USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics

Huntington Beach, CA – July 22 – The 2014 USA Water Polo Junior Olympics, the world’s largest water polo tournament, starts this Saturday in the Palo Alto/San Jose, CA area. Over 10,000 athletes will compete among some 600 teams at 29 different locations during the week of water polo action. Session 1 featuring 10U girls and all boy’s competition will take place from July 26-29 followed by Session 2 which will take place July 31-August 3 featuring 10U mixed and all girl’s competition. Prior to the start of each session, the JO Expo will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton in San Jose on Friday, July 25th and Wednesday, July 30th. A live webcast will be provided free of charge by CoachesAid.com for all the gold medal matches in the championship tournament platinum division. For all things Junior Olympics related, visit the official tournament website by clicking here.

The Southwest Zone has teams entered from West Houston WP (Viper Pigeons), Thunder WPC, Jesuit Water Polo, Longhorn Aquatics and HOLA.

USA Water Polo ODP Program for 2015

(from USA Water Polo) Huntington Beach Calif. – July 23, 2014 — On the heels of restructuring the Olympic Development Program, regional coaching leadership for the program has been selected and a new National ODP Championship tournament scheduled for 2015, USA Water Polo Director of High Performance John Abdou announced earlier today. A total of 24 water polo coaches from around the nation have been named USAWP ODP Zone Head Coaches, deployed among 13 ODP Zones, adding a Great Lakes (MI, OH, Western PA) and Hawaii Zone to the traditional regions. ODP head coaches are responsible for programming and administrative duties in their respective zones. They will also coach the youngest age group teams in the championship tournament, which will include 96 total teams divided into six 16-team divisions—three for men and three for women. The boy’s national championship will be played February 27-March 1, 2015 and the girl’s national championship will be played March 14-16, 2015.

The announcement of an ODP championship and new zone coaching leadership is part of a profound evolution of the Olympic Development Program, which will be more modular and flexible in its fresh iteration. ODP “2.0” will offer two general camps in each USAWP zone in the 2014-2015 season, open to all USAWP Gold athletes. Camps will be led by a member of the USA Water Polo national team staff supported by zone coaches, and will offer a progressive program of skills developed and endorsed by the senior national team head coaches. Attendance at a camp will be required for identification and selection to a zone championship team.

At the conclusion of the Zone Camps, the top 14 athletes in each age group (Youth, Cadet, and Development) will be selected for further training before competing as a team in the ODP National Championships. Larger zones will be granted two teams in each category, commensurate with their membership size. Based on performance at the ODP National Championship, athletes will be selected to attend National Team Selection Camps, where additional training and evaluation will ultimately lead to the selection of America’s youth, cadet and developmental teams, most of which will represent the USA in some form of international competition.

The 2014-15 ODP Zone Head Coaches are:

For Boy’s Teams: Tracy Stapleton (Central), Martin Matthies (Coastal), Nikola Malezanov (Great Lakes), Dave Schiffner (Hawaii), Tim Daniel (Midwest), Robbie Bova (Mountain), Mark Lawrence (Northeast), Djoko Radumovic (Pacific SW), Randy Kalbus (Pacific), Christi Gilmore (Pacific NW), Jeff Colton (SoPac), Michael Goldenberg (Southeast), and Joe Linehan (Southwest).

For Girl’s Teams: Alan Stender (Central), Julie Snodgrass (Coastal), Katie Card (Great Lakes), Gregg Wong (Hawaii), Doug Eichstaedt (Midwest), Robbie Bova (Mountain), Leslie Entwhistle (Northeast), Nicki Davidson (Pacific SW), Ryan Cunnane (Pacific), Christi Gilmore (Pacific NW), Casey Greenawalt (SoPac), Carroll Vaughn (Southeast), and Scott Slay (Southwest).

“We felt that it was important to have direct contacts in each ODP Zone for the benefit of our members in those regions. In collaboration with zone leadership, the zone head coaches were selected to help lead the identification and recruitment of the best athletes for further development in ODP and national team pipelines. I look forward to a collective effort on the zone level to help ensure the development and success of our athletes, coaches and referees,” said Abdou.

“This is an exciting time for the growth and development of high level water polo in the United States. We have taken the necessary steps to ensure that opportunities are available for all USA Water Polo members to strive for their Olympic dreams regardless of where they are from in our country.” said USA Women’s National Team Head Coach Adam Krikorian.

