USAWP Texas Development: NJO Allocations, Region Coach Committees, and Upcoming SWZ Tournaments

NJO Allocations:  You can view the USAWP National Junior Olympics (NJO) Preliminary Allocations at  Many coaches/club admins have asked about how USAWP determines the allocations for NJO’s each year.  The number of NJO slots the Southwest Zone (SWZ) is allocated each year is dependent on the SWZ memberships of the previous year.  Each USAWP Zone is guaranteed at least 1-2 slots for each age group/gender.  The remaining slots are formulated by a percentage of membership specific for each age group/gender in each Zone.  Therefore, the Zones with a larger membership will get more allocated slots then the Zones with a smaller membership.  

NJO’s/NJO Qual’s Information:  In Early April, the zone will be sending out the Southwest Zone Qualification procedures for the USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics and the tournament information for the Southwest Zone Championships/NJO Qualifier on June 8-10.  If you have specific questions, please email 

USA Water Polo Memberships:   It is very important that clubs/teams make sure their athletes are USAWP registered for weekend tournaments/club practices not only for insurance purposes but also to help make sure the number of NJO allocated slots for the SWZ increases each year.   Additionally for sanctioned USA Water Polo events, hosts need to make sure participating teams enter rosters thru the USAWP online roster verification system.  Lastly, please go to the following website to view the other USAWP Membership Benefits,   

Region Coach Committees:  the zone will be in touch later this week via email with the hope to informally have separate coach/club admin conference calls in April for each Region (Houston, Austin/SA…already did this for North Texas).  The purpose of the initial call would be to discuss the future playing opportunities/leagues in each Region.  The hope is to formalize this process for all Regions by the end of 2018 and bring everyone together 2-3 times a year to discuss not only leagues but also camps/clinics, weekend tournaments, expanding ODP opportunities, etc.  This would be an extension of the Texas Development Summit and to increase the collaboration between the clubs/teams.    

Upcoming SWZ Tournaments:  Below is the listing of the upcoming SWZ Tournaments in April.  All clubs should attempt to play in and support the “weekend tournaments” in North Texas, Houston, Austin/SA.  The events listed below are listed online at Southwest Zone Calendar (click here).  Please contact each tournament host directly for more specific information on their event.  Tournament hosts, please sanction your weekend tournaments/events with USA Water Polo and arrange referees through TAWPO.  

  • Southside Spring Tournament:  April 7-8 at the Pearland ISD Natatorium (South Houston)
    • Club Host:  Southside Water Polo Club
    • Age Groups:  8th Grade & Younger and 6th Grade & Younger
    • Tournament Contact:  Taylor Barnett,
  • Charles Dutton Memorial Tournament:  April 14-15 at the Keller ISD Natatorium (North Texas)
    • Club Host:  Dallas Water Polo Club
    • Age Groups:  Men’s Open, Women’s Open
    • Tournament Contact:  Joe Linehan,
  • Texas Age Group State (TAGS) Water Polo Champs:  April 28-29 at the UT Swim Center (Austin)
    • Hosts:  Southwest Zone and Longhorn Aquatics
    • Age Groups:  8th Grade & Younger Coed, 8th Grade & Younger Girls, and 6th Grade & Younger Coed
    • Tournament Contact:  Joe Linehan,



TAGS Information – April 28-29, Austin, TX

Attached is the information for the Texas Age Group State Water Polo Championship (TAGS, 8th/6th Grade & younger) which will be on Saturday – Sunday, April 28-29 at the UT Swim Center in Austin.  The tournament will be a two day event with all teams getting 4-5 games over the two day event.  This will allow for a true Championship format for all divisions.  The tournament will be hosted by the Southwest Zone of USA Water Polo and Longhorn Aquatics.  Games will begin no earlier than 8:00 am on Saturday, April 28th and end around 3:00 pm on Sunday, April 29th.  All teams are guaranteed to play 4-5 games (most likely 5 games).   A hospitality room will be set up at the event for all coaches and officials.  Awards will be given out to the teams placing 1st/2nd in each division.

There will be three divisions for the TAGS Water Polo Championship:  8th Grade & Younger Boys-Coed/14U, 8th Grade & Younger Girls/14U, and 6th Grade & Younger Coed/12U.  Athletes must meet both the grade and age eligibility in order to compete.  The age will be defined as the age of the athlete on Saturday, April 28th.  This will be a USA Water Polo sanctioned event using USA Water Polo rules & regulations.  All athletes MUST be USA Water Polo Bronze, Silver, or Gold members to compete in this event.  All teams must have a USA Water Polo registered coach on deck for all games.  Each club team must be a currently registered USA Water Polo Club or affiliated with a current USA Water Polo Club in order to compete.

