Category: Announcements

Regionals Date, Updated Competition, Referee Info

Scheduling

The calendar has been updated with some new competition and schedule changes. West Regionals will take place at UT on April 19-20, with play-in games on the 18th if necessary.

A tournament at Micki Krebsbach in Round Rock has been added to the calendar for March 8-9. Competition should begin at 6:00 PM on Friday with matches for Round Rock-area teams. Games will take place all day on Saturday. Tournament registration will be available soon.

For those who seek competition throughout Texas make sure to consult our notes about tournaments in the North Region and Houston.

Referee Requests and Info

TAWPO, which organizes water polo referees throughout Texas for all levels of competition, has a page that all coaches should consult. For those who plan to host weekday games in particular, you’ll find the proper link for making a request for referees. Instructions for requesting referees for weekend tournaments are coming soon.

Also, the state is in constant need of referees. If you or someone you know is interested, contact TAWPO and give the web site a look.

2019 Survey

Share the link that follows with anyone who may have an interest in West Region high school water polo this spring. And if you have not done so already, take less than five minutes to complete the survey to help us understand our current and future membership demands. Click here to begin the survey, and thank you.

Free Gear

For teams just getting off the ground AquaTex Waterpolo Club has extra practice balls and caps for free. Contact them to share your needs and arrange for distribution.

2019 Survey, Free Gear, New Teams, Leadership Update

2019 Survey

The 2019 high school water polo season is around the corner and the TISCA Water Polo West Region Committee is excited to begin another huge season for the region.

As we have done for the past several years we are asking for the help of anyone affiliated with aquatics in our region. Please take less than five minutes to complete the survey linked below to help us understand our current and future membership demands as the sport heads toward UIL sanction. Click here to begin the survey, and thank you.

Leadership News

TISCA West Region coaches met at the annual Coaches Clinic in Austin in September with the election of a regional chairperson on the agenda. No nominations for the position were submitted. James Smith will remain the regional representative until the next election. For the 2019 season Jonathan Landero of PSJA and Allie Hill of LBJ High School will join him as advisors.

Scheduling

Currently the West Region competition calendar is almost entirely tentative. Coaches and team administrators, please contact the committee as soon as possible about hosting tournaments or other matches. We have already received interest from several teams who want to get matches on their schedule.

For those who seek competition throughout Texas make sure to consult our notes about tournaments in the North Region and Houston.

New Teams

We’ve received news of several new programs joining us this spring: Harlingen, Austin HS, McCallum, and Vandegrift will or are expected to field varsity teams in 2019 contributing to the steady growth of the region. It is extremely easy for new teams to compete with us. Be sure to contact the committee if you are interested in forming a new program, varsity or consolidated.

Free Gear

For teams just getting off the ground AquaTex Waterpolo Club has extra practice balls and caps for free. Contact them to share your needs and arrange for distribution.

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

Roos Polo Coming to Dallas, North Region Tourney Info

Austin College Polo in Dallas

Austin College will be hosting the first NCAA water polo games in Texas since the 1970’s this upcoming weekend, September 15-16, in North Texas. The ‘Roo Men’s roster includes West Region athletes Brady Sullivan of Cedar Park HS, and Max Saenz of McAllen HS. Brown University travels to Austin College for a single game on Saturday, September 15th at 3:00 PM at the Hannah Natatorium on the campus of Austin College in Sherman. On Sunday, September 16th, Austin College will be hosting both Brown University and the Dallas Water Polo Club (masters team) for three games at the new SMU Natatorium in Dallas. There is no admission charge for any of the games. All are welcome to come out and watch NCAA water polo in Texas. Spread the word and go support our West Region players.

Saturday, September 15th

Location: Hannah Natatorium, 1105 E. Brockett St., Sherman, Texas 75090
Game Time: 3:00 pm, Austin College v. Brown University
Admission: No admission charge for the game

Sunday, September 16th

Location: SMU Natatorium, 5550 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75206
Game #1: 12:30 pm, Dallas Water Polo Club v. Brown University
Game #2: 1:45 pm, Austin College v. Brown University
Game #3: 3:00 pm, Austin College v. Dallas Water Polo Club
Admission: No admission charge for any of the games

North Region Tournaments

A tentative schedule for North Region competition has been published and is shared below. As with the Houston tournaments, be sure to contact the hosts of the competitions below to fill your calendar.

TISCA Water Polo – North Region Schedule – Spring 2019 (Tentative)

  • February 22-23:
    • Tournament #1: Denton Tournament #1, Denton ISD Natatorium (Open)
  • March 1-2:
    • Tournament #1: Texas Cup, LISD Westside Aquatic Center (Invite ONLY)
    • Tournament #2: ?
  • March 8-9:
    • Tournament #1: Spring Break Throwdown, Southlake-Carroll ISD Aquatic Center (Open)
  • March 15-16:
    • Tournament #1: ?
  • March 22-23
    • Tournament #1: Marcus Spring Invite, Lewisville ISD Westside Aquatic Center (Open)
    • Tournament #2: ?
  • March 29-30:
    • Tournament #1: Denton Tournament #2, Denton ISD Natatorium (Open)
    • Tournament #2: Irving Tournament #1, Northlake Aquatic Center (Saturday Only)
  • April 5-6
    • Tournament #1: Flower Mound Spring Classic, Lewisville ISD Westside Aquatic Center
    • Tournament #2: ?
  • April 12 – 13
    • Tournament #1: Southlake Carroll
    • Tournament #2, Carroll ISD Aquatic Center (Open)

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.