How to get recruited for men's water polo

Best Water Polo Colleges for Men

Men’s scholarships for water polo are extremely limited because the sport is offered at very few colleges. That’s why learning exactly how the men’s water polo recruiting process works from a trusted resource like NCSA is essential.


When does the men’s water polo recruiting process start?

1. The men’s water polo recruiting process should begin your freshman year. You should begin looking for a men’s water polo scholarship as early as freshman year. There are fewer than 50 men’s college water polo programs and competition for men’s scholarships for water polo is extremely high. It’s never too early to start the recruiting process.


How do I get discovered?

2. A third-party evaluation from a trusted neutral source like NCSA is important and it’s essential to play club water polo. You gain instant exposure and credibility when college men’s water polo coaches can identify you as a prospect using online tools from a trusted resource like NCSA. When trying to earn a men’s water polo scholarship, playing club water polo and in summer tournaments are also important ways to show off your skills in the pool.


How do coaches evaluate water polo prospects?

3. The Internet is your best tool when trying to earn a men’s water polo scholarship. The best way that a college water polo coach can evaluate you, without spending money on travel, is the Internet. A third-party evaluator like NCSA offers easy access to your video highlights and statistics and helps water polo coaches find players that fit their system. The Junior Olympic Water Polo championships, held in late summer, are a good place to be seen live by coaches. But it’s best if the coaches know who you are before they get there.


Where am I qualified to play water polo?

4. Less than 25 colleges offer men’s water polo at the Division I level. Water polo scholarships aren’t easy to come by. Few schools offer the sport and those that do tend to be colleges with very high academic standards. NCSA is an experienced neutral talent evaluator, and can tell you where you’re most likely to find success.


What is my coach’s role?

5. Your coach can help with your development in the pool, but getting a scholarship for water polo is your responsibility. Your high school or club water polo coach is probably too busy to be able to dedicate the time that the water polo recruiting process requires. Managing the water polo recruiting process is your job.


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