Texas Age Group State Water Polo Championship – Spring 2018


Genai Kerr, Texas 5-Meter Water Polo Camp Series, March 12-18

Genai Kerr will be coming to Texas for a series of 5-Meter Water Polo Camps during Spring Break, March 12-March 18, Genai Kerr, Texas 5-Meter Water Polo Camp Series (click here). There will be camps in Northwest Houston on March 12-13, in Houston at Strake Jesuit on March 14th, in South Houston – League City on March 15th, in Austin on March 16th, and finally in North Texas – Lewisville on March 18th. 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. The Texas 5-Meter Water Polo Camp Series provides an opportunity for everyone, but there is limited space available at each camp, Genai Kerr, Texas 5-Meter Water Polo Camp Series (click here). 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 Camp Series, March 12-18, Below are the dates and location for each individual camp with an online registration link.

-Northwest Houston – Cypress Camp: Monday-Tuesday, March 12-13 at the Fleet Center,
-Houston – Strake Jesuit Camp: Wednesday, March 14th at Strake Jesuit Pool,
-South Houston – League City Camp: Thursday, March 15th at Clear Falls High School,
-Austin Camp: Friday, March 16th at the UT Swim Center,
-North Texas – Lewisville Camp: Sunday, March 18th at the Lewisville ISD Westside Aquatic Center,

2018 Spin Lob Classic Results

Below are the final standings for the Spin Lob Classic held Feb. 10-11 in Austin, TX:

1. O-Club
3. Chicago
4. Sunset
5. Clayton
6. Dallas
9. Denver
11. Dynamo
12. South Florida
13. San Antonio
14. Austin
15. UT
16. University of Arizona

2. Wildcats
3. Victorious Secret
4. O-Club
6. Wahoos
7. Denver
8. UT
9. Gator Gals

Genai Kerr – Water Polo Camps in Houston during Spring Break

UPDATED WITH A 3RD CAMP: Genai Kerr will be coming to the Houston area during Spring Break and running three separate water polo camps open for all athletes.  The first camp will be a two day camp on Monday-Tuesday, March 12-13 in Cypress at the Fleet Center (Cypress Camp Online Registration, Click Here).  The second camp will be a one day camp on Thursday, March 15th in League City at Clear Falls High School (League City Online Registration, Click Here).   The third camp is also a one day camp on Friday, March 16th at the UT Swim Center in Austin, TX (online registration, click here).   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.  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.  Space is limited for both camps so please have your athletes go online and sign-up ASAP (specific camp info below).  Please pass the word to your Parents & Athletes…All are welcome!!!

Genai Kerr – Cypress Camp Details:
Location:  Fleet Center, 14654 Spring Cypress Road, Cypress, TX 77429
Primary Contact:  Genai Kerr, 949-310-6669,
Camp Dates:  Monday-Tuesday, March 12-13, 2018
Camp Timeline:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm on both days
Online Registration:

Genai Kerr – League City Camp Details:
Location:  Clear Falls High School, 4380 Village Way, League City, TX 77573
Primary Contact:  Genai Kerr, 949-310-6669,
Camp Dates:  Thursday, March 15, 2018
Camp Timeline:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Online Registration:

Genai Kerr – Austin Camp Details:
Location:  UT Swim Center, 1900 Red River St., Austin, TX 78712
Primary Contact:  Genai Kerr, 949-310-6669,
Camp Dates:  Friday, March 16, 2018
Camp Timeline:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Online Registration:


Azevedo-Steffens Coaching Clinic – Sunday, February 4th in North Texas

On Sunday – February 4th, 3 x Olympic Coach Ricardo Azevedo will be giving a FREE Coaching Clinic at the Loos Natatorium in North Texas. Coach Azevedo has coached at the high school, college, national team and Olympic level not only in the US but in several foreign countries. Below is the basic information for the Azevedo-Steffens Coaching Clinic. Additionally, Coach Azevedo along with 5 x Olympian Tony Azevedo and 2 x Olympic Gold Medalist Maggie Steffens will be running athlete clinics on February 3-4, 2018. Coaches will be able to come and go as needed based on their schedule throughout the weekend (8:00 am-3:15 pm both days). All High School/Club/Southwest Zone Coaches are welcome to attend. If you plan to attend the Coaching Clinic on Sunday – February 4th, please complete the Azevedo-Steffens Coaching Clinic – Online Registration (Google Form) by Wednesday, January 31st. No cost for the Coaching Clinic on Sunday, lunch will be provided, and all are welcome!!!

