Statement on COVID-19 and TISCA Water Polo Season

To all TISCA Water Polo West Region coaches, athletes, families and supporters:

On March 14, 2020, TISCA Water Polo Chairman Scott Slay announced that TISCA Water Polo will follow the UIL playing guidelines sent out regarding COVID-19. The UIL has halted all athletic competitions until March 29th. If you have any competitions scheduled from now until the 29th, please cancel the event and send out a notice to the coaches and teams who were involved in that competition.

  • The Waco Tournament on Saturday, March 21st is now cancelled. Dan Marlin has let me know Midway ISD is closed for the next two weeks and not permitting extra-curricular activities of any kind.
  • The AQTX Tournament at Round Rock on Saturday, March 28th is now cancelled. James Smith will post on update on this on the TISCA West Website.
  • Dan Marlin has let me know that as of right now the West Region Tournament on April 10-11 is still on at the Waco YMCA.

At this time we do not have any other updates from TISCA on changes to the state tournament (May 1-2 in Houston) or the remainder of the season. This is all pending UIL competition updates we get in the next few weeks. Please follow your school districts policy on cancellation of extra curricular activities and we will try to reschedule games as needed. At this point I think we can all agree the safety of the players and community is our top priority.

I will send out updates as we hear from our school districts and TISCA, please reach out with any additional questions.

Thank you,

Ms. Allie Hill
TISCA Water Polo West Region Representative

December 2021 Pre-Season Update

Current and potential members, below are a few updates and things to do prior to our Spring TISCA water polo season:

  1. West Region Coaches/Sponsors/Booster Parents: Please have ONE representative per school complete our annual form no later than February 1st ! (Contact us for a link to the form). This will help me get contact information for each school participating this Spring and next Fall. Even if you are NOT planning on participating this Spring-please fill out this form.
  2. Please join the TISCA Water Polo SportsYou app (contact us for a link to specific instructions). Important information will be communicated through this app as we go through the season.
  3. The Spring 2022 TISCA State Championship will be hosted at the University of Houston by Coach Ty Halford and Clear Creek HS. As he puts together the packet and information about this tournament later this Spring I will send it out. The update can be seen on our 2022 Schedule below.
  4. Please take a look at the spring schedule  and let me know if you are able to host a tournament. I hope to get our full region schedule finalized by January. Region and state dates are finalized if you would like to send those to your parents for planning purposes. We have two open weekends that we would like to fill with tournaments: Feb 25-26 and March 11-12.
  5. View the UIL 2022 Proposed season dates and information HERE.
    1. Important dates from that file are:
      1. August 1st: First Day of Practice
      2. October 8th: District Certification
      3. October 21-22: Region Tournament
      4. October 27-28: State Championship
    2. More information will come out from TISCA and the UIL as we progress through the year.
    3. Please begin thinking and planning for the Fall 2022 season. If you aren’t sure where to start, please let me know! I’ve been in touch with a few programs on steps booster parents and coaches can take to get started.
  6. Check out education opportunities on the Southwest Zone Water Polo Website, by going to the Texas Water Polo Academy page.
  7. If you know of someone not on my email list, please pass this information along and have them contact me so I can add them.
  8. Reminder that the 2021-2022 TISCA Membership portal opened July 1st on the website. Please follow this link: Please make sure you fill in all applicable information. All coaches (both head and assistant) must be TISCA registered to coach water polo, swimming, and/or diving.

Last-here is our 2022 Resource Document, I will send out updates as we get closer to the season but please bookmark this page as a one stop for all important links. All of the information mentioned above is linked on that page.

Please reach out with any questions, thanks!

Allie Hill
TISCA Water Polo West Region Representative

Cedar Ridge Girls Make State Championship History

The girls of Cedar Ridge High School defeated Lamar in a first round match at the 2021 TISCA Water Polo State Championships on Thursday. The convincing 20-9 win over Lamar High School makes the Raiders the first Austin-area team to win a first round match at the tournament since at least 2010. They face North Region powerhouse Southlake Carrol in their quarterfinal match Thursday afternoon.

2020 TISCA Water Polo Season Cancelled

TISCA West High School Water Polo Coaches,

Please see the below email from Scott Slay, the TISCA Water Polo Chair. The remainder of the TISCA Water Polo high school season has been cancelled. The past couple of seasons (including 2020) have been a great step forward for water polo in Texas. As Scott mentions, there is a lot to look forward to. Please review the below email, and let me know if you have any questions. Please feel free to email anytime.

Take care, be safe, and stay healthy.



I am sad to announce that we will be canceling the remainder of the TISCA Water Polo season. With the UIL cancelation of spring sports we must follow this decision. Thank you so much for using patience during this time. We will be back next spring and we have a lot to look forward to.

Big things are happening on the UIL front.

Something else to look forward to is the TISCA fall clinic where Guy Baker is slated to be our guest clinician. If you do not know who Guy Baker is he was the US National Women’s team coach for the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics. He laid the foundation for our women’s team being the best in the world.


Below are some things our coaches can do during this time:


  1. Support our athletes. They will be rightfully upset by this decision.
  2. Recruit coaches and officials for a sport that is about to explode in popularity.
  3. Study up on the game! Do a webinar. Read from the education page. There are so many resources there to utilize.

Be excited for our future and proud of our past. Better days are ahead of us.


Thank you for all that you do,


Scott Slay


TISCA Water Polo Chair

Thank you,

Ms. Allie Hill
Pre-AP Biology
Water Polo Coach
Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA)
7309 Lazy Creek Dr.
Austin, Texas 78724

UIL Extends Ban on Competition to May

Hi all,

The UIL has send out an update regarding contests, please click here for the UIL Press Release. An excerpt:

We have previously communicated that all UIL activities are suspended until March 30th. Given information related to school closures available at this time, we are extending that timeframe. UIL games and contests will resume no earlier than Monday, May 4th. Prior to that date, to allow students and schools to reenter competition, UIL will provide a reasonable acclimatization period for rehearsals and practices to occur, consistent with the advice of local, state and federal officials. We will reevaluate the beginning dates for practices and rehearsals as we receive more information about schools resuming.

Due to school closures and the updated statement from the UIL, the TISCA Water Polo Board has decided to tentatively shift Region Championships to early/mid May and the Texas High School State Tournament tentatively shifted to late May. Specific dates/locations are TBD. Updates regarding local West Region tournaments will be sent to everyone as more information comes out. NOTE: This is all pending the UIL decision for Spring Sports. TISCA Water Polo will follow what the UIL is doing with their Spring Sports.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions,

Thank you,

Ms. Allie Hill
Pre-AP Biology
Water Polo Coach
Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA)
7309 Lazy Creek Dr.
Austin, Texas 78724