Rocky Mountain Neptunes Water Polo Club is a developmental and competitive water polo program, open to boys & girls of all ages, serving the Boulder and North of Denver area. Our mission is to grow the great sport of water polo in Colorado and provide an opportunity for all members to experience high-quality instruction from dedicated coaches, emphasizing the fundamentals of the game, improvement in fitness, teamwork, true sportsmanship and to have fun, all year-round.
What is water polo?
Find info @ this website and on youtube!
How do I sign up for Rocky Mountain Neptunes?
Sign ups and registrations are all done online @ http://www.rockymountainneptunes.org
Click the “Contact Us” link to sign up for a free trial class. If you would like to enroll, click on the “Payments” link. Our quarterly practice fees are far lower than many other club sports and water polo teams.
USAWP is a governing body for water polo across the nation. USAWP is a separate
entity from Rocky Mountain Neptunes. All athletes must be registered with USA Water Polo to
participate in practices and games.
Go to: www.usawaterpolo.org and click “Join” in the upper right-hand corner to create a
USA Water Polo membership. Our club ID # is 20236.
A “Bronze” level membership is sufficient for some beginning players. However, if you want to
participate in the Junior Olympics in July (“JO’s”) you must have a “Gold” level
Membership. Once you get your membership going, be sure to do the age verification process and upload a current and clear picture of your son or daughter as the referees usually conduct ID checks before games.
What team am I on? – And when is practice?
Your team is dictated by your age. Every two years the athlete will move up an age division. There is a 10U Coed, 12U Coed, 14U Coed, 16U & 18U Boys teams, sometimes a Masters team. Girls are allowed to play on 16U and 18U Boys teams in almost all tournaments.
Practices are held three to five times a week depending on our pool schedule. Locations are the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton and the South Boulder Rec Center. The practice schedule is on our website under the “Calendar” tab and also available as a google sheet.
What gear do I need?
Initially, all you need is a swimsuit (one piece for girls), towel, and a swim cap for long
hair. A pair of good goggles is highly recommended. Eventually, you are required to get a team suit, and a team t-shirt. Try to do this in a timely fashion & before you play in any tournaments.
To find Rocky Mountain Neptunes gear, please see Coach Manu.
Is there a water polo season?
Our club runs 12 months a year except for certain holidays. Tournament season begins in September and runs through July. To link to the RMN google calendar, please ask Coach Manu to send you that link.
Costs for joining RMN are detailed in the “Payments” section of the website.
Tournaments usually have an extra fee which varies according to the tournament. In addition, please budget in costs for air travel, hotel, meals for out of town tournaments such as Junior Olympics, Zones, Albuquerque, etc.
Are tournaments mandatory?
There are only a few tournaments per year, so we expect every player to try hard to attend every tournament. We understand that you may not be able to sign up for every tournament.
However, to be considered for play at the highest level teams, we expect players to participate in most tournaments and participate in Junior Olympics in July.
How do I play in tournaments?
Coach Manu sends out emails asking members to indicate whether they will play in a particular tournament. Please respond promptly to these emails so that he can plan rosters. Once the request to pay for the tournament is given please use the website to pay to ensure a spot on the team.
Coach Manu will send out the tournament schedule as soon as it is ready, usually a week or so before the start of the competition. For travel planning, please consult your age group parent representative.
Are there multiple teams for each age group? A & B teams?
If there are more than 14 players signed up in a particular age group for an event, the club
will try to enter an A & B team. Sometimes if we cannot field a team with at least 9 to 10 players, we will join forces with another team in our region.
Team rosters are not up for debate & will be selected by Coaches a week or so before the event. These decisions are never easy, and Coaches put in a lot of time with these decisions. Selections are based on skill level, attendance, sportsmanship, and what will best serve the team and athlete. Politics & emotions are not involved in these decisions. Whether your child is in an A or a B team, or playing up in age level, please remember that the goal is to support the team as a whole, as well as to improve as a player. Sometimes playing in a B team will allow an up- and- coming athlete much more playing time.
