Tag: Championships

Updated Calendar, Kickoff Events, Coaches Poll

Updated Calendar

The West Region calendar has been significantly updated to include many new competitive opportunities for regional teams. Note that Varsity West Region Championships will take place at UT on April 19-20. Consolidated/Co-ed/JV Championships are scheduled for April 27 at Milburn Pool in Cedar Park. Events on the calendar that are preceded by a question mark are tentative.

Longhorn Spring Kickoff Tournament

The TISCA West Region season will get under way on February 23 with a new tournament hosted by Longhorn Aquatics. Look for our recent announcement with registration information. For information on this and all tournaments and competition this season visit tiscawestwaterpolo.com.

Spring Kickoff Event for Parents, Athletes, Referees

Longhorn Aquatics will host an information session and clinic for new or prospective athletes as well as some afternoon games for high school athletes. This will be a free event hosted by Longhorn along with USA Water Polo. Several key issues will be covered between 9 AM and 1 PM.

  • 9:00 AM: USA Water Polo Town Hall Meeting. This will basically be covering the state of USAWP/Southwest Zone, UIL Status, Texas Development/Sports Growth, New USAWP Rules/Implementation, How can parents/volunteers help grow the sport, Q&A Session, etc. This would be for the current parents of USAWP athletes.
  • 10:30 AM: Parent/Athlete Education. This will basically be a history of the sport, basic offense/defense, basic rules clinic (including advantage rule), etc. This would be for all parents, athletes both club and high school.
  • 11:30 AM: College Meeting. This would be essentially a group College Meeting going over the ins/outs/options of playing water polo in college. This would be for anyone interested in attending (athletes, parents, coaches, etc.).
  • 12:30 PM: New Athlete Clinic. This would be for new athletes and would be 30 minutes in the classroom going over the new rules and then 30 minutes on deck during the first game explaining what is happening.

Weekly Coaches Poll

For the 2019 season coaches will be asked to submit a weekly vote which will be published on the website by mid week. Coaches will place teams in rank order as they see fit based on their observations of officially sanctioned competition. The categories are girls varsity; boys varsity; girls consolidated/JV; boys consolidated/co-ed/JV. Click here for a sample of a coaches poll matrix.

Pre-Season Survey

Coaches of any team – varsity, consolidated, JV, co-ed – that plans to participate in the TISCA West Region this season should complete this short survey. The survey will remain open until opening day.

TISCA Membership

A reminder that to compete in the West Region the coaches of each team must be members of TISCA (Texas Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association). Click here for the 2018-19 registration form. Registration is still open for water polo coaches; ignore the December deadline.

Cedar Park Stunner; Cedar Ridge JV and Boerne Take Consolidated Titles

Day two of the West Region Championships ended with a stunner. Eighth-seeded Cedar Park defeated top ranked LBJ 8-6 in their first round varsity boys matchup. With the upset the Timberwolves have earned their first trip to the state championship tournament beginning on May 4. They will face the winner of Saturday morning’s Anderson, BSB matchup in the regional semifinals.

In the consolidated finals Cedar Ridge JV captured their first girls title with a win over TXLA. Boerne Red competed their championship run with a convincing win over first-year program, Austin ISD in the boys consolidated championship.

Varsity champions will be crowned at the end of Saturday.

Consolidated Boys Championships

  1. Boerne Red
  2. Austin ISD
  3. TXLA

Consolidated Girls Championships

  1. Cedar Ridge JV
  2. TXLA
  3. Boerne

Day One of Regional Championships Complete

The first of three days of championship water polo competition is complete in Round Rock. The higher seeds advanced after Thursday night’s games with the Cedar Park varsity boys winning a play in game to advance. The Westwood and Cedar Ridge girls posted wins in their openers to earn spots in the West Region semi-finals.

The schedule and results for the entire weekend of competition are live. The Friday agenda is full of consolidated action with champions slated to be crowned beginning at 5:30 PM.

2018 West Region Championships

Click Here for Live Schedule and Results

Date & Location: Thursday, April 19 through Saturday, April 21 at Micki Krebsbach Swimming Pool, 301 Deep Wood Drive, Round Rock, Texas. Games will begin at 6:00 PM on Thursday. Games on Friday and Saturday will begin at 8:30 AM.

