Southside Badger Brawl Results

Results from the Badger Brawl held this past weekend in Pearland, TX:

8th Grade Coed Navy Division: 
1. Pegasus
2. Thunder Black
3. Southside Navy
4. Sea Bears
5. Zilla

8th Grade Coed Silver Division: 
1. Viper Pigeons
2. Storm WPC
3. Thunder Silver
4. Longhorn
5. Southside Silver

8th Grade Girls: 
1. Thunder
2. Southside

6th Grade Coed: 
1. Thunder
2. Sea Bears
3. Viper Pigeons
4. Southside

Saturday:
8:30 AM Southside v. Viper Pigeons 2- 7 (6th U)
9:20 AM Viper Pigeons v. Storm WPC 14 -11 (8th U Silver)
10:10 AM Southside Silver v. Longhorn 4- 18 (8th U Silver)
11:00 AM Southside Navy v. Sea Bears 17 -8 (8th U Navy)
11:50 AM Thunder Black v. Zilla 17 -4 (8th U Navy)
12:40 PM Thunder v. Sea Bears 19 -17 (6th U) Pool Closed
1:30 PM Storm WPC v. Southside Silver 21 -8 (8th U Silver)
2:20 PM Thunder Black v. Pegasus 10- 14 (8th U Navy)
3:10 PM Thunder Silver v. Viper Pigeons 5- 13 (8th U Silver) Southside Navy v. Zilla 18 -7 (8th U Navy)
4:00 PM Southside v. Sea Bears (6th U) 4- 16 Viper Pigeons v. Thunder 11- 17 (6th U)
4:50 PM
Thunder Silver v. Southside Silver 13 -11(8th U Silver) Pegasus v. Sea Bears (8th U Navy) 8 -3
5:40 PM Storm WPC v. Longhorn (8th U Silver) 12 -10 Thunder v. Southside (8th U Girls) 14 -2

Sunday:
8:30 AM Southside Navy v. Pegasus 6 -11 (8th U Navy) Longhorn v. Thunder Silver 5 -6 (8th U Silver)
9:20 AM Thunder Black v. Sea Bears (8th U Navy) 16 -1 Southside Silver v. Viper Pigeons (8th U Silver) 6- 15
10:10 AM Thunder v. Southside (8th U Girls) 14 -5 Southside v. Thunder (6th U) 2- 15
11:00 AM Pegasus v. Zilla (8th U Navy) 20 -14 Sea Bears v. Viper Pigeons (6th U) 16 -9
11:50 AM Southside Navy v. Thunder Black (8th U Navy) 9- 14 Longhorn v. Viper Pigeons (8th U Silver) 7- 11
12:40 PM Zilla v. Sea Bears (8th U Navy) 10- 17 Storm v. Thunder Silver (8th U Silver) 11- 7
1:30 PM Thunder v. Sea Bears (6th U – 1st) 20 -18 Viper Pigeons v. Southside (6th U – 3rd) 13 -4
2:20 PM Pegasus v. Thunder Black (8th 1st Navy) 17- 7 Viper Pigeon v. Storm (8th 1st Silver) 13 -8

Southwest Zone NJO Qualifier and National Junior Olympics Information – 2019

Below is the Southwest Zone NJO Qualifier tournament information.  For 2019, the SWZ NJO Quals has been divided up into two separate tournaments:  14U/12U/10U Divisions on June 7-9, 2019 at the Pearland ISD Natatorium and the 18U/16U Divisions on June 14-16 at the CFISD Natatorium in Northwest Houston.  The Southwest Zone NJO Qualifier Tournaments will be the qualification/seeding events for the USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics for the Southwest Zone.  Only teams attempting to qualify for NJO’s will be allowed to enter the tournaments.

