FAQs
  •  Do you have a boys team?
    • No, we are a girls only club.
 
  • Do you offer a 10u Coed or 12u Coed team?
    • No, we are a girls only club
 
  • What Teams do you offer?
    • 10u Girls, 12u Girls, 14u Girls, 16u Girls, 18u Girls.  In the Summer months, we have a Women's Open team as well.
 
  • What team should I sign up for?
    • Water polo is based on age - so, how old will the athlete be on August 1, 2020?
      • 10 or less = 10u
      • 11 to 14 = 12/14u
      • 15 to 18 = 16/18u
      • Note - there are 2 exceptions to this: 
        • If the athlete is currently in HS but will turn 19 before 8/1/20, they can still play as an 18u: register as a 16/18u
        • If the athlete is in High School AND will be 14 or under on 8/1/20 AND lives beyond 50 miles from Fresno State: register as a 16/18u
 
  • Are you affiliated with Clovis Unified School District?
    • No
 
  • I don't want to attend Fresno State, can I still play for you?
    • Yes, we welcome all girls with all aspirations.
 
  • Do you care which school I play for?  Do you cater to / only serve / play favorites from a certain school?
    • No.  With Natalie as the head of the Age group (14u program) and Eric as the head of the HS age program (16/18u), we have no loyalties to any High School
 
  • Can I try the team/club out to see if I like it?

    • Sure! Come down and try it for a week, no charge to see if it's for you.  This is also why we don't bill you immediately when you first sign up.
       

  • Is there a team store?  Where can I buy shirts / suits, etc?
    • It's coming. More info to come on this later.
 
  • Assuming there are multiple teams in one age group, who makes the A team?
    • We will select the best athletes for the team's needs from the athletes available.  Athletic talent, like height, is not equally distributed.  Some of you will have to work harder than others to get the same results.
 
  • How many athletes make a team?
    • When we travel, we attempt to keep the rosters between 10 and 14 athletes
 
  • Will there be more than one team per age group?
    • If we have the numbers to field an A and B team (approx. 25), then we will have 2 teams.
 
  • I can't make all the practices due to school / choir / soccer / snowboarding / sleeping / something else - How will that affect my ability to make the A-team?
    • Whether you miss practice due to a flat tire, the AP exam, or over-sleeping, the result is the same - you missed practice - a chance to train, compete, and get better.  
 
  • Can I use the showers / locker rooms at the pool?
    • Yes
 
  • Can I use one of the lockers in the pool locker room?
    • No
 
  • Do you practice in the rain?
    • Yes - but if lightning starts, we'll cancel practice.
 
  • If I come to your club, will you guarantee me a spot on the A team?
    • No.  If we have an A and a B team, all new players must start on the B team and demonstrate their proficiency to be advanced to the A team.
 
  • Will you prorate the session billing if I can only make half of the practices?
    • If you wait until the end of the session and then request a refund of 50% because you were only at 50% of the practices - No
    • If you have a serious injury - Yes
    • If you have an event, and will miss at least half of the session consecutively, and communicate this to us in advance - Yes
      • Example - you are going to horse camp and will miss 6 weeks of a 12 week session
 
  • I missed 1 week of practice - will you prorate my session fees?
    • No, prorates start at 50% missed attendance and must be communicated in advance of missing practice.
 
  • Is playing time open for discussion?
    • By the athletes - yes.  We encourage the girls to ask questions as to where they stand on the team
 
  • How do I sign up for Events / Tournaments?
    • We will enter tournaments and post the event for sign-ups.  If you are interested in playing, register for the event.  From the athletes that register, the coaches select the team.  If you are not selected, you will be removed from the event and not incur a charge. Those that are chosen will incur a charge to be billed after the event.
 
