Shane Saenz, PsyD, CMPC

Dr. Shane Saenz is a Clinical and Sport Psychologist who has been providing mental health and sport psychology services since 2013. Dr. Saenz has experience working with people from all backgrounds, including treating adults, adolescents, children, families, and athletes, having worked in various settings, such as correctional facilities, university counseling centers, and private practice. He also completed specialized training in Sport Psychology at UC Davis Student Health & Counseling Services (SHCS), where he provided comprehensive services in SHCS, as well as Inter-Collegiate Athletics (ICA).

UC Davis

UC Davis encourages anyone who wants to come forward to report sexual misconduct to contact the Harassment and Discrimination Assistance and Prevention Program (HDAPP) at The Center for Advocacy Resources & Education (CARE) is available to offer confidential support to any survivor of sexual violence or harassment, including survivors in the broader community who have been harmed by members of hte UC Davis community


EMERGE Center for Social and Emotional Learning was founded in 2017 to provide a broad array of social, emotional and psychological services with a primary focus on adolescents and young adults. EMERGE seeks to better engage young people in their own growth process by offering innovative programs and a diverse group of professionals who are skilled and passionate about working with youth. 


Endurance – A Sports and Psychology Center, Inc. provides psychotherapy for children and families. Endurance has offices in Berkeley, Davis, Pinole and Sacramento, California. Dr. Cory Nyamora, the founder and director is a licensed clinical and sports psychologist and endurance sports coach.


Daniel Noble, an assistant coach for UC Davis Men’s Water Polo and coach for Davis Water Polo Club, was arrested Thursday, May 19 by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He is expected to be arraigned Friday, May 20 in federal court in Sacramento on charges related to child pornography.

We echo the sentiments expressed in this morning's UCD statement =>

Davis Water Polo Club is launching an investigation into Noble's actions and whether they may have affected our organization.

Youth protection is our highest priority, and we take this information and the implications very seriously.

If you have information or concerns about this situation, contact Jamey Wright ( or Christine Taylor (




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UC Davis TAPS (Transportation Services) has a ParkMobile app that makes it relatively easy to pay for parking from your phone. Once you setup your account, select your parking zone, vehicle, pay for the day or hour, and go.

  • Summer enforcement hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm from June 16th to September 14th
  • Parking rates are $1.50 per hour or $10.00 per day.

Contact the TAPS office with questions at 530-752-8277 or The TAPS office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm and is located on N. Dairy Road, just north of the Pavillion parking structure and southeast of the ARC.



USA Water Polo is the largest organization in the United States that sanctions non-scholastic water polo competition. USA Water Polo has around 500 clubs and offers multiple playing opportunities including its National Championship events.

Memberships are on a calendar-year basis, and expire on December 31. New & lapsed member registrations purchased between November 1 and December 31, will lock-in current year pricing and will be valid immediately through December 31st of the following year (seasonal and bronze memberships not included). Current members who renew their memberships between November 1 and December 31, will be guaranteed current year pricing and membership will take effect on January 1st, at the end of their current membership.

Follow link to USA Water Polo membership site => here



Visit also our FAQ page or our Contact Us page to send us an email

Practice Session Details – If you haven't yet registered for this season’s Davis Water Polo Club (DWPC) session, go to our Registration page and follow the instructions or contact our registrars, Debra Greenway or Carolyn Walker, at for assistance.

Don’t worry if you’re already booked solid but hopefully your athlete can come out for one of our other sessions. Our rolling practice schedule is roughly 8-weeks on and 4-weeks off. For each session, the coaches also schedule two or three scrimmages/tournaments for each group.

  • Our Fall session runs from September through October. Our Winter session runs from December through early February, with no practices the last two or three weeks of December. Our Spring session runs from March through April. During the school year, practices are generally Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 for our 10U group and 6:30 to 8:00 for our 12U and 14U groups.

  • Our Summer session typically starts just before the Memorial Day weekend and runs through the end of July with JOs being the big summer finale. For our Summer session, practices are Tuesday and Thursday through the end of the school year and then Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday starting at 12:00 or 12:30.

USAWP Membership – In addition to the Club’s session fee you also need to sign up your athlete as a USA Water Polo member (the Gold level is required for JO-related events) in order for your athlete to participate in games and also practices. USAWP essentially provides DWPC with insurance in the event a player is injured. USAWP membership expires at the end of each calendar year.