“I am happy to see the changes made to the Olympic Development Program. A more streamlined, all-inclusive program will benefit all of our members and will have a positive impact on our National Teams at every level,” said Dejan Udovicic, USA Men’s National Team Head Coach.

The revised Olympic Development Program will begin this September with zone camps. For more information on the program, including dates for camps and competitions in your region, please visit the ODP website by clicking here.

About USA Water Polo
USA Water Polo, Inc. is the national governing body for water polo in America, overseeing our United States Olympic program as well as 20 different championship events annually, such as Junior Olympics and Masters National Championships. With more than 40,000 members, USAWP is also the sanctioning authority for more than 500 Member Clubs and more than 400 tournaments nationwide. USAWP is committed to the development of the sport throughout the US. It fosters grass-roots expansion of the sport, providing a national system of affiliated clubs, certified coaches and officials.

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Houston Summer Open Results

HOPS and GLOW win at the Houston Summer Open.  Final standings and game scores below.

Open:

  1. HOPS Blue
  2. Thunder Black
  3. VP Legion
  4. HOPS White
  5. Thunder Silver
  6. SA
  7. Strike Force
  8. Stallions

Women

  1. GLOW
  2. VP Demoliton
  3. Thunder
  4. Heenan
  5. Disasters
  6. Gator
  7. Austin

18U

  1. Thunder White
  2. Powers
  3. Rockets
  4. Hart
  5. Jesuit
  6. Thunder Yellow
OPEN
Thunder Black 13 vs. VP – Young Stallions 3
Thunder Silver 6 vs. HOPS White 16
HOPS Blue 15 vs. San Antonio 6
VP – Strike Force 4 vs. VP – Legion of Doom 16
HOPS Blue 7 vs. Thunder Black 6
VP – Legion of Doom 9 vs. HOPS White 10
San Antonio 12 vs. VP – Young Stallions 7
Thunder Silver 9 vs. VP – Strike Force 5
HOPS Blue 9 vs. VP – Young Stallions 3
VP – Strike Force 2 vs. HOPS White 10
Thunder Black 13 vs. San Antonio 7
Thunder Silver 7 vs. VP – Legion of Doom 11
3rd in A – San Antonio 9 vs. 4th in B – VP Strike Force 6
4th in A – VP Young Stallions 4 vs. 3rd in B – Thunder Silver 11
1st in A – HOPS Blue 7 vs. 2nd in B – VP Legion of Doom 4
2nd in A – Thunder Black 7 vs. 1st in B – HOPS White 5
Loser G33 – VP Strike Force 5 vs. Loser G35 – VP Young Stallions 4
Winner G33 – San Antonio 8 vs. Winner G35 – Thunder Silver 13
Loser G37 – Legion of Doom 8 vs. Loser G39 – HOPS White 7
Winner G37 – HOPS Blue 13 vs. Winner G39 – Thunder Black 10
WOMEN
Thunder 13 vs. Gator Gals 4
Austin 9 vs. VP Demolition 13
VP Heenan Family 16 vs. VP Natural Disasters 1
Austin 16 vs. Gator Gals 7
Thunder 1 vs. VP Demolition 12
GLOW 8 vs. VP Heenan Family 7
Austin 13 vs. Thunder 7
VP Demolition 14 vs. Gator Gals 1
GLOW 13 vs. VP Natural Disasters 4
1st in A – VP Demolition 4 vs. 1st in B – GLOW 10
3rd in A – Gator Gals 5 vs. 3rd in B – VP Natural Disasters 2
4th in A – Austin 3 vs. 2nd in B – VP Hennan Family 9
2nd in A – Thunder 0 vs. 1st in B – GLOW 9
3rd in A – Gator Gals 2 vs. 2nd in B – VP Hennan Family 14
4th in A – Austin 0 vs. 3rd in B – VP Natural Disasters 5
1st in A – VP Demolition 13 vs. 2nd in A – Thunder 5
3rd in B – Natural Disasters 10 vs. 2nd in B – VP Hennan Family 5
18U
Jesuit Water Polo 4 vs. VP Rockets 7
VP Hart Foundation 9 vs. Thunder White 13
Thunder White 10 vs. VP Rockets 6
Thunder White 12 vs. Thunder Yellow 3
VP Hart Foundation 5 vs. VP Powers of Pain 5
VP Powers of Pain 10 vs. VP Rockets 6
Thunder Yellow 6 vs. Jesuit Water Polo 15
Jesuit Water Polo 9 vs. VP Hart Foundation 13
Thunder Yellow 5 vs. VP Powers of Pain 10
Thunder Yellow 2 vs. VP Hart Foundation 12
Jesuit Water Polo 5 vs. VP Powers of Pain 10
Jesuit Water Polo 6 vs. Thunder White 15
Thunder Yellow 9 vs. VP Rockets 11
Thunder White 9 vs. VP Powers of Pain 4
VP Rockets 10 vs. VP Hart Foundation 5

