Congratulations Rain City Water Polo!
The Spring Splash was a success with our athletes winning the U14 coed division and finishing second in each the boys U16 and U18 brackets. Our athletes got a chance to play closer to home, sleep in their own beds and many had local family and friends come to support our teams from the stands. All of these are good things and good things often take a lot of work from a lot of people to make them happen. We need you to make our tournament happen again next year!
So, what does it take to run a water polo tournament?
- In excess of 300 volunteer hours
- 80+ volunteers
- 103 bottles of Gatorade
- 10 dozen eggs
- 36 pounds of meat
- 120 cookies
- 8 cases of water
- 34 teams
- 14 refs
- a great facility with all deep pools
When does planning start?
We began planning for this even in September while crossing our fingers that we could pull it off. Everything had to be investigated to determine feasibility: from renting KCAC, to becoming a sanctioned USA Water Polo event, to how many teams did we need to break even on costs. Once everything was a go, the real work began.
What happens first?
We actively began inviting teams, planning menus, buying supplies including balls, medals, food and score books. All the while we were holding our breaths that teams would sign up to come. Come they did—we had 34 squads in the pool over the weekend with 9 in the U16 girls bracket.
Table Training Time:
Once we knew we would have enough teams, we worked to convince parents that working the table is not so hard. Plus, it is a great vantage point to see the games. That was/is a huge job, but Rain City parents came through for their players by attending three training sessions at MICC.
Tournament Table Volunteers:
There are certainly moments when it was fast paced. Being at the score table is a great opportunity to be close to the game. Personally, I learned a whole lot more about ordinary fouls, what the hand signals from the refs mean and the difference between an exclusion and a penalty. All of these things will come in handy as I continue to watch my child play.
Thank you to our outstanding score table volunteers, coaches and players. There is no tournament without you!