With their share of returning players, along with some new athletes who could make instant impacts, Burbank and Burroughs are hoping to bounce back this season.
Here is a look at how the teams are shaping up.
The Bulldogs have a new coach after the departure of Carlos Pelayo. Adam Wright, who headed the Burbank swimming program for a decade and who has overseen the aquatics programs at the school, takes over the helm.
"I have worked with some head water polo coaches here and I've been the [junior varsity] coach, but I don't think I've ever been the head coach," Wright said. "It's kind of the first time that it's all me. "But I am looking forward to it and the guys have been really great."
Although he was only inserted as the program's coach a few weeks ago, Wright said he likes what he sees with his squad.
"We have a lot of returning guys," he said. "There are some little changes here and there, and that's what kind of happens when a new coach comes in. But we have some guys who have the experience and they are looking good.
"We are getting a late start on things, but all the guys are working hard."
Leading the group of returners is Sam Akopyan, a senior all-league standout who will be the team's premier driver. Wright said they will rely on the left-hander a great deal this season to pace the offense.
Also returning are Kevin Miller, a senior hole-set, junior driver/defender Zach Card, Daniel Gonzalez, a junior hole-set, and sophomore goalkeeper Derek Baer.
Wright said he also expects sophomore Dante Nazarian, a transfer from Crescenta Valley, along with junior Sean Savoy, to also contribute.