Below are all the information, dates, links, deadlines, etc. specific for the Southwest Zone NJO Quals events.  Please pay close attention to the deadlines listed for each weekend.  For 2019, there are two sets of team entry deadlines, roster deadlines, and club affiliation/age verification/membership deadlines (deadlines based on specific event dates).  Additionally,  the USA Water Polo changes to the Conduct of Championships for 2019 are listed at the bottom of this post.

Entry Fee:  The entry fee will be $500 per team.  All teams will play 4-5 games for the tournament.   Make checks payable to Southwest Water Polo.  Please send entry fee payments to Southwest Water Polo (for the Southwest Zone NJO Quals ONLY), c/o Joe Linehan, 2932 Chris Lane, Grapevine, Irving, TX 76051.  Payments will not be accepted online for the Southwest Zone NJO Qualifier (mailed or brought to the tournament).  Payment will be required for NJO Registration when completing your online entry process (pay later for Southwest Zone NJO Qualifier).

Athlete Eligibility:  An athlete’s age for the Southwest Zone NJO Qualifier and NJO’s is determined by their age on August 1, 2019 for both boys & girls (*see exception below).  Athletes MUST be Gold Members of USA Water Polo and have the proper Club Affiliation in order to be rostered for the Southwest Zone NJO Qualifier and the National Junior Olympics.  Athletes also must complete the Age Verification online at the USA Water Polo website in order to be eligible to compete in either event (one time only process).  *The one exception to this rule will be for those graduating senior athletes who turn 19 before August 1st.  These athletes can play in the 18U Division as long as they graduate High School in May/June 2019 (must turn in transcript to USA Water Polo and have them approve the exception).

USA Water Polo NJO’s Website:  https://usawaterpolo.org/sports/2018/12/19/junior-olympics.aspx 

NJO’s Preliminary Zone Allocations:  https://usawaterpolo.org/documents/2019/2/19/2019_Preliminary_Allocations.pdf 

NJO Qualifier/NJO Registration Process:  https://usawaterpolo.org/documents/2016/8/25/_uswp_genrel_2016_17_misc_non_event__JO_Registration_Instructions.pdf 

14U/12U/10U SWZ NJO Qualifier Information:  June 7-9, 2019 at the Pearland ISD Natatorium, 4141 Bailey Road, Pearland, TX 77584.  There will be two all deep 25 yard courses with warm-up space between the two courses.

  • Event Information:  https://webpoint.usawaterpolo.com/wp15/Events2/ViewEvt.wp?EventID=25372 
  • Team Registration:  https://webpoint.usawaterpolo.com/wp15/Events2/Registrations/TeamRgs.wp?rgs_EventID=25372 
  • Team Registration Deadline for NJO Quals/NJO’s:  Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 9:00 pm (PT).  Teams/Clubs will need to enter both NJO Quals & NJO’s.  This will include payment for the National Junior Olympics.
  • Roster Deadline:  Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 9:00 pm (PT).  Rosters will only be accepted via the USA Water Polo roster verification system.
  • Final Roster Deadline:  Monday, June 3, 2019 at 9:00 pm (PT).  Any roster changes made between May 31st and June 3rd will incur a $100 late roster fee.  No roster changes after June 3rd, no exceptions.
  • Club Affiliation/Age Verification/Gold Membership Deadline:  Monday, June 3, 2019 at 9:00 pm (PT).  Any ineligible athletes or coaches will be removed from the roster June 3rd at 9:01 PM (PT).

18U/16U SWZ NJO Qualifier Information:  June 14-16, 2019 at the CFISD Natatorium, 12550 Windfern Rd, Houston, TX 77064.  There will be two all deep 25 yard courses with warm-up space between the two courses.