Dallas Summer Classic Results

HOPS and West Houston won the Dallas Summer Classic. Division, Teams, & Final Standings:

Men’s Open:
1. HOPS
2. Thunder Black
3. VP Heat
4. Dallas Blue
5. Rockwall
6. Thunder Masters
7. VP Spurs
8. Dallas Red

Women’s Open:
1. VP Blazers
2. GLOW
3. Thunder Masters
4. Thunder Blue
5. Thunder Red
6. VP Pacers

18U Boys/coed:
1. VP Sonics
2. VP Warriors
3. Jesuit Green
4. Thunder Green
5. Jesuit White
6. Thunder Yellow
7. VP Rockets
8. Thunder Orange

14U Coed:
1. VP Celtics
2. Thunder Maroon
3. Thunder Gold
4. VP Grizzlies
5. St Marks
6. Longhorn

12U Coed
1. Thunder Silver
2. Thunder White
3. VP Lakers
4. Longhorn

Dallas Summer Classic Results-Saturday June 21st
Southlake Pool #1 – Diving Boards
8:00 HOPS-14, VP Spurs-5 (Men)
8:50 Thun Black-16, Dallas Red-1 (Men)
9:40 Dallas Blue-12, VP Heat-6 (Men)
10:30 Thun Masters-13, Rockwall-5 (Men)
11:20 HOPS-14, Dallas Red-4 (Men)
12:10 Thun Black-21,VP Spurs-4 (Men)
1:00 Dallas Blue-19, Rockwall-2 (Men)
1:50 Thun Masters-11, VP Heat-15 (Men)
2:40 VP Spurs-10, Dallas Red-2 (Men)
3:30 HOPS-7, Thunder Black-11 (Men)
4:20 VP Heat-12, Rockwall-9 (Men)
5:10 Dallas Blue-15, Thun Masters-6 (Men)
6:00 ThunGreen-15, Jesuit White-12 (18U)
6:50 GLOW-8, Thun Masters-2 (Women)
7:40 VP Blazers-10, VP Pacers-2 (Women)

Southlake Pool #2 – Entrance/Offices
8:00 GLOW-10, Thunder Red-8 (Women)
8:50 VP Blazers-8, Thun Blue-7 (Women)
9:40 VP Pacers-4,ThunMasters-10 (Wom)
10:30 VP Sonics-12, Thun Yellow-4 (18U)
11:20ThunOrange-3,JesuitGreen-11 (18U)
12:10 ThunGreen-15, VP Rockets-2 (18U)
1:00 VP Warriors-16, JesuitWhite-6 (18U)
1:50 VP Pacers-3, Thun Red-5 (Women)
2:40 GLOW-7, Thunder Blue-10 (Women)
3:30 VP Blazers-8,ThunMaster-5 (Women)
4:20 ThunOrange-5, ThunYellow-17 (18U)
5:10 VP Sonics-9, Jesuit Green-8 (18U)
6:00 VP Warriors-12, VP Rockets-3 (18U)
6:50 Thunder Blue-7, ThunRed-6(Women)

Denton ISD Natatorium
12:00 Thun Maroon-13, Longhorn-3 (14U)
12:45 VP Celtics-17, Thunder Gold-0 (14U)
1:30 ThunWhite-12, ThunSilver-13 (12U)
2:15 VP Grizzlies-11, Longhorn-1 (14U)
3:00 VP Lakers-13, Longhorn-5 (12U)
3:45 St Marks-3, Thunder Gold-12 (14U)
4:30 ThunMaroon-12, VP Grizzlies-5 (14U)
5:15 Thunder Silver-10, Longhorn-7 (12U)
6:00 VP Celtics-16, St Marks-0 (14U)
6:45 VP Lakers-9, Thunder White-10 (12U)
7:30 VP Grizz-11, St Marks-10 (14U)
8:15 Longhorn-1, Thunder Gold-14 (14U)

