Kern High School District pondering adding water polo as a sport

Posted at 8:52 PM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 23:52:28-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County School District may be adding water polo as a district sport as soon as fall 2020.

On Monday, Jan. 6 the Board of Trustees will hear a plan regarding the implementation of water polo as a California Interscholastic Federation sport. At a meeting held in Dec. 2019, Catherine Lugo who oversees the Aquatic Center Program argued these points for the addition of the sport:

  • Nine to 10 schools would be open to joining by fall 2020.
  • Fall would have water polo while spring would continue with swimming and diving.
  • Four to five other schools were interested but want to wait to see how games and logistics are handled.
  • They'd start promoting now during swim meets and swim season.
  • There would be a Summer League held at the new Kern Aquatics Complex next to Independence High School. The league would host training for players, coaches and officials.
  • New aquatics complex could host up to eight teams during the Fall season.
  • If at least four high schools join it would create their own league to cut down on travel and expenses.

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