May 12, 2015
Postseason Site Updates
As the postseason is now underway, here is a list of
the latest updates that may help you keep up with and possible help during
the most hectic time of the water polo season:
1) Sectional Ballers - Ballers will be named at
the end of each round of the sectional playoffs, ranging from the play-in
games to the sectional finals. Super Ballers will be named like usual at
the end of the sectional playoffs.
2) Twitter Feed - For those without Twitter or
who shy away from social media, a link has been provided directly on the
web site that allows site viewers to follow the latest updates from the
sectional and state playoffs besides the scores.
3) Live Scoreboard - Scores will be updated on
the main page for all live games. All game scores will be updated on the
scoreboard page when they are completed.
5) Sectional Center - The 2015 Sectional Center
will provide schedules, scores and recaps throughout the postseason and
will also list the All-Sectional Teams once they are voted on and
6) Brackets - Playoff brackets are now available
to either keep track of postseason results or to make your own playoff
7) Illpolo Video Podcast - Time permitting, a
video podcast will be available shortly.
8) Baller Shirt Order - The first batch of
Baller and Super Baller shirts are almost gone, but a new order is being
processed for any late season purchases and giveaways.
9) Lollapalooza Ticket Auction - More details
will be listed soon, but a three-day pass to Lollapalooza will be
auctioned off for a good cause next week via illpolo.com.
10) A Postseason Call For More Information - With the sectional quarterfinals beginning
on Wednesday, most teams have spent the past two or three days getting
prepared with a practice session to go over scouting reports about their
opponents later in the week. The most important week of the season calls
for as much preparation as possible as teams face the realization that a
loss means their season is over.
As has been stated many times throughout the year, the
whole purpose of this site is to promote the sport of water polo and, even
more importantly, to recognize the efforts of the boys and girls that
participate in this great sport.
There is no reason why every single game and every
single performance cannot be recognized with a brief recap that can be
included in locations like The Illpolo Blog, The Sectional Center, The
Illpolo Report, or several other places on the site.
So here is my call out to any coach, fan, parent,
player, or anyone else involved with the sport of water polo. Make the
assumption that no one else will send any information in. Take the time to
send information to
firstname.lastname@example.org via e-mail. Send text messages after each
quarter, halftime, or at the end of a game to (847) 331-6520 or DM to the
@illpolo Twitter account with a quick
score report. If you see that there is no information about a game and you
have some details that would be helpful in getting some hard-working
players recognition...submit it!
This will be mentioned again later in the week, but I
am also looking for anyone who is willing to send live game info on either
Friday or Saturday during semifinal and final games. With eight different
sites hosting games at nearly identical times, I will only be able to get
to 2-3 places to see and report on games, so anyone who is willing to send
live game information can provide a great service to water polo fans
throughout and beyond Illinois. If you have any questions or need more
information, please contact me at the e-mail address listed above.
Let's do whatever possible to get all of the athletes
the credit they deserve and keep everyone updated on what takes place with
the great sport of water polo during the most exciting time of the season!
Best of luck in the postseason,