Training Changes, Roster Call, LISD
As we just emailed to all our active members our training schedule is changing immediately. A quick note to our Novice and Age Group families. We’d like you to begin your Tuesday/Thursday schedule right away so plan on coming tomorrow and not tonight, Monday.
Given the sheer number of athletes we now have we’re running out of pool space. So we’re changing the schedule to accommodate more bodies and give each group the attention it deserves. This includes the addition of a Tuesday practice and staggered start times on the weekends. (I haven’t yet updated it on the calendar but will).
- Monday and Wednesday
- High School Waterpolo, 7-9 PM
- Tuesday and Thursday
- Novice Waterpolo, 7-8 PM
- Age Group Waterpolo, 7-9 PM
- Novice Waterpolo, 10-11 AM
- Age Group Waterpolo, 10 AM – noon
- High School Waterpolo, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
- Swim2Score, 11:00 AM – noon
- Novice Waterpolo, 9 – 10 AM
- Age Group Waterpolo, 9 – 11 AM
- High School Waterpolo, 10 AM – noon
- Masters Waterpolo, 11:30 AM – 1 PM
Speaking of growth, welcome to all the athletes – and their families – we’ve added in the last few weeks: Rein, William, Parker, Colton, Noelle, Elliot, Alyssa, Erica, Keegan, Remy, and Emeric. Did I miss anyone?!
LISD Water Polo
There’s a serious effort by parents, athletes, supporters, and coaches to convince the Leander ISD to reverse it’s decision to drop varsity water polo after just one season. Anyone who’s interested in supporting that cause can start by visiting saveleanderwaterpolo.org.
I have on- and 0ff-the-record opinions of their decision. I’ll reserve the pithier, more annoyed off-the-record one for more personal discussions. Regardless, the LISD decision is short-sighted. And anyone involved in the sport locally knows there are solutions to the problems sited by the District in their decision.
Yes, you can find coaches (they don’t need to be swim coaches).
Yes, you may need to be creative but there is pool time.
Yes, we understand that it would be optimal for every school in your district to support water polo programs, but that simply doesn’t exist in ANY other district in Texas.
We all know these things (and more) to be true.
I admire those who are putting together plans for how parents and students can address these issues positively, offering actual solutions rather than simply bemoaning the decision. Well done. You have my support.
I also have faith that there will come a change of plans by the District. We may not yet be close to that but there appear to be positive forces working toward that end.
And I have strong opinions about what’s going on but feel that as a club coach I need to lend my voice sparingly. Of course I support maintaining UIL water polo, especially at our local schools, for all kinds of reasons. But I could also see how my input might be counterproductive, so I will defer to those of you leading this effort and contribute just about any way you think will help.
Dare to Dream
The rosters are set for this weekend’s Dare to Dream tournament in College Station. AquaTex has entered its first ever 10u team to be led by Coach Babs. It includes Ryan, Grey, Neel, Ilay, Emeric, and a youngster from San Antonio we’ll meet when we’re there. Meanwhile, Clayton and William will play for Longhorn’s 12u team. Such an exciting start for so many of our new players. Make sure you have fun and learn something! We have lots of newcomers so please be sure to join our GroupMe if you haven’t already so Babs can communicate with all our Dare to Dream families. Good luck!
South TX Winter Champs
It’s a one-day championship bonanza in San Antonio on Sunday, Feb 5 for all ages and featuring teams exclusively from Central Texas. AquaTex intends to enter 18u boys, 18u girls, 16u boys, 14u boys, 10u mixed. If you haven’t already indicated your commitment go here and click on the “attend/decline” button. Each roster will play two games but anyone who qualifies for two rosters (those who play on 16u and 18u, for example) can expect four games. Then you can go to Cabo Bobs.
See you on the deck,