Water Polo Drill #9: "Triple Threat" by Coach Denny Harper, UC San Diego

It is a form of scrimmage that involves three trips down the pool. This drill allows for coaches to set up front court offensive and defensive scenarios, counter attack scenarios (again, both offensively and defensively), and ultimately extra man scenarios. The main reason that this is a very useful drill is that it allows for coaches to address various items after the final session while still fresh in players minds. It is very different than a typical scrimmage where you may want to get both squads (and subs) into a total game like experience where “coaching” can interrupt the flow, momentum, and or the competitiveness you may otherwise be looking for. This is generally used as a lead up to an “All Out” scrimmage and rarely goes for longer than 30 minutes; you can go as long or short as you like.


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Water Polo Drill #10: "Pound of Flesh" by Coach Jim Yeamans, Slippery Rock University

For this drill you need a goalie in each cage and a line of players. The line of players are in the water on the side of the pool at about the 2 meter line facing the goal at the other end of the pool. The first person is offense, the second is defense, the third is offense, the fourth is defense and so on and so forth. The first offensive player is given a ball and about a four or five yard swimming head start. The offensive player is to swim to the 2 meter line at the opposite end of the pool and take a shot on goal. The defensive player is to try to chase down the offensive player and prevent him or her from scoring a goal.

As soon as the ball leaves the offensive player's hand then the defense player is to break toward the other end of the pool. This is to occur whether a goal is made or not. Now, here is the fun part, the player who just shot the ball must chase the other player. The goalie throws a pass to the breaking player who swims to the 2 meter line and shoots the ball. The chasing player cannot stop swimming until he or she reaches the 2 meter line or steals the ball from the breaking player. When both players have swam past the middle line, the next two in line start and do the same as the two players that went before them.

The amount of sprint swimming the two players have to do makes it a conditioning drill, but it is also an attitude or mental toughness drill as well. The reason for this is that the defender is saying to his or her player that if you make me swim the length of the course and miss the shot then I am going to make you swim another length. In other words, I am going to make you pay a "Pound of Flesh" for breaking on me.

I stole this drill from Doc Hunkler but I don't know who he stole it from.

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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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