For our Families
AquaTex will not be attending this tournament.
We very gladly have a lot of new athletes attending this tournament. Welcome to all of you, and of course to all our experienced families as well. Here are a few things to cover for newcomers and oldsters alike:
There may be more added here so stay tuned.
|4th||6th grade & under||8th grade & under|
|Jackson||John "Wes" Kelly|
|Jackson "JP" Place|
|Kenneth "Cash" Brown|
From the Hosts
Thank you for registering for the Armadillo Classic on September 10-11, 2022 at the LISD Eastside Aquatic Center. Teams will need to print out and bring their own score sheets and member cards to the pool. Give a score sheet to the table before each game. Additionally, teams will need to supply their own warm-up balls.. There will not be warm-up space available. Teams will need to warm-up in between quarters and/or immediately before the game.
Admissions: $5 for the weekend
Rosters/Scoresheets: Referees will be doing ID checks this weekend. Teams will need to print out and bring their own score sheets and member cards to the pool. Give a score sheet to the score table before each game.
This is a Thunder Water Polo hosted event in North Texas the weekend of February 26-27.
We will be utilizing the LISD Westside Aquatics Center
All teams will receive a minimum of four games with the top 3 teams in each division receiving 1st – 3rd place medals. Games will be played on the hour to give teams plenty of time to transition safely between games.
This tournament is open to all USA Water Polo member clubs and registration will be closed once a division reaches capacity. All participants must have a minimum of a USA Water Polo Bronze membership with picture and age verification completed. ID checks will be administered on deck.
Divisions – 10U Mixed, 12U Girls, 12U Mixed, 14U Girls and 14U Mixed
A flurry of activity as the year winds down, we return from a jam-packed weekend of games in North Texas, find ourselves a new coach, and get pumped for the final two tournaments of 2020. Plus, Tony Azevedo is coming our way.
Our 14u coed team went (almost) ironman for its four-game schedule at last weekend’s Texas Challenge. With eight total athletes, a 2-2 record felt about right and earned the team a fourth-place finish after a tough game against Thunder Black, their “A” team. The weekend also featured AquaTex’s first ever shootout, which it won over the very feisty Pegasus team. History! All the live streams of every game are online, linked on our TCC event page. Well done in particular to James for playing in his first ever travel tournament and Riley for becoming the deadly ninja goalie Coach Matthew has been hoping for. Congratulations to them, Jacob, Morgan (7 games!), Kelly, Cruz, Austin, and Luca. Go check out their game highlights linked above.
Meanwhile, despite never having played in a USAWP travel tournament, Kendall, Cammi, and Morgan turned out to be among the most productive and reliable members of the Lonestar/Mavericks 18u girls team that ended the tournament with a well-rested Sunday afternoon win over Cowtown. Kendall is starting to show off that shooting skill she displays at practice, Cammi ended the tournament with a two-goal outing vs. Cowtown after showing off her speed on defense all weekend, and Morgan continues to be one of the most aggressive attackers on the entire club and showed some real progress in becoming a killer driver/post-up player. Very proud of all three of them
Meanwhile, as we continue to improve and grow we have another new coach helping us out. Coach Alon Yoeli is from Carmel, CA and played his collegiate water polo at Fordham University in New York City (the Bronx to be precise). He also played for one of Italy’s best clubs. He recently moved to Austin, contacted AquaTex about masters water polo and ended up getting roped in to coaching! Welcome aboard, Alon.
The practice schedule is updated for Thanksgiving week. Check it out on the calendar. Coaches Kendall and Shannon will be back along with Matthew and Alon to keep us moving forward. That includes Scorpion Ball with Coach Shannon on the 21st!
TAGS and the Cowtown Stampede are the last competitions of the year. And aside from the obvious reasons we might want to turn the calendar page, it’s also the last chance for many of our athletes to play in age groups they were supposed to occupy for JOs and Southwest Zone Championships. Beginning in 2021 we can expect that tournaments will set their “age as of” date to August 1, 2021. We want to end the year on a competitive high note and expect our athletes to take part in these final two tournaments.
The Texas Age Group Championships are for athletes in 9th grade and under. We have already registered our 9th grade u (coed) team and may combine with Longhorn for 7th and under and/or 5th and under. Edit your commitment to TAGS here.
