Southside Honey Badgers Win First 12U Dare To Dream Event

The Southside Honey Badgers (Pearland, TX) won the first USAWP Southwest Zone 12U Dare To Dream tournament in Houston defeating North Texas Thunder Black (Southlake, TX) this past weekend.  A tournament recap can be found here: https://usawaterpolo.org/news/2019/1/21/events-first-ever-texas-dare-to-dream-10u-festival-concludes-in-houston.aspx .

Game results can be found below:

Saturday, January 19th  
8:30 Southside-19 v. Rockwall-8
9:20 Thunder Black-17 v. Viper Pigeons-2
10:10 Pegasus-14 v. Thunder Silver-25
11:00 Longhorn-14 v. Rockwall-12
11:50 Zilla-18 v. Viper Pigeons-11
12:40 Boerne-25 v. Thunder Silver-5
1:30 Southside-19 v. Longhorn-13
2:20 Thunder Black-17 v. Zilla-2
3:10 Pegasus-6 v. Boerne-21
4:00 All Athletes Welcome – 10U Exhibition Game
4:50 3rd A-Rockwall-12 v. 3rd B-Viper Pigeon-14
5:40 2nd A-Longhorn-13 v. 2nd B-Zilla-14
6:30 1stA-Southside-11 v. 1st B-Thunder Black-10

Sunday, January 20th
7:30 3rdA-Rockwall-16 v. 3rd C-Pegasus-8
8:20 2nd A-Longhorn-14 v. 2nd C-Thunder Silver-16
9:10 1stA-Southside-19 v. 1st C-Boerne-15
10:00 3rd B-Viper Pigeon-8 v. 3rd C-Pegasus-7
10:50 2nd B-Zilla-21 v. 2nd C-Thunder Silver-13
11:40 1st B-Thunder Black-15 v. 1st C-Boerne-9
*12:30 Viper Pigeon-10 v. Rockwall-14 (7th Place)
*1:30 Thunder Silver-19 v. Longhorn-11 (5th Place)
*2:30 Zilla-11 v. Boerne-27 (3rd Place)
*3:30 Southside-15 v. Thunder Black-11 (1st Place)

Texas Dare To Dream Festival Schedule

Texas Dare To Dream Tournament Schedule at Spring Branch Natatorium this weekend (January 19-20): Team listed first wears white caps, begins to the left of the table.

Saturday, January 19th
7:30 Pool Opens for Warm-up
8:30 Southside v. Rockwall
9:20 Thunder Black v. Viper Pigeons
10:10 Pegasus v. Thunder Silver
11:00 Longhorn v. Rockwall
11:50 Zilla v. Viper Pigeons
12:40 Boerne v. Thunder Silver
1:30 Southside v. Longhorn
2:20 Thunder Black v. Zilla
3:10 Pegasus v. Boerne
4:00 All Athletes Welcome – 10U Exhibition Game
4:50 3rd A v. 3rd B
5:40 2nd A v. 2nd B
6:30 1st A v. 1st B

Sunday, January 20th
7:00 Pool Opens for Warm-up
7:30 3rd A v. 3rd C
8:20 2nd A v. 2nd C
9:10 1st A v. 1st C
10:00 3rd B v. 3rd C
10:50 2nd B v. 2nd C
11:40 1st B v. 1st C
*12:30 1st White v. 2nd White (7th Place)
*1:30 2nd Red v. 3rd Red (5th Place)
*2:30 1st Red v. 3rd Blue (3rd Place)
*3:30 1st Blue v. 2nd Blue (1st Place)
*Team Line-ups/Announcements

Texas Dare To Dream Festival

This is a final update regarding the upcoming Texas Dare to Dream Festival this weekend, January 19-20 at the Spring Branch ISD Natatorium in Houston.  Attached is the tournament schedule and the Dare to Dream 12U Official Rules. The referees WILL be doing ID Checks prior to each game (please be prepared).  When you arrive on Saturday for your first game, each coach will receive their Team Packets that will include Deck Passes, Game Sheets, and copies of the Dare to Dream 12U Official Rules.  Teams will use the Game Sheets for their ID Checks prior to each game and then turn in a Game Sheet to the table prior to each game.  Rosters will be closely monitored during with ID Checks throughout the weekend.  Only those listed on the roster (athletes/coaches) will be allowed to be on the team benches.

