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In the nick of time, the California Department of Public Health modified its guidelines to allow high school water polo to happen this year. The sport has a deep history in Long Beach and this season will be unlike any other, with games happening almost every day during an accelerated two-week season that will still see every team play at least six games.

“It’s going to be hectic and fun,” said Moore League secretary Lisa Ulmer. Because water polo has to happen in an outdoor pool to meet the CDPH guidelines, Cabrillo has the only high school pool in the city that qualifies. That means practices and games will be happening from before dawn until late into the night–but every high school coach we spoke with said they can’t wait, and expressed gratitude at being able to have a season at all.

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Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.