Capital WAVE is a large club. On top of that, WAVE competes in two sports. Twice the fun, yes, but also twice the number of questions.

Here is a list of questions that you may have now or in the future as you and your athlete progress through the club structure.


For water polo, athletes are evaluated by their performance at tournaments.

For swimming, athletes are evaluated by their performance at swim meets.

If the coach has informed you that your athlete is ready to move up then it is expected that this invitation is accepted. In order for that athlete to develop, further challenges are required.

Not accepting the invitation to move up can only be made once. If there is a second denial of moving up a group by a parent/guardian, your athlete will not be offered an invitation to return if in a sessional program.

If it concerns a decision made at a water polo tournament or a swim meet, you must wait 48 hours after the event to expect a response. Coaches will not address your concern until that time has passed.

If it is another concern, you can email and ask for a meeting during office hours.

If you are not satisfied with the response, you can contact the Club President.

If you are not satisfied with the response of the Club President, you can contact the Club Ombudsman.

Each pool has a Lost and Found. Coaches are not responsible for equipment that is left behind.

You can try posting to the Parents Facebook group to see if anyone has picked up your belongings.

Athletes that participate in swim meets and water polo tournaments are allowed to register before athletes that do not participate in competitions.

We use the Amilia app for all practice schedules. We use the Goggle calendar for all deadlines for events such as commitments, meets, club activities, merchandise orders etc…

Changes are made on both calendars. If you notice a discrepancy between the two calendars, please contact lisa.bloom@ottawawaterpolocom.

There are specific times to order equipment and swim suits. Swim suits take time as they are a special order. Pick up of orders is arranged for specific times during the year – usually once in September and again in November and January.

The Team Managers will post pick up and order dates.

Regional and Provincial level swim meets are to be attended over an open invitational water polo tournament.

Provincial and National level water polo tournaments are to be attended over Regional and Provincial level swim meets.

Yes. WAVE is a competitive club.

Tournaments and swim meets are when coaches evaluate the progress of the athletes in the Junior WAVES and 13U programs.

Failure to participate in at least 2 swim meets and 1 tournament between September and January and again between February and June, may lead to you not being able to renew.

You and your athlete must be committed to our competitive program at the Junior WAVES and 13U levels because it will only get harder to commit as you progress.



No. All Mini WAVE, Junior WAVE and 13U Competitive athletes must participate and train in both swimming and water polo.

There is a window of opportunity to change your swims and that is between the time that the entries are posted to the website and the deadline for entries as requested by the host club. The deadline time and date is posted in the meet package (there is a link to the meet package on every Commitment Form).

If you are asking to change your swims after the deadline or after you see the heat sheets, you are too late and it’s not going to happen.

Keep in mind, that there usually is a very good reason why you are doing an event. If you kept doing the same events over and over again, swimming would become dull and you would not progress. Ask your coach.


The swim head coach.

Boys, yes.

Girls, no. Zippers are not allowed on swimsuits for swimming competitions.

The swim meet schedule is announced at the start of each session.

WAVE usually attends 5 or 6 meets in the Fall and another 5 or 6 in the Winter and Spring.

You are asked to commit to a meet by filling out a Google Form that will be distributed by the Team Managers. All information about that meet will be on the Google Form.

The Swim Coach will then make available the entries of all the swimmers, i.e. – a list of all the swimmers attending the meet and all the events that they are entered. You must visually confirm that your athlete is entered. Mistakes can and will be made.

Closer to the meet, the Swim Coach will post the heat sheets if they are made available by the host club. The heat sheets let you know the Event, Heat and Lane for your athlete’s meet.


Yes. We are a competitive program and we train to improve for ourselves and for the team and for that we need the proper equipment.

Your athlete must come to the pool prepared and with all the required equipment.

Yes. In order to compete in swim meets and to be insured for swim practices you must purchase SNC insurance.

Win with dignity, lose with honour.

  • Remember that young people participate in sport for their enjoyment and benefit, not yours
  • Applaud good performance and efforts from all individuals and teams. Congratulate all participants on their performance regardless of the game’s outcome
  • Respect the decisions of officials and teach young people to do the same
  • Never ridicule or scold a young player for making a mistake. Positive comments are motivational
  • Condemn the use of violence in any form, whether it is by spectators, coaches, officials or players
  • Show respect for your team’s opponents. Without them there would be no game
  • Encourage players to follow the rules and the official’s decisions
  • Do not use foul language or harass players, coaches or officials
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion

It is possible to get banned from watching a water polo game at tournaments. Remember that we all represent WAVE and we must conduct ourselves appropriately. The athletes in the water are young and impressionable and do not want to see parents in the stands being rude and obnoxious.

WAVE coaches will dismiss parents from the stands and athletes on the bench who persistently shout out “Shoot!” – or any other coaching command – during a game.

No. Concerns about coaching decisions made during a water polo tournament can be raised 48 hours after the completion of the tournament.


It’s important to understand that WAVE athletes play for their club and not a team. Because of this, the rosters and teams are very fluid and are independent of what training group you are a part of.
For invitational tournaments, WAVE wants to send as many athletes as possible and allow for full participation. WAVE also strives to develop our athletes at each step of the way, according to their abilities and their progression.
In the Junior Waves alone, there are 3 age categories that athletes belong to: 9U, 11U, and 13U so you can expect some movement from tournament to tournament.
Sometimes your athlete will play up an age division or play their own age division, this can happen when:
  • athletes are needed in age age category above their own in order to make a team (and thus prevent WAVE having to cut a team)
  • athletes are required to play in their own age group when playing for a Provincial title
  • athletes are participating in an invitational tournament and want to gain experience at a higher age level
Attendance and participation is also a large part of team placement decisions.

Yes. In order to participate in water polo tournaments and to enter the water at practice, you must have insurance.

Families are asked to submit pledges through the Amilia platform by clicking on the “Fundraiser” Tab.

Fundraising is an integral part of Capital Wave and helps our overall operating costs, coaching development, and future equipment purchases to name a few. The idea for the Wave-A-Thon grew out of the Covid-19 situation and will sure stay here for the years to come. The club needed a new and safe way to raise the funds we rely on, respecting all of the current health guidelines at the time.

In fall 2020, during our toughest year to date, we announced our newest fundraising initiative to our members called our Wave-A-Thon. The Wave-A-Thon is an event where all of our athletes and coaches swim as many lengths as they can in a given amount of time.

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