Colorado Tournament - Schedule (PDF)

Colorado Tournament - Schedule (Excel)

Colorado Tournament - Online Program (Website)

Colorado Tournament - Thunder Rosters (PDF)

Colorado Tournament - Itinerary (PDF)

Colorado Tournament - Travel Breakdown (UPDATED, PDF)

Colorado Tournament - Absence Letter (PDF)

Thunder Water Polo leaves for the Colorado Tournament on this upcoming Friday, November 11th.  Above is the Tournament Schedule for this weekend's Colorado Tournament at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center, the Thunder team specific rosters, the Thunder Itinerary, and the Thunder Travel Breakdown (see highlighted green note below).  Please double check the Thunder Travel Breakdown and email [email protected] if there are any issues.  Thunder Water Polo has entered five teams this weekend.  There are some athletes on multiple teams (please double check rosters).   The coaches will be sure to tell the athletes EXACTLY where they need to be and when they need to be there throughout the weekend.  The games will be good competition over the Friday Afternoon/Saturday/Sunday tournament. There will be lots of playing time for everyone!!!  

Below is the basic information for those athletes/parents on the team flight on Friday, when/where to meet on Friday morning at the airport, the pool location, important contact information, ground transportation info, etc.  Additionally, all athletes need to bring a PHOTO ID with them on the trip to Colorado (see highlighted yellow note below).  For those meeting us in Colorado, please meet us at the team hotel between 1:30-3:30 pm or at the pool at 4:00 pm (see itinerary).  A FINAL UPDATE email will be sent on Wednesday/Thursday to everyone with any last minute details.  The success of the team trip is dependent on all the coaches, athletes, and parents working together on the trip.  This will be a busy weekend for everyone, but the trip will truly be a great experience for all involved.  Below are all previous update emails.  Please call 713-705-0945 if you have any questions.  See you at the airport or at the hotel/pool on Friday.  

Thunder Travel Breakdown:  I had to make an educated guess on some people’s travel plans.  Please double check the Thunder Travel Breakdown and email if there are any issues.  For example…if you are flying on the coaches flight but it says “meet at hotel/pool” or vice versa, please email back ASAP as we want to have the most accurate details for travel on Friday and Sunday.

Important Contact Information:

  • Coach Joe Linehan:  713-705-0945
  • Coach Chris Cullen: 940-368-3456
  • Coach Sabrina Carlile:  972-896-5009
  • Coach Brandon Dion:  214-500-8728
  • Coach Stephanie Linehan:  817-980-1563
  • Team Hotel (Springhill Suits Denver North/Westminster):  303-464-1999

Thunder Apparel:  We would like everyone to bring their Thunder team suits, team gear, jackets, t-shirts, etc. to properly represent the team this weekend in Annapolis.  The high this weekend in Annapolis will be in the 60’s with lows in the 30’s & 40’s.  Athletes will need to bring appropriate clothing (jackets, long sleeve t-shirts, pants/jeans, closed toe shoes, etc.).  Yes, we will be the pool a lot of the weekend, but we will also do some site seeing, walking around outside, etc.  Therefore, the athletes will be outside and everyone should be prepared accordingly.    For Friday, we would like everyone to wear their Thunder Collared Black Shirt.  If you do not have this collared t-shirt, that is OK and please wear your black Thunder short sleeve t-shirt or another collared black shirt (non-Thunder).  On Saturday, everyone will wear their long sleeve Colorado Tournament Thunder T-shirt (given out this week to everyone).  On Sunday, we want everyone to wear one of their Thunder short sleeve t-shirts (if you do not have one of these, please wear something similar).  

Twitter for Colorado Tournament:  The Thunder teams are off to the Colorado Tournament this Friday, November 11th.  Thunder Water Polo will have a Twitter account for parents, family and friends to follow along with the teams in Annapolis.  The team coaches will be sending out score and team updates throughout the event (simple and easy, you will not receive unnecessary texts).  Not on Twitter?  No problem.  Below are the directions for people to sign-up below (either through your cell phone or on the computer).  Everyone can either follow online at or get texts through their cell phones (to view online, you do NOT need to register).
Already on Twitter?  Text to 40404, send “follow ThunderPolo”, and follow directions.  Online, go to and click “follow”.  When/if you want to stop following, you can just text "off ThunderWaterPolo" to 40404.  
New to Twitter?  Text to 40404 and send “follow ThunderPolo”.  Via texts, you will be asked to set-up an account (user name and password).  Online, go to, to register as a Twitter user, activate your mobile phone in your profile, and then click “follow” at the ThunderPolo twitter site.  

