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UIL: Water Polo Still “First in Line”

Water polo remains a significant priority for the UIL, though the body’s Legislative Council passed on adding the sport at its recent meetings in Austin. TISCA Water Polo Chairman Chris Cullen led the effort to advocate for the sport at the October 21 session and shared this update.


This past weekend Mac McDonald, Joe Linehan, and I attended the UIL Legislative Council Meetings in Austin.  I stood up and spoke for TISCA Water Polo at the Sunday morning session requesting the UIL sanction water polo. At the bottom of this email are some of the broader talking points used this past weekend and in previous UIL Meetings. Unfortunately the results of the “add water polo survey” were not ideal. This was primarily due to the current “budget crunch” throughout the state’s education community (bad timing with the survey being sent in September). Due to this current financial climate, the UIL Legislative Council was not going to add any activities at this past weekend’s meeting let alone add any sports.

Water polo is still first in line regarding “being the next UIL sport added” (no other sport is remotely close to water polo). The UIL Staff strongly supported TISCA Water Polo within the committee meetings and continues to encourage water polo throughout this process. Additionally, we spoke to many of the Superintendents on the UIL Legislative Council this weekend and have received verbal support across the board. This is a long process which TISCA Water Polo has consistently worked for the past five years (Cheer took 7 years to be sanctioned, Wrestling took 10 years). TISCA Water Polo will continue to work with the UIL, grow the sport each year, and keep making inroads for UIL sanctioning. When the UIL and the Texas Superintendents are ready, TISCA Water Polo will be ready to move forward.

TISCA Water Polo – UIL Points of Emphasis

  1. TISCA Water Polo had 150+ teams playing water polo this past spring.
  2. TISCA Water Polo has secured an agreement from USA Water Polo (NGB for the sport) to grant the UIL $50,000 ($10,000 per year for five years) to help support the UIL State Water Polo Championship over the first five years of a sanctioned state championship event.  
  3. Water Polo is Ready – Infrastructure in Place (use current swim team pools/facilitates)
  4. Coaches Organization, Local Coaching Committees, and Experience running events/championships
  5. UIL Eligibility – Been using UIL guidelines for 10+ years, Currently Self-Policed by coaches/schools
  6. Referee Organization – Already in place, lots of experience/structure
  7. Education Systems for Coaches & Referees (Online, In-Person Clinics, Mentor Coaches, etc.)
  8. Vendors in place, already supplying current program, discounts packages for new programs, possible “Official” equipment partners
  9. Top Reasons to Add Water Polo
    • Low Cost to Implement and Maintain the Program
    • Does Not Require Additional Facilities (Utilize Pools After Swim Season)
    • Excellent Sport for Both Genders (Year-Round Aquatic Season)
    • Proven NCAA Opportunities for Student-Athletes (Austin College)

Chris Cullen, TISCA Water Polo Chairman

Elections, TISCA Clinic, Scheduling, and ODP

Reminder: West Region Rep Elections

The 2018 TISCA Clinic begins this Thursday in Austin. An election to select a new West Region Representative will be on Friday at 2:30 PM in Phoenix North. All West Region coaches are strongly encouraged to take part.

TISCA Clinic

There will be water polo sessions at this year’s TISCA Clinic on both Friday and Saturday. This year the featured speaker will be USA Water Polo Hall of Fame inductee, Natalie Benson. She is currently the Head Coach at Fresno State University and the US National Cadet Girls.

Competition Scheduling

In our last email we sent information on tournaments in the Houston Region this spring. At the TISCA Clinic the North Region representative will have info on competition in their region which we’ll share as soon as we get it. Sign up for tournaments as early as possible.

Olympic Development Program

The first of three Olympic Development Camps by USA Water Polo is taking place this Sunday at the University of Texas Swim Center, Austin. Coach Natalie Benson will be leading the training along with Bryan Lynton, hugely successful high school and club coach from Murrieta, CA, and Chris Whitlegge, standout goalkeeper from UC Santa Barbara and the USA Junior team. Find out more at usawaterpolo.org/odp/. The next takes place in Lewisville in November, and the final camp in Houston on January 5-6.

