FAQ’s

Q. Our club hasn’t played canoe polo before, can we enter the league?

Yes, the sole purpose of these leagues is to get more people and more clubs enjoying canoe polo. Division 4 has been designed with this in mind, to provide entry level canoe polo competition for clubs and individuals new to the sport. Canoe polo equipment can be loaned to teams for use in our tournaments upon request.

Q. I’m not part of a club or team, how can I find people to play polo with?

Check out our Regional Clubs page to see a list of who plays polo near you, if we have their website address or contact details there should be a link to it.

Q. What are the tournament Dates?

All tournament dates will be published when they are booked, they have been booked with the National League dates, by the same people, so they will not clash. All dates are provisional until they are confirmed by the divisonal organiser at the start of the season. If you have some dates that you do not what to attend, for whatever reason, please include the dates on your entry form and well do our best to work around them.

Q. Who has set up this league?

Manchester Wildcatz as a club, with support from NW Paddlesport and the National Canoe Polo Committee have set up this league. It is hoped that the leagues will provide a framework for a regional canoe polo committee, which will eventually take responsibility for the leagues. This accompanying website has also been created to represent canoe polo as a sport in north west & central England and north Wales.

Q. Why North West and Central?

Both regions on their own do not poses a large enough number of teams to run separate league structures. The merging of the regions creates a large & varied league capable of running 4 separate divisions. In this way, it is possible that teams will face new opponents that play in a different area group in the National League. It is our intention to split Division 4 into two local divisions when there are enough teams to warrant this.

Q. Does every player need to have BCU Comprehensive Membership. 

No, only National ranking events require BCU comprehensive Membership. 3rd party insrurance is required and If you are a member of a BCU affiliated club, member of a univeristy club which provides insurance, or have alternative 3rd party liability insurance you are already covered.

Q. Do we need to have qualified referees?

For Division 1 we would like at least a G3 referee to attend. Each team is required to provide a referee to referee after their games. For Div2-4 this does not need to be a qualified referee. Their will be a referee course run for the region at least every 2 years.

Q. How many teams can we have in each division

Each club can have two teams in each division. Some clubs may prefer to do this as it makes things easier in terms of logistics. Its recommend for university clubs and clubs with large youth and novice players.

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2019/20 Season Entries are Open

The entry form for the 2019/2020 season can be found here

Please read all information prior to making your entry so that you are fully informed of the requirements from your team when entering the league.
We are aiming to run all divisions in a similar format this season, with 5 tournaments and teams expected to attend 4 of the 5 dates.

Entry deadlines are as follows:

  • Discounted entry deadline – 15/08/2019
  • Admin fee entry deadline (entry cost plus £30 admin fee) – 01/09/2019
  • All fees are to be received at the latest by the 07/09/2019.

CALL FOR LEAGUE ORGANISERS

As you know, the committee is a small one – we are therefore asking for your assistance in helping to run the league this year. I currently have two volunteers who have offered to act as league organisers, however a further two individuals would be appreciated to ease the burden of running the divisions. I would be grateful if you would be able to circulate this request to your members in case any of them are interested. The role requires around 2 hours of work prior to the start of the season and a further hour prior to each tournament to prepare. You will not be required to attend tournaments as long as there is someone there on the evening to help run things and the tournament box is at the venue. You will also get the division polo ball to keep at the end of the season (in case that is any motivation)! If you/ anyone within your club is interested in volunteering, please contact leagues_coordinator@nwcpololeague.co.uk for details.

he committee is a small one – we are therefore asking for your assistance in helping to run the league this year. I currently have two volunteers who have offered to act as league organisers, however a further two individuals would be appreciated to ease the burden of running the divisions. I would be grateful if you would be able to circulate this request to your members in case any of them are interested. The role requires around 2 hours of work prior to the start of the season and a further hour prior to each tournament to prepare. You will not be required to attend tournaments as long as there is someone there on the evening to help run things and the tournament box is at the venue. You will also get the division polo ball to keep at the end of the season (in case that is any motivation)! If you/ anyone within your club is interested in volunteering, please contact leagues_coordinator@nwcpololeague.co.uk for details.

REFEREEING 

Within the region it has been acknowledged that there is a lack of practically qualified referees, both at lower and higher levels. The committee, with the assistance of higher qualified referees is attempting to address this problem over the course of the next seasons. The aim is to run a referee course in the North West at some point during the season (hopefully near the start), with regular opportunities for assessment and signposting to assessors throughout the remainder of the season.  With this in mind, please ask your members if they wish to either attend a referees course or undergo practical assessment (regardless of the Grade) and email Chris Tighe (secretary@nwcpololeague.co.uk) with the number of individuals who wish to attend a course/ be assessed and the team name.  Further communication with details of the referee course and opportunities for assessment will be circulated prior to the start of the season.


If you have any additional queries prior to making your entries please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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