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