jackrabbits wrote:momofpoloplayer wrote:120408 wrote: No, I think you misunderstood my question. To try out next year, after the 2010 boys' water polo season which would involve 2011. Would someone be shut out if they didn't get involved this season. The boys are not going anywhere, so why do it now?
Just to make everyone aware of National Team rules... every national team is on a cycle. Youth and Jrs are two years and the senior team is a four year cycle. If an athlete chooses not to participate in ODP because their respective national team isn't "traveling" that summer, they are missing the point. If your kid really wants to make a national team, they need to take advantage of every training and competition opportunity available. Missing a summer because the team isn't traveling will only put the athlete further behind, and if that is the information that gets back to the coaching staff, I can surely tell you they will be skipped over in the future. Not forever, but more than likely for the remainder of the two year cycle. We are always looking for kids who are committed to the program, regardless of where the team is traveling. When the national team travels, it is a "free" trip somewhere.. but it's not a vacation, and quite frankly it's not free for USWP. The boys and girls who are privileged to be selected for a national team, or to participate in national team training, should treat it as such... a privilege... and should take advantage of it for as long as they can because right behind them there is another kid, coming up through the pipeline, anxious to take that spot.
You don't have to ODP this year to tryout next year and make a training team, but if the only reason to not participate is because the national team isn't traveling, then I would reconsider.