Azevedo-Steffens Coaching Clinic:

• Date: Sunday, February 4th
• Location: Loos Natatorium, 3815 Spring Valley Rd, Addison, TX 75001
• Registration: Please complete the Azevedo-Steffens Coaching Clinic – Online Registration (Google Form)
• Timeline:
o 8:15 – 8:30 am: Ricardo Acevedo will give an intro to the day.
o 8:30 – 11:30 am: Coaches can watch and learn on deck with Tony, Maggie, and Ricardo while they work with the athletes.
o 11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Working lunch with Ricardo to discuss coaching/training and take Q&A.
o 1:00-3:15 pm: Coaches can watch/observe the clinic on deck.
• Athlete Clinics: The Azevedo-Steffens Athlete Clinics will be both Saturday & Sunday, all coaches are welcome to be on deck, observe the clinic, with Tony, Maggie, and Ricardo while they work with the athletes (both days 8:00 – 3:15 pm). Saturday, February 3rd will be athletes 13U. Sunday, February 4th will be high school aged athletes.

2017 USA Water Polo Southwest Zone Awards

The 2017 Southwest Zone annual awards were released recently.  Congratulations to the following winners:

Elite men’s coach Tom Andrew
Elite women’s coach Chris Cullen
Superior men’s coach Mihai Oprea
Superior women’s coach Jeff Chandler
Development men’s coach Spencer Dornin
Development women’s coach Taylor Barnett
Masters male Jim Yates
Masters female Kristen Oliver
Volunteer Robert Albach
 Elite Referee John Rightmyer
Scholastic Referee Dustin Devaney
Development Referee Jessie Hurd

USAWP Texas Development Summit

USAWP and the Southwest Zone will hold the first ever USAWP Texas Development Summit on Saturday, December 16th at the Embassy Suites – Austin Central (10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Lunch Provided). All Southwest Zone Coaches, Referees, and Club Admins are welcome to attend. We will come together and discuss various issues within the zone in a moderated, positive atmosphere. We hope all the zone USA Water Polo clubs are able to send coaches and as many referees as possible will participate. All the Texas Development Summit information is outlined below. Everyone will need to register online by Sunday, December 3rd.

Participants can submit suggested topics of discussion when they register online or they can email to The submitted topics will be compiled and emailed to all registered participants with an agenda prior to the meeting. We would like this meeting to have a positive atmosphere where everyone can come together and have a good discussion on how we can move the sport forward within the Southwest Zone. Examples of topics to be discussed are: the Southwest Zone Calendar, not enough Masters events, Bench Decorum, an update on UIL sanctioning, etc.

Online Registration, click Here


2017 Connor Cup Final Standings

The 2017 Connor Cup final standings have been updated after this past weekend’s Dallas Fall Invite and can be found here: or at the CONNOR CUP SERIES link on the menu of this page.

Longhorn Aquatics, with their tournament victory this weekend, took the Men’s/Open Division over 2nd Place HOPS and 3rd Place Dallas.  It was Longhorn’s second series win and first since 2015.

North Texas Thunder WPC won the Women’s Division for the third consecutive year and their fourth overall.  HOPS placed 2nd and Longhorn placed 3rd.

North Texas Thunder WPC also won the Age Group Division for the second consecutive year, and 3rd victory in the last four years.  West Houston Water Polo placed 2nd followed by Trident WPC in 3rd.

The Connor Cup history can be found at the bottom of the CONNOR CUP SERIES page at this site.

Dallas Fall Invite Results

Results from the Dallas Fall Invite held this weekend at Carroll ISD Aquatic Center and Keller ISD Natatorium.

