Protecting the ball in water polo is key to playing a solid game. This water polo instructional includes many drills designed to improve 1-1 play. It includes tips for both the water polo defense and attacker on how to protect the ball in play. This also refers to TV clips of league and pro games to connect it to actual game play.
Water polo is a tough contact sport that entails good grappling techniques. Watch this video tutorial to improve your underwater combat grappling skills that will definitely help you become a better water polo player.
This swimming with the ball tutorial is a great lesson in moving with the ball in water polo. The idea is to keep it in front of you as you swim with your head up. Note the high leg kick to keep the drag low and create lots of white water to blind pursuing defenders.
Spidering enables you to maintain a position of power, where you can pass, shoot or move quickly. Spidering is the position where one hand is sculling, and both legs are doing eggbeaters. This is a standard water polo position for both attack and defense.
Defending proper position in water polo is crucial in improving your water polo game. Establish your defensive position with your hips no lower than 18" in the water. This is so you don't get a penalty. This allows for optimal mobility. Keep a high hip and foot position to accelerate in any direction. Work to keep your hips up for the most time.
In this video tutorial, Greg Fraser demonstrates a few tactical pressure points that might be useful in competitive water polo. This video is a must-watch for all water polo players who want to improve their grappling skills and overall defense.
Shooting in water polo is a basic skill for attackers. Water polo shot requires good height out of the water, arm position, shoulder rotation, and head stall. Shot strategy is important to building your water polo game. Concentrate on improving your rotation to follow through and speed up the shot. This is an attack focused water polo drill.
This is basic lesson and moving diagram showing the start of a water polo game, known as the sprint.
If you want to learn how to do the Water Polo Position Drills this is for you. The water polo swimming position is important because it allows you to quickly and easily change your support in the water with little head movement. When you are swimming make sure that you are high in the water. When swimming make sure that there is a 180 degree parallel cycling. When the entry hand is about to enter the water the exiting hand should be about to exit. When the entry hand enters the water the exit...
This is the classic water polo body position. You are in a seated chair position, sculling your hands while eggbeater with both legs. This is the position optimal for moving to and from the ball. This is also called the center forward position in water polo.
This video goes over the technique of shooting off a cross pass. This speed is required to get off the shot before the defender can get to you. This allows for optimal shot viability.
How to do a proper backhand shot. This is important in scoring when close to the goal. Pick the ball up on top, cup with forearm and hand. If you don't cup it's easy to steal the ball. Rotate your shoulder to give you optimal power. Step out to the ball to rotate and increase your shot's power.
Three time US water polo Olympian, Wolf Wigo, demonstrates some tricks he used over the years to improve his game. In this video he demonstrates head and foot juggling, picking up the ball with his head, around the world and the helicopter backhand. These are fun things players can do on their own to improve their game and have some fun. This is an excellent way to get conditioned for water polo. This also looks cool and might make you look like a water polo show off.
Faking shots in water polo is a great way to keep defense off balance. Fake shots will often send defenders off to one or the other side. Losing the defenders during the fake allows you to get the open shot on goal. Water polo offensive techniques are designed to create more space between you and the defender.
Basic lessons covering the set offense. Great for spectators or new players to learn the basics of water polo. Includes setting the hole, driving, RB, strong-side drives, weak-side drives, rotations, and picks.
Basic diagram for water polo spectators or new players to learn the 5-meter penalty shot.
Basic guide for water polo spectators or new players explaining the methods the hole set can use to establish the hole position.
Lesson for water polo spectators or new players about the 6 on 5 power play in water polo. Both the 4-2 and 3-3 power play are reviewed.