Downey water polo hosting summer camp for kids

DOWNEY – The Downey High School water polo program is offering a summer training program and is looking for interested and driven boys and girls to build the water polo team.

Splash ball is for kids ages 7-9 years old and an introduction to water polo is for ages 10-13. The camp will take place from June 18 through July 18, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. at the Warren High School pool.

Campers need to bring a swimsuit and towel. The cost will be $60 ($10 for splashball membership online and $50 payment to Admiral Water Polo).

Splashball is the t-ball of water polo. Water polo is a unique sport that requires skills in swimming and treading water. In splashball, athletes stand in a shallow area of the pool and enjoy all of the fun that comes with water polo while building their aquatic skills.

Splashball requirements require a splashball membership with USA water polo and for kids to be at least 42 inches tall. The introduction to water polo requirements are a splashball membership with USA water polo and the ability to swim a 25-yard lap.

The benefits of splashball and introduction to water polo include: water safety skills, being a part of a team, cultivating your child’s health and fitness, learning the culture of the sport, developing valuable teamwork skills useful in and outside the realm of the water polo community and to meet new friends in a fun and safe environment.

The goal of this ongoing event is to develop a culture of water polo and start a competitive, year-round water polo team. Any questions may be directed to Downey High School water polo coach Uriel Villa at

The Downey High School girls’ cheer team will be hosting their annual cheer camp.

Cheer practices started the week of June 3 and conclude on August 7. Practices are being held Mondays and Wednesdays from 12-3 p.m. There will be no cheer camp the first three weeks in July due to the C.I.F. mandated “dead period.”

Cheer camp is scheduled for July 24-27 and the last week of cheer practice will be the week of August 5. Fall classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 14.

Any questions regarding Downey girls’ cheer may be directed to cheer advisor Ashley Rauls at

The Downey High School boys’ tennis program will begin its summer practice schedule next week.

Practices are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 18 and will run through Thursday, July 25. Practices will be held from 4-6 p.m. on the tennis courts at Downey High School.

Any questions may be directed to head coach Byung Park at Coach Park and his staff hope to see you on the tennis courts at Downey High next week.

Summer camps and practices are in full swing at Downey High School. Summer session classes have begun as well. Fall sports will be here before you know it and so will the 2019-20 academic school year.

The Warren High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams are currently holding summer camps inside the gymnasium at Warren High School.

The boys summer camp is taking place this week from 2-4 p.m. and the girl’s summer camp is also taking place this week from 9 a.m. to noon.

Any questions for the boys basketball program may be directed to head coach Zaiid Leflore at and any questions for the girls basketball program may be directed to head coach Rachel Palmer at

Photo courtesy of head coach Lily Dussan

Photo courtesy of head coach Lily Dussan

WARREN GIRLS SOCCER: The Warren High School girls’ soccer program finished its summer soccer camp last week. Head coach Lily Dussan mentioned that more than 80 student-athletes participated in the camp.

Girls took part in drills, skill training, and scrimmages from June 4-7.

WARREN GIRLS TENNIS: Tryouts for the Warren High School girls’ tennis team took place June 4-5 at the Warren High tennis courts.

Summer camp will run from Aug. 5-7 from 8-10 a.m. and Aug. 8-9 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Any questions regarding girls’ tennis at Warren High School may be directed to head coach Mary Starksen at

The GetFit summer fitness camp is currently in session on the track and in the pool at Warren High School.

The camp is open to elementary, middle and high school female students. The camp began Monday and will run through June 21. GetFit runs from 7-11 a.m. daily.

The GetFit program is “a comprehensive fitness camp that offers instruction in the areas of aerobic and strength conditioning, mobility, nutrition and goal setting.” The camp also “provides a foundation for any sport but puts an emphasis on cross country and track and field.”

The Getfit camp also maintains that “many girls join the fitness camp having little experience and become amazing athletes in no time at all.” So, “if you want to get into shape, be challenged and set new goals for the summer, then join the GetFit summer program.”

The camp also makes a day trip to hike inside Griffith Park. The GetFit camp is also great for soccer, softball and basketball players looking to fine tune their current fitness levels.

The GetFit summer camp offers endurance, speed, aqua training, strength and mobility training and team bonding. The GetFit camp also features Olympic guest speakers, having fun, goal setting, a day trip to Griffith Park, life skills, diet and nutrition and offers food and refreshments daily.

Any questions regarding the GetFit summer camp may be directed to camp director Jay Waldron at, or by phone at (562) 544-3373. Coach Waldron and his staff hope to see you at the GetFit fitness camp this summer.

SportsMark Fetter