Who We Are
6-8 Sports is a youth athlete performance analytics company. We use AI, machine learning & observation to evaluate an athlete’s strengths, weaknesses & develop customized training plans. We also provide validated athlete profiles and statistics to ensure objectivity & consistency. For athletes & parents, our 6-8 mobile App collects and displays key data obtained via our 6-8 Challenge and novel game scoring platform. Our Video Training Program and clinics/tour leverage this data to help players maximize their game in a systematic fashion.
#6 Maggie Steffens
Founder, 6-8 Sports
2-time Olympian; 2-time Gold medalist; 3-time NCAA Champion. Named the best female water polo player in the world by FINA. Current Team USA captain and playing professionally abroad in Spain. Stanford MS & BS.
#8 Tony Azevedo
Founder, 6-8 Sports
5-time Olympian. Silver medalist. 4-time MVP NCAA/Pete Cutino & Stanford Grad. International superstar. Regarded by many as the best water polo player of all time. Former Team USA Captain and key member of professional squads in Italy, Croatia, Montenegro & Brazil.
At age 15, Maggie Steffens began training and playing for the USA Water Polo Women’s Olympic Team. As the youngest player she had no assigned cap number. But she trained hard. She actively studied the habits, techniques, and mental strategies that made her more experienced teammates champions. It worked. Her game improved to the point where she was formally awarded cap #6. For Maggie, the number immediately took on special meaning. It represented every minute of hard work and passion she had poured into training. It represented her Olympic dream and a commitment to always give her absolute best. Maggie realized that she had not just been given the #6: she had earned her number. And the process never stops. She is still earning #6 today.
Meanwhile, Tony Azevedo was leading Team USA’s Men’s Olympic Water Polo Team. He had earned cap #8 in a manner similar to Maggie. As a young boy he had trailed his father (water polo coach Rick Azevedo) to every possible practice. There, he pushed past his shyness to ask the professional players key questions about fundamentals and training drills. He convinced the team’s personal trainer to teach him dry-land stretches and injury-prevention exercises. He collected nutrition tips and swore off junk food. Every night he sat down, wrote his goals in a notebook, and charted his progress on every fitness metric he could obtain.
Creating 6-8 Sports
Today, Maggie and Tony have earned #6 and #8 to the point where they are regarded as the top female/male water polo players of their generation. They both love water polo and care deeply about the future of the Sport. In fact, they believe water polo can become one of the next great global sports: at the college, Olympic, and professional league level.
That’s why they’ve created 6-8: a data-driven approach to evaluating athlete strengths & weaknesses as they develop over time. Data is captured from multiple sources including official combine (6-8 Challenge) assessments, individual game statistics tracking, observations and surveys.
For athletes, the mobile App’s Video Training Program features many of the exact drills and training techniques that helped make Maggie and Tony the champions they are today. The App also collects and displays key game scoring metrics and results from the 6-8 Challenge. Taken together, this data allows athletes to best understand their specific strengths and weaknesses. It also helps them visualize where they rank next to your peers. A low score on any 6-8 metric is not a problem. It’s an opportunity for improvement.
For teams, clubs & federations, the 6-8 Game Desk App is a multi-athlete scoring platform that allows for streamlined electronic game data collection & athlete profile validation. Users have access to the 6-8 data management system (secure login) to analyze athlete data and playing trends.