  • Event Information:  https://webpoint.usawaterpolo.com/wp15/Events2/ViewEvt.wp?EventID=25385 
  • Team Registration:  https://webpoint.usawaterpolo.com/wp15/Events2/Registrations/TeamRgs.wp?rgs_EventID=25385 
  • Team Registration Deadline for NJO Quals/NJO’s:  Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 9:00 pm (PT).  Teams/Clubs will need to enter both NJO Quals & NJO’s.  This will include payment for the National Junior Olympics.
  • Roster Deadline:  Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 9:00 pm (PT).  Rosters will only be accepted via the USA Water Polo roster verification system.
  • Final Roster Deadline:  Monday, June 10, 2019 at 9:00 pm (PT).  Any roster changes made between June 6th and June 10th will incur a $100 late roster fee.  No roster changes after June 10th, no exceptions.
  • Club Affiliation/Age Verification/Gold Membership Deadline:  Monday, June 10, 2019 at 9:00 pm (PT).  Any ineligible athletes or coaches will be removed from the roster June 3rd at 9:01 PM (PT).

USA Water Polo Changes to the Conduct of Championships for 2019:

  1. Initial Roster Deadline is changed from 15 days to 8 days prior to the start of JO Quals*.
  2. Roster Lockdown and Club Affiliation Requirement changed from 8 days to 4 days prior to the start of JO Quals*.
  3. 12U Mixed Division added to Session 2. Athletes who participate in 12u Boys or 12u Girls will not be allowed to participate in the 12u Mixed division or vice versa, including JO Quals.
  4. Zones will be permitted to request a swap of a Championship Allocations (1-48th place) for a Classic Division Allocations (49-96th place) with approval from the Championship Finals Management Committee (CFMC).  Requests must be specific to age group and gender and must be submitted within 10 days following the conclusion of the qualifier or July 1st, whichever comes first, to events@usawaterpolo.orgZone Chairs are the only people allowed to make the requests on behalf of their zone, requests made by individual clubs will not be reviewed. 

Southwest Zone ‘Club Of The Year’ Award

The Southwest Zone wishes to establish a formal ‘Club of the Year’ award. This award is focused on contributions made to the expansion of water polo within the Southwest Zone.  A ‘Club of the Year’ will be awarded to both an Age Group ‘Club of the Year’ and a Masters ‘Club of the Year’ and will be based on earned points from several categories accumulated over a calendar year.

Club of the Year points can be accumulated in four areas:
(1) Participation in USAWP National Level events;
(2) Sponsoring of new referees;
(3) Sponsoring of new water polo clubs;
(4) Membership growth (Future Definition).

General Operation Rules

The spirit behind the ‘Club of the Year’ is to benefit all water polo players within the zone.  This goal will be applied in any required evaluation by the Southwest Zone Board for situations not covered by these rules explicitly.

Declaration of points earned should be sent by email to:  ralbach@usawaterpolo.org

For national event participation, all claims for points must be declared within one week after the event’s conclusion and must include the team’s official USAWP verified roster.

For sponsorship of new referees or clubs, all claims for points must be declared at the time the sponsorship initiates and then points may be awarded at the end of the year if the sponsored entity fulfills the requirements of these rules. The last date for which claims can be declared will be 15 November of the current year.  All declarations are associated within a calendar year unless relevant to exceptions explicitly mentioned.

All scoring disputes regarding the proper award of points will follow the same process as currently defined for Connor Cup scoring.

USAWP National Level Event Participation

Events that will generate participation points are:

Age Group Events: Rocktober, Junior Olympics and Champions Cup.  Five (5) points will be awarded for each team from a club that enters in any qualified Age Group event, but with a maximum of ten (10) points per club per event.  Age and gender divisions within an event are not considered different events for earning participation points. Points awarded in this category will be applied only to the Age Group ‘Club of the Year’ scoring.

Masters Events: Masters Nationals.  Five (5) points will be awarded for each team from a club that enters in any qualified Masters event, but with a maximum of ten (10) points per club per event.   Age and gender divisions within an event are not considered different events for earning participation points. Points awarded in this category will be applied only to the Masters ‘Club of the Year’ scoring.

