• Women's Water
Why Play Polo
at Merced College?
- A Good
Education - General education classes at a junior college are
just as good as those taken at a university and will transfer to private,
CSU and UC campuses. Any student who completes the necessary units with
a 2.8 or better will automatically be accepted into the State University
system. Junior colleges also offer Associate of Arts degrees for students
who want to specialize in a particular subject area.
Chance to Play Polo - NCAA scholarships in polo are very rare.
For most Freshman or Sophomores at a four year school, playing time
is limited to scrimmages and “B” games. Community College
offer a competitive arena for athletes to participate while they improve
their skills and then move up to a four year school as a junior. 18
JC teams compete in Northern California and 36 compete in the South.
The top 4 teams from the North compete against the top 4 teams from
the South for the State Championship.
- An Affordable
Start - A UC can cost about $16,000 a year and a private college
can cost as much as $30,000. A junior college costs about $6500 for
everything (college and living expenses). For those who are a bit short
on money or don’t want to take out four years of student loans
(between $50,000 and $100,00)... a community college is a great alternative.
After completing two years of general education classes at a junior
college, two years of student loans are much easier to work with and
- A Chance
to Adjust to College Life - Many students have a had time adjusting
to college life. A big school can often times be overwhelming. Frat
life and partying can often ruin a students first few years in school.
Some don’t like being so far away from home and old friends. Many
students go away to school only to find that after two years they have
spent a great deal on money but have very little to show for it and
have to make up classes. What ever the reason, junior college can offer
an easier transition to college life.
- Your Education
Comes First - The most important thing for athletes at Merced
College is to stay on top of their studies. Merced does not have “red
shirt” or other programs to keep athletes around just to play
polo. Hopefully students will be successful for two years then move
on to a four year school to earn a Bachelor’s Degree and possibly
continue playing polo.
- Small Schools...
Lots of Attention - Merced College is a smaller school which
provides a lot of personalized attention for each athlete. Professor
to student ratios are low and the school has labs and tutorial programs
set up to help all students. The polo team averages about 14 players
which means more attention from the coaching staff and probably more
of Excellence - The Merced College Women’s Water Polo
program is considered one of the top Community College programs in the
state. Although only being in the Bay Valley Conferce since 1996, the
Merced College teams have dominated the Nor-Cal teams for the past seven
years. The Blue Devils won the conference championship in 1996, 1998,
2001, 2002 and were runner up in 1997. Both the 96 & 97 teams won
the Northern California Championships. The past six years Merced College
Women placed 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 3rd in the state championships.
The Blue Devils have an impressive over all record of 180-47. The 2001and
2002 womens team finished 3rd in the state. Currently the 2003 team
is ranked in the top 3 in California. The success of the womens program
at Merced College can be measured by the many recruits that go on to
play major college division I water polo.
- Make Merced
College Your Next Step! - If you're considering playing polo
at Merced College, please take a moment to complete our Water
Polo recruitment form .