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 txwaterpolo.com 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

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

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.