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Team BC - Provincial Team Program

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Team BC

The Provincial Team Program is part of the high-performance pathway and supports athletes and coaches working to reach their full potential in the sport.

As an extension of the National Development Centre- BC, the goal of Team BC is to identify, train, and develop athletes motivated to represent BC in domestic and international competitions. In previous years, Team BC athletes have travelled to Hawaii, California, and Croatia for training and competition. More recently, the Team BC has competed at the National Provincial Championships in Montreal (see below for 2024 details).

Program Objectives: 

  • To provide the best possible high-performance experience that helps athletes reach individual and team goals.

  • To select competitive Provincial Teams for development and competition opportunities.​

  • To develop high-performance coaches who are passionate about working with elite athletes.

Team BC Logo

The Team BC logo has been updated to incorporate the colours used in the flag of British Columbia. This logo will be use on future Team BC apparel and equipment:

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Team BC Athlete Eligibility - Core Criteria

  • Be a resident of British Columbia; and

  • Be registered with the NDC-BC and in good standing with Water Polo West and Water Polo Canada.

  • Must acknowledge and adhere to the Water Polo West Code of Conduct and Commitment to Safe Sport.

  • Must not be subject to any disciplinary action or investigation of disciplinary action.

  • Must attend a Provincial Training Centre Evaluation Session.

  • Must submit Provincial Training Centre Athlete Profile.

Additional Team BC Athlete Eligibility - Educational Criteria
  • Complete Novice Coach Training or NCCP 

  • Complete Novice Referee Training

  • Bystander Empowerment (E-Leaning Course)

  • Making Head Way in Sport

Additional Team BC Athlete Eligibility - Athlete Criteria
  • Develop and maintain a Yearly Training Plan (in partnership with you head coach)

  • Complete Novice Referee Training

Please review the athlete eligibility rules here if you plan to participate in the BCSSA. ​​​

Team BC Selection Criteria

​Athlete selection will be based on, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Technical competence (foundational and position-specific skills)

  • Fitness and physical capacities (speed, endurance, agility, aerobic capacity, mobility)

  • Tactical competence (decision-making, awareness, positional flexibility, reading the play)

  • Attitude (cooperation, receptiveness to feedback, adjustment to different skills and tactics, respect for players, coaches, officials, and support staff)

  • Team orientation (ability to connect with and respect teammates and coaches, influence team environment in a positive manner, demonstrate inclusivity and collaboration)

  • Competitive ability (temperament, resilience, commitment, performing under pressure, coping with obstacles, response to feedback)

  • Team balance (playing positions and age composition)

Team BC Selection Policy

Please visit this page for more detailed information on the Team BC Selection Policy. 

Athlete Carding

Canadian Sport Institute Pacific Athlete Carding will be managed through the Provincial Training Centre. Please visit this page for more detailed information and the Water Polo West CSI Athlete Criteria. 


Evaluations, Training and Events:

Water Polo West has worked to schedule NDC-BC and Team BC sessions that do not conflict with club events or overload athlete training and competition schedules. As the PSO re-launches the Provincial Team Program and builds relationships with local facilities, the goal is to establish a consistent schedule that supports athlete development. 

2023/24 schedule:


  • Water Polo Canada National Provincial Championships (Montreal, Quebec) - July 2nd to 7th, 2024 

    • 15U Female

    • 15U Male

    • 19U Female

    • 19U Male

Summer 2024 schedule:

The goal for June and July is weekly training for Team BC groups in preparation for National Championships. Final schedules and registration costs will depend on facilities.

The estimated cost for National Championships in Montreal is $1700 plus flight cost (per athlete). This estimation includes accommodation, transportation, food, registration fees, etc. Water Polo West intends to be as cost-effective as possible and would explore fundraising opportunities to help reduce cost for athletes and their families.

Please note that while the NDC-BC and Team BC programs are re-building, Water Polo West is scheduling and pricing sessions as the bookings are secured with facilities.

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