Player Pathway

Barracudas Water Polo Club is the only Club in Queensland that offers all level of participation through its ranks and as such is able to provide players with a home for life where they can grow into players who enjoy the game socially or those who aim for the highest of levels. Blessed with top coaches at all levels, the Barracudas are unique and over the club’s existence this player pathway has produced some of the nation’s and world’s finest players.

PlayerPathway

Panda Polo

Panda Polo is for 5 to 7 year olds and is conducted in a Learn To Swim pool where children can touch the bottom and “love to play” with modified rules such as catching with two hands.

This program is being reviewed. Please follow our FaceBook page for updates to this program.

Little League

Little League is for 8 to 12 year olds where children “learn to play” by using their swimming skills and start integrating ball and team work skills. Panda Polo and Little League kids can both compete in regular Little League tournaments to start experiencing game situations.

Register here for both Panda Polo and/or Little League programs.

This program is being reviewed. Please follow our FaceBook page for updates to this program.

Junior Program

The Junior skills program encompasses 10 to 17 year olds and aims to further develop and refine players’ skills. Teams in each age group (U12 to U18) will be entered into the BWPI competition. The program aims to include and provide an enjoyable season to players of all skill levels and abilities within the capacity of the clubs resources. Junior players will have the option to play up in an older age group where their skill level and ability is sufficient. All Barras registered players are eligible for additional representative opportunities such as representing Barras at Club Nationals (14 & under and 16 & Under) each year, or representing Queensland at those age groups as well as 18 & Under. The program provides a player pathway to senior elite and representative levels as well as a platform for players to enjoy the sport at a more social level.

Senior Program

The senior program aims to provide an avenue for senior athletes to continue to play and enjoy the sport as well as a development competition for talented juniors. It is recommended that juniors in the U18 division who are striving for state or national team selection also play in the senior competition.

National League

The National League is the club’s elite program that works with the top senior players and fields a Men’s and Women’s team to compete Australian National Water Polo League (NWPL) – the highest level of domestic water polo competition in the country. Barracudas are one of twelve clubs who hold a licence to compete in this competition.  The National League program includes an intense training and playing schedule over a period of 8 months starting in September and concluding in May each year. Entry to the program is by invitation and the National League coaches keep a watchful eye on the Club’s Junior ranks to target talented and dedicated players. If you are a rising young talent in the club, don’t be shy to let your coach know of your dreams to represent at the highest level so we can advise you of the best pathway for you. Read our National League page for more information.