Southwest Zone Board Election Results

The 2014 Southwest Zone Board elections were concluded in December to elect three new Board members to make up the Southwest Zone Board of seven members. Mid term Board members not up for election and continuing their terms are Joe Linehan (North Texas), Robert Albach (Austin), Jim Linehan (Houston) and Vern Heimbigner (North Texs, assigned as Zone Head Refeee). Newly elected members are John Rightmyer (San Antonio), Kevin Kehoe (Houston), Richard Hibbs (Dallas). The bios of the newly elected members are found below. The next elections will be in two years (Fall 2016).

• Richard Hibbs (Dallas, TX) – Pres. of St. Mark’s WP, volunteer for North Dallas WPC. Part of community & professional organizations; Lake Highlands Land Use Committee; Advisory Boards at TCU, Texas Tech and Collin College; Dir of Sunday School class, Boy Scout leadership; Dir of Paluxy Guides, Pres of the Texas/Oklahoma Chapter of the International Interior Design Association; IIDA, Texas Society of Architects & AIA Dallas. Rick is an Architect & Dir at a property restoration firm. Has 2 sons who play for St. Mark’s WPC.
• Kevin Kehoe (Houston, TX) – Has over twenty-five years of water polo experience at the club, high school and college level. He is the founder and head coach of Jesuit Water Polo Club and works as a counselor and head coach for water polo and swimming at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, in Houston. Growing up in Southern California, Kevin previously coached at Lakewood High School and played at the University of California, Riverside.
• John Rightmyer (San Antonio, TX) – BS Economics Texas A&M 2000, MA Economics UTSA in 2005; JD St. Mary’s Univ 2005. Currently the Managing Attorney and Shareholder Rothrock & Rightmyer, PC, San Antonio, TX; Adjunct Professor of Economics UTSA. John played HS water polo in San Antonio & at Texas A&M, currently referees all levels of the sport. USA Water Polo referee since 2007, CWPA referee since 2008, and currently serves as the TAWPO President, the primary referee organization for high school and club water polo in Texas.

USAWP New Rules for 12U/10U

USAWP announced rule modifications for the youngest athletes in the 10U and 12U age groups. A summary of the new rules can be found here: NEW RULES. The impetus behind these rules derives from a broad international and domestic basis. Here are some points of discussion to give a little background on the reason for the changes:

Online Video Explanation of New Rules for 12U/10U:

– These rules have been successfully implemented for over a decade in all of the developed water polo countries around the globe. In fact, at the moment the USA is the only developed water polo country not to use modified rules for 10u and 12u.

– These rules are used by the largest development water polo league in the world “Haba Waba”, and have gained full support from FINA, LEN and UANA. The countries using these rules to develop their athletes have a grown larger interest in our sport and developed some of the best athletes in the world.

– In California, the “Ironman Water Polo League” has been using these rules for the last two years with successful implementation amongst coaches, referees and athletes.

– Modified rules for these age groups is common amongst most youth sports in the world. USA Soccer, USA Field Hockey, USA Ice Hockey, USA Basketball and the USOC were all consulted during this process.

– For example, most 10u basketball leagues ban zone defenses. This rule is in place to help athletes develop the crucial one on one defensive skills necessary for fundamental success in the sport.

– The overriding goal of rule changes at these age groups is to de-emphasize the focus on winning, by concentrating on fundamental athlete development, and in turn attract a larger base of athletes to our great sport.

Rules regarding the size of the goal for 10U athletes remains the same as established in 1/2014. Implementation the new goal size for 12Us is being phased in to allow coaches and clubs time to adjust. 12U will not go into effect until September 2015 for USA Water Polo National Events, and January 2017 for all other sanctioned events.

With the exception of the 12U goal size outlined above, these new rules are effective immediately and will be used for JO Qualifying Tournaments, JOs, Rock-tober 2015.

Southwest Zone Meeting – Feb 9th

There will be a Southwest Zone Meeting/Conference Call at 8:30 pm (conference call #: 605-475-3200, participant pin: 171503) on Monday, February 9th open to all Southwest Zone members.

– introduction of new Zone Board members
– 2014 SW Zone Award Winners
– 2015 Connor Cup Series plans
– Zone Policies&Procedures