February 19, 2017
Preparing for an Amazing 2017 Season
The new season is rapidly approaching, so here are some
additional preseason updates:
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 2017 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. The rankings will be
finalized and posted by the end of President's Day.
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 awards/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. The preseason lists and awards will be posted in
the week leading up to the new season.
3) Five years ago, it was suggested that I charge a small fee
for readers to access the web site. Actually, it was also suggested around
ten 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 contribution to keep the site afloat (so players can get the
recognition they deserve), it would be greatly appreciated. Click the
link for more information.
5) Illpolo.com is a solo effort (aside from the
occasional editing help from my wife). 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 or send information using whatever form
of communication is convenient; it definitely helps.
Don't be shy about spreading the word about high school water polo in
6) On a personal note, I have increased job
responsibilities, grad classes, two young "ballers" 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 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 these issues and send information when you can to pitch
in and help out.
Best of luck in 2017,