Swim & Water Polo Camp This Summer
There is an SBISD Swim & Water Polo Summer Camp hosted by SBISD coaches this summer on June 26th-29th and July 17th-20th from 9-11 am at the SBISD Natatorium. See the following flyers for more info and to sign up. Please pass this information to anyone you think may be interested.
Athletes will not be able to try out/swim/play water polo until they have completed RankOne online and turned in their UIL Physical paperwork to the Physical Training staff at Stratford! Parents, be sure to sign everywhere, and make sure your athlete remembers to sign the physical as well!
Water Polo Tryouts
Water Polo tryouts will take place July 31st-August 5th, 2023 from 6:30-8:00 am at the SBISD Natatorium. There will be no buses. All athletes will be responsible for finding transportation. These practices are mandatory for ALL athletes trying out for the Water Polo Team. Water Polo became a UIL sport last season, and it is fun! It is highly encouraged that all swim team hopefuls also try out for the Water Polo Team. Currently, almost all members of the Swim Team are also on the Water Polo Team.
Water Polo Season Schedule
The Water Polo Team competes consistently from August 8th-ish until October 28th-29th.
If your athlete will only be trying out for swimming (and not water polo), practices will take place August 8th-11th from 6:30-8:00 am at the SBISD Natatorium. Swimming tryouts will take place August 14th-15th from 6:30-8:00 am. Tryouts are mandatory for all. All new athletes are required to be enrolled in swimming for 1st and 2nd period (double-blocked) and must find their own transportation to and from the nat for practice and tryouts. Starting August 16th, there will be a bus taking athletes to Stratford at 8:00 am after practice, but travel to the nat remains the athlete's responsibility.
Monday, August 14th Tryout:
Tuesday, August 15th Tryout:
Cuts will be made based objectively on speed and subjectively on perceived potential, stroke technique, and the athlete's ability to take instruction. The team will keep 20-28 girls and 20-28 boys based on tryouts and observations during practices. There is no exact number for the team. In recent years, the team has had about 50 swimmers total.
Swim Season Schedule
The Swim Team competes consistently from October through the 6A State Meet in February, including dual meets, invitationals, and travel trip(s) for those that qualify.
Practice During School Year
At the beginning of the school year, the team will start practice at 6:30 am and end at 8:00 am. As the season goes on, coaches move water polo and swim practice earlier, until it begins at 6:10 am. Be sure your athlete is early to practice: 10 minutes before the announced start time.
Practice During Breaks/Scheduling Vacations
If an athlete misses more than 3 workouts combined during the Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks, coaches may remove them from relays, the District lineup, or the program entirely.
Double-Blocking vs. Single-Blocking
All athletes who make the team will be double-blocking with very few exceptions. Returning athletes with 3 or more sectional cuts may single block ONLY WITH COACH BRISBIN'S APPROVAL. There will be no other single-blocking opportunities unless an athlete is involved in another school-sponsored activity or class that requires a spot on the athlete's schedule. This option is NOT available until the second semester of 9th grade. All freshmen will double-block their first semester. The athlete's counselor needs to place the athlete in the 1st and 2nd period swim course!
Athletes are responsible for their own ride to the natatorium. A bus will transport the team to Stratford after practice ends. Upperclassmen will need to fill out the appropriate waivers if they intend to drive from the natatorium to Stratford. Sophomores will not be allowed to drive except in rare, extenuating circumstances with coach approval. There is a 20-30 minute period between the bus arriving at Stratford and the next period of the day in which the team commonly works on homework in the Snack Bar.