HaBaWaBa is an English acronym that means “Happy Baby Water Ball”, symbolizing the joy of a child practicing “the sport that is played with the ball in the water”. The tournament was created by “Waterpolo Development” with the idea of expanding water polo and promoting the values of sports and coexistence. It was organized for the first time in Italy in 2008 and, so far, it has been held 11 times in Italy, four times in North America and three in Greece. The HaBaWaBa is the most important and visible water polo tournament among children of training categories worldwide.
After a successful first edition running alongside the European Championships Barcelona 2018, the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation organizes the second edition of the HaBaWaBa Spain, which will take place in the Club Natació Reus Ploms and will include a day at the theme park PortAventura Park. As a new feature this year a great number of the U12 and U10 tournaments in Spain will be homologated as HaBaWaBa Spain tournaments, adopting its philosophy and format. All regional HaBaWaBa Spain tournaments will lead to the big Festival that will be held next July in Reus.
Mission and values
Waterpolo Development argues that the best way to achieve its goal of expanding the base of water polo around the world is to bring the sport closer to children aged 6 to 12 years old. With this in mind, the idea of the HaBaWaBa International Festival was born.
HaBaWaBa wants to teach children the true ethical values of sport through a waterpolo tournament in which socialization and respect for opponents are predominant factors. Here is the Code of Ethics, also called “The Passport of Champions”:
Enjoy a team sport and have fun in and out of the water.
Promote fair play, inclusion, respect and coexistence between children of different cultures and backgrounds.
To achieve a working environment to promote water polo by bringing together children, coaches, family and fans.
Spread passion for water polo across the five continents and, along with it, the noble values of sport and co-existence.
Club Natació Reus Ploms is a sports club based in the city of Reus (Tarragona), just one hour away from Barcelona and with more than 100 years of history. The club has athletes from 15 different disciplines, four of which are aquatic. The facility consists of an outdoor Olympic pool, as well as two indoor pools of 25 meters. The club also has a multisport field, an athletics track, basketball court, tennis and paddle courts and a grass area available for animation activities.
PortAventura Park is the main theme park of the resort PortAventura World. Located between Vilaseca and Salou (Tarragona), it is considered one of the best theme parks in the world. The park has an area of 105 hectares and features six different theme areas: Mediterrània, Polynesia, China, México, Far West and SésamoAventura. All HaBaWaBa Spain participants will have the chance to live a unique experience at the park (on Friday, July 5), with two meals included at the park restaurants and a show to close the day.
The residence hall “Complex Educatiu de Tarragona” will host all participants of the HaBaWaBa Spain 2019. The facility has a 24-hour nursery service, sports fields, green areas, dining room, kitchen, swimming pool and free parking. Apart from sharing the space with players from different parts of the world, the little water polo players will also have animation activities available at the residence.
The HaBaWaBa Spain will take place in Reus from July 1st until July 6th. However, a great number of the U10 and U12 tournaments held in Spain will adopt the HaBaWaBa format and philosophy, becoming regional HaBaWaBa Spain tournaments. The participation in any of these tournaments will suppose a discount on the registration fee to the HaBaWaBa Spain in Reus.