Spending Money:  Athletes need to bring plenty of money for meals, souvenirs, etc.  The teams will eat the free breakfast at the hotel on Saturday/Sunday but that still leaves lunch/dinner on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (at least six meals to pay for).  We will not be doing anything too expensive but athletes should have money for going to movies, site seeing, etc.  The purpose of this trip is to play water polo, watch water polo, learn, improve, and have a great life experience.  As mentioned in previous emails, we will NOT be sitting at the hotel.  We will be playing water polo throughout the weekend staying busy and having fun!!!

Photo ID’s/USA Water Polo Membership Card:  All athletes need to bring their photo ID's on the trip.  First, the athletes will need this to check in for their flights at the airport/security, but they will also need a photo ID at the tournament as the officials will be doing ID Checks prior to each game.  If you do not have a government issued ID and/or Passport, please being a school ID or at the very least your USA Water Polo ID with the photo (you can download a photo with your USAWP membership).  The coaches will have copies of everyone’s USA Water Polo Photo ID, but please be sure to bring your as back up.

Meeting at Airport on Friday Morning:    For those traveling on the team flight, you will need to meet the coaches at the departure gate at 8:10 am which is one hour before the departure time of the team flight.  All athletes will need to bring their Thunder Water Polo apparel/bags, their team water polo suits, goggles for warm-up, etc.  Athletes should also bring warm clothes (jackets, hoodies, etc.) as it will be cold in the Colorado area.  We highly advise athletes to NOT check luggage as this is an extra cost.  If possible, please bring one carry on for your luggage.  Be aware of the travel restrictions on liquids (nothing more than 3 ounces).  Please plan for traffic, getting through security, etc.  If you are running late, please call Joe Linehan at 713-705-0945.  

  • Thunder Coach Flight (American Airlines):  The Thunder Coaches will be flying on the below American Airlines flights for the Colorado Tournament (non stop flight each way).  These flights will leave/return to Dallas-Forth Worth Airport (DFW) and arrive into/depart from Denver International Airport (DEN).
    • Depart Friday, November 11th:  leaves DFW at 9:10 am, arrive into DEN at 10:22 am, American Flight #2374
    • Return Sunday, November 13th:  leaves DEN at 6:22 pm, arrive into DFW at 9:22 pm, American Flight #277

Thunder Colorado Tournament Trip Website:  All Colorado Trip Information on this email and previous emails can be found at the Thunder Colorado Tournament Trip Website (click here).

Colorado Tournament Age Groups:  The Colorado Tournament is using an athlete's age as of August 1, 2016 for the age groups.  Therefore, an athlete might have already turned 17, but can still play in the 16U division.  Additionally, we have placed athletes on teams where we feel they will maximize their playing time and experience. 

Colorado Tournament T-shirts:  The Colorado Tournament T-shirts were handed out this past weekend at the tournament in Southlake/Keller.  Those that did not get their t-shirt this past weekend will get their t-shirt at practice this week.  For those that do not pick up their t-shirts over the next couple of days, your t-shirts will be given out on Friday in Colorado. 

Tournament Location:  Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center, 5310 E. 136th Ave, Thornton, CO 80026.  The pool is located in a sububrb of Denver, CO and is an indoor 50 meter all deep pool.  The pool is part of the Adams 12 Five State Schools.  The website is 

Tournament Schedule:   I have posted both the PDF schedule and an Excel Schedule at the Thunder Colorado Tournament Trip Website (click here). The Excel version of the schedule is tabbed at the bottom for the various divisions (with the first tab the master schedule which is the same as the attached PDF version).

Team Hotel Information:  Springhill Suits Denver North/Westminster, 6845 W. 103rd Ave.  Westminster, CO 80021, 303-464-1999

Ground Transportation:  All athletes will be traveling in team vans driven by team coaches.  We have rented four vans for the trip (all 15 passenger vans, Enterprise).  Please remember, parents on the trip will need to rent their own vehicles.  Athletes will be riding back and forth to the pool in the Team Vans (there is not room for parents in the team vans).

USA Water Polo Registration:  All Thunder Water Polo athletes who attend this tournament will need to be register with USA Water Polo as Bronze  Silver or Gold member.  To register with USA Water Polo or upgrade your membership, please go to (if a new member, please choose North Texas Thunder Water Polo Club for the athlete's club affiliation).   


If you have any questions, please call Joe Linehan at 713-705-0945 or email to [email protected]