Dallas Summer Classic Schedule-Sunday June 22nd
Southlake Pool #1 – Diving Boards
7:30 VP Sonics-11, Th Orange-3 (18U)
8:20 Th Green-10, VP Warriors-11 (18U)
9:10 VP Spurs-5, Rockwall-13 (Men’s)
10:00 DallasRed-9, Th Masters-13 (Men’s)
10:50 Th Black-12, VP Heat-10 (Men’s)
11:40 HOPS-10, Dallas Blue-8 (Men’s)
12:30 VP Spurs-6, Dallas Red-5 (Men-7th)
1:20 Rockwall-11, Th Masters-8 (Men-5th)
2:10 VP Heat-9, Dallas Blue-8 (Men-3rd)
3:00 Th Black-10, HOPS-12 (Men-1st)
3:50 Th Blue-5, Th Masters-7 (Women)

Southlake Pool #2 – Entrance/Offices
7:30 VP Rockets-9 v. Jesuit Wh-12 (18U)
8:20 Th Yellow-1, Jesuit Green-9 (18U)
9:10 GLOW-7 v. VP Blazers-8 (Women)
10:00 Th Blue-10, VP Pacers-6 (Women)
10:50 Th Red-4, Th Masters-5 (Women)
11:40 VP Rock-15, Th Orange-9 (18U-7th)
12:30 Jesuit W-13, Th Yellow-7 (18U-5th)
1:20 Th Green-6, Jesuit Green-9 (18U-3rd)
2:10 VP Warriors-3, VP Sonics-4 (18U-1st)
3:00 Th Red-11, VP Blazers-2 (Women)
3:50 GLOW-9, VP Pacers-1 (Women)

Denton ISD Natatorium
8:00 Th White-12, Longhorn-8 (12U)
8:45 VP Lakers-6, Th Silver-12 (12U)
9:30 St Marks-17, Longhorn-4 (14U-5th)
10:15 VP Celtics-14, VP Grizz-2 (14U)
11:00 Th Marroon-11, Th Gold-10 (14U)
11:45 VP Lakers-13, Longhrn-8 (12U-3rd)
12:30 Th Silver-8, Th White-6 (12U-1st)
1:15 VP Grizz-6, Th Gold-9 (14U-3rd)
2:00 VP Celtic-15, Th Maroon-9 (14U-1st)

Southwest Zone Championships Results

Final Standings-

12U Boys/Girls:
1. Thunder
2. Viper Pigeon Boys
3. Viper Pigeon Girls
4. Longhorn

14U Lone Star:
1. Thunder Girls/Coed
2. Viper Pigeon Girls
3. *St. Marks
4. *Central Texas

14U Boys:
1. Thunder
2. Viper Pigeon Green
3. Longhorn
4. Viper Pigeon Black

16U Girls:
1. Viper Pigeon Green
2. Thunder
3. Viper Pigeon Black

18U Girls
1. Thunder
2. Viper Pigeon Green
3. Viper Pigeon Black
4. *Rockwall

18U/16U Lone Star:
1. *St Marks
2. *Rockwall
3. *Thunder
4. *Central Texas

16U Boys:
1. Thunder
2. Viper Pigeon Green
3. Viper Pigeon Red
4. Viper Pigeon Black
5. Jesuit Green
6. Jesuit White

18U Boys:
1. Viper Pigeon Green
2. Thunder Black
3. Thunder Silver
4. Viper Pigeon Black
5. HOLA
6. Jesuit

*Teams NOT attending NJO’s (were not trying to qualify)