For participation points in USA Water Polo National Level events, the majority of the team’s official entry roster must be comprised of Southwest Zone members.  If the roster contains Southwest Zone members from more than one Southwest Zone club, then participation points are distributed according to the following formula:

-One (1) point for the participating club

-All remaining points distributed by percentage to the respective clubs represented by players on the team’s official roster.  Any fraction resulting from this calculation will be truncated.

Example 1: Club A is entering a team in the Masters Nationals event.  Of the 10 members, 5 are from Club A; 3 are from Club B; and 2 are from Club C.  Club A gets one (1) point for acting as the entering entity. The remaining points are then distributed according to the roster percentages as follows:

2 points for Club A (50% of 4 remaining points = 2); 1 point for Club B (30% of 4 remaining points = 1.2); 0 points for Club C (20% of 4 remaining points = 0.8). The final point in this example is not allocated and the net point count for the clubs with participants is 4.

Sponsoring of New Referees

The Southwest Zone wishes to encourage the growth of certified referees and will award existing clubs that sponsor new referees.  Referee sponsorship is defined as any activity driven by a club that results in new referees completing the tasks defined below and will result in the award of three (3) points for each new referee.  Referees for both USAWP and TISCA High School will be accepted.  If a club sponsors a new refereeand wishes to receive points for that sponsorship, then both the club and the referee  must declare the sponsorship.  The sponsoring club must also determine whether they want their points applied to ‘Club of the Year’ scoring for either the Age Group or Masters category and this must be decided at the time of the sponsorship declaration and cannot be changed.

Referee sponsorship points will be awarded when the referee has completed all required accreditation to become certified AND works a minimum of 10 officially sanctioned games within the Southwest Zone. Sponsorship is only applicable to individuals whose USAWP referee membership started the year of the sponsorship declaration and had not been a referee for the prior two calendar years.

Example 2: Club D has recruited 2 new referees (X and Y), neither of which has been a referee during the previous two years. Referee X becomes certified and works 10 officially sanctioned games that same calendar year.   Referee Y becomes certified but does not finish their 10 officially sanctioned games until January of the next year. Club D receives 3 points for referee X, however club D won’t receive their points for Referee Y until the following year. <Note that the Referee Y example is one where the calendar year is NOT a disqualifying factor for points>

Example 3: Club A declares the sponsorship of 3 new referees and decides that they want points for referee 1 to be applied to the Masters category and referees 2 and 3 to be applied to the Age Group category.  If all 3 new referees become certified and work 10 games, then Club A will be awarded 3 points in the Masters category and 6 points in the Age Group category.

Sponsoring of New Water Polo Clubs

The Southwest Zone wishes to expand the number of clubs in the zone. These may be either a USAWP club, a High School program, or a CWPA program and will award existing clubs that sponsor new water polo clubs  Club sponsorship is defined as any activity driven by a club that results in the creation of a new USAWP club, a new high school program or a new CWPA program that completes the tasks defined below and will result in the award of ten (10) points for each new USAWP club, five (5) points for each new high school program and three (3) points for each new CWPA club.

Club sponsorship points will be awarded when either the new high school or CWPA program competes and fully participates in a full season or the new USAWP club wholly competes as an independent entity in either 2 local leagues or 3 Connor Cup designated events within a calendar year.  Points will be awarded in the year in which the season or eligible events are completed. The new club or program must not have existed in any form in the previous 2 calendar years. If a club sponsors a new club/program and wishes to receive points for that sponsorship, then both the sponsoring club and the new club/programmust declare the sponsorship.  The sponsoring club must also determine whether they want their points applied to ‘Club of the Year’ scoring for either the Age Group or Masters category and this must be decided at the time of the sponsorship declaration and cannot be changed.

Example 4: Club B declares the sponsorship of a new USAWP club and a new high school program and decides that they want points for the USAWP club to be applied to the Masters category and the high school program to be applied to the Age Group category.  If both new clubs/programs complete the minimum competition requirements defined above, then Club B will be awarded 10 points in the Masters category and 5 points in the Age Group category.

