Growing water polo in the USA & abroad
Run by Tony Azevedo, Maggie Steffens, Ricardo Azevedo & other Olympians
A two-day clinic/combine program in select cities that will be repeated every six months. The first day is for ages high school aged athletes; the second day for 13U. Limited to 50 kids per session to ensure quality.
FORMAT (for both days)
9:00am – 9:15am
Introductory speech (by Tony)
9:15am – 9:30am
Carefully chosen dryland exercises
9:30am – noon
In the water drills, exercises and fundamentals
Noon – 1:00pm
Completion of the new Azevedo- Steffen Combine (data-driven drills, the results of which will soon appear on Tony’s new App)
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Lunch (there will be an informal Q&A session during this period)
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Games in a final four format (participants will be divided into 4 teams)*
Autographs and remaining questions
*Each participant will receive feedback on their performance from Tony + other coaches
“I have created an athlete development system to monitor athlete’s progress over time. The program is standardized in a way that allows me to use specific tools to track development and offer personal feedback. My yearly clinic system has already produced three national teams athletes, six college scholarship athletes and many others playing at top high schools.
This system allows me to test athletes, teach them and engage with them directly. I am able to watch them play and provide individualized feedback on performance strengths and weaknesses. By repeating the event every six months (or twice a year) I will be able to re-evaluate the athlete, understand his/her progress and continue working with them to reach key milestones.”
Coaches are always welcome to attend each session, ask questions and learn new drills. Ricardo Azevedo is also available to run a Coach’s Clinic the evening before the event begins.
Most events will feature a program where local referees are trained by a seasoned professional before, during and after the scrimmage.
One-time sign-ups will be accepted but athletes who commit to multiple sessions will receive preference. Limited to 50 athletes for each day event. Online registration will be available.
Eventually, Tony and Maggie’s athlete development system will be run through a new App. The App, which is currently in development, will record each athlete’s Combine data and use an algorithm to help players and their parents better understand their strengths and weaknesses. The App will also include a game scoring feature along with a video development system created by Tony and Maggie.