12:30 Viper Pigeon Boys-12 v. Longhorn Boys-5 (12U)
1:15 Viper Pigeons Girls-10 v. St Marks-9 (14U-Lone Star)
2:00 Viper Pigeons Green-13 v. Longhorn-5 (14U Boys)
2:45 Viper Pigeon Boys-8 v. Viper Pigeon Girls-4 (12U)
3:30 VP Girls-8 v. Thunder Girls/Coed -12 (14U-Lone Star)
4:15 Viper Pigeons Green-11 v. Viper Pigeons Black-5 (14U Boys)
5:00 Viper Pigeon Boys-1 v. Thunder Boys-18 (12U)
5:45 Viper Pigeon Girls-12 v Centex-8 (14U-Lone Star)
6:30 Viper Pigeons Green-9 v. Thunder -10 (14U Boys)
7:15 Viper Pigeons Green-9 v. Viper Pigeons Red-4 (16U Boys
12:30 Thunder Boys-16 v. Viper Pigeon Girls-3 (12U)
1:15 Thunder Girls/Coed-12 v. Centex-8 (14U-Lone Star)
2:00 Viper Pigeons Black-4 v. Thunder-14 (14U Boys)
2:45 Thunder Boys-17 v. Longhorn-1 (12U)
3:30 St Marks-8 v. Centex-6 (14U-Lone Star)
4:15 Thunder-15 v. Longhorn-6 (14U Boys)
5:00 Longhorn Boys-9 v. Viper Pigeon Girls-11 (12U)
5:45 St Marks-9 v. Thunder Girls/Coed -12 (14U-Lone Star)
6:30 Viper Pigeons Black-12 v. Longhorn-15 (14U Boys)
7:15 Thunder-23 v. Jesuit White-2 (16U Boys)
7:30 Jesuit Green-5 v. VP Red-7 (16UB)
8:15 VP Green-10 v. VP Black-4 (18UG)
9:00 Thunder Silver-13 v. Jesuit-5 (18UB)
9:45 VP Green-13 v. Jesuit Green-5 (16UB)
10:30 VP Green-14 v. Rockwall-2 (18UG)
11:15 VP Green-16 v. Jesuit-0 (18U Boys)
12:00 Thunder-10 v. VP Black-2 (16UG)
12:45 VP Green-2 v. Thunder-12 (16UB-1st)
1:30 VP Green-7 v. Thun Silver-14 (18UB)
2:15 VP Green-6 v. Thunder-0 (16UG-1st)
3:00 VP Black-14 v. Rockwall-5 (18UG)
3:45 VP Green-12 v. Thunder-13 (18UG)
4:30 VP Green-5 v. Thun Blk-4 (18UB-1st)
7:30 VP Black-9 v. Jesuit White-7 (16UB)
8:15 Thunder-15 v. Rockwall-3 (18U Girls)
9:00 VP Black-7 v. HOLA-6 (18U Boys)
9:45 Thunder-11 v. VP Black-1 (16U Boys)
10:30 VP Black-4 v. Thunder-12 (18UG)
11:15 Thun Black-22 v. HOLA-4 (18UB)
12:00 Jesuit G-12 v. Jesuit W-4 (16UB-5th)
12:45 VP Red-10 v. VP Blk-9 (16UB-3rd)
1:30 Thun Black-15 v. VP Black-2 (18UB)
2:15 Thunder-2 v. St Marks-11 (18U-LS)
3:00 Rockwall-15 v. Centex-9 (18U-LS)
3:45 Jesuit-2 v. HOLA-5 (18U Boys-5th)
4:30 Thun Sil-10 v. VP Blk-7 (18UB-3rd)
7:30 Thunder-5 v. Centex-0 (18U-Lone Star)
8:15 St Marks-12 v. Rockwall-4 (18U-LS)
9:00 VP Green-10 v. VP Black-2 (16U Girls)
9:45 Thunder-6 v. Rockwall-16 (18U-LS)
10:30 St Marks-5 v. Centex-0 (18U LS)

Southwest Zone Championship-2014

Date & Location: June 7-8, 2014 at the UT Swim Center (Austin, TX), http://www.tsc.utexas.edu/.
Age Determination/Eligibility: An athlete’s age is determined as their age on August 1, 2014.
Divisions & Teams: The teams/divisions with an asterisk (*) are not entered in NJO’s.
• 18U Girls: Viper Pigeons Green, Viper Pigeons Black, Thunder Black, *Rockwall/Centex
• 18U Boys:
Ø A Bracket: Viper Pigeons Green, Thunder Silver, Jesuit
Ø B Bracket: Thunder Black, Viper Pigeons Black, HOLA
• *18U Boys-Lone Star Division (4): St Marks, Rockwall, Thunder, Centex
• 16U Girls: Viper Pigeons Green, Viper Pigeons Black, Thunder
• 16U Boys:
Ø X Bracket: Viper Pigeons Green, Jesuit A, Viper Pigeons Red
Ø Y Bracket: Thunder, Viper Pigeons Black, Jesuit B
• 14U Boys: Viper Pigeons Green, Viper Pigeons Black, Thunder, Longhorn
• 14U-Lone Star Division: Viper Pigeons Girls, Thunder Girls/Coed, *St Marks, *Centex
• 12U Boys/Girls: Viper Pigeon Boys, Thunder Boys, Longhorn Boys, Viper Pigeon Girls
Format: All games will have 5:00 quarters using USA Water Polo rules. 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. The schedule/results will be posted at www.southwestwaterpolo.org.
Southwest Zone Championship Schedule (Team listed first wears white caps. White team starts to the left of the table)