The Legendary Tony Azevedo is headed to Texas to host three days of water polo training in North Texas. Three days for high schoolers, two for those age 14 and under. Plus, goalie training. Find out more and register here and let me know if you sign up. I may be able to make it up there to watch (and interview Tony for the podcast…)
We have some really excellent attendance records for the months of October and November (shout out to Cammi, Declan and Austin!). The link has probably been wrong for several weeks so here’s the updated link to the document. #BeYourBest
Coach Marcy shared this via email on the 13th. The program is open to water polo athletes.
Aquatex is collaborating with Performance Course to offer an 8-week Dryland Training schedule.
Performance Course is an unrivaled approach to progressively improving athletic ability. This unique course combines sound, proven strength and conditioning principles with the latest methodologies to give the participant the top athletic performance program in the nation.
Senior/PreSeniors swimmers [and water polo athletes] that 13 & up are eligible to participate. The program will start November 30th, the Monday following Thanksgiving. Sessions will be held at our pool, on deck. The training will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays:
Girls – 5:45-6:30pm
Boys – 6:30-7:15pm
The cost is $180. To participate, please go to this site and signup: Performance Course
That’s all for this week. Have a great and safe Thanksgiving week.
See you in the parking lot…
We’re just a few days away from the Texas Challenge Cup in The Colony. And as we shift more information to this site there is a new link to “Events” which will mostly contain tournaments on the calendar to which we are committed.
Here are the details on the tournament including schedule, Covid guidelines, streaming and more. All our games will be at the LISD Eastside Aquatic Center, 5729 Memorial Dr, The Colony, TX 75056.
Athletes and coaches will meet together outside the facility one hour prior to game time.
For the 18u girls playing with Lonestar/Mavericks, the first game is on Saturday at 10:30 AM vs. Thunder 16u. The second game depends on the outcome of the first.
For AquaTex 14u co-ed the first game is at 1:30 PM on Saturday vs. Viper Pigeon Green, second game at 4:30 PM vs. Thunder Silver.
There are no apparent conflicts between our 18u girls and 14u coed games.
Two tournaments take place on December 12-13: TAGS for 9th grade and under coed, and Cowtown Stampede for 18u boys and girls. Find details on both of these tournaments on our new Events page.
We have already registered a 9th grade and under team for TAGS for AquaTex. We will be partnering with Longhorn to fill out 18u boys and girls rosters playing as AquaTex, so be sure to let me know if you want to play. [Updated: AquaTex has registered one 18u boys and one 18u girls team for the tournament].
That’s all for this week though there could be updates as we get ready to drive up to The Colony.
See you on the deck,
Please note that the schedule has a tab for each pool.
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Masks must be worn by everyone at the facility. Athletes will remove their masks before getting in the pool. Athletes must put their masks back on every time they exit the pool.
NO Spectators NO Locker Rooms NO Water Fountains
RESTROOM USE Athletes are encouraged to use the restroom before coming to the Aquatic Center. If an athlete needs to use the restroom during the tournament, they may use the restrooms in the lobby. Athletes that use the restroom are required to wipe down anything they touched in the restroom. Aquatic Center staff will disinfect the restrooms every hour.
AquaTex parents who want a way to gain entry to any particular match can volunteer to do the game clocks or score sheets. Mr. Gerakos has already volunteered to be our videographer. We will be taking volunteers for the following jobs.
Thunder has purchased software that can be downloaded to a Phone or tablet and streamed. This will also archive the game for later viewing. Each volunteer will be given the user name and password for the pool they will be streaming along with instruction on the process.
Location: 12U, 14U, 18U Girls – LISD Eastside Aquatic Center, 5729 Memorial Dr, The Colony, TX 75056
Location: 16U Boys, 18U Boys – LISD Westside Aquatics Center, 1750 Duncan Ln, Lewisville, TX 75067
Reminder – these are school district facilities which includes the parking lots where alcohol consumption is prohibited
Rosters/ID Checks: Please be prepared to do ID Checks (with Pictures ID) each game. Teams need to supply to the referee their own verified rosters and have their athlete’s IDs. The tournament will not be supplying these items for each team.
Hampton Inn & Suites Lewisville, TX. The rate is $79/night for 2 Queen Bed Rooms. Ask for “Thunder Group Rate.”
Fairfield by Marriott DFW Airport-Coppell/Grapevine – NEW HOTEL. 1150 Northpoint Dr. Coppell, TX 76051. Team rates $79 plus tax, 13%. 972-304-1112