Southwest Zone Champs and National Junior Olympic Information

This is a reminder that the entry deadline for the Southwest Zone Champs, roster deadline for Southwest Zone Champs, NJO Team Entries, and Athletes Club Affiliation/Age Verification is this upcoming Friday, May 23rd. Attached is all the Southwest Zone Champs Information. If you plan on trying to qualify for NJO’s, your team MUST enter both the Southwest Zone Champs and the National Junior Olympics online by Friday, May 23rd. For the Southwest Zone Champs, all athletes need to be GOLD members of USA Water Polo. I would recommend that you do not wait until the evening of Friday, May 23rd to attempt to enter or check your teams USA Water Polo membership status. For those teams NOT trying to Qualify for NJO’s, please see the notes below.

Teams NOT trying to qualify for NJO’s (still wanting to play at Southwest Zone Champs):
• Age Eligibility will remain the same (an athlete’s age is their age on August 1, 2014).
• Athletes on these teams will need to be Silver OR Gold members of USA Water Polo.
• All athletes should have their ages verified. Club Affiliation will not be an issue with these teams.
• Clubs must email southwestwaterpolo@earthlink.net their team ENTRIES by Friday, May 23rd. Please be specific on team names, divisions, gender, etc.
• Clubs must email southwestwaterpolo@earthlink.net their team ROSTERS by Friday, May 30th. Please be specific on team names, divisions, gender, etc.

TAGS Results

The annual Texas Age Group Championships were contested this weekend in Austin, TX. Final standings were:

6th Grade & Younger Coed Division:
1. Thunder Water Polo
2. Viper Pigeons Blue (West Houston WP)
3. Longhorn Aquatics
4. Viper Pigeons Orange (West Houston WP)
5. Central Texas WPC

8th Grade & Younger Coed Division:
1. Viper Pigeons Green (West Houston WP)
2. Thunder Water Polo – Black
3. Viper Pigeons Black (West Houston WP)
4. Longhorn Aquatics
5. St. Mark’s
6. Thunder Water Polo – Silver
7. Viper Pigeons Red (West Houston WP)

Southwest Zone Champs and NJO Qualifications

The Southwest Zone Championship tournament information will be located at the UT Swim Center on June 7-8, 2014. The Southwest Zone Championships will be the qualification/seeding tournament for the National Junior Olympics for the Southwest Zone. Teams do not need to be attempting to qualify for NJO’s in order to participate in the Southwest Zone Champs. Some of the highlights for the Southwest Zone Champs and National Junior Olympics are:

USA Water Polo NJO Website: http://www.usawaterpolo.org/juniorolympics/index-2014.html

NJO Allocated Spots: http://www.usawaterpolo.org/juniorolympics/allocations-seeding.html

Entry Fee: The entry fee will be $250 per team. Make checks payable to Southwest Water Polo. Please send entry fee payments to Southwest Water Polo (for Southwest Zone Champs ONLY), 7750 North Macarthur Blvd, #120-275, Irving, TX 75063. Payments will not be accepted online for Southwest Zone Champs (mailed or brought to the tournament).

Athlete Eligibility: An athlete’s age for the Southwest Zone Champs and NJO’s is determined by their age on August 1st for both boys & girls (*see exception below). Athletes MUST be Gold Members of USA Water Polo in order to be entered into the Southwest Zone Championships and 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. *The one exception to this rule will be for those graduating senior athletes who turn 19 before August 1st. These athletes can now play in the 18U Division as long as they graduate High School in May/June 2013. TEAMS NOT TRYING TO QUALIFY for NJO’s: Age Eligility will remain the same. Athletes on these teams will need to be Silver OR Gold members of USA Water Polo.

Club Affiliation/Age Verification Deadline (NO EXCEPTIONS): Athletes and Coaches MUST be registered with the Club they intend to play with by Friday, May 23rd at 9:00 pm. Athletes will also need to have their Age Verification completed by this date. Athletes who turn 19 before August 1st AND graduated from high school in May/June must turn in their official transcript with USA Water Polo by this date. This deadline is for both Southwest Zone Championships and the National Junior Olympics. TEAMS NOT TRYING TO QUALIFY for NJO’s: All athletes need to have their ages verified. Club Affiliation will not be an issue with these teams

Deadline for Southwest Zone Champs Team Entries: The deadline for the Southwest Zone Champs team entries is Friday, May 23rd at 9:00 pm. For those teams trying to qualify for NJO’s, teams will need to enter the Southwest Zone Champs at https://webpoint.usawaterpolo.com/wp15/Events2/ViewEvt.wp?EventID=9749. These teams will also need to enter NJO’s when registering for Southwest Zone Champs. Payments will not be accepted online for Southwest Zone Champs (mailed or brought to the tournament). TEAMS NOT TRYING TO QUALIFY for NJO’s: For those teams which do not intend to qualify for NJO’s, clubs must email southwestwaterpolo@earthlink.net their team entries by Friday, May 23rd. Please be specific on team names, divisions, gender, etc.

