Water Polo Drill #11: "Derivative of Old Hungarian Drill" by CoachTed Bresnahan , Johns Hopkins Univ.

We start with a full field of six offense and six defense players but this drill can be done with any number of players. We have the offense set the ball on the sound of a whistle. A foul is immediately called at the 2 meter set position. The two meter D is used only as a shot blocker. All offensive players either V cut (sometimes called a V out) or RB to receive the pass from the 2 meter man. If a good pass was received and a shot is there the player may shoot. If not he resets it where another foul is immediately called. This is the old Hungarian drill.

Where we change it is as follows: "If an offensive player can catch the defender off guard then he or she drives through". Everyone has to be aware that a drive is occurring and balance right away. The 2 meter player has an option to take a few strokes away from the drive and pass it to the driver or what I prefer is that the 2 meter player quickly passes out to a teammate that has released so an entry pass can be made ball side. If entry pass is good then a kick out occurs or a shot is taken. This, I believe, is the base of a flow offense.

Fundamentals used.

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Water Polo Drill #12: "Finish Strong" by Coach Justin Pudwill, Whittier College

1. Full Court set up is necessary along with two goalies.

2. You have two lines (A, and B) set up at opposite ends of the pool on the 5 meter line.

3. The player at the front of line A will leave on the Coaches first whistle attacking the goal on the opposite end of the pool. A second player from line A ( the Trailer) will leave on the second whistle, chasing the first player.  The goalie will pass the ball to the lead player (the Offensive Player) when he or she reaches mid-court.

4. Then the offensive player has a one on none with the goalie unless, of course, the trailer catches the offensive player.  The trailer is chasing to stop the counter attack, and  I usually allow the trailer to use whatever force necessary to stop the counter attack. In other words there are no rules for the trailer.  This way the trailer gets rewarded for catching up to the counter and stopping the score while the offensive player has to "finish strong" to the goal and make the score to be rewarded.

5. Making a score is the difference maker:

If the offensive player makes the score on the Goalie, then he or she will go to the back of the line that is on this end of the pool, line B, and gets a rest until the player's next turn. After the goal the trailer just turns around and has the player at the front of the line in line B chasing him or her, as the new offensive player, back to the goal at the other end of the pool. 

If the offensive player doesn't make the score on the Goalie or he or she gets stopped by the trailer then he or she will have to go again to the opposite cage and have a fresh attacker chasing him or her from line B.  And the trailer would go to the back of line B and gets a rest until it is his or her turn again.

The same two, scoring or not scoring, rules apply when the two players counter attack back to the opposite end of the pool where line A is located only then line B in the rules become line A. In this way the offensive player will always have a fresh trailer chasing him or her whether it is the original offensive player or the trailer becoming the offensive player.

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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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