How many players are on each roster?
To ensure sufficient playing time & a good experience, the club policy is to cap a roster at 12 to 13 players (this can be slightly altered).
What is the RMN Playing Time Philosophy?
RMN believes that players are developed during practice, by going to as many practices as possible, following coaches’ instructions, and working hard. Going to competitions will teach players how to best use their skills and teamwork to win. Our philosophy is in the middle of the road. Coaches try to give equal playing time when they can while also trying to maximize winning. Sometimes stronger players will typically have more playing time in close games. In less crucial games, all players will have more equal playing time. It is important to remember that tournaments are not just about playing time. Being a part of a good team in a good environment, watching and learning from good teams and players, and hearing and applying coaches instructions are all important parts of the overall experience.
Grievances and complaints:
Please encourage the athlete to talk to the Coach regarding playing time directly. This
ensures the player to take accountability for his/her actions and improvement. It also will
teach them social skills, and how to create their own future.
Athlete’s playing time can be restricted for discipline reasons, lack of effort,
match-ups, repeated errors, and a large number of other reasons. These reasons will be
communicated to the player that asks for them.
24 hour rule:
If you have a complaint or an issue regarding the club or something that
has occurred at a tournament or event, you must allow a full day to pass before
addressing this issue with a Coach. This is to allow cooler heads to prevail.
If it is something important and immediate, please talk with an RMN Board Member if it is within the 24 hours. The Board Member will approach the coach as needed. After the 24 hrs have passed, you may approach the Coach directly; however, your board members are available to discuss any concerns regardless of the 24 hour rule.
Breaking the 24 hour rule once will result in a stern warning. If it happens again you will be
removed from RMN.
Do not approach a Coach, referee, player, opposing players or fans directly after a game,
or at any point during a game with complaints.
Do not approach the bench during games or the athletes during warm up or cool down.
Do not hover around team meetings between Coaches & Players after/before games.
Do not ‘coach’ from the stands. For example, never yell, "Shoot!"
Do not verbally abuse any officials, coaches or players, during games, or ever. Tournament officials and the head coach have the authority to have parents removed from the stands for bad behavior.
Do encourage your son/daughter & their teammates. Cheer loudly!
Do display good sportsmanship towards other players, parents, & referees.
Do emphasize aspects of the game other than scoring to your son/daughter. Improvement,
defense, and passing are all great topics!
Do ensure that your son/daughter develops responsibility by keeping track of and
retrieving their own gear: goggles, towels, speedos/suit, water bottles, etc.
Player’s Code of Conduct
Players will show respect to referees, their teammates, and coaches, as well as the players and coaches of opposing teams, both in and out of the pool. Swearing or abusive language at practice, tournaments, or any team functions will not be tolerated. Any verbal or physical retaliation may result in removal from the game/practice and possible disciplinary action, regardless of the circumstances.
Players will conduct themselves in a respectful manner at all facilities (pool, hotel, restaurant, etc...) during all team functions.
Players will show up on time for practice. If you are going to be late, please contact a member of the coaching staff. Excessive tardiness and absences will result in reduced playing time.
Players must report to the pool one hour before each game of a tournament, unless the coach has set other time requirements.
Players are expected to give 100%, mentally and physically, during practice and games. (You play like you practice.)
Players (not parents) are encouraged to speak with the coaching staff about any questions or concerns immediately following a practice or game. If the issue is not resolved to the satisfaction of the player or coaching staff, a board member will be asked to assist.
Players will respect the diversity of our team in all of its forms. Racial, sexual, religious, gender or any other type of discrimination will not be tolerated.
We will practice, play, and participate in every team event as a TEAM. There will be no division of teammates on this team. If a problem arises, it will be addressed with the player(s) and their parents immediately by the coach and/or board member. If the problem continues, it can result in being released from the team at any time.