Saturday, November 4th
Southlake Pool #1:  Diving Boards
10:50 Southside v. Thunder White(18U) 12-11
11:40 Trident v. Boerne B (14U) 13-1
12:30 Southside v. Thunder Silver (14U) 9-1
1:20 Southside v. Thunder Yellow (16U) 3-14
2:10 Trident v. Thunder White (18U) 9-6
3:00 Southside v. Boerne B (14U)16-7
3:50 Trident v. Thunder Silver (14U)14-2
4:40 Southside v. Boerne (16U) 3-12
5:30 Southside v. Trident (18U) 12-1

Southlake Pool #2: Middle Pool
10:50 Longhorn v. Viper Pigeons (18U) 10-3
11:40 Boerne A v. Thunder Purple (14U) 18-4
12:30 Thunder Black v. Pegasus (14U) 13-5
1:20 Boerne v. Thunder 14’s (16U) 21-8
2:10 Thunder Sil v. Viper Pigeons (18U)9.4-9.3
3:00 Boerne A v. Pegasus (14U) 15-4
3:50 Thun Black v. Thun Purple (14U) 12-8
4:40 Thun Yellow v. Thunder 14’s (16U)11-5
5:30 Longhorn v. Thunder Silver (18U) 8.5-8.2
6:20 Thun 14’s v. Thun Green (18UG) 8-5

Southlake Pool #3:  Entrance
12:30 Trident v. Thunder Silver (12U) 17-5
1:20 Thun Black v. Viper Pigeons (12U)15-5
2:10 Boerne v. Thunder Silver (12U) 16-6
3:00 Thun 14’s v. Thun Orange (18UG)10-2
3:50 Pegasus v. Viper Pigeons (12U) 5-0
4:40 Thun Green v. Thun Orange (18UG)3-5
5:30 Trident v. Boerne (12U) 6-18
6:20 Thun Black v. Pegasus (12U) 14-7

Sunday, November 5th
Southlake Pool #1:  Diving Boards
7:30 Thun White v. VP(18U 5th, Game #1) 14-7
8:20 Trident v. Thun Silver (18U Semi) 5-10
9:10 Boerne B v. Thunder Silver (14U) 0-5
10:00 Trident v. Southside (14U) 13-6
10:50 Southside v. Thunder 14’s (16U)8-11
11:40 Thun White v. VP(18U5th,Game #2)13-5
12:30 Thunder Silver v. Longhorn (18U, 1st)5-4
1:20 Southside  v. Thunder Black (14U, 3rd/4th)2-11
2:10 Trident  v. Boerne A (14U, 1st/2nd)11-9
3:00 Boerne v. Thunder Yellow(16U, 1st/2nd)11-13

Southlake Pool #2: Middle Pool
8:20 Longhorn v. Southside (18U Semi) 14-3
9:10 Thunder Purple v. Pegasus (14U) 5-0
10:00 Boerne A v. Thunder Black (14U) 7-2
10:50 Boerne v. Thunder Yellow (16U)10-9
11:40 No Game
12:30 Trident v. Southside (18U, 3rd)7.5-7.3
1:20 Boerne B v. Pegasus (14U, 7th/8th)5-0
2:10 Thun Sil v. Thun Purple (14U, 5th/6th)9-8
3:00 Thunder 14’s v. Southside (16U, 3rd/4th)8-9

Southlake Pool #3:  Entrance
7:30 Thun 14’s v. Thun Orange (18UG) 8-6
8:20 Thun Sil v. V Pigeon  (12U 5th, Game #1) 15-12
9:10 Boerne v. Pegasus (12U Semi) 19-7
10:00 Thun Black v. Trident(12U Semi) 11-5
10:50 ThunGreenv.Thun Orange (18UG)6-11
11:40 Thun Sil v. V P (12U5th, G #2)13-12
12:30 Pegasus v. Trident (12U, 3rd/4th)11-14
1:20 Boerne v. Thun Black(12U, 1st/2nd)12-17
2:10 Thun 14’s v. Thun Green (18UG)5-0

Saturday, November 4th
Keller Pool #1:  Diving Boards
7:30 HOPS Red v. Trident (Men) (6-7)
8:20 TOTEX v. Thunder 16’s (Men) (15-1)
9:10 Dallas v. Viper Pigeons (Men)(7-6)
10:00 San Antonio v. Thunder 18’s (Men)(17-11)
10:50 South Florida v. Trident (Men)(10-6)
11:40 UTA v. Thunder 16’s (Men)(1-16)
12:30 U-Texas v. Viper Pigeons (Men)(8.6-8.5)
1:20 HOPS Blue v. San Antonio (Men)(14-4)
2:10 South Florida v. HOPS Red (Men)(17-8)
3:00 TOTEX v. UTA (Men)(19-2)
3:50 Dallas v. U-Texas (Men) (8-4)
4:40 1st A Hops Blue v. 2nd B Trident(Men Crossover)(11-1)
5:301st B S.Fla v. 2nd A San Antonio (Men Crossover) (17-4)
6:20 1st C TOTEX v. 2nd D UT  (Men Crossover)(10-5)
7:10 1st D Dallas v. 2nd C Th 16’s (Men Crossover)(9-7)

