For Domestic Events (exception: ODP)

A player's age division is determined by the athlete's age on August 1st of the year in which the tournament is being held.


Example: If a player is 14 years old on August 1, they are eligible to compete in the 14&U division. If an athlete turns 15 on July 31, his/her age is 15 on August 1st and is therefore no longer eligible for the 14&U division. They are, however, able to participate in the 16&U division.

For Olympic Development Program (ODP)

ODP age groups are based on year of birth. An athlete participating in ODP shall attend the ODP Camp that corresponds with his or her year of birth. Athletes maybe moved up based on the discretion of the High Performance Director or National Team staff.


For International Competition 

Age shall be determined as of December 31 of the year of competition.

For more information, please visit the Athlete Policy & Requirements on the USA Water Polo website.