Saturday, June 7th: Pool #1 – Left Pool
11:45 Pool Open for Warm-Up
12:30 Viper Pigeon Boys v. Longhorn Boys (12U)
1:15 Viper Pigeons Girls v. St Marks (14U-Lone Star)
2:00 Viper Pigeons Green v. Longhorn (14U Boys)
2:45 Viper Pigeon Boys v. Viper Pigeon Girls (12U)
3:30 Viper Pigeon Girls v. Thunder Girls/Coed (14U-Lone Star)
4:15 Viper Pigeons Green v. Viper Pigeons Black (14U Boys)
5:00 Viper Pigeon Boys v. Thunder Boys (12U)
5:45 Viper Pigeon Girls v Centex (14U-Lone Star)
6:30 Viper Pigeons Green v. Thunder (14U Boys)
7:15 Viper Pigeons Green v. Viper Pigeons Red (16U Boys)
8:00 Viper Pigeons Green v. Thunder (16U Girls)

Saturday, June 7th: Pool #2 – Right Pool
12:15 Pool Open for Warm-Up
12:30 Thunder Boys v. Viper Pigeon Girls (12U)
1:15 Thunder Girls/Coed v. Centex (14U-Lone Star)
2:00 Viper Pigeons Black v. Thunder (14U Boys)
2:45 Thunder Boys v. Longhorn (12U)
3:30 St Marks v. Centex (14U-Lone Star)
4:15 Thunder v. Longhorn (14U Boys)
5:00 Longhorn Boys v. Viper Pigeon Girls (12U)
5:45 St Marks v. Thunder Girls/Coed (14U-Lone Star)
6:30 Viper Pigeons Black v. Longhorn (14U Boys)
7:15 Thunder v. Jesuit B (16U Boys)

Sunday, June 8th: Pool #1 – Left Pool
6:45 Pool Opens for Warm-up
7:30 Jesuit A v. VP Red (16U Boys)
8:15 VP Green v. VP Black (18U Girls)
9:00 Thunder Silver v. Jesuit (18U Boys)
9:45 VP Green v. Jesuit A (16U Boys)
10:30 VP Green v. Rockwall (18U Girls)
11:15 VP Green v. Jesuit (18U Boys)
12:00 Thunder v. VP Black (16U Girls)
12:45 1st X v. 1st Y (16U Boys-1st/2nd)
1:30 VP Green v. Thun Silver (18U Boys)
2:15 1st Seed v. 2nd Seed (16U Girls-1st/2nd)
3:00 VP Black v. Rockwall (18U Girls)
3:45 VP Green v. Thunder (18U Girls)
4:30 1st A v. 1st B (18U Boys-1st/2nd)

Sunday, June 8th: Pool #2 – Right Pool
6:45 Pool Opens for Warm-up
7:30 VP Black v. Jesuit B (16U Boys)
8:15 Thunder v. Rockwall (18U Girls)
9:00 VP Black v. HOLA (18U Boys)
9:45 Thunder v. VP Black (16U Boys)
10:30 VP Black v. Thunder (18U Girls)
11:15 Thunder Black v. HOLA (18U Boys)
12:00 3rd X v. 3rd Y (16U Boys-5th/6th)
12:45 2nd X v. 2nd Y (16U Boys-3rd/4th)
1:30 Thun Black v. VP Black (18U Boys)
2:15 Thunder v. St Marks (18U-Lone Star)
3:00 Rockwall v. Centex (18U-Lone Star)
3:45 3rd A v. 3rd B (18U Boys-5th/6th)
4:30 2nd A v. 2nd B (18U Boys-3rd/4th)

Sunday, June 8th: Pool #3 – Diving Well
6:45 Pool Opens for Warm-up
7:30 Thunder v. Centex (18U-Lone Star)
8:15 St Marks v. Rockwall (18U-Lone Star)
9:00 VP Green v. VP Black (16U Girls)
9:45 Thunder v. Rockwall (18U-Lone Star)
10:30 St Marks v. Centex (18U Lone Star)

Tournament Committee: Vern Heimbigner (Head Referee), Chris Cullen (Thunder), Scott Slay (Viper Pigeons), Tom Andrews (Longhorn), and Joe Linehan (Tournament Director). Protests are due 15 minutes after game in question to the head referee OR tournament director with a $50 protest fee (if protest is upheld, the $50 fee will be refunded). All disputes, suspensions, etc. will be handled by the tournament committee.

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