Behavior during practice:
If players demonstrate any of the following behaviors at practice, including but not limited to:
Horse play (in or out of pool)
Excessive talking/not paying attention
Unkind behavior to teammates
the resulting consequences can occur:
sit outside of pool and observe practice
dismissal from practice
If behavior issues continue, the coach and/or board members will meet with the player and their parents. If the problem continues, it can result in restricted tournament participation or being removed from the team at any time.
I have read and agree to the Players’ Code of Conduct.
Player signature: ______________________________________________________________
Parent signature: ____________________________________________________________
Player/Coach Tournament Commitment
I, _____________________________________________, agree to play for the Rocky Mountain Neptunes at the
____________________________________________ Tournament. The tournament is located in
_______________________________ and takes place on ____________________________________.
I understand that my commitment is to:
Attend a minimum of 3 practices per week from the time this form is signed until the date of the tournament, unless previously discussed with the coach.
Provide my coach with advanced notification of any schedule conflicts.
Adhere to the Player’s Code of Conduct.
The coaching staff commits to:
Keeping the players on the team so long as players’ commitments are met.
Notify the players/parents in advance of all scheduled activities and financial obligations.
Give the player the opportunity to participate in practice and games.
The best of our ability, work to develop and improve the players’ skill and knowledge of the game.
Player signature: _________________________________________________________________________
Parent signature: _________________________________________________________________________
Coach Signature: _________________________________________________________________________
Rocky Mountain Neptunes Parent By- Laws
Membership in Rocky Mountain Neptunes water polo club and participation in its sanctioned events is a privilege. Those privileges may be withdrawn, either for a period of time or permanently, in the event that a parent or player violates these rules.
1: Parent Tournament/Game Conduct: Parents shall conduct themselves in a responsible manner. At no time should parents negatively address fellow members, referees, coaches, opponent players/parents or coaches, or site managers during a game. A parent’s role is to cheer respectively and not draw undue attention to themselves. We love spirit but please behave appropriately.
2: 24 Hour Rule: Parent members need to wait 24 hours before approaching coaches with complaints. First time breaching this time limit will result in a stern warning, the second time will be dismissal from the club. Note that RMN Board Members may be consulted within the 24 hours and at games.
3. Approaching a Grievance (14U & Older): Please defer to the player/coach relationship for any grievance related to playing time and/or roster or practice group selection. Should the player and coach not be able to come to an agreement, coaches will be more than willing to meet with parents with the athlete present.
4: Fundraising & Volunteering: Our fundraising efforts are minimal but we do like having volunteers to help fill water bottles, clean snack tables, buy snacks, and take on roles as age division leaders for tournaments. Active volunteering by parents in the club is expected, but we do not have a minimum time requirement.
5. Refunds: Refunds will only be given if a player is unable to attend a tournament due to illness. Injuries and sickness will be addressed on a case by case basis and may require a doctor's note for a refund. Our club is non-profit and we rely on practice fees to stay alive. As a result, refunds for practice fees will not be given.
6. Team Gear: All players will be expected to purchase and have a team suit at a minimum.
I have read and agree with the parent member by-laws stated above:
Parent Name Print:_____________________________________
Parent Signature:_______________________________________ Date: _____________
Rocky Mountain Neptunes
Water Polo Club
RMN is a non-profit water polo club in Colorado. Our practices are held in Boulder and Thornton. (See below for FAQ and code of conduct)
Our unique, innovative and fun training has brought us great results not only in water polo, but in swimming too. Our club offers practice for youth, ages 8 - 18, as well as masters practice for adults whenever there is enough interest.
Our Coaching Philosophy: As a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA,) we believe in TRANSFORMING YOUTH SPORTS SO SPORTS CAN TRANSFORM YOUTH.
We think winning is important, but teaching life lessons is more important. We want to create a culture where kids love to play, honor the game, honor their opponents, and reach the highest possible level in the sport.