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February 17, 2015

2015 Season Promises To Be Epic

By Aaron Brown

 

There was a time back in 2003 when I spent one weekend putting together the first version of the illpolo.com 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 16, 2015, where I just posted about nine months worth of research and development to the tune of 300 new pages/subpages with just a few weeks until a new season begins.

 

As the thirteenth year of coverage is underway, it seems appropriate to provide an update to let you know about the important site news and information related to this year's high school water polo coverage:

 

Latest Updates

1) Illpolo University - Since the end of the 2014 season, Illpolo University has begun covering the efforts of former water polo players from Illinois. After covering the boys' season in the fall, Illpolo University will continue providing updates for the girls' collegiate season this spring while the high school season also carries on.

 

2) T-Shirts/Merchandise - Following the efforts of Kreative Clothing Company to make Illpolo-related shirts over the summer, a plan is in the works to produce Illpolo Baller shirts this spring. The Illpolo Mart is already setup and more information will be sent out once the shirts are available.

 

3) Hall of Fame - The 2014 Hall of Fame class as well as any additional inductees will be announced before the start of the latest season.

 

4) Podcast - After appearing on USA Water Polo's Counter Attack Podcast last spring, there is a strong possibility that a few Illpolo podcasts will be produced, time permitting.

 

5) Rankings - Once again, this year's rankings will list the Top 50 teams each week. There will not be a separate rankings page for all 90+ teams posted on the site.

 

6) Team Links - Instead of creating separate pages for each team, Iinks will be provided that go directly to each team's online schedule. That way, if changes are made to a team's schedule throughout the season, viewers should be able to keep up via the team's updates.

 

Practice Begins
March 2

Opening Night
March 9

 

Current e-mail address

illpolostaff@gmail.com

 

Comments

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 2015 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 info that can help with the accuracy of the preseason lists, please help us get things right by sending in corrections.

 

3) Three years ago, it was suggested that I charge a small fee for readers to access the web site. Actually, it was also suggested around nine years ago and a 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 and now maybe my two-year old son). However, it requires a community effort from anyone who is willing to send game information and other helpful tidbits that can ensure as many players and teams get recognized. E-mail, text, tweet, retweet, call, fax, or send information via carrier pigeon...whatever form of communication that you can use will go a long way in helping the site progress. 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, a 2-year old son, and more teams to cover for a sport that features boys' and girls' seasons at the same time. If there is any lag 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 and caffeine is always readily available), but at least be aware of that fact and send information when you can to pitch in and help out.

 

Best of luck in 2015,

Aaron Brown

illpolo.com

 

 

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