February 22, 2013
A New Decade of Coverage Begins
There was a time back in 2003 when I spent one weekend
putting together the first version of the illpolo web site. The plan was
to compile a list of teams and schedules and then let it sit as a
resource, since there wasn't much else available at the time on the
Interwebs. The first games of the season were played on March 10 of that
year, so I added a few scores to the site out of boredom...
Fast-forward to February 18, 2013...eleven years
later...where I just spent an entire weekend creating 140 individual team
pages with each team's schedule and links to each page throughout the
As a new decade of coverage begins, it seems
appropriate to provide a State of the Union-type update to let you know of
some important changes and information related to this year's high school
water polo coverage:
1) Team Pages - Each team has their most recent
schedule listed on the site. These can be accessed from a variety of pages
like the rankings, standings, and preseason previews. I don't plan to
update the scores on each individual page, but I said the same thing
eleven years ago about the overall schedules and we see how that turned
2) Blog Organization - I have created weekly
blog pages that will contain easier-to-locate links to game recaps if you
wish to go back and find recaps from certain games or days throughout the
3) More Articles - The preseason will feature
previews, Dark Horses, Sleepers, Players to Watch, Top Matchups and more.
Also, expect more feature articles to come throughout the regular season
and into the postseason.
New email address
-Players to Watch (Preseason Volume I, II, III)
1) The preseason rankings are an indicator of where
teams left off at the end of last season and are not a prediction of where
teams will end up at the end of the 2013 campaign. A lot has happened
since last May, so expect a lot of changes to occur after so many players
have improved their skills during the offseason.
2) There are always a few players who either get
mistaken as having graduated and others who did graduate yet still appear
in the preseason previews. If you have any information that can help with
the accuracy of the preseason lists, please help us get things right by
sending in corrections.
3) Recently, it was suggested that I charge a small fee
for readers to access the web site. Actually, it was also suggested around
seven years ago and few more times in between, and my response then and my
response now are always the same: NEVER!
There is no way I could limit access to the great high
school water polo athletes in Illinois and the recognition they so richly
deserve for their extraordinary efforts.
4) Of course, if you like the coverage and can afford
to make a donation to keep the site afloat so players can get the
recognition they deserve, it is greatly appreciated. Click the Donations
link for more information.
5) Physically, Illpolo.com is a solo effort (aside from
the occasional editing help from my wife). However, it definitely requires
a community effort from anyone who is willing to send game information and
other helpful tidbits can ensure as many players and teams get recognized
as possible. E-mail, text, tweet, retweet, call, fax, or send information
via carrier pigeon...whatever form of communication that you use can
help the site progress, so don't be shy about spreading the word about
high school water polo in Illinois.
6) On a personal note, I have increased job
responsibilities, an 11-month old son, and more teams to cover for a sport
that features boys' and girls' seasons at the same time. If there is any
dropoff in the coverage, it won't be for lack of trying or motivation, but
be aware that there are outside forces and no backup plan or replacement
for me in the event I get stuck at work or have some sort of family issue.
You probably won't notice anything different (since I can just skip
sleeping), but at least be aware of that and send information when you can
to pitch in and help out.
Best of luck in 2013,