Viper Pigeons is co-hosting the event with USA Water Polo, and they will be providing apparel sales, the table workers/supervisors, admissions, and hospitality for coaches/referees.  All games will have 6:00 quarters using USA Water Polo rules with two minutes between periods.  Ties within brackets/Round Robin play will also use USA Water Polo rules to determine placing/seeding.  Each team will receive two timeouts per game.  All games will be played until there is a winner.  Games tied after four quarters will go straight to a shootout. Below are more details on the event as well as the emails sent previously.  Please be aware of the tiebreaker, advancement, shootout, and protest procedures.

All Athletes Welcome – 10U Exhibition Game on Saturday, January 19th:  At the tournament (and on the schedule), there will be a “All Athletes Welcome – 10U Exhibition Game” on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 pm.  All athletes who are age 10 & younger as of August 1, 2018 will be encouraged to participate in this game.  Age 10 & younger athletes will be mixed together into even strength teams and play a fun filled game.  This is a great opportunity for these athletes to play an extra game this weekend, gain more experience, learn, and have fun.  Viper Pigeons Coaches will be coaching the game.  Please have your athletes arrive at 3:45 pm to check in!!!

Online Schedule/Results:  For the online schedule/results for the Texas Dare to Dream Festival, please click here.

Location:  Spring Branch ISD Natatorium, 10404 Tiger Trail, Houston, TX 77043.  There will be an all-deep 25-yard playing course with a separate warm-up area.

Admissions:  Admissions will be a $5 per day.  For children 10U/Seniors 65+ the admission charge will be $3 per day.  For children 5 & under, there will be no admission charge.

Tournament T-Shirt/USA Water Polo Apparel:  There will be Tournament T-Shirts and USA Water Polo Apparel sold on deck at the tournament.

Hospitality:  There will be a hospitality room set-up for the tournament for coaches and officials ONLY.

Game Caps/Warm Up/Team Benches:  Teams will need to supply their own game caps and warm-up balls for the tournament.  Teams listed first on the schedule will wear white caps and start to the left of the table (switch sides at half time).    There will be a warm-up area at the pool (please share with other teems).  The warm-up area will not be available from 12:00-1:00 pm on both days due to the Splashball Clinics.  Please make sure coaches supervise their athletes during their warm-up.  Teams can also warm-up between quarters/after games in the main competition pools.  Please plan accordingly.

ID Checks/Photo ID’s:  The Referees will be doing ID Checks for coaches and athletes prior to each game of the tournament.  Teams will receive Game Sheets in their coaching packet.  Teams will use the Game Sheets for their ID Checks prior to each game and then turn in a Game Sheet to the table prior to each game.  Only those listed on the roster (athletes/coaches) will be allowed to be on the team benches.  We recommend that all athletes download a picture with their USA Water Polo account (process takes two minutes).  Teams will need to line up prior to their game in number order.  All teams can print out team membership cards (click print membership cards at the bottom of each team’s final roster).  Athletes can also have individual membership cards (this takes longer than printing out team membership cards).  

Format: All games will have 6:00 quarters using USA Water Polo rules with two minutes between periods.  Ties within brackets/Round Robin play will also use USA Water Polo rules to determine placing/seeding.  Each team will receive two timeouts per game.  All games will be played until there is a winner.  Games tied after four quarters will go straight to a shootout.

Time Outs: In any game, each team shall be entitled to two timeouts of one-minute duration.

Advancement: In Bracket/Round Robin play, teams advance to the next round or placing is determined according to game points earned from game results within the bracket:

  • 4 win in regulation or by forfeit
  • 3 win by shoot out
  • 2 loss by shoot out
  • 1 loss in regulation
  • 0 forfeit

Shoot-out Procedure:  All games require a winner and loser; NO TIED GAMES! Should the game score be tied at the end of regulation time, the tie shall be broken by shoot out.  Shoot Out Result – regardless of goal difference or total goals scored during shootout, the game score shall be recorded as +1 goal for the winner (eg. game tied 5-5, final game score 6-5 by shoot out) for calculating advancement.

  1. There will be an immediate coin toss to determine the shooting order.
  2. All shots will be taken at goal to the right of the scorer’s table, unless otherwise determined by the referees.
  3. Each team places its 5 players on scorekeeper’s desk side of pool.
  4. No declaration of shooting order required.
  5. Shots are taken alternately.
  6. The desk must record the shooting order on the score sheet for use if it goes to second round.
  7. After the first round it is sudden death.
  8. The bench at end opposite shooting end can move to half tank.

