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Are you considering playing water polo at Villa? 
If so, you probably have a lot of questions about the sport, and the water polo program at Villa.
We will answer some of the most frequently asked questions below:

What is Water Polo?
Water polo is a fast paced, physically and mentally demanding contact sport. It combines swimming, throwing, and catching skills with team work, endurance, and tactics.

I have never seen a water polo game. Where can I see the game being played?
There are three collegiate water polo programs in our area: Gannon, Mercyhurst and Penn State Behrend.  The women's season begins in February. There are many opportunities throughout the spring to watch these women playing the game in their home pools. Check our web site main page throughout the spring season for collegiate game times, and then go watch them play!
 There are also videos of the 2014 PA State Championships available on Youtube:
Semi-finals games click here    State Championship Finals click here

I have never played water polo. Can I learn this game?
Absolutely!  If you have strong swimming skills and the desire, you can learn the game of water polo.

Really! Can I really learn this game now as a freshman in high school?
YES! Do not be worried about learning this game. You are not the first prospective player to have these concerns. In fact, most of the current team members had never played water polo before deciding to join the Villa team.
If you can swim and you like competitive team sports, you can learn to play water polo.

I would like to learn more about the game. Are there any camps or clinics?
Yes. There are several opportunities to learn the fundamental skills of the game before the start of the high school season in the fall.  There will be the Spring Clinic for grade school aged girls and boys during the spring conducted by many high school players from the local teams. There will also be some summer club programs in addition to the Villa Water Polo Open Pools. The local EPIC water polo club is another good way to learn the fundamentals. The Villa team members often attend a water polo camp during the summer. All the information specific to each of these water polo opportunities is posted on the Villa team web site now. 
You can also join our mailing list and you will receive notifications by e-mail when this information is released by the organizers. 
Join our mailing list now by simply filling out and submitting the form at the bottom of this page.

When is the high school water polo season?
In Pennsylvania, the high school water polo season for both girls and boys is in the fall.
The 2017 season starts in August and concludes the first weekend of November.

When are practices and games?
The Villa team mandatory practices begin Monday, August 14.
The team practices five late afternoon and early evenings weekdays at the new PVEC pool. 
A tentative 2017 game schedule is posted on this web site.

Will water polo interfere with my swimming?
No. Most athletes who play both water polo and swim find the water polo season to be of great benefit. Water polo is a tremendous pre-season conditioning activity before the swim season starts in mid November. In addition to the conditioning benefits, many of the girls find water polo to be a great opportunity to "recharge their batteries" prior to the swim season. In fact, many water polo players throughout the state are very accomplished swimmers who excel at the PIAA Pennsylvania State Swimming Championships each spring.

I don't think I will swim in high school. Can I still play water polo?
Definitely. While the majority of our water polo players are also members of the Villa swim team, many of the girls are not. Undoubtedly there is a benefit to be gained by participating in both sports, but being a competitive swimmer is not a requirement of participation. 

Are there both Junior Varsity and Varsity Water Polo teams at Villa?
We anticipate having a JV team for the 2017 season. Tryouts will be held on Monday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 15. Varsity and Junior Varsity rosters will be announced on Wednesday. Tryout preparation sessions will be offered during the first two weeks of August.

Tell me about the Open Pools
The Villa team will conduct many water polo Open Pools during the summer. These open pools are free of charge and offered to any registered Villa student considering playing water polo in the fall. The Open Pools provide a chance to learn some of the fundamental skills of the game in a casual atmosphere. The time and dates of the Open Pools will be published on the Practice page when available. 
 Anyone interested in learning more about the Villa water polo team, and the sport of water polo, is welcome to attend our Open Pools.

When are team tryouts?
Monday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 15

I have some more questions. How can I get answers?
If your questions or concerns pertain to Villa Maria Academy athletics in general, please contact 
the Director of Athletics, Mr. Bill Flanagan at 814-453-7737   x2227, or by E-mail at
If your questions, or concerns, pertain specifically to the Villa team, or to water polo in general, 
please contact the coach, Bob Fischer, by E-Mail at, or by telephone at 814-454-4295, 
or use the form at the bottom of this page.