Water Polo Drill #5: "The Crossing Drill" by Coach Bill Harris, Fordham University

Start with two players swimming side by side down the pool, with no ball. Next, one player crosses over the legs of his or her partner and then the other player does the same as they swim down the pool. Add a third player to the mix with the outside player swimming over legs of the middle player first from left and then from the right side. Add the ball by throwing it to an outside player who passes wet to the other outside player. This process of wet passes and crossing over the middle player's legs continues as the players swim down the pool. The final move is when the outside player with the ball reaches the 4 meter line in front of the goal. He or she makes a dry pass to the other outside player for a shot on goal. In this drill the movement is continuous and it keeps players swimming and doing ball work at same time.

Again this is an elegant little drill that works on conditioning, eye contact, and ball handling, all at the same time. I discovered this drill while visiting Athens, Greece, and I found it to be an excellent drill for early season. Finally, this drill will work with four athletes as well,

Bill Harris Coach's Biography          Coach's Water Polo Web Site

Water Polo Drill #6: "Block Shots in Practice; Block Them in Games" by Coach Ed Newland, UC Irvine

A simple but effective drill is to put 5 offensive player at positions, 1-2-3-4--5, with a shot blocker in front of each of them. Players start shooting one ball at each spot. Continue until each offensive player has taken 10 shots on goal and the defensive players have had a chance to try to block 10 shots. Have the offensive player rotate one position toward their left and the defense rotate one position toward their right. Each shooter would get 50 shots and each shot blocker would get 50 attempted shot blocks. Then rotate the players from Offense to Defense and Defense to Offense. The players at 1 and 6 positions can use both arms but they can not swiitch arms until the shooter and defender are close enough together to not give the shooter a shot with out an arm in the way.

I know of no way to improve shot blocking other than to actually do it during practice. Like most things in our sport it is simple and if you practice it a few thousand times, you will improve.

Ed NewlandCoach's Biography          Coach's Water Polo Web Site

 

The medal pictured above is the last solid gold Olympic medal which was given out at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics in Sweden

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