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Frequently Asked Questions

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Where can I play?

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Check out the current list of US clubs on our Where to Play page. For a full international list, including the United States, consult: The Underwater Hockey Tourist

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Are there official rules for competition?

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Yes! For a list of the latest international rules and guidelines (v10.0, July 2011) click here: volume 1, volume 2. Volume 2 will be the most relevant to new and current players.

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Why should I join?

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Joining USA UWH qualifies you to participate in national tournaments and clinics, helps support underwater hockey clubs across the country, and much more.

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How do I join?

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You can join USA UWH online! Go to the Member page to fill out the registration form, download and print your completed waiver, and pay by Paypal or credit card. You can also still mail in a check.

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How much are dues for the year?

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Annual dues vary from $30 to $45 depending on your location. $20 is for USOA and $10 for hockey development. In addition each member who lives in California north of San Luis Obispo pays $15 to CenCal. This is rather complicated but all you need to do is check that https://usauwh.org/members says you've paid and if not make one payment with your credit card or PayPal.

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Where do I send a check?

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USOA Underwater Hockey
Postal Annex
39270 Paseo Padre Parkway, Box #452
Fremont, CA 94538

If you have questions, please contact the USA Underwater Hockey Treasurer: treasurer@usauwh.com

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Do I need a waiver?

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Yes! Although a limited contact sport, underwater hockey is still a sport. Waivers are required for all USOA-sponsored competition. Please click here to download the USOA Hockey Waiver & Safety Guidelines.
En Español, Contrato de Aceptación de Riesgo.

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Do I need to fill out a waiver for every tournament?

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You only need to complete one USOA waiver per calendar year. However, individual tournaments may also request specific event waivers.

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When is my membership valid?

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The calendar year 1 Jan to 31 Dec. All dues must be paid every January.

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If I join for the first time in November or December, do I have to re-join in January?

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No! If you join late in the year, your dues are good for the complete following calendar year.

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How can I start a new team?

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If you want to start a team and need help, check out our Start a Club section, or contact the Development Director(s): development@usauwh.com

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Is there an email list for underwater hockey?

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Yes! If you want to receive updates from the UWH Committee and directors, join this list: USUnderwaterHockey-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

Search Resources

Type one or more words or word fragments to search for downloadable UWH Resources. To find photos and videos, head over to the Media section.

USOA Risk Waiver

USOA assumption of risk waiver outlining personal responsibilities and waiving liability associated with USOA events.

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USOA Risk Waiver (Spanish)

USOA assumption of risk waiver outlining personal responsibilities and waiving liability associated with USOA events.

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International UWH Rules (Vol 2)

International rules for underwater hockey: rules of play

International UWH Rules (Vol 1)

International rules for underwater hockey: tournament regulations and playing area requirements.

Sound System Rental

If your tournament is within the contiguous United States, and is a USOA sanctioned event, you are entitled to use the USA-UWH underwater sound system for your tournament.

Club in a Box Application & Guidelines

Read and submit this form to receive a discounted set of gear, ideal for new clubs needing to outfit a bunch of players!

USOA UWH Committee Rules

The rules governing the selection and operation of the USOA Underwater Hockey Committee.

USOA Standardized Competitive Rules, 2016

Standardized rules of competition governing all underwater sports under the auspices of USOA.

USOA Bylaws, 2005

Bylaws of the Underwater Society of America, the 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation which governs USA Underwater Hockey.

USAUWH National Standards

An outline of the basic standards of hosting the USA Underwater Hockey Nationals competition.

Nick Fazah Symposium 2016 UWH Training

At the USA UWH 2016 Symposium Nick Fazah gave an informative and entertaining talk about some freediving training methods which can help hockey players. As a reminder: do not train in water without someone else who is familiar with the signs of hypoxia and hypercapnia and completely focused on you, not his or her own training. The best place to train with a friend is a comfortable couch.

Team USA Men's Masters Coach RFP, Oct 2014

Team USA Men's Masters Coach RFP, Oct 2014

Team USA Women's Elite, Coach's Corner, Adv Skills 2016

Coach Brigit's expectations for advanced skills, 2016 Worlds cycle

Team USA Women's Elite, Coach's Corner, Indiv Skills 2016

Coach Brigit's expectations for individual skills, 2016 Worlds cycle

Team USA Women's Elite, Coach's Note 2016

Note from Coach Brigit, 2016 Worlds cycle

Team USA Women's Organizing Document, Nov 2013

Lays out the structure, organization, and process of the Team USA Women's Elite team, incl. Steering Committee, Coach, Selection Committee

Team USA Men's Elite Coach RFP, Nov 2013

Call for coach candidates and proposals for a 2013-2016 team plan.

Support Letter, Ohio

Letter of support for underwater hockey, from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Support Letter, Massachusetts

Letter of support for underwater hockey, from the Sandwich Community School, Mass.

Support Letter, Illinois

Letter of support for underwater hockey, from the Park District of Downer's Grove, Ill.

Support Letter, Florida

Letter of support for underwater hockey, from the City of Gainesville, Fla.

Recruiting Junior Players

A discussion of the advantages, difficulties and requirements of recruiting junior players.

What to expect

What to expect from UWH: staying down, breath holding, puck handling and passing, positioning and timing, overiew.

Strength vs Finesse

An overview of the different types of underwater hockey players: strength players & finesse players.