Spinlob Tournament - Schedule - 2017 (PDF)

Spinlob Tournament - Thunder Rosters - 2017 (PDF)

The Spinlob Tournament is this upcoming Saturday-Sunday, February 11-12 at the UT Swim Center in Austin (address/website below).  Attached is the tournament schedule (no changes from previous schedule sent) and the Thunder Rosters for the Spiblob Tournament.  Thunder has entered two teams in the tournament (one per gender).  Both the Thunder Boys and Thunder Girls are entered into the Open Divisions along with other Masters and Collegiate Club teams.  The Thunder Boys first game is at 12:25 pm, and the Thunder Girls first game is at 1:20 pm.  Therefore, both groups have the option to drive down on Saturday morning.  Both teams will play at least 4-5 games for the tournament.  This will be a great tournament with teams from throughout the country and an opportunity to play high level competition.  Everyone will have the opportunity to learn, get plenty of playing time, gain experience, and have fun.  Please plan on being at the pool, ready to go one hour before your first scheduled game, and check in with one of the coaches when you arrive.  Below I have listed specific game times for the teams:

Thunder Water Polo – Spinlob Tournament Game Times:

  • Thunder Boys: Meet at UT Swim Center at 11:25 am, First Game at 12:25 pm, Second Game at 5:00 pm
  • Thunder Girls:  Meet at UT Swim Center at 12:20 pm, First Game at 1:20 pm, Second Game at 4:05 or 6:50 pm
  • Third Game on Saturday:  TBD based on result of first/second games
  • Sunday Games (1-2 games):  TBD based on results from Saturday

Because of the later start on Saturday parents/athletes can travel to Austin on Saturday morning and save one night in the hotel.  The primary coaches attending the tournament this weekend are Coach Joe & Coach Daniel (driving down on Friday).  All athletes will need to arrive one hour prior to their first game on Saturday and check in with one of the coaches on deck.  The coaches will be at the pool all day on Saturday and Sunday.  Athletes will be free to come and go as needed to get meals, etc.  The coaches will tell all athletes where to meet and when to be back for their next game.  All of the athletes will meet as a team, warm-up together before each game, play the game, meet after each game, and designate when to meet for the next game. After their final game, please make sure the athletes “check-out” with one of the coaches before heading home.  Below is the important information for the Spinlob Tournament.  

Important Phone Numbers:

  • Coach Joe Linehan:  713-705-0945
  • Coach Daniel Cox:  817-690-8906
  • UT Swim Center:  512-471-7703

Tournament Location:  UT Swim Center, 1900 Robert Dedman Drive, 1 University Station D4000, Austin, Texas 78712-0363, http://www.tsc.utexas.edu/.  For parking, parents SHOULD NOT park in the pool parking lot (you will get ticketed).  Parents SHOULD park in the Trinity Parking Garage across Martin Luther King Blvd. from the UT Swim Center.  Other options for parking include metered parking along the Trinity and San Jacinto Streets.  There is also a paid parking lot on the corner of MLK and Trinity (across Trinity from the Trinity Parking Garage).  Lastly, there is the Manor Parking Garage on Robert Deadman Dr. directly across the street from the football stadium.  

USA Water Polo membership:  All athletes will also need to be SILVER or GOLD members of USA Water Polo in order to play in this event.  To renew your USA Water Polo membership, please go to www.usawaterpolo.org (if a new member, please choose North Texas Thunder Water Polo Club for the athlete's club affiliation).   Please do this ASAP.

Tournament Hotel Information:   SpringHill Suites Austin Northwest/Arboretum, 10936 Stonelake Blvd.  Austin  TX  78759.  512-349-0444.  The group rate is $99/night for all rooms for Friday and/or Saturday nights (need to specify when making reservations).   This rate includes Free Parking, Free Breakfast, internet, etc.  Please use the Thunder Water Polo Online Reservation Page (Click & Book Here).  Rooms need to be booked as soon as possible (no specific deadline).  If needed, you can book your room now and cancel the week of the tournament.  Athletes/parents do NOT need to stay at the team hotel.

​For Additional Information, please contact Coach Joe Linehan at 713-705-0945 or email to [email protected].