Water Polo Manual Post-Season Information
Post Season Information
- Playoff Information
- Certification of District Representatives. The last dates for certifying the district champions to the League office is October 7, 2023. It is mandatory that the District Chair certify the district representatives on the UIL website as soon as they are determined. Instructions for district certification can be found here.
UIL Playoff Reporting – Teams Advancing.
Coaches are required to submit playoff results immediately following their contest. The winning school should submit playoff game results and next round information via MaxPreps through the assigned coach/admin account. The score reported by a coach on a team’s page will automatically fill in the bracket.
The completeness of the data presented on the UIL Texas Scoreboard will be dependent upon the participation of schools and coaches. For more information, please see www.uiltexas.org/athletics/uil-maxpreps.
Playoff Information Packet. The playoff information packet will be availalbe to district representatives on the UIL website at https://www.uiltexas.org/water-polo/post-season-packet
Team Information & Pictures. Teams winning the regional quarterfinal game must submit the following materials to the UIL no later than Wednesday, October 18, 2023.
- Team Information Form (list of players, coaches, etc.; and list of all games played) – fill out online on the UIL website here.
- Picture Submission Form (team picture, head coach picture, logo) - fill out online on the UIL websie here.
Contracts. All playoff arrangements between two schools should be made in writing and signed to protect both parties.
Sites. Sites for all rounds of playoffs prior to the regional tournament are to be selected by the teams involved. See Section 1208 (o)(p) of the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules. If schools cannot agree, they must flip a coin.
Neutral Sites: A site mid-point or near mid-point, or a site agreed on by both schools as neutral, is a neutral site. Unless mutually agreeable, a site cannot be neutral if its distance from either school is more than two-thirds the total distance between the schools. Home Sites: When two schools flip for two separate sites other than their home field or court, the sites are considered home sites unless both sites are near mid-point. Mid-Point Sites: Unless mutually agreed otherwise, post-district contests in the team sports of baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, team tennis, and volleyball shall be a mid-point site for schools located more than 100 miles apart.
Warm-up Games. Teams that have advanced to the playoffs may schedule a warm-up game after the District Certification Date that is set by the UIL calendar and before their first playoff game if a team has not reached their allowable season limit. School week limitations still apply. Note: Prior to district certification, games left in your allowable season limit may be scheduled like any other regular season game. Exception – Warm-up games for teams who have exhausted their season limit are given a UIL exception under the following conditions:
Teams that are district champions AND have a first round bye The one game exception can be played only at the end of your school day on Friday, last day of instruction (with no loss of school time) or anytime on Saturday
Police Protection. Adequate police protection should be provided for all playoff games, whether the game is played at a neutral site or on the home court of one of the teams.
Regional Tournament. October 21, 2023. Sites can be found on the UIL website at https://www.uiltexas.org/water-polo/regional-sites.
Officials. In all conferences at all playoff levels, except regional tournaments and state tournaments, officials are to be obtained by the two schools involved. If neutral officials are requested through UIL, the home team must make the request. Schools must go to the UIL website to request officials online here.
- State Tournament
Site and Dates. Site is Josh Davis Natatorium in San Antonio, TX. Date of the State Championships is October 28, 2023.
Pairings for the Tournament. Teams will be placed in the bracket according to their win/loss record. The two best records will be placed in opposite halves, and the third best record will be placed up or down as determined by a coin flip.
Lodging Instructions. Schools will be responsible for securing their own lodging. UIL will provide schools with a list of hotels in the area.
Awards. Teams in the tournament will be asked to participate in the presentation of trophies and medals. Medals are given to each team. Additional medals may be ordered prior to the tournament by filling out the form in the coach's packet.
State Qualifier Handbook. For those schools who qualify for the State Tournament, the UIL will send out the State Qualifier Handbook which will contain more detailed information regarding the State Tournament.
State Equipment. The official game ball for the Water Polo State Tournament will be Kap7.