AquaTex Waterpolo is pleased to host for the third year running the AQTX TISCA West Region Spring Festival. Details of tournaments in the past were brief and to the point. Given the facts surrounding the pandemic that is less so this season. So participants in particular should review the entirety of this page prior to the tournament. Click on the headings below for the invitation and more details.
Dates: March 5-6, 2020. The teams geographically closest to Round Rock, or those willing to travel, will be scheduled for games on Friday afternoon and evening. Friday games will begin around 5:00 PM. Saturday games will go from approximately 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM.
Location: Micki Krebsbach Pool, 301 Deep Wood Dr, Round Rock, TX 78681. A single outdoor 25-yard course with floating goals. There is ample free parking at the facility. Contact us for parking instructions if your school plans to travel by bus.
Divisions: High school boys (includes co-ed teams); high school girls.
Entry fee: $165 per roster (boys, girls, coed). Teams are guaranteed at least two games. Checks can be made out to “AquaTex Swim Team.” Venmo is also available. Teams will be invoiced upon entry. The W-9 form for Round Rock Aquatics can be found here.
Intent and Schedule: Please share your intent to participate ASAP or at the latest by Friday, February 26 via this form. A schedule will be published on the AquaTex website and emailed to all teams by Monday, March 1. Spots are limited. Teams that register after the maximum number of teams have done so will be placed on a waiting list in the order in which they submitted a registration form.
Rosters: Coaches are required to submit rosters with assigned cap numbers via online form once they have indicated their intent to play in the tournament. A link to the form will be emailed to the coach.
Spectators and Concessions: Spectators will be allowed only in a marked area to the south of the match pool. No chairs allowed, standing room only, unless ADA access is needed. Access will be through the South Gate. Main entrance (breezeway) is for coaches, teams, officials, and volunteers only. Teams, and spectators are welcome to tailgate in the parking lot. Please be careful, and considerate of traffic flows. There will be limited hospitality for coaches and officials but no concessions at the facility.
COVID-Waiver: By registering for and participating in this tournament all athletes, coaches, volunteers, or any other person associated with the participating team acknowledge and understand the risks associated with assembly and indemnify Round Rock Aquatics as detailed in this waiver.
Competition Rules: Games are played under NFHS rules with six minute quarters, two timeouts per team per match. If the score is tied at the end of regulation play the game will be recorded as a draw. There will be no shootouts or extra time. The team listed on the left of the schedule wears dark caps. Teams should provide their own warmup balls. The color of swim caps must match, within reason, the color of the water polo cap.
Coaches or administrators who register a team with the tournament are responsible for ensuring their athletes, coaches, parents, and anyone else associated with the team understand the rules laid out below. Take a moment to read the following in its entirety.
Athletes and coaches can arrive 45 minutes prior to their game and will enter as an individual team via the main entrance. When participants arrive there will be a designated “ready area” for each team where everyone and their gear should locate until they occupy their assigned benches.
We strongly advise teams to conduct dry-land warmup outside the facility prior to entering. Teams will have access to the warmup pool for a limited time (15-20 minutes); only one team at a time will be allowed to enter it. Warmup times will be assigned to each team.
When the prior match is complete, those teams that have warmed up will wait for the teams already in the pool and spectators to completely vacate the facility after which they can occupy their designated benches. Athletes will keep their bags and gear in a designated area.
At the conclusion of the game, athletes will swim to their bench and immediately put on their masks. (The last thing an athlete does before getting in the pool for warm-up is take off their mask, and the first thing they do when they get out of the pool is put on their mask.
Teams will switch sides at halftime. When switching sides all athletes (including those not in the pool at that time) will swim to the other side while coaches walk to the other side wearing a mask
Spectators will be allowed only in a marked area to the south of the match pool. No chairs allowed, standing room only, unless ADA access is needed. Access will be through the South Gate. The main entrance (breezeway) is for coaches, teams, officials, and volunteers only. Teams, and spectators are welcome to tailgate in the parking lot. Please be careful and considerate of traffic flows. There will be limited hospitality for coaches and officials but no concessions at the facility.
Spectators are required to wear masks. Any who repeatedly refuse to wear a mask or follow safety guidelines will be asked to leave the facility or the game will be suspended/forfeited.
By registering for and participating in this tournament all athletes, coaches, volunteers, or any other person associated with the participating team acknowledge and understand the risks associated with assembly and indemnify Round Rock Aquatics as detailed in this waiver.
No one is allowed to enter the facility if experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever over 100.4, cough, trouble breathing, chest congestion, sudden change in taste or smell, and muscle aches & pains.
Spectators, athletes, coaches, referees, and desk workers must be wearing face masks, covering both nose and mouth, at ALL TIMES within the facility with the following exceptions:
- Athletes while actively participating in warm-up in the pool and during games.
- Coaches when able to maintain six feet physical distancing during games.
- Referees while active during a game (when addressing coaches/athletes/score table, need mask on)
While on the pool deck and in the stands, six feet physical distancing is required from others not in the same household.
No Locker Rooms
Athletes will arrive in swimsuits and depart without changing. No deck changing.
For use in case of emergency or for those at the facility all day, volunteers & referees.
Athletes and coaches cannot enter the facility until 45 minutes prior to the start of their game. There will be designated areas for the teams playing the next game. At the completion of the game immediately before and once the teams clear the area teams will bring all their equipment to their respective benches (white team to left of the table). No team water bottles, and do not share water bottles, towels, etc. Teams must bring their own warm up balls and game caps and are not allowed to share with other clubs. After their game, teams will need to mask immediately, collect their belongings and exit the facility as quickly as possible.
Communications with Referees
During games, coaches should only approach referees after goals, between quarters, and during timeouts. Coaches MUST wear masks when addressing referees during games or on the pool deck between games. Coaches need to stay within the coaching areas throughout the game (behind goal line when on defense).
Post Game Handshake
Teams will not shake hands, high five, etc. before or after games. Teams can give a cheer for the other team after the game and leave their bench area without walking past the other team.
Micki Krebsbach Facility
Absolutely NO climbing on or using the slides, ladders, pirate ships, etc.
- [AquaTex Online Waiver Form]
- [Zoom Coaches’ Meeting Video]
- Mikki Pool Layout (Round Rock)
- Specific Pool Rules (Both Pools)
- [NFHS Rules Changes]
- [Roster Submission Form]
For AquaTex Volunteers
- How to do scoresheets (a very good primer – watch it!)
- [AquaTex Volunteer Schedule, Signup]