67 minutes | May 30th 2020

Episode 28 - AMA with John Abdou USA Water Polo's Chief High Performance Officer

You can help support this podcast by making a donation via PayPal.If you’re a coach, join our slack channel! The conversations are great and we have some webinars as well!Buy Fredric Durand’s book Water Polo Legends: 50 Amazing StoriesThank you to everyone that has taken the time to leave a review, send me an email or send me a tweet. It has truly meant the world to me!Remember you can reach me on twitter @stevecarrera and on instagram @stevecarrera and you can email me stevegcarrera@gmail.com************************************************************************************************************************John Abdou on Twitter1What do you feel are the biggest hurdles for growing the sport at the collegiate level nationwide (D1, D2, D3)? What advice would you give college ADs (and other leaders) that would maybe help them consider adding a mens/womens program2How do we break down socio economic barriers to entry for our sport, both for athletes and for coaches3Where do you see the growth of wp in a diversity stand point in term of high level competitiveness?How can we get more competitiveness in more diverse regions?4Given that your position requires you to wear a lot of hats, what does success look like to you? (i.e. is it about more schools adding water polo, is it about having more athletes like Ashleigh Johnson from FL or Max Irving as an athlete of color be a norm vs outlier, etc.)5Do you see more colleges like Sonoma State who have a program or may be considering adding a program dropping water polo in the future due to COVID or any other reasons?6How would you like to see coaches improve themselves with this downtime? What can coaches be doing better? Has USAWP thought about a coach credentialing system, like the Azevedos talk about?7I know you have talked about young coaches venturing out on their own across the country to find college jobs; talk to us about the inner struggle you had to decide to move from CA to the east coast, the struggles you went thru and how you think it made you better as a not just a coach but a human8You’ve seen a lot of teams the last couple months online…What’s the best quarantine home workout you’ve seen? Best virtual team bonding activity? Best shared video practice idea?9What are a few things you wish coaches would take more time to focus on with athletes under the age of 15?10Have you been working with schools in Texas at all to help develop the community more now that they sanctioned water polo as a sport11Do you see any changes in our game given some of the new covid guidelines? What ways can we show that water polo will be successful in the “new normal” (i.e.: social distancing)12Do you think the league should adopt the US Major sports model, closely mimic the European club model, or a hybrid of the two? How do you anticipate involving inter scholastic athletics for developing player?13How important is it to develop homegrown players for professional team or would a draft work best? Or a hybrid of the two similar to MLS14How do you think the our 10/12 Modified Rules help or hinder the development of the mobile athletes you are looking for the clubs to develop?15Any book recommendations?
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