Youth Development

Youth Water Polo Development Program

Created & coached by world-renowned Coach Ricardo Azevedo

Petroleum Club Pool, Long Beach CA

Summer Schedule 2022:

Rico’s Dolphins – Intermediate Level (average age 5 -7)

Wednesdays/ Fridays 4:15 – 4:50 pm

During this stage we want the athlete to feel comfortable and be able to do more than just swim back and forth – we use structured fun and controlled games to help build confidence and erase fear. To start, athletes must be able to swim across the pool short width. Skills learned:

  • Back stroke
  • Breast stroke
  • Swim with the ball
  • Egg beater -30 seconds
  • Jump in the water
  • Swim under water
  • Kick with the ball

Rico’s Hammerhead Sharks Pre-Team (average age 7 -9)

Tuesdays/ Thursdays 4:15- 5:10 pm

At this level, athletes have perfected all of the skills from Dolphins

New & continued skills for Hammerheads:

  • Throwing the ball with one hand
  • Shooting the ball
  • Controlling the ball
  • Understanding basic rules of the game
  • Leg work – both eggbeater and vertical breast
  • Playing with contact
  • Summer salt in the swim
  • Faking the ball
  • Eggbeater for 1 minute
  • Swim whole pool (25 meters)

Tiger Sharks: NEW Summer Competition League

7 week session beginning on Tuesday, June 7th and ending with a Final Tournament on Thursday, July 21st.

  • Tuesdays: Regular Training 5:15- 6:15 pm
  • Thursdays: Games 5:15- 6:15 pm

Rico’s Warriors Development Team (average age 10 -14)

We will not be holding regular Warriors Wednesdays during the summer. Instead, please check out our week-long development training camps with Coach Rico that will take place throughout June and July HERE (appropriate for Warriors level athletes)

For more information, please email sara@azevedowaterpolo.com