Tie-Breakers: In the case of teams tied in game points, teams advance according to the FINA tie breaker rules, stated in the FINA By Laws:

  • Two Way Ties - BL 9.6.3.1 If two (2) teams shall have equal points, further classification shall be established as follows:
    BL 9.6.3.1.1 The team winning the game between them shall be placed higher
  • Three Way Ties - BL 9.6.3.2 If three (3) or more teams shall have equal points, further classification shall be established as follows:
    • BL 9.6.3.2.1 The results among the tied teams shall determine which team is placed highest.
    • BL 9.6.3.2.2 If, at any time during the application of the procedure set out in this BL 9.6.3.2, the number of tied teams is reduced to two (2), then BL 9.6.3.1 shall be used to determine which of the two (2) remaining teams is placed higher.
    • BL 9.6.3.2.3 The comparison shall be made first, upon the points of the games among the tied teams, second, the goal difference, and third, based upon goals scored.

Brutality/Violence: A participant penalized for a violation of Rule 21.11 of the USAWP Playing Rules (brutality/violence) shall not participate in the team’s next game in that division and may be subject to additional punishment by USA Water Polo.

Red Cards: A participant who receives a red card shall not participate in the team’s next game in that division and shall receive one point on their membership record per the USAWP Athlete and Coaches Code of Conduct.

Protests: To protest a misapplication of the rules in a game a head coach or team official named on the game roster must:

  1. Do so within 30 minutes of its ending time (recorded by referee on the score sheet)
  2. Immediately pay a $100 cash Protest Fee to the Tournament Director
  3. Describe the incident of the protest in writing and state rule number that has been misapplied.

The Tournament Director shall immediately notify these parties of a completed filing

  1. The non-protesting team’s head coach
  2. The Tournament Committee who shall timely hear all protests, and whose decision shall be final.

NOTE:  If an adverse condition is known prior to the start of a game, all provisions apply, EXCEPT filing must be complete BEFORE the signal to start the game is given by the game referee. Teams will proceed with the game at the scheduled time.

Honor the Game:  We would like to encourage ALL participants (coaches, parents, athletes, fans, officials) to respect the rules, opponents, officials, and teammates by engaging in no-directions cheering and positive comments. Disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated. The club and club coaches will be held responsible for the behavior of their athletes, coaches, and parents. Looking forward to a great weekend of water polo.

Additional Announcements:  Below are some announcements regarding the tournament.

  • No deck changing!!!
  • Team listed first on the schedule will wear white caps and start to the left of the table.
  • Athletes will not be allowed to play in the tournament unless they are USAWP registered.
  • The Referees will be doing ID Checks prior to each game of the tournament.  Athletes, Coaches, and Teams MUST be prepared for ID checks as to keep the tournament on schedule.
  • If you need to change cap numbers during a game, please let the table know BEFORE the player enters the pool to play.

USAWP Referees School in Houston – January 5-6

Reminder that a USA Water Polo Referee School will be held on Saturday-Sunday, January 5-6, 2019 at the CFISD Pridgeon Stadium Natatorium (in conjunction with the SWZ ODP Camp #3).  This Referee School is not just for new and returning USA Water Polo Referees.  Coaches, High School Referees, and brand new referees are welcome to attend.  Collegiate and high school aged athletes interested in becoming referees are encouraged to attend (No experience necessary!!!).  Levon Dermendjian, USA Water Polo’s Director of Referees, will be administering the clinic.  Again, all are welcome to participate in the Referee School.  All Referee School information is listed below.  Please register online (see link below).  NOTE:  ATTENDANCE MEETS INSTRUCTIONAL CERTIFICATION CRITERIA FOR NEW AND RETURNING USA WATER POLO REFEREES.

Southwest Zone – USA Water Polo Referee School:

  • Date:  Saturday-Sunday, January 5-6, 2019
  • Location:  CFISD Pridgeon Stadium Natatorium, 12550 Windfern Rd B, Houston, TX 77064
  • Referee Clinician:  Levon Dermendjian, USA Water Polo Director of Referees
  • Online Registration:  Please use the following link to pre-register for the clinic.  You do NOT need to be a USA Water Polo member to attend the clinic.
  • Online Registration Link:  https://webpoint.usawaterpolo.com/wp15/Events2/Registrations/Register.wp?rgs_EventID=24054 
  • Cost:  $10 USAWP Members / $20 Non-Members
  • Saturday, January 5th Timeline:  10:00 am – 6:00 pm (Classroom Instruction)
  • Sunday, January 6th Timeline:  10:00 am – 1:00 pm (Classroom & On Deck Training)
  • USA Water Polo Referee School Contact:  Levon Dermendjian, ldermendjian@usawaterpolo.org
  • Want to become a USA Water Polo Referee..How to Get Started:  USAWP Referee Certification Guidelines (click here)