Keller Pool #2:  Bulkhead/Shallow
7:30 HOPS Blue v. Thunder 18’s (Men) (14-3)
8:20 Thunder 18’s v. Gator Gals (Women) (12-1)
9:10 Wahoos v. Southside (Women) (13-1)
10:00 Longhorn v. Thunder 16’s (Women) (3-5)
10:50 HOPS v. Viper Pigeons (Women) (16-3)
11:40 Wahoos v. Gator Gals (Women) (24-3)
12:30 Thunder 18’s v. Southside (Women) (14-1)
1:20 HOPS v. Thunder 16’s (Women)(17-0)
2:10 Longhorn v. Viper Pigeons (Women)(3-10)
3:00 Southside v. Gator Gals (Women) (8-5)
3:50 Wahoos v. Thunder 18’s (Women) (8-9)
4:40 3rd A Thu18’s v. 3rd B Hops Red (13-4)
5:30 3rd C UTA v. 3rd D Viper Pigeons (Men 9-12 RR)
6:20 Viper Pigeon v. Thunder 16’s (Women)(11-4)
7:10 HOPS v. Longhorn (Women)(11-2)

Sunday, November 5th
Keller Pool #1:  Diving Boards
7:30 Thunder 18’s  v. UTA  (Men 9-12 RR)(17-5)
8:20 Trident v. UT  (Men, 5-8 Semi)(9-13)
9:10 San Ant v.  Th 16’s (Men, 5-8 Semi)(9-13)
10:00 HOPS Blue  v. TOTEX(Men, 1-4 Semi)(6-10)
10:50 S Fla v. Dallas  (Men, 1-4 Semi)(7-12)
11:40 Thunder 18’s  v. VP (Men 9-12 RR)(7-17)
12:30 Trident v. San Ant (Men, 7th/8th Place)(9-3)
1:20 UT v. Th 16’s (Men, 5th/6th Place)(17-7)
2:10 HOPS Blue. v. S Fla (Men, 3rd/4th Place)(13-10)
3:00 TOTEX v. Dallas(Men, 1st/2nd Place)(9-5)

Keller Pool #2: Bulkhead/Shallow
7:30 Hops Red v. VP (Men 9-12 RR)(2-7)
8:20 Th 16’s v. Gator Gals (Women, 5-8 Semi)(12-7)
9:10 Southside v. Longhorn (Women, 5-8 Semi)(5-2)
10:00 HOPS  v. Wahoos  (Women, 1-4 Semi)(0-5)
10:50 Th 18’s v. VP  (Women, 1-4 Semi)(10-7)
11:40 HOPS Red  v. UTA (Men 9-12 RR)(13-2)
12:30 Gator Gals v. Longhorn (Wom 7th/8th Place)(6-16)
1:20 Th 16’s v Southside (Women, 5th/6th Place)(11-10)
2:10 HOPS  v. VP (Women, 3rd/4th Place)(16-3)
3:00 Wahoo v Th 18’s (Women, 1st/2nd Place)(9-10)

Final Standings:
Men’s Open:
1. Totex
2. Dallas
3. HOPS Blue
4. South Florida
5. Univ. of Texas
6. Thunder 16s
7. Trident
8. San Antonio
9. West Houston
10. Thunder 18s
11. HOPS Red
12. UT Arlington

Women’s Open:
1. Thunder 18s
2. Wahoos
4. West Houston
5. Thunder 16s
6. Southside
7. Longhorn
8. Gator Gals

18U Boys/Coed:
1. Thunder Silver
2. Longhorn
3. Trident
4. Southside
5. Thunder White
6. West Houston

18U  Girls:
1. Thunder 14s
2. Thunder Orange
3. Thunder Green

16U Boys/Coed:
1. Thunder Yellow
2. Boerne
3. Southside
4. Thunder 14s

14U Coed:
1. Trident
2. Boerne A
3. Thunder Black
4. Southside
5. Thunder Silver
6. Thunder Purple
7. Boerne B
8. Pegasus

12U Coed:
1. Thunder Black
2. Boerne
3. Trident
4. Pegasus
5. Thunder Silver
6. West Houston