Thunder Bolt: March 12th, 2019

Jason Ickert
Mar 12, 2019

We hope that everyone is enjoying their Spring Break! As a reminder practice will resume next week at all practice locations. We would also like to wish all of our female Thunder Athletes competing at the ODP National Championships this coming weekend in Riverside, CA the best of luck!  We know that you will represent Thunder and USA Water Polo Southwest Zone well. Go Thunder!!!

Mandatory National Team Meeting

All parents mark your calendars to attend the National Team meeting with your athletes. We will discuss summer participation expectations and National Junior Olympic timeline and information.  It is very important for at least one parent to attend!  The athlete portion of the meeting is expected to last 15 minutes then you will be released to practice and the remainder of the meeting will be for the parents.

High school – March 26th at 6:30 @ Westside Aquatics Center, 1750 Duncan Ln, Lewisville, TX 75067

Age Group – March 28th at 6:30 @ Westside Aquatics Center, 1750 Duncan Ln, Lewisville, TX 75067

5-Meter Water Polo Camp - Genai Kerr

Can't get the kids off the couch this Spring Break? Take a road trip to Houston for the 5-Meter Water Polo camp with Genai Kerr.  Registration links are below for the camps still open for this week!  

Genai Kerr, USA Water Polo Olympian, coach, mentor, and true ambassador of the sport is hosting a series of of 5-Meter Water Polo Camps during Spring Break, March 12-March 15 in the Houston area:  Each camp is an opportunity for athletes to work with Genai in a unique, diverse learning environment.  5-Meter Water Polo Camps gives athletes an opportunity to experience the lifestyle, nutrition and training of an Olympian. They also get practical training tips and drills designed by some of the best coaches in the world.   All of Genai’s Houston Area Meter Water Polo Camps are open to all levels of athletes, but there is limited space available at each camp.  

Texas 5-Meter Water Polo Camps, March 12-15:  Below are the dates and location for each individual camp with an online registration link.

Splashball - LISD Westside Aquatic Center

Splashball is a form of Water Polo that combines skills from Swimming, Basketball, Soccer, Football, Volleyball and puts these skills in the water. It is a non-contact kid friendly version of water polo played in a shallow pool and/or with a noodle for support. All the fundamentals of water polo will be taught in a fun and safe atmosphere.  

The intent is to provide basic skills and understanding of the sport in a recreational format.  Although water polo is known for its toughness and endurance, Splashball harnesses all the fun, dynamic aspects of the game in a safe, easy to learn aquatic experience that will motivate kids to swim and stay fit.

The Splashball program is for new athletes and those that have only played in previous beginner sessions.  These programs have been setup specifically for athletes that are new to water polo and want to learn. We will teach the athletes the fundamentals necessary to be successful.  All are welcome to attend and the best part of all NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!!!

Refer all your friends ages 5-11 to the LISD Westside Aquatic Splashball clinic. April 1 - 4, and April 8-11 from 7:30 - 8:00pm.

Registration is open at the Thunder Spring Splashball Page!

Tony Azevedo and Adam Wright Texas Clinic

Texas Clinic Featuring 5X Olympian & Silver Medalist, Tony Azevedo along with 3X Olympian & Silver Medalist and UCLA Head Water Polo Coach, Adam Wright!

With all the North Texas Clubs invited for this event is filling up fast. SIGN UP TODAY!  This is an excellent opportunity for additional training before Southwest Zones. 

To Register for this Event visit:  https:/azevedo.sportngin.com/register/form/231124944

Spring Game Day #2 - March 31st - SMU Dallas Tx

This is our second game day of the spring season.  It will be held on Sunday, March 31st at the SMU Robson & Lindley Aquatic Center: 5550 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75206. Please sign into your Thunder Account and declare for the event using the accept/decline button.  For additional information and to declare please visit the Spring Game Day #2 Event Page

Registration Deadline: Monday, March 18th

Southside Badger Brawl - April 6-7 - Pearland Tx

This registration is open to ALL 8th Grade and Under Thunder Athletes.  The event will be held on April 6-7 at the Pearland Recreation Center & Natatorium at 4141 Bailey Road, Pearland, TX 77584.  All Tournament information is available on our Thunder Website at the Southside Badger Brawl Event Page.

Registration Deadline: Monday, March 25th

Save the Date!!!

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events!!! More information will be coming out about these events soon!

April 14: Plan on attending a free skills and shooting clinic in Southlake. All ages. We will also be hosting a regional Town Hall meeting that day run by Joe Linehan USA Water Polo’s Head of Texas Development. More information to come about topics to be discussed but this will be a great opportunity to learn more about our sport.

April 28: Spring Champs Day at SMU Age Group Only.

May 11-12: We will be hosting Texas Age Group State in Keller. We will need high school volunteers to run tables that weekend. This is an easy way to get volunteer hours!

May 23-24: Welcome to Texas in San Antonio is a USA Water Polo sponsored event for all ages and levels. This tournament will be played outside in the sunshine!! Plan a fun 3 day weekend playing water polo and throw in a trip to Sea World or Six Flags.

Graduating Seniors - Thunder Scholarship

Annually Thunder Water Polo supports our senior's in their college endeavors by awarding two $500 scholarships to graduating seniors.  The entry period for this scholarship is now open and runs through April 1st, 2019.  For additional details on how to apply for the scholarship please visit the Thunder Scholarship Page. Scholarship recipients will be announced at the Dallas Summer Classic.

Application Deadline:  April 1st, 2019

Positive Coaching Alliance

Quote of the week – “Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” – Arnold Palmer

Effort Is The Perfect Response To Unexpected Setbacks

See you at the pool!

Thunder Board of Directors

Thunder Mission Statement:  North Texas Thunder Water Polo's mission is to promote a positive atmosphere that encourages self-esteem, hard work, physical fitness, teamwork and respect for self and others which will maximize each athlete’s potential and to develop players of character from novice to the national level.