UIL Texas Water Polo Postponed to Fall 2022

Laurie Dunlap

From USA Water Polo Southwest Zone
October 19, 2020


The UIL Legislative Council earlier today decided to postpone the start date for UIL Water Polo to Fall 2022 due to COVID-19 related issues.  As everyone knows there are various challenges during the 2020-2021 academic year for school districts including budget crunches, planning issues, etc.  The UIL feels postponing the start date would be best for everyone involved.  The TISCA Water Polo Board has been assured that UIL Water Polo has been approved and will happen beginning Fall 2022.  At this time, the plan is to have a TISCA Water Polo high school season in Spring 2021 and Spring 2022 prior to the first official UIL Water Polo season in Fall 2022.  

The UIL wants water polo to succeed.  “We want to do it right, and putting it together in a year, with all the challenges we’re facing with COVID-19, we think it would be in the best interest to push this [back] and delay the start of it,” said Susan Elza, the UIL’s Director of Athletics.  This decision allows for Texas high school water polo to continue to grow and expand the number of schools playing under the umbrella of TISCA Water Polo, increase the number of referees, and ramp up the coach educational opportunities.  Overall, this gives all coaches and school officials time to reset after the last several months of COVID-19 related issues on multiple fronts.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks and take care.

Joe Linehan
USA Water Polo - Texas Development
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