2018 Southwest Zone Award Winners

The 2019 version of the Southwest Zone annual award winners has been announced and are listed below:

ELITE MEN’S COACH – Mark Lawrence of Austin College,
ELITE WOMEN’S COACH / SCHOLASTIC WOMEN’S COACH – Chris Cullen of North Texas Thunder Water Polo Club
SCHOLASTIC MEN’S COACH – Sabrina Carlisle of North Texas Thunder Water Polo Club
DEVELOPMENTAL WOMEN’S COACH – Spencer Dornin of Pegasus Water Polo Academy
DEVELOPMENTAL WOMEN’S COACH – Allie Hill of Longhorn Aquatics
ELITE REFEREE – Dustin Devaney
SCHOLASTIC REFEREE – Angela Uno
DEVELOPMENTAL REFEREE – Jessie Hurd
MASTERS MALE PLAYER – Nick Barnett of HOPS
MASTERS FEMALE PLAYER – Vanessa Kerr of HOPS
MASTERS CLUB – TOTEX
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR - Dr. Nikola Zivaljevic of Pegasus Water Polo Academy

USAWP Texas Development Summit Update – Dec 16 in Austin

The second annual USA Water Polo Texas Development Summit will be held Sunday, Dec 16th, please sign up online at the Texas Development Summit Online Registration (Click Here) by Sunday, December 9th.  If you have not already registered online, please register as soon as possible.  On Tuesday, December 11th, the final list of participants, a list of discussion topics, and a specific meeting agenda will be sent out.  Below are the basics for the Texas Development Summit that has been included in previous emails.  There is no cost for registering and lunch will be provided.  Participants can submit suggested items to discuss via email to  joelinehan@usawaterpolo.org.  All updated information is below for the Texas Development Summit – 2018.

USA Water Polo – Texas Development Summit – 2018

Texas Development Summit Online Registration (Click Here):  Please register for the Texas Development Summit by Sunday, December 9th.  There is no cost for registering.  Sunday participants can submit suggested items to discuss via email to joelinehan@usawaterpolo.org.

Embassy Suites Hotel Reservation – Saturday night (click here):  A special rate of $139/night for the Embassy Suites – Austin Central can be found at this link for Saturday night, December 15th.  The rate includes free parking, free cook to order breakfast, free wifi, and the Manager’s Special on Saturday evening.

Texas Development Summit Dates/Location:  Sunday, December 16th at the Embassy Suites – Austin Central, 5901 S IH 35 Frontage Rd., Austin, TX 78723, 512-454-8004.

Texas Development Summit Schedule – Sunday, December 16th:

  • 9:00-9:30 am:  Southwest Zone Coach, Club Admin, and Referee Registration/Check-In
  • 9:30 am-11:30 am:  Coach/Club Admin Meeting (Referees are welcome to attend)
  • 11:30-12:00 pm:  Lunch Provided for All Participants
  • 12:00 am-2:00 pm:  Referee Meeting (Coaches/Club Admins are welcome to attend)
  • 2:00-3:30 pm: Joint Coach/Club Admin/Referee Meeting
  • Participants can submit suggested items to discuss via email to joelinehan@usawaterpolo.org by Sunday, December 9th.

Texas Development Summit Online Registration (Click Here):  Please register for the Texas Development Summit by Sunday, December 9th.  There is no cost for registering.  Sunday participants can submit suggested items to discuss via email to joelinehan@usawaterpolo.org.

USA Water Polo Referee School

The Southwest Zone and USA Water Polo will be hosting a USA Water Polo Referee School on Saturday-Sunday, January 5-6, 2019 at the CFISD Pridgeon Stadium Natatorium (in conjunction with the SWZ ODP Camp #3).  This Referee School is not just for new and returning USA Water Polo Referees.  Coaches, High School Referees, and brand new referees are welcome to attend.  Collegiate and high school aged athletes interested in becoming referees are encouraged to attend (No experience necessary!!!).  Levon Dermendjian, USA Water Polo’s Director of Referees, will be administering the clinic.  Again, all are welcome to participate in the Referee School.  All Referee School information is listed below.  Please register online (see link below).   NOTE:  ATTENDANCE MEETS INSTRUCTIONAL CERTIFICATION CRITERIA FOR NEW AND RETURNING USA WATER POLO REFEREES.