 

USAWP Texas Development Town Hall Meetings

USA Water Polo Texas Development will be hosting “Town Hall Meetings” on Sunday, April 7th at the Pearland ISD Natatorium (Houston Area) and on Sunday, April 14th at the Southlake Carroll ISD Aquatic Center (North Texas).  Both “Town Hall Meetings” will have multiple sessions:  Sports Growth, Parent/Athlete Education, and Playing Water Polo in College.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend…parents, coaches, athletes, referees, etc..

USAWP Houston Area – Town Hall Meeting – Sunday, April 7th:

  • Date/Time:  Sunday, April 7th
  • Location:  Pearland ISD Natatorium (on deck classroom)
  • Playing Water Polo in College: 1:00-2:15 pm. Different Opportunities to Play in College; Steps, Benefits, Levels, Processes, etc. to Play NCAA Water Polo, Recruiting Ins/Outs
  • USAWP Sports Growth: 2:15-3:30 pm.  USAWP Southwest Zone, UIL Status, Sports Growth in Texas, New USAWP Rules v. High School Rules, Question & Answer Session
  • Parent/Athlete Education: 3:30-4:30 pm.  History of Water Polo, Basic Terms/Team Tactics, Simplified Version of Rules & Regulations, Question & Answer Session
  • ALL ARE WELCOME…PARENTS, ATHLETES, COACHES, REFEREES, etc.

USAWP North Texas – Town Hall Meeting – Sunday, April 14th:

  • Date/Time:  Sunday, April 14th
  • Location:  Southlake Carroll ISD Aquatic Center (on deck classroom)
  • USAWP Sports Growth: 12:00-1:15 pm.  USAWP Southwest Zone, UIL Status, Sports Growth in Texas, New USAWP Rules v. High School Rules, Question & Answer Session
  • Parent/Athlete Education: 1:15-2:30 pm.  History of Water Polo, Basic Terms/Team Tactics, Simplified Version of Rules & Regulations, Question & Answer Session
  • Playing Water Polo in College: 2:30 pm-4:00 pm. Different Opportunities to Play in College; Steps, Benefits, Levels, Processes, etc. to Play NCAA Water Polo, Recruiting Ins/Outs
  • ALL ARE WELCOME…PARENTS, ATHLETES, COACHES, REFEREES, etc.

Genai Kerr Water Polo Camps in Houston, March 12-15

Genai Kerr will be coming to Texas for a series of 5-Meter Water Polo Camps during Spring Break, March 12-March 15 in the Houston area:  the Houston Camp – March 12-13 in Northwest Houston, the Pearland Camp – March 14th, and the League City Camp – March 15th.  Each camp is an opportunity for athletes to work with Genai in a unique, diverse learning environment.  5-Meter Water Polo Camps gives athletes an opportunity to experience the lifestyle, nutrition and training of an Olympian. They also get practical training tips and drills designed by some of the best coaches in the world.   All of Genai’s Houston Area Meter Water Polo Camps are open to all levels of athletes, but there is limited space available at each camp.  Please pass the word…all are welcome!!!

Genai Kerr is a USA Water Polo Olympian, coach, mentor, and true ambassador of the sport.  Genai was a member of the United States Men’s National Water Polo Team for 12 years and played in the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2003 & 2007 Pan American Gold Medal games, and multiple World Championships.  He is one of the only athletes in history to compete internationally as both a goalie and a field player.  Genai was named MVP of the 2012 US Open after he helped Newport Water Polo Foundation win the national championship.   Genai has coached at every level, from age group to Division 1 college programs.  Over the last 15 years, he has run hundreds of camps and impacted thousands of lives.

Texas 5-Meter Water Polo Camps, March 12-15:  Below are the dates and location for each individual camp with an online registration link.