  • Are Tournaments included in the session fees?
    • No, Tournaments are an additional charge
 
  • When do you bill/process paymemt for items I sign up for?
    • We bill for tournaments after the fact. For sessions, we bill approximately 2 weeks after the session begins
 
  • I don't have a credit card / Can I pay cash?
    • Yes!  How ever you want to pay, we'll work with you.  See Eric Benson for details
 
  • How much are tournaments?
    • It will vary by tournament; variables include location, duration, entry fee.
 
  • If my daughter participates in a tournament but doesn't play very much, will I get a partial refund of the tournament fee?
    • No.  Different tournaments have different goals and playing time will not be equal at any tournament.
 
  • Do you encourage athletes to participate in ODP?
    • Yes
 
  • Is there a rule prohibiting athletes from outside of 50 miles playing for a college coach?
    • Yes, it is an NCAA rule - however the rule only applies to athletes of recruitable age (defined as in High School).  Since the college coaches only work with 10/12/14u girls, this rule is not a concern. 
 
  • What do I need to bring to practice?
    • A good attitude, suit, towel, swim cap, and goggles.
 
  • Do I have to have a USA Water Polo membership to be able to practice / compete?
    • Yes, you can start with a Bronze level membership and then upgrade later if you like.  If you plan to play in any tournaments, a Silver level membership is required. If you plan to play in JO's, a Gold level membership will be required.
 
  • What is your USAWP Club ID # for my club affiliation?
    • 31612
 
  • Do you plan to enter JO's
    • Yes
 
  • I want to play for you but can't afford it, do you have discounts or payment plans?
    • Payment plan - yes, register for the session, then email bulldogwpc@gmail.com and request to spread out payments.
    • Hardships - This is handled on a case-by-case basis.  Documentation will be required and will need to be submitted to our review board which is independent of any Bulldog WPC staff or coaches.  Contact Eric Benson for details on documentation required and how to submit.
    • *****Note ***** The coach's children are comped.
 
  • Do you offer a sibling discount?
    • Yes, $50 for each additional daughter, valid on Session fees only.
 
  • I want to coach for your club / Can I have a job?
    • We are always looking for great people with the right experience.  Speak with Eric or Natalie Benson for details
 
  • Can I get dropped off at the pool?
    • Yes
 
  • Where can I park my car at Fresno State during practice?
    • You have 2 options:
      • 1) Buy a $5 day use permit at the vending machines
      • 2) Buy a semester long green pass ***Note - you first have to get a visitor ID #, then you can buy your pass.
        • To get a Visitor ID # (you only have to do this once) - you will need to go to the Joyal Administration building
          • Near Maple and Shaw (1st floor, South Lobby, Cashiering Services)
          • Open 8:00am-Noon / 1:00pm-4:30pm
          • Remember to bring photo ID.
        • After you have your ID#, then go to the Campus Police station on Barstow (Parking Lobby office) to purchase a semester long green pass.  
    • Note - if you have a green parking pass, you can park in the parking lot next to the pool after 6pm.
    • For more info-  http://www.fresnostate.edu/adminserv/police/traffic/permits/student.html
    • Note - you can only buy one pass with your Visitor ID number…. So you can't buy a pass for you and your friend with the same ID number.
 
  • What are the time frames for the parking passes? 
    • Fall permits are valid until January 16, 2020
    • Spring Permits have not been announced yet
 