Southwest Zone – USA Water Polo Referee School:

  • Date:  Saturday-Sunday, January 5-6, 2019
  • Location:  CFISD Pridgeon Stadium Natatorium, 12550 Windfern Rd B, Houston, TX 77064
  • Referee Clinician:  Levon Dermendjian, USA Water Polo Director of Referees
  • Online Registration:  Please use the following link to pre-register for the clinic.  You do NOT need to be a USA Water Polo member to attend the clinic.
  • Online Registration Link:  https://webpoint.usawaterpolo.com/wp15/Events2/Registrations/Register.wp?rgs_EventID=24054 
  • Cost:  $10 USAWP Members / $20 Non-Members
  • Saturday, January 5th Timeline:  10:00 am – 6:00 pm (Classroom Instruction)
  • Sunday, January 6th Timeline:  10:00 am – 1:00 pm (Classroom & On Deck Training)
  • USA Water Polo Referee School Contact:  Levon Dermendjian, ldermendjian@usawaterpolo.org
  • Want to become a USA Water Polo Referee..How to Get Started:  USAWP Referee Certification Guidelines (click here)

Texas Dare To Dream Festival – January 19-20, 2019 in Houston

Dare To Dream is a new event for our youngest athletes and is designed to be a fun, developmental tournament for 12 & Under Mixed teams and 10 & Under Mixed teams (no qualification required, no club affiliation required).  The Age as of Date for both divisions will be August 1, 2018 which should increase the number of eligible athletes and hopefully increase the number of teams entered into the tournament.  The hope is all clubs throughout the Southwest Zone will enter/support this event as well as teams from outside of Texas coming to Houston to join in on the fun.  Online Team RegistrationTexas Dare to Dream Festival - Online Registration (Click Here)

The Texas Dare to Dream Festival is a Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) based tournament for athletes 12 & Under and 10 & under.  Developing confidence and having fun will be the focus.  Athletes who take part will be invited to share their “dream” on our “I have a Dream” wall. Teams are invited to come to the Spring Branch ISD Natatorium ready to play, grow and enjoy the game.  There will be an athlete social Saturday evening.  Additionally, there will be FREE SplashBall Clinics as part of the Texas Dare to Dream Festival.  The clinic will have two sessions, Saturday 12pm – 1pm and Sunday 12pm – 1pm.  Splashball Online Registration:  Texas Dare to Dream Splashball Clinic Registration (Click Here).

USA Water Polo – Texas Dare to Dream Festival – Details:

  • Dates/Location:  Saturday, January 19th – Sunday, January 20th at the Spring Branch ISD Natatorium in Houston, TX
  • Divisions:  12U Mixed and 10U Mixed
  • Age as of Date:  August 1, 2018
  • Entry Fee: $450 per team. Payments will be collected when completing the online registration.
  • Registration Deadline:  Friday, January 4, 2019 at 9pm (PT).
  • Online Team RegistrationTexas Dare to Dream Festival - Online Registration (Click Here)
  • Roster Deadline: Monday, January 7, 2019 at 9pm (PT)
  • Roster Lockdown:  Friday, January 11, 2019 at 9pm (PT).  No changes will be permitted after the roster lockdown.
  • Tournament Requirements:
    • Age as of Date:  August 1, 2018
    • Bronze level membership and birth date verification is required for all athletes
    • There is no club affiliation rule for this national event
    • There is no qualification required for this tournament
    • Athletes can only play on one roster per division for the duration of the tournament
    • USAWP Rules: 5 minute quarters and :35 shot clock
    • Teams will play no more than 3 games per day
  • FREE Splashball Clinics:  There will be FREE SplashBall Clinic as part of the Texas Dare to Dream Festival.  The clinic will have two sessions, Saturday 12pm – 1pm and Sunday 12pm – 1pm. Athlete Splashball Online Registration:  Texas Dare to Dream Splashball Clinic Registration (Click Here).

Dallas Fall Invite Results; Connor Cup Winners

The Dallas Fall Invite concluded today at the SMU Natatorium in Dallas with the Dallas Masters defeating Viper Pigeons and Viper Pigeons defeating Wahoos to win the Open and Women’s divisions respectively.  Full results can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17NhFIIs3LTFKtadKo5AheXqBkjPUvSY0pKaRFgur7Qk/edit

Longhorn Aquatics earned enough Connor Cup Series points during 2018 to retain the Open Division Connor Cup for the second year in a row.  In addition, Longhorn Aquatics earned the Women’s Division Connor Cup for the first time and earlier this month North Texas Thunder WPC retained the Age Group Connor Cup for the third year running.  The complete Connor Cup Series scoring and standings can be found at the CONNOR CUP SERIES link on the menu of this page or here: http://www.southwestwaterpolo.org/?page_id=16