Regional Rep Selection Slated for September at TISCA Clinic

There will be a special election at the TISCA Clinic in September to choose a West Region Representative.  We urge all regional coaches to consider running for the position and bringing their energy, ideas, and leadership to it.

The clinic will take place on September 13-16 at the Doubletree hotel in North Austin, 6505 N. Interstate 35 Austin, Texas 78752.  The two-hour water polo meeting begins on Friday, September 14 at 2:30 PM. You can read more about the clinic at tiscaclinic.org, and find the event’s registration form here. The published schedule is:

Thursday 9.13.18

7:00/10:00 EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING

Friday 9.14.18

8:00 THERON PICKLE GOLF TOURNAMENT
1:00/5:30 CLINIC REGISTRATION & CHECK IN
2:30/4:30 WATER POLO MEETING
3:30/4:30 REGIONAL REPS
4:45/6:00 MAIN SPEAKER TALK #1
6:00/6:15 REGIONAL REP & TAPPS MEETINGS
6:15/7:15 CLINIC SOCIAL (DOOR PRIZES)
8:30/9:30 “PLANNING THE 2018-19 SWIM SEASON” (RECOMMENDED FOR ALL NEW AND BEGINNING COACHES)

Saturday 9.15.18

7:30 AM CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST (INCLUDED)
8:00/12:00 CLINIC REGISTRATION & CHECK IN
8:30/10:00 GENERAL MEETING
9:30/9:45 OFFICIAL’S REPORT
10:15/11:45 MAIN SPEAKER TALK #2
10:15/11:45 DIVING MEETING
12:00/1:30 SPEEDO AWARDS LUNCHEON & PRESENTATION OF THE THERON PICKLE AWARD
1:45/3:15 HIGH SCHOOL SPEAKER TALK #1
1:45/3:15 DIVING TALK #1
1:45/3:15 WATER POLO TALK #1
3:30/5:00 MAIN SPEAKER TALK #3
3:30/5:00 DIVING TALK #2
3:30/5:00 WATER POLO TALK #2
5:00 CLINIC SOCIAL (DOOR PRIZES)

Sunday 9.16.18

7:30 CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST (INCLUDED)
8:00/9:00 POOLSIDE TALK

Round Rock, Anderson, Cedar Ridge Poloists Garner All-state Recognition

Four West Region athletes were honored with recognition by the state’s high school water polo coaches on Saturday. Kaci Katusak and Jack Prud’homme of Round Rock, Layne Perry of Anderson, and Cedar Ridge’s Cassandra Keating garnered Honorable Mention at the TISCA Water Polo State High School Championships in College Station on Saturday. Sydney Coachman of Cy Creek and Zach Lowery Carroll from Southlake Carrol won the boys and girls MVP awards.

Prud’homme and Perry each earned West Region MVP awards in April. Katusak and Keating made the region’s first team.

Anderson Girls Earn First Austin-area Win at States

Anderson High School became the first Austin-area school in TISCA Water Polo history to win a game at the Texas High School Championships on Saturday. The girls, who earned the West Region’s second seed, defeated North Region No. 4 Denton, 6-3 in a consolation match that placed the Trojans in ninth place at the annual tournament. The result is the best ever for an Austin-area team in the season finale.

Anderson fell to The Woodlands in their first round match to place them in the consolation bracket.

The win is another sign of improvement in the West Region, which lost the traditionally strong programs from San Antonio’s Northside ISD after the 2012 season and has now grown to over 20 mostly new teams from Waco to McAllen. The previous best result for an Austin-area team was a year ago when the boys from Round Rock, north of Austin, tied Houston’s Westside to place 11th in the championships.

Six schools from the region competed in the Championships at Texas A&M. Complete tournament results are here.