  • How much are semester-long parking permits?
    • Fall Semester - $93 …. Note - As of November 24 - The Fall pass reduces to $23.25
    • Spring Semester - $93
    • Summer - $44 
Suit
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Junior Olympics 2020 Payment Plan FAQ
  • What is it?
    • Junior Olympics (JO’s) is the National Championship for our sport.  It is a tournament that draws teams from all over the country and rotates location between NorCal and Orange County each year.  The 2020 tournament will be in Stanford / NorCal.  To play in JO’s, we first must qualify (JO Quals) in a regional tournament.  Participation in JO Quals is a committment to participate in JO's if chosen.  We compete in the Central California Zone.  Based on prior year costs, we estimate the total cost of JO’s and JO Quals to be $450 per athlete.
  • When / Where are the Tournaments?
    • JO Quals – June 26-28 – Modesto Area
    • JO’s – July 23-26 – Stanford Area
  • How did you set the estimate?
    • There are several expenses that go into this, generally we used last years’ expenses.  Example, the entry fee for JO’s was $900, so we used that for estimating purposes
  • Why so much?
    • You are paying for about 7 days of water polo competition.  JO Quals is 2-3 days and JO’s is 4 days.  These are overnight, non-local tournaments.
  • What is included in the Fees?
    • Tournament fees for 2 tournaments and team shirt.  Does NOT cover transportation/lodging/food for athletes.
  • How does the payment plan work?
    • You register, and we bill your card $75 at the end of the month for five months starting in January (1/31, 2/29, 3/31, 4/30, 5/31).  If you register after the plan has started, you will be billed to bring you up to date with past “missed” deposits.
      • Example A – you register on 3/13, you would be billed Jan + Feb + Mar ($225) on 3/31, then $75 on 4/30 and $75 on 5/31.
      • Example B – you register for the event on 5/7, you would be billed $375 on 5/31.
  • What if the final cost is more / less than the estimate?
    • There will be a reconciliation due at the close of the tournament.  If you make 5 payments ($375) and JO’s + Quals cost $415, then you would be billed $415 - $375 = $40 after JO’s
  • What if we don’t qualify?
    • Now that USAWP has expanded the tournament with Silver / Bronze and the Invitational Division, virtually every team qualifies that enters.  However, in the rare event that we don’t qualify, you would receive a refund of your deposits less the amount due for the expense of JO Quals.
  • What is the cut-off date / entry deadline?
    • We need to know your interest in playing by Friday, May 22, 2020.
  • How do I express interest in playing for Bulldog WPC at JO’s and JO Quals?
  • If I pay, am I guaranteed a spot on a team?
    • No, but we will do our best to find you a place to play.  Example, if we have 5 goalies for our 16u A and B team.  We only need 4 goalies between 2 teams – we would work with the 5th goalie and communicate her prospects in advance so she could find another team to play for.
  • What if I leave the team?
    • We enter teams into JO’s and prepay the entry fee based on signups.  If you enter the payment plan and then leave the club after the entry deadline (Friday, 5/22), we will have entered the tournaments and paid money assuming your participation; as such - you forfeit all monies paid.
    • If you get injured and can’t play – refund of unused balance
    • If you are not selected for a team - refund of unused balance
  • Can I pick which team I play on?
    • No, the coaches pick who makes the A and B teams or who plays up (ex: 16-year-old playing in 18u).  Dis-satisfaction with team placement is not a valid reason for a refund.
  • Can I skip Quals and just play in JO’s?
    • We need to qualify for the best seed at JO’s, so we need a full team for Quals.  If you do not play in Quals, we will not bump someone from the team to make room for you.  The only way you could make the team is if we were short and needed another player.
  • I have camp/church outing/summer trip planned and can’t play in Quals, but I still want to play in JO’s, can I make the team?
    • This must be communicated well in advance and will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • If I play Quals and don’t play in JO’s, can I get a partial refund?
    • Club affiliation deadlines prevent players from switching clubs starting approximately June 1st.  As such, you can’t play for one club at Quals and then play for a different club at JO’s.
      • If you quit – you forfeit the remaining balance
      • If you are hurt – refund of unused balance
  • If I play on the B team at Quals, can I be moved up to the A team for JO’s?
    • No, the rosters are locked down.  The only exception to this would be in the unlikely case of the B team not qualifying, then those players on the B team would be eligible to move up.
  • If I'm unhappy with how we finish at JO Qual's, can I go play for another club and be on their JO team?
    • No - club affiliations are locked down approximately June 1st (before Quals) and thereby prevent this.
  • What is the Allocation process / How many teams qualify for JO’s?