USA WATER POLO INC

aka United States Water Polo Inc   |   Irvine, CA   |  www.usawaterpolo.org

Mission

The Mission of USA Water Polo shall be to grow the sport of water polo throughout the United States and win medals in Olympic, World Championship, and Pan American Games.

Ruling year info

1996

Principal Officer

Chris Ramsey

Chairman of the Board

William Smith

Main address

6 Morgan Suite 150

Irvine, CA 92614 USA

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EIN

84-1357609

NTEE code info

Olympics Committees and Related International Competitions (N71)

Swimming, Water Recreation (N67)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The goal of USA Water Polo (USAWP) is to help every member fulfill his/her potential. USA Water Polo embraces and teaches the philosophy of Olympism, combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, USAWP seeks to offer our members the joy of effort, the educational value of good example and the skills of teamwork and leadership.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Membership and Sport Development Services

USA Water Polo is the largest organization in the United States that sanctions non-scholastic water polo competition. USA Water Polo oversees over 500 clubs, sanctions hundreds of events and hosts national events including Junior Olympics. USAWP provides playing opportunities for those as young as 5 years old, through Splashball, with additional opportunities all the way to Masters (60+). USAWP supports and promotes competition and events among its members domestically and internationally.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Families
Parents

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.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Children and youth

Once selected, WNT members will represent the United States at top international events including FINA World Championships, Pan American Games, FINA World Cup, FINA World League, Holiday Cup and the Olympic Games.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Young adults
Adolescents

Once selected, MNT members will represent the United States at top international events including FINA World Championships, Pan American Games, FINA World Cup, FINA World League, ASUA Cup and the Olympic Games.

Population(s) Served
Young men
Adolescent boys

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of members who have access to programs and benefits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Membership and Sport Development Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Medals won in international competition

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Olympic Development Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

No international competition due to Covid

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Membership and Sport Development Services

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

USA Water Polo is dedicated to our dual mission of growing the sport throughout the United States and winning medals in World Championship, Pan American and Olympic Games. We aim to provide opportunities for everyone, regardless of age, locale or financial limitations, to participate in water polo. At the elite level, our goal is to provide the support services and funding necessary for our National Teams to win medals in international competition.

USAWP strives for excellence across all programs and services. These programs include Splashball, US Leagues, Masters, regional and national events, Academic All-American and Safe Sport. USA Water Polo services include premium insurance, coach and referee training, safe sport and positive coaching education, club and league start-up templates, collegiate recruiting tools, grievance process, zone oversight and sponsor benefits.

To help grow water polo, USAWP identified the need for a modified version of the game to attract young children. In 2012 USAWP created Splashball. Children as young as five years old can participate in Splashball. Splashball has been well received nationwide and USAWP continues to promote, build infrastructure and provide training for this introductory program.

The largest concentration of water polo players is in California. We are focusing on a single market growth strategy to attract more non Californian's to water polo. Execution involves identifying individual markets based on a variety of metrics and focusing our resources in these strategically selected locations.

USAWP is partnering with the NCAA and the Collegiate Coaches Association to expand the number of varsity water polo programs at the collegiate level. Water polo has fewer varsity programs than many other Olympic sports. This puts water polo at a disadvantage when parents and youth select the sport they wish to pursue. More college programs will compel more athletes to select water polo as their high school and competitive sport.

USAWP provides opportunity to individuals with limited financial capacity through the Shieldy Scholarship program. Individuals who qualify for the Shieldy Scholarship receive a full membership at a significantly reduced price. To help underserved communities offer water polo play opportunities, USAWP provides equipment and program funding to each zone (region).

At the elite level, we must provide world class coaches for our Olympic athletes. Instruction can be second to none. We invest a great deal to ensure we hire the best coaches in the world and fund the necessary training, equipment and travel costs to position our teams for success.

Beginning in 2014, we are implementing a system that ensures our Olympic Development Pipeline is receiving the same high quality coaching and training as our Senior Teams. Our Senior Team Head Coaches will be integrated into the pipeline coaching system. Our plan is to reduce the number of coaches and increase the quality. More coach trainings will be required, best practices shared and the smaller group of coaches will be on deck together to collaborate and work directly with our Olympic hopefuls.

We view our National Teams as our sports research and development laboratory. All of our members benefit from the things we learn from international competition as new techniques and developments in the game are shared with our coaches and members. We take this knowledge and provide continuing education to our coaches and referees through regular trainings and schools throughout the country.

USAWP is continuously evaluating and fine tuning our programs and services. We survey our constituents and host focus groups. We seek partnerships to pool resources and expertise. USAWP visits zones (regions) regularly to evaluate our effectiveness in the various marketplaces.

USA Water Polo has the leadership, human resources, expertise and strategic plan to accomplish our goals. We have allocated the funds and personnel to execute our single market growth strategy that will result in significant growth in key markets.

We continue to provide infrastructure and training for startup Splashball programs.

