Navy Aquatic Club (AC) Water Polo is a non-profit organization that is open to the public.
Water polo is a fun and physically invigorating sport, combining swimming and ball handling along with great teamwork. Water polo is most frequently played throughout California, similar to the way lacrosse is played on the east coast.
Established in 1982, Navy AC water polo has a rich history of developing and producing successful student-athletes and leaders, many of whom who have gone on to successful collegiate careers and several who have represented the USA in international competitions and even the Olympics.
During the practices and games, athletes are given individual and team instruction to prepare them to compete in local, regional, and national tournaments. Coach Mladen Stanicic coaches the Division I, Naval Academy midshipmen as well as the club level athletes.
Navy AC is open to anyone in Maryland and Virginia. Many of our current members live in Annapolis, Arnold, Baltimore, Crownsville, Kent Island, and Severna Park. Our Claude Moore members are from the Loudoun County and Northern Virginia area.
Boys and girls, ages 8 to 18 are welcome to come to either the Naval Academy or our Claude Moore facility in Virginia and try it out before making any commitment.
The program runs 11 months of the year with several breaks corresponding to the school calendar. Athletes are divided by age and skill level into one of three groups; novice, juniors, seniors. As athletes progress, they will graduate to the next appropriate level.
Practices take place at Macdonough Hall in Scott Natatorium at the US Naval Academy. Interested families without a military I.D. or parking pass will not be able to drive on base. Parking is available in downtown Annapolis. Enter at the main visitors entrance (Gate 1) with a valid driver’s license and then proceed to Macdonough Hall.
*NEW in 2016! – The Anchors Aweigh League (AAL)*
The Anchors Aweigh League is an in-house league for our Junior Group, which is made up of co-ed 14Us and advanced 12Us. Each team will be coached by two Senior level athletes and games will be refed by the club’s coaches.
The focus of the league is to:
- create a competitive environment for our athletes to continue to have individual and team awareness development
- have our Senior Group athletes to continue to develop leadership skills and become role models to the younger athletes
- bridge the gap between the Senior Group and the Junior Group
- enhance the current club culture at Navy Aquatics Water Polo Club
- create an event that is FUN for everyone involved, something for the athletes to remember and to look forward to in the future.
If you have any additional questions, please see our frequently asked question page. Questions are divided by those for interested families and for families that have recently become members of Navy AC water polo.