pools. Can she still go out for Villa Water Polo in August?
A.  Yes. The Open Pools are optional. Obviously she will have missed an opportunity, but she will not be precluded from going out for the team.

Q.  Does my daughter have to sign-up or register for the Villa Open Pools?
A.  No registration is required. Just bring your daughter to one of our sessions and we will take it from there. The Open Pool schedule is posted on the "Practice" page 
     of this web site on the Practice Page.

Q.  Is there a fee for attending the Open Pools?
A.  No, the Open Pools are free.

Q.  What does my daughter need to attend the Open Pools?
A.  She will need goggles, suit, and a towel.

Q.  Can I come into the pool and watch the Open Pools?
A.  Definitely. Parents are always welcome to observe all Open Pools and practices.

Q.  Where are the Open Pools held?
A.  The venue for our Open Pools is the Hagerty Family Events Center (HFEC)

Q.  I have some questions. Who do I contact?
A.  If your questions pertain to the Open Pools or the VMA Water Polo program, please contact the coach, Bob Fischer, at or 454-4295. If you have 
     questions regarding Villa Maria Academy athletics, please contact Dan Ek, VMA Assistant Athletic Director at dan,  or Bill Flanagan, 
     Director of Athletics at
Guide to Understanding the Game of Water Polo

A Spectator's Guide to Water Polo
Version 6.0  Copyright 2016
by Peter W. Pappas, Ph.D.

A comprehensive guide to the game in PDF format. Click here.
Rules of the Game 
NCAA Rules
Thanks to Sharon and Bob McKenna (Ashley, VMA '06 & Tori, VMA '09) 
for establishing the water polo record board still located at the Villa Center Pool.
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                                    2021 Dates to Remember

16-Aug       Monday         1st Day of Regular Season
23-Aug       Monday         Participation Contracts and Fees Due
28-Aug       Saturday       PA Western Conference Scrimmages at HFEC
30-Aug       Monday         Team Picture Day at the HFEC  5:40 PM

PIAA Mandated Physical Exam

Prior to any student participating in regular season practices or contests, the student is required to 
(1) complete a Comprehensive Initial Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation (CIPPE) form
and (2) have the appropriate person(s) complete and sign the first six sections of the CIPPE Form. 

As of August 16, no athlete may practice with the team without the completed CIPPE form on file with the Villa Athletic Department. 
The requisite physical examination must have been conducted after June 1, and submitted of the official PIAA CIPPE form. 

Download required PIAA CIPPE Physical Examination form from the school's Athletic Department page

Volunteer Parent Driver Information and Forms

Diocesan Volunteer Driver Information Sheet

free PA State Police Criminal Record Check 

free PA Department of Welfare Child Abuse History Certification

Federal Criminal History Record Information (CHRI)
​only required if not PA resident for past 10 years

Existing clearances less than one year old will be accepted by the school.
NCAA Eligibility Center COVID-19 Response FAQs

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Parent and Players Informational and Organizational Meeting

Monday, August 16, 6 to 6:45 PM at the HFEC Concourse

This meeting is our only opportunity to meet as a group to review the outline of the season and to address any questions or concerns about the season. 
Please make every effort to have a least one parent or guardian at this meeting.

The first mandatory team practice will immediately follow this meeting.

See Practice page for regular season practice schedule.