USAWP has hired a High Performance Director. We now have a staff member charged with restructuring our Olympic Development Pipeline and implementing a more comprehensive coach and referee development program.

USAWP has developed a strong relationship with the NCAA. USAWP is providing referee training to improve the quality and consistency of rules enforcement at the collegiate level. We are using our influence to encourage athletic directors to adopt water polo as a varsity sport. USAWP leadership has been in contact with over 500 universities explaining why they should adopt water polo as a varsity sport and we have a 2014 plan to follow up with print material supporting our case as well as personal meetings.

USA Water Polo has proven winners leading our Olympic Teams. USAWP retained our women's coach, Adam Krikorian, who brought home gold in 2012. On the men's side, USAWP conducted an extensive search to find a world class coach with proven success to lead our male athletes. Dejan Udovicic, recognized as the best team sport coach in Serbian history, will coach our men's team.

USAWP has grown from a 3M dollar company with $650,000 in debt in 2006 to an 10M dollar company in 2016. We have retired our debt and have demonstrated fiscal prudence over the past 7 years. Our Board of Directors has approved a responsible 2016 budget that will enable us to achieve our goals.

We have achieved growth both overall and outside of California. USAWP reached a watermark high of over 50,000 members. Non California membership has increased 9%.

USA Water Polo now has a beginning water polo format, Splashball. This was an important accomplishment as water polo, along with other sports such as baseball, soccer and tennis, can now offer an appropriately modified play opportunity to children as young as five years old. With the large menu of sport opportunities available to children at a young age, it is critical water polo can offer an entry point to young children so athletes can be exposed to our sport at an early age.

USAWP has achieved program continuity. We offer continuous programming from age 5 to 60+ at all ability levels.

USAWP has established and continues to offer the Shieldy Scholarship program meeting our goal to offer everyone, regardless of financial limitations, the opportunity to play water polo. Additionally, every year, USAWP provides equipment and funds to underserved areas.

USAWP produces world class events. Events drive membership, therefore executing at a high level is a positive and important accomplishment.

The USAWP Referee Association has revised the education curriculum in the important areas of player safety and new rules interpretation. These revisions and continuing education are key to creating a safe environment for our athletes and ensuring consistency in game calling.

USAWP, in partnership with the NCAA, has begun working to expand the college game. Five new varsity programs have been adopted between 2013-2015 school year; however we have not yet yielded the significant increase we are striving for.

Our single market growth strategy and associated funding are in place. We have hired a regional manager in Texas and are ready to execute our plan..

USAWP has identified the need to restructure our Olympic Development Pipeline (ODP). Our High Performance Director, in collaboration with key stakeholders, developed an improved structure. USAWP rolled out the new ODP program at the start of the August 2014 cycle. We have conducted surveys to gauge customer satisfaction and response has been resoundingly positive. Further the new financial model is proving to be sustainable.

It has been a goal of USAWP to create a “club in a box" enabling us to present underdeveloped areas, new club administrators and startups clear and concise instructions for starting a club or league. This resource is available online.

At the elite level, USAWP has achieved our goal of securing the best coaches in the world. Our Women's National teams continue to win medals and remain at the top worldwide. Our Men's National teams have recently gone through a transition in coaching and culture. We expect strong results and will closely monitor their progress.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    USA Water Polo provides a platform of comprehensive programming that includes introductory play, club and league activity, premier regional and national tournaments, the U.S. Olympic high performance program AND a commitment to safe play, technical skills and customer service. Through a variety of offerings and initiatives, USA Water Polo fosters a healthy, dynamic environment for our community to learn, grow and compete. With a network of more than 50,000 members and 500 clubs, USA Water Polo oversees one of the fastest growing sports in America. Through its Olympic heritage, USA Water Polo embodies a legacy that maximizes the potential of our members and one that continually invests in the advancement of our sport.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    A new task force charged with ensuring zero tolerance of racism and expanding access to water polo for all – especially people of color, was announced today. Jointly commissioned by USA Water Polo Board Chair Mike Graff and CEO Chris Ramsey, the Racial Equity and Reform Task Force will be co-chaired by legendary athlete and board member Brenda Villa, and Chief High Performance Officer John Abdou. Appointments to the task force will be announced in the coming weeks, which will include water polo representatives from diverse experiences, backgrounds, geographies, and skill sets.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    At the end of the day, we are a member organization and they are our customers. Customer service and satisfaction is our number one priority.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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USA WATER POLO INC

Board of directors
as of 7/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

William Smith

Renaissance Capital

Sheldon Pang

Freepoint Commodities, LLC

Rudy Baldoni

Newport Investments

Jessica Steffens

William Smith

Renaissance Capital

Houston Hall

Falcon Fund

Walter Price

Allianz

Brenda Villa

Peter Varellas

Bain & Company

Alfonso Pulido

McKinsey & Company

Gerrit Adams

Susan Bao

JP Morgan

Laura Muller

Capital Group

Nori Lietz

Harvard Business School

Frank Quesada

John Mann

Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/30/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/30/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.