New FINA Rules and Interpretations

New FINA Rules and Interpretations

Updated February 25, 2019 – 9:45 PM PST

The following new rules and interpretations will be in effect on March 1, 2019 for all USA Water Polo events.

1. Rule WP19 -Location of Free Throw: A free throw shall be taken at the spot of the ball, except (a) if the foul is committed by a defending player within the defender’s 2-meter area, the free throw shall be taken outside the 2-meter line and, (b) where otherwise provided for in the rules.

Additional Comments:

- Referees will no longer move the ball back to the spot of the foul for any reason. The game continues at the spot of the ball after a foul is awarded unless the ball is within the defenders 2-meter area.

- Goal throws must still be taken within the 2-meter area.

Situation: A player on offense attempts to turn inside water at the point position at 9 meters. The defender knocks the ball away to 7 meters just before the referee whistles an ordinary foul. The player on offense swims, gets the ball at 7 meters, shoots immediately and scores.

Ruling: Goal. Since the play continues at the spot of the ball, the player does not need to go back to 9 meters to shoot directly. As long as the foul and the ball are outside 5m, they can shoot directly. (6m on January 1, 2020)

2. Rule WP5 -Additional Substitution Area: An additional substitution re-entry area will be at any place in between the goal line and center pool line on the team’s half of the field of play (for flying substitutions). Substitute must always enter the water via behind the goal line, in the corner, nearest the team bench.

Additional Comments:

- This rule only applies to pools with sidelines of at least a half meter from the wall. If sidelines are less than a half meter or if there are no sidelines, flying substitutions are not allowed.

- Half meter will be at the discretion of the referee.

- This rule does not affect live-time substitutions through the re-entry area (exclusion box) which are always allowed regardless of pool and sideline configurations.

- There is no restriction on the number of substitutes a team may have at the side of the pool, and there is no limit for number of players to be substituted at one time.

- This area cannot be used as “warming-up” area.

- Players must visibly touch hands above the water once both, the player who is leaving and the substitute, are outside of the field of play and both heads are above water.

- The player who is leaving must swim along the side of the pool until behind the goal line.

- Substitution can occur anywhere between the team’s goal line and the center line, and it can occur anytime during the game, except after a penalty throw is awarded.

- Any of the referees or the designated official at the table can signal a violation of this rule, and the sanction for improper entry has to be applied.

- Players can stay in substitution area for reasonable amount of time. This is similar approach as for the players staying in exclusion box (re-entry area).

- Player subbing in cannot push off the wall. If committed while team is in possession of the ball, player is excluded for 20 seconds and free throw awarded to the opposing team. If not in possession of the ball, player is excluded for 20 seconds and a penalty throw is awarded to the opposing team.

Situation #1: The player subbing out has left the field of play but touches their teammates hand while their head was still underwater. The substitute enters the field of play.

Ruling: If committed while team is in possession of the ball, player is excluded for 20 seconds and free throw awarded to the opposing team. If not in possession of the ball, player is excluded for 20 seconds and a penalty throw is awarded to the opposing team.

Situation #2: The player subbing out is still in the field of play when he touches his teammates hand over the lane line. Before the player leaves, the substitute enters the field of play thus being the 8th player for that team.

Ruling: The substitute is excluded for the remainder of the game with a substitute in the re-entry area and a live-time penalty throw is awarded to the opposing team. This is the penalty regardless if the team is in possession of the ball or not.

3. Rule WP11 -Interval at Half-time: The interval at half-time shall be no more than 3 minutes.

4. Rule WP14 – Goalkeeper Privileges: The goalkeeper is allowed to move beyond and touch the ball past the half distance line. They are allowed to shoot from anywhere and can participate as a shooter in a penalty shot or shootout.

Additional Comments:

- 12/10U goalkeepers may NOT move past half during the game or shoot a penalty throw. However, they are allowed to participate as a shooter during a shootout. It is an offensive foul (turnover) if they go beyond their defensive side of the half.