Once a USAWP member, login and upload a photo of your athlete. After the USAWP member login screen, click on “MY USAWP ACCOUNT” and follow the photo upload instructions.

USAWP also has a birth date verification requirement for all JO athletes, and a player cannot be included on a JO roster unless his/her birth date has been successfully verified in the USAWP system. There is a one-time charge of $5.00 paid online through TC logiQ Secure Website. Follow the Birth Date Verification link also located on the “MY USAWP ACCOUNT” page.



What will I see and hear at a water polo game?

  • Lots of fast action, swimming, treading water (aka eggbeater), physical contact between players, bright yellow ball, coaches directing the action, referees blowing whistles a lot, teams playing offense and defense

  • Game looks similar to NBA basketball (4 quarters, shot clock), with a touch of soccer and hockey mixed in

Players and pool markings

  • 6 field players and 1 goalie per team in the water at the same time

  • Substitute players and coaches sit on a team bench on the pool deck

  • Ejection area is located in the water in front of the team bench

  • Cones marking 2-meter (red), 5-meter (yellow) and mid-pool (white)

People at the table (the “desk”)

  • Just like basketball, these folks operate the game clock, the shot clock, record a summary of the game, and record ejections

  • Usually volunteers

  • Work the desk, it will help you understand more about the game


  • Taken a rules test and gone to clinics to improve skills

  • Calling the game to protect players against injury and maintain integrity of the game

  • Use whistles to communicate to players

  • Use hand signals to indicate/point the direction that the ball is going

More referee stuff

  • Ideally, 2 referees for each game

  • If possible, the 2 referees stand on opposite sides of the pool

  • During play, 1 watches the front court and 1 watches the back court

  • Referees strive to be consistent in their calls for the entire game and tournament


  • 1 whistle = defensive foul, offense gets a free pass (no defense)

  • 2 whistles = offensive foul, defense gets possession and a free pass (turnover)

  • Many whistles means something big just happened, usually a defensive player has been ejected for 20 seconds

Fouls? Like the NBA?

  • No, actually in water polo a whistle means GO!

  • Offense tries to score right after a foul especially at the center forward position (low post in basketball)

  • Should be a lot of movement by offensive players who are trying to use their temporary advantage

What kind of fouls are there in water polo?

  • Ordinary (free pass): minor fouls like reaching for the ball over an opponent who is not holding the ball and who is facing away from the goal

  • Ejection/exclusion/kickout (player removed, plus a free pass): typically, a defensive player who holds, sinks, or pulls back an offensive player who has offensive advantage

  • Penalty (penalty shot): any foul that prevents a probable goal

I saw a foul but the referee did not call it

  • The “Advantage Rule”

  • Referee has to determine the intention of the offense. Where is the next pass? Who is the likely scorer?

  • Referee will not call an ordinary foul if there still is a possibility to play the ball

  • Referees are looking at position, possession and probable goal

  • If the foul will reward the defense, that foul should NOT be called

Ball under

  • The ball CAN go underwater! The rule: to take the whole ball underwater when tackled

  • Tackled?

    • If a player is forced to take the ball under water or they take it under on their own and a defender touches the arm that is holding the ball, then

    • The referee will blow the whistle (twice) and the ball is awarded to the defense (turnover)

Scoring in water polo

  • ENTIRE ball must pass over the goal line in order for a goal to be scored

  • The referee in the front court will usually be standing on or near the goal line as the shot is taken to make sure the entire ball has passed over the goal line

Free throws

  • When taking a free throw, player has time to get balanced and look for a teammate to pass to (referee discretion on the amount of time needed)

  • Defense on the free throw results in an ejection or a penalty shot

  • Free throw awarded outside of 5 meters can be shot (except new JO rules for 12U and 10U age-groups)


  • Wear a different color cap than field players

  • Special privileges:

    • Can touch the ball with two hands

    • Cannot advance beyond the half line

Can a player get kicked out of the entire game?

  • Yes, a player can be removed for the rest of the game for:

    • Misconduct: use of obscene language or gestures, to show disobedience or disrespect to a referee

    • Overaggressive fouling: brutality and fighting

What are the red and yellow cards for?

  • Yellow card is a visible warning to the coach, player or the team for disruptive behavior

  • Red card is issued for disruptive behavior; anyone receiving a red card is removed from the bench and must also miss the next game

What else can I do?

  • Have fun and cheer for your child and team!

  • Volunteer to work the desk

  • Thank your coach!



