Nightly Duties


The club is responsible for setup and cleanup of the pool, as well as all of the details involved in running the games each week. MKP is remarkably fortunate to have a pool to play at — it’s very difficult to find pools that will allow kayak polo at all, so it’s critical to keep the pool managers happy! If everyone pitches in, the nights run quickly and smoothly. Everyone is responsible for helping with refereeing, scorekeeping, setup, and cleanup.

General Dos and Don’ts:

  • Do NOT EVER stand on random bins, chairs, or other items on the pool deck to help you reach things. The pool provides ladders for us to use to get to the goal ropes and such. ONLY use the ladder.
  • Do NOT grab onto random bolts or screws in the walls to balance yourself or climb up to reach the goal ropes. The bolts/screws are likely to pop out of the walls, and then we get in trouble.
  • If ANY kind of damage to pool property or equipment does occur, let the person organizing polo for the night know IMMEDIATELY. We need to address any issues by the following day, regardless of how minor they may seem.
  • If you’re thinking about ignoring any of these rules, don’t. The pool has security cameras all over, and they will see you behaving poorly. Don’t ruin it for everybody to save yourself a few minutes.

Setup:

  • Bring in common gear (PFDs, Balls, Helmets, Spray Skirts) into the pool area from the trailer, which is parked to the SE side of the pool in the small parking lot across the street. Each player that uses a club boat is responsible for bringing their own boat.  All gear must be clean. If boats must be rinsed, ask the pool staff for assistance with a hose. Note: Only polo boats, polo PFDs, polo paddles, and helmets with facemasks are allowed in polo games for safety reasons. If you require an exception to this rule, talk to one of the polo organizers.
  • Pull the lane lines to the sides of the pool. Don’t do this until the lane is clear of swimmers (check with the swim coaches if you think you can do this early). Ratchet handles are in the lifeguard room.
  • Move the deep end bulkhead beam to the west end of the pool. Drag ropes and the jack are in the lifeguard room or the equipment room. Use at least two people per side. If you’re unsure how to move the bulkhead, ask someone experienced or find a lifeguard. Always move both ends of the bulkhead evenly, otherwise it will twist and jam.
  • Lower the goals and nets (to the bottom clip position).
  • Take down the flag lines, being very careful not to tear or damage the flags.
  • Set up the scoring table near the middle of the court.  A team will be appointed to table duty for each game. The team on table duty is responsible for keeping the games running on schedule and keeping score.

Cleanup:

Everyone is responsible for pitching in to clean up at the end of the night.  PLEASE NOTE: We must be completly out of the pool half an hour after games end, other wise we will incur a $25 penalty for EVERY 5 minutes after that! Please clean up and change quickly – post-game chatting is always better over a beer at the bar anyway!  🙂

  • Leave the deep-end bulkhead in position at the west end of the pool, make sure that it is locked into position with pins.  Drag the shallow end bulkhead east to the 50-meter pool position. Drag ropes and wrenches are in the cabinet inside the store room door. If you’re unsure how to move the bulkhead, ask someone experienced.  Always move both ends evenly, otherwise it will jam as it twists. Note that it is more difficult to move the shallow-end bulkhead than the deep-end bulkhead. Consider enlisting a third person on each side.
  • Raise the goals and nets (to the upper clip position). The nets should be thrown into the goal frames. Make sure the ropes are coiled and tied up above arms reach from the pool deck.
  • Set up the pool lane lines in 50 meter configuration (the lifeguards will help with this, and should have the lane lines connected and ready to install).  Ratchets are in the lifeguard room.
  • Reset the flag lines (again, be very careful not to damage these).
  • Put club boats and other gear into the trailer in the parking lot SE of the pool.  If you use a club boat, you are responsible for putting your boat back in the trailer and helping with other common gear!
  • Do a sweep of the pool for trash, leaves, etc. (Do a very good job of this, please!)


Making sure that the pool is looked after is imperative!  Don’t be the assclown that gets MKP kicked out of the pool after nearly two decades of happy polo-ing!  🙂

Thank you for your help with making Mountain Kayak Polo work!