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Code of Conduct

The AWP Official’s Code of Conduct is based on the tenets of the National Association of Sports Officials.

  • Officials shall be free from any obligation other than the fair and impartial judging of the water polo contest. Anything which may lead to a conflict of interest, either real or apparent, must be avoided. Gifts, favors, special treatment, privileges, employment or a personal relationship with a school or team which can compromise the perceived impartiality of officiating must be avoided.
  • Officials shall master both the rules of the game and mechanics necessary to enforce the rules, and shall exercise authority in an impartial, firm, and controlled manner. Referees may clarify calls, not lecture individuals regarding behavior.
  • The safety and welfare of the players are of primary importance.
  • Officials shall be professional in their demeanor. The use of profanity and the consumption of alcoholic beverages or use of tobacco products is prohibited at all events. Officials shall not publicly criticize other AWP members.
  • Any person officially charged with a crime will be removed from direct involvement with American Water Polo until such time the matter is resolved, at which point the staff will determine a course of action.
  • All officials must complete a background check.  There is a $25 fee that is included in the process depending on the state you live in it might be more $25.  The screening is valid for two years.

Only certified referees are fully covered under our liability policy.

AWP Rules Test

We have created our own rules exam based on the current NCAA rules book.   You must pass this test in order to be a registered official.  We have no access to the NCAA rules exam, Arbitor or any other organizations rules exam.

Click the link below and follow the steps shown here:

1) Sign up at the site here

2) Search for the exam 2018 American Water Polo Rules Test or AWP Rules Test 2018

3) Register for the exam

4) You have three chances to complete the exam and score 90%


Secondary Accident Plan

$5,000.00 Accidental Death Benefit/$10,000.00 Maximum Medical Benefit, $0 Deductible

AWP registration form

Officiating Resource

2016-18 NCAA Rules Book