The USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program National Championships will have a new location come 2017 and 2018 as the ODP pipeline will flow through the Tri-Valley area of Northern California. After considering five locations throughout the United States, USA Water Polo will bring the country's preeminent age group water polo development events to the Tri-Valley, a four city cluster just 45 minutes east of San Francisco. Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon will serve as the championship venue for both the boy's and girl's competition with dates to be announced for each event.
In addition to Dougherty Valley High School, ODP athletes will compete at Las Positas College, Robert Livermore Community Center, Amador Valley High School, Foothill High School and San Ramon Valley High School. This marks USA Water Polo's first return to the Tri-Valley for a major event since the USA Women's National Team met China in an exhibition match at Dougherty Valley High School in the Summer of 2010.
"We are so excited to host USA Water Polo in the Tri-Valley. It is a perfect fit for our pool facilities and our weather. The participants and their fans will have a great time exploring our other assets like wine country, premium shopping and great California cuisine," said Barbara Steinfeld, President of Visit Tri-Valley.
"The Tri-Valley area in Northern California is an ideal spot for the ODP National Championships. The region is home to a large contingency of water polo families, and the history of high-level water polo in Northern California speaks for itself. We are excited about the strong proposal put forth by Tri-Valley and look forward to our partnership over the next couple years of this event." said John Abdou, USA Water Polo High Performance Director.
The 2016 USA Water Polo ODP National Championships kicked off with boy's competition in Riverside, CA. The girl's competition conclude championships on the weekend of March 12-13.
About USA Water Polo: USA Water Polo, Inc. is the national governing body for water polo in America, overseeing our United States Olympic program as well as 20 different championship events annually, such as Junior Olympics and Masters National Championships. With more than 40,000 members, USAWP is also the sanctioning authority for more than 500 Member Clubs and more than 400 tournaments nationwide. USAWP is committed to the development of the sport throughout the US. It fosters grass-roots expansion of the sport, providing a national system of affiliated clubs, certified coaches and officials.
About the Tri-Valley: Nestled in the hills 45 minutes east of San Francisco, the Tri-Valley enjoys an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, making it “the sunny side of the Bay.” But it’s not just the incredible weather that makes it a popular getaway for Silicon Valley millionaires. The confluence of three valleys holds four cities: Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and the town of Danville. The award winning wineries, charming downtowns and shops in the Tri-Valley will leave you refreshed and inspired.
• San Francisco International Airport (SFO) – 46 miles
• Oakland International Airport (OAK) – 20 miles
• San Jose International Airport (SJC) – 31 miles
Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART) is the leading transportation system when traveling in from the San Francisco or Oakland airports. BART conveniently includes stops in Pleasanton and Dublin directly from the San Francisco and Oakland airports.