- The goalkeeper loses his/her privileges outside the 5m line. (6m line on January 1, 2020)

- The goalkeeper and back-up goalkeeper can be changed to defend in the cage during a shootout. However, if a goalkeeper is listed as one of the 5 shooters, that player or their order in the shootout cannot be changed.

- It is possible for a goalkeeper to commit an ordinary foul if it does not take away a probable goal. i.e. goalkeeper joins team in attacking half and plays offense. As the ball turns over, they commit a normal possessional foul just as any other field player. This should just be an ordinary foul.

5. Rule WP12 -Time-outs: A team is entitled to no more than 2 time-outs per game. Time-outs can be called at any time by the coach of the team in possession of the ball, except after awarding a penalty throw.

6. New Rule – Direct Shot Signal by the Referees: If a free throw is awarded for a foul outside, but within one meter of the 5m line, the referee administering the free throw will point downward to the 5m line to indicate that the player is eligible to shoot a direct shot on goal. (6m line on January 1, 2020)

Additional New Interpretations:

1. Leaving the Field of Play – If a player exits the field of play during live play under the sideline or goal line, other than from the re-entry area, there is no penalty against that player. They would still have to swim to the re-entry area to come back into the field of play or for the substitute to be allowed to enter. If the player re-enters back into the field of play, other than from the re-entry area, the player is excluded for 20 seconds and free throw awarded to the opposing team. If not in possession of the ball, player is excluded for 20 seconds and a penalty throw is awarded to the opposing team. If the player exiting the field of play does not go to the re-entry area, the substitute will not be allowed to enter unless there’s a time-out, a goal has scored, or a quarter break.

2. Referees will no longer stop play to exclude the center defender away from the ball. However, the ball cannot be passed into the center for a quick goal until the referee signals the excluded players cap number. If the ball is passed into the center before the referee signals the excluded players cap number, the referee will blow the whistle and signal a free pass to be taken at the location of the ball (provided it is outside of 2m). The intent is for the delay to be brief therefore the referees are instructed to quickly gesture the sweeping motion of an exclusion first and then display the excluded players number.

3. Time allowed on free throw – The player taking a free throw shall put the ball in play without undue delay. This is a change from “immediately” to “without undue delay”.

4. Goalkeeper Exclusion – If a goalkeeper is excluded during live play, they are allowed to move a field player into the re-entry and use a back-up goalkeeper during the extra man situation. The position is NOT excluded, just that player.

5. Interval Time – Interval time has expanded to 5 instances.

  • 1. During a quarter break
  • 2. During a time-out
  • 3. After a goal is scored
  • 4. After awarding a penalty throw
  • 5. Any time the referee removes the ball from the water.

6. The penalty for calling a time-out without having possession of the ball is a penalty throw and a loss of a time-out.

7. “Tactical Foul” (Direct shot) – If a player on defense commits an ordinary foul outside of 5 meters (6m on Jan. 1, 2020)  and does one of the following as a “tactical foul” to prevent the player from shooting a direct shot:

  1. Knocks the ball inside 5 meters (6m on Jan. 1, 2020)
  2. Knocks the ball further away from the goal
  3. Throws the ball away from the goal

The defensive player shall be excluded for 20 seconds. If the tactical foul is committed toward the end of the game to prevent a goal, it is a penalty foul.

 

USAWP Texas Development: Upcoming Town Hall Meetings, Tournament/League Hosts, and Other Announcements!!!

With the upcoming start of the Texas High School Water Polo Season and the Spring USA Water Polo Club Season, USAWP Texas Development will be hosting a series of “Town Hall Meetings” in Austin/San Antonio, the Houston Area, and in North Texas. The first of the USAWP Town Hall Meetings will be in the Austin/San Antonio area on Saturday, February 23rd at the UT Swim Center Classroom. The Houston area Town Hall Meeting will be Sunday, April 7th in Pearland and the North Texas Town Hall Meeting will be Sunday, April 14th in Southlake (details to be announced later). All are welcome and encouraged to attend…parents, coaches, athletes, referees, etc.

