Metro Aquatic League Eligibility

We are an Aquatic Team, consisting of both Water Polo and Swimming combined. Note that playing Water Polo in a manner that makes you ineligible also removes your eligibility from Swimming, and vice versa. Not Eligible applies to the entire Aquatic Team, both Water Polo and Swimming, regardless. For further questions regarding eligibility, contact the League Director. Because of the emphasis on fun and continued learning of the competitive aquatic basics, there will be eligibility requirements. Those requirements are as follows:

  • Any individual who has practiced or competed with a United States Swimming or Water Polo Team after January 1st of the current calendar year is not currently eligible. (This includes High School Water Polo)
  • A participant must be able to cross the length of the pool without stopping or assistance.
  • Participants should have a basic understanding of all four strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) with a proficiency in freestyle and backstroke.
  • Any individual who participates in the Sundance Aquatic League is not eligible. (THIS RESTRICTION HAS BEEN LIFT FOR THE 2021 SEASON ONLY)
  • Any swimmer who has met New Mexico Swimming State qualifying times is not eligible.
  • Any Water Polo Player who has played or competed for NMWP or any USWP team after January 1, 2022 is not eligible for Metro water polo.
  • Any participant that has swam or played water polo for a high school is not eligible.
  • Any participant who has attended their freshman year of high school or above is not eligible. (e.g. if you have started any high school classes before the start of summer Metro League, you are ineligible)
  • Any participant who is currently employed by the City of Albuquerque Aquatics Section in any capacity is not eligible.
  • Any participant who is 15 years old or older by the Metro League Water Polo Championship Tournament or the  City District Swim meet is not eligible.
  • A swimmer’s age as of June 1st will determine the age group in which that swimmer will compete. (e.g. If you turn 11 on June 2nd you will swim with the 9-10 age group. If you turn 11 on June 1st you will swim with the 11-12 age group.)
  • Violations of these rules will result in penalties such as forfeiture of water polo games or disqualification from all Metro Aquatic League Swimming activities. Please take the time to insure that your information is correct. By doing so, you are insuring that everyone will have a fair environment in which to compete.
  • Please note that after you have signed the Parents Code of Conduct you agree to these eligibility rules and the code of conduct.

These criteria were formed over several years, with input USS certified coaches, USWP coaches, and several City of Albuquerque League Directors. They are designed to maximize our participation, while retaining our goals of being an entry level program, and being fair for everyone. We want children who are capable of participating at the higher level of USS or USWP to remain there and learn. While they may enjoy being the "star" of a Metro League team, in reality, this can hurt their confidence when they compete at a higher level, can teach them bad habits that take their coaches many months to break, and can frustrate and confuse the participant.