18U, 16U, 14U, 12U
The 2020 tournament season is over. So, a recap and some other important scheduling updates for us through January.
North Texas Tournaments
AquaTex finished its busiest ever year with four rosters at two tournaments 40 minutes apart in North Texas. And while the younger teams were pretty lean they found some success Ironman-style. Our 7th grade u co-ed team, featuring the scoring-addicted Tomas and our lefty assist-man assassin Tristan, helped the team to an impressive fourth place finish, including yet another shootout win to finish the competition.
Also at TAGS, our very young 9th grade u co-ed team held up against some teams featuring some pretty huge players. That included a gutsy win over Cowtown to finish the tournament on a high note. Jacob took Coach Kendall’s advice and scored some timely goals from the posts, James was a scoring machine from the left-hand side, Tristan (that guy again!) was a huge attacking threat from his left-hander side, and Morgan won every sprint she started, plus continued her assault on the front of the cage.
Across town our 18u girls had a very good weekend with a third place finish at the Cowtown Stampede. Kendall continues her perimeter shooting onslaught, Cammi is becoming a counter attacking machine, and Morgan earns the attention of the opposing team with her attacks on the cage. Mac and Riley (the thief) were big contributors to the very successful weekend for the 18u boys, who went 3-1 to place top four in the highly competitive festival.
A year-ending well done to all those who participated and excelled, including our friends from Longhorn.
The schedule for December and January is updated. We will not be taking our traditional year-end break but should have some fun practices before January arrives. The calendar is now updated: we’ll continue Monday/Wednesday weekday practices and weekend practices on (mostly) Saturday. Once school is out, practices will be from noon to 2 PM.
We are moving practice from Wednesday to Thursday this week due to a high school swim meet. On Wednesday we’ll have our 7:30 Chalk Talk with Justin Pudwill joining us to share his success in utilizing a 4-2 offense while he was head coach at Whittier College.
And all practices originally planned for Saturday are moved to Sunday at noon. That includes FREE Scorpions Ball for any athlete age 5-11. Bring lots of friends, and spread the word.
We will plan on hosting masters’ shoot-arounds after any youth practices during the weekend. Sessions will start at 2 PM or whenever the youth practice ends.
COVID and Coaches
To perhaps help give some peace of mind to our families, some Covid news. I today tested negative as did Coaches Alon and Kendall in the past couple weeks. We’re pleased to note that we have experienced only one known case among coaches and athletes since March, and that athlete had stopped practicing with us weeks before reporting it. So there was never any exposure to it by other athletes.
January Parent Meeting and Collegiate Recruiting
We have an online parent meeting on the calendar for Thursday, January 7 at 7:30 PM. In addition to going over plans for the club in 2021 we expect to have an extremely knowledgeable guest join us to go over details of college water polo recruiting. An invitation is forthcoming. Parents and athletes are welcome to take part.
Gear for the Holidays
Not only is there plentiful AquaTex Waterpolo swag available for your holiday gifting needs, you can also support the TXWaterpolo Podcast and news site by giving loved ones some beautiful TXWaterpolo (and Total Waterpolo) gear at the TWp Sports Store.
Happy Holidays, everyone, and I’ll see you bundled in the parking lot.
We’re headed to North Texas this weekend for two tournaments, so check in for all the relevant details.
General rules: athletes should be there 45 minutes prior to game time prepared for warmup outdoors.
- AquaTex 18u girls first game vs. Viper Pigeons at 3:00 PM Saturday
- AquaTex 18u boys first game vs. Cowtown Renegades at 1:30 PM Saturday.
Find everything related to the Cowtown Stampede on the event page. That includes links to the two waivers required of each athlete, coach, and table worker (get those done by Wednesday please); rosters and cap numbers; safety guidelines; and the live schedule. Those teams will be coached by Tom Andrew.
- AquaTex 9th grade u first game vs. Thunder Black at 9:30 AM on Saturday.
- AquaTex 7th grade u first game vs. Thunder Silver at noon.
Same with the Texas Age Group Championships. You can find rosters, the schedule, safety guidelines and a lot more on the event page. Coached by James, Kendall, and Becca Andrew.
Holiday Training Schedule
Given that we have new coaches (yes!) who will be available, we will not be having our traditional two-week break between Christmas and the new year. We’re waiting for the swim team to nail down its schedule but you can tentatively plan on practice on Mondays, Wednesdays at noon and on Saturdays at noon (likely) during the weeks school is closed. Of course, exceptions for Christmas Day, New Years Day.
Also, because of a swim meet scheduled at Micki on Dec. 18-19 we will shift all our water polo programming to Sunday the 2oth. That includes Scorpion Ball, youth training, and masters. Check out the calendar.
See you there,
Happy Holidays, AquaTexans. Right to it as the year winds down.
Only a few players have signed up via the TeamUnify interface for the two remaining tournaments of 2020, which both take place in North Texas on December 14-15. I strongly suspect that there are more who actually want to play so let me know by Wednesday if you’re committed. You can email or SMS me if you prefer.
- Cowtown Stampede
- 18u boys: none
- 18u girls: Kendall
- 9th grade u coed: Aaron, Jacob, Kelly, Cruz
- 7th grade u coed: Cruz
We have committed to both tournaments (and paid) so want the biggest AQTX turnout possible. Rosters are due from me to the tournament organizers on Dec 5 so I need to know soon who wants to go.
A couple other pieces of info for each tournament:
TAGS Hotel Info
- Address/Phone: 3650 Plano Pkwy, The Colony, TX 75056, 469-362-1111
- Rate: $70 per night (Friday and/or Saturday)
- Reserve Rooms by Friday, December 4th (UPDATED)
- Free Breakfast, Parking, Wifi
There are two waivers each athlete, coach, and table worker need to complete before they are allowed into the facility. Both waivers along with everything else you need to know about the tournament can be found here.
There are no spectators allowed inside the venue, although they are planning to stream the games live (link can be found at that link above). Each team is allowed to provide two table workers per game (same volunteers throughout the tournament preferred), so if you are interested in helping out and being able to watch the games in person, let me know and I can add you to our table worker list.
- Cowtown Stampede Page – All links below are posted on the site.
- Safety Guidelines – COVID safety precautions for all participants and volunteers
- Tournament Rules – Time outs, quarter length, etc
- Secondary Waiver – Required to be completed by all adults and athletes that will participate in any way in the tournament.
- Keller ISD Facility Waiver – Required to be completed by all adults and athletes that will enter into the Keller Natatorium
- Table Worker Form – Only the coach can complete this form submitting the names of the two experienced table workers who are allowed to attend games in order to work the table.
- Tournament Schedule – Will be updated November 28, 2020
Coached by Tom Andrew
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Divisions will be set at the following: (Age as of August 1, 2020)
- 18u boys mixed – 10 total teams
- 18u girls – 6 total teams
The event will be held at the Keller Natatorium, Saturday -Sunday, December 12-13, 2020.