Youth Development

Youth Water Polo Development Program

Created & coached by world-renowned Coach Ricardo Azevedo

Petroleum Club Pool, Long Beach CA

Fall Schedule 2022:

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

Tuesdays/ Thursdays 3:30 – 4:10 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 Sharks Pre-Team (average age 7 -9)

Tuesdays/ Thursdays 4:15- 5:05 pm

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

New & continued skills for Sharks:

  • 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)

NEW: 908 Water Polo Club

We now have an official USAWP sanctioned water polo club called 908 Water Polo. This club was created for our athletes that have passed through our Dolphins and Sharks youth program and are ready for formal competition. 908 will start with 10u co-ed teams, 12u boys and 12u girls teams. We will expand into the 14u age group in a few months.

Fall Schedule:

10 & unders
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 to 7:00 pm
12 & unders
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30 to 8:00 pm
  • Wednesdays 5:30 to 7:30 pm

For more information, please email sara@azevedowaterpolo.com