Below are additional USAWP Texas Development Announcements:

USA Water Polo Coaching Manual (click here): The USA Water Polo Coaching Manual is the most comprehensive coaching document online regarding drills, skills, online links, etc.

USAWP Summit Videos Now Available (click here): Videos from the recently completed USA Water Polo Development Summit are now available. Once at the website, there will be instructions on how to access the videos from the discussions and presentations at the USAWP Development Summit on January 26-27, 2019. These videos are an excellent source of material for water polo coaches, athletes and referees on a variety of topics in our sport.

Tournament/League Hosting Outlines & Online Rosters: Attached are SWZ Hosting Outlines for USAWP sanctioned Weekend Tournaments and Local League Game Days. Hosts need be sure to communicate event information to clubs and to let their local Referee Leadership know the specifics of their event ASAP. Additionally, hosts need to make sure teams enter their rosters online via the USAWP online roster verification system prior to the start of the event. Club Admins have access to monitor roster entries through the USA Water Polo website. Lastly, tournament hosts need to email the SWZ Chair the official results/standings as soon as possible after a sanctioned USAWP event (for Connor Cup points, posting scores online, etc.).

USAWP Memberships & Online Rosters: Please make sure your athletes are USAWP prior to playing in any sanctioned USAWP event. NJO allocated slots for each zone are determined by the previous year’s membership numbers. Additionally, registering your athletes allows these athletes to be properly rostered for sanctioned leagues/weekend tournaments. Clubs that do not enter their team rosters online for Weekend Tournaments will not earn Connor Cup points for that event. Lastly, athletes/coaches/referees/clubs should be renewing their memberships as there are league game days/weekend tournaments coming up very quickly this Spring Season.

ID Checks/Photo ID’s: The Referees will be doing ID Checks for coaches/athletes at all USAWP sanctioned events. Coaches/Club Admins need to be prepared for ID Checks. All athletes need to be Bronze, Silver, or Gold members of USA Water Polo (or Shieldy, Young Adult Memberships). All coaches need to be registered with USA Water Polo and updated on their background check, 1st Aid/CPR, Safe Sport, etc. We recommend that all athletes download a picture with their USA Water Polo account (process takes two minutes). Teams are responsible for providing their own verified team rosters when doing roster checks. 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).

Southwest Zone Events – Bid Deadlines: If your club would like to co-host one of the SWZ tournaments, please return a completed Southwest Zone Events Bid Packet to joelinehan@usawaterpolo.org by Monday, February 18th for the TAGS Water Polo Champs and by Monday, March 4th for the SWZ NJO Quals. Please be sure to complete separate bids for each event. The tournament locations will be approved by the Southwest Zone Chair/Board and be announced within one week of the bid deadlines.

Southwest Zone Calendar & Club Contacts: Google Docs/Sheets for the Southwest Zone Calendar & Club Contacts has been created which will be updated continuously (no longer sending documents to everyone). The Southwest Zone – Club Contacts is tabbed at the bottom for each region and Collegiate Club teams (Coaches, Club Admins, and USAWP/Southwest Zone Positions). If there are changes or additions that need to be made to the calendar or contact list, please email joelinehan@usawaterpolo.org.

• Southwest Zone Calendar – 2019: For the online Google Doc Southwest Zone Calendar – 2019, please click here.
• Southwest Zone – Club Contacts: For the online Google Doc Southwest Zone – Club Contacts, please click here.

SWZ Outline – League Administration & League Game Day Hosting SWZ Outline – Hosting Weekend Tournaments Austin-San Antonio Area – USA Water Polo Town Hall Meeting – 2019