Divisions: Varsity boys and girls teams from the TISCA Water Polo West Region are invited to compete for one of four spots in the TISCA Water Polo High School State Championships. Consolidated boys-coed, and consolidated girls teams are invited to participate in their own championships. The top four varsity finishers will qualify for State Championships in Austin on May 4-5.

  • Girls Varsity: Top four teams will qualify for State Championship
  • Boys Varsity: Top four teams will qualify for State Championship
  • Consolidated teams are not eligible for State Championships

Format: All games and tie-breaker situations will use NFHS regulations unless otherwise noted. Each game will consist of four five-minute quarters. There will be two minutes between quarters for all games. If needed, games tied after four quarters will play a sudden victory period. This overtime rule is a modified version of NFHS rules. NFHS rules will apply at States. All teams get two timeouts per game (plus an extra timeout for overtime). First team listed wears white caps and starts to the left of the table. All teams will play at least two games.

Entry Fee:  $230 per team entered. Make checks payable to “RRHS Water Polo Boosters” Fees paid to the Boosters after April 17 are $250. Click here for a pdf version of the invoice with payment details.

Game Schedule: On Thursday, April 12 or earlier the schedule will be published here and an email will be sent to all participating coaches or team administrators.

Rosters: Please use the West Region roster worksheet to submit, verify, or update your team roster(s) by Thursday, April 12. Include cap number, name, and grade in school for each athlete. Rosters are limited to 14 athletes, including goalkeeper(s), for the West Region Championship.

Awards: For each of divisions – boys varsity, girls varsity, and consolidated girls, consolidated boys – the following will be awarded: first, second, and third place teams; Most Valuable Player; Coach of the Year. All-Region teams will be selected for each division by the coaches.

Admission: There will be an admission fee of $4 for adults and $1 for students. For children 10 & under, there will be no admission charge.

Hospitality: There will be hospitality for all coaches and officials.

For additional information, please contact James Smith.

TISCA Regional Championship Rules

  • Varsity teams are to be comprised solely of athletes who are currently enrolled at the high school they represent. Varsity teams and athletes should be prepared to verify their athletes’ school affiliation. If it is found that one or more athletes on a varsity team are not enrolled at the school for which they play, the team will be disqualified from the tournament and not re-invited the following season.
  • Private- and home-school athletes can participate on a consolidated team if they are currently enrolled in a 9-12 grade high school program.
  • Middle school-age children (6th, 7th, and 8th grades) are strictly prohibited from participating in any TISCA Water Polo activity.
  • UPDATED: All varsity rosters are to be exclusive. No athlete is permitted to play for more than one varsity team.
  • UPDATED: Girls are allowed to play for both consolidated girls teams and consolidated boys-coed teams at the tournament. Boys are not allowed on girls rosters, varsity or consolidated. No athlete can play both consolidated and varsity games.
  • UPDATED: Athletes are allowed to play both consolidated and varsity games. Consolidated coaches are strongly encouraged to utilize varsity non-starters only when necessary.
  • All rosters are limited to 14 athletes.

Midway, Round Rock Repeat as Regional Varsity Champs

The boys of LBJ High School earned their first trip to a West Region Championship on Friday but were unable to derail the defending champs from Waco. Midway held off the upstarts on Saturday to repeat as regional champs, 10-6. The teams traded victories in their two meetings during the regular season. Anderson returned to the regional top-four after failing to do so in 2016. They defeated fifth-seeds Round Rock 7-0 in the consolation match.

Cedar Ridge entered the tournament as the third seed but upset Anderson on Saturday on their way to the girls’ title match. On Saturday the Raiders fell to defending regional champions Round Rock, 9-2. It is the third West Region championship in four years for the Dragons. Earlier, Anderson shut out Westwood, 10-0, to earn third place.

Cassandra Keating of Cedar Ridge and Cooper Shafer were selected as MVPs of the West Region. Lauren Dyer of Cedar Ridge and Alexis Crocker of Midway were voted girls’ and boys’ Coaches of the Year. See the entire list of All-region selections here.

By placing fourth, the girls of Westwood have become the first in their school’s history to advance to the state championships.

Nineteen varsity teams qualified to participate in this year’s regional contest, another improvement over a year ago.

Follow the West Region teams as they take on their Dallas and Houston opponents at the TISCA Championships via the TISCA West Region’s event page, or at tiscawaterpolo.aquanite.com.