Details of the 2nd ODP SWZ Clinic in Houston

The final Olympic Development Program (ODP) Southwest Zone Clinic of the season takes place on Sunday, April 18, 2021.

Boys and girls of all age groups will take part in the clinic that begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 1:00 PM. Details of the day’s agenda follow below.

Pre Clinic Meeting

Coach James Smith will meet with parents outside the facility at around 9:00 AM on Sunday. There he’ll cover the remaining season, including roster selection and ODP West Region Championships.

About Cy-Fair Natatorium

Sunday’s clinic is at the Cy-Fair Natatorium, 12550 Windfern Rd B, Houston, TX 77064. There is ample free, outdoor parking.

Cy-Fair Covid Guidelines

We are fortunate that spectators will be allowed for the event. A maximum of two people associated with an athlete can enter the facility. Masks are required as is social distancing. Visitors can use only the lobby restroom. Athletes can use the locker rooms one at a time.

Check-In

Upon entering athletes will proceed to the areas in the stands where their coaches will meet them and provide cap assignments.

Cy-Fair Clinic Agenda

Houston, TX. Boys and girls, all age groups18 April 2021
doors open8:45 AM
check in with teams, cap assignment9:00 AM
dryland9:10 AM
water session 1 (w/u, defensive/offensive movements, passing)9:25 AM
lunch/breakout10:45 AM
water session 2 (w/u, ball work, passing, shooting, scrimmages)11:15 PM
End of session meeting, cleanup1:00 PM

Program Information

Selection Process

The entire ODP program is primarily a means to improve the skills and understanding of all athletes regardless of their current abilities. But, we are also evaluating athletes to place on Southwest Zone rosters, which will compete at West Region and National Championships. An athlete should attend at least one training camp in order to be considered for our West Region Championship teams. Rosters for West Region Championships will be announced via email after the final clinic on April 18, 2021. Training for the selected teams is to be determined.

Age groups for 2020-21

Born in…

  • 2002-2003: All Stars
  • 2004: Youth
  • 2005-2006: Cadet
  • 2007-2009: Development

All-Star Program

Athletes born in 2002-2004 will participate in clinics along side this season’s Youth teams. However, the selection process for All-Stars differs from the one for Youth, Cadet, and Development. They will be evaluated by national team coaches at each zone camp. Based on those evaluations, athletes will be selected to one of four All-Star teams for ODP Championships. Each of these teams will have 14 athletes (including 2 goalkeepers) from throughout the US. All-Star teams will not be based on geography.

Gear

Plans are to again offer what turned out to be very popular Southwest Zone-specific gear again this season. We’ll share the link as soon as possible. The store should include suits, caps, polo shirts, hoodies, joggers, shorts, a towel, and t-shirts. Athletes who are selected to our National Championship rosters will be required to buy one red and one blue t-shirt, as we have done the past several years. Otherwise, all the Southwest Zone gear is optional.

Communications and Social Media

Email is our main means of communications. We also have twitter, facebook, instagram, and YouTube accounts as seen in the header of this site (follow and spread the word!). Those interested in joining our email list can do so here (those who register for a camp are already on the list.)

USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program Overview

USA Water Polo ODP Website:  http://www.usawaterpolo.org/odp/

Purpose

The Olympic Development Program will serve as a forum to identify and develop athletes to represent USA Water Polo throughout domestic and international competition. The foundation of the program is a systematic approach to athlete development through a training program that focuses on both the technical and tactical components of water polo while placing a premium on overall physical fitness. This program will also provide a forum where coaches and referees are provided with professional development and to the vision of our Men and Women’s Senior National Team coaches.

Objective

The Olympic Development Program exists to identify and prepare athletes to represent USAWP in international competition; while exposing, educating, engaging and developing all USAWP athletes, coaches and referees to the vision of our Men’s and Women’s Senior National Team Coaches.

Goal

To identify and develop athletes at the USAWP club level and then integrating them into national team pipeline via the Olympic Development Program.