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Mission Statement:   The primary focus of the National Development Premier League (NDPL) is to increase the number of high performance athletes and their readiness as they enter the Train to Perform and Living to Win LTAD stages of development – therefore increasing the number of eligible athletes for National Team programs.  The NDPL supports the development of capacity among smaller clubs, and increasing capacity within the larger clubs, for those servicing male athletes in the Train to Compete LTAD stage of development (16-18 years old).

Vision Statement:   Create an efficient and fundamentally sound club structure across Canada offering high performance (excellence) training and competition opportunities for male athletes in the Training to Compete LTAD stage of development (16-18 years old).  While increasing capacity the NDPL will produce a larger sustainable base of high performance athletes, coaches, and referees feeding the men’s National Team (NT) programs; allowing WPC to reach the podium at the 2016 Olympic Games, and sustain that success over multiple Olympic Games and World Championships.

The NDPL will begin its first season of operation in January 2012 and will run through March 2012.  The mission, vision and objective of the league was developed by the Canadian Men's National Team Head Coach, Dragan Jovanovic, as he seeks to increase club capacity at the high performance level.  After back-to-back Canadian record performances in 2008 and 2009 - qualifying for the Beijing Olympics and achieving a top-8 finish at the World Championships - Coach Jovanovic realized that in order to sustain this success and bring Canadian men's water polo to the next level a strong high performance club system and competition structure is needed.

The original six (6) NDPL clubs are:  Pacific Storm; Calgary Torpedoes; Team Saskatchewan; Mavericks WC; Dollard WC; and CAMO WC.  Teams are placed into conferences based on geographical location:  Western Conference and Eastern Conference.  During the inaugural half-season, each team will play a conference opponent four (4) times - home and away two (2) game series.  The Eastern and Western Conference teams will play each other once during the inter-conference weekend.  The top two (2) teams in each conference will qualify for the playoff weekend.  The host team of the playoff weekend will occupy one (1) of the four (4) playoff positions.  The playoffs will involve a two (2) semi-final games between the the first (1st) and fourth (4th) placed team and the second (2nd) and third (3rd) placed team, with the winners advancing to the Championship Game. 

During the first full season, October 2012 through March 2013, the same teams above will play their conference opponents eight (8) times - two (2) home and away two (2) game series and the league will organize two (2) inter-conference weekends.  Teams will play six (6) out-of-conference games rather than the three (3) from the half-season. 
The top two (2) teams in each conference will qualify for the playoff weekend.  The host team of the playoff weekend will occupy one (1) of the four (4) playoff positions.  The playoffs will involve a two (2) semi-final games between the the first (1st) and fourth (4th) placed team and the second (2nd) and third (3rd) placed team, with the winners advancing to the Championship Game.

Games will always be played on the weekends, with one (1) game Saturday and one (1) game Sunday.  Teams will practice the morning of each game.  The NDPL will create modified FINA rules and adapted styles of officiating, which will allow coaches and athletes to develop their technical and tactical skills that will become Canada’s trademark for winning internationally.

 
 
 

 


 
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