Water Polo Drill #7: "Swim & Pass" by Coach Scott Reed, George Washington University

Swim & Pass Drill


Two offensive players start at the 1 and 5 spots, ball starts with the 5.
2 defenders (X) start at the 2m set position.
5 dribbles ball to the 4 spot and at the same time the 1 swims to the 2 spot.
Once 5 spot starts dribble, defender chases to the 4 spot.
Once offensive players gets to 4 spot he/she must make a cross pass to the 2 spot
While this is going on the 1 swims to the 2 spot to receive the cross pass.
As the cross pass is made the other defender chases after the shooter.

What is accomplished:

Passer must go from horizontal to vertical quickly in order to make a good cross pass under pressure.
Shooter must go from horizontal to vertical quickly in order to receive the pass under pressure.
Defenders must learn to disrupt the pass/shot by getting hand
on arm/shoulder/chest and not try to go directly for the ball.

Add on play:

Add 3 spot w/ defender
Other two defenders continue on to counter attack after shot and pass has been made.
This should result in a 3 on 2 counter attack with the shooter trailing.

Scott ReedCoach's Biography           Coach's Water Polo Web Site

Water Polo Drill #8: "Three outside;Two in the middle" by Coach Nikola Malezanov, Salem International University

This drill is designed to improve explosive movements and defensive technique for players in a situation when they must play zone defense but still need to be able to rush to the attacker with the ball or need to rush towards the center and help the center defender.

Three attackers are positioned 3m apart in a triangle orientation. Two defenders are positioned in the middle. The attackers pass between each other randomly. One defender must press the player with the ball trying to get the ball or, if getting the ball is impossible, at least committing a minor foul. The other defender is positioned between two attackers who do not have the ball. The attacker with the ball must handle the pressure from the defender and, after at least 2-3 seconds of controlling the ball under pressure, must then make a good pass to one of the two other attackers. When the ball is passed, the defender positioned in the middle must make an explosive move towards the player who now has the ball, while at the same time, the other defender must quickly get into position between the other two attackers. This drill continues until either the ball is taken away or a foul is made. When this happens, the player who lost the ball or absorbed the foul must switch to defense and the defender who got the ball or got a foul called switches to the attack.

Important points: (1) the defender between the two open players should be in position with hips towards one of the players and head towards the other, face to the ball; (2) the attackers should be aware that they need to give a little time to let the defenders set up between passes. This 2-3 second period forces the attacker to absorb pressure as well as allows the defender to get into position between the two attackers without the ball.

Players love this drill. If done properly and if controlled by the coach, it is a very difficult drill to do. It forces the athletes to develop explosive leg skills and is effective for technical, tactical, as well as physical preparation.

Nikalo Malezano Coach'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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