Olympic Development Program

ODP Skills and Drills


The Olympic Development Program (ODP) at USA Water Polo is in the process of recruiting coaches for our 2018-2019 ODP Cycle in both boys and girls programs.  Any coaches in the  Southeast Zone that are interested in coaching in the ODP next year, please contact Bryan Lynton at blynton@usawaterpolo.org for more information.

Position Description

POSITION TITLE:  Olympic Development Program- Zone Age Group Coach

REPORTING TO:  High Performance Director




As a part-time/seasonal employee of USAWP, the ODP Zone Age Group Coach will be responsible for administering the specific ODP team within the specific zone; covering one age group and a specific gender of play.  Each ODP zone coach will compete in the National Championships. This position requires a knowledge of and commitment to the mission of USAWP.



Required to attend National Championships
Responsible for participating in the two ODP Camps within the zone and one training date.  Each camp is 1-2 days in length dependent upon zone location
Required to complete all ODP athlete evaluations within 10 days of the completion of the National Championships for his/her zone team

Selecting ODP Zone Teams

With approval from the ODP Technical Director and/or the National Team Staff, Zone Head Coach and Senior High Performance Manager, at the conclusion of the second camp, is responsible for the naming of the ODP Zone Team in their age group and specific gender.

Planning and Preparation

Responsible for studying, understanding and implementing the ODP System of Play; terminology, technical and tactical standards
Responsible for communicating with the ZHC regarding training dates and locations
Coaches Advancement and Education

Required to attend the ODP Coaches Summit and ODP National Team Selection Camp


Assist in securing facilities, coach and attend ODP camps within the zone
Responsible for an updated training team roster on Google docs
Responsible for maintaining attendance of athletes records, evaluation notes from camp and athlete rankings from ODP Camps on the Google doc
Responsible for communicating, responding to emails, text messages or phone calls in a timely manner (within 24 hours) from athletes, parents, national team staff and ODP Senior Staff


Collaboration with Zone Head Coach
Athlete evaluations are complete and on-time
Zone team selections and camp calendar are completed on time and accurately maintained
General understanding and implementation of the ODP System
Athletes demonstrate an understanding and implementation of the ODP System
Actively engaged in coaches education, professional development and advancement
Professional appearance, conduct, impartiality and communication
Positive example that reflects the Olympic Development Program
Performance of team at National Championships
Ensures diversity amongst athletes on the zone team in relation to zone constituents


Prior experience as a coach
Excellent communication skills
Detail Oriented
Knowledge of Excel, Word, Outlook and Google Docs/ Sheets/ Drive
Ability to work well with zone athletes and coaches

For further consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter/email to:


(Please note:  Applicants who do not follow this process will not be considered.)

If you have additional questions about the application process please contact:

Bryan Lynton, ODP Technical Director, USAWP (blynton@usawaterpolo.org)







Congratulations to Seth Berke, SAAWPC and Rene Peralta, Riptides WPC for being selected to the USAWP ODP Futures Team. They will be traveling to NYC for training before heading to Budapest Hungary to train and compete. In addition Coach Kurt Predmore from SAAWPC was selected as a member of the coaching staff and will be assisting head coach Ian Davidson on this trip.











Congratulation to the following for their selection to Team USA

Gregory Nordheim and Max Zelikov, Saint Andrew's Aquatics, were selected for the the USAWP Developmental National Team this past weekend in Orange County, Ca After a long weekend of training at NTSC the two were selected as a center defender and center forward. They will now train and compete this summer for Team USA.

Congrats to the following Female Athletes for being selected to the USAWP  National Team Selection Camp and To our Nick Johnson Award Winners
2001/2002 Youth Team
  • Paolo Dominguez- Hialeah Storm WPC

2003 Cadet Team

  • Isabella Galbis- Orlando Thunder
  • Sabrina Shipley- Raiders

2004 & Under Developmental Team

  • MJ Bailey-Suncoast- Water Polo Foundation
  • Sarah Fitzsimmons-Dynamo WPC

Nick Johnson Award Winners

  • Paolo Dominguez
  • Sabrina Shipley
  • Rebekah Harkins

Coach Ira Berke was named Top Coach for the Cadet Girls Division

Congrats to the following Male Athletes for being selected to the USAWP  National Team Selection Camp and To our Nick Johnson Award Winners
2001/2002 Youth Team
  • Luke Carey - Orlando Thunder
  • Rene Peralta - Riptides
2003 Cadet Team
  • Sole Fratila - Orlando United
  • Luksa Vlasic - South Florida WPC
  • Kamal Kay-Ramos - Riptides

2004 & Under Developmental Team

  • Max Zelikov - Saint Andrew's Aquatics
  • Gregory Nordheim - Saint Andrew's Aquatics

Nick Johnson Award Winners

  • Seth Berke - Saint Andrew's Aquatics (3 times)
  • Alan Shiman - South Florida WPC
  • Gregory Nordheim - Saint Andrew's Aquatics
  International Futures Team
  • Seth Berke 



2017 SE Zone ODP Identification Tournament 2/3 Dec.

It was a great weekend at the ZIT with over 25 teams competing and 200-250 athletes all had a chance to show their gam

es skills in front of Bryan Lynton 

and Sean Nolan Head Coaches of our ODP National Teams. Congrats to the players who received invitations to come out and compete for a chance to be on the SE Zone ODP Teams.  

Even if you did not receive a letter please attend the camp in January to continue your development and get exposure to the skills taught to our national teams. The final camp will be held at Boca Raton High School next month  January 6/7th where you will get one more chance to learn more skills and compete for a chance to be on the SE Zone Teams. 

The results for the tournament look like this: 

         14U Mixed Division : Scots Water Polo  ZIT CHampions

18U Girls Division: Miami Riptides ZIT Champions

18U Boys Division:  Hialeah Storm ZIT Champions

Congrats to all the teams and athlete who competed this week-end. See below for more information and links to registration

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'TMs and Women'TMs Senior National Team Coaches Goal The goal is to identify and develop athletes at the USAWP club level and then integrating them into national team pipeline via the Olympic Development Program. ODP Adjustments The new ODP model will have significant changes as compared to the previous ODP program that dates back to 2008. The new ODP model being presented in 2014 is one of the major programs that will ensure that USA Water Polo (USAWP) remains the best in the world.


We will be going about the 2018 ODP season a little differently this year in an attempt to increase participation and offer more playing opportunity for the zone. We will be replacing one of our camps with a SE Zone ODP Identification Tournament( ZIT)The ZIT concept is to offer teams another chance to play in a tournament and at the same time allow the SE Zone ODP staff and National Team staff a chance to see more players (exposure for our kids ). We will ask to meet with each team prior to their first game and explain our intentions then meet again after their last games. We will identify players willing to participate in the Olympic Development Program and offer them an invitation to participate in the ODP camp in January. Those kids whose team is not competing will still get a chance to play and we will either build a team or through a random draw build multiple teams. You will simply have to contact the tournament director and inform them of your situation.  An ODP coach will assist these teams through the tournament.  If your club is entering the event you will not need to enter as a "free agent", if your team is not entering and you still wish to play we will be putting teams of "free agents" together. These teams will be coached by one of our ODP zone age group coaches. In this case you will need to register through USAWP. All camps are open to any players wishing to participate regardless of their having played in this tournament.       The identification tourney would be first weekend in December 2/3 at the Duff Tyler Pool at Saint Andrew's School 3900 Jog Rd, Boca Raton, Fl. 33434 The ODP season for the SE Zone would consist of a two-day camp in ATL Oct 28-29 for the northern part of the Zone, the Zone Identification Tournament Dec 2/3, and a second camp some time in early  January 6/7,  down south in Boca at Boca Raton High School.

2017-2018 Camp Dates: click the links here for registration

Oct 28/29 ATL Camp

Dec 2/3 OPD Identification Tourney

Jan 6/7  Boca Camp

2017-2018 ODP National Championships Dates

Boys: February 23-25, 2018 - Northern California - Pleasanton/Livermore

Girls: March 9-11, 2018 - Northern California - Pleasanton/Livermore

go to USA WATER POLO ODP for more info!!!!

Boys ODP Nationals 2018 Highlights