Youth water polo players in and around Pleasanton now have a new league available to hone their skills, with the Triton Water Polo Club launching its opening season this spring based out of the Foothill High School pool.
Created to cater to athletes in this part of the Tri-Valley, the Triton club is offering boys teams this summer during its inaugural season and plans to expand with girls teams next winter.
"Water polo is one of the fastest growing sports in America. There is a wealth of talent in the south Tri-Valley area that is currently not being developed," Triton president Alex Lazzereschi said in a statement.
"The Triton Water Polo Club was established to develop that talent and to serve as a pipeline for sending experienced players to the local high school programs and colleges," Lazzereschi added. "There is no reason why the southern Tri-Valley high school programs cannot be powerhouse programs similar to those in the northern Tri-Valley area."
Triton formally launched its season on May 20, opening registration for its boys' teams for 12-and-under (12U), 14U, 16U and 18U this summer. The signup window runs through June 25.
The club offers an experienced coaching staff designed to guide players' development from beginners through advanced skills, plus specialized coaching for goalies is available, according to Lazzereschi. No prior water polo experience is required.
With practices held weekdays, all age groups will compete in tournaments around the Bay Area on the weekends. A goal for all teams will be to qualify for the National Junior Olympic Water Polo Tournament held in July 20-23 in Orange County, club officials said.
The club is also sponsoring the popular Tony Azevedo Shooting and Goalie Clinic coming to Pleasanton on July 9-11 at Amador Valley High. Led by five-time U.S. Olympian Tony Azevedo, the clinic will be open to all Bay Area water polo players, with space limited to 60 spots each for boys and girls.
To learn more about the summer clinic and the club overall, visit Triton's website at www.tritonwaterpolo.com.