Archive for February, 2014

The Starting Point

Posted: February 20, 2014 in Site Information

When checking the preseason rankings, keep in mind that these should be considered a starting point for the upcoming season, not a prediction of where a team will finish at the end of May. Rankings are compiled based on the information I have gathered from the end of the previous season, and many things have changed throughout the nine-month offseason.

Players have graduated early, decided to swim and not play water polo, or have simply improved dramatically by playing for the past several months. It will take a few weeks of games and tournaments for the rankings to shake themselves out, as has been the case for the past 12 years since I began covering the sport.

My advice? Use the preseason rankings as motivation if you must, but as a legendary water polo coach once wisely stated, “any ranking system should be taken with a grain of salt.” I agree wholeheartedly…and that is coming from the one compiling the rankings.