Thunder Bolt: April 30th, 2019

Jason Ickert
Apr 30, 2019

We have a lot of great content in this week's message.  Thank you for your time in reading through the entire message to find all the great things going on with Thunder Water Polo.

Thunder Summer Season

To view the full summer practice schedule for all age groups click here.

Registration for Summer Season is now open for all local athletes. Invite your friends to join in on the fun!!!  Connect to the Thunder Water Polo Summer Events page here to register. 


SafeSport Mandatory Training for Athletes 18 & Up

As communicated in the National High School team meeting last month, All Thunder athletes who are 18 or will be 18 before NJOs must complete the SafeSport training before summer season begins May 13th.  Please log into your USA Water Polo account and select SafeSport Training on the left hand menu to complete.  For more details click here.


Thunder Flash Store - NOW OPEN

Attention all parents the Thunder Flash Store is OPEN through May 19th. All items are custom made and will not be ordered until after the store closes on May 19th.  Your order will be shipped directly to your shipping address on June 17th.

WE DO HAVE THUNDER SUITS IN OUR LOCAL STOCK FOR IMMEDIATE SALE.  SAVE ON THE SHIPPING AND GET A GREAT PRICE ON THESE SUITS.  FEMALE SUITS $70.00 AND MALE SUITS $40.00.  TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS SALE ON OUR LOCAL STOCK ONLY BEFORE BUYING THROUGH THE FLASH STORE PLEASE COMPLETE THE ONLINE FORM HERE.  THIS IS ON A FIRST COME BASIS.  YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED OF AVAILABLE STOCK.  


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!

Spots are limited with 10 spots for Middle School Athletes and 10 spots for High School Athletes remaining.  Click the link below to register.  Tony always puts on a great event and this will be an excellent opportunity to learn from some of the best!!!   This is also an excellent opportunity for additional training before Southwest Zones. June 1st from 9am - 3pm for Middle School Athletes and June 2nd from 9am - 3pm for High School Athletes.

To Register Visit:  https:/azevedo.sportngin.com/register/form/231124944


NJO Fundraising Opens May 1st

All National Thunder athletes who will be attending the National Junior Olympic tournament are eligible to fundraise their trip fees. This fundraiser allows you to help your athlete raise money for their travel trips as well as give you the opportunity to help other athletes in our club. The fundraiser will be open form May 1st to June 30th.  For more information including steps on how to setup the fundraiser please click here.  You can direct any questions to treasurer@thunderpolo.com.


Texas Age Group State Championship

We are calling on all our GREAT Thunder Volunteers to help us with the Texas Age Group State Championship (TAGS) May 11th - 12th in Keller.  

Do your High School Athlete that need volunteer hours? Is your former Thunder Athlete home from college and want to help out?  We are looking for table workers to help keep score and run the clocks.  Our goal is to allow our age group athletes to focus on playing and get our Thunder high school athletes or former athletes to run the tables.  Please sign up at the link below.

Parents we also need your help at the admissions table to help collect admissions for the event.  Please sign up at the link below.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D48ACA823A6FE3-tags


Southwest Zone NJO Qualifier

This registration is open to National Team Thunder Athletes only.      Please Note: There are separate registrations for 18/16U and 14U/12U Age Groups. All tournament information is available via the respective  Southwest Zone NJO Qualifier Event Pages.

Registration Deadline TODAY –   Tuesday, April 30th


TAGS Water Polo Championship - May 11-12th - Keller 

This year, we have the privilege of hosting the Texas Age Group State (TAGS) Water Polo Championship.  This is the State Championship for our Age Group athletes.  This event is for our 8th grade / 6th grade / 4th grade and under athletes. The divisions are broken down by grade in school, so unfortunately our 14U athletes who are in High School are not eligible to participate. The event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 11th - 12th at the Keller ISD Natatorium - 1000 Bear Creek Pkwy, Keller, TX 76248.  All tournament information is available via the TAGS Water Polo Championship page. 

Registration Deadline THIS FRIDAY Friday, May 3rd


Welcome to Texas Shootout - May 25-26 - San Antonio

This event is open to ALL of our Thunder Athletes.  The event will be held at Northside ISD Swim Center, 8400 N Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX 78249.  The tournament will include teams from the Southwest Zone, Eastern Zone and Mountain Zone and be on May 25th and 26th.  For more information and to register, please visit the Welcome to Texas Shootout page. 

Registration Deadline –   Friday, May 10th


Save the Date

  • June 1 Saturday – UCLA Camp Age Group Flower Mound
  • June 2 Sunday – UCLA Camp High School Flower Mound
  • June 1 Saturday – Summer Game Day High School Denton
  • June 2 Sunday – Summer Game Day Age Group Denton
  • June 7-9 – Southwest Zones National Age Group Pearland
  • June 9 – Team scrimmage National High School Keller
  • June 14-16 – Southwest Zones National High School CyFair
  • June 16 – Summer Game Day Keller
  • June 22-23 – Dallas Summer Classic Southlake
  • July 6-7 – Southside SOGO Pearland
  • July 13 – National Team Try Outs New Athletes Denton
  • July 14 – Summer Champs Southlake
  • July 20-28 NJOS Irvine

Academic All American

USA Water Polo Academic All-American program recognizes athletes' high-level achievement and dedication in the pool and in the classroom. A student-athlete who has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.60 or higher for the academic school year; completed/will complete the 10th, 11th or 12th grade; is a current USA Water Polo gold athlete member; and has competed in a USA Water Polo National Event during the respective academic school year is eligible to apply for this award.


Thunder Sponsorships

Our program relies heavily on fundraising to cover ever rising costs associated with venue fees. In addition, costs such as equipment, lifeguards, referees and experienced coaches that help educate and train our players are required to keep our Thunder Team at a premier level. Thunder, thru past fundraising efforts, has also been able to provide college scholarships as our student athletes move onto their college phase of their lives, as well as financial assistance to families in need.

Do you own a business or know of a business that would like to sponsor Thunder Water Polo? You can contact  Jim Clarin, Director of Fundraising, at jclarin1@yahoo.com  or (972)839-0035. Or have them visit our website to learn more.


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Positive Coaching Alliance

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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.

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