The university has asked us to remind our families that for the comfort and safety of all user groups animals are prohibited inside Schaal Aquatics Center, with the exception of certified special assistance animals or animals in training.

Additional information on UCD's animals on campus policy can be found at Section 290-90 of the UC Davis Policy and Procedure Manual.



Davis Water Polo Club (the Organization) is committed to promoting the safety and wellbeing of our program participants. The purpose of this policy is to describe requirements placed on those within the Organization who work with Minors – to promote the protection of Minors and to provide the best possible experience for any child in our program.

The behavior of all employees, directors, subcontractors, agents or volunteers of the Organization who may have contact with, interaction with, or responsibility for Minors is expected to align, at all times, with our guidelines related to working with Minors. These guidelines are intended to provide assistance in determining behavior that is and is not appropriate in situations involving Minors.

In general, Minors should not be left unsupervised. It is the responsibility of those who bring Minors to the Organization’s programs to ensure appropriate supervision.


Minor – A minor is anyone under 18 years of age.

Child Abuse – Abuse of a Minor includes serious endangerment of a child’s physical or mental health due to injury by act or omission, including acts of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse includes contacts or interactions between a child and another person when the child is being used as an object of sexual gratification. A child is abused regardless of whether this activity involves explicit force, whether it involves physical contact, whether it is initiated by the child, and whether there is discernible harmful outcome.


Adults should be positive role models for Minors, and act in a caring, honest, respectful and responsible manner that is consistent with the mission and guiding principles of the Organization.

"If you see something, say something." Every member of the Organization has an obligation to report immediately instances or suspected instances of the abuse of or inappropriate interactions with Minors. This includes information about suspected Child Abuse, neglect, or inadequate care provided by any of the Organization’s employees, directors, subcontractors, agents or volunteers who may have contact with, interaction with, or responsibility for Minors.

General supervision – Program leadership should regularly visit all programs to ensure that all activities are well-managed and that guiding principles of the Organization are observed by all in attendance.

Staff to child ratios – The following ratios are directly related to the goals and design of the Organization’s programs:

Participant Age Number of Staff Number of Participants
10 years and younger 1 10
11 to 14 years 1 20
15 to 17 years 1 20

Overnight activities – Parents and not the Organization’s staff should supervise Minors during overnight activities (e.g., weekend tournaments). In general, Minors should not be left unsupervised. It is the responsibility of those who bring Minors to an overnight activity to ensure appropriate supervision.

Bathroom activities – Minor participants should ask permission before using the bathrooms, so that staff and volunteers know who is going to the restroom and when. Staff and volunteers should randomly and periodically monitor bathrooms to ensure that Minors are not lingering there. It is important that staff and volunteers periodically check restrooms so that Minors know that an adult could walk in at any time.

Transition times – Parents are expected to bring Minors no earlier than the start of practice and to pick up Minors no later than the end of practice. In general, Minors should not be left unsupervised. It is the responsibility of those who bring Minors to the Organization’s programs to ensure appropriate supervision.

Other – Additional information can be found at the following websites:



Why water polo?

Water polo athletes are the best physical specimens in sports. No one is better conditioned than water polo players. Water polo is a niche sport with great opportunities in high school. There aren’t tons of 8th graders vying for limited training spots in high school their freshmen year like in other land sports.

Water polo is an Olympic sport. Most of Davis’ athletes go on to play water polo in high school. Almost all of them had fruitful and memorable high school water polo careers. Many colleges offer water polo too. Some of Davis’ athletes have participated on National teams and have had successful college careers as student athletes.

On average, games last 45 minutes and are broken down by 4 quarters. Unlike many youth sports, parents are not required to volunteer. Although we encourage parent participation, we also want you to enjoy watching athletes play. On rare occasions, we will ask for parent volunteers but for the most part, you’ll have the opportunity to watch your child play during scrimmages and games. When the game is over, your athlete is clean, exhausted, and hungry. That’s not always the case with some other sports. And most importantly, it's FUN!

When can I join Davis Water Polo?

We welcome you to Davis Water Polo anytime. Go to our website and review our Calendar to find out what days/times your age group is practicing and introduce yourself to our friendly staff. Or go to the "Contact Us" section of the Davis Water Polo homepage to find detailed contact information. Our water polo seasons and fees are split into four quarters throughout the year. Join anytime.

How do I join Davis Water Polo?

Start by contacting us or visiting us on the pool deck. We will walk you through our automated sign up process and warmly welcome you. Please click on the “Registration” button on this website to get started. But first, please obtain a membership for your player with USA Water Polo. Once you have your new USA Water Polo membership number, go ahead and register at our website.

What are the seasons?

Davis has quarterly sessions: Fall from September to November, Winter from December to February, Spring from March to May, and Summer from June to August. These quarters coincide with our competition schedule. Youth compete often in the Summer. Winter is more about development for youth and less about competition. We highly encourage our players to swim competitively to improve their water polo. Just check the Calendar section of our website for practice times Feel free to contact our coaches directly with any questions.

How old do you have to be to play water polo?

Being comfortable in the water is the primary criterion for playing water polo. Davis has players as young as six years-old. Please inquire with one of our coaches to determine how to ease into our sport. Remember, we have a fun Rugrat, entry-leve program that gives young players a great foundation of the sport while they are doing other sports or getting ready for water polo.

What equipment do we have to purchase or wear?

Ideally,boys will wear either a speedo while girls wear competition or water polo suits. An athlete may acquire a team suit which can be purchased through our website. Girls will find it much easier to play water polo if they keep their hair in a swim cap. In addition, a pair of goggles will come in handy for the workouts that include swim sets. Rules dictate blue caps or white caps depending what color caps the teams is wearing for their game. Basic apparel and other merchandise are available by clicking on the Apparel button on our website.

What USA Water Polo Membership level should I sign up for?

Splashball: 9 and under who are new to water polo. Participation in practices only.

Silver: 10 and older and novice players who would like to practice and participate in local tournaments. Not eligible for National events.

Gold: The "complete" athlete membership; eligible for all USA Water Polo sanctioned activity, including practices, local tournaments, National events (Junior Olympics) and the Olympic Development Program.

Where do I go to sign up for a USA Water Polo Membership?

To sign up for USA Wate Polo memberships go to the following link:

Does Davis Water Polo accept players from out of Davis?

Absolutely. We welcome everyone.

How do I find information about the high school aquatic programs at Davis Senior High School?

Contact either Tracy Stapleton for the boys water polo program and boys and girls swimming. Contact Doug Wright for girls’ water polo. You can find Tracy and Doug's contact information under the Coaches section of this site or contact the high school's athletic director (Jeff Lorenson). Talking to other parents and athlets can also be helpful.

Do you teach kids to swim?

No, we teach them to play water polo. Beginning swimmers should check out Aquadarts, Aquamonsters or Swim America in Davis. Their websites can be found under “links” on our main tool bar.

Do I have to tryout or pass a swim test?

No, but coaches will assess your athlete’s ability to insure they’re placed with the proper group and level.

My player is not the best athlete, but he/she loves water polo? Are you just an Elite program?

Davis Water Polo Club caters to all ability levels and provides athletes with great training and team connections. We try our best to provide opportunities for all our players and carry teams of varying levels. If you ever feel your needs aren't being met, please address your coach privately. If your concerns are not answered, please contact a Board member.

When should we schedule vacations?

The best times for vacations are August (after Junior Olympics) and anytime from mid-November thru April. If you are on a team that is competing for a title, advise your coach about vacation plans months in advance of obligations and commitments.

What are the basic skills of water polo?

Comfort in the water is the most fundamental water polo skill. Swimming is part of that but swimming is considered to be "horizontal." Being able to stay high above the water "vertically" using a leg skill called the “eggbeater” is vital to success. We teach the eggbeater. Learning to handle the ball with one hand is another skill that is important. Water polo is like soccer and basketball played in the water. The object is to score the ball in the goal on offense and prevent the ball from going in the goal on defense. Davis Water Polo Clubbelieves that understanding defense before offense is vital to a player’s ultimate success.

How do I learn the rules of water polo?

Unlike other sports, water polo action does not stop when the whistle blows. Action begins when the whistle blows. The object of the game is to throw the ball in the goal. Goalies can touch the ball with two hands. All other players can only touch the ball with one hand. Fouls create free throws for the person fouled. In some instances, when the person fouled is grossly impeded, the defender has to leave the game for 20 seconds and the offense has a “power play opportunity.” In the worst fouls, a penalty shot is awarded. Sit back, relax, enjoy and learn. The player’s learn the rules faster than the parents!

I have a more questions, who do I ask?

Contact Program Director Jamey Wright at and he will get you answers to your questions.