Deadline for NJO Team Entries: The deadline for entry in National Junior Olympics for teams from the Southwest Zone is Friday, May 23rd at 9:00 pm. Only online entry is available for NJO’s. In order to qualify for NJO’s, clubs/teams must enter the Southwest Zone Champs (see process above). Failure to enter the Southwest Zone Championships will disqualify any NJO entry for the respective club’s team in a specific age/gender division. To enter the National Junior Olympics, please complete the online entry process at https://webpoint.usawaterpolo.com/wp15/Events2/ViewEvt.wp?EventID=9288 (Session #1) and/or https://webpoint.usawaterpolo.com/wp15/Events2/ViewEvt.wp?EventID=9294 (Session #2). NJO’s Session #1 is for All Boys Divisions, 22U Girls, and 10U Girls. NJO’s Session #2 is for All Girls Division (except 10U Girls) and 10U Mixed.

Rosters for Southwest Zone Champs: Rosters for Southwest Zone Champs will be due Friday, May 23rd at 9:00 pm. Rosters for Southwest Zone Champs will only be accepted via the USA Water Polo roster verification system. More entry information is on the attached documents. There will be a roster “Lockdown Deadline” on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm. Any roster changes made between May 23rd and May 30th will incur a $100 late roster fee. No changes will be made to rosters after May 30th (no exceptions). TEAMS NOT TRYING TO QUALIFY for NJO’s: For those teams which do not intend to qualify for NJO’s, clubs must email southwestwaterpolo@earthlink.net their team entries by Friday, May 30th. Please be specific on team names, divisions, gender, etc.

Contact info:
Joe Linehan
Southwest Zone Chair
713-705-0945
southwestwaterpolo@earthlink.net
www.SouthwestWaterPolo.org

TISCA Texas High School State Championships

In Austin this weekend, the Baytown Sterling girls defeated Houston Cypress Creek 10-7 and Dallas St. Mark’s boys defeated Houston Clear Creek 12-5 to both earn 2014 TISCA Texas High School State Water Polo Championships.

Girls MVP was Callie Woodruff from Baytown Sterling and girls Coach of Year was Allie Hill, also from Baytown Sterling.

Boys MVP was Timothy Simenc from Dallas St. Mark’s and boys Coach of Year was Mihai Oprea, also from Dallas St. Mark’s.

The Woodlands (Houston) boys and Houston Clear Creek girls each took 3rd place.

Girls Standings:
1. Baytown Sterling
2. Houston Cypress Creek
3. Houston Clear Creek
4. Houston St. Agnes Academy
5. Houston Clear Springs
5. Houston Jersey Village
7. Houston Clear Lake
7. Houston Lamar
9. Denton
9. Southlake Carroll
9. Dallas Flower Mound
9. Dallas Rockwall
13. McNeil
13. Cedar Ridge
13. Round Rock
13. Anderson

Boys Standings:
1. Dallas St. Marks
2. Houston Clear Creek
3. The Woodlands
4. Southlake Carroll
5. Denton
5. Houston Clear Lake
7. Houston Brazoswood
7. Houston Clear Springs
9. Denton Ryan
9. Houston Strake Jesuit Prep
9. Houston Jersey Village
9. Houston Cypress Creek
13. San Antonio Alamo Heights
13. Round Rock
13. Waco Midway
13. Anderson

Fenton Trophy Series – 2014 Update

The Fenton Trophy is awarded annually to the team/club with the most cumulative points based on final standings in the four seasonal North Texas Water Polo Leagues. (For 2014: Fall 2013, Winter 2013-2014, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014). For each division of the various leagues, points are awarded based on finish to the top four teams: 5 points for first, 3 for second, 2 for third, and 1 for fourth (B Divisions and Open Divisions not included). The Fenton Trophy Series current standings can be viewed at http://thunderpolo.com/fenton-trophy-series-2014/ with Southlake-Grapevine currently placing first, Denton second, Flower Mound third, St Marks fourth, Rockwall fifth, and North Dallas in sixth place. The Fenton Trophy is named for George Fenton who is the current President of the Dallas Water Polo Club. George has been a member of the Dallas Water Polo Club for the past 20+ years and has been an integral part of the growth of water polo in North Texas at the youth levels beginning in Spring 2009.

North Texas Spring League – Championship Recap

North Texas Spring League – 2014- Championship Recap: On Sunday, April 27th at the Denton ISD Natatorium, the North Texas Spring League concluded with competitions in two divisions: 6th Grade U and 8th Grade U. The final League Game Day was the last of three Game Days this spring with the first one being Sunday, May 30th at St Marks and the second Game Day being Sunday, April 6th in Grapevine. Results from the first two League Game Days seeded the Championship Round for each division. In the 6th Grade & younger division, the Flower Mound team beat Denton 18-15 in the first place game with Southlake-Grapevine placing third. In the 8th Grade & Younger Division, Southlake-Grapevine beat St Marks in Sudden Victory 6-5 with Denton placing third and Flower Mound fourth. Again, congratulations to all the athletes/teams and the division champions. All North Texas Spring League – Final Results, pictures of the Division Champions and Award Winners (including all 6th Grade U teams) can be found at http://thunderpolo.com/north-texas-spring-league-2014/.