Water Polo Drill #23: "Loose Ball" by Coach John Abdou, Bucknell University

The drill starts with a coach on the deck with a bucket of balls next to him or her. Players partner up and start in the water in front of the coach approximately 2 meters away from the deck. The two players face away from the coach, as to not see the ball coming, and are side by side. They should have their hips up and be shoulder to shoulder. The coach then throws a ball in front of the two players and they must "play it out" till one of them obtains possession of the ball and successfully seperates from the other player. Coaches have the option of calling fouls or not and can also vary the placement of the ball to vary the drill. Have the players line up with their partner ready to go as to keep all players moving quickly through the drill. If you are lucky enough to be coaching with someone else, have two lines of partners going to maximize your practice time.

Teaching objectives:

1 - To learn proper hip positioning in the water. (Horizontal in the water.)

2 - To learn to use body positioning to retrieve loose balls as opposed to reaching with arms. (Younger players will immediately try to rach and grab the ball with their hands. The goal is to teach them to play their partner first to earn position and then get to the ball.)   

3 - To work on quick reactions and instincts in the water.

Results:

1 - Improved ability to move the ball around the perimeter on offense.

2 - Improved ability to use body positioning in offensive drives and counter attack.

3 - Ability to recover loose balls or rebounds in front of the cage.

*Note - I adapted this to drill to water polo from a basketball drill used to teach players to dive on the floor for the ball and also to learn to "box out" for rebounds. It teaches strong fundamentals.  

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Water Polo Drill #24: "Position Shooting" by Coach Matt Anderson, University of Michigan

Divide 12 field players into two groups of 6, one line at position 2 and one line at position 4 facing the goal. One player shoots at a time. The shooting lines will also alternate. Here are the dozen intructions:

  1. The first person in the line on the 2 position will pick up and shoot a ball.
  2. The first person in the line on the 4 position will pick up and shoot a ball.
  3. The players will alternate until each player has shot five times.
  4. The first person in the line on the 2 position will then pass a ball to the first person in the line on the 4 position.
  5. The first person in the  line on the 4 position will catch and shoot the ball
  6. The first person in the line on the 4 position will then pass a ball to the first person in the line on the 2 position.
  7. The first person in the  line on the 2 position will catch and shoot the ball
  8. The players will alternate until each player has shot five times.
  9. Players will switch lines and go to the end when they have finished shooting.


  10. Variations can be created by allowing player lines to be lined up on positions different from the 2 and the 4.
  11. The drill can be made more difficult by adding a field blocker in front of each shooter.
  12. A shot sheet can be kept on each player to keep track of who makes the most goals.

Purposes of the Drill

Matt AndesonCoach'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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