Age Determining Date: The actual age of the competitor as of 31 December 2018. Ages will need to be verified by Passport of official federation identification with photo included.
Team Gender: The 2018 Pan American Masters Championship are open to master’s club registered with the member Federations of UANA. The teams entered may be Men’s Club Teams and Women’s Club teams. Women may be members of the men’s teams.
Team Age Group: The age of the youngest member of the team determines the age group of the team. There are no restrictions on the ages of the players older than the youngest player on the team. Age groups for teams, both men and women, are five-year intervals beginning with 30. i.e. 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, and five year increments as high as necessary. If there are fewer than three teams entered in an age group they will be offered the opportunity to compete in the next youngest age group.
Training Opportunities: Training opportunities will be available at the YMCA Aquatic Center on Saturday 4 August 2018. Requests for training may be made by written request prior to arrival, or on arrival at the competitor registration desk for water polo. Further training opportunities will be announced at the technical meeting.
Warm Up: Athletes must enter the water using extreme caution. All Athletes who do not comply with the safety rules set out by the organization or guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct, may be sanctioned by the tournament committee and/or the UANA Masters Technical committee.
Equipment: Teams will be responsible for providing their own practice and warm up water polo balls. The Organizing Committee will provide the competition match balls, which will be the officials FINA water polo balls. Game caps must be brought by the team, but teams may use their own caps, provided the numbers on caps conform to FINA rule WP4. Note: MWP 5.1 provides for a list of 15 players in master’s water polo Composition of Team: FINA Masters Water Polo latest rules apply to this competition. Please ensure that the composition of a team complies with MWP 4 and the numbers of players complies with MWP5.
Periods of Matches: FINA WP11 Rules apply with the following exceptions:
As for category 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+ each of the four periods shall have the duration of seven minutes of actual play; the time of ball possession shall be 35 seconds.
As for the category 50+, 55+, 60+ and the following ones , each of the four periods shall have the duration of six minutes of actual play; the time of ball possession shall be 35 seconds.
For example, a team may list up to 15 players on their team entry form to participate in any game of this tournament, i.e. seven players and 8 reserves. A player may only represent one club in the competition and all players must be registered with the same club. However, a player may represent that club on two teams but in this case each of the must have nine players that are only on the roster for that team.
Competition Format: The competition format will depend on the number of teams entered in each age group. If there are fewer than three teams entered in a age group, the teams will be contacted to determine if they are willing to play in the next youngest age group. If there are not enough teams in an age group, that age group will be combined with the next most appropriate age group as determined by the tournament director and play through that age group keeping separate rankings. Brackets and placements will be at the discretion of the tournament director. Each age group will have separate final placement and awards.
Reporting: It is the responsibility of each team to be ready to play at least 15 minutes prior to the designated starting time for their match. Teams arriving later than 5 minutes after the designate start time for their match will forfeit the match, with the match awarded to the opponent with the goal score of 5-0.
Medals: A maximum of 15 medals, dependent upon the size of the team entered, will be awarded to teams placing 1st- 3rd in each division (each player on the team will receive a medal).
*Athlete login will be available in 2018. A limited set of changes to original registration will be available to athletes at this time only. Please make sure all registrations are as accurate as possible during your initial registration.
Entry Procedure and Fee: Each player registers under team name. One player or coach will pay the additional team fee of $200. Team Fee: $200 per team without Referee $50 per team with Referee Individual Registrations Fee Schedule (Registration Fee Per Athlete): Nov 1-Dec 31, 2017: $80.00 Jan 1- March 31, 2018: $90.00 April 1-June 30th, 2018: $100.00