The Academy

Tony’s water polo school is different than any clinic or camp currently available. The Academy is a comprehensive experience that inspires, motivates, and molds the future great American water polo athletes. The Academy consists of daily sessions both in and out of the pool that will change the way you think about water polo and your future. Here are some of the highlights.

The 6-8 Challenge

The 6-8 Challenge is combination of water polo specific conditioning drills to determine speed, strength and skill level. the Challenge is now the official standardized testing system for USA Water Polo and the Olympic Development Program (ODP). All athletes pass through the Challenge on Day 1 and will be able to view their results and rankings within the 6-8 Sports mobile app.

Intense water polo training

Designed from Tony’s many years as both a member of the USA National Team and as a professional player abroad in Europe and South America. This means innovative techniques and unique drills that you haven’t seen before. You will learn how to keep current with trends that young athletes are using in the water polo powerhouse countries around the globe.

Physical preparation and therapy

Tony credits his consistent physical training and therapy (that he started at age 14) with allowing him to have a long career with minimal injuries. The Winter Academy features a dedicated physical trainer who will provide athletes with water polo-specific warms ups and introduce physical therapy techniques that can be used before and after training to strengthen the small muscles and help heal.


Tony knows from experience that understanding nutrition at a young age can be difficult. A professional sports performance nutritionist will be on deck to give one of the Academy’s lunchtime talks. Athletes will learn detailed guidelines on how to nourish their bodies to prepare for training, and how to build healthy habits that will last their entire sports career and beyond. Followed by Q&A.

Game Technique & Competition

The last two days of the Winter Academy feature 6 on 5, shooting positioning, 6 on 5 competition, creativity shooting and an 8 team tournament (teams are created based on the 6-8 Challenge overall rankings). Combined with the fundamentals, passing and shooting training during the first two days, this focus on controlled competition enables athletes to put into practice what they have learned, all while being actively coached and mentored by Tony, Merrill and the other Olympian guest coaches.


Learn more about the application process and about finding the right college for you, both for academics and sports. 3x Olympian, Silver Medalist & Pepperdine Coach Merrill Moses will give a lunchtime talk on the college recruiting process. He will provide valuable advice on how to deal with the pressure of applying to college and how to focus on the most important aspects of the research, work and time management that will make the whole process easier. Followed by Q&A.

Life coaching and planning

As a young player, Tony was inspired by talking to current Olympians and learning from their stories. The Academy will feature several of the most relevant water polo athletes (men, women and goalies) who will lead you both in and out of the pool. You will be able to ask them questions and hear about how they overcame their own personal obstacles. Get ready to be inspired!

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The Academy consists of daily sessions both in and out of the pool that will change the way you think about water polo and your future.

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Winter Academy 2021

4 Day Duration $695 December 27-30; Los Alamitos High School Pool

The Winter Academy is a high-level, immersive experience for athletes serious about water polo. The first two days will focus on mastering the fundamentals, passing and shooting. All athletes will also pass through the 6-8 Challenge skill assessment. Day 3 focuses on 6 on 5, shooting positioning and 6 on 5 competition. Day 4 is all about creativity shooting and ends with an 8 team tournament (teams created based on overall 6-8 Challenge rankings). Each day will also include a lunchtime talk followed by Q&A (Becoming an Olympian (Tony); Sports Performance Nutrition, College Recruiting (Merrill Moses) and Physical Therapy (Brian X).

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#8 Azevedo Water Polo Puppy

Purchase our limited edition #8 Azevedo water polo puppy:
$25. 100% of the proceeds go to the Zarkovica Animal Shelter in Dubrovnik.

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