What is CL?
CL stands for Community League, and was previously known as Provincial League. Community League water polo in Saskatchewan is structured to provide ongoing competition for the water polo clubs throughout the province. The League games are scheduled for ages 10 and under (Mini), 13 and under (Atom), 15 and under (Bantam), and an Open category for all ages above 15. Each club can enter one or more teams into each of these categories to compete against other clubs in the province. The Community League games are a shortened version of a regular water polo game, where the time per quarter, number of players, and length of the pool have been modified to a smaller degree. This style of play allows for fast-paced game play and many games versus multiple teams over a short period of time. For more information on our Community League, please visit the Categories bar below the logo on the home page.
What is NCL?
NCL is the National Championship League, which began in 2014 across the country. NCL provides competition to all clubs in Canada in the age group categories Senior, 19U, 17U, and 15U.
The 17U NCL season runs from November to May and features both a regular season, and a playoff component. The regular season spans from November to April with the participating clubs playing a series of games against the teams in their region. The regular season standings determine the playoff seedings. The first round of the playoffs is split between the Eastern and Western Conferences with the top four teams at each conference championship qualifying for the final stage, the 17U National Finals in May.
The 19U NCL Category consists of an Open National Championship held in July of each competition season. The 19U Open National Championship is open to any properly sanctioned club in the country.
The Senior category, also known as Major League Water Polo (MLWP) runs from December to early May and features a similar format to the 17U category. The country is split into Eastern and Western conferences and the regular season conference standings determine who qualifies for the Senior National Championships, where the Canadian champions are crowned.
For the 15U category, there are two Championship events, an Eastern National Championship and a Western National Championship. The top 15U teams from each province, as determined by each provincial sport organization, qualify for either the Eastern or Western National Championships depending on their region. The Eastern and Western National Championships are hosted by WPC in April/May of each year and determine the top 15U team in each half of the country.
For more information on the NCL, please visit the NCL tab on the categories bar (located on the home page under the WPS logo) or Water Polo Canada's website.
What is DC?
Description: This is an inclusive program that will lead athletes into our more competitive programs (HC and HSE) where the standards are elevated to create the best high performance training environment as possible for our athletes. This program is offered in Regina, Weyburn, Saskatoon, and Estevan.
Goal: To offer to a large number of athletes an additional high quality practice every week with a Provincial Team Coach.
What is HC?
High Performance Centre:
Description: This is a competitive program that will lead athletes into our High School Excellence program. The standards are elevated to create the best high performance training environment as possible for our athletes. HC has the goal of offering an additional high quality practice every week with a Provincial Team Coach and a weekly Strength and Conditioning practice with a professional Trainer. This program is offered in Regina, Weyburn, Saskatoon, and Estevan.
Goal: This is a program that will be used to best prepare athletes participating with Team Saskatchewan in the NCL 17U, 19U and Senior levels.
What is HSE?
High School Excellence:
Descriptions: This is a WPS Elite program centralized in Regina. This program has been recognized by Water Polo Canada and has been determined as a Regional Development Centre. Athletes selected to participate in this program are selected by invitational basis; there are a maximum number of spots available so a depth chart of athletes is additionally created by WPS coaching staff to select athletes. These athletes will be eligible for Water Polo Canadaâ€™s Age Group National Team programming (AGNT).
Goal: These athletes will be provided with a training environment to best achieve their goals in high performance sport.