Vancouver Vipers is a co-ed community water polo club comprised primarily of players from Vancouver and Richmond to interested swimmers from ages 6-18 years. Players develop their skills by training with professional coaches in pools across Vancouver; weekly league games are played throughout the Lower Mainland with certified referees.
The Club provides the opportunity for youth to play water polo at both a recreational and competitive level. A not-profit organization, Vipers depends on registration fees, fundraising activities and parent volunteers to maintain the club. The club is registered with Water Polo BC and the B.C. Summer Swimming Association. The club has been operating since 1991.
Vancouver Vipers Water Polo Club is incorporated under the Societies Act of the Province of British Columbia.
In addition to providing water polo playing experience, the club offers leadership opportunities to youth within the club, including:
- Volunteer experience for older players to coach the younger players. Many of our senior players volunteer as junior coaches. Junior coaches are mentored by the more experienced paid coaches with an eye to further developing the skills and knowledge of the aspiring coaches. Junior and assistant coaches with experience in other clubs are hired on an as-needed basis bringing a different training perspective. This relationship also strengthens the League as a whole as ideas and different training perspectives are shared amongst clubs.
- Training and coordinating players 13 years and older to referee games.
All aspects of the Club’s operation, with the exception of coaching, are organized and undertaken by volunteer parents. Board members are elected from the membership annually at the AGM in late April or early May.
Part-time Coaches are assigned to a specific age group: running the practices and attending the games. A junior coach and volunteer coach support the mini players. Professional coaches with swim club experience deliver the swim practices, with an emphasis on stroke development and endurance.