Patriots Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1 Is Patriot Aquatics affiliated with Beckman High School?
A1 No, Patriot Aquatics is an independent, private, non-profit swim team and water polo team.
Q2 Does Patriot Aquatics receive free use of the Beckman High School pool?
A2 No, Patriot Aquatics rents the use of the pool from the Tustin Unified School District.  Monthly fees range between $3,000-$5,000, depending on our usage that month.
Q3 If I participate in a Patriot Aquatics program, am I guaranteed to make the swim or water polo team at my high school?
A3 No, but your chances are much improved if you are in shape and have been learning the technical aspects of your respective sport.
Q4 Are the fees, schedule, and programming valid and guaranteed for a certain length of time?
A4 Although Patriot Aquatics tries not to abruptly change our fees, schedule, and programming, we reserve the right to do so at any time, without notice, and at the sole discretion of our coaches, board, and admin. team.
Q5 Does Patriot Aquatics prorate fees?
A5 No, Patriot Aquatics does not prorate fees. If you go On Hold and come back, we do not prorate your dues.  Dues for the entire month are required.  Unfortunately, this rule exists because people try to go on and off the team to set their own schedule and create a discount for themselves for when their athlete is not available.  From a business perspective, this doesn’t work for us.  Also, depending on your longevity with the team, a re-activation fee may apply.
Q6 Are Patriot Aquatics fees refundable?
A6 No, Patriot Aquatics fees are non-refundable. Once you have paid the dues, we don’t refund them so you can join a different program or just quit.  We base our coaching staff and pool usage time on who is enrolled and paid up.  These fixed costs don’t go down if someone quits.
Q7 Are Patriot Aquatics fees transferrable to another session, to another athlete, or to another program?
A7 No, Patriot Aquatics fees are non-transferable. This means if you pay for swimming in a given month, we don’t transfer fees: to a different month; to a different athlete; or to a different program (like water polo).  Again, we have to plan for staffing, pool usage, and tournament entries, and can’t have people randomly switching around.  It is much better to switch at the quarter.
Q8 Who needs a USAWP Membership?
A8 Anyone who is in one of our water polo practices MUST have a USAWP Membership, even if it’s only to try it out for one day.  This is due to insurance and liability reasons.  Our Swim Team members do NOT need a USAWP membership, as they are under a different program.
Q9 What is the difference between my account being Current, On Hold, or Inactive?
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CURRENT: If your account is Current, that means your athlete is a current member in-good-standing of the club, and may enjoy all the benefits of club membership for the program in which they are currently enrolled. 

ON HOLD: If your account is On Hold, that means that your account will not be charged monthly or quarterly dues, but may be subject to an On Hold fee or re-activation fee upon your return, depending upon the circumstances of your account.  On Hold means your athlete is planning on returning to our program.  While On Hold, you may not participate in any club activities.

INACTIVE: If your account is Inactive, that means you are never returning to our club due to quitting altogether, moving, graduating out, etc.

Q10 If my athlete is On Hold, can he participate in a tournament with the team?
A10 No, On Hold athletes may not participate in any club activity while On Hold.
Q11 We’re new to the sport of water polo – where can we get more info on rules, etc.?
A11 Veteran Water Polo Parents, you can go take a nap.  Not sure if you’re a veteran?  If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you are a veteran:  Do you always carry nail-clippers with you in case your player gets called during the game for allegedly scratching?  Do you know the difference between being majored or being rolled?  Do you “follow the whistle” when you’re lost at a game?  Is the USAWP website a favorite in your browser?  To learn more about water polo rules, go here.
Q12 How is summer water polo structured, and what should we expect? 
A12 Typically, players do their high school water polo program with their school in the mornings.  Then, players go to their club teams in the evenings.  Their club team is who they compete at JO’s with.  Your high school team may be entered in a high school summer league and may have a varsity tournament.  Your club may be entered in summer tournaments like JO Quals and JO’s.
Q13 What happens when the high school boys and girls are in season?
A13 High school water polo players DO NOT play club water polo while in season! This is mandated by CIF. The schedules are:
  • Boys: Fall is High School Water Polo Season, and all boys high school water polo teams go dark in the Fall.  There are no club dues during the Fall (however, you are encouraged to donate what you would have paid for dues to your high school boosters club!). Boys club play is held in Spring, Summer, and Winter sessions.
  • Girls: Winter is High School Water Polo Season, and all girls high school water polo teams go dark in the Winter.  There are no club dues during the Winter (you are encouraged to donate what you would have paid for dues to your high school boosters club!). Girls club play is held in the Spring, Summer, and Fall sessions.
Q14 How do I access the Patriot Shutterfly galleries to upload my pictures and download photos?
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We are providing access to the Patriot Shutterfly account for Patriot water polo families and coaches only. We have done this to maintain the integrity of the photos that many of our volunteer parents spend countless hours taking, and uploading to our galleries.

To access the Patriot Shutterfly photo galleries, please first visit: https://patriotaquatics.shutterfly.com/. If you already have a Shutterfly account, it will give an option to request access to the site.  If you do not have an account, just sign up with the information requested (name, email address, password) and then request access to the Patriot site. To speed up the approval process, please mention your player, team, and who you are “Johnny Speedo, 14U boys, I’m Jeff – his Dad”. Once access is granted, you can download the photos and/or order prints.

Please note that by uploading photos into our Shutterfly account you are also releasing these to be used for social media and marketing purposes for the Patriot Aquatics program. Also, we do not give individual credit for photos but you will be recognized at some point as a photo contributor, so thank you!

Q15 Are donations to Patriot Aquatics tax-deductible?
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Yes! Patriot Aquatics is classified as a public charity under Internal Revenue Code 501 (c) (3) and as such, contributions made to Patriot Aquatics are tax deductible under Section 170 of the Code. Contributions may also include: bequests, devises, transfers, or gifts. Please contact us for any questions or if you need more information about our status.

For all tax deductions, please